A Toronto Foodie Holiday Guide

A Toronto Foodie Holiday Guide

Make your holiday season worry and stress free! Our friends at The McEwan Group, Carmen, Queen Margherita Pizza, Smoque N’ Bones, and Samuel Adams with Cheese Boutique want to help you make magical, merry moments you can share with your loved ones.

Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with friends and family enjoying the most festive time of year.

Catering (Corporate and Personal):

Queen Margherita Pizzas three locations (Baby Point, Dundas West, Leslieville) are pleased to bring you Italian classics with modern twists to your holiday table.  From nibbles and bites to fantastic & festive feasts, the signature Chef’s Selection Salumi Board will accommodate gatherings of all sizes, so will their array of appetizers ranging from Crispy Arancini to warming Roasted Root Vegetable  salad. And don’t forget about QMP’s fresh, hot out-of-the wood-fired oven, Neapolitan style pizza made with ethically sourced ingredients such as succulent Pork Belly, Ricotta Salata and Prosciutto di Parma.  Make it a fun-filled affair with a holiday themed pizza-party this year.


If you want Southern Comfort, look no further than to Smoque N’ Bones for some delicious hospitality. SNB is proud to offer BBQ that draws inspiration from the four pillars of BBQ: Memphis, Texas, Kansas and the Carolinas. With each region showcasing its own distinct tastes, there’s enough palate-pleasing variety to satisfy everyone. From juicy ribs, tender brisket and whet-your-whistle sides such as tender cornbread & sweet candied yams, make your gatherings perfect with great food, effortlessly.

McEwan is an order away from blissful eats. Staff are ready to assist you with all your catering needs.  From show stopping holiday menus like Beef Tenderloin & Leg of Lamb,  prix fixe meals to platters of all sorts (appetizers, desserts, sandwiches), you’ll receive quality dishes that won’t fail to impress your guests.  McEwan prides itself on curating the finest ingredients and tailoring to your every need. Have a style of dining in mind? The McEwan group offers food stations and formal sit-down meals. Amaze your guests with a delectable holiday feast this year.

Private Parties/ Event Space:

KOHLlove the party but hate the clean up? At KOHL, you won’t have a thing to worry about except what you’ll want to eat! Located on the second floor of Smoque N’ Bones, the whisky bar features 84 bottles of single malt scotch, 43 bottles of bourbon, 170 bottles of whiskey and more; it’s an ever-growing collection to complement the sumptuous southern eats. Enjoy comfort food at its finest: BBQ with all the fixings for your private parties, intimate events, and corporate dinners.

Holiday parties at KOHL whiskey bar

If you’re taking your merry-making party on the road, there’s ample room at all three Queen Margherita Pizza locations (Baby Point, Dundas West, Leslieville) to host personal or corporate celebrations. The bar is stocked with premium beers and Wine Reserves, as well as spirits that make up refreshing weekly cocktail specials. QMP’s Prix Fixe menu is sure to please mouths and wallets.  For only $29, you get a spectacular 3 course meal that includes any appetizer, any pizza and any dessert.  Or if you’re celebrating with the little ones, we have specialty menus just for tots. For only $10, kids get a pizza or pasta, with a scoop of ice cream to finish.

Any of The McEwan Group‘s restaurants are luxurious posts to host your holiday gatherings at.  Their four renowned restaurant properties offer a unique dining experience: from casual and convivial to sophisticated and contemporary, these spaces never fail to impress. With help from our team of experienced event coordinators, The McEwan Group brings your holiday vision to life seamlessly. Have certain dishes in mind? Choose from their epicurean, seasonal menus or have their chefs customize and tailor to your guests’ needs.

To book your holiday party today or for more information head to Bymark, Fabbrica, North 44 or ONE Restaurant.

The McEwan Group

Christmas Dinner:

ONE Restaurant is inviting you to celebrate the season in style. ONE is hosting a festive Christmas dinner with all the lavish fixings! Look forward to appetizing features such as a tender, organic Roasted Turkey, Creamy Gravy, Cranberry Chutney, Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts, Butternut Squash Caponata, Roasted Apple Stuffing and Yorkshire Pudding.

Book your table at ONE Restaurant here.

Gift Cards:

Offer a dash of surprise with gift cards from Queen Margherita Pizza (Baby Point, Dundas West, Leslieville), Smoque & Bones, Carmen and The McEwan Group restaurants (One, Bymark, Fabbrica, North 44, McEwan Stores). They make ideal stocking stuffers, housewarming or secret santa gifts. Best of all, they never expire and can be redeemed at any time! So friends and family will still be thanking you into the new year. Introduce them to your great taste in food! Cards can be purchased in any denomination. Visit their websites for more information.

Gift Baskets:

There’s nothing quite like receiving a mountain of edible gifts in a gorgeously wrapped basket.  Be the talk of your friends & family when you arrive with goodies in tow for holiday gatherings.  The best part is how you can personalize and tailor each basket to suit your loved one’s’ personality and tastes.

Carmen is offering its Spanish Basket and tastes of authentic Espana during this festive time of year.  Wow them with items such as in-house made Nougat Almond and Caramel,  Chiquilin Pimenton Dulce (Sweet Paprika), Cabra Vino (Goat Cheese with red wine), and even an authentic Paella pan. Or, opt for the Paella Basket which includes a traditional Paella recipe from Chef Luis Valenzuela. For more information call 416 535 0404.


McEwan is pulling out all the stops for the holidays. Staff will personally help you hand-pick each artisan item for your Gift Baskets.  From homemade spreads, artisan chocolates, charcuterie, gourmet coffee and much more, they have plenty of choices which will definitely impress the lucky recipient.  Custom baskets upon request.

For more info or to place an order: Call 416 444 6262 x 234

Email [email protected] or visit their website.

For the cheese and beer lovers in your life (or just for yourself!), you’ll adore Cheese Master Afrim Pristine’s exclusive Samuel Adams cheeses available at Cheese Boutique. Each one has been carefully crafted with a Samuel Adams beer; Rebel Yell Gouda made with Rebel IPA, the HENRY series including Majestic Henry, made with Boston Lager, Winter Lager Ghost Cheddar made with Winter Lager, and Summertime Blues Halloumi made with Summer Ale.  With cheese comes bread, so naturally Pristine has baked up a Samuel Adams Rye Bread made with Boston Lager.

Now you and your loved ones can enjoy the multi-layered and flavourful cheeses and bread at your next gathering. Each item makes the perfect, tasty present on their own or as part of foodie dream gift basket. Please call +1 (416) 762-6292 for more information.

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This holiday season, reveal your festive flare and celebrate the magic of this time of year.  Entertain and enjoy yourself; make your special moments brighter with great friends, family and phenomenal food!

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