• Carolyn Rohaly

    Carolyn has over 15 years professional experience in personal assistance, talent management, public relations, and event planning for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, David Cronenberg, Rachel McAdams, George Stroumboulopoulos, Toronto Fashion Week, and Damzels in this Dress. Carolyn facilitated the red carpet experience at Canada's best events: the Canadian Screen Awards, Genie and Gemini Awards, and the Toronto International Film Festival. Her recent position in Talent Relations at the CBC had her managing all aspects of Talent and Executive participation at public functions and CBC events, including the largest gathering of stars in the network's history. Carolyn lives for detailed lists, loves her clipboards, and knows the vital difference between champagne and prosecco.

    ***vegan and gluten-free***
    (does contain nuts)

    APPETIZER: Vegan Charcuterie
    • edamame hummus
    • dip assortment (sundried tomato, black bean, pumpkin seed)
    • raw seasonal vegetables
    • pickles jalapeños, beans, cucumbers, carrots
    • gluten free crackers
    • baked zucchini chips
    SOUP: White Bean and Swiss Chard

    SALAD: Mixed Caesar Greens

    MAIN: Vegan Lasagna Rolls (eggplant "noodles" stuffed with tofu-basil ricotta)

    SIDES:
    • roasted green beans
    • rapini with chilies
    • roasted butternut squash with kale and almond pecan parmesan
    DESSERT: Raw Apple Pie
  • Corey Mintz

    30th century scholar Corey Mintz, using a device left to him by a mysterious relative, travels back in time to 21st century Toronto, where he blends in by working as a cook, then restaurant critic. Befriending a private detective, crazy scientist and a magician, Mintz entrusts them with his secret, enlisting their aid in his adventures. To learn more about contemporary earth culture, he writes a column for a Toronto newspaper (citation needed), in which he cooks and hosts dinner parties for interview in his home. Seeking to evade Cyber-HuntersTM, sent from the future by the tyrannical Lord Schnitzler-Rosenblatt, Mintz starts a new column and video series, cooking in different restaurant kitchens every week.

    (Twist: It's a time-loop paradox and Mintz is his own mysterious relative. Also maybe he is Schnitler-Rosenblatt too. Don't worry. We'll work out the kinks in the story as we go along.)

    • Salmorejo Soup (Spain)
    • Fattet Hummus (Syria)
    • Donuts (America)
  • Moez and Marissa Kassam

    With over a decade of experience as a successful entrepreneur, fund manager, business partner, philanthropist and board member, Moez brings a wealth of experience and creative energy to all that he does. As a principal of the Anson Group, he manages a $750 million long/short hedge fund that was ranked by Bloomberg Magazine a top ten global performer for 2014 & top 25 2015 respectively.

    Alongside this demanding role, he applies his innate business acumen to the benefit of numerous charities, including Lifeline Syria/Ryerson University, Doctors Without Borders and The Immigrant Access Fund. He’s a member of the executive in the Young President's Organization, sits on the board of his alma mater, the Bayview Glen School and moonlights as an executive producer for television and production house Moringa Media, where he provides the critical link between the worlds of business and art.

    His passion for food knows no bounds, often traveling great distances for a single meal and documenting it all in a food-focused Instagram account with a following in the thousands; his dinner parties are the stuff of legends, often garnering press coverage. “Dîner en Blanc” Toronto—a chapter of the Paris-based dinner party sensation—recently took notice, naming Moez their “Chief Food Officer” and he’s a sitting judge for Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants.

    Moez has an MBA from the London Business School and a BA from Western University. He is proud to call Toronto home.

    Marissa joined RBC in 2013 as part of the Global Initiatives Group where she worked on key initiatives transforming functions and businesses across Capital Markets. In the summer of 2015, Marissa started her new role, as Vice President of Philanthropy, Capital Markets. Marissa is responsible for managing the Capital Markets Donation budget and encouraging community engagement & employee volunteerism.

    Marissa previously worked at J.P. Morgan London in the Worldwide Securities division where she covered the Bank & Broker dealer client segment group. In 2012 Marissa spent time in Uganda on a secondment with the Grameen Foundation conducting research on the regulatory framework of mobile money. She joined the J.P. Morgan Treasury & Securities Services Leadership Development Program in 2007 and completed strategic & project management assignments in both New York & Hong Kong.

    She is a graduate of The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with concentrations in Finance & Corporate Strategy.


  • Jonathan Rosenthal and Greg Couillard

    Jonathan Rosenthal is a Toronto based criminal defence attorney and adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he is Co-Director of the trial Advocacy Program. His practice focuses on white collar matters and regulatory offences. He has appeared at every level of Court in Ontario and The Supreme Court of Canada. In addition, he is a frequent legal commentator for many national news outlets in Canada. He is a Team Leader at Notre Dame Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and a guest lecturer at University of Toronto’s Trial Advocacy Program. Mr. Rosenthal is Vice President of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers Association. He is also the National Legal Spokesperson of Beyond Borders, an anti-child abuse organization.

