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.

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.

Taglialatella Galleries Toronto to host Metamorphosis by Rubem Robierb

Taglialatella Galleries Toronto announced they will be showcasing Rubem Robierb‘s latest exhibit Metamorphosis – with other Taglialatella Galleries showing pieces – for one month. Metamorphosis by Rubem Robierb explores Robierb’s journey as a visual artist, harnessing the strong aesthetic skills gained from his initial work as a photographer, which he now employs within a diverse range of multi-media prints, paintings, sculptures and three-dimensional works.

“We are incredibly excited to host the gallery’s first of many solo shows,” says Alan Ganev, Director, Taglialatella Galleries Toronto. “We strive to create a unique experience at the gallery that features cool, imaginative and thought-provoking works, which is exactly what Rubem’s art accomplishes.”

Exclusive to the Toronto show, Robierb has created limited edition black and white silkscreen with diamond dust prints available for purchase. The signed prints are a unique rendition of his signature vibrantly coloured Bullets and Butterflies works.

The exhibit opens in Toronto on Thursday, September 27th.

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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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