Actress (and Most Beautiful Canadian!) Sarah Gadon and philanthropist Suzanne Rogers were among the style set to attend the private dinner at Hudson’s Bay’s the Room in celebration of London-based designer Mary Katrantzou on Monday night (May 11). Held inside the its platinum suite, it was the first glimpse of the new Room, which had just moved locations onto the third floor of the Queen Street store. The theme was hot pink – from the peonies to the water glasses and the pretty foam pyramid cakes for dessert – which followed an evening of free-flowing Laurent Perrier Rose champagne paired with a delectable menu that included poached lobster and caviar, seared scallops, seared sea bass and spring lamb.
The invite-only dinner preceded a Haute Health charity luncheon that took place the next afternoon at Arcadian Court in support Alzheimer’s research, which included a glamorous fashion show on a foam pink catwalk. “My boyfriend said this was one show worth doing for such a good cause,” the designer told guests.
Further downtown, at the Toronto Region Board of Trade (O&B), there was yet another fundraising soirée underway – the Mosaic Institute’s inaugural Peace Patron Dinner, which celebrated the Honourable Louise Arbour, as well the next generation of young people working towards a more peaceful world. Red snapper ceviche and beef and yorkshire puddings floated around the cocktail reception, which was followed by a dinner menu that included pan-roasted beef tenderloin and lemon and chile marinated chicken and a rich O&B artisan dark chocolate marquis for dessert.
Toronto Mayor John Tory and TV news anchor Anne-Marie Mediwake attended the event, along with a powerful mix of Canadian businesspeople and philanthropists. The first-time fête proved to be a rousing success, raising more than $190,000 in support of the Mosaic Institute’s work.