Food & Drink

Etc. March 2013

Photo credit: Calla Evans Photography Photo credit: Calla Evans Photography

Sweet Table Artists

If attending this month’s Canadian Special Events Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre you’re in for a sweet treat with Bucket & Whisk in charge of the opening night party’s desserts. Since launching last spring, the dynamic food styling husband-and-wife duo of Morgan and Melissa Lukan have elevated sweet tables and edible favours to new levels with their passionate attention to visual detail, customized themes, and quality taste.

Romantic, fun, whimsical or modern, dessert buffets are exquisitely dressed and laden with mouth-watering, handcrafted goodies. Unique (and handsome) are Man Tables filled with flavourful offerings such as root beer mustache lollipops, soft pretzels with spicy jalapeño-cheddar dip and peanut butter milk chocolate sandwiches. Naked layer cakes (no fondant or icing), gourmet popcorn, marshmallow-filled crispy rice sandwiches, home-baked cookies and imaginatively presented mini desserts are Bucket & Whisk signatures.

Photo credit: Jacques Dutil

Hoops Of Fun

Becky Priebe’s alter ego Becky Hoops brings the funny along with amazing hula-hoop derring-do. The Montreal-based entertainer’s quirky stage persona combines comedy of the absurd with hilariously unconventional yet technically perfect gymnastic hoop execution. Becky’s athletic clowning zenith sees her grooving 25 or more spinning hoops at once.

Fresh off corporate and festival gigs in New Zealand, Japan and Italy, the cirque comedian offers a range of eclectic characters, shows, and lengths tailored to theme, venue, and audience. Check out Becky Hoops at the upcoming Toronto edition of the Canadian Special Events Expo where she’ll be performing both solo and with equally eccentric hooping partner David Fiset. The circus pro also offers laughter-filled corporate hula-hooping sessions.

A Cozy Italian Cantina

Sagra, meaning Italian food festival, is the name of a new Annette Street-restaurant opening soon in the west-end’s Junction neighbourhood. The eatery had us at its tagline: “At the table, one doesn’t grow old.” Warm and welcoming, the intimate space is a cross between an Italian cantina and a soda fountain shop. Mason-jar light fixtures hang on pulleys above simple wooden tables. An antique glass dessert case and vintage weigh scale grace the bar. Furnishings clear easily for reception style-gatherings of up to 50.

The soon-to-launch menu promises eating from top to bottom of the “boot,” with wood-oven fired pizzas, slow-roast chicken and pork, and rustic salads. Under construction is a back dining room with a communal table for up to a dozen. Use the space to overflow events from the main area. Private buy out is available.