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DISTILLERY DISTRICT ALL DRESSED UP TO SHOWCASE EVENT FACILITIES

Yesterday, Sunday March 1st, I spent a glorious hour or two experiencing the fabulous decor, event services, entertainment and …..gulp…FOOD offered in the DISTILLERY EVENTS showcase at the Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s historic Distillery District. And, boy, did they deliver the goods!

20150301_135121I’ve attended numerous Leslieville Flea events at the Fermenting Cellar but have never seen it dressed up so beautifully, all courtesy of the on-site Events division of the venue management. The event was promoted as a Wedding Open House, showcasing a number of “preferred suppliers” of wedding gowns, custom tuxes, music, floral arrangements, wines, etc. but as an event producer/planner for corporate and private functions, it was a great way for me to check out how stunning this huge open turn-of-the-century warehouse space could look with some fancy lights, furniture, flowers and filled with happy well-fed people.

20150301_140812 20150301_142925 20150301_143131 20150301_143156The food was phenomenal…never have I attended a free industry event where they doled out the King Crab legs so freely, along with juicy tender (and big) lamb chops, Thai shrimp, oysters, gourmet Mexican tacos…even my fave Portuguese custard tarts!!

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20150301_140734 20150301_140625 20150301_142131 20150301_143119My favourite vignette was this huge stunning vase placed in a wall nook (below)…love love love this.

20150301_140723Met Mallory (below), the charming wedding consultant from GOTSTYLE, the chic menswear store that offers custom tux jackets and, as Mallory says, the best accessory for a bride is a well styled groom. GOTSTYLE showed everyone how to do just that!  http://www.shop.gotstyle.ca 

20150301_141916Frank Correnti Cigars had a couple of cigar rollers there, too (below) who were busy crafting the leaves into large fragrant cigars.  http://www.correnticigars.com

20150301_140841Big thank you to my dear friends over at Urban Gallery/UrbanSource Catering who gave me the ticket. And bravo to all at Distillery Events for a well-produced event – the staff was lovely, welcoming and took very care of us all. I highly recommend the Fermenting Cellar for your wedding or other celebration so contact Distillery Events to get the 411. http://www.distilleryevents.com 

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ROLE CALL @ TORONTO’S BEER ACADEMY

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 [ http://www.thefooddudes.com ] for their yummy mac’n’cheese (below)

20140923_183427 ??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????And surprise, surprise…I ran into old friend Paul Spano of Seventh Heaven Event Catering [www.seventhheaven.ca] 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 [ http://www.playingwithfirekitchen.com ]

??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????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. [www.danieletdaniel.ca] Whew, thanks to my photographer Gabriella for pushing her way thru and getting the shot!

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

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Gabriella and I got in some cool networking opps with the other guests, including a brief chat with Chelsey Klasen of http://www.iceculture.com (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.

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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: http://www.beeracademy.ca/

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