Holiday Season 2014 is just around the corner. The autumn leaves have begun to turn and now is the time to choose that perfect place in which to host your holiday party.

And what a choice we Torontonians have!  Our restaurants offer food from around the globe.  Our bars and lounges are helmed by creative mixologists using sprits to concoct drinks that are innovative as well as delicious.  We are truly enjoying an explosion of culinary talent in our city and it is all there for us to enjoy this holiday season.

Is it a casual laid back evening you are after or a night of fine dining and fine wines?  Is your gathering an intimate affair or are you looking to celebrate with a large gang of colleagues or friends?  Here are a few suggestions to guide you in your decisions for this year’s festivities.

The food you choose will set the mood

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Los Colibris (private dining room). Photos courtesy of  David Goorevitch 

Mexican cuisine-haute as well as street food has taken the city by storm.  A recent addition to Toronto’s love affair with Mexican food can be found at Los Colibris, where the Chef lovingly prepares recipes from Vera Cruz passed down from her mother and grandmother.  Private rooms are available for small and larger groups for an elegant and refined dining experience.

Meanwhile, downstairs at sister restaurant El Cabalitto your group will enjoy Mexican street food with tequila, tequila and more tequila.  The atmosphere here is lively and fun and you will be transported away from Toronto’s cold to Mexico’s heat for the evening.

Momofuku, Chef David Chang’s sensational Asian fusion restaurant sits on University Ave providing a magnificent view of Toronto’s grand boulevard. There are a number of venues within the restaurant to host private dining events.  Menus are specially curated for your event and served family style. A celebration at Momofuku will be an event that will not soon be forgotten!

Location is everything!

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El Catrin. Photo courtesy of  David Goorevitch

The Distillery District transforms itself with the Toronto Christmas Market during the holiday season.  Based on an old European tradition, the Christmas Market features unique handicrafts from local vendors, street entertainers, carolers and choirs.  And all of this is in addition to some of the best dining venues in the city.  Archeo and El Catrin are just a few of the terrific restaurants in which to host your party and enjoy Christmas with a European twist.

For something a little more casual but no less eye-catching,  try Amsterdam Brewery on Queen’s Quay. Located in a landmark historical building from the 1920’s, the Brewhouse is surrounded by water on three sides.  It offers a 14,000 square foot facility with a working craft brewery and authentic wood burning oven in the open kitchen, keeping you nice and cozy as you gaze out at the wintery waters of Lake Ontario.

Clubs and Lounges –a laid back choice for holiday cheer 

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Pravda Vodka Bar. Photo courtesy of  David Goorevitch 

Big comfy couches perfect for sinking into, eclectic neon artwork, the warmth of exposed brick and rich wood, restrooms designed to delight the eye – these are but some of the characteristics of club venues that shape the entertainment landscape in Toronto.   Clubs can accommodate larger groups for more casual affairs offering food stations and opportunities for dancing and mingling.  Bloke & 4th, Cube and the Courthouse are but a few of the clubs available to host your event.  Or looking to immerse yourself in the world of vodka and the land of Russia? Pravda Vodka Bar offers a Russian-inspired dining experience specifically designed for vodka pairing.

With holiday season approaching, the choices for unique, specialized and unusual venues are yours to entertain.

Have you found a great place for a holiday event? Let us know in the comments section below!


It’s not often a catering company opens the doors of their kitchen and invites you in so when Encore Catering does just that, you say yes! The invitation promised an evening of culinary delight and wow, did they deliver.

Encore went above and beyond by reconstructing their kitchen into an elegant “Tasting Room” and partnering with BarChef Toronto to offer guests a drink experience like no other. The true stars of the evening though were the gastronomic creations prepared by the Encore team. The Chef’s poured their heart and soul into their creations and the results were nothing short of amazing.

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Mac & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Wing

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Strawberry Choux Caviar

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Seared Scallop on Filet Mignon

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Filet Mignon in Yorkshire Pudding with Gruyere Cheese

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Lime Mojito Shots from BarChef Toronto

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Assorted Macarons

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Coconut Mango Pyramid

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The Estates of Sunnybrook provides the gorgeous setting for this truly elegant wedding. Special thanks to the talented Melissa Aguiar and Justin Hawksby of Studio60 Photography for capturing the love and romance of Valentina and Raphael’s wedding and sharing these photos with us!

First off, let’s start off with the dress: Valentina’s dress is truly a work of art – the details on the back of the dress are just beautiful!  Follow that by the beautifully lush gardens of the Estates of Sunnybrook as well as the classic and beautifully designed McLean House…well,  there’s just no way you can go wrong!  We also love how the colorful floral arrangements from Fete Events & Décor pop against the white of the dress and the reception space. A truly elegant couple, so completely in love. Sit back and enjoy the romance!

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The beautifully decorated McLean House set the scene for the reception.

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