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Nov 13, 2013 12:20 PM

best bets for New Year's Eve in TO

Has anyone noticed any menus popping up? Where have you enjoyed your past NYEs?
Here's a link to a thread mentioning some of last year's NYE dinners:

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  1. Your best bet for New Years Eve?
    Stay home,grab some great meats and cheeses from Cheese Boutique,some wine and Champagne and invite some friends over... :)

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    1. re: petek

      Thanks! :-) I had thought about hosting something, but I might be all hostessed out after Xmas.

      I really should check out the Cheese Boutique at some point. Apart from trying their cheese plate at the Gourmet Food and Wine Show, I've never shopped there.

      1. re: prima

        Make sure you go on payday ;) It's easy to get carried away in there!

          1. re: FrenchSoda

            It can get a bit spendy in there,but you can grab some great deals as well.The house cured Berkshire Chobi and the house made Tuscan salami with fennel are to die for....

          2. re: prima

            I don't know why you didn't get over there yet, I try to go every 2 weeks and in the summer it's every weekend. As Rob Ford would probably say, try it once and you'll try it again, it's like crack for foodies!

            1. re: foodyDudey

              So you're telling me it's worth the drive to Ford Country?

              I don't think I've been to Etobicoke for any food-related visits since I last had dinner at Kaji in 2006, and my visit before that was to visit Anatolia circa 2003!

              1. re: prima

                Maybe this will change yer mind..

                1. re: petek

                  Too bad I cant zoom to see what those (seemingly) delectable morsels are!

                  I agree with petek's suggestion, invite friends/family and enjoy some great food/wine and save yourself the headache.

                  We have done this for the last number of years, our menu typically is comprised of foods I can prepare in advance and load a table up with to pick at throughout the night, often with some tasting plates prepared as the night goes on.

                  Some regulars at our table:

                  - Home made gravlax
                  - Various Cheeses
                  - Some type of well aged steak, seared and served with some old balsamico.
                  - Truffle Pate
                  - Smoked oysters
                  - Various breads
                  - Smoked duck breast

                  You get the gist.....

                  1. re: Sadistick

                    "Too bad I cant zoom to see what those (seemingly) delectable morsels are!"

                    Delectable they certainly were!
                    click on photo to enlarge-right click-save to photos-scroll to enlarge-drool... :-D

                    1. re: petek

                      Too blurry upon zoomage....

                      BTW - no need to zoom in order to drool ;)

                    2. re: Sadistick

                      Sounds very good.

                      I have done the low-key, at-home thing for the last few NYEs (I usually make a seafood stew), and I'd like a change from that. I'm the type of hostess who acts like a mother hen when I host a party, so for me, hosting is more of a headache than making reservations. :-)

                  2. re: prima

                    Totally worth the drive! Just watch out for bobble-headed people in drunken stupors. Happens all the time around here....

                    P.S. if anyone does have any New Year's suggestions though, I would also be interested. Normally I'd avoid the crowds as well, but a friend and I have subscription tickets and oddly one show is on New Year's Eve. If there is somewhere interesting downtownish to go after the show, I'd be grateful for suggestions.

                    1. re: prima

                      Of course it is worth the drive, or else we would not go so often. And it's only about 15 minutes away in each direction from Carlaw and Danforth. I am sure you drive further than that to shop or eat. CB is really worth the trip. Mrs FoodyDudey hates shopping, and she didn't mind staying in the store for over an hour the first time we went there. And she likes to make a trip there as often as possible. Yes it is sort of like Summerhill Market, but it is not the same. Many chefs buy from the CB, I don't hear them saying I got this at "Summerhill Market"

                      1. re: foodyDudey

                        I don't usually drive more than 15 minutes out of my way, or TTC more 45 minutes out of my way, for coffee, dining or shopping. I visit stores/bakeries/etc that happen to be near wherever I happen be. I'm a one-stop neighbourhood shopper, and my go-to neighbourhoods/shops end up being Danforth (for Serano, Big Carrot), Yorkville (for Whole Foods, and sometimes salads from Pusateri's, since I'm often in Yorkville for non-Chow stuff), King W or Queen W (I've been stopping at Forno Cultura and Sud Forno when I'm in the area for other non-Chow stuff), Summerhill (for Harvest Wagon, Patachou and All the Best once in a while) and SLM (mostly for the produce). My last group of cheeses came from a cheese guy at Brickworks Market, which is around a 15 minute drive for me, but I've only visited the market twice since it opened.

                        I will check out CB before Xmas.

                        1. re: prima

                          CB is epic. Easily my fav place to shop. Very easy to get carried away, and I always do. It helps a bit if you don't go in hungry.

                2. re: petek

                  Besides the Cheese Boutique and San Remo, are there any other stores/bakeries I should check out while I'm in that neck of the woods? Or stores/bakeries you'd make a slight detour to visit on your way to the Cheese Boutique from the Islington exit of the QEW or the Islington exit of the 401? Thanks for any recs.

                  1. re: prima

                    Although I work on the Queensway between Islington and Royal York, I really don't know the area that well. Others more familiar with the neighborhood might chime in but from my experience,CB and San Remo are your best bets.

                3. Watch the due dates at Cheese Boutique. They have a lot of stock and I think it's hard for them to stay on top of it at times. At least, that was my experience.

                  I didn't find anything there I can't get at a trip to a good cheese shop - even Whole Foods for that matter, and Pusateri's and Summerhill Market.

                  1. This might be over the top but the Ritz Carlton just posted their holiday events and menu. Christmas day price fixe, brunches, New Years Eve, and New Years Brunch.



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                    1. re: Nevy

                      Thanks, Nevy! Looks good. :)

                      1. re: prima

                        It sure does but I'm not sure I have that much money to spend on one event. The Christmas Day brunch looks amazing... lobster tails, shrimp, mussels, oysters, crab, Hapa Izakaya maki rolls, smoked fish, charcuterie, cheese, benedicts... and this doesn't include the mains, carving station, soups, vegetables, omelettes, pastries or desserts. You could eat for 3 hours still be full till New Years!

                        1. re: prima

                          Cafe Boulud just posted their seasonal menu as well. It's not as expensive as Ritz Carlton but 5 course price fixe is up there. They also have a truffle menu for the December 5th and Christmas dinner.


                      2. Splendido's $140/person NYE dinner featuring Carlo's favourites looks like a great NYE option (thanks for the heads up in the other thread, justpete et al):

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                        1. re: prima

                          I was looking at that and Mrs fD wants to go, but really it's $240 unless you just plan to drink water as I'd think you should spend the extra $100 for the pairings. With taxes and tip that gets you up to around $625 a couple. As Rob Ford would probably say, you can buy a lot of !@#$ for that!

                          1. re: foodyDudey

                            Corkage is $30 or $35 if you don't want to go for the wine pairings.

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