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Holding a wine and cheese event...

I'm trying to put together a wine and cheese event for my Nutrition students at Ryerson. I haven't worked out the logistics of it.. but I need a venue that could accomodate probably around 50-80 people, standing.. and either allow us to BYOB (we might be able to get it donated) OR buy wine... We also would like it to be somewhat close to Ryerson (downtown). Any ideas?

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  1. Didn't mention the budget... Have you considered a rental space such as Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, Berkley or Coupe Space? Maybe if you do it mid-week, they would give you a deep discount on the space?

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    1. re: Apple

      Oh right.. well, we dont quite have a budget yet. Nothing too expensive, but we can fundrais to cover the costs.
      Those are all great suggestions and yes, probably on like a thursday or something to reduce costs

    2. Basically you need to be in a private space, and then get an SOP (special occasion permit) from the LCBO where you're going to buy the wine.

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      1. re: childofthestorm

        Okay, thank you, I didnt know that. I will look into it.

        1. re: hungryabbey

          Remember, the Special Occasion Permit requires at least a week.

          1. re: kurtwalter

            Oh thank you for that. I do have until Sept so Im not in a huge rush, but thats good to know.

      2. Just an idea -- perhaps engage the services of Julia Rogers at Cheese Culture... she knows her stuff regarding cheese events for sure and maybe she may have some suggestions about venues and logistics.
        http://www.cheeseculture.ca/about.html

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          1. re: hungryabbey

            oh great I'm glad you liked the idea. I've been to a few of Julia's events and she's a delight.

        1. A Taste of Quebec in the Distillery District has a wonderful gallery space for up to 150 that can either be hired as a venue, or comes as part of a wine and cheese tasting package.

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          1. re: Nelson

            Very interesting. Ill look into that.

            1. re: hungryabbey

              I was also going to mention A Taste of Quebec also. I think it suits your requirements perfectly.

          2. Doesn't the LCBO rent out their kitchens? If so Summerhill has a good spot as does the LCBO at Bayview Village.

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            1. re: Otonabee

              hm.. would they do a social event where people could just mingle? I just cant picture how this would happen at an LCBO. Ive never seen their kitchen..

              1. re: hungryabbey

                Not sure, I know they do tutored tastings but I would call and ask It would make getting the wine much easier!

                http://www.lcbo.com/learn/tutoredtast...