Just wanted to report back on my company's Christmas party at Perigee this weekend. This was our big end-of-year celebration, with everyone flying in from out of town, so it had to be spectacular. And fortunately, everyone from front of house to kitchen delivered.
We started with a cocktails and canapes hour. I've never seen so many beautifully presented canapes. Oysters, elk, bison, lobster, clams, crab... all prepared and presented in beautiful bite-size morsels. One of the big hits was the "oyster margarita shooter" -- an oyster floating in a shot of tequila rimmed with sugar and lime. My personal favourite was the parmesan and truffle oil profiterole. I could have eaten a platterful of those.
I was a little apprehensive when it came to the sit-down dinner as I wasn't sure how they would handle serving 4 menus to 26 people at the same time, but they handled it expertly. We had the 5-course chef's menu (with an amuse, intermezzo and pre-dessert on top of it) with wine pairings (including a spectacular 2001 Opus One) over the course of 4 hours. No one ever felt like they were waiting for the next course and no one ever felt like they were rushed. Service was exceptional and food was really amazing (lots of oohs and ahs from all the tables). It was great to watch the kitchen in action as they meticulously coordinated serving 4 different dishes per course.
As far as I could tell, the primary difference between our party and a regular evening at Perigee is that Chef Pat Riley did not personally deliver each course to the tables. Obviously, that would have been impossible, given that 26 of us were eating at the same time.
Anyway, I can't compliment the restaurant and staff enough. Let's continue to support all of our Toronto gems!