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Ten Unique Food-Themed Group Ideas

Here are 10 top-notch ideas that will bring the gastronomic 'wow.'


A spirited show at Medieval Times.

A spirited show at Medieval Times.

O.Noir – Experience sightless, set-menu dining in a pitch-dark environment. In Toronto, O.Noir’s three rooms (two seating 40 each and one hosting 20) are available for group buyouts. Original location operates on Montreal’s Ste-Catherine W.

CopaCabana – Brazilian rodizio restaurant offers a hot and cold buffet table, followed by 14 to 16 all-you-can-eat skewered meats brought to your table by obliging wait staff. Musical entertainment and samba dancers, too. Locations operate in Toronto and Niagara Falls, Ont.

Medieval Times – Seating 1,350, this amphitheatre-style venue offers a four-course medieval feast accompanied by a lively jousting competition. Multimedia available in main theatre and Knight Club room (seating 275). A third business-meeting room seats 22. Toronto location.

Catch Your Own Crab – Hastings House hotel, on Salt Spring Island, B.C., operates a one-of-a-kind fishing excursion whereby groups of up to 25, led by a local fisherman, trap their own Dungeness crab. The following evening, the hotel’s chef turns the group’s catch into a multi-course meal.

Hashimoto – Master chef Masaki Hashimoto crafts set-price, multi-course Japanese kaiseki meals whose refinement and quality warrant their steep prices. Mississauga location seats six; North Toronto location, 10. Reservations must be made at least a week in advance, so ingredients can be ordered from Japan.

The Chef Upstairs – Intimate Toronto space accommodates up to 30 for corporate meetings, events, motivational sessions or speaker presentations. On-site are a kitchen, boardroom, plasma-screen TVs, projection equipment and wireless Internet.

Miga – Cook-your-own Korean barbecue on tableside gas grills. Chicken, beef and seafood available, as are private grill rooms at both the Mississauga and downtown Toronto restaurants. Mississauga location serves sushi, too.

House Wine – Vancouver wine consultancy hosts culinary team-building events for teams of six to 24 in its fully equipped space. After receiving a cooking lesson and a crash course in wine/food pairings, teams prepare a dish, match it with a vintage, then serve it to the group.

La Fonderie – Chinese, Swiss, bourguignon and chocolate fondue is the name of the game, along with Swiss raclette (melted raclette cheese served with potatoes and garnishes) at this Montreal eatery. Hanging vines accentuate the space, giving the look and feel of a Mediterranean garden.

Urban Bites – Exclusive to guests of the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, this programme explores that city’s gastronomic delights. Capping the tour is a dinner prepared by the Four Seasons’ chef, using foods sampled that day. Available as a half- or full-day tour, Urban Bites accommodates groups of up to 20.



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