Big thank-you to event planner Melissa Gordner for my invitation to attend a meet-n-greet at the BEER ACADEMY on Victoria St in downtown Toronto last night.

20140923_181412 20140923_181418Melissa had gathered a full house of events industry folk who enjoyed the various tasting stations set-up by the Beer Academy’s “approved caterers/suppliers” and I must say, they all knew how to lay on a magnificent spread of  delicious comfort foods as well as chi-chi poo-poo dishes. I definitely gave a thumbs-up to the Food Dudes [ ] for their yummy mac’n’cheese (below)

20140923_183427 ??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????And surprise, surprise…I ran into old friend Paul Spano of Seventh Heaven Event Catering [] who was there overseeing his staff as they served these super delicious swanky savouries (below)

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The Playing With Fire caterers (below) were a fun bunch who were kept busy serving some pretty awesome poutine  and showcasing their cookbook [ ]

??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????Toronto perennial catering favourite Daniel et Daniel were also there and this was the only time we could get a clear shot of them (below) The crowds were backed up 2 & 3 deep. [] Whew, thanks to my photographer Gabriella for pushing her way thru and getting the shot!


???????????????????????????????The evening was enhanced by some great music, courtesy of DJ Floh Back Productions []


Gabriella and I got in some cool networking opps with the other guests, including a brief chat with Chelsey Klasen of (below). IceCulture Inc. provides the giant ice blocks that are carved during the annual Yorkville IceFest each February, plus they work with vodka companies, creating stunning ice bars for lounges and clubs.


The Beer Academy is a great multi-function space for corporate or private parties, offering a long bar with charming servers, food stations populated by caterers of your choice, a fireplace and a cosy seating area and is conveniently located close to parking lots, subways and streetcars. Check out their site for more details:

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