    Greg’s illustrious career began in Toronto at the upscale Troy’s Restaurant in 1971. In 1975 he opened Toronto’s first trendy restaurant on the then unfashionable Queen Street West, called ‘The Parrot’. It was an overnight sensation and marked the beginning of new foods with spicy origins as a mainstay of the Toronto dining experience. Couillard continued his success with the ‘China Blues’ and ‘Avec’ restaurants and in 1996 moved on to the smaller and elegant ‘Sarkis’ and in 2001 Couillard had earned Now Magazine’s award as ‘The most influential chef in twenty years’. Currently, Chef Couillard divides his time between Ajijic, Mexico and Toronto. In Ajijic, Mexico he is partnered with Kim Everest and Chef Glenroy Anderson at the fabulous Number Four restaurant, where he continues to dazzle the Guadalajaran foodies.

  • Neil Phillips and Mardi Michels

    Neil Phillips was President of The Rotary Club of Toronto in 2012-13, when they celebrated a century of service in the city. He is currently District Governor Elect for the year 2017-18, when the Rotary International Convention will be held in Toronto. He is passionate about travel as well as the "wine guy" for his wife Mardi's food and travel website eatlivetravelwrite.com. Last year he and Mardi purchased an historic home in the South West of France which they operate as a vacation rental property (neracvacationrental.com). Mardi is currently authoring her first cookbook (Appetite/Random House 2018).
    Our guest chef for the evening will be Matt Basile (aka Fidel Gastro) owner/ chef of Lisa Marie and Priscilla, the popular food truck. Matt is the author of Street Food Diaries (Penguin Canada, 2014) and the upcoming Brunch Life (Penguin Canada 2018). Wine will be matched with each course.

    Beet Poke Salad
    Chimichurri Buttered Street Corn
    New Orleans Style Smoked Cornish Hens with Trinity Sauce White Cheddar Grits Oreo S’mores Cookies
  • Steve and Carole Anne Mastoras

    Steve Mastoras was born and raised in East York and is the proud father of four. Steve is the Managing Director of Whistler’s Grille & The McNeil Room a family owned and operated restaurant and private event venue that has been operating in East Toronto since 1981. Steve was born and raised in East York and has deep ties to the Toronto East community. A former elected member of the Borough of East York Council, past member of the Toronto East General Hospital Board of Governors and Foundation and past President of the Toronto East Rotary Club, Steve has been an active member of the Toronto East Community. Steve is currently an Assistant District Governor with Rotary International and through the restaurant he actively sponsors a variety of local sports organizations and community groups.

    Carole Anne is originally from Trenton Ontario, and her career focus has been in human resource management; she has worked in the Office of the President at The Printing House Ltd since 2005. Also a Rotarian, Carole Anne was a Charter Member of the Toronto Twilight Rotary Club and is currently a Director for 2015/2016 year for the Toronto East Rotary Club. Carole Anne also serves on the Board of Directors for her local rate payers association.

    Steve and Carole Anne built their dream home two years ago in the beautiful East York neighbourhood of Parkview Hills.

    1st Course:
    Jumbo Shrimp with fiery cocktail sauce

    2nd Course:
    Arugula Salad with shaved Grana Padano, grape tomatoes and champagne vinaigrette

    3rd Course:
    Beef Strip-loin Roast with brandy peppercorn sauce, brussel sprouts and roasted mini Yukon Gold potatoes

    4th Course:
    Mille feuille
  • Bri Trypuc

    An advisor in philanthropy, Bri is the Chief Executive Officer and Partner of Trypuc Philanthropic Office - an independent full-service philanthropy office that provides clients with Donor Advised Funds, Foundation Management and Strategic Advisory services. Prior, Bri was Head Client Advisor and instrumental in the creation of, Charity Intelligence Canada, a national brokerage and advisory firm for donors. A glorified home cook and food enthusiast, Bri looks forward to welcoming you as her guest, along with her co-hosts Matthew & Marnie Consky.

  • Marnie and Matthew Consky

    Marnie runs Thigh Society (thighsociety.ca), a women's undergarment company, and Matt is a personal injury lawyer with the Kahler Law Firm. In addition to his busy practice, in 2013 Matt obtained his culinary certification through the George Brown Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts.

    2016 Menu

    PUB CRAWL!

    1. Ploughman's Lunch
    2. On Draft
    3. Nacho
    4. French Onion Soup
    5. Pub Burger
    6. 2-4-1 Wings
    7. Wedge Salad
    8. Bangers & Mash
    9. Bread Pudding
    10. Canadian Campfire
    11. And a Late Night Pancake Run (to soak up the alcohol)



    2015 Menu

    MENU: A TRIP TO THE STEAKHOUSE

    Processed Meat Products / Cold Cuts
    The Drinks You See on Those Placemats at the House of Chan
    Shrimp Cocktail
    French Onion Soup
    Caesar Salad
    Surf N Turf
    Glacé
    Junior Steak / Creamed Spinach / Loaded Potato / Steak Sauce
    Masterclass: On Burning Fruit
    Canadian Campfire

    and

    A Hand in the Candy Bowl at the Coat Check

  • David Neelands and Mary Bosworth Neelands

    David has been dean of the Faculty of Divinity of Trinity College since July 1, 2002. He is an Anglican priest who has been an interim minister in a number of parishes in the Diocese of Toronto. He teaches History and Theology of Anglicanism at Trinity College within the Toronto School of Theology and is particularly interested in the theology of Richard Hooker and in the history of early Christian theology, especially St. Augustine.

