On Tuesday, May 29th (2012), Skinnygirl Wines held its Canadian launch at the Drake Hotel.

The line of wines is the latest from Skinnygirl – a company headed by Bethenny Frankel of Housewives, reality TV, and entrepreneurial fame. Frankel recorded a video greeting for this event.

Dina Pugliese (Canada’s Got Talent, Breakfast Television) acted as emcee, and the evening was organized by Praxis PR.

In attendance:  Natalie Deane, Lauren O’Neil, Casie Stewart, Pay Chen, and Jennifer Williams.

Photography by Ryan Emberley

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On Tuesday, May 29th (2012), Teatro Verde held a launch event for its new location at Bayview Village.

The event began with a Veuve Clicquot champagne reception and followed with lunch in O&B’s private dining room.   O&B co-owner Michael Bonacini joined Teatro Verde’s guests for lunch.

Also in attendance: Derick Chetty, Teatro owners Shawn Gibson and Michael Pellegrino, Nathalie Atkinson, and Rita Zekas.

Car service was provided by The Forest Hill Group.  The event was organized by Mary Symons.

Photography by Ryan Emberley.

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Monday, June 4th (2012).  Teatro Verde launched its new location with a lunch event, Luksusowa held a tasting a Barchef, and Gumball 3000 took place at Maison Mercer.





–  The 14th edition of ‘Gumball 3000‘ was held at Maison Mercer recently.  The car rally and event was the second and only Canadian stop on Gumball’s seven city tour.  Moet and Belvedere sponsored cocktails for the crowd of over 1,000 guests.

–  Last week, Teatro Verde held a very intimate launch for its new Bayview Village location.  As part of the launch, guests were treated to lunch at O&B’s private dining room, where Michael Bonacini  himself joined the group for lunch.  Look for coverage here on society.photography later this week.

-  dtour held F.O.A.M. (Festival of Art and Music) at the Evergreen Brickworks in support of Motionball.

–  Last week, Skinnygirl launched its new wine selections with an event at the Drake Hotel. Look for coverage here on society.photography later this week.

–  Recently, media got their hands dirty by planting at the preview of Yes To Tomatoes, held at Toronto’s Botanical Gardens.

-  Bar Chef played host to an influencer-heavy Luksusowa Vodka event on Wednesday, May 30th.  Look for coverage here on society.photography later this week.

-  Laya Spa & Yoga held its media launch event last Tuesday at Queen/Ossington.  Guests were able to sample treatments from the spa and health-conscious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Torito‘s Luis Valenzuela. Look for coverage here on society.photography later this week.

-  Greg Lauren, nephew of Ralph Lauren, visited TNT last week.  Check out our coverage here.


Food & Drink


–  David Adjey‘s new restaurant ‘The Chickery’ is now open at Spadina/Camden.

 –  NOW Magazine released their 2012 Summer Patio Guide.




–  Leonard Cohen recently accepted the Glenn Gould Prize. Actor Alan Rickman was on-hand for the festivities.

–  Canada’s major broadcasters recently held their 2012 Upfronts in Toronto. Celebrities in attendance:  For Shaw, LL Cool J and Ricki Lake.  For CTV, Hayden Panettiere.  For Rogers, Katie Couric and Dominic Monaghan.

-  Peter Gabriel’s 25th anniversary ‘So’ tour is coming to Toronto.

-  Drake announced the lineup for his third annual OVO Festival.





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On Thursday, June 31st (2012) Greg Lauren presented his Fall/Winter 2012 collection at TNT in Yorkville.

Lauren, a renaissance man sans doute, is the nephew of Ralph Lauren and works his hand as an actor, sought-out artist, and fashion designer.

In attendance: Arie Assaraf, Shinan Govani, Kirk Pickersgill & Stephen Wong, and Mosha Lundström Halbert – among others.

The event was organized by MacIntyre Communications.

Photography by Ryan Emberley

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