Showing posts with label Toronto Catering Showcase 2016. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Toronto Catering Showcase 2016. Show all posts
Over 300 food enthusiasts came together to enjoy the inaugural Toronto Catering Showcase presented by on October 16, 2016. The grand event took place at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, where guests got to indulge in culinary delights prepared by 12 of Toronto’s most notable catering companies.

The Toronto Catering Showcase allowed guests to enjoy an afternoon of pure epicurean indulgence (pictures below). The event was $65 all-in, and provided all-inclusive access to culinary masterpieces, wines and craft beers from the top caterers in the Toronto area. Besides the delicious dishes, the event also featured local wines by the renowned Peller Estates, and a wide selection of craft beer provided by Brew Box Co.

Overall, the event was very well organized, and all 12 caterers were spaced out accordingly. There was a lot of room to walk around, and plenty of seating available. The event was also the perfect opportunity to scope out potential caterers for an upcoming event or wedding. However, it wasn't limited to those looking for event planning, Toronto Catering Showcase was fun for couples, families, and everyday culinary connoisseurs.

Please enjoy the food pictures from this year's Toronto Catering Showcase 2016 below. For more pictures of the fun, please check out the hashtag #TCS2016 on Instagram and Twitter.

10tation Event Catering

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East Coast Duo - seared scallop, poached lobster, celeriac puree, granny smith apple, bisque, celery leaves, and kale

Daniel et Daniel

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Chicken Cobbler - chicken, kale, aged cheddar, goat cheese, mozzarella cheese, sweet potato biscuit

Roasted Butternut Squash & Arugula Salad with Brussels Sprout Leaves - figs, fifth town capri blue and candied pecans, apple cider vinaigrette

Apple Pie - sous vide apple, pickled apple gelee, edlerflower ice cream, pie crust ganache, quinoa barley granola

Eatertainment Special Events & Catering

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Lemony Panelle - with romesco sauce, grilled octopus salad with olives, peppers, frisee, arugula & chorizo crumble

White Chocolate Arancini in Graham Crust - with black pepper cherry compote & lemon balm

elle cuisine

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Handmade Yukon Gold Gnocchi - san marzano tomato sauce, homemade ricotta cheese, micro basil, basil oil, fried tomato skins

Sticky Toffee Pudding - bourbon butterscotch, liquid nitro cinnamon ice cream, housemade caramel corn

en Ville Event Design and Catering

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Beer Braised Ontario Beef Cheek Short Plate

Maple-Roasted Pumpkin Tartlet

Encore Catering

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Ahi Poke - tuna, avocado, scallions, sesame seed & oil, pea leaves, Thai chili, wakame, potato noodle, soy sauce & rice vinegar

Veggie Taco - mango, chili, papaya, tofu, cashews, tomatoes, coriander & onion

Crisp Wonton Bolso - dungeness crab, old cheddar, corn, chili corn mayo, crisp wonton purse

The Food Dudes

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Shawarma Taco - raised lamb neck, Greek yogurt, hot sauce, beet pickled Jicama, feta, mint gremolata, tortilla strips

Kiss the Cook Catering

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Miso Carbonara Lamian

L-eat Catering

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21-ingredient Paese Calabrese Coleslaw, Branzino Crudo with Lime, Kimchi, and Avocado

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cup Tarts

Parts & Labour

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Chicken & Waffles - mole fried chicken on top of warm buttermilk waffles

BC Snapper Crudo

Presidential Gourmet

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Sushi Taco - crispy wonton, sushi rice, miso sake shrimp, pickled ginger, scallion and sesame aioli

Toben Food By Design

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Artisan House Smoked Sausage - served on a Fuji Apple Crisp with red wine braised cabbage and house grainy-dijon mustard 

Garam Masala Jumbo Shrimp - with maple-curry house bacon and pineapple-mint relish

Oysters from OystersXO

Guests enjoyed live music from Wellington Music

Overall, the event was successfully put together, and I had a lot of fun.

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Disclaimer: The event provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

Toronto Catering Showcase 2016

by on Friday, October 28, 2016
Over 300 food enthusiasts came together to enjoy the inaugural  Toronto Catering Showcase  presented by  on October 16, 201...
Nordstrom Eaton Centre held an impressive gala prior to their grand opening on September 14, 2016. The 213,000 square feet flagship store is Nordstrom‘s first Toronto store, and they celebrated it with 2,000 guests. The gala opening epitomizes what Nordstrom is all about - great customer service and consistency of the brand. Hence why they partnered with Daniel et Daniel to be the official caterer of the Nordstrom Opening Gala, as both companies share the same ideals and business ethics. 