    As Bill Bosworth’s sister, Mary has had Homes First as part of her consciousness since its beginnings. She can remember many lively discussions around the dining room table. She is a librarian by profession and has spent her whole career within the educational sphere. Currently she is enjoying the challenges of administration within the Graduate School at Ryerson University. David and Mary are looking forward to meeting you and sitting down to enjoy dinner and conversation.

    Sun-dried tomato and olive tapenade plate with greens
    Coq au Vin a l'ancienne with buttered noodles and vegetables
    Pavlova
    Cheeses with fruit, nuts, and chutney
  • Gregoriane Minot

    Born in Bangkok, Thailand, I grew up in Montreal and began acting at eight years old when a director cast me in a TV commercial. I subsequently obtained a starring role in ‘Un Homme au Foyer’ which became a hit series on French Canadian television. During the same period, I enrolled in ‘L’ÉcoleSupérieure de Danse du Québec’ and immediately developed a passion for ballet.
    Over the years, I have successfully juggled my acting and dancing careers, combining performances in ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Petrushka’ ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ and internships with ‘Alvin Ailey Dance Company’, ‘Rosella Hightower’ and ‘Boston Ballet’ with television roles in series such as ‘Le Club des 100 Watts’, ‘Jamais Deux sans Toi’, ‘Zap’, ‘Watatatow’, ‘Les Aventures de Jack Carter’, ‘L’Auberge du Chien Noir’, ‘Moitié-Moitié’ and movie roles in ‘The Hunger’, ‘The Lost World’, ‘3 Needles’, ‘Recon 2023’ and ‘La Run’ as well as hundreds of commercials. I am currently a cast member of ‘The Real Housewives of Toronto’ which airs on Slice TV in Canada. I will also be launching my own jewellery line within the next few months. My proudest and most important project was to build a family with my husband and having two wonderful children.
    I’m a passionate and loving woman who chooses the ethical way by making a personal commitment to honesty and integrity. As much as possible, I seek to create a balance among my obligations and I use my heart to guide my dreams. I consider myself very fortunate to be where I am today and I try to give back as much as I can. The charities I support are: ‘Save the Children’, ‘The Hospital for Sick Children’ and ‘Amfar’.
    I love fashion and design, I strive for elegance and class and I see beauty and love in each of us. I am grateful for this time in my life!

  • Sushma Kilachand

    DAGMAR jewelry is brought to Canada by established couture designer Sushma Kilachand. Sushma studied Fashion Design at the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising after which she worked for Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston. After returning to India and working for designers in Bombay for a few years & many Fashion shows later, Sushma started her own label, called SUSHKDESIGNS in 2000. She brought her sense of esthetics and clothing line to Toronto in 2004 and has a successful business of designer clothing, and DAGMAR jewelry.
    The collaboration between jewelry and fashion is a glorious celebration, and the Dagmar label bears proof of such a successful partnership. A foodie and die hard travel lover, Sushma dedicates her time between Canada and India.

  • Mahreen Haq

    Mahreen spends her time between Toronto, London & Lahore. When not in transit she manages a restaurant complex in Lahore and creates art in Toronto, or wonders around Europe documenting architecture with her lens.

  • Sebastian and Sheila Centner

    Serial-entertainer and founder of Eatertainment Events & Catering, Sebastian Centner and his wife Sheila don’t just make events their business; they have made it their life. From the moment you arrive at their home for one of their infamous ‘get-togethers,’ you are amazed by their creativity, their attention to every last detail, their ‘joie-de-vivre,’ and their teamwork.
    “This is what we do. We love to entertain. We love to share our home, our cuisine, and of course our wines. We love to be surrounded by friends, old and new: To celebrate just for the sake of celebrating, but in this case … for a great cause” -Sebastien & Sheila Centner.


  • Vanessa & Daniel Schlaepfer with Chef Charlotte Langley

    Daniel is the president of True North Vantage Inc. a world leader in electronic day trading. Daniel has a B.Com from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, an MBA from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University and is also a CFA charter holder. Before moving to Toronto, Vanessa was a stylist for the Tyra Banks show and then became an accessories buyer for Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. Now she is a stay at home mom to their son, Leo.
    Chef Charlotte Langley is Chef and Culinary Curator of Scout Canning and Scout events. Chef Charlotte brings a dynamic and delicious spin on East Coast Cuisine through canned local ingredients- Fresh to the table touches and engaged hospitality.

  • Darcy Farrell and Donal Ward-McCarthy, Mike Layton and Brett Tryon

    Darcy is a nurse at sick kids hospital as well as a hyper pulmonary community nurse. Currently she’s on maternity leave having given birth to her son Gleeson on the 1st of January. Further more she’s a part time pilates instructor.

    Donal, born in Ireland came here in his twenties and loved Toronto so much he decided to make Canada his home. Passionate about many things, he’s always tried to give back to homeless and mental illness causes. A professional realtor he works helping people with their home needs, as a hobby musician he writes songs about the concept of home. Donal believes that the most home of all is the home we make within our minds.

