INK Cares supporting our front line workers

We extend our thanks to the frontline workers for all they have done during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than anyone could have imagined, their lives have been turned upside down as they put their health at risk to help us. As part of an INK Cares initiative and to express our sincere gratitude, each week our kitchen staff at the Bisha Hotel are preparing a selection of sweet and savoury food donations for the incredible teams at Toronto hospitals. While remaining inside is the greatest way to support healthcare workers and at-risk individuals, we hope to provide a moment of relief and offer this as a token of our appreciation during these trying times. We can’t thank you enough.

 

 

Do you know a heroic team of frontline workers helping combat COVID-19? Email us at [email protected] to request a complimentary food donation. We will do our best to accommodate all inquiries.
 
 
 

An important message from INK Entertainment

These are incredibly difficult and unprecedented times. Each day we come to work, we look forward to providing our guests with memorable experiences and warm service. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to close all of our Canadian venues effective immediately.

As the world navigates the coronavirus, we extend our thanks to local officials and healthcare professionals for all they are doing. We offer our deepest gratitude to our valued guests and local community for their unwavering support over the years and their understanding of this decision during an incredibly difficult time.

The situation is fluid. We are closely monitoring the news, recommendations from the government and health experts, and the development of the virus. We want to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and will remain closed until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back as a valued guest as soon as we can.

We wish you and your family health and wellness.

Sincerely,

Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Charles Khabouth pays tribute to Lebanese roots with new restaurant Amal

For the first time in Charles Khabouth’s 30+year career, with over 20 hospitality venues in operation and five more in the works, the award-winning restaurateur and Beirut-born entrepreneur will pay tribute to his Lebanese roots with the opening of Amal, a modern Lebanese cuisine restaurant, this spring in Toronto.

Designed by the award-winning design firm and long-time partner Studio Munge, Amal will completely reinvent the Bloor Street space formerly occupied by the hospitality powerhouse’s La Société. Offering an undeniable modern charm, the look and feel of the venue is inspired by traditional Lebanese architecture and design.

“I have wanted to open a Lebanese restaurant for many years,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “As a native of Lebanon, ensuring authenticity was paramount. Last year, members of the INK team and I travelled there to curate the best it has to offer and bring to Amal. We have one of the best executive chefs from Beirut, we worked with one of the Middle East’s biggest design firms to create the brand, and we handpicked and imported the restaurant’s décor and dishware. I believe this level of authenticity will elevate our city’s dining scene to new heights.”

Executive Chef Rony Ghaleb joins the INK Entertainment team with more than 25 years of progressive experience as a chef at some of the most renowned hospitality venues in Lebanon. Chef Ghaleb’s menu will feature contemporary versions of traditional shared plates. Amal will be open for lunch and dinner daily, with brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays.

The second location in Coconut Grove, Miami is scheduled to open later this year.

Head to www.amalrestaurants.com for more information.

Where to treat your Valentine for dinner this Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air and the city of Toronto is one of the world’s best cities to wine and dine your significant other. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, INK Entertainment and its restaurant properties have specials and prix fixe menus sure to swoon whoever your Valentine may be.

Akira Back

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 Named one of the OpenTable 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada for 2020, it’s a no-brainer that this Japanese-Korean fusion spot should be at the top of your list for Valentine’s Day dinner. Akira Back will have a 6-course prix fixe menu for $110 a person.

 

Byblos

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 With two locations in Toronto (Uptown and Downtown), you have double the chance of snagging a table at this Mediterranean hot spot. Better hurry though – The $85 prix fixe menu features the Short Rib Kebab, Black Truffle Rice, Ras el Hanout Black Cod and more.

 

Estia

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 The Yorkville spot for Ottoman Cuisine, which embraces Greek and Turkish fare, has an $85 prix fixe menu with wine pairings for an additional $45. Featured items on the menu include Lamb Adana, Wagyu Moussaka, Cured Yellowtail and more.

 

FIGO

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 The Italian inspired cuisine restaurant will have a Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu for $75 with additional wine pairings for $35. We cannot think of a more romantic meal than pasta and wine.

 

KOST

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 The Baja Peninsula inspired spot on the 44th floor of Bisha Hotel will have a 3-course prix fixe menu for $95 a person. With this and the best view in the city, what could more romantic?

 

Patria

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 Spice up your Valentine’s dinner with this King West Spanish tapas spot. Patria will have a $85 prix fixe menu with an additional $45 for wine pairings.

 

Sofia Restaurant & Bar

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 Also named one of the OpenTable 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada, Sofia is celebrating Valentine’s Day for three nights. The Love, Sofia series happens from February 13th to 15th and will feature specials with lovers in mind. With its lush interiors and secluded aura, Sofia is also at the top of our list for some one on one time with your love.

 

 

 

 

Sofia opens its wine cellar for three-part dinner series

Starting January 29th, Sofia Restaurant & Bar will be opening its wine cellar for a three-part dinner series hosted by executive chef Rob LeClair and sommelier Christina Brown. Each dinner will be happening on the last Wednesday of January, February and March.

The first dinner explores Emilia-Romagna; one of Italy’s oldest and most prolific wine regions. Extending Italy’s northern peninsula, the region is considered the heart of Italian cooking, utilizing simple and quality ingredients.

“We have created a five-course tasting menu that provides a true taste of the region’s rich gastronomy,” says executive chef Rob LeClair. “The depth of flavours paired with varietals from Trebbiano and Sangiovese will make for an immersive and authentic dining experience we cannot wait to share with guests.”

The first dinner on January 29th will begin with a welcome cocktail by master mixologist Nishan Nepulangoda, followed by a single-seating dinner. The next two dinners for the series are scheduled for Wednesday, February 26th and Wednesday March 25th, 2020.

For reservations, please visit www.sofiayorkville.com/sofiascellar, call 416.479.8974 or email [email protected]

 

2020 brings brand new design and concept to King Street’s The Spoke Club

Upon serving members for more than 14 years, The Spoke Club will temporarily close on January 1st, 2020 for a full venue renovation. Driven by industry-leading entrepreneurs Fernando Mammoliti, and Charles Khabouth and Danny Soberano of INK Entertainment, luxurious service, delicious dining, sophisticated design and innovation are at the heart of the new Spoke Club iteration.

“We partnered with INK Entertainment earlier this year to revitalize the distinguished Club with new art, entertainment and culinary offerings,” says Fernando Mammoliti, owner, The Spoke Club. “While maintaining the private member legacy, we will continue this mandate by bringing something entirely new and progressive to North America’s private member club scene.”

“Elevated and sophisticated design with incomparable experiences are crucial to the new club,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “The membership offering will evolve too. Our focus is not solely on what you do or what industry you are part of, but who you are and what you yearn for.”

With designs by award-winning Toronto-based firm Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects, the extensive renovations will encompass all floors and introduce a to-be-announced dining concept by INK Entertainment. A new and robust membership will also be available to future and existing members once the club reopens in the late spring 2020. For one final night, members and the public are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve and send off the iconic club. A semi-formal affair, tickets for guests can be purchased via Eventbrite and inquiries for table packages can be directed to [email protected] or by calling 647-338-5915.

La Société bids Au Revoir to Bloor

INK Entertainment‘s award-winning French bistro La Société will celebrate its final night of service on New Year’s Eve. The restaurant opened in June of 2011 and instantly captured the city’s attention for its inventive French fare, luxurious furnishings and jaw-dropping 20 by 30 ft stained-glass ceiling. After an incredibly successful first year, INK announced its plans to open a second location in Montreal.

“We have had an amazing tenure on Bloor Street with La Société,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “We attribute this lifespan to our talented chefs, staff, and of course our loyal customers. The city is evolving, as are we, and we think Toronto is ready for what we have coming.”

Accelerating Toronto’s culinary scene for nearly three decades, Toronto can expect a new addition to Charles Khabouth’s restaurant empire at the coveted Bloor Street space in the near future.

La Société will be hosting a special four course farewell dinner on Tuesday, December 10th, featuring a $90 set menu and $45 wine pairing option. The final night on New Year’s Eve will serve a $100 luxe prix fixe menu starting at 7:30pm, with a DJ and complimentary sparkling wine at midnight. Regular restaurant hours will resume for the month of December.

To make a reservation one last time, head to OpenTable or call 416-551-9929.

Famed Chef Akira Back earns Michelin Star for third year straight

Good things come in threes, especially if you are globetrotting chef Akira Back. Just this month, the celebrated chef was awarded a Michelin Star for the third time for his restaurant concept Dosa in hometown, Seoul, South Korea.

“To be awarded a Michelin Star three years in a row is a dream come true,” says Akira Back. “Classified as ‘worth a stop’ by their team is the ultimate compliment and it is a feeling we strive to provide guests at our restaurants around the world.”

Dedicated to serving creative and modern cuisine that pays homage to his Korean roots, Akira Back’s namesake restaurant in Toronto’s Bisha Hotel is celebrating its second year anniversary this month with a special limited edition menu.

To get a taste of the Michelin Star quality, make your reservation for Akira Back Toronto now.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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가족, 친구, 파트너, 도사팀과 고객 여러분께 우리가 또 해냈습니다! 우리는 미쉐린 스타를 3년 연속 수상하는 영광을 다시 한 번 얻었습니다. 당신의 모든 지지와 사랑과 격려가 없었다면, 이것은 불가능했을 것입니다. 내가 태어나 자란 한국의 서울에서 미쉐린 별을 얻는 것은 내 평생의 꿈이었습니다. 나의 역사적인 이 순간을 나의 가족이 있는 라스베가스로 가져갑니다. 모두 감사하고 사랑합니다. 우리는 계속 모든 노력을 다할 것입니다. 셰프 백승욱 배상 Dear Family, Friends, Partners, Team and Customers, We did it again! We have been honored again in winning a Michelin star 3 years in a row. Without all of your support, love and encouragement, this would have not been possible. It has been a lifetime dream of mine to get a Michelin star from where I was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. I am bringing a piece of my history back home to Vegas. Thank you and love you all. We will continue to do our best in all endeavors From Chef Seung-Wook Back (Akira Back) #dosaby백승욱 #도사바이백승욱 #akiraback #백승욱 #백승욱셰프 #박석환셰프 #강대석셰프 #신두형지배인 #michelinguide #michelinstar #restaurant #

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TIFF Weekend Recap: Hustlers Premiere at Sofia, The Friend Premiere at KOST & more

A busy weekend for INK Entertainment and ICONINK venues Sofia Restaurant & Bar, KOST, Patria and Bisha Hotel & Residences as the opening weekend of TIFF hit Toronto’s entertainment district. Sofia, KOST and Patria played host to premiere parties and Bisha had many a star sighting from Friday to Sunday.

The Friend – based on the award-winning Esquire article of the same name, the film focuses on a man who puts his life on hold when his friend is diagnosed with terminal cancer – hosted its premiere party at KOST this past Friday night. Cast members Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson, Isabella Kai, Marielle Scott and the film’s producers were all in attendance to enjoy specialty cocktails and canapés mirroring the restaurant’s menu.

World Class and Audi presented the Hustlers premiere party this past Saturday at Sofia Restaurant & Bar. The comedy-drama depicting strippers out for revenge stars the festival’s biggest cast and cast members Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles and Keke Palmer were all in attendance on Saturday night. Other notable guests included Bo Burnham, Tie Domi, Madeline Brewer, director Lorene Scafaria, Mette Towley, Tracey Ullman and Mitchell Travers.

Patria hosted the premiere party for Knives Out this past Saturday, as well, which included appearances from cast members Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson and Katherine Langford

Bisha was also no stranger to a celebrity sighting – From Friday to Sunday, stars such as Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Eddie Redmayne, Ellen Page, Jon Hamm, Kristen Stewart, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, Felicity Jones, Ray Liotta and Willem Dafoe all made an appearance at the luxury hotel.

Click the gallery below to see photos courtesy of Joel Levy Photography.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”4″ display=”basic_imagebrowser”]Premiere party photos courtesy of Sonia Recchia and Sam Santos of Getty Images and Jemal Countess.

TIFF Recap: The Personal History of David Copperfield Premiere at Weslodge

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars were spotted at ICONINK’s Weslodge last night to celebrate the world premiere of The Personal History of David Copperfield – Hosted by CÎROC Vodka. Directed by Armando Iannucci, the film stars Dev Patel, Academy Award Winner Tilda Swinton, Golden Globe Winner Hugh Laurie, Emmy Nominee Gwendoline Christie, Peter Capaldi and Ben Whishaw in an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic autobiographical novel. Before the screening at the Princess of Wales Theatre, the cast including Dev Patel dressed sharply in a black suit, Hugh Laurie wearing a blazer and print shirt, Aimee Kelly in a stunning white maxi gown, Morfydd Clark in a striking green silk dress, Aneurin Barnard in a red and black ensemble and Rosalind Eleazar in a stunning blue jumpsuit enjoyed specialty themed CÎROC Vodka cocktails, the Aunt Betsy and The Dickens at the modern saloon.

Guests in attendance dined on Weslodge sliders, crispy chicken sliders, mushroom arancini, vegan butter chicken, sweet potato and lentil fritters, and coconut cream tartlets and vegan chocolate fudge bites for dessert.