Don’t End the Summer Without Trying These 6 Must Taste Cocktails

6 Cocktails to Try Before Fall 

As the summer’s end draws near, and the weather grows colder in Toronto, patio season will soon be over. INK Entertainment isn’t ready to move all of its dining indoors just yet. INK has curated its top 6 must try cocktails that you need to taste before fall begins.

 

# 1 Sofia Yorkville’s “ NIGHTS OF CABIRIA”

Created with Grey Goose Vodka, Aperol, Cointreau, Lime and Grapefruit Juice, Jalapeño Black Pepper Syrup, Japanese Yuzu, Grapefruit Syrup 

#2 Figo Toronto’s “PUNCH AMERICANO”

Blended with captain morgan’s white rum, cocchi americano, cocchi rossa, vino, cranberry, lemon, peychaud’s bitters, aromatic bitters

#3  Akira Back’s “SUMMA TIME, OOH SHOCHU”

 Mixed with Watermelon | Shiso | Lemon | Club Soda

#4 Amal’s “SUMMER DREAMS”

Bacardi Superior, St. Germain, Santa Teresa 1796, Coconut, Prosecco, Date, Ginger, Aromatic Bitters 

#5 Cabana Pool Bar’s “CIROC CABANA FROZÉ”

Ciroc mango, sparkling rosé, lemon juice, fresh strawberries

#6 Mister C.’s “POLISH PEACH”
Infused with belvedere, briottet pêche de vigne, lemon, egg white, prosecco

Meet Dalia: South Florida’s New Mediterranean Restaurant

INK Entertainment to Open ‘meet Dalia’ in Miami Beach on August 4th, 2021

 The Mediterranean Restaurant will be the First Concept to Open as Part of INK’s Recently Announced Rapid Expansion Plan of Five New Openings Over the Next Eight Months

 

INK Entertainment, a leading North American lifestyle & entertainment company known for its collection of award-winning culinary concepts and hospitality endeavors, is proud to announce the first of their South Florida expansion efforts with the August 1st grand opening of meet Dalia. Helmed by INK’s Charles Kabouth, Danny Soberano and Ricardo Tabet, meet Dalia is an indoor/outdoor restaurant that will reside at the newly remodeled art-deco property located at 640 Ocean Drive. meet Dalia marks the first of five to-open restaurants and bars that INK will bring to South Florida at the onset of their North American expansion. The menu will feature an innovative take on Mediterranean cuisine artfully orchestrated by INK’s Executive Corporate Chef, Patrick Ochs. 

“We are thrilled to expand our portfolio in Miami with the opening of meet Dalia,” said Charles Khabouth, Founder and CEO of INK Entertainment. “meet Dalia will bring the flavors of the Mediterranean to Ocean Drive with an outstanding menu featuring the freshest ingredients and an unbelievable culinary experience. We feel that meet Daila will extend the popular South of Fifth district northward while injecting new life into the legendary Ocean Drive.”

meet Dalia brings together the finest ingredients from around the world for an innovative take on Mediterranean cuisine. Offerings include classics with a signature spin like Fattouch with pomegranate vinaigrette, a slew of vegetarian/gluten-free options such as green tahini, and buttermilk dressed roasted cauliflower; a fresh, flaky Branzino en croute; ground lamb dumplings; beautiful cuts of meat and fresh seafood offerings and a symphonic dessert menu featuring modern spins of classics like the coconut galaktoboureko and chocolate baklava. Guests will be able to watch the preparation from the vast views of an open kitchen, making the experience all the more enjoyable.  

“It’s been a great journey to have been able to develop what feels like such a unique take on coastal Mediterranean cuisine,” said Patrick Ochs, Executive Corporate Chef, INK Entertainment. “This menu and it’s offerings  were designed  with the intention of bringing to life a modern  selection of  dishes  that would represent our interpretation of  Mediterranean  food  while  honoring the essence of all that that represents.”   