    Mike Layton - After years of working for one of Canada's leading environmental charities, Environmental Defence, Mike was elected to Toronto City Council in 2010 where he is now serving his second term as the City Councillor for Ward 19. Mike serves on a variety of City of Toronto boards including the Parks and Environment Committee, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Heritage Toronto, Artscape, Exhibition Place and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Mike is also an avid chef with a growing interest in canning and pickling. Mike spends his mornings playing ukulele for his young daughter Phoebe.

    Brett Tryon is an avid birder and environmentalist. She travelled throughout North America and abroad monitoring songbirds before moving to Toronto, where she coordinated a bird banding station at the Leslie Street Spit. Since 2012, Brett has worked for Environmental Defence as the National Program Manager for Blue Flag, an eco-certification for beaches and marinas. Brett is also a passionate artist, with a focus on wildlife and portrait paintings. She is currently enjoying maternity leave with her daughter Phoebe.

    Warm fire, Warm home.

    Please join us for an evening of food cooked in our brick oven

    Cheese, meats, preserves, brick oven bread
    Warm fall soup, roasted in the brick oven
    Various Pizzas, straight from the brick oven
    Homemade marshmallows, to be roasted in the oven, with various other treats to enjoy
  • Eron Novalski with Chef Nicolas Comazzi

    “I started my culinary career with 5 years of culinary school in Italy . I spent the next 5 years working in an Italian restaurant . At the aged of 20 I moved to London U.K. where I had the luck to work for many fine dining restaurants, including an experience at " Luciano Ristorante " owned by 3 Michelin star Chef Marco Pierre White . After 7 years in London I move to Canada . My first Job was in a small French Bistro call " Bistro 990 " . I also spent one year working for Oliver and Bonaccini and open the restaurant " Canteen " on King Street . I also was lucky enough to work for 5 years as senior sous chef at the " Granite Club " - the number one rated private club in North America . After an experience as Executive Chef at " Markland Wood golf club ", 10 months ago I joined the Aria Team” – Chef Nicholas Comazzi

    Chef Eron Novalski began his culinary journey in the kitchen as a toddler, creating his own recipes. Upon graduation in Culinary Management at George Brown College, he studied at Le Manoir Culinary Institute in Paris. After completing his studies, Eron embarked on a wine and culinary tour through France and Italy and returned to Canada with a broader knowledge of French and Italian cuisine. A passionate food aficionado, Eron brought with him to Noce a wealth of knowledge acquired through his travels abroad. Just as he did in the kitchen at Noce, as Aria's Executive Chef, he spares no expense in sourcing the freshest, highest quality ingredients to create dishes of elegant simplicity.

    - wild mushroom soup served with crispy porcini and truffle essence

    - piemontese style Vitello Tonnato , slow cooked veal served with a tonnato sauce , house made picked and crispy shallots

    - Squash risotto with Maple toasted hazelnuts , parsnips chips and porcini dust .

    - Pan Seared Salmon , beets , root vegetable capponata , citrus butter sauce

    - house made tiramisu'
  • Andrew Younghusband

    As host of "Canada's Worst Driver", "Canada's Worst Handyman" and his new hit show "Don’t Drive Here", Andrew Younghusband has become the most recognizable face on Discovery Channel in Canada. Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Andrew now lives in downtown Toronto.

  • Marni Whitaker and Richard Wozenilek

    Marni was born in Winnipeg, moved to Toronto to go to law school and has stayed in Toronto ever since. She has been practicing law since 1975 specializing in estate planning and administration and legal work for charitable and non-profit corporations. Marni was a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programmes but now focusses on continuing updates to two chapters of Widdifield on Executors’ Accounts and acting as the editor-in-chief of the Estates Trusts & Pensions Journal.
    Marni and her husband, Richard Wozenilek, have four adult children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and a two year old grandson. Marni and Richard enjoy theatre and opera but spend most of their evenings out at the movies. They also are regular attendees at the Toronto International Film Festival.

    Richard is an avid opera, theatre and film buff and particularly enjoys participating yearly in TIFF. Although not a scratch golfer, he does love the game and does try hard. He also enjoys travel and has visited many countries and cities of the world.

    Richard is a corporate lawyer and the Principal of New World Law, the former Managing Partner of Keel Cottrelle LLP, and a former longtime partner of Weir Foulds LLP. He is a Past President of the Toronto Lawyers' Association, as well as the past Chairman and presently Chairman Emeritus of The Law Firm Network, an international association of law firms in upwards of 50 countries.

    HORS D'OEUVRES

    Speckled Salmon Terrine

    APPETIZER

    Triptych of Fall Soups

    ENTREE

    Lemon Basil Veal Chops
    Spanish Potatoes with Red Peppers
    Buttered Sugar Snap Peas

    SALAD

    Orange Fennel Salad

    DESSERT

    Pumpkin Mousse Cheesecake
  • Leith Moore

    Leith joined Fieldgate Homes in 2014 to lead the diversification of the Fieldgate Brand into urban communities and condominium homes. Fieldgate Urban is an integrated division of Fieldgate that acquires, develops, markets and builds its own midrise condominium housing projects.
    Prior to this Leith was Vice President of Development for the Sorbara Group of Companies (1985-2014). Leith managed land development and servicing, low rise housing (Orchard Ridge Homes) and high rise condominium housing (Sorbara Group) for the company.

