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December 1, 2004
Winterlicious enhances the experience of dining
  
Toronto Special Events - Winterlicious presented by American Express is
designed to highlight the stellar culinary community in Toronto. On top of the
hugely popular prix fixe menus that will be served at 120 of the city's finest
restaurants, 12 establishments will offer unique food experiences.

Traditional Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel (18 St Thomas Street)
Built in 1927, the Windsor Arms is synonymous with luxury and exquisite
service. Officially designated a historic property, the hotel is also known for
its restaurants including the elegant Tea Room, renowned as one of the world's
finest. During Winterlicious, guests will receive a complimentary gift along
with Traditional Afternoon Tea featuring a selection of loose-leaf teas, fresh
scones with preserves & Devon cream, sandwiches and petits fours. The Afternoon
Tea is available January 28 through February 10 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. daily.
The cost is $27 per person (plus taxes and gratuity) and includes a
complimentary gift. Tickets are available by calling 416-971-9666.

Winterlicious Demo Cooking Classes at Calphalon Culinary Center (425 King
Street West)
Food lovers can join Calphalon Resident Chef, Susie Reading for this special
Winterlicious cooking demonstration featuring a menu guaranteed to warm up any
winter's day or night. Students will learn to prepare inspired, heart-warming
fare that is easy to make for family or special occasions. Guests can sit back
and relax as they watch the chef at work - then eat the masterpiece. All
participants will take home recipes and a special Winterlicious gift from
Calphalon. Menu includes: Wild & Tame Mushroom Potage with Roasted Garlic
Crostini and Panceta Crisps; Oka and Sage Stuffed Chicken Breast with a Sweet
Potato Galette; Oven-Braised Rapini & Tomatoes; and Warm Raspberry-Chocolate
Torte with Maple Crème and Berry Coulis. The Winterlicious Demo Cooking Classes
take place January 31 through February 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. The tuition is $50
per person (taxes and gratuity included). Tickets are available by calling
416-847-2212 or by e-mailing ccc.toronto@Calphon.com.

Experience Beijing at Olympic Spirit Toronto (35 Dundas Street East)
Olympic Spirit Toronto is the world's first and only permanent entertainment
complex themed around the Olympic Games. Located in downtown Toronto, next to
Yonge-Dundas Square, the 52,000 square foot complex provides the opportunity
for visitors to meet with Olympians, enjoy interactive games, view multimedia
and static displays, dine and shop. It's the closest the public can come to
experiencing the Games from an athlete's perspective, without participating in
them themselves. With Experience Beijing, guests get into the spirit of the
Olympics by testing their skills with event simulators and get some coaching
from Olympians such as three-time Gold Medallist Marnie McBean. While visiting,
guests can sample cuisine by Herbs Restaurant & TONE Catered Events. Experience
Beijing takes place on February 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $90 per person
(taxes included) and are available by calling 1-888-466-9991.

Dance The Night Away at the Windsor Arms Hotel (18 St Thomas Street)
Built in 1927, the Windsor Arms became synonymous with luxury and exquisite
service. Officially designated a historic property, the Neo-Gothic original
exterior underwent reconstruction with the original stained glass and entrance
way now complemented by pointed arches. The Windsor Arms was never just a place
to rest a weary head. The hotel is known for its restaurants and as a place to
be seen. Guests can dance the night away in the spectacular Courtyard Café
while enjoying a culinary feast of seafood, beef, salad, pastas and
mouthwatering desserts prepared by Executive Chef, Alex Austriaco. Dance the
Night Away takes place on January 28 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $130
per person or table of 8 for $900 (taxes and gratuity included) and are
available by calling 416-971-9666.

Guilty Pleasures fashion + food = fabulous! at The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen
Street West)
Toronto Fashion Incubator is an innovative, non-profit small business centre
developed in 1987 to nurture, promote and support new fashion entrepreneurs.
Brands that have been developed at the Toronto Fashion Incubator include David
Dixon, Misura, Arthur Mendonca, Mercy and many more. 2005 marks the 18th
anniversary year and the celebrations start with Guilty Pleasures where 18 of
Canada's newest designers put their original designs on sale at one of
Toronto's most interesting 19th-century buildings, The Drake Hotel. Guests can
enjoy The Drake's unabashed celebration of architectural eclecticism while
dining on mini brunch meals. Guilty Pleasures fashion + food = fabulous! takes
place on February 5 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets cost $48 per person (taxes
and gratuity included) and are available by calling 416-531-5042 x.113 or x.
222.

Champagne Brunch at Rosewater Supper Club (19 Toronto Street)
Known for its sophistication, luxurious surroundings and culinary excellence,
the Rosewater offers the quintessential dining experience. Diners can revel in
the decadence of a Champagne Brunch featuring an array of delicacies prepared
by Liberty Group's Executive Chef Michael Ewing and Rosewater's Executive Chef
Jeffrey Brothers. Reservations are highly recommended. Champagne Brunch takes
place on February 6 with seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ticket cost $50 per
person (plus taxes and gratuity). For tickets, the public can call 416-214-5888
or Tickmaster at 416-870-8000.

A Family Affair at Centro Grill & Wine Bar (2472 Yonge Street)
Centro's fine food formula blends a bit of France and a dash of Asia with pinch
of Italy, all sifted through a creative sensibility and high-end,
palate-tempting ingredients, sauces and garnishes. An evening of dining
prepared by Executive Chef, Bruce Woods and live entertainment at one of
Toronto's most celebrated restaurants. Valentines' Day isn't only for couples.
Guest can treat their mom and dad and say thanks to the people who first said
"I Love You". This rare event is not to be missed, so patrons should reserve
tickets early at 416-483-2211. A Family Affair takes place on February 10 at 6
p.m. The cost is $45 (plus taxes and gratuity). Tickets are available by
calling 416-483-2211.

Chef's Table with Masayuki Tamaru and Michael Stadtlander at Azure Restaurant &
Bar
(InterContinental Toronto Centre, 225 Front Street West)
As night falls, the floor to ceiling glass of Azure restaurant creates a serene
canopy of stars and city lights. White-clothed dining tables are dotted with
subtle hints of the restaurant's signature colour - the deep blue of water
glasses and the royal blue and platinum rims of gorgeous white showplates. The
effect is of one of peerless elegance and warmth. But at Azure, located in the
strikingly renovated InterContinental Toronto Centre what pleases the eye and
soothes the soul is only part of the entire sensory experience. Enjoy an
intimate Winterlicious four-course dinner created by renowned chefs Masayuki
Tamaru and Michael Stadtlander with a specially selected wine list. Guests will
be dazzled as the chefs prepare fabulous dishes right before their eyes. Chef's
Table with Masayuki Tamaru and Michael Stadtlander takes place on January 28 at
6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $95 (plus taxes and gratuity) and are available by
calling 416-597-8142.

Omakase "Let the Chef Decide" at Perigee Restaurant (Cannery Building, 50 Mill
Street)
"A gutsy, uncompromising thrill for the adventurous foodie" (Toronto Life),
Perigee is dinner theatre at its finest, with the kitchen centre stage and
dinner the headliner. Chef Pat Riley, the star of this mouth-watering
production, invites guests to take a ringside seat and "trust him" as he
presents a special Winterlicious five-course, blind tasting menu paired with
exquisite wines selected by Sommelier Mike Brown. Omakase "Let the Chef Decide"
takes place on February 7 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $120 per person and are
available by calling 416-364-1397.

Taste of the Distillery District - Jazzed at The Boiler House, Pure Spirits and
1832 (55 Mill Street)
The Distillery Historic District is a Canadian heritage site and Toronto's
newest arts and entertainment cultural community. When the $20-million
renovation is completed, the Distillery's 44 buildings will house more than 100
shops, including 22 retail stores, 21 art galleries, 6 restaurants and
bakeries, a microbrewery, 3 performance venues, 33 ateliers, and 25 non-profit
arts organizations. Throughout the year, the Distillery hosts celebrations and
special events such as the Distillery Jazz Festival, dance, comedy, music
fests, antique shows, vintage auto shows and outdoor exhibitions. With the
Taste of the Distillery District - Jazzed, guests will dine at three distinct
restaurants in one evening. Starting with cocktails at Pure Spirits, stepping
into 1832 for an antipasto buffet and moving on to The Boiler House for main
course and dessert. Diners will finish off the evening with the smooth sounds
of jazz. Taste of the Distillery District takes place on January 29 with
seatings at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Tickets cost $75 per person (plus taxes and
gratuity) and are available by calling 416-203-2121.

The Taste of Liberty at the The Liberty Grand (25 British Columbia Road,
Exhibition Place)
Originally constructed in 1926 and dedicated to the highest standard in
hospitality, the Liberty Grand offers the ultimate culinary experience when
they open their doors and welcome everyone to experience the grandeur and
opulence of their four exquisite ballrooms. Guests can mix and mingle and enjoy
live entertainment while they visit the many food stations sampling world class
international fare. The Taste of Liberty takes place on February 4 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $50 per person (plus taxes and gratuity) and are available by
calling 416-542-3789 or Ticketmaster at 416-870-8000.

Eat, Drink, Shop, Indulge at Lee Restaurant (603 King Street West)
Guests can celebrate winter in Toronto "Queen West style" at Lee Restaurant,
the newest name sake eatery by Toronto super chef, Susur Lee. Lauded as one of
Food and Wine's "hottest chefs alive" Lee is "hallowed in Toronto's halls of
gastronomy" (Gault-Millau) as a "culinary genius" with food nothing short of
"dazzling" (Zagat). For Winterlicious 2005, Lee teams up with local designer
retailers Annie Thompson Studio, Boutique le Trou, Brian Bailey, Comrags, David
Findlay, Franke, Girl Friday, Sunde, Meg, Public and Response to salute the
culinary and fashion style of Toronto's Queen West neighbourhood. Guests will
be offered a $60 fashion gift certificate with every special four-course meal
served at Lee Restaurant during the WinterCity festival. Eat, Drink, Shop,
Indulge takes place on February 7 and 8 beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $60
per person (plus taxes and gratuity) and are available by calling 416-504-7867.

The second annual WinterCity presented by American Express Foundation is a
14-day city-wide celebration of Toronto's culture, creativity, cuisine and
incomparable diversity of spirit. Running from January 28 - February 10, 2005,
this festival dares audiences to forget the weather and join the party in the
world's coolest city. With stellar free indoor and outdoor programming, the
hugely popular prix fixe restaurant promotion, plus tons of winter events and
discounts at Toronto's attractions, WinterCity provides the perfect opportunity
for tourists and locals to sample the city's vibrant arts scene.

For more information on WinterCity and other events produced by Toronto Special
Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit www.toronto.ca/special_events.

Media Contact:
Amber Authier, Event Supervisor, Marketing, Toronto Special Events,
416-395-7318, aauthie@toronto.ca



 

 

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