Friday, 30 April 2010

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Next Sunday, May 9 is Mother’s Day

Flower Power

Merion at Simmons Flowers (540 Parliament) reminds us that flowers always convey love and respect. She likes to quote an old proverb “If you have two pennies, spend one on a loaf and one on a flower. The bread will give you life and the flower a reason for living.” Simmons can supply your flowers for in-town or out-of-town deliveries and they’re ready to assist with beautiful fresh flowers on May 7, 8 and 9.


Sharon has lots of new lines for your Mother’s Day gifts – jeans, fancy tees and dresses, all starting at $29.99. For special gifts, check out her new silver jewelry. And for men, there are new hats, jeans and shorts. 503 Parliament.

Kendall & Co Interior Design & Décor
In celebration of Mother’s Day, Kendall & Co have wonderful gift suggestions for you. Visit the store to see these selections and to take advantage of the free gift wrapping for all Mother’s Day purchases. 438 Parliament

Mother’s Day at Stonegrill
Mother’s Day highlights at the Stonegrill (51B Winchester) include a raffle with gifts worth $100. Brunch is available from 10 am to 3 pm. There’s a three course gourmet menu for dinner (from 5 to 10:30 pm) as well as a special kids’ menu. For your reservations, call (416) 967-6565.

Thanks, Judy
Judy Herron-Graham is leaving her post as parish priest at St Peter’s Anglican Church (188 Carlton). She’s taken up a new post in Port Credit and she’ll be starting there next week. We’ll miss her. Under her leadership, St Peter’s has had a strong and beneficial role here in our community.

Diggity Dog Grooming
Marilyn is back at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) on Saturday. She reports that her grooming has become increasingly popular as word about her work spreads and she really is enjoying herself with this part of her business. You can bring your pet to her nail clinic on Saturday May 1 from 11 am to 4 pm. She still charges only a modest $10 fee for her services despite the growing demand.

This weekend at The Epicure Shop
Patty is featuring Ace Cranberry Crisps at $4.49 or two for $7, chicken pies at $1.99, and meatballs at 3 for $1.25 (you can combine them with Epicure’s own homemade pasta sauce.) 473 Parliament.

2010 Forsythia Festival
The Forsythia Festival is Cabbagetown’s annual welcome to Spring and it’s coming up fast – it happens this Sunday May 2 from 10 to 3 pm. The parade gathers in Riverdale Park at 10 am and everyone then marches up to Wellesley Park for the rest of the day. There’ll be games and fun for the kids, booths, hot dogs and lots more. Our thanks, by the way, to Mark at St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) for donating his time and cooking skills – proceeds from the hot dogs that he sells go entirely to the Festival funds.

Last chance for the Tour of Art Salons
The Tour happens this Saturday evening and there are a handful of tickets still available. It’s your chance to visit three amazing art collections and to enjoy dinner and cocktails with friends and neighbours. The evening starts with champagne cocktails at AKA The Space on Parliament at 6:30 pm and then continues to three stunning heritage homes. You’ll enjoy dinner along the way and finish with a jazz concert at the last home. The Tour is sponsored by our local residents’ associations. For ticket information, $40 per person.

The Cobourg Film Club
On Monday May 3, The Cobourg Film Club hosts the second event in their schedule. Two movies are being shown: Lost in La Mancha at 7:30 pm and Don Quixote at 10 pm. There’ll also be a preview of short films by local filmmaker Francois Aubry. 533 Parliament.

Big Mamma’s Boy Re-Launch Party
You’re invited to Big Mamma’s Boy for their grand re-launch party. It’s a celebration, a chance to enjoy a bite and a drink and to meet Caroline and Michael. Renovations have been underway for the past few weeks as Caroline starts to put her own stamp on the premises. Michael tells us that his popular menu items are continuing and that business over the past couple of weeks has been roaring. It’s all good news. Tuesday May 4 from 7 pm onward, 554 Parliament. RSVP not needed but appreciated at (416) 927-1593.

Cooking up a storm at Provence Delices
Elie’s first cooking class last week was a great success. He’s asked us to re-post the details again to tell you about his plans for the next five weeks. These are hands-on, fun and informative nights. A small group will meet at Provence, work with Elie, cook up a meal and then sit down to enjoy it. Find out more by clicking here: Monday nights, May 3 to 31, 6:30 to 9 pm, $112 per session, 12 Amelia Street, (416) 924-9901.

Double Take’s Fashion Challenge
June 5 is Double Take’s 10th anniversary in their store here in Cabbagetown. They have a lot of events planned for the day including a games and photo area for kids, free food and snacks, and live music. One big event needs some advance planning – the designer dare contest. Form a team and remake Double Take clothes into “new” fashions. The winners will get gift certificates and an “intern” day with a top fashion designer. Visit the store and get an application – 310 Gerrard East.

Another wine tasting at JAMCafe
A quick reminder – you only have a week and a half until JAM hosts its next tasting, A Premium Taste of Burgundy, David Butterfield Wines. It takes place on Wednesday May 12 from 6:30 pm. There’ll be six wines to taste and a marvelous meal designed to highlight the best of each wine’s features. For a full description of the evening’s events, click here: 195 Carlton. $95 per person. For reservations and tickets call (416) 921-1255.

2010 CPA Spring Garden Tour
The garden tour sponsored by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association has become an important part of our Spring calendar. There will be hundreds of people enjoying a sunny Sunday in Cabbagetown but the Tour easily absorbs everyone and makes each visit a comfortable experience. As always, in 2010, you’ll go to hidden places that are full of charm and imagination. Save the date on your calendar – Sunday June 6, 10 am to 3 pm. Tickets are $10 before June 6 and $15 at the event. You can buy your tickets at Kendall & Co (438 Parliament), Mi Casa (238 Carlton), the BIA Office (237 Carlton), Fairway Market (520 Parliament), Jay’s Garden Centre (360 Gerrard) and Sheridan Nursery (2827 Yonge St).

Daniel et Daniel
The staff at D + D have plugged into the social media in a big way. Now you can learn about their services, see where they’re catering, find out what new trends are unfolding and link into their activities. They have a blog at They’re on Facebook ( And they twitter ( A visit to their Food Shop (248 Carlton) is a lot better than a lot of surfing but at least when you go to their sites, you won’t put on weight.

Greenhouse Garden Party & Flower Tasting
Green Thumbs Growing Kids (6031/2 Parliament) is a Cabbagetown agency that introduces children to the pleasures of gardening. Kids learn how to grow their own food at home and in school gardens. On Sunday May 16, they’re hosting a party at Allan Gardens Conservatory from 1 to 4 pm. There’ll be good food prepared by chef Anne Sorrenti, a silent auction, free seeds, mocktails and music. It’s a fundraiser. Tickets are $50 (kids are free). Find out how to buy a ticket at or call (647) 348-5437