    Plated Dinner
    First Course
    Crunchy noodle salad with shredded nappa, broccoli slaw, red cabbage, bell pepper, carrot, sweet soy dressing and topped with a phyllo chicken and veg cigar
    Second Course
    Soy soba noodles with lime and lemon grass prawns
    Third / Main course
    Macadamia crusted sea bass with Thai red curry sauce, braised baby bok choy and jasmine rice
    Dessert
    Individual pavlovas with whipped Chantilly cream and fresh berries
  • Michael Kirkwood

    Chef Michael Kirkwood grew up in Ajax, Ontario where his appreciation for food and local ingredients flourished at a young age. Inspired by his parents’ gourmet interests, he began working in local restaurants as a teenager where his passion for cooking grew. Over his career, his cooking style has evolved from new vogue cuisine to comfort food to his current Canadian contemporary style. He’s committed to using fresh, local and artisan ingredients to create a clever fusion of flavors in his cooking. Chef Michael has created the Birchwood kitchen. A mobile culinary studio providing cooking classes for both children and adults, as well as private seasonal tastings and small event catering. Through this he is able to showcase his contemporary Canadian style of cuisine, as well as educate and inspire through modern preparation and presentation.

  • Richard and Pamela Earle

    Pamela and Richard Earle operate CMU College of Makeup Art and Design, a specialty college, unique in the world for Special Effects Makeup Artists. The college trains two hundred artists annually, many coming from all parts of the globe. The college is housed in Toronto’s Old Fire Hall at 110 Lombard Street. Built in 1886, it is considered one of the city’s major heritage jewels. The old Fire Hall was the home of the legendary Second City Comedy Troupe from 1974 -1997 and Gilda’s Club from 2001-2011. Richard is also a partner in Interwork Technologies, a software distribution company specializing in internet security software.

    Cocktails and Tomato Bocconcini Bites

    L’ami Jean’s Parmesan Soup

    Filet of Beef Tenderloin with red wine jus
    Onion Tart
    Roasted Vegetables

    Deconstructed Cesar Salad

    Seasonal Fruits with Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Patricia DiGasbarro and Nancy Toran Harbin

    "Driven by her passion to make the world a healthier place, Patricia DiGasbarro was shaken to learn childhood cancer has grown exponentially since 2000. Children are exposed to up to 50% of their lifetime cancer risk by the age of 2, in part from what is put on their bodies and absorbed through their skin. Discovering children’s products to be a toxic chemical soup, Patricia vowed to be part of the solution. Leaving her global corporate position, she devoted the next 3 years to developing Shoosha. Shoosha is the only complete line of FOOD GRADE, USDA Certified Organic skin care products. Safe enough to eat, designed for babies and folks with sensitive skin, Shoosha is great for the whole family.
    Lawyer Nancy Toran Harbin, has been a child and human rights advocate for over 40 years. A proud partner in Shoosha, Nancy continues her work to help make the world a safer place for all."

    Theme
    We will have a Downton Abbey theme. We shall pamper our guests by serving dinner on authentic antique dinnerware from the Downton Abbey era.

    The menu
    Appetizers:
    • Cucumber and cream cheese with assorted additions of dill, pimento, smoked salmon on crackers / & or pumpernickel
    • assorted cheese and fruit

    Soup:
    Wild Mushroom Soup

    Salad:
    Green salad with assorted spring greens, dried fruits and nuts dressed with fruit infused balsamic vinaigrette infused

    Entrée:
    • Oven Roasted Salmon with peppers, strawberries & blueberries
    • Oven Roasted carrots with red onion & thyme
    • French-style green beans with toasted almonds
    • Oven roasted mixed baby potatoes

    Dessert:
    • chocolate truffle with raspberries
    • coffee and Liqueurs/Port

  • Donald Schmitt

    Donald Schmitt is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Architecture where he received the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Medal.

    His experience as an architect includes academic, healthcare and research facilities with a focus on sustainable design. Significant projects include the master plan and building at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Symphony Hall, Detroit and the Bahen Centre for Information Technology at the University of Toronto. More recently he has completed the Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids Hospital, Allard Hall Law School, University of British Columbia, the Global Innovation Exchange Building at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and the Regent Park Arts and Culture Centre in Toronto.

    Currently he is working on the transformations of the Government Conference Centre and National Arts Centre, both in Ottawa, the new campus and buildings of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and Dennison Hall at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

    A Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a member of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Schmitt and his firm have won over 200 design awards including six Governor General’s Awards.

    He is the Founding Chair of the Public Art Commission for the City of Toronto for which he was awarded the Civic Medal. He was a member of the Advisory Committee on Planning Design and Real Estate for the National Capital Commission, Ottawa for 12 years, and is a member of the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel and the University of Toronto Design Review Panel.

