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 reservations@sofiayorkville.com

 

Yorkville Murals paints Toronto red with inaugural weekend

Yorkville Murals – the artistic initiative spearheaded by INK Entertainment and Taglialatella Galleries Toronto – launched this past weekend in the heart of Yorkville. The three day festival is aiming to be an annual event which celebrates contemporary muralism and public art. Through the creation of of artistic murals inside the courtyard of 99 Yorkville Ave, and the implementation of cultural activations, the project is focused on making Yorkville a landmark in Toronto for art and ultimately, a tourist destination.

Among the murals showcase, the festival also featured installations, exhibitions, panel discussions, a movie screening of Agnes Varda’s Faces Places, as well as a block party – presented by View The Vibe – which launched the event featuring a DJ, canapés provided by Sofia Restaurant & Bar and cocktails by Romeo’s Gin.  

Yorkville Murals would like to thank sponsors Romeo’s Gin, Cumberland Private Wealth, Christian Louboutin, OCAD, Spaces, The Annex Hotel, Aston Martin Toronto, View The Vibe, OnlyOneGallery, The Hazelton Hotel and Bloor-Yorkville BIA for making the inaugural festival a success.

 

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.

Yorkville Murals unveils programming and presents sponsor Romeo’s Gin

INK Entertainment is pleased to announce festival programming for the first ever Yorkville Murals presented by Romeo’s Gin. Launching this week, from September 12th to 14th, Torontonians can rejoice in a celebration of contemporary muralism.

The three-day festival will feature unique activations to celebrate the new murals displayed in the courtyard of 99 Yorkville Avenue. Launching with a block party, activations include but are not limited to art panels, a meet and greet with Montreal-based artist Whatisadam, live DJs, a movie screening, sculpture displays, special light installations and a few artistic surprises.

“We have been working tirelessly to deliver a festival that will be appealing to the biggest art lovers, as well as local and visiting guests alike,” says Alan Ganev, Director, Taglialatella Galleries & Yorkville Murals. “The three days are jam packed with live entertainment, art, music, film and food and drink courtesy of Sofia Restaurant & Bar. There is something for everyone and we cannot wait to see the festival grow in years to come.”

Presented by Romeo’s Gin, Yorkville Murals is also supported by partners such as Aston Martin, Christian Louboutin, Spaces, Sofia Restaurant & Bar,
Cumberland Financial, Taglialatella Galleries, INK Entertainment, Annex Hotel, The Hazelton Hotel, OCAD, the Bloor-Yorkville Improvement Area and View the Vibe among others.

 

Your guide to star-spotting at INK venues during TIFF ’19

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is back for 2019 and a star-studded list of guests will flood the city for the festival’s 10-day duration. With TIFF comes the parties, events and interviews, which means the city will be on high alert for the best in celebrity sightings. INK Entertainment venues have been known to host a celebrity or two, so here are a few places in Toronto for your best chance at star-spotting.

Bisha Hotel & Residence

Home to the IMDB Studio at the Visa Infinite Lounge in previous years, Bisha is no stranger to a celebrity or two. The hotel hosts the world’s trendiest guests on the regular and the lobby bar – Mister C – been home to a few pre and after parties for TIFF films. Stars spotted in the past include Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney and Greta Gerwig.

 

Akira Back

Located on the second floor of Bisha Hotel, Michelin-star chef Akira Back, the buzz worthy menu, private dining room and cool decor designed by Studio Munge is enough to draw any celebrity in. Canadian icons Ben and Jessica Mulroney are loyal patrons of the restaurant, as well as Jessica Biel and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been spotted indulging in Back’s signature dishes.

 

KOST

The rooftop restaurant – located on the 44th floor of Bisha Hotel – has unparalleled views of Toronto and was recently dubbed the city’s best patio by BlogTO. Already a popular and Instagrammable destination for locals and tourists, you can bet the stars will want to take in the views and fresh menu, like Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Geena Davis and Martin Short have done.

 

Sofia Restaurant & Bar

While it may not be located right in the heart of TIFF action, Sofia is a pearl nestled in Yorkville and secluded from the hustle and bustle of downtown. The fine-dining destination offers Italian-inspired cuisine and a menu curated by executive chef Rob LeClair. The luxe space holds the charm of modern dining with a dash of Hollywood glamour, as well as a private outdoor patio – This checks every box for a TIFF event. Stars spotted in past include Drake, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum and Dan Aykroyd.

 

Byblos Downtown / STORYs Toronto

Byblos and STORYs are staple spots for star-spotting during TIFF. Byblos – the award-winning Eastern Mediterranean restaurant – has celebrities flocking each night to get a taste of the incredible menu, as well as being host to a few after parties. Sharing the same space, STORYs has been home to many a pre or post screening party, as well as the RBC Lounge. Stars spotted in the past include Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey and Bryan Cranston.

 

Patria

Patria is the ultimate spot on King West for private dining and party experiences for TIFF events. The Barcelona inspired restaurant is discreetly tucked away and boasts impressive Spanish flavoured menu items. It has also has been host to a bevy of premiere parties, including an appearance by Ryan Gosling.

 

Weslodge

You cannot miss the big yellow doors when you’re walking down King Street – and neither can the biggest names in Hollywood. Weslodge has been the host to many a TIFF event and has had stars such as Richard Gere and Gary Oldman spotted inside. Matthew McConaughey even booked out the venue last year for an invite-only tasting of his Wild Turkey whisky.

 

Spoke Club

The exclusive members-only club has hosted many galas and premiere parties in the past. Now under the helm of INK Entertainment, Spoke Club boasts a newly renovated private rooftop patio and bar that will be idea for all A-list guests seeking the most exclusive events. Stars spotted in the past include Penelope Cruz, Bradley Cooper, Woody Harrelson and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Sofia Restaurant & Bar wins Mark McEwan pasta taste test

Chef Mark McEwan partnered with Post City this month to taste test Toronto’s best hand-crafted ravioli and agnolotti. Sofia Restaurant & Bar had some stiff competition – including runner-up La Palma, Piano Piano, Terroni & many more – but INK Entertainment’s own came out on top!

As stated in the Post City article, McEwan loved the ricotta-stuffed dish – by head chef Rob LeClair – with chanterelles, hazelnuts and black truffles. “I really like the combination, really elegant and simple, as pasta should be.”

To try the Agnolotti Al Tartofo for yourself, reservations can made via Sofia’s website. Sofia Restaurant & Bar is located at 99 Yorkville Ave.

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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