Author: James Shay

Although the curtains have drawn to a close for World MasterCard Fashion Week, we remember the glitz and glamour of all the after parties and events that help make fashion week exhilarating and memorable. One such event was on March 26th, 2015, Holt Renfrew’s celebration of international designer Fausto Puglisi who known for his bold, bright and sexy designs that have a touch of flare and drama.

We swirled and observed, nosed and sipped one evening on March 10th, 2015 trying to divulge the parts and volumes that make up The Famous Grouse whisky. Our hands-on introduction into the fine art of whisky blending was hosted by The Famous Grouse.

Best of all, we’re giving away a bottle of Black Grouse to one of our readers: it’s a mischievous and peaty blend just in time for April Fool’s Day. Details down below!

Chef Matt Basile with Open Wines at Lisa Marie Restaurant

Open Wines were featured at the #BeOpen dinner party at the Lisa Marie Restaurant on 638 Queen Street West on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015. Open Wines, in concert with Matt Basile of Fidel Gastros food truck and owner of Lisa Marie Restaurant (and from the show Rebel Without a Kitchen on the Cooking Channel), created an intimate wine and food pairing event that hit all the right notes.

What is old is new again and conceptualized in the re-invention of Toronto’s beloved former Panorama Lounge on the 51st floor of Manulife Centre. Add a mixture of elegance, glamour, luxury, and hospitality to complement. The design, touches and finishes are reminiscent of the golden age of the 1920’s with a modern Los Angeles inspired flair; warm, earthy wood textures against palettes of cooler tones, accentuated by a glossy white ceiling.

The Forth restaurant presented a “World of Whisky Lounge” event on February 5th, 2015 featuring whisky and rye varieties from around the world. Spirits from Canada, United States, Scotland, Ireland, Japan, and India were represented at the event and were been paired with some scrumptious creations from Chef Zach Albertsen.

Mercatto has opened its newest central location, Taverna Mercatto between the ACC and the Rogers Centre at the Southcore Financial Centre at 120 Bremner Blvd. It opened its doors to the neighbourhood for a sampling of the menu by Executive Chef Doug Neigel accompanied by Taverna’s drink menu. The bar is one of the largest among Mercatto’s restaurants, and with a convenient location, ideal for tourists and the downtown crowd to gather for after work drinks, lunch or even an…

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