Soco Toronto

To celebrate their 3rd anniversary this spring, Karyzma, a reputed Toronto-based PR agency, did what only they do best – hosting a fun and stylish private party at the newly-opened, Soco Kitchen + Bar at the Delta Toronto, located in the city’s South Core.

The invitation-only event coincided with Soco also launching their brand new patio, and fellow blogger, @Gastroworld, and I could not have asked for a more beautiful day to party on a mint patio.

In addition to their PR, event planning and brand management services, Karyzma also represents some notable Canadian musicians and athletes. So, not surprisingly, the party’s patrons included plenty of local celebs, including a certain Mr. Karl Wolf, who we exchanged a few words with at the bar, before actually realizing who he was. #doh

Let’s talk food – I’ve got to give it up to Soco’s kitchen, headed up by award-winning chef, Daniel Craig (yes, Bond fans, that is his name). We were treated to a flow of bite-sized samplers: from bison tartare to lamb speidinis; fresh oysters and baked mussels, to mushroom pizzas and a selections of desserts – it was a consistently impressive offering. Consistently. If this is any indication of what is churned out at Soco Kitchen, then I cannot wait to return for a proper meal.

Soco Toronto

Ofcourse, no good party is complete without an open bar. And here again, we were treated to some excellent wines from Redstone Winery from Niagara, cocktails courtesy of Tequila Tromba, beers from Steam Whistle Brewing, and more.

Did I mention it was an open bar?

Soco TorontoSoco TorontoOk, so I haven’t been a big fan of te-kill-ya ever since university. Too many shots at too many parties, and those wasted days and wasted nights pretty much killed it for me.

But … the Lavendar Margarita being whipped up by the Tequila Tromba folks was spectacular.

The cocktail was simple, and I watched closely as the very good looking female mixologist threw together some Tequila Tromba Blanco, lime juice, agave nectar, a dash of locally-sourced lavender bitters, and garnished this beauty of a drink with a couple of rosemary sprigs.

It was … in a single word … divine!

Soco TorontoAs the evening progressed, the weather got a lot cooler. Although several heating lamps were peppered around the patio, the good folks at Soco/Delta Toronto took it one step further – they provided guests with blankets to stay warm.

It’s the little things that I like … and a restaurant having their own logo-embossed blankies for the comfort of their guests, is pretty darn impressive.

Big props to Karyzma, Soco Kitchen and Delta Toronto for one heck of great party.

And just in case there was any doubt…

Karl Wolf


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