Notable Now Toronto: May 17, 2013

Just Opened: Woods Restaurant
Chef Bruce Woods’ departure from Modus a few months ago left many people wondering what his next step would be. The answer came with this week’s opening of Woods Restaurant (45 Colborne Street). Taking over the space left in Colborne Lane’s wake, Woods Restaurant features a menu of sustainable and local Canadian fare.

Just Opened: Marky and Sparky’s Smokehouse
The smokehouse trend keeps growing in the city with the recent opening of Marky and Sparky’s Smokehouse at 520 Annette Street. The new spot is also part of the ever-expanding offerings in the Junction, and is dedicated to all things BBQ – ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and the delicious and hunger-inducing list goes on.

Just Opened: Rooster Coffee House’s Second Location
Fans of the original Rooster Coffee House – and trust there are many – now have a second location to get their java fix. Found at 335 King Street East, the new location serves up grub from Cinq Catering alongside their famed coffees, espressos, and the like. Judging from the lines on opening day, this rooster’s cockadoodle-doing it right.

McMichael Moonlight Gala
On June 8 at 10365 Islington Avenue in Kleinburg, enjoy an evening under the stars in support of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The glamourous affair will feature jazz chanteause Holly Cole, curated culinary delights by Chef Jamie Kennedy, wine and scotch tastings by Via Allegro Ristorante, and a spectacular array of silent auction items.

Art of the Cocktail
On May 23 at Malaparte (330 King Street West), discover the return of the artful drink at Toronto Life’s Love Your City: Art of the Cocktail. Some of the city’s most renowned mixologists will be on-hand to mix up the drinks, which will be paired alongside four courses of hors d’oeuvres. Presented by Diageo Reserve, this is one cocktail event you certainly don’t want to miss.

Opera Atelier Versailles Gala
On May 29 at the Ritz-Carlton (181 Wellington Street West), transport yourself through whimsy and wonder at Opera Atelier’s Versailles Gala. One of the city’s most sophisticated events, Versailles Gala will be an opulent evening of courtly pleasures, where guests can indulge and be treated like royalty. Emceed by Jeanne Beker, this top tier event supports the revitalization of period opera and ballet.

Photo courtesy Rooster Coffee House