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Valentine’s Chocolate Fondue

Enjoy a delicious flirty and fun Chocolate fondue. It’s hip to dip so share with a group of friends or surprise your sweet heart this Valentine’s.

Ingredients:
12oz bag of your favourite good quality chocolate chips (You can use milk chocolate or semisweet)
1/2 cup up to 2/3 cup half and half cream
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Dipping ideas:  Fruit (strawberries are a must), other fruits work too like pineapple…yummy or graham crackers, red velvet cake pieces…

Directions:

 Over a double boiler melt the chocolate and half and half together.  Once the chocolate melts, stir in the vanilla and cinnamon.  Place in a fondue pot to keep warm.  Serve with dipping ingredients. 

Enjoy. 



Old Mill Toronto Wedding Open House

Congratulations on your engagement, now on to the planning! The wedding planning experience is an exciting time in your life and before you start thinking about important things like budget, it might be easier to start thinking about where you want to hold your wedding venue first. Would you select your wedding gown without trying it on, chances are the answer is no, so, why should you reserve your wedding venue without experiencing it first? The Old Mill Toronto Wedding Open House is your chance to have an intimate view of our beautiful venue, meet our preferred vendors, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages and take home a swag bag full of goodies.

The Old Mill Toronto will open its doors for couples to explore and enjoy all your wedding planning needs, much like a bridal show, but on a more intimate level where you can spend some one-on-one time with our wedding executives and vendors. It is a great opportunity for you to see  how we could setup for a wedding in any particular room, which can some times be difficult to visualize when doing a site visit.

Tour the venue on your own or if you prefer one of our wedding executives will show you around the property while answering any questions you may have about accommodations, packages, and availability. Make sure you have an opportunity to meet with our preferred venders, they will have lots of unique ideas and lots of experience working with our venue in particular, but of course you can bring in anyone you prefer to work with for your special day.  Enjoy the DJ, indulge in hors d’oeuvres, have some fun in the photo-booth, look through the photographer’s sample albums, the bakers cake displays, check out our cozy 16th century candlelit wedding chapel, in general experience our venue from your own perspective.

It is a good idea to bring a list of questions to ask us so you don’t get off track and forget an important question you may have. It is also, a good idea to have your contact information ready to give to vendors. Think about what email address and phone number you’ll want to use. Setting up an email address for your wedding is also a good idea, and it will definitely come in handy closer to the date.  Bring your camera so you are ready to snap pictures of things you love or want to remember about the venue. Your smartphone with a Pinterest app would probably come in handy!

Wednesday February 22, 2017  4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

* View our beautiful venue  * Meet our preferred venders
* Enter to win an Overnight Getaway  * Enter to win a Couples Massage
* Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments  * Tour our Hotel Suites

RSVP to humbach@oldmilltoronto.com or by calling 416-207-2008 

No problem if the date doesn’t work for you, simply Contact us and we will happily set you up with a personal tour on a day that is more convenient for you and your vision! 



Grilled Vegetables

Feel free to use what ever vegetables are available. Grilled vegetables not only look great and taste great but are also a healthy choice. You can serve them at any temperature and can prepare them ahead of time to be used as your side dish, on top of sandwiches or in salads. 

(serves 6)

3 red bell peppers seeded and quartered
3 yellow squash (1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
3 zucchini (12 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
3 Japanese eggplants (12 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
12 cremini mushrooms or button mushrooms
1 bunch of asparagus (about 1 pound), trimmed
 12 green onions trimmed
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil 
1/2 teaspoon of finely chopped fresh rosemary

Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for medium high heat, or preheat a ridged grill pan over a medium flame. Brush all of the vegetables with a 1/4 cup of oil to coat lightly. Sprinkle the vegetables with 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Working in batches, grill all the vegetables until tender and lightly charred all over, about 12 minutes for the bell peppers, 7 minutes for the squash, zucchini, eggplant and mushrooms; 4 minutes for the asparagus and green onions. Arrange the vegetables on a platter.

In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, garlic, parsley, basil and rosemary, the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper to blend. Drizzle the dressing over the vegetables and serve warm or at room temperature. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.

If you want to try something different, sprinkle some goat cheese over the grilled vegetables…yummy!

 

Enjoy! 



What to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Venue

 

Choosing the best venue for your wedding is important, and it may seem like a task consisting only of liking a space or not, but in reality there is way more to consider than that. Since the number of wedding venue options are infinite now, there are many important questions couples need to consider before booking their venue.  It’s always a great idea to be prepared with your questions and priorities and keep track of all your top points on a spreadsheet, allowing you to keep track of each venues suitability as you do your research.

