Femme Feast In Honour of International Women’s Day

Take one chef, and one event planner; add twenty-five or so of their closest friends; combine with three delectable courses at modern French restaurant and you’ve got the recipe for an incredible Femme Feast.


I had the honour and pleasure recently of co-hosting a dinner with Joanna Sable, in commemoration of International Women’s Day.  The wonderful group of women that gathered around a communal table at Concession Road, were the embodiment of vitality and joy.

Frisee Escargots Butternut Squash

The night began by raising a glass of 13th Street Winery Sparkling Rose, in cheer.  This was followed up by a round table introduction of our tablemates who all shared a love and passion for good food.  From there we each had the opportunity to peruse a mimosa patterned menu outlining the mouthwatering options for our meal.  First course offerings included: a bright roasted butternut squash soup; tantalizing escargots forestière with mushrooms, watercress and garlic butter; and jeweled salad of frisée and endive with roasted beets, and haricots verts dressed in a sherry vinaigrette.

JFC Steak Frites Chef's Daily Fish

The Main offerings were just as marvelous providing selections such as: golden crisp “JFC” (Japanese Fried Chicken)served with buttermilk mas and preserved lemon mayo; a succulent 5oz flat iron steak frites with red wine jus, horseradish herb butter and house-cut fries, earthy mushroom risotto finished with Grana Padano, fine herbs and truffle oil; and the Chef’s daily fish entrée of cod in beurre blanc and capers served with rapini and fingerling potatoes.

Tarte au Citron Thank You Cookie

This spectacular spread was capped off with a tangy tarte au citron for dessert, its brilliant yellow curd mirroring the golden buds gifted to women on this day, mimose.  Our guests also received a sweet parting gift of sugar cookies customized for the occasion.

This femme feast can only be described as a truly magical evening radiating with positive energy from all those who gathered for a divine dining experience.  Buon Appetito!

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