Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal, Courtney Dubois & Ben Lemen of Stonetrotter

Memorable evenings are carefully curated to contain five equally important elements: exceptional food and drink, the right atmosphere, defining music, and good company.

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Curb Appeal 2016 in Downtown Barrie

This evening of alfresco dining featured five exquisite courses from The Farmhouse, The North Restaurant, Painters Hall, Kenzington Burger Bar and KoHyang House with musical stylings from Courtney Dubois and Ben Lemen of Stonetrotter.

Making star appearances at cocktail hour; Singer Melina Hanke, the Grilled Cheese Social Eatery and The Lazy Tulip with a shot of tomato bisque and a grilled cheese point, Homestead Artisan Bakery with a bbq pork stuffed brioche bun, J’Adore Fine Cheese with an elegantly curated cheese selection, Barrie Olive Oil with an olive oil gift for each guest,  Redline Brewery with a tasty selection of their local craft beer and Ryan Traversy pairing each course with Ontario wines.

The chefs bring their a-game every time, but they may have outdone themselves on this one. I tried to pick a favourite dish, but can honestly say each one was absolutely divine – all gastronomic expectations were exceeded.

Also, we had perfect weather – by far the best weather we’ve had yet. Sunny to a perfect fadeout and warm into the night.

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Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal

It’s the atmosphere that we bring to the table. This is our fifth time setting the table for Curb Appeal and once again it was our complete pleasure to work with talented floral designers Laurie Tuchto and Nemo Nauta of Art in Bloem.

From a design perspective, the City Bus Terminal location was a delight to work in. The angles and structures in the architecture of the terminal, combined with the anatomy of the trees, gave us great direction for placement and ample opportunity for connecting and hanging. Setting up our lighting was a breeze!

For our tabletop we chose an aesthetic based on simplicity, inspired by the ease and relaxed spirit of farm market shopping. The bus terminal has been selected as a possible site for the city’s future permanent outdoor/indoor market filled with local farmer’s stalls and specialty vendors. Walking around the site it was easy to imagine the farm-fresh vegetables, specialty groceries and any other delicious locally made foods you need for a summer barbecue. We created warmth and whimsy with lighting and candles, and kept the décor fresh and simple with a beautiful garland of greenery down the two long tables.

Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal, Chef Randy Feltis, The Farmhouse

Chef Randy Feltis, The Farmhouse, welcomes us to dinner.

Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal

Our MC for the evening Wayne Hay, Downtown BIA Chairperson.

Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal

Kitchen Action

Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal, Courtney Dubois & Ben Lemen of Stonetrotter
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal

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The essence of Curb Appeal is found in the long table, sitting next to people who may be strangers but by dessert have become new friends.

I love this next set of three photos, wonder what the conversation was?

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Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal

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Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal

Painters Hall served a wild mushroom pastry.

Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal, Chef Marco Ormonde, The North Restaurant

Chef Marco Ormonde, The North Restaurant

Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal

Tuna Niçoise from Chef Marco and The North Restaurant

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Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal

Traditional Noodle Dish from KoHyang House

Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal

Smoked Ribs, Slaw and Panko Crusted Corn on the Cob from The Farmhouse.

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Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal

Kenzington Burger Bar finished the meal with delicious Canoli, Tart and Raspberry Coulis.

Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal
Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal, Mini Georgian

Georgian Mini, one of the event’s generous sponsors.

Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal

  

Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal has happened in various locations around the downtown but this year’s event was different. Being at the city’s Bus Terminal the hard fact was that we would be eating a gourmet dinner in the middle of a space where many people getting on and off the bus would not have the opportunity to afford such luxury. All day long during the set up my heart felt strained under the consideration of how our dinner would make observers feel.

Alongside those feelings was a continuous flow of conversation with many people throughout the day, understandably there was a lot of curiosity as we pulled it all together. I spent the day sharing the purpose behind Curb Appeal; a fundraiser for the community, to raise money for the betterment of areas of the downtown that need attention. The conversations were good and all responses given back to me were supportive, many offering ideas. I was involved in a day long discussion about our city.

The concept has focused on areas that are intended for the use and enjoyment of residents and visitors. Human needs are at the forefront in determining which city area, or organization will be the recipient of the night’s efforts. For an example, past events have raised funds toward the conservation of Lake Simcoe and to the development of our revitalized town square, Meridian Place. This year’s dinner went toward the David Busby Street Centre.

Curb Appeal is also meant to spark a new awareness of the city, to give people a chance to view Downtown Barrie from a different perspective. My hope is that all of us involved, and all of you who had chance to attend, came away with less indifference to the people who reside in our community. My hope is that we can all do more for everyone who lives here.

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Downtown Barrie Curb Appeal

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This beautiful downtown of ours is filled with distinctive spots providing interesting urban backdrops. Craig Stevens (of Downtown Barrie BIA) and Chef Randy Feltis (The Farmhouse) created Curb Appeal to highlight the downtown and the exceptional gastronomic talent to be found within, and to raise money for needed improvements. Each dinner has been a surprise for the guests with great people coming together to pull it all off to a smooth finish. We absolutely love being a part of the creative team behind this exceptional dining experience in Downtown Barrie.

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