Diary of the Week: Bloor Street Entertains, Writers' Trust gala and a Hermès cocktail

For the 19th glamorous year, Bloor Street Entertains deposited a who's who of Toronto notables in various landmarks along Toronto's "mink mile" for a variety of culinary experiences from the city's top chefs. An after-party at the Royal Ontario Museum capped off the posh CANFAR fundraiser, hosted by Sylvia Mantella and Salah Bachir, which culminated in more than $800,000 to benefit HIV and AIDS research. Guests were surely thrilled to donate after hearing the story of 17-year-old ambassador Ashley Murphy, who was born with HIV. A good night for a great cause.

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Satin lapels and sleek gowns were the order of the evening at the Writers' Trust gala, which took over the Ritz-Carlton hotel this week for 400 literati (think Lawrence Hill and John Irving) and notable guests like Margaret Trudeau. Comedian and author Steve Patterson hosted the night's festivities, which named Newfoundland-raised novelist Michael Crummey the inaugural recipient of a Writers' Trust Fellowship. The $50,000 prize will be handed out to a trio of fellows over three years, freeing some of the country's most creative minds from financial concern. Now that's something to write about!

Hermès Canada kicked off the festive season with an exclusive cocktail party where dapper gents in horse masks (icons of the French label) welcomed well-heeled guests to the home of president and CEO Jennifer Carter. Guests made their way past an Hermès-plated vintage Citroen packed with the brand's coveted orange boxes, something sure to be on every fashionista's wish list, to mingle and nibble on Daniel et Daniel bites washed down with holiday-inspired cocktails. The soundtrack? Seasonal tunes gone jazz courtesy of a live band. C'est magnifique!

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