Date: January 23, 2018
627 King St. West
My friend Sari introduced me to her friend Sarah who is the owner of a new Catering Company called Raw Catering, specializing in Oysters and Caviar events and she invited me to the launch of this new venture.
On a raining weeknight in Toronto I ventured over to King Street and I have to say the trek trying to get on a streetcar there was the only thing that wasn't excellent. But that's a whole other story.
Anyway, this was the first event I attended in 2018 and I have to say it was a really nice way to begin the 2018 event season. The launch was held at Lavelle a really fancy King Street lounge restaurant that has had a pretty fancy reputation so I was curious to check it out. They have a rooftop pool deck which unfortunately since it's January we weren't able to hang out at but hopefully you will get a chance to check it out soon.
I wasn't an Oyster lover until the past couple of years when I have had the opportunity to taste some of the best oysters and I realize that my preference is East Coast oysters because they are sweeter and less briny. I was happy to find out that the Oysters served at Raw Catering's launch were New Brunswick oysters. They were tiny and sweet and creamy and they were serving them at a table with all kinds of condiments to top them off including caviar. I don't know what kind of caviar it was but it was so good. Not too salty, just a perfect combo with the oyster.
What really stood out at this launch were the Hosts who served up the oysters at the table and there were roaming hosts that had special belts loaded with cans of oysters and condiments. While you waited for your oysters to be freshly shucked you could have a lovely conversation with the very friendly and fun hosts.
Lavelle was a great place to launch Raw Catering's new venture because it's got the most spectacular view of Toronto that includes a clear view of the CN Tower and it's a very comfortable space to hang out and chill with friends.
There was even a fun photo booth set up with some fun props. Those are always great to get people to interact and have fun.
Along with the oysters we sampled some other amazing cocktail bites of food including the delicious beef tartare and quinoa bite above and the Goat cheese tart and buttery mini lobster rolls below.
I don't know if the other food was from Lavelle or if Raw Catering is able to provide it with they Oyster and Caviar pairings but all of it was amazing.
If you are planning an event and want to add elegance and fun then this is a great option. The oysters and caviar and the hosts create a very special ambiance to any party.
I wish I had an event that I could hire them for because it was so much fun and delicious too.
I hope you get an opportunity to experience this new catering company because if you are an oyster lover this is for you.
*Disclaimer - the food was complimentary but the opinions and photos are my own.