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Any great restaurants in the Newmarket/Aurora, Ontario area?

Aw Shucks is a great resto. Live music on the wknds, great bartenders, and good wait staff. The hosts were a bit distracted when we were there, and could have been more professional but otherwise the place was great and the food is fantastic! I am no oyster connoisseur but I had an appetizer of raw oysters with a bunch of different sauces/flavourings brought to the table, which all tasted great and very fresh, as well I had an out of this world Caldeirada Da Marisco (Portuguese Seafood Stew) and I can't remember what my hubby had but he enjoyed his as much. I'd definitely go again. Would be fun with a group as it's a lively place but not so lively that you can't hear each other. Definitely go! I've heard lots of good things about Chinook as well. Only been there once for coffee and lunch, had a big salad that was really good, I think a mixed greens with goat cheese and chicken or something... and I remember the coffee was really good too. My hubby had a jerk chicken sandwich on focaccia an it was quite good too. I wouldn't rate their food as outstanding but it's definitely good. The atmosphere is nice, almost like a market/marche style but a little dressier in a way (though not a formal restaurant by any means, I'd say dressy casual at best - though again haven't been for dinner either). NOt sure abotu the night time scene there. The service fluxed during our visit between pretty rude/ignorant and outstanding (different servers). My guess is they aim for quality service and usually hit it, unfortunately I think they have a few people working there who just can't be bothered. Or maybe it was an off day. But I'd give it another shot. There aren't a heap of places of that caliber here in Aurora... I'd say Aw Shucks and Chinook are the kinds of restaurants that in Toronto might blend in amongst myriad choices for fantastic food/service, but here in Aurora, they really stand out.

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Thanks to everyone who replied. After our tasting we decided to go with D&D. The quality is excellent, as is the presentation, quantity, and flavour.

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I am sorry to hear that. I have had similar experience w/ D&D. I don't think they have been awful, they've just been having a tough time 'getting' my vision, which is frustrating because I'm not asking for anything odd or strange. I wanted similar to what you asked PG for - mexican inspired, caribbean inspired, exotic inspired, etc. - a summer menu... they had a few great suggestions but without an enormous budget it seems like I'm relegated to only serving chicken breast and mashed potatoes or salmon and mashed potatoes at my weddign and that's exactly what we had wanted to avoid, in the first place. I'm hoping we can get it right with one of these guys.

My experience w/ PG is that it's hard getting them to get back to me. Must be a different guy. I dealt w/ them in the fall and gave up on them as was too hard getting responses from them in the first place. Decided to revisit the idea of working w/ them again and contacted him 2 days ago and have yet to get anything back from him this time other than an acknowledgement (a friendly and very warm one I might add), of my initial reconnection. I gave him a lot of information yesterday and didn't receive any reply back today so likely won't until next week now that it's the weekend.

Responsiveness is key in catering I woudl think... the early bird catches the worm. Some of them don't quite get that. I had similar experience w/ companies like Marigolds & Onions back in the fall... getting a response from them was like pulling teeth. And when I did speak to someone she was less than friendly. Hence why they are not on my current list of considered caterers. So far my best service has been w/ En Ville. I just need to get the entree quality up and I would be happy to give them my biz. But in the meantime looking for input from the rest of you on them plus other caterers on my list.

Thanks again!

Spicy Green Rice (Arroz Verde)

This looks delicious. For thsoe who have tried it, does it have a risotto type consistency? It looks really creamy in the picture. Also, is it spicy? Is there a way to make this not spicy if so? I am on a mission to find a latin-inspired side dish for an event this summer and this might just be perfect.... but I'm apprehensive to serve a spicy side dish to 120 people because people can be so fussy and if it's a plated meal with no alternative I don't want a lot of disappointed guests. Thoughts?

Mar 06, 2009
2bwed0609 in Recipes

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Initially we wanted to do the bbq concept but were told the bbq would not even be part of the ambience, it would be up by the kitchen which is a small trek from where we'd be having the reception (not far but you wouldn't see the bbq) so it sort of took away from the ambience especially since we would be charged more believe it or not to bring in the huge bbq. You'd think they'd have one there but I guess they don't.

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Thanks JamieK, would you mind giving me some ideas about what kinds of food you thought was great/memorable with them?

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Thanks Ribboy as I'm sure others who search the forums for catering reviews will be glad to know that... unfortunately I can only work with the caterers listed as I am restricted to those who have a contract with my venue.

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Hi Jenna, thanks for your input. Since you have experience w/ En Ville would you please tell me what you think their best dishes would be entree wise? We were told they make great steaks (by our rep there) but don't want to offer steaks at the wedding as people are so fussy about how they like their beef cooked and it is just iffy. The chicken and fish were both bland/dry... I think we'd like a dish that's marinated and/or cooked in its own juices - rather than something that was just seasoned prior to placing on a rack in the oven and oven grilled, dry or with a glaze that doesn't infuse w/ the meat but which just stays on top.

Suggestions based on what you've enjoyed with them would be welcome.

Our menu is for an outdoor summer event so we'd like something fresh and summery and ideally want to stay away from the traditional Italian or French style recipes most banquet events serve.

Thanks!

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Hi there,

I'm trying in desperation to come to a decision on which caterer to hire for my wedding in Toronto, this summer. My venue requires me to choose from their list of partnered suppliers.

The choices I am considering are:

En Ville
Daniel & Daniel
A Catered Affare
Presidential Gourmet
Jewell Catering

Does anyone here have any experience with any of these OTHER than D&D?

All I can find any info about from anyone outside the event planning industry is D&D. They come highly recommended but my sense after reading various reviews is that they are great for corporate events with big budgets or social events with big budgets but that if you don't have a huge budget they may not be the caterer for you. We are on a budget and they are not being very flexible on the pricing. I am trying to figure out however if the other caterers are realy THAT different from what D&D offers, for the price difference. I've spoken w/ reps at each, and there are nice people at each who are more than happy to have our business but my main concern is food quality and value for the money.

Thoughts? Hoping to get insight from some of you Toronto ChowHounds! Thx in advance.