Every year on the last Thursday before the holidays, Lomonte & Collings has a staff party. It’s an evening of laughter, eating too much, a few drinks and a particularly vicious gift exchange that involves scheming and thievery to try and steal the most coveted items from coworkers. It’s all very in character with the season.
This year our party was held at The Kitchen by Food in Motion. It’s a flexible full-service catering and event space in Aurora, Ontario. Owners John Cosentino and Danielle Greco have combined their respective skills as chef and nutritionist to create a unique and engaging dining experience.
From the moment you walk in, you can tell this isn’t your typical establishment. The kitchen sort of spills out and blends into the cozy dining area giving guests a front row seat to watch the chefs prepare the dishes. You almost feel like you’re part of the action, as if you’ve been invited into someone’s home to share a meal with them.
The food was incredible and the menu wide ranging. Fresh shucked oysters, cured meats, artisan cheeses, steak Florentine, buffalo cauliflower, fried brussel sprouts, pommes frites, and that’s just to name a few of the dishes we got to try. John and Danielle take great care in curating their menus and use only the freshest ingredients available. After our meal, we had a chance to chat with John and he mentioned his 4 am trip to the Terminal in Toronto to pick up the ingredients for our dinner that night. And here I thought my 6 am wake up time was rough.
Our meal was served family style so everyone got to try a bit of everything. My personal favourite was the buffalo cauliflower and blue cheese, which is saying something because normally, I hate blue cheese. This blue cheese wasn’t overpowering though, it really complemented the kick of the cauliflower. I loved it so much, I kept sneaking pieces from my coworker’s plate when mine was done (sorry, Jeannette!).
Food In Motion does more than just in-house events. They cater, offer take-home meals, and run weekly cooking classes for individuals, businesses and small groups. John and Danielle believe in bringing people together through food and that’s exactly what they did for us. We had a great time trying each dish and discussing our favourites. That is until the secret Santa began. Then all focus was on who had the gift with those grey socks that read “if you can read this, bring me a glass of wine” on the bottom.
With that said, we hope all of you had a safe and wonderful holiday season and we look forward to serving all our clients in the New Year. See you in 2017!