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pescatarian Apr 18, 2007 09:29 AM

I am helping organize our annual town hall at work. For the last couple of years we have gone to Great Cooks on Eight. We want to try something different this year. So far the ideas bounced around include The Academy of Spherical Arts or a Mill Street Brewery Tour, Soma Chocolate tasting and dinner at Mill Street Brewpub. Some of the feedback from last year was that people want to go somewhere where they can mingle, so that it's fun, but that the place is a bit fancy. I'm thinking maybe a wine and cheese tasting somewhere, but can't think of anywhere that is big enough, and both fun and fancy.
Any suggestions? I don't have exact details, but we can probably go to about $150 per person including food.

  1. pescatarian Apr 19, 2007 08:29 AM

    Thank you all for some great ideas. I'll report back when we decide what to do.

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      minmix Apr 19, 2007 06:48 AM

      hi! you should check out the rosewater supperclub many private rooms and really good cheese if u fancy a cheese tasting. also the wine selection is pretty good! also the have a private room upstairs. check it out!

      1. TorontoJo Apr 18, 2007 11:15 AM

        You should talk to the folks at Perigee. We had our company party there 2 years ago and it was spectacular. At that time, they had a minimum of $6,000 to close the restaurant for the night. With your budget, you might be able to just squeeze that out. They may be willing to do a 3-course menu with canapes beforehand (and the canapes are really excellent).

        George might be another option. I think the private rooms are decorated as nicely as the main restaurant. And depending on the time of year, you could have your party on their patio instead, which is truly lovely on a summer evening.

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          jcanncuk Apr 18, 2007 06:07 PM

          What about the Gardiner museum with the new JK resto there catering? The space is really lovely and perfect for this type of event.

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          lilley Apr 18, 2007 10:56 AM

          I want to work where you work.
          We get a pint at a pub in December.

          1. Googs Apr 18, 2007 10:54 AM

            We had a Christmas party at the Boiler House. Well set-up for mingling upstairs, privacy downstairs.

            Don't know if your budget fits The Carlu, but boy, it's gourgeous there. Don't let the look fool you. Terribly easy to have a good time there.
            http://www.thecarlu.com/

            1. diesta Apr 18, 2007 10:37 AM

              Windsor Arms; cocktails, finger foods etc in the restaurant....it's a nice 'fancy' spot

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                Cat123 Apr 18, 2007 09:52 AM

                Continuing with your distillery ideas, how about a reception at the Sandra Ainsley glass art gallery? It is a neat space - lots to look at and talk about - and they do private events.

                The Drake hotel also does good private events with excellent finger food.

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                  mickeyj Apr 18, 2007 09:39 AM

                  Nothing fancy about The Academy of Spherical Arts. I've been there once with a few friends and once for a firm function. I think it looks like a dusty rec room. The food sucks. Don't go there.

                  How many people in your group?

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                    pescatarian Apr 18, 2007 09:40 AM

                    Thanks for the info. I think around 35 people.

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