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The top 10 restaurants for corporate events in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / November 19, 2014

corporate events torontoWhen corporate events mean dinner in Toronto it's easy to let the guest list get out of hand. Finding a restaurant to accommodate a party of 30 or more might merit a private dining room, but there are also restaurants that can entertain large groups with panache.

Here are my picks for 10 restaurants in Toronto that would work well for corporate dinners, events and other big gatherings.

See also: 10 great ideas for corporate events and after-work social functions in Toronto

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This Week on DineSafe: Riviera Bakery, Green Mango, Amaya Express, Beijing Dumplings, Raw Juice Guru

Posted by Liora Ipsum / November 18, 2014

dinesafeFor the second week in a row, there is a DineSafe closure to report. Just last week, Riviera Bakery was crowned as one of the best cannoli in the they've been shuttered due to a pest infestation. Ew.

Here are the rest of the worst on this week's DineSafe.

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New doc highlights sad state of alcohol sales in Ontario

Posted by Derek Flack / November 17, 2014

beer store documentaryThis new documentary about strange world of alcohol sales in Ontario will probably make you mad. Filmed by Peter Lenardon and AJ Wykes after a successful Kickstarter campaign back in March, it's the most thoroughgoing examination of the peculiarities of booze retail in this province that I've seen, and it's difficult to finish the film without wanting to write a letter to one's MPP asking that he or she work to reform a system defined by monopolies that ultimately hurt the consumer.

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The top 10 bakeries that supply coffee shops in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / November 15, 2014

coffee shops bakeries torontoEver wonder who makes those delicious treats at your local café? If it isn't the shop itself it's probably one of these bakeries . Some, like Bunner's, Rahier and OMG, function as their own storefront bakeries, while others like Circles and Squares are bigger, strictly-wholesale operations. A gal like Cookie Martinez exists somewhere in the middle, wholesaling to some coffee shops while maintaining the occasional market booth and a container at Market 707.

Whether it's muffins, croissants, biscotti, biscuits or cinnamon buns, these bakeries know their stuff, and what makes the coffee crowds go wild.

Here are my picks for the top bakeries that supply coffee shops in Toronto.

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Toronto Food Events: Bourbon Week, Veggielicious, Winter Chef Series, Eat & Greet with the Band

Posted by Liora Ipsum / November 14, 2014

toronto food eventsToronto Food Events rounds up the most delicious events, festivals, pop-ups, winemaker dinners, supper clubs and other food related happenings in Toronto this week and next. You can find us here every Friday morning.


  • Toronto Bourbon Week kicks off today, Friday, November 14 with two spirit-filled events held each day for the next seven days. The full schedule of tastings, cocktail nights and food pairings is online, but highlights include a bourbon brunch at Insomnia and a Triple 'B' & Q at Triple A Bar.
  • Veggielicious, a two-week celebration of meat-free prix fixe menus, and specials at participating Toronto restaurants (Bunner's Bake Shop, Doug's Public Kitchen and Humble Beginnings, to name just a few) starts today, Friday, November 14 and will run until November 30.
  • The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo featuring tutored tastings, a Food Network chef stage and a spiritology pavilion, is on at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre starting Thursday, November 20 and running until Sunday, November 23. General admission ranges from $20 to $45 depending the day.

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Toronto Restaurant Openings: Dandylion, Bar Fancy, Wilbur Mexicana, Iberia Sur, Famous Laffa, Pizza Palla

Posted by Liora Ipsum / November 13, 2014

Toronto restaurant openingsToronto Restaurant Openings highlights the latest restaurant openings and closings in Toronto and also gives a preview of what's coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.


  • Pizzeria Libretto at 155 University Ave. is now open.
  • Wilbur Mexicana at 552 King St. is now open and serving up a selection of tacos.
  • Bar Fancy from chef Jonathan Poon (Chantecler) is now open at 1070 Queen St. W.
  • Dandylion, the new bistro from chef/owner Jay Carter, is now open 1198 Queen St. West.
  • Portuguese restaurant Iberia Sur is now open at 839 College St. replacing the short-lived rotisserie Paul S. Churrasco.
  • Pizza Palla is now open at 280 Augusta Ave. in the former home of Oishi Kada and, more recently, Bello Bio.
  • Also in Kensington Market, Moo Frites is now serving up thick-cut Belgian frites with various sauces and toppings.

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