Having a rough idea of your “wedding size”, whether you will invite 60,125 or 300 guests, will narrow down the venues on your list that don’t have the capacity to fit your estimated guest list. It is also a good idea to have your budget in mind, no sense in keeping a $12,000 venue on your list when you can really only afford $4,000.

Things you should consider;

Is this venue available on the date that I want? 
Do you have a specific day or month in mind? Always a good idea to double-check availability at the site visit.

Does this venue’s space fit my needs? 
If you want your ceremony, cocktails, and reception all in one venue, does the space your considering have separate spaces for all of those events?  Does it require a space that is weather dependent, such as an outdoor space?  It’s also important to talk through the flow of the ceremony if you’re having one there and pay attention to the little details, like routes your guests will take, what the bathrooms are like, whether they have heating/air conditioning and where the power sockets are for your entertainment and speeches. 

Is the catering in-house or is there an approved caterers list?
Are there any sample menus you can look at and do they provide menu tastings? What type of menu service is provided, for example, plated, buffet, french service, food stations etc.

Location, Location, Location…
Will you have to provide transportation for guests from a hotel to your venue or do they have onsite accommodation for your guests? How easy is it to access by public transport? If everyone is driving, is there ample parking. 

How does the pricing structure work?
Is it based on room rental, price per head, minimum spend or are there set packages?  What are your bar options, can you supply your own beverages and will there be a corkage charge? Are there any extra rental charges for tables, chairs linen and flatware?  

What Kind of Venue are you looking for?
Consider whether you want a traditional or non-traditional venue. Are you looking for rustic, formal, romantic, elegant, relaxed, historical, the wedding style you envision will help determine your venue options. Keep in mind if you opt for a totally non-traditional venue that’s not equipped to host a party, you’ll be responsible for a lot more details so make sure they are in your budget. You should also consider the decor of the venue, is the venue naturally beautiful and impressive or is it a blank slate that will need additional decor and pizzaz to warm it up?

Few Ceremony and reception venues compare with the casual elegance and timeless style of the Old Mill Toronto to help you realize your dream wedding. Our on site 16th century candlelit chapel and out door wedding garden add to the array of personal choices. 

Join us for an intimate preview of our exclusive venue on Wednesday February 22nd for the Old Mill Toronto Wedding Open House. Meet our preferred venders, view our beautiful venue, enjoy complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and beverages and enter to win an overnight getaway. 



Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Double Smoked Bacon

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes  Servings: 4

Brussels sprouts that are sliced, tossed with garlic and oil, roasted until slightly caramelized, covered in melted parmesan cheese and tossed with double smoked bacon; brussels sprouts never had it so good! 

ingredients
  • 2 pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced or quartered
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices double smoked bacon (omit for vegetarian)
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
directions
  1. Toss the brussels sprouts in the oil along with the garlic, salt and pepper, place in in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until lightly golden brown, about 20 minutes, mixing them up half way through.
  2. Meanwhile cook the bacon until crispy and drain on paper towels before crumbling.
  3. Sprinkle on the parmesan and return to the oven until it melts, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Toss the brussels sprouts with the bacon and lemon zest, and lemon juice and enjoy!


Festive Table Decor

As we approach the craziness of the festive season, get inspired to make your holiday table sparkle with ideas for table settings and dazzling centrepieces when hosting get-togethers for family and friends this holiday season.

During our recent Girls’ Great Escape, one of our workshops was to share creative ideas on how to decorate your table with beautiful festive decor. The Old Mill Flower Shop created the dramatic flower centrepieces and can help you entertain in style this Christmas, with a custom made centrepiece for your home. 

These beautiful holiday tablescapes were a collaboration between Weddings by Design, weddingsbydesign.ca a full service event planning and design firm, and Dinner Party Diva, info@dinnerpartydiva.ca a dinner party tabletop rental company.  Together they create magic and bring you the ultimate experience in party planning and design.  
 
 

Traditional Table

“This traditional red and gold holiday dinner table takes its cue from the floral motifs that are huge in fashion this season.  A Romantic floral centrepiece surrounded by tall charcoal grey taper candles and an array of gold and red accents and formal dinnerware, complete this elegant table scape.”

Rustic Chic  

Inspired by current trends in reclaimed wood and copper, this Rustic Chic holiday table decor is perfect for your cottage holiday dinner party. 

Winter Wonderland

The silvery white “snowfall” table linen is the perfect backdrop for this winter wonderland themed table scape. The monochromatic light blue candle scape combined with crystal accents and snow globes make this table a show stopper!! 

Modern Geometric

This contemporary holiday table takes inspiration from modern geometric design and infuses it with a pop of colour. The gold pineapples are all the rage this season, and are the perfect accent to this holiday table symbolizing friendship and hospitality.

From intimate dinner parties for 6 in your own home to larger parties and events for any occasion, we hope these festive tables have inspired you!