In step with its menu, which acts as an inclusive celebration of all that’s Mediterranean, so does meet Dalia’s design by embodying a whimsical approach through the use of vibrant colors reminiscent of the coastal seaboard. Under the watchful eye of Navigate Design the design incorporates references to the building’s art deco heritage while paying tribute to its essence through jewels of old plaster, lavish light fixtures, and curated Turkish rugs that casually overlay one another. The space is a fluid experience from when one enters the lobby on through to the outdoor tiered terraces, which are filled with larger-than-life outdoor furnishings, an abundance of greenery, and romantic lights. It is a perfect place to watch the sunset and witness the restaurant transform from dawn to dusk as it takes on varying personalities. meet Dalia represents simple elegance with a wild imagination. 

 meet Dalia is located at 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, please visit meetdaliamiami.com and follow on IG @meetdaliamiami 

 

ABOUT INK ENTERTAINMENT ‘

INK Entertainment is one of North America’s leading lifestyle and entertainment companies. Operating since 1982, INK Entertainment has demonstrated an enviable ability to read the pulse of ever-changing cultural times and tastes, responding with a host of successful enterprises.

Headquartered in Toronto and Miami and helmed by visionary entrepreneur Charles Khabouth, Danny Soberano and Ricardo Tabet, INK Entertainment’s innovative approach, fusing dining, lifestyle, entertainment, hospitality and design is devoted to creating extraordinary experiences throughout its proprietary brands including critically acclaimed global restaurants, Akira Back, AMAL, BYBLOS, Weslodge, FIGO, KOST,  La Société, PATRIA, French Made, and STORYS Building; private member club Clio, Canada’s largest Dance Music Festival VELD Music Festival; a number of trendy clubs, including REBEL, Toybox, Cabana Pool Bar and Dragonfly Nightclub; and Taglialatella Galleries (Toronto, New York, Palm Beach & Paris).  

Furthermore, INK Entertainment has launched Ink Hotels and Resorts with its flagship brand  Bisha Hotels, Resorts and Residences, the newest private label brand to originate from Toronto since The Four Seasons in the 1960s. For more information, visit www.inkentertainment.com or connect with INK Entertainment on Facebook and Twitter.

 

MENU HIGHLIGHTS

meet Dalia brings together the finest ingredients from around the world for an innovative take on Mediterranean cuisine. The Raw Bar offers oysters, shrimp, lobster, and stone crabs, ordered individually or in a luxe seafood tower.  The Mezze, appetizers, and salad highlights include Babaganoush (smoked eggplant, za’atar, fermented cabbage, confit garlic); Kale Tabbouleh (purple kale, parsley, mint, pistachio, barberry, lemon vinaigrette, crispy quinoa); Falafel Fritters (pickled red cabbage, green tartare sauce, dukkha); Shrimp Kataifi (honey, aleppo, lemon mayo, toasted almonds, smoked paprika); Roasted Cauliflower (green tahini, buttermilk, toasted almonds, cilantro); and Mediterranean Octopus (white bean, greek yellow peppers, crispy soujuk, caper). Flatbread offerings include the Mergeuz (lamb sausage, red pepper paste, feta, mint, yogurt, pepperoncini); and Truffle (wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, confit garlic, manouri cheese). Entrees choices such as the Branzino (salt baked in pastry, grape leaf, olive oil, chives, caper leaf); Moussaka (short rib, roasted eggplant, crispy potato, chervil); Free Range Chicken or Beef Tenderloin Skewers (pita, watercress biwaz, garlic yogurt toum); Oyster Mushrooms Skewer (avocado puree, sumac gremolata, cilantro cress); and Grilled Colorado Lamb Chops, Dry Aged Ribeye, Whole Octopus, and Branzino, are sure to delight. Guests will be able to watch the preparation from the vast views of an open kitchen, making the experience all the more enjoyable. Punctuated with a dessert menu that includes favorites like Greek Custard Pie and Chocolate Baklava, meet Dalia will greet guests with indulgence while remaining classic and simple, in step with the pureness of its seaside location.

