At Vert Catering, head chef Pedro Dos Santos leans on years of professional experience and a Mediterranean culinary mindset to create wholesome meals out of local and organic food sources. The take-out menu is offered Wednesday–Friday and changes daily, although you might find pork goulash, fried polenta cakes, beef pot pie, or maple barley salad (check Vert's Facebook page for updates).
Catering options are more predictable. Assorted danishes and scones, trays of organic fruit, and croissandwiches show up at corporate breakfasts. Luncheons come to life with vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, hot meals of shepherd's pie or roast chicken, and hors d'oeuvres of corn cakes and empanadas. Also a caterer to the environment, Vert donates untouched food to local hostels, composts organic waste, and powers its building with carbon-neutral cold fusion.
The cofounder and artistic director of Les Coquettes Cabaret, Catherine Skinner—known onstage as La Minouche—takes the art of public seduction seriously. In a video posted to the troupe's YouTube channel, she promises, “You'll see a little bit of dancing, a little bit of singing, a little bit of aerial circusry, and a little bit of _very_ tasteful striptease.” Setting comedy and titillation aflutter in a blizzard of double entendres, the troupe puts on shows that appeal to adult audiences of any age or gender. The aesthetic might evoke a Burtonesque gothic setting, the seven sexy seas of the pirate age, a neon-flooded nightclub of the '80s, or the future's inevitable dress code of sentient hairpieces. The company thoroughly impressed Kelli Korducki of The Torontoist, who praised the performers' "undeniable song and dance chops," adding that "cabaret patrons may come for the scantily clad dancers, but they will certainly stay for the talent.”
Sometimes kids need a break from being cooped up in the house or organizing types of dirt in the backyard. That's where Active Kids Zone steps in. The play center hosts an indoor playground perfect for drop-in play sessions and easy-to-plan birthday parties. Additionally, during school breaks, Active Kids Zone runs camps that take place in its 10,000-square-foot air-conditioned facility—that is, when they're not on field trips to local swimming pools and parks.
Furthermore, the center aims to be as inclusive as possible, meaning it is wheelchair accessible and allows only nut-free food. And just because its target audience is kids doesn't mean it doesn't cater to the young at heart, too. Businesses can book corporate events and holiday parties at the facility, making it the only socially acceptable time you're allowed to race your boss on their Eliminator.
A team of magicians, mentalists, and illusion-weavers entrances audiences at three historical buildings: The Franklin House (Mississauga Streetsville), The Crimson Lounge (downtown Toronto), and The Bear (Pickering). Every performance suspends audiences’ disbelief with a different cast, hosted by sleight-of-hand magician James Alan. The roster includes many of Toronto’s leading magic and mystery entertainers. Performers are announced regularly via Twitter and Facebook.
Before dropping their jaws, guests can exercise them with an eclectic dinner menu, and bar service before and after the show allows attendees to demonstrate to their friends how they can make a glass of beer disappear by slowly drinking it.
The restaurants on Chef Jono’s resume reads like a dream list of any Toronto-area culinary artist. Starting his career at upscale Italian eateries in the ‘70s, he has since served as executive chef at Fenton’s, The Senator, Centro, La Raclette, and Left Bank Bistro, to name a few. In the ‘90s, he catered for the Ford/Saleen racing team and served as a private chef in France and Italy. After founding several culinary enterprises—including Sasha Bread—he calls upon all this experience today to prepare gourmet meals for clients in the comfort of their homes.
In Da Leonardo Bistro's kitchen, located in the heart of Little Italy, chefs use ingredients sourced from Toronto farms and organic producers to whip up fine Italian dishes. Based on time-honoured recipes, handmade dishes include pizzas with toppings such as mango and garlic shrimp as well as pastas tossed with clams and vodka-blush rosé sauce that’s always embarrassed to be seen out of its bottle. A wealth of salads, paninis, and classic desserts such as tiramisu rounds out the menu. In warmer months, patrons can enjoy their meals on the outdoor patio.