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Nov 17, 2009 07:50 PM

Restaurant Wedding in the GTA

Hello everybody,

My fiance would really like to have a wedding at a great restaurant--no offense to anybody who had a wedding at one, but I tend to find banquet halls very tacky and bland. We both appreciate good food, good music and decor--stress on good food!

Now some details about the wedding. There will be approximately 100 guests (if you know of a venue that seats a little less like 90 then I would want to look into that as well). Here is a kicker though--I want to spend less than $9000 on food and beverage.

Now I am aware that Toronto is an expensive place, but our families actually live along the Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga route. If there is a great restaurant that you can think of that can accommodate that, I would love to hear about it!

Also, important note--I am a vegetarian but 90% of our guests are not--we want to be able to accommodate those who enjoy a nice piece of meat as well as those who don't eat any.

We want it to be a seated, plated meal and we also want to be able to dance.

If anybody has any ideas it would be greatly appreciated.
If there are any places that you can think of that slightly stray from what I have stated--maybe a slightly different location, or maybe just a touch more expensive--I would still love to hear it because I am a flexible person.


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    1. re: urbanegastrojedi

      Have you ever been to event hosted at Spencers?

      I eat at Spencer's brunch about once monthly.
      I have tried a tasting size portion of a few of their meals on their dinner menu. I wasn't fond of their vegetarian dish on the menu which was drowned in too much parmesan and a muddy flavoured almost gravy like sauce. The pine nuts which I was looking forward to just got lost in all of the other bold flavours.

      However, their risotto is delicious and they do fish very nicely. Their pan seared pickerels was one of the single best pieces of fish I have tried. Their trout had nothing to complain about but nothing to praise really either. I still can't get over that pickerel.

      My fiance loves their ricotta gnocchi and chcicken as well as their prime rib meal.

      It's definitely something to consider--however I don't know how they work for events. Does anybody know? I have actually tried e-mailing ( don't want to get into personal contact until I dwindle it down to 3 or 4 options) I actually tried e-mailing a month ago. They don't discuss private events too much on their website and of course welcomed you to e-mail them and of course I never got a response.

      I just inquired to if the restaurant was available for a buy out and if I would be charged on a minimum payment of food and beverage sales and if so, roughly what would be the minimum for a night in spring.

      Maybe I will have to decide whether or not they are worth contacting directly however I imagine that it would be fairly over budget.

      I also wonder how they do their bar...if it's based on consumption then I would probably be looking at over $100 pp--which is way over my budget.

    2. hi lucie,


      when are you planning to have your wedding? would you consider a lunch instead of a dinner? i think $9k will be TOUGH for 100 people at a restaurant

      hubby and i got married last year at jump. we loved the space (very urban, modern, airy, bright, etc.) our guests are by NO means foodies so we did not want to do anything too 'out there'. jump was VERY accommodating. we had the ceremony in the courtyard/patio and then a full, sit down lunch in the restaurant. we had around 80 people in total. if you wanted, you could use the patio as your dance floor. i also think that they have done weddings at jump where the dance floor is inside after the meal (you can ask the private events coordinator). we had an open bar ... but being a sunday afternoon, we didn't blow the budget on the bar. by the time all was said and done, i think we averaged just over $100 per person (we had the dessert table brought in from the dessert lady).

      i believe oliver and bonacini have taken over a space used exclusively for private events. you could give them a call and see what kind of ideas they have for you. it was a real pleasure to work with them ... they made everything SO easy!

      other hounds have had or been to weddings at canoe and auberge ... i think there are some posts around ... or hopefully, they'll chime in.

      good luck!

      1. Congrats Lucie!

        We had our wedding at Canoe last year and I can tell you that both the food, the service and the atmosphere were all FANTASTIC.

        The meals are seated, plated and there is a dance floor if you don't exceed 90 - we had just over 110 and we setup tables on the dance floor and had them moved after dinner.

        At the time, the minimum charge for food was $9000 for a saturday evening, beverage sales are not included in that minimum. The minimum for food on Sunday evenings was $7000. Note that beverages were on a consumption basis.

        As lilaki suggested, your best option might be lunch. Canoe's minimum for lunch is $4000 on food AND beverages.

        We also looked at Auberge de Pommier and their minimums were $4000 food and beverage for sat or sun LUNCH and $6000 food and beverage for SUNDAY dinner. Again, beverages are on a consumption basis.

        If I recall correctly, a side room could be used for dancing...we decided to go with Canoe based the fact that we preferred the menu options at Canoe, we would have to put some of our guests in the side room for dinner at Auberge and also because we fell in love with the view at Canoe.

        Hope that helps!

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        1. re: qman

          min at canoe is now 14k on a sat night

        2. Paletta Mansion on Lakeshore in Burlington is a very nice venue. They sit 85 for dinner or 130+ for cocktail reception.

          Don't know about the catering but I am going on the 28th to a wedding there.