2018 Annual Quiz
Our move to Quinn’s Steakhouse and Irish Bar this year saw us spoiled by the wonderful team helmed by Gavin, Mike and John. Quizmaster Michael Monaghan and his merry band of markers navigated teams through some tough rounds with Majella Coleman’s foursome “Don’t Remember” coming out on top again. Congratulations to Fearsome Foursome and Rebel House Alliance who found themselves in a tie for second with the FFs finally conquering. “In It to Win It or Not” were full of grace as they claimed last place. See you all next year–get studying!
5th Annual President's Dinner with Keynote Speaker Donna Dooher
Donna’s been skipping the light fandango through the Toronto restaurant scene since she and her partner, Kevin Gallagher, opened the beloved Mildred Pierce Restaurant in the city’s west end warehouse district. Always up for a great kitchen party Donna went on to create the Cookworks Cooking Studio, which parlayed into a popular Food Network show called The Cookworks with Donna Dooher, watched by foodie fans around the world discovering their love of food in their own kitchens. Donna introduced the phenomena of brunch to the sleepy town of TO when Sunday’s were just a day of ‘rest’ and went on to publish her award-winning cookbook Out To Brunch. She joined forces with the country’s top designers and publishers to bring Wish magazine to Canadian readers and the best seller Wish |Market to Table Cookbook. Donna’s latest venture, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in the heart of Toronto’s Liberty Village, reflects her commitment for the return to the table and her passion for locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, simply and sumptuously prepared. Donna is actively involved in Canada’s hospitality community and a self-proclaimed ‘fork hugger’, dedicated to supporting Ontario farmers and local agriculture. Donna currently sits as the National Chair of Taste Canada. She’s served as the Chair of The Board of Directors and CEO of Restaurants Canada, co-chaired the YES CHEF! Fundraising Campaign at George Brown College and has worked extensively with Brand Canada to promote Canadian hospitality around the globe. Donna’s approach to cooking (and life in general) – cook with love and reckless abandon!
Gals & Grapes
Our inaugural ICCCTO Women’s Networking Event sold out! Winemaker Kelly Mason, Domaine Queylus Niagara, led guests through an interactive tasting of exceptional, elegant wines, sharing her own story of wine-making, vineyard management as a female, and insights on women as wine tasters. Hosts Mildred’s Temple Kitchen spoiled us with delectable bites served by a warm, friendly staff. With bubbly and canapes to greet our guests, 4 wines to sample, and a glass to enjoy while networking, the evening was a hit–watch for more to come.
Thank you to our sponsor Invest Northern Ireland.
Christmas Gathering 2017
A few candid snaps from our December 8th Christmas Gathering at PJ O’Brien Pub. A wonderful turnout to celebrate the year that was. Thanks to the staff at PJ’s for welcoming us, to the rollicking band, and to chief bar-tender Johnny Boland who pulled the winning ticket for our first prize raffle item: a trip for 2 to Ireland sponsored by Air Canada Vacations and Tourism Ireland.