 

Pink Sky: A Brand New Sea-to-Fork Inspired Restaurant

 

PINK SKY BRIGHTENS KING STREET WEST WITH NEW SEA TO FORK MENU OPENING AUGUST 31st, 2021

 

Hospitality impresarios Hanif Harji and Charles Khabouth are bringing a new sea-to-fork restaurant to King Street West, offering a hearty menu of exquisitely fresh seafood, inspired craft cocktails and chilled pints.

Located at 480 King Street West, (previously Weslodge, which will move to a new location) the completely transformed interior is reminiscent of port warehouses on the shores of the Eastern Seaboard balanced with accent luxuries in walnut and copper that come together to create laid back elegance with an edgy attitude. 

Equal parts local neighbourhood favourite and ‘night out’ destination, Pink Sky is a seafood lover’s mecca with a raw bar offering selections of east and west coast oysters, ceviche, crudo and tartare along with a selection of the freshest shellfish. Dinner will be served seven days a week and lunch Saturday and Sunday (commencing later this fall). 

“We want to offer a holistically unique seafood experience at Pink Sky,” says co-owner Hanif Harji.  “We built this menu around freshness – and offering the freshest fish, seafood and produce alongside unique flavours, textures and preparations will underscore a great experience – whether you’re popping in for lunch or planning a great evening with friends.”

“Our guests expect great design, food, and atmosphere from us. We hope they will love this vibrant and energetic space with a culinary offering that is equally inspiring,” said co-owner Charles Khabouth. 

Corporate Head Chef Zachary Alberston and Restaurant Head Chef Michali Eleftheroglou have designed an impeccable menu where guests will discover incredible appetizers, including such highlights as Crab on Toast, Charcoal Grilled Oysters Escabeche and Smoked Ontario Whitefish

Classic preparations with choice ingredients rule the not to miss mains – which run the gamut from a selection of Grilled Littleneck Clams, Mussels and Fish and Chips, to Cioppino, Halibut or a Bone-in Prime Striploin

The Daily Catch menu is jam-packed with freshly caught seafood, deliciously prepared over a signature charcoal grill, and accompanied by accoutrements such as lemon potatoes, peppery greens, and a variety of savoury sauces. 

Pink Sky offers an open concept dining room along with a show kitchen and fresh seafood display as well an upper-level private dining room that looks out onto the main floor. Using dark warm woods and rich coloured glass, plaster walls, cozy banquettes in burnt gold tones and rich teal accents, the restaurant evokes a sophisticated sensibility, with a relaxed, social atmosphere. 

Whether for an impromptu drink and snack or a more thought-out dinner, the Pink Sky cocktail list is a delight. Approachable classics with playful twists and seasonal inspired flavours are brought to you in the form of the Apricot Julep, Pink Negroni, Raspberry Parnelle, and Caribbean Sazerac. Supporting these libations is a wine list that reads eclectic and approachable – mineral and crisp whites, light and spicy reds, and always plenty of bubbles – to indulge every moment.  

Focused on simple, but flavourful preparations that highlight the freshest fish and seafood, Pink Sky is now accepting reservations. Dinner 4pm – late. To reserve your table please phone 647.660.0999 or www.pinkskytoronto.com. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram

About Scale Hospitality

Founded by industry veterans and long-term business partners Hanif Harji and Terry Tsianos (Byblos, Patria and FIGO), Scale Hospitality brings world-class restaurants, enduring hospitality concepts and memorable experiences to Canada’s dining scene including neo-bistro and wine bar, Lapinou, Toronto’s oldest bar and performance venue, The Wheatsheaf Tavern, the legendary Miller Tavern locations, Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant, Shook, Coastal Mediterranean-inspired Toronto Beach Club and GG’s Burgers.

