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Berkeley Church -- what's the food like?

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torontofoodiegirl Jan 23, 2008 04:19 PM

Am considering Berkeley Church or the adjacent Field House for a wedding reception. Has anyone hosted and/or been to an event there? Any comments re the quality of the food, decor and/or service would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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    natasha9np Mar 10, 2008 09:50 AM

    I'm also considering this venue but have no clue about food quality etc. Anyone?????

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      The Goddess Mar 10, 2008 06:03 PM

      I believe the "in house catering" is done by Daniel et Daniel. You'd have to check with them and/or the Church to confirm, but see this:

      http://www.danieletdaniel.ca/venusAnd...

      If it is still them, quality is superb, and you will have a blast. Have always heard great things about the Church, just be on the lookout for parking in the area; you might wanna consider employing valet pkg for your event.

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        torontofoodiegirl Mar 10, 2008 08:25 PM

        When we checked out the BC, they told us that they now do their catering in-house (though some of the caterers still have their name on their websites).

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        natasha9np Mar 11, 2008 06:52 PM

        I would love it if it were Daniel et Daniel but torontofoodiegirl is right - its in house catering. Thanks for replying that it was a good time. Has anyone heard differently or could give suggestions???

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          restaurantarian Mar 13, 2008 07:15 AM

          We went to a party there and I have to admit the food was very average. They aimed high and it tasted fine but nothing spectacular, in fact I can't even remember what i had which is a very BAD sign. The catering was done in house.

          It's an interesting place for an event, but needs a lot of upgrades for decor. And the washrooms are very far from the main dining room which is difficult if you are having anyone who is older and has trouble with stairs.

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            gfarhat Mar 23, 2008 12:34 PM

            I'm also in the same situation. Considering the Berkeley for a wedding. Has anyone come up with any new info on the food quality? The place also looked a bit dirty, so I'm wondering if anyone has seen it when decorated for a more formal event. Does it clean up nicely?

            1. Googs Mar 23, 2008 05:58 PM

              I can't speak to the interior as I haven't been in. I can say that if you need to load in anything heavy, such as hiring a band, its stairs all the way in. That also means it isn't wheelchair accessible. Something you may need to consider for your guests.

              As for the quality of food, if you can't advance sample the wares it probably isn't worth it. You might ask if you can bring your own caterer. If their in-house has "preferred" supplier status it does not mean mandatory supplier. Another thing you can ask.

              1. gregclow Nov 10, 2008 06:14 AM

                What you say about the food might have been the case up until recently, but as of November 1st, the catering kitchen at The Berkeley is now headed by Nathan Isberg, ex-Coca & Czehoski. Opinions on his food at those places has varied, but it's probably pretty safe to say that he WON'T be bringing in any food from M&M.

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