    Canapes

    Raw Beet and Herb Salad

    Roasted Monkfish with black olive sauce and lemon mash

    Roasted Brussel Sprouts

    Homemade Apple Pie
  • Virginia M. Walley

    Dr. Walley is the President of the OMA. She chairs the Executive Committee of the Board of the Ontario Medical Association, and has been on that Board for the last 10 years. She has served in the past as a Canadian Medical Association Board Director.

    Dr. Walley is a pathologist working in Toronto; she is the Ontario Medical Director for LifeLabs. She has held many senior leadership positions in academic and community hospital settings, and she has post-graduate degrees in areas of health-care management from the University of Colorado and York University’s Schulich Business School.

    Dr. Walley was a full-professor at the University of Ottawa and Dalhousie University, with over 150 scientific publications, focusing on cardiovascular pathology and quality assurance. Currently she has an adjunct position at the University of Toronto.

    Warm roots, stracciatella cheese, pumpkin seed

    Grilled octopus , romesco, pickled onion
    Gnocchi, taleggio

    Cod, pepperonata, potato

    Pannacotta, granita, pinenut brittle
  • Richard Margison, Keren Morehead, Terry Walker, and Chef Eric Rogers

    Hailed for his ringing top notes and spine-tingling power, Canadian tenor, Richard Margison, is one of the most critically acclaimed opera singers Canada has ever produced. An Officer of the Order of Canada, the recipient of three honorary doctorates (McMaster University, University of Victoria, and University of British Columbia), two life-time achievement awards (Giulio Gari Foundation, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation), and the Royal Conservatory of Music's highest honour, the Honorary Fellowship, Richard has performed regularly as a principal artist over the past 2 1/2 decades in all of the worlds leading opera houses at home and abroad, including fifteen consecutive years at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Opera Australia (Sydney Opera House), the Liceu (Barcelona), La Monnaie (Brussels), Opera de Montreal, Opera de Quebec, Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Manitoba Opera, Edmonton Opera, and the Canadian Opera Company, where he most recently performed the role of Herod in Salome.

    In recent years Richard has been devoting more time to his passion for teaching, helping the next generation of artists within his industry, and giving back to the community at large. In the summer of 2007, Richard Margison and Opera Director, Valerie Kuinka, founded the Highlands Opera Studio, a very advanced professional training program for emerging operatic professionals, chosen through competitive audition from across Canada with the main objective to provide these singers with the necessary skills to embark on a career in opera. The program includes 2-3 fully staged productions held in Haliburton in August each year. The faculty includes renowned opera professionals from Canada and around the world. Richard is sought after across Canada and internationally as a master class and private professor of voice, and, although still performing professionally, continues to offer his services for a variety of charitable organizations.

    An Ontario resident for twenty-six years, Richard splits his time between his homes in Stouffville and Minden with his wife, opera director, Valerie Kuinka, and his daughter, Lauren Margison.

    Keren is a Metallurgy & Materials Engineering grad from the University of Toronto from 8T9. Keren’s career started with 20 years in Automotive Industry working for General Motors in Oshawa & Detroit in the areas of Supplier Quality, Stamping, Production, Facilities Engineering (including the Corvette Launch in 1996 otherwise known as the C5) and Quality Engineering at Oshawa Truck. Since 2009, Keren has worked for Ontario Power Generation in Nuclear Supply Chain Quality, Darlington Operations on shift in the Control Room and for the Darlington Refurbishment Project (Breaker open started October 16th 2016!). Currently, Keren is the Manager for Supplier Audits; Quality Engineering and Performance. Keren’s Aunt, Sheryl Noonan (aka Wanda), inspired the Wanda’s Arts Awards (presented at Tie One On) for Homes First starting in 2015 which has been an incredible success and inspiration to the residents and social workers who support them! Keren is a member of the Homes First Events Committee.

    Terry is the Managing Director of tdsmultimedia and the House Technician for the Molson Amphitheatre. tdsmultimedia does media broadcasting, consulting and media signage projects. Terry has been the integrator for LED signage at the Ripley’s Aquarium and CN Tower, Yonge Eglington Centre, Mississauga Civic Centre, 407 ETR, Royal Bank to name a few. Terry also works many events at the Royal Conservatory for concert series such as 21C as they webstream to bring their events to a larger audience. During the summer concert season, Terry is the house technician for the Molson Amphitheatre and has his camera crew shoot and direct the video wall productions for many bands. In August 2016, Terry’s crew shot and directed a 12 camera live websteam of Prophets of Rage from a mobile truck for the band’s facebook page which has 596,858 views! Terry volunteers for Homes First with technical support for the Homes for Dinner kick-off at William Ashley and for the annual Tie One On event.

    Oh yeah – Keren and Terry are avid hockey players – Keren is a goalie and Terry plays either defense or forward, depending on the week!

