How many times have you finished a great book, but you don’t have anyone to discuss it with? BooknBrunch takes this to the next level by offering not only a venue to meet with other fans of a particular book, but also to enjoy brunch. Torontonicity attended BooknBrunch on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Eastbound Brewing Co. to enjoy delicious eats and discuss Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. [Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary ticket for this brunch in order to write my review.]
We all met at 11 a.m. at Eastbound Brewing Co. at Queen St. E. and Broadview Avenue. Our BooknBrunch host, Melanie Franks, introduced everyone and made us all feel welcome. We were a fairly intimate group of nine women coming from various corners of the city. Many of us were excited by the fact that The Goldfinch is premiering at TIFF on the very day we met. Included with this event’s $60 brunch ticket were two tickets to see The Goldfinch at a theatre from September 23, 2019 onwards.
We placed our order for brunch before digging into our discussion. Our ticket included:
Coffee, tea or juice
Eastbound Standard: Two eggs, grilled avocado or house-made bacon, brioche toast and breakfast potatoes; OR
Fork & Knife Chicken Sandwich: Sweet & spicy Buffalo Sauce, smoked cheddar, maple-bacon pancake bun, 2 egg omelet; OR
Brewhouse Breakfast Sandwich: Grilled Peameal Bacon, cheddar omelet, beer mustard.
We all agreed that the food at Eastbound Brewing Co. is very good and the portions were a good size. I loved the grilled avocado and crispy breakfast potatoes that came with my Eastbound Standard!
Some of us had read The Goldfinch over a year ago. That didn’t seem to matter because we were able to fill group members in on details that they may have forgotten. Everyone had read or had almost finished the book, which led to lively discussions such as whether the book’s second segment that takes place in a deserted Las Vegas subdivision required editing or whether it played an integral role in allowing the reader to experience Theo’s despair.
Because there were only nine of us, we were generally able to have just one discussion concerning the book, although on a few occasions, the group broke into two separate discussions. I loved that our group did not interrupt group members and listened to each person when they spoke.
Listening to our group members’ various opinions on what Tartt was trying to accomplish really made me delve deeper into the book than I would have on my own.
After our brunch, the manager of Eastbound Brewing Co. took us downstairs on a brewery tour. We learned how craft beer is made, as well as the different ingredients that affect the taste of the final product. Here’s our group posing by the kettles and tanks on the lower level of the restaurant.
If you’re like me and 1) enjoy reading great books 2) enjoy trying new brunch restaurants and 3) like meeting new people, you definitely have to check out BooknBrunch. I had such a great experience and I’m sure you will too!
Booklovers might want to enter my giveaway to win copies of Watching You Without Me and My Delhi Obsession.