Paramount Fine Foods Opening at Shops at Don Mills

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Paramount Fine Foods owner Mohamad Fakih, Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas and The Honourable John McCallum, photo credit Nick Merzetti
Paramount Fine Foods owner Mohamad Fakih, Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas and The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, photo credit Nick Merzetti

Look out Shops at Don Mills, a new cultural, warm and inviting restaurant has opened! On April 4, 2016, I attended the grand opening of rising star Paramount Fine Foods at Shops at Don Mills, one of Canada’s fastest growing Halal Middle Eastern Restaurant chains.

Guests at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening at Shops at Don Mills
Guests at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening at Shops at Don Mills

Although the culture, food and drinks at Paramount Fine Foods stem from a long, colourful history, this Don Mills restaurant’s design is very sophisticated with a modern twist. But this does not take away from its authentic offerings.

Light fixture at Paramount Fine Foods at Shops at Don Mills
Light fixture at Paramount Fine Foods at Shops at Don Mills
Bartenders Adrian & Curtis at Paramount Fine Foods opening
Bartenders Adrian & Curtis at Paramount Fine Foods opening

Hamsa Diab Farhat of Consider It Done Events and Marketing, who was in attendance, Chef Williams and bartenders Adrian David Stein and Curtis McGregor ensured that the grand opening party was a huge success!

Mocktails at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening at Shops at Don Mills
Exotic Mocktails at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening

The evening centered around authentic cuisine, live entertainment by Johnson (cool sax and jazzy) and lavish mocktails featuring exotic ingredients. Notably, my favourite was a Namas-Tea made of a combination of Persian saffron, Egyptian chamomile, dehydrated rose, local wildflower honey, lemon, bitter apricot and citrus cloud.

Buffet Spread at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening
Buffet Spread at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening

A colourful buffet was not only pleasing to the eyes, it was extremely appetizing. A wide variety of menu items were offered throughout the evening for all to sample, more than once I might add.

Grilled shrimp at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening at Shops at Don Mills, photo credit Nick Merzetti
BBQ Shrimp at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening at Shops at Don Mills, photo credit Nick Merzetti

Some of the evening’s offerings included a variety of Manakeesh and Hummus, BBQ shrimp, Kafta skewers, wraps, as well as fresh pureed juices and a selection of Lebanese sweets including Baklawa.

Pure Fruit Juice Drinks at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening at Shops at Don Mills
Pure Fruit Juice Drinks at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening
Baklawa at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening at Shops at Don Mills, photo credit Nick Merzetti
Baklawa at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening at Shops at Don Mills, photo credit Nick Merzetti

The variety, price and quality of food and drink at Paramount Fine Foods at Shops at Don Mills will be sure to bring  you back time and time again.

Guests shoot hoops with Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening, photo credit Nick Merzetti
Guests shoot hoops with Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening, photo credit Nick Merzetti

To top off the evening, we enjoyed a visit by Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas. Needless to say, the guests were excited to meet the Raptors Center and he was gracious to allow many photo opportunities including one with me.

Jonas Valanciunas and Sharilene Rowland at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening at Shops at Don Mills
Jonas Valanciunas and Sharilene Rowland at Paramount Fine Foods grand opening
Paramount Fine Foods owner Mohamad Fakih, Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas and The Honourable John McCallum, photo credit Nick Merzetti
Paramount Fine Foods owner Mohamad Fakih, Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas and The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, photo credit Nick Merzetti

Many other notable community members and dignitaries attended the evening including the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and of course the President and CEO of Paramount Fine Foods, Mohamad Fakih.

Paramount Fine Foods at Shops at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto, 647-352-9333

5 COMMENTS

  1. Wow looks like a very fun time! I cannot wait to visit Shops on Don Mills soon to check out the place … once the weather gets better!

  2. This looks like such an amazing event! The drinks and the food are FAB! Paramount Fine Foods sounds amazing.

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