About INK Entertainment Group

INK Entertainment Group holds rank as one of the most well-renowned and avant-garde entertainment companies, controlling hospitality properties and venues across North America. Headquartered in Toronto and Miami and helmed by visionary entrepreneurs Charles Khabouth and Danny Soberano, INK’s innovative approach, fusing dining, lifestyle, entertainment, hospitality and design is devoted to creating extraordinary experiences throughout its proprietary brands including critically acclaimed global restaurants, private member club, music festivals, nightclubs, art galleries, and hotels. 

For more information:

Mindy Cummings or Sarah Marcucci

Aerial Communications Group

mindy@aerialpr.com | sarah@aerialpr.com

 

Amal Toronto Wins Two Awards at the 2020 LIV Hospitality Design Awards

We are pleased to share that Amal Toronto won two awards at the LIV Hospitality Design Awards 2020, Winner in Interior Design North America, and Winner in Interior Design Restaurant – Fine Dining, as well as highlighted as a Jury Top Pick.

“Amal with its myriad of modernized hand-crafted details is a feast for the eye – an all-white space harmonized with colourful bursts of pastel blues, mint greens and burned oranges reminiscent of the Mediterranean eastern shores.

Featuring delectable fares, Amal celebrates the finest of ingredients and design artistry in a hypnotic dance of textures and flavours. From the hand-painted ceiling tapestry and murals to the beautifully detailed furnishings, everything in the venue inspires escapism – inviting the guest to explore the infinite possibilities of the starry night ahead.

Beautifully exhibiting authentic yet modernized details, Amal is an uplifting celebration of Life and a vibrant expression of Lebanese culture.” — LIV Hospitality Design Awards

 

Design by Studio Munge

About LIV Hospitality Design Awards
LIV Hospitality Design Awards globally recognized excellence in hospitality architecture, interior design and guest experiences. The mission of LIV Hospitality Design Awards is to celebrate quality architectural ventures and interior design diversity that shape hospitality worldwide. LIV is an inclusive platform, pursuing exceptional projects within the living and eating spaces, from co-living to beach resort, from fine dining restaurant to pop up bar.

Yorkville Murals Returns

YORKVILLE MURALS RETURNS TO BLOOR-YORKVILLE CELEBRATING CONTEMPORARY MURALISM AND PUBLIC ART
The annual three-day cultural event returns September 24th – 26th 2021, and starts the season on Bellair St. this June with Café Artois Yorkville and a mural by artist Nina Chanel Abney

JUNE 2ND (Toronto, ON) – Creating a positive environment focused on art, community and new experiences and celebrating the return of public events, Yorkville Murals is pleased to announce its 2021 edition. The annual three-day cultural event will take place from September 24th-26th, and introduces a start to the season on Bellair St. this June with the Café Artois Yorkville initiative and a mural by artist Nina Chanel Abney.

New this year, Yorkville Murals presents Café Artois Yorkville, a beautiful and locally-inspired outdoor dining space which provides additional seating throughout Bellair St. in support of participating local restaurants. From June 14th to November 1st, Stella Artois, in partnership with Yorkville Murals and the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area (BY BIA), has created a European oasis complete with lighting, tables, chairs and flowerbeds for a premium experience as the city begins to enjoy outdoor dining once again.

Amplified by a powerful art program with local artist and artist-in-residence Kirsten McCrea, Kirsten will lend her artistic eye to the project by painting colourful patterns on different areas of Café Artois, making the space more vibrant and in harmony with Yorkville’s high-end spirit. Guests can enjoy a meal outdoors from participating Bellair restaurants including Trattoria Nervosa, Coco Espresso Bar, Vaticano and Yamato with neighbouring restaurants Cibo Wine Bar and Hemmingway’s also taking part in the initiative.

“Café Artois Yorkville and the start of the Yorkville Murals season creates a perfect setting for our neighbourhood restaurants to reopen their outdoor dining for the city,” says Briar de Lange, Executive Director of the Bloor-Yorkville BIA. “We’re thrilled to see the continued collaboration between Yorkville Murals and our local businesses, and we look forward to celebrating the 2021 edition safely with the community.”

