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Viva Tastings

52 Henry Street, Toronto, ON
23 reviews
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By Unnae on Aug 13, 2015
Fantastic family style dinner!
Our work team has an annual dinner at our team lead's house. This year we decided to cater with Viva Tastings. Our budget was pretty small but we were nonetheless able to get an interesting and delicious summer menu. Food was delivered on time with full instructions on how we should serve everything since we did not ask for our event to be staffed. Couldn't have been easier! Everyone at the table really enjoyed everything.
By Joan Janzen on Dec 19, 2014
Cranberry Sage Pie is fabulous
I first bought one of these very tasty pies from Karen at the market and loved it so much I asked her to make a large one for a dinner party. It was a hit with everyone. Great flavour. Amazing crust. Truly a perfect holiday party dessert.

Thank you, Karen.
By Rona on Dec 16, 2014
A great big thanks from Sara and I to you and your chefs for making our holiday party a day to remember.

The event required people to come together and deliver quality results in short time frames. Your leadership supported a happy, courteous and professional team of chefs whose interaction with the guests created a fun culinary experience for the PCLers.

Much success in your future event planning!
Rona Saldanha & Sara Dufton
By non-member73128 on Jun 24, 2014
viva tastings
Excellent all round.
By lehann on Feb 21, 2014
Valentine for Couples: Hot and Steamy cooking class
My husband and I really enjoyed our valentine's evening with Karen, Erica and the other couples! Karen was extremely organized, with each couple having a work station at which to prepare part of a delicious meal! There was no chaos in Karen's charming, completely functional kitchen. Karen and Erica were calm and accommodating, quietly answering questions and demonstrating cooking techniques. The menu was fabulous, the meal delicious and our stomachs comfortably full. We recommend one of Karen's classes to anyone looking for a fun, informative cooking class!
By non-member55967 on Mar 12, 2013
Highly recommended
We arrived at 5:45 p.m. promptly , warm welcome from Karen & Ann. Aprons ready and the 12 participants listened as Karen explained the work stations and menu .
We all prepared , along side with expert coaching the entire dinner. It was hands on, the only way to learn!
We prepared "The Last Feast" the one perfect menu for the last feast ever eaten. AND IT WAS!

It was amazing how the 12 of us could prepare the five course dinner in harmony. Obviously with much organization and preparation from Karen and Ann. Everything was laid out ready for us to tackle. The meal was tasty and we all learned something new.
This was fun and would be a great corporate team event.
By Aviva on Mar 06, 2013
Lovely night

What a lovely night Steve and I had. Thank you for creating such a great
menu and for giving us the opportunity to learn and feel more comfortable in
the kitchen.

If you could add me to your list that would be great. For all your
promotions and of course for the "special dinner parties"


By non-member55382 on Feb 24, 2013
viva tastings cooking class
fun time, learned alot, and enjoyed a great meal
By non-member53185 on Dec 17, 2012
GO: Viva Tastings
This year, Faulhaber wanted to do something different to celebrate the holidays. With an office full of self-proclaimed foodies, and just a bunch of girls who love food, we headed downtown Toronto for an expert cooking class at Viva Tastings. Owned by Cordon Bleu trained chef, artist and caterer Karen, Viva-Haynes and assisted by Anne Hynes, also Cordon Bleu trained, Viva offers full service catering, cooking classes, and corporate team building.

Although some of us questioned how enjoyable cooking with your co-workers would be, we had a delicious experience! It was BYO wine for the three hour cooking class, which we enjoyed with some hors d’oeuvres before we got started. We divided and conquered to tackle the 7 course meal that included filo wrapped chicken with brie, fennel soup and molten lava chocolate cakes. The highlight dish? Arctic char dip. In one word – MMM! While we whipped up our culinary creations in Viva’s state-of-the-art kitchen, we took the time to get to know each other a little better.

Luckily, you aren’t expected to be a culinary genius, so chef Karen and sous-chef Anne rotated amongst us to ensure we would actually want to eat what we were cooking, and to give us helpful tips. They made it seem so easy! As an added bonus, our meal was not only tasty, but it was also healthy! Viva offers locally sourced, fresh, artisan, and sustainable food.

