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Ideas for unique dinners for sales team - 15 to 20 attendees

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Looking for nice but unique dinners out in downtown Toronto for a sales conference - maybe including beer, wine, scotch or vodka tastings. Ideas?

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  1. Beer: Smokeless Joe's
    Scotch: Allen's on the Danforth - one of Toronto's finest pubs
    Vodka: Pravda http://www.pravdavodkabar.ca
    Wine: too many to mention

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    1. re: estragon

      Smokeless will be too small for 15-20.

    2. Roberto at Grano will arrange a wine tasting for you- not exactly 'downtown' but might work.

      1. Last year we were taken out to Dish Cooking Studio for the "Interactive Chef's Table". We all sat around the huge kitchen counter and watched the chef from Fat Cat prepare a number of dishes which we then ate matched with wines that were carefully explained to us by the sommelier. It was a fun alternative to the usual corporate/sales dinner.

        www.dishcookingstudio.com

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        1. re: midtowngirl

          That's a good idea. We've had similar events at Great Cooks on Eight where the teams split up and make one part of the meal. You can drink wine there, but I'm not sure if they do wine pairings.

        2. Another thought prompted by another thread on the board - The Academy of Spherical Arts. Good venue for group events with an extremely extensive bar. Food is ok, but not stellar. On their site they advertise scotch, wine, champagne and beer tastings.

          www.sphericalarts.com

          1. In a previous life I was often faced with this same decision.

            If $$ is not a large concern. Speak with Rain, they'll provide a unique experience.

            Adega at Yonge and Dundas has a great private room downstairs that is part of a wine cellar tha can hold about 15-20 people and will do wine tastings.

            There are more options dependent upon price, location, etc..