    Chef Eric Rogers have spent over two decades cultivating my passion for cuisine, beginning with such Toronto institutions as Browne’s Bistro, Auberge Gavroche and most significantly, as the right hand man to fresh food innovator, Jamie Kennedy at the acclaimed Palmerston Restaurant.
    In 1995, I cast my eyes on the catering world and so began my catering odyssey, beginning with Eric Rogers Fine Foods and The Berkeley Café. I started with a funky café in Toronto’s east end where I learned how to balance my passion for the restaurant experience with the demands of off site catering. Gone were the days of uninspired vegetable platters, boring canapés and over done chicken! It was time to provide the catering world with the same sort of attention to products and details as the restaurant world had been developing for the last 10 years.
    Soon came the need to expand and a partnership emerged that created Sumptuous Catering by Eric Rogers. Here, I was able to develop a talented kitchen brigade and train them to accomplish increasingly more complex and exciting cuisine. Sumptuous Catering by Eric Rogers ultimately emerged as one of Toronto’s premiere boutique caterers’, working with some of Toronto’s top venues and developing a long list of prestigious corporate and private clients.
    From this started the new exciting venture ‘Playing with Fire’ which brought a whimsical and exciting approach to all of our catered events.
    Tempted by Toronto’s newest and most exciting catering company Saucy Affairs, and the opportunity to work along side Kim Everest and her head chefs Glen Anderson and Greg Coulliard who have just returned from running Guadalajara Mexico’s most successful restaurant, ‘number FOUR’, I have joined their team and am thrilled to be running their brand new corporate catering division!

    When guests arrive
    Butternut Squash Croquettes Risotto/Parmesan/Drizzled Sage Honey/Willow Skewer
    Next
    Asian Crab Cakes
    Coconut-Red Curry/Asian Slaw/Sweet and Sour Caramel Sauce
    Braised Black Angus Beef Cheeks
    Double Smoked Bacon/Cippolini Onions/Creamy Polenta/Mascarpone
    Spinach/Burgundy Sauce
    Pear Beignet
    Vanilla-Caramel Sauce/ Chocolate Drizzle
  • Sarah d'Amato and Bryan McCaw at Album Studio A

    Sara is a Toronto-based wine consultant, sommelier, wine critic and principal partner with WineAlign.com. She has worked in cellars both in Niagara and in France, formerly as Sommelier of Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto and at the Platinum Club of the Air Canada Centre. Sara is the wine columnist for Chatelaine magazine and writes freelance for a number of publications including Chatelaine, TheLoop.ca in addition to weekly features and editorial pieces for WineAlign. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Niagara College’s Winery and Viticulture technician program, she was the youngest and only woman to win the grand prize at Canadian Renaissance Wine Tasting Challenge in 2006 as featured in CBC’s Wine Confidential Documentary. Sara has been awarded The Ontario Hostelry’s “Top 30 Under 30” Award and is a staunch promoter of local wine and gastroculture. A member of the Wine Writer’s Circle of Canada, she continues to participate in judging wine competitions across the country and abroad. Currently, Sara is President of the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and is an instructor of the WSET program in Toronto with Fine Vintage Ltd.

    Bryan McCaw is the "Head Wineaux" of WineAlign. Bryan's a reformed software developer who has built and sold several Internet companies, he now prefers spreadsheets to coding. Bryan started WineAlign after being disappointed with an expensive wine purchase and vowed that there had to be a better way to buy wine. Bryan's enjoying the career change from tech to wine as where else is it perfectly acceptable to open a bottle of wine at work on a Tuesday afternoon. Bryan's interests, besides wine, include: technology, hockey, jogging, military history and avoiding being manipulated by his 9 year old daughter.

    Album is a full service studio partner for photographers, videographers, producers, agents, manufacturers, and even couples who choose our space for their wedding receptions. We focus on the details so you can relax and create! (http://www.albumstudiorentals.com/)

    Pheasant rillette with sunchoke puree and blueberry compote

    Pan seared Arctic char with wild mushroom fricassee, chestnuts, parsnip, sage, mushroom consume.

    12 hour beef short ribs with porcini risotto, heirloom carrots and sauce bordelaise.

    Chocolate cardamom "pot du crème" with gooseberry compote and fall fruits.
  • Nadine Spencer, Devonia DeBeck and Chef Selwyn Richards

    Nadine Spencer is the CEO of BrandEQ Group Inc., a global marketing and communications agency specializing in marketing, communications and PR. Nadine has earned a reputation as an experienced professional who accelerates strategic growth and brand visibility for clients. Through her coined “People Matter” concept, she has expanded market growth and increased revenues for various multinational enterprises by amplifying their messages to a wider audience.

    Nadine has held a variety of senior positions throughout her career. Clients include Burberry, Mercedes Benz, Merchandise Mart, Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, The World Bank, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Jamaica National Building Society, and Holt Renfrew. Celebrity collaborations include Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Colin Cowie, Art Smith (former chef to Oprah Winfrey), Chef Selwyn Richards, and Padma Lakshmi.

    Recent projects includes created Canada’s first world class food event, the Delicious Food Show, securing the Food Network as media sponsor in its first year. She managed all aspects of the show’s production and strategic direction. The show was acquired by conglomerate Informa and is now the Toronto Wine & Food Show.

    Nadine has redefined every leadership position she has held, while simultaneously playing a philanthropic role across various communities. She has founded and led multiple successful businesses, and served as CEO and president of both corporate and nonprofit boards. Charitable activities includes the Junior League of Toronto, YWCA Montreal, Scarborough Women’s Centre, Lifelong Leadership Institute, The Jane Finch PanAm Games Host Committee, and Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs.

