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You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

By Toronto Life| Photography by Giordano Ciampini

Last fall, Alex Barrotti, the CEO and founder of TouchBistro, and his wife, Jessica, slapped down $9,000...for dinner. But not for just any dinner: a private one in their own home, cooked for them by chef Cory Vitiello (Flock, The Harbord Room) and Afrim Pristine (The Cheese Boutique) with wine pairings courtesy of Anton Potvin (DaiLo). The splurge—a bid at a charity event auction—was for a good cause. The money went towards Project Sunshine, an organization that works with hospitals, outpatient centres and long-term care facilities in 175 cities worldwide, including Toronto, to improve the lives of children undergoing medical treatment. Here, a look at the night’s festivities that included a knockout cheese tray, caviar, côte de boeuf and lots of wine.

Vitiello, Pristine and Potvin, before service started:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

Potvin, setting the table:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

And then the guests started to arrive:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

Bruce Croxon (centre), a former Dragon and currently the host of BNN’s The Disruptors, was in attendance:

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You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

Up first: a killer cheese board put together by Pristine:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

There was charcuterie, too:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

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And some Bar Raval bread with French butter:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

Pristine and Vitiello continued prepping (and entertaining) while guests enjoyed the hors d’oeuvres:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

Here, Vitiello shares a laugh with Jessica and Alex Barrotti:

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You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

And Potvin gave a wine-explainer:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

Others watched the hockey game:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

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Buckwheat–wild rice pancakes topped with Northern Divine caviar, smoked sturgeon and eggs were passed around:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

The caviar was paired with Larmandier-Bernier Longitude Blanc de Blancs champagne:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

And then everyone was called to the table:

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You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

Vitiello and Pristine prepare the first course: Italian burrata drizzled with 25-year-old balsamic vinegar, sided with greens and roasted grapes. It was paired with a 2015 Savennières from Domaine du Petit Métris.

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

Here’s the dish:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

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Next up was a cavatelli cacio e pepe, paired with a pinot gris from Joseph Cattin Hatschbourg:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

Pristine takes the third course, a 60-day dry-aged Canadian Prime côte de boeuf, out of the oven:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

