In one of Toronto’s most anticipated events of this year, the 10th anniversary of the Carlu pulled out all the stops to deliver on it’s own hype that had everyone in Toronto talking. It definitely exceeded expectations in terms of the vast amounts of gourmet food, amazing people and entertainment which adds up to tons of fun. Upon arrival at the Grand Foyer guests were greeted by models wearing Swarovski serving drinks. Other interesting highlights included the conveyor belt serving a variety of dishes and the salmon in ice hanging from the ceiling by L-eat Catering (dubbed “fish chandeliers”). Notable eats included the delicious steak tartare topped with a quail egg served in-shell by Daniel et Daniel and the liquid nitrogen avocado ice cream topped with trout roe by L-eat Catering.
The 10th anniversary party was supported in 3 categories: TASTE, DRINK, LOOK.
TASTE Catering included 10tation Event Catering, Daniel et Daniel Event Creation & Catering, L-eat Catering, The McEwan Group, Neptuno Oysters
DRINK Drinks were provided by Bacardi, Mill Street Brewery, Cave Spring Cellar, Mark Anthony Brands
LOOK Decor was provided by McNabb Roick Events, Signature Rentals, Contemporary Furniture Rentals, Westbury National, San Remo Floral Design Studio, HIGGINS EVENT RENTALS, Farley Chatto Designs, Northern Valet Inc., The Butler Did It Inc., National Sign & Design, Reznick & Partners Carpet
Entertainment included Daniel from Bellosound and great live performances that kept guests dancing in the Auditorium.
Guests in attendance who came out to celebrate included Shinan Govani, Natalie Deane, Kenny Hotz, Mike Chalut, David Dixon, Glenn Dixon, Glen Baxter, Elena Semikina, Rosey Edeh and many more. It was great to see many other familiar faces as well and it was an honour to be a part of the grand celebrations.
It’s quite clear that The Carlu hosts many of the best events in Toronto. Largely this has to do with the efforts of the innovative event visionaries, Mark Robert and Jeffry Roick who, after $8 million in restorations, opened up the historic 1930s venue 10 years ago on May 1st, 2003. It was renamed after the famous French architect Jacques Carlu (1890-1976) and is considered one of the world’s best examples of Art Modern architecture remaining in existence. The Carlu launched with much fanfare as the venue was chosen to host the royals, Prince Charles and Camilla.
“One of the reasons The Carlu was chosen to host the Royals was because of Charles’ love for heritage buildings,” recalls Mark Robert. “When he turned to me and said ‘we need more people like you’ I realized that we had likely received the biggest confirmation that we’d done a great job on the restoration let alone saving the space from potential demolition.”
Some facts about The Carlu after 10 years:
- Hosting more than 1,650 events including 190 Weddings, 135 charity functions, 160 award dinners, 25 Bar/Bat mitzvahs
- 2004 Architectural Excellence Award – Ontario Architectural Association
- Scrolls of Recognition – City of Toronto
- and many more accolades
- The Auditorium is 8,500 square feet in total with a capacity for 1,200 theatre-style seats including balcony seating for 460
- The Round Room has dining for up to 300 guests
- The Grand Foyer is 10,000 square feet in total allowing 700 for dinner or more than 1,500 guests for cocktail-style receptions
- There are also the Clipper and Sky Rooms for additional space or smaller functions
You can bet that The Carlu will continue hosting many of the best events in Toronto. Check out www.thecarlu.com
@TheCarlu A memorable party 10 yrs in the making #carlu10 pic.twitter.com/rnhootOUtz
— Glen Baxter (@GlenBaxterTO) May 4, 2013
Sparkling in @swarovski @TheCarlu #carlu10 @CAMI_cooks @supertwiNN pic.twitter.com/eDPSf4fsAX
— Farley Chatto (@FarleyChatto) May 4, 2013
Always hotness @thecarlu white is the new green @CAMI_cooks #carlu10 pic.twitter.com/o40Ad9CBZ5
— dj morgan shim (@djmorganshim) May 4, 2013
Blown away by @thecarlu tonight. Happy 10th #carlu10 pic.twitter.com/p0YdqJizMo
— Erin Strulovitch (@erinstrulz) May 4, 2013
it's all about #decadence @TheCarlu #carlu10 xo pic.twitter.com/EV7EZERCSt
— that PR thing inc. (@DanielleIversen) May 4, 2013
@TheCarlu a little #Steak tartar w/ an #egg on top – #sunnysideup 😉 just the way I like it!! #carlu10 pic.twitter.com/GTHmaB87r1
— that PR thing inc. (@DanielleIversen) May 4, 2013
@leatcatering #Carlu10 Amazing frozen fish chandeliers, genius! http://t.co/h6MLxbovD7
— CANDICEandALISON.com (@CANDICE_ALISON) May 4, 2013
Rhubarb soup shooters with mint Fior di Latte Foam #carlu10 pic.twitter.com/yVzojCQagF
— Chef Christopher (@TheFoodFella) May 4, 2013
Liquid nitrogen savoury avocado ice cream, with trout roe, must try! #carlu10 pic.twitter.com/ziFoHbhxeZ
— L-eat Catering (@LeatCatering) May 4, 2013
DLT (with duck prosciutto on gougere) at #carlu10 http://t.co/NwKXw4fvKz
— Daniel et Daniel (@danieletdaniel) May 3, 2013
@TheCarlu hands down the best #event of #2013 congrats #boys everything was #perfection #Carlu10
— Mike Chalut (@mikechalut) May 4, 2013
Fun times with #MissUniverseCanada thecarlu #Carlu10 @elenasemikina and Mariana Valente http://t.co/Tej8D7kSGF
— Natalie Deane (@natalie_deane) May 4, 2013
Gallery below and also on Facebook here.