The team at Foodaholic! were graciously invited by Daniel et Daniel to attend the event earlier this month. We were given a behind-the-scenes tour from the event planning team of the kitchen area. This opportunity included a chance to chat with the people behind Daniel et Daniel, including their Executive Chef about the company, and menu development for the evening. 

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Mini Pizzas

Daniel et Daniel started planning for the Nordstrom Eaton Centre Opening Gala back in February 2016, as they were tasked to create a customized menu for 2,000 guests. The menu development team has always taken a collaborative approach to catering, so they worked closely with Nordstrom to create a unique and innovative menu. A lot of strategic planning was done ahead of time into curating this large-scale event. Management went through great lengths to make sure that their brand standards were met. They did so by attending other launch parties that Nordstrom held prior to the Eaton’s Centre official gala to get an idea of what to offer guests.

Steak Frites Choc-Orange Truffles 

Mango Carrot Thai Spring Roll - mint, coriander, rice noodle, hoisin dip

Daniel et Daniel was founded over 35 years ago when the owners (Daniel Clairet and Daniel Megly) discovered an opportunity within the catering industry. Unlike today, there was a lack of options available for corporations, and private parties to select from back then. Since their humbled beginnings, they have grown to provide top of the line catering throughout the city, and became one of Toronto’s premier caterers today. 

It’s clear that decades later, Daniel et Daniel have established themselves as one of the leaders in the catering industry with their ever-expanding list of high-profile clients. The company's secret to success is the level of consistency with their food, staff, and branding.

Not only has the catering scene become more saturated, but Toronto has become one of those cities that has defined food to be an art form that demands constant innovation. Daniel et Daniel does not slack from this, as their top chefs are routinely sent to restaurants to seek culinary art that can be brought back into the world of catering. Future prospective clients are presented with a palatable delight of Daniel et Daniel’s ever changing selection. With 100% of the proceeds being donated to six charities, there was a lot at stake to ensure Nordstrom looked the best they possibly could.

Loaded Mini Hasselback Potato (Gluten Free) - bacon, white cheddar, sour cream, chives

Tomato Gazpacho - basil, cucumber, radish, bell pepper, chili pepper, basil sprouts 

Spiced Watermelon & Feta Salad (Gluten Free) - chili lime-spiced watermelon, feta salad, blackberry gelee, mint, basil & lime dressing

Classic Deviled Egg Double - smoked bacon

Baby Carrot & Buttermilk Dip

Brie & Strawberry Tapas

Chinese Chicken Salad Wrap - carrot, cabbage, sesame, coriander, Manderin orange, sweet & spicy vinaigrette 

Melon Prociutto Tapas 

Nordstrom-Branded Sangria

Without a doubt, Daniel et Daniel leverages their competitors by having the edge to bake in-house. This gives them better control over the preparation time, and quality of their baked goods. For the duration of the evening; drinks, foods, and dessert were readily available on all three floors of the party. Nordstrom made it clear that they did not want line ups, and food had to be available with quick service at all times. From what was witnessed at the event, I would say that Daniel et Daniel went above and beyond with Nordstrom's requests. 

Mini Popsicles - Blood Orange Panna Cotta 

Chocolate Coconut Orange Truffles with Candied Orange Peel

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Mini Strawberry Eclairs Fresh - strawberries, choux pastry, whipped cream, strawberry glaze

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Blueberry Cheesecake

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Mini Key Lime Pie

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Coconut Panna Cotta topped with Citrus Salad 
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Thank you to Daniel et Daniel for the fantastic evening, and allowing us to see the collaboration of two great companies who set their mission to focus on the customer’s needs first. The Opening Gala was definitely not short on the diverse selection of plated dishes and desserts. The meticulous planning and attention to details from Daniel et Daniel was well executed. They definitely delivered on creating a menu of exceptional cuisine that was well fitted for the strong Nordstrom brand. 

 Daniel et Daniel will also be catering the upcoming Nordstrom Yorkdale Opening Gala on October 19th from 7 pm to 10 pm. Tickets for the gala can be purchased here

Join Daniel et Daniel at the upcoming Toronto Catering Showcase 2016 on Sunday, October 16, 2016, as they will be one of several caterers there as well.

Article collaboration between Sandi and J.J of SMD Group.
Note: Upon writing this blog entry, Nordstrom has launched in the Eaton Centre as of Sept 16th, and will launch in Yorkdale on Oct 19, 2016.

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Disclaimer: The event provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.