The Date and Time: Thursday, January 19, 2017 6PM to 10PM
The Event: Globe Bistro's 10th Birthday celebration
The Venue: Globe Bistro, Danforth
The Target Audience: friends, media, etc.
The Quote/Background: About 300 were expected for this "posh nosh" gathering of celebration, including owner-operator Ed Ho himself (who was on the guest list under "H").
The Wines: Globe served four wines: Cave Spring Chardonnay 2015 VQA (rated: 89), Hidden Bench Bistro Pinot Noir 2013 VQA (rated: 88), McManis Petite Sirah 2014 California (rated: 89), and Malivoire Pinot Gris 2015 VQA (rated: 88). I stuck with the Chardonnay, augmented by Flying Monkeys Hopping Mad IPA beer. There were other draught beers and bottled beers available, but essentially it was a wine crowd.
The Food: food was excellent, of course. Globe had wisely ordered a large cheese platter (about a dozen different cheeses, but no blues) and a large charcuterie platter (mainly gourmet sausages from around the world) from the Cheese Boutique. At this buffet table there was also a veggie platter of crudites and crisp breads. Two other platters by the kitchen comprised oysters and a roasted suckling pig. One-bite sized canapes were served by the staff: pig heart boudin blanc (wonderfully spiced), foie torchon, trout rillette, smoked cod croquette (my fave of the night: gotta love that smoke!), beef tartare, and Asian veggie rolls (also a fave). There was also black pudding terrine, squash pakoras, and northern woods mushroom crepes, but we did not see any. It was amazing how the staff were able to roll everything out in waves. Good team.
The Downside: we left early, just before 7:30 PM after seeing all the staff and picking our way through the crowds.
The Upside: a chance to see a few people I had not seen in a while.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 95.