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Wedding venues in the Downtown Toronto area?

I want to host a small (approx. 50 people) wedding in late April 2007 and I'm having a tough time finding a venue that will seat a smallish group privately and serve reliably good food. I would consider a hotel, but the food is the most important part of the event for me, followed by ambiance, and most hotels just don't cut it, especially for small numbers. Can anyone suggest a nice place for my wedding? Italian or Continental is less likely to offend parents' old-fashioned tastebuds...and I love chic and monochrome...but as stated, the food comes first. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Lure does private functions and has various different sized spaces (very romantic too).

    www.lurerestaurant.ca

    1. I don't know if Batifole does private parties, but if they do it sounds like they'd be what you're looking for.

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      1. re: TwinklyTerrapin

        I've been there only about a couple dozen times but I don't think Batifole would be big enough for 50 people.

        I would suggest more along the lines of Canoe or Susur.

        Chow!
        HL.

      2. we just got married Sept 30th and we did a cocktail party at the Thompson Landry Gallery in the distillery. It was fantastic and striking. You hardly need any decorations as the art is so big and colourful. We had Daniel et Daniel cater and they did food stations - really heavy on cheese and dessert, mini cupcake tower, croquenbouches (sp?) etc etc, we had 55 people and there was so much food left over.

        http://www.thompsonlandry.com/

        1. We held a private party about 2 years ago at Shmooze (a nightclub on Mercer Street)- http://www.shmooze.ca/. This is a beautiful venue - great ambiance, terrific food (catering's done in-house). They supply all of the tables, tablecloths, chair covers, dishes, etc. They also accept cakes and desserts brought in from anywhere you choose.

          The manager was an absolute delight to work with - very accommodating, and there was a very low guaranteed minimum charge. Another bonus - a small deposit to book, the balance payable after the party.

          1. Thank you so much for all of your ideas! I really do appreciate it and I never would have thought of a "nightclub" or an art gallery, but they look really nice. If you or anyone else can think of more venues I should check out I would be hugely grateful...I'm new at this and it's more stressful than I thought...

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            1. re: morrigan

              Trust me - making my party at Shmooze was totally stress-free. Do check them out.