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The FERMENTING CELLAR - distillery district

pinkbuddhacookie Nov 7, 2006 09:12 PM

Anyone been to an event at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District?
My fiance are thinking of holding our wedding reception there.

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  1. thenurse RE: pinkbuddhacookie Nov 8, 2006 06:38 PM

    Yes. Went to a jazz event there in the summer - it was awesome. However, it's a huge space and it would be tough to make it 'warm' or 'intimate'.
    On the show 'Heat' on the Food Network, Mark McEwan (Bymark, North 44) caters a wedding there. It's interesting what they do with the space. And of course the menu is amazing.

    1. shana RE: pinkbuddhacookie Nov 8, 2006 07:05 PM

      I worked on a festival there. It is lovely and unique but costs a small fortune for rentals - it is a bare space EVERYTHING has to be brought in and by everything I mean lighting, risers, mobile kitchen everything. We spent $50,000 in rentals that does not count glassware, tables or dishes either.

      1. dlw88 RE: pinkbuddhacookie Nov 8, 2006 07:23 PM

        For a smaller space in that area, I know it's possible to do it inside the Sandra Ainsley Gallery.

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          Suresh RE: pinkbuddhacookie Nov 8, 2006 07:44 PM

          I went to the Alliance Atlantis event last week for the launch of Slice.
          It is truly a gorgeous venue, I absolutely love it. I didn't know what to expect and was knocked off my feet. Yes I also caught the HEAT episode with Mr McEwan and that was great as well.

          I'm in the process of trying to set up a launch party for a company there sometime next year. I've decided, that's where I want to have it.

          Go for it!.

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            peppermint pate RE: pinkbuddhacookie Nov 8, 2006 07:58 PM

            If that is the large space at The Distillery, we considered having our wedding there as well. But we were only having 100 people and decided that we'd spend a small fortune (beyond the rental fee) in trying to make the space feel more intimate. It is a stunning room, no question, but you must bring in everything and your costs will add up. If you're having a large crowd and a healthy budget, great but if you're less than 150, I'd consider a smaller space. Sandra Ainsley used to rent for private events but at least a couple of years ago, they weren't doing weddings. There is the Gibsone Jessop gallery and also Artcore - both gorgeous spaces - and depending on the season, you can also add a tent outside. Good luck!

            1. shana RE: pinkbuddhacookie Nov 9, 2006 06:05 PM

              Just posted in another thread about people looking for a wedding venue - we just (end of September) did our wedding at Thompson Landry Gallery in the Distillery.

              It was great and Joanne the owner was a dream to work with - we'd basically gone door to door in the distillery to all galleries and restos looking for a kinda last minute booking (5 months out) when out original venue was sold.


              It was stunning and needed so little decor - just some centrepieces - as the art was so colourful and striking.

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                pinkbuddhacookie RE: shana Nov 12, 2006 09:57 PM

                We were so set on the fermenting cellar but we realize now it is waaayyy out of our league!\

                And last time we went to take a peek at it we walked past the Thompson Landry Gallery and fell in love with it.
                Much more workable space and totally our style still.

                I think we will be using that space!

                Did you do the ceremony and the recetption there?
                We are planning on doing both there.

              2. AmandaEd RE: pinkbuddhacookie Nov 9, 2006 07:03 PM

                Have been to an Adidas event, a charity gig and a bar mitzvah there. All were great events - with the L shape of the room, it allows for different setups and a good flow of traffic. I love the lighting possibilities the space offers: at the Adidas gig, they had sneakers frozen in blocks of ice with light focused on them. Gorgeous. That's the best feature of the space for me.

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