Coinciding with the launch of Café Artois Yorkville, Yorkville Murals is also pleased to unveil a thoughtful and provocative public mural by artist Nina Chanel Abney, curated by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes for ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art. Titled “Generally Speaking” the project animates and transforms Bellair St. and the Yorkville neighborhood by injecting sentiments of joy and hope through a bold and colourful piece that changes the status quo, asking pedestrians to ‘stop’ for a moment of consideration.

“We’ve established Yorkville Murals as a highly-anticipated annual event that brings people together through public art and evokes positive emotion within the community.” says Alan Ganev, Director of Yorkville Murals and Taglialatella Galleries. “It’s incredibly rewarding for us to have the opportunity to safely continue the festival this year and create vibrant new works and initiatives throughout the neighbourhood starting in June. Yorkville Murals supports a positive environment focused on art, community and new experiences, and we couldn’t be more excited for what we have upcoming for our three-day event when it returns in September.”

The 2021 edition of Yorkville Murals has been designed as a safe, self-guided experience in the heart of Toronto. Through the creation of artistic murals in Bloor-Yorkville, and the implementation of cultural activations, the project further reinforces the neighbourhood as a landmark for public art and culture. This year, the event is also a program partner of the ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022.

More information on the three-day annual Yorkville Murals event from September 24th-26th, including artist installations, speaker panels, and movie screenings, will be announced soon. Stay up-to-date by visiting www.YorkvilleMurals.com.

Please note, the June 14th opening date of Café Artois Yorkville is contingent on the Province of Ontario moving into Step 1 of reopening, when outdoor dining is allowed to resume. -30-

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Nathan Marchio
NKPR
nathan@nkpr.net
416.365.3630 ext 243

Jessica Mallet
NKPR
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About Yorkville Murals:
Toronto’s Yorkville Murals is an annual three-day cultural event that celebrates contemporary muralism and public art. It will take place from September 24-26th. Through the creation of artistic murals in Yorkville, and the implementation of cultural activations such as artist installations, speaker panels, and movie screenings, this project focuses on making Yorkville a landmark in Toronto for public art and an ultimate tourist destination.

The event organized in partnership with the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area is also a program partner of the ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022. YVM builds on Yorkville’s reputation as a historic enclave of Toronto’s early twentieth century art scene. The event has been designed as a safe, self-guided experience in the heart of Toronto.

About INK Entertainment:
INK Entertainment is a leading lifestyle, hospitality and entertainment company. Operating since 1982, INK Entertainment has demonstrated an enviable ability to read the pulse of ever-changing cultural times and tastes, responding with a host of successful enterprises, including the luxury boutique Bisha Hotel, critically acclaimed global restaurant brands Byblos (Toronto & Miami), Weslodge (Toronto & Dubai), FIGO, Estia, La Société (Montreal), Patria, Sofia, and STORYS Building; private member club The Spoke Club, Canada’s largest Dance Music Festival VELD Music Festival; a number of trendy clubs, including REBEL, Toybox, CUBE, the gaarden, Cabana Pool Bar and Dragonfly Nightclub; and Taglialatella Galleries first Canadian location.

About Bloor-Yorkville:
Since entrepreneur Joseph Bloor founded the Village of Yorkville in 1830, the heart and soul of Toronto has distinguished itself as a premier shopping, dining and cultural destination. The Bloor- Yorkville neighbourhood is bordered by Scollard Street to the north, St. Mary Street to the south, Avenue Road to the west and Church Street to the east. The Bloor-Yorkville BIA initiates and funds many neighbourhood improvements, including the newly improved Bloor Street trees, gardens and granite sidewalks. For the latest information on stores, events and parking facilities, visit www.blooryorkville.com. Find Bloor-Yorkville on Facebook and follow @BloorYorkville on Twitter and Instagram