The Date and Time: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6PM to 9PM
The Event: grand opening of Kadbanu, 771 Dundas Street West
The Venue: Kadbanu
The Target Audience: tastemakers, opinionmakers, and media.
The Quote/Background: Kadbanu (www.kadbanu.ca} is an Iranian restaurant opened by the Mohyeddin family who have Banu (www.banu.ca) at 777 Queen Street West, just a few blocks south of Kadbanu (which means "lady of the house"). The new restaurant will feature classic Iranian fare such as mirza ghasemi (smoked eggplant and tomato/garlic puree – my all-time fave), gormeh sabzi, tachin, and a Persian brunch, with the emphasis on "homemade" casual family food, not high-end dining.
The Wines: There is a nominal wine list, including pinot grigio, but the emphasis is on spirits, with some cocktail punches. On offer tonight was an excellent cucumber punch with Iranian syrup, mint, and vodka. Outside on the patio, there was a delightful watermelon punch with syrup, mint and vodka. I had a serving of each, and ended up blending the two for a delightful cuke-melon cocktail, augmented with San Pellegrino sparkling water.
The Food: a pile of goodies were plattered and passed around, including dates with herbal cheese, chilled corn soup in shooyers, khoresht gheymeh (split pea and beef stew with saffron rice), a watermelon salad with sheep cheese feta, a roasted beet salad, mini-kofteh meatballs, and shakshuka (egg baked in a spicy tomato sauce). All yummy.
The Upside: I had been going to Banu off and on for quite some time so I was familiar with some of the food.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88.