Bees’ Knees Dance offers adult dance courses, specifically geared toward beginners, in a fun and low-pressure environment. Students can put their sextet of drop-in dance classes ($10 each) to jump, jive, and wail through the lighter-than-air Lindy Hop moves of swing dancing. The one-hour classes are led by a fearless brigade of instructors ready to take on even the most inexperienced of toe-tappers. And with six to 30 students in the typical class, you'll enjoy social interaction far more pleasant than your ill-fated attempt to hand out free hugs at the zoo. The fall schedule has currenly has classes offered from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday evenings and a new session starts each month—see the schedule page for up-to-date info on current offerings.
Sunlight shines through stained-glass windows inside the Winchester-Larkin house, casting a kaleidoscopic glow on elegant woodwork and imported fireplaces. The house, a two-storey Victorian-style red-brick building, dates back to 1845; in its latest incarnation, it serves as the elegant backdrop to Dom’s Pasta & Grill.
A dozen housemade pastas headline the eatery’s menu of traditional Italian cuisine. Chefs fill up the crepe-like manicotti with creamy ricotta cheese and eggs, and the hand-rolled lasagna pasta, like Emeril Lagasse’s childhood scrapbook, is layered with meat and cheese. They also roll out pizza dough made from three flours and then decorate the disc with any of more than a dozen gourmet toppings, including artichokes.
With a focus on traditional Tuscan cuisine, La Scala Ristorante concocts a menu of house-crafted pasta, made-from-scratch sauces, and fresh seafood to whisk diners away on a culinary adventure through Northern Italy. Start your meal with an insalata di funghi ($9), wild mushrooms nestled in a bed of baby spinach alongside caramelised onions and goat cheese, or whet your antipasti appetite with the prosciutto di parma ($10)—grilled melon wrapped in veritable pashmina of prosciutto ham and anointed with a fig and wine reduction. Apennine aficionados can sink teeth into the vegetarian-friendly ravioli alla pomodoro ($17), twist a fork around the capallini alla pescatere ($21), a dish of sea scallops, shrimp, and spring vegetables in a creamy citrus sauce, or revel in La Scala's signature dish, the scallopini di vitello marsala ($26)—melting circlets of veal in a mushroom and wine cream sauce, traditionally served to patrons ordering by aria. A private wine list, along with VQA wines, adds flair to the already authenticated meal.
Mahtay Café & Lounge draws inspiration for its menu and community-focused philosophies from the ancient, healthy yerba mate customs of South America's Guarani clan. Following centuries-old customs, baristas brew the tribe's traditional tea-like beverage inside a gourd, pouring the concoction alongside modern coffee drinks. Local farmers proffer fresh produce for the café's soups and salads, which highlight a smattering of vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes. Smoked salmon and apple jam fill sandwiches, and Upper Canada Niagara Gold cheese and local prosciutto crown flatbreads and pizzas.
Mahtay Café & Lounge fosters a haven for the local creative community, peppering its walls with an extensive stash of locally produced artwork. To further bolster the eclectic ambiance, the eatery regularly hosts events that focus on literature, art, and Vincent van Gogh's good ear.: