Stars spotted at INK Entertainment & ICONINK venues during TIFF 2018

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars were spotted at INK Entertainment and ICONINK venues this TIFF to celebrate the premiere of their films. Between junkets and interviews at Bisha‘s IMDB Lounge, premiere parties at Patria, Weslodge, Mira, KOST and Mister C, to numerous spottings at RBC House in STORYS, TIFF stars were seen everywhere this festival.

View highlights in our photo gallery below.

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Photos courtesy of Jason Lynch, Joel Levy and Sonia Recchia (Getty Images).

INK Entertainment & Taglialatella Galleries launch first Canadian location

INK Entertainment and Taglialatella Galleries are pleased to announce they have partnered to launch Canada’s first Taglialatella Galleries location this June in Yorkville, Toronto. Adjacent to INK Entertainment’s new fine-dining Italian restaurant Sofia, the space is an elixir of fine art, design and entertainment, transcending the usual gallery experience.

Established in 1978, Taglialatella Galleries are located in New York City, Palm Beach and Miami with a brand synonymous with modern and contemporary art, as well as expertise in the pop and street art movements. The galleries feature pieces from renowned artists such as Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Logan Hicks, Rubem Robierb, Swoon and Russell Young.

INK Entertainment CEO Charles Khabouth and president Danny Soberano have joined forces with the gallery to have INK officially enter the art world. Since 1982, INK has shaped Toronto’s dining, lifestyle, entertainment and design culture, with Charles and Danny having an eye for up-and-coming artists as avid lovers and collectors of art. “Venturing into this space is a very natural progression for the company,” says Charles Khabouth. “What you will see is unlike anything we have in the city – the art is modern, daring and makes a statement.”

Designed for exploration, guests will be able to walk between the gallery and INK Entertainment’s newest restaurant Sofia through a joint thoroughfare. A destination of upper-tier dining and authentic Italian cuisine, a curated collection of art is displayed within the restaurant and available for purchase.

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SOFIA to officially open its doors on May 7th

For reservations, call (416) 479-8974 or visit www.sofiayorkville.com

A destination of upper-tier dining, art and entertainment, executive chef Christine Mast brings to Sofia a fresh perspective and honest approach to Italian cuisine. Committed to sourcing quality ingredients to pay homage to true Italian tastes, Mast’s Italian heritage serves as a resource for authentic and inspired plates.

“What I love most about Italian cuisine is the depth of flavour that can be experienced in even the simplest dishes,” says Chef Mast, “when guests come to Sofia, they will experience something different. That key differentiator is the use of the freshest ingredients prepared to enhance the foods’ natural flavours.”

Delicacies including olive oil varietalsBagòss cheese and Calabrian chilis have been directly sourced from Italy and handpicked by executive chef Christine Mast. A wide selection of pasta will be made in-house with house-baked breads, meat and fish prepared daily in a charcoal, wood burning fire for a signature, smoky flavour.

“Sofia marks our return to Yorkville in the best way possible,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “We have worked with the best in the business to create an experience of terrific food, art, entertainment and design that excites the senses and instills curiosity. Sofia is much more than a place to enjoy dinner, but to stay, savour and explore with those around.”

Tapping into true Italian tastes, the menu starts with a selection of antipasti including a citrus salad and grilled octopus, and a plentiful selection of crudo. Mains feature fresh pasta, pesce and locally sourced carne, with a traditional, Italian heritage Chianina florentine steak.

The cocktail program is a refreshing medley of signature drinks with an Italian twist. Expertly crafted by mixologist Nishan Nepulangoda, cocktails are enhanced by regional herbs and fresh in-house cordials, and named in tribute to the country’s vast geography and pop culture history. The wine list features many vintages and an extensive selection of true Italian wines rare to the local dining scene.

Designed by award-winning Studio Munge, Sofia welcomes guests through a black-framed glass door into the foyer – a prism of high contrasts setting the tone for what is to come. Through to the heart of the restaurant, lustrous crimson fabrics sensationalize brilliant white walls and progressive furniture design. An inspired David Drebin mural encases the bar, fueling the Italian fantasy of vacationing in the Tuscan hills above Florence. Rich marbles in gradient shades of purple, pink, and jade form an expressive herringbone floor.

The restaurant will feature works from and is also adjacent to Canada’s first Taglialatella Gallery, marking INK Entertainment’s venture into the world of art. Scheduled to launch in Yorkville later this Spring with a joint thoroughfare, guests can explore paintings, sculptures and works on paper by contemporary and modern artists among the likes of Mr. Brainwash and Jeff Koons.

Sofia will be open seven days weekly for dinner at 5pm, with brunch and lunch to launch in the coming weeks. Weekly programming includes daily aperitivo with half-priced select cocktails and appetizers Monday through Friday from 5pm to 8pm, Jazzy Brunch and Family Style Dinner Sunday, and Pop Art Tuesdays with prosecco-based cocktail promotions. Guests can also look forward to a diverse selection of live entertainment throughout the week.

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La Société listed as one of Meghan Markle’s favourite Toronto restaurants

As the Royal Wedding draws near, media outlets continue to profile former actress and future-royal Meghan Markle‘s hot spots in the cities of Toronto and Montreal. Fortunately for INK Entertainment, Flare Magazine has compiled a list of Markle’s favourite restaurants in Toronto, which includes La Société.

Check out the Flare Magazine article here to check out Markle’s photo of the restaurant’s signature Bouillabaisse dish, as well as the other locations she could not help but post about. Let the Royal foodie tour begin!

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Estia: Toronto Life’s #8 Best New Restaurant of 2018

Congratulations are in order for the Estia and ICONINK teams as it was just listed at #8 in Toronto Life‘s Best New Restaurants of 2018. Previously NAO Steakhouse, Estia emerged onto the restaurant scene in April of 2017 inspired by the coastal regions of Greece, Italy and Spain. The restaurant prides itself on fresh ingredients, in-house cured meats and wood-fire grilled mains.

Photo courtesy of Dave Gillespie for Toronto Life

Toronto Life’s Mark Pupo lists what he loves about Estia as “the dreamy mellowness of house-made halloumi and roasted grapes; the daily haul of Mediterranean fish, roasted in a wood-burning oven and served on a porcelain platter with a patchwork of pickled caper leaves and gremolata; lamb chops, kissed with char and slathered with tzatziki; and how, as if we were in a family-run Greek tavern in a fishing town, nearly every dish is paired with floral olive oil.” To read the full review, head to Toronto Life’s article here.

To learn more about Estia and to book your reservation, head to www.estiatoronto.com

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What’s inside Akira Back, the Michelin-starred chef’s first Canadian restaurant?

After opening its doors to Toronto in December, Akira Back has been wowing the city with Japanese-Korean dishes in a space inspired by the chef’s mother’s art. We invited Toronto Life and BlogTO to check out the restaurant for themselves and here’s what they had to say…

Toronto Life

The Food

Photo courtesy of Renee Suen for Toronto Life

“The menu of Korean-flavoured Japanese dishes features a few of Back’s playful signature items (tuna pizza, wagyu tacos), a whole whack of fancy ingredients (foie gras, caviar, truffle paste) and more-traditional sushi, sashimi and maki. One dish exclusive to this location is Back’s quirky tribute to Canada: crispy cubes of rice topped with seared tuna and flavoured with ketchup powder, because ketchup chips.”

 

BlogTO

The Interior

“The Toronto restaurant on the second floor of the Bisha Hotel by a world-renowned chef is surprisingly personal. Exterior signage, a sophisticated ceiling design and even plates feature artwork inspired by the chef’s mother. Even getting into the restaurant is impressive thanks to an all-gold stairway.”

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Drake & Diddy enjoy a late-night dinner at Byblos Miami

Miami hot-spot and ICONINK property Byblos hosted a two important guests this week – Toronto’s own Drake and rap mogul Diddy bonded over a late-night meal. Sources say, “Diddy and Drake ended up being the last two people in the restaurant, leaving just before 1 AM”. The two have been in Miami spending time with mutual friend and producer DJ Khaled and rumours are swirling around whether the trio will drop a surprise mixtape.

Heading to Miami in the next few months? Check out one of the city’s top restaurants and experience a meal that will have you staying into the early hours of the morning. Reservations can be made on the Byblos Miami website. If you want to dine like Diddy & Drake, but cannot quite make it to Miami, reservations can be made for Byblos Toronto here.

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Akira Back receives first Michelin star prior to Bisha restaurant opening

The 2018 Michelin Guide Seoul announced that renowned Chef Akira Back was awarded one Michelin star for his innovative restaurant concept DOSA in Seoul, South Korea.

“To be recognized and awarded one Michelin Star is an amazing honor for me,” said Chef Akira Back. “And to be given such a prestigious honor in my hometown is truly an incredible achievement. Korean cuisine has constantly been my inspiration as I open restaurants around the world, so to receive this award here is very special.”

Back was born in Korea but was raised in Aspen, Colarado and grew up as a snowboarder on the slopes in Colarado. He now operates restaurants in Las Vegas, Jakarta, and Delhi, as well as opening his own restaurant, Akira Back, inside Bisha Hotel and Residences in late-November.

The Bisha Toronto, INK Entertainment and ICONINK staff would like congratulate Akira Back on his first of many Michelin stars and look forward to having be a part of the team.

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