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October 6, 2009
Official opening of new cooking school in historic St. Lawrence Market
Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) will join Odysseas Gounalakis, Chair of the St. Lawrence Market Tenants’ Association, and representatives of the City of Toronto and Miele (Canada) Limited to officially open the Miele Gallery at The Market Kitchen, St. Lawrence Market’s new cooking school and event venue.

Date: Thursday, October 8
Time: 2 p.m.
Media access for setup: 1:30 p.m.
Location: St. Lawrence Market Complex, south building, 93 Front St. E.

Located on the mezzanine level and overlooking the marketplace below, the 223 sq. metre (2,400 sq. ft.) area was previously closed to the public. The space was renovated without alternation to its foundation or architectural features that provide the historic backdrop to the modern kitchen that is outfitted with appliances, sponsored by Miele. The space retains its original architectural features - and one of the brick walls dates back to the mid 1800s, when Toronto's first City Hall was located at this site (1845-1899).

Following the official remarks, Mr. Gounalakis will lead Councillor McConnell and other guests in a hands-on demonstration to test their culinary skills. Media will also have the opportunity to sample a selection of market fare, compliments of the St. Lawrence Market merchants, who will provide the ingredients used in all programs and events hosted in The Market Kitchen.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Note to editors:
Do you want photos or video of your columnist/reporter cooking with the “kitchen dignitaries” at the opening? Contact us to schedule an opportunity following the official kickoff.

Media contact: Cindy Bromley, Finance and Administration Communications Manager,



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