Summer Rooftop Soiree at the Thompson Toronto

June 19, 2012 No Comments

By Sheri DeCarlo

Toronto’s media elite were invited to celebrate, in style, the annual grand opening of the Rooftop Lounge at the swanky Thompson Toronto hosted earlier this June.

This star-studded event drew a chicly-dressed crowd, including 180 Toronto socialites, industry movers and shakers, and various celebrities from fashion, entertainment, and media, including CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos from The Hour, eTalk‘s Tanya Kim and Robin Sandler from CTV and CP24 Breakfast’s Melissa Grelo.

Thompson Toronto Rooftop Party, photo Clarissa Magalhaes

Thompson Toronto Rooftop Party, photo © Clarissa Magalhaes

Thompson Toronto’s General Manager, Saye Kokeh, opened the hotel in 2010. Originally from New York City, he was recently transferred to Toronto. “I love Toronto. It’s a very special city. It’s a livable city. Thompson is a lifestyle brand and I think it’s a natural fit in Toronto,” says Kokeh.

Saye Kokeh, Thompson Toronto General Manager, inspects cigars, photo Clarissa Magalhaes

Saye Kokeh, Thompson Toronto General Manager, inspects cigars, photo Clarissa Magalhaes

Guests enjoyed a warm summer night breeze and a sweeping view of the CN Tower and skyline, as well as an eclectic lounge mix played by DJ Gary. Perfect for welcoming the summer of 2012. “The venue is not the venue without the people. It’s great to host some of the people most familiar with the scene in Toronto, ” says Kokeh. “I love this city. It’s become home. It’s a fun city. It’s also an hour away from New York City, so it helps.”

Tanya Kim, George Stroumboulopoulos and Melissa Grelo, photo Clarissa Magalhaes

Tanya Kim, George Stroumboulopoulos and Melissa Grelo, photo © Clarissa Magalhaes

 

Thompson Toronto Rooftop Opening Party, photo Clarissa Magalhaes

Thompson Toronto Rooftop Opening Party, photo © Clarissa Magalhaes

It was a night of mingling, champagne, and summer cocktails. The ‘24/7’ cocktail was the hit of the evening with its quenching combination of Beefeater 24 with Cointreau, sage syrup, pink grapefruit and fresh lime. Rob Dvorchik, Thompson’s resident mixologist, was the creative force behind the cocktails poured for the event, which was sponsored by Avion Tequila and Beefeater 24.

Bartender serves champagne at Thompson Toronto Rooftop, photo Clarissa Magalhaes

Bartender serves champagne at Thompson Toronto Rooftop, photo © Clarissa Magalhaes

Sheri DeCarlo and eTalk producer Robin Sandler, photo Clarissa Magalhaes

Sheri DeCarlo and eTalk producer Robin Sandler, photo © Clarissa Magalhaes

Stylish hors d’oeuvres were prepared by Executive Chef, Robert Mills, who used fresh, seasonal ingredients to enhance the open rooftop environment. Guests were served tartlets of creamy Brie cheese with tenderly-cooked leeks, yellowfin tuna tartare seedlings and fingerling crisps, and shrimp and mango rice paper wraps to nosh on a magical summer night!

Guests at Thompson Toronto Rooftop Opening, photo Clarissa Magalhaes

Guests at Thompson Toronto Rooftop Opening, photo © Clarissa Magalhaes

George Stroumboulopoulos and friends chill on Thompson Toronto Rooftop, photo Clarissa Magalhaes

George Stroumboulopoulos and friends chill on Thompson Toronto Rooftop, photo © Clarissa Magalhaes

Sheri DeCarlo and friends at Thompson Toronto Rooftop, photo Clarissa Magalhaes

Sheri DeCarlo and friends at Thompson Toronto Rooftop, photo © Clarissa Magalhaes

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