We were surprised at how quickly, through team work and a LOT of help from Karen and Anne, we had prepared our team feast! We each served our slaved over dishes, and sat around the kitchen to enjoy the fruits of our labour as a team. In addition to being a treat for our taste buds. Karen also uses the cooking experience to facilitate a corporate growing experience – how delicious! While We took time to go around the room and share something new we had learned about our partner, and we reflected on the past year as a team and what we’ve accomplished.

We laughed, we cried, we feasted. Oh, did we feast. Aside from a few over-zealous chocolate lava cakes, our delicacies turned out flawlessly (in our opinion anyways)! Karen and Anne were beyond fabulous, and we strongly recommend a visit to Viva Tastings as an alternative for your typical office party!
By non-member53128 on Nov 25, 2012
Recipes awesome!
A very fun and social evening. Food was great. Recipes awesome
By non-member51357 on Sep 27, 2012
Viva Tastings
Excellent food and service, have used them for a number of years as catering for parties, personal consumption-never unsatisfied with any aspects! Highly recommend.
By non-member53123 on Sep 08, 2012
Karen and Anne were incredibly helpful and helped us to prepare an AWESOME Italian dinner! Would recommend them to everyone!
By non-member48383 on Aug 29, 2012
Amazing experience!
Great people. Incredible food. Karen and Anne are great chef-hosts!
By non-member53120 on Jul 31, 2012
Very good and nutritious!
We really enjoyed the hands on experience along with a well thought out menu with six groups making different items which composed our supper. Each item was very good and nutritious. WE took home the recipe booklet and have made one of the delicious items. I would definitely try this cooking outlet again as a learning experience with tasteful consequences.
By non-member53117 on Jul 09, 2012
Wonderful experience!!!
Wonderful experience. The owner and chef was gracious, very helpful, and organized. We enjoyed the experience of preparing our meal, meeting several interesting couples, and finally enjoying the dinner we had prepared. I can definitely recommend this experience and am planning on a return visit.
By non-member45001 on Apr 15, 2012
Mr. Michael Fredricks
Everything about the experience was very positive, the location, equipment, instruction and... the eating. I would have preferred more advanced menus, but ours were very appropriate for the other participants and we did learn some new things in any case.
By non-member41573 on Mar 22, 2012
Looking forward to enjoying your treats again.
Subject: Underground Dining Experience
Hi Karen,
I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed what I had purchased from you a week this past weekend. I meant to write and tell you how delicious it was. I would love to know the
name of what I purchased, as well as the brown grain ingredient that was inside. You told me it took you three days to prepare. There was an outside layer that looked like a bread loaf, with a lower brown grainy section, and an upper cheesy section.
I was also hoping to get put on your underground list. I am really excited about experiencing a night full of culinary treats.
Looking forward to enjoying your treats again.
By alurb on Dec 21, 2011
Decadent & Delicious
The food is beautifully presented and even better to eat! Our corporate clients rave about our catering at our annual Christmas Open House and the word has spread among them. Choose the beet salad on bamboo spoons...delightful.

By non-member36044 on Oct 20, 2011
The Artic Char served at the 2011 Eat to the Beat was outstanding -- I came back a number of times
By non-member35521 on Oct 07, 2011
client & friend
I have been a fan of Viva's since day one at St Lawrence Market.
Her food is fabulous, beautiful and makes you want more on a daily basis.
Art as food is how we define Viva. DEVINE!!!!!!!
By harryjmurph on Sep 27, 2011
Harry Murphy
I regualrly visit Karen's stand Saturday morning at the St Lawrence Market (North Market). Karen's quick and delicious gourmet dinners make mealtime a snap. I'll usually go for her ready made beef bourguignon or a hearty stew. However, I also highly recommend Karen's mac and cheese (full of flavour), her salad dressing (simply superb) and chocolate cake (scrumptious). Keep it up Karen!
By non-member34914 on Sep 24, 2011
Viva Tastings
Best food ever!
By jennifer on Sep 01, 2011
St. Lawrence Farmer's Market? Cool!
I can't wait to check them out at the St Lawrence Market!

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Viva Tastings Hand Crafted Cuisine Catered for You As members of Slow Food, our focus is on healthy locally sourced, fresh, artisan, and sustainable food. This is the passion that drives our business. We are known for our stall at the St. Lawrence Farmer's Market in downtown Toronto where we sell our visually impactful terrines and hors d'oeuvres and vaccum packaged prepared meals on Saturday mornings. Whether it is full service catering or express pick-up orders, at Viva Tastings, we cater to you!
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