    Nadine holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from York University. She participates in discussions with the White House on issues regarding anti-discrimination, equity for women and girls of color, and and other relevant topics to the upliftment of marginalized in society.

    Founder and Principal Designer, Devonia started her career as a second generation realtor. Real Estate was the family business, but Devonia found herself also redesigning her client's homes to look showcase ready. Her clients were so ecstatic with their home design transformation, resulting in some deciding not to sell and stay in their home longer and others asked her to help them decorate their newly purchased home. Devonia received her certification in real estate staging and graduated from Sheridan College’s Interior Decorating Program. Interior Home Decorating, Home Staging and Real Estate has been her winning combination for over 14 years. Devonia loves seeing her clients beam with pride as they show off their beautiful redesigned spaces to their family and friends.

    A Caribbean Cruise
    Trio of smoked salmon with avocado aioli and pea sprouts
    Mixed baby lettuce with grape tomatoes, julienne mango wrapped in cucumber ribbons with raspberry vinaigrette
    Roulade of red snapper filet with sweet chili glazed on a bed of sautéed spinach with Portobello mushroom
    Boneless Jerk chicken done two ways with candy yams, baby okras and a mild pepper sauce
    Mango cheesecake with raspberry and mango coulis
  • Ana Bailão

    First elected in 2010, Ana Bailão is the Toronto City Councillor for Ward 18, Davenport, and a woman proud to be rooted in the rich cultural diversity of her community. After immigrating to Canada from Portugal at the age of 15, Ana has worked hard to achieve success in her community and in the public and private sectors. Re-elected in 2014, Ana was selected to lead Toronto's housing agenda as Council's Housing Advocate, Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee and a board member of Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Canada's largest social housing provider. In these roles, Ana has been tasked with implementing and shaping Toronto's multi-faceted strategy to improve housing affordability and expand housing services.

  • Cathryn Sawicki and John McCallum

    John McCallum is the Liberal candidate for the new riding of Markham—Thornhill and is the current Member of Parliament for Markham—Unionville. Prior to his entry into public service, John worked as the chief economist for the Royal Bank of Canada. During this time, he also worked to advance a number of social causes, most notably indigenous rights.

    Before beginning his career with RBC, John was a professor of economics at several Canadian universities. He also served as the Dean of Arts at McGill University, where he helped to secure $10 million to establish the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

    John was first elected to represent Markham in 2000, and has since filled a variety of cabinet positions, including Minister of National Defence. He is currently the Liberal Critic for Citizenship and Immigration, Multiculturalism, and Seniors.

  • Olivia Chow

    In 2006 she was elected to Parliament as MP for the riding of Trinity-Spadina and is currently the Official Opposition Transport and Infrastructure Critic. Born in Hong Kong in 1957, Olivia grew up in Toronto, studied philosophy and art. She worked as a college professor, an ESL teacher, counselor for new immigrants and a sculptor. She won her first election in 1985 and served on the Toronto Board of Education for six years. Outside the political sphere, she is known as a tireless spokesperson, fundraiser and champion of numerous charities.

  • Terry Fallis

    Terry Fallis is the author of four national bestselling novels, all published by McClelland & Stewart. The Best Laid Plans was the winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour in 2008, and CBC’s Canada Reads in 2011. In 2014, CBC Television aired a six part miniseries based on The Best Laid Plans. As well, the novel is currently in development as a stage musical in Vancouver. The High Road was a Leacock Medal finalist in 2011. Up and Down was the winner of the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award, and was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal.

  • Marc Garneau

    On October 5, 1984, Marc made history when he became the first Canadian to fly in space as part of a NASA Shuttle Mission. Born in Quebec City, Marc began his career of public service at age 16. After earning his Bachelor of Science from the Royal Military College, Marc completed a Doctorate in London, England. As a Naval Officer he rose to the rank of Captain before retiring in 1989. Elected to the House of Commons in 2008 as the Member of Parliament for Westmount–Ville-Marie, Marc’s passion for a fair, compassionate, progressive Canada has led him to run for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.

  • Mary Wiens

    Mary’s ear for the telling detail combined with powerful and original storytelling is central to Metro Morning's mandate as a journalistic leader in this city. Series such as Waging Nonviolence about Torontonians who contribute to political revolutions in the Middle East, "Growing Up Without Men" about black fathers reclaiming their role in their children's lives, and "Safe Haven", about Iranians in Toronto's real estate market illustrate the constantly changing face of thecity and its role in a global community.

  • Kristyn Wong-Tam

    Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam has an extensive career investing in the City of Toronto through both the public and private sectors. Her contributions have led to the development and support of numerous social planning programs, business ventures, art endeavours and successful community initiatives. As a tireless community advocate, Councillor Wong-Tam has led efforts to defend the rights of tenants to obtain affordable and decent standards of rental housing. Councillor Wong-Tam has a distinguished track record of human rights advocacy. She continues to be a champion for sustainable living and environmental health and plays a vital role in ensuring the vibrancy of our city and its economic and social development. In addition to her city appointments to numerous city boards and agencies, she is also a board member of the University of Toronto Art Centre and the Business Chair at the Toronto Workforce Innovation Group (previously known as the Toronto Training Board).