The highly anticipated Assembly Chef’s Hall softly opened its doors in December, rolling out vendor launches throughout the month and into January. On January 25th, Assembly Chef’s Hall held a 300-person, invite only grand opening to solidify itself as a culinary destination for Torontonians.
To kick off the evening, Mayor John Tory conducted the official ribbon cutting ceremony along side Assembly founder, Andreas Antoniou, with all the culinary visionaries and owners of Assembly, to officially open their doors.
Taking the opportunity to have a bite before his next engagement, Tory stopped by each vendor, listening to the inspiration behind the menu items and tasting some of the signature offerings of each location.
The tapas style evening included Reyna’s (owner Nicki Laborie) Lamb Baklava, a sweet, savory and crunchy morsel of kataifi, lamb shank, and burnt honey aioli, as well as bite size samples of Ivana Raca’s 90% ricotta gnocchi in truffle cream sauce.
The rest of the evening kicked off as bloggers, influencers, socialites and industry reps filled the 17,000 square foot hall to taste the best of Toronto’s growing food industry.
Guests were given the opportunity to mingle with chefs and restaurant owners, enjoy signature cocktails, like the Tromba Margarita, and from award winning barista, Stuart Ross, of Bull Dog coffee.
Photos by @ryanemberley