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Dinner at Destingo Restaurant on Queen West
March 24, 2015

Vogue Magazine has named Toronto’s "Queen Street West" the second-hippest district in the world. In a study of the globe’s 15 coolest neighbourhoods, the magazine ranks the Canadian district as second only to Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa. “Toronto is currently enjoying newfound prominence – and desirability – amongst globe-trotting tastemakers,” Vogue’s Nick Remsen writes on the magazine’s website. “Queen Street West is a verifiable artery of indie patisseries, homegrown labels, and hidden- from-view galleries – hallmarks of hipness, if ever they existed,” he said, highlighting the publication’s September issue.

On Tuesday March 24th, we will be on Queen Street West in the hippest heart when we visit Destingo for our next wine dinner. Destingo, which means “destined to go”, is the idea of owner Monika Vacca, when she opened a contemporary and casual Italian restaurant where people can enjoy delicious food and wine at a moderate price. Monika is the former co-owner of Vaticano Restaurant in Yorkville where her and executive chef Felice Vacca have been cooking up some of the best Italian food in town for the past decade. 

Monika brought along Vaticano’s former sous-chef Arshad Uwais who has been working as an apprentice for Felice since 2005. Monika and Arshad have brought some of their favorite dishes from Vaticano over to Destingo and given them a contemporary spin. Now Monika has put together a menu for AWS that will match up with our wines for our March 24th wine dinner. Here is the menu with the wines;

Passed Appetizers
Lobster Salad in an Edible Spoon
Basil Pesto, Marinated Bocconcino in a Pastry Cup
Sweet Dates wrapped in Prosciutto
Served with Bundeena Bay Vineyard Series Pinot Grigio

First Course
“Vitello Destingo”, Veal Scallopini, Scallops, Cremini Mushrooms in a Rose Sauce
Served withJacob’s Creek Classic Chardonnay

Main Course
7 oz. Grilled AAA Angus Steak, Pasta Aioli, and Italian Vegetables
Served with 2002 Katnook Estate Coonawarra Shiraz
2002 Sandleford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River

Destingo Tiramisu

Tea and Coffee on Request

Reception will be 6:30 p.m. with Dinner at 7 p.m. When booking if you wish to seat with any particular person(s), please let us know.

Price for this event is $68.00 for members and $78.00 for non-member guests. Tax and Gratuity included. Destingo is located at 741 Queen Street West, Toronto. 647-748-3113, on the south side, one block west of Bathurst Street. By TTC, Queen Street or Bathurst Street streetcars, or parking on Queen St. After 6 on North side, anytime on South side.

You can register on-line at http://awsdestingodinner.eventbrite.ca or download the registration form here and mail it to Bernard Nottage as noted on the Registration Form.

Future Events

Plans are underway for a special event in May, so stay tuned.

Thursday June 18th our Summer Solstice Dinner at the Faculty Club, outside on the patio has been reserved.

The Annual General Meeting and Barbeque will be in August on Sunday the 16th at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club deck.

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