6 Tips for Foodies Planning a Wedding in Toronto

Julia Child once said “People who love to eat are always the best people”.  So it was no strange coincidence that on May 6, 2017, I found myself tying the knot with my food soulmate, Derek. He’s the bread to my wine and the breath to my life.

Wedding Ideas for Foodies

Photo Credit: Sai Kit Chu Photography

 

TIP #1– Plan with love

Wedding planning, as food (and comic book) aficionados, was no easy task. Finding venues, catering, cake and a theme that will fit both our unique personalities, was an incredible journey. Rather than focusing on pedigree venues and caterers, we focused on fit, and love for the craft. Partnering with vendors who profoundly enjoyed both food and weddings, was our manifesto. From our venue, to our photographer and DJ…no stone unturned.

With this manifesto, we found ourselves surrounded with a group of people who sincerely love their craft; our wedding was everything we ever hoped for, and more!

 

TIP #2 – Pick a venue that loves food (and bonus, has private label wine!)

Our wedding venue was The Albany Club in Toronto.

Wedding Ideas for Foodies

The Albany Club Toronto
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The Albany Club was established 1882 and is one of Canada’s oldest private clubs. The building is home to 125 years of Canadian history, a preserved building façade and interior, and home to one of Canada’s oldest elevators. The building is 4 stories high and hosts a magnificent main dining room – a bride’s dream come true.

Wedding Ideas for Foodies

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We fell in love with The Albany because of it’s unique look, private wedding style – allowing us to have the entire building for us that day – and of course, their menu offerings. The Albany understood our unique taste. From the moment we met April Thornton, the Albany’s event planner, we knew we’d be hosting our reception there. April made sure our wedding needs were met and planned our day with the outmost dedication. She arranged for us to meet the head chef and plan our menu accordingly. The day of our tasting, we were hosted in a private room and indulged in the club’s menu selection, as well as their private label wine. Good wine was a must-have for us (ok, me!).

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The Albany Club Private Label Wine

Guests were greeted with gourmet canapés during cocktail hour, and were later offered a select 3-course menu. We started with the Vine ripened tomato salad, accompanied with cucumber, olives, feta, romaine and oregano lemon vinaigrette. The salad was fresh and tangy, with the feta adding a perfect salty balance.

For our main course, the majority of our guests went with the Grilled Ontario trout fillet or the 9oz Prime Ribeye. The Grilled Ontario trout fillet was cooked perfectly and melted like butter in our mouths. It was delicately bathed in a saffron beurre blanc sauce and accompanied by fresh market veggies. The 9oz Prime Ribeye was seasoned on point, with horseradish and grainy mustard jus and was accompanied with the obligatory Yorkshire pudding. One of my favourite things about meeting with The Albany’s chef was that we were able to let our guests pick the temperature on their beef. Major bonus points to the chef for accommodating this foodie’s special request!

And last but not least, and probably one of our guests favourite: dessert – a flourless chocolate cake - decadent yet not overpowered with sugar, and deliciously plated with cherry compote, Kirsch cream (aka fruit brandy made from double distillation of morello cherries) and a cute cape gooseberry.

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The Albany Club – Wedding Menu
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Whoever said couples never get to eat at their own wedding, has clearly never met Derek and I. April, being our accomplice, made sure we both had time to eat during our reception. How she made it happen, I will never know. But she did, and we ate! We ate so well, each and every bite, we even did “sharsies” and shifted between the fish and beef, we tried both the red and white wines, and dessert! Yep, we ate like king and queen.

 

TIP #3 – Make your cake your wedding centrepiece 

You can have your cake and eat it too. Literally. For The Love of Cake, a cute and well-know cake shop in Liberty Village in Toronto, created a masterpiece with this 2-façade, 4-tier elegant super hero cake!

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Cake by For The Love of Cake – Liberty Village Toronto
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Derek got his comic book theme, and we both got our dream cake, one that we could enjoy and indulge in. Two parts red velvet with cream cheese, two parts marble cake. This is exactly why For The Love of Cake is my go-to shop since 2009. This shop knows how to make great tasty cakes, inside and out. And yes, we also got to eat our cake on our wedding day!

 

TIP #4 – Late night stations go a long way…and keep the party going! 

Being Colombian, one simply does not throw a party without the obligatory “crazy hour”. Right when guests think the party is about to wind-down, we throw them a curve ball and begin – The crazy hour. Party props come out for every guest, the music gets louder and we dance to the beat of drums and Latin beats.

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Crazy Hour (aka Hora Loca)
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Crazy hour is typically followed by late night food. So we hosted wedding guests with a pizza station and chocolate fountain. Both created uniquely by The Albany Club’s head chef for our wedding. The pizza, with 3 flavours to choose from – 4 cheese with pesto, hawaiian, and pepperoni – had a crunchy crust and enormous amount of cheese. Just the way we like it! The choco fountain was decadent, sweet and gooey, and came a selection of fresh fruit. These two certainly hit the spot for those late night (drunk) cravings. And yes, we both got the time to enjoy the pizza and dessert. This bride came to eat at her own wedding, and so she did!

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Late Night Pizza Station and Chocolate Fountaing

 

TIP #5 – Wine corks have a place at the table 

It took us 7 months to collect them, but we did it! 120 used wine corks served as place card holders for our wedding. Our place cards also helped identify guest menu choices for the staff, and complete our seating chart.

Wedding Tips for Foodies

Photo Credit: Sai Kit Chu Photography

A big thanks to our family and friends who drank alongside us for 7 months and made this possible; and to my awesome hubby who cut each and every one of the corks to spec!

 

TIP #6 – Pick vendors that get your vibe 

Our wedding (and food) would simply not have been captured beautifully, without the help from our talented photographer – Sai Kit Chu (and partner in crime, Neil). These two guys not only had a terrific time at our wedding (priority number one, remember plan with love), but also captured our essence, in the best possible light.

Wedding Ideas for Foodies

Photo Credit: Sai Kit Chu Photography

Our DJ, DJ Jovie, who I spotted years ago at a food event I attended (meant to be or what?), did a wonderful job both MC’ing and playing our beats. The dance floor was packed, his craft was perfect, and the music was spot on. Oh and he said our wedding food was the best he’s had in a while! (Foodie Tip –feed your vendors well that day!)

And last but not least, Julia from E&B Event Décor, who made sure our wedding décor, from bouquets to centre pieces and boutonnières looked fresh and outstanding.

Photo Credit: Sai Kit Chu Photography

Photo Credit: Sai Kit Chu Photography

Thank you everybody, our day was perfect, because of your passion and dedication to your craft.

 

Buen Provecho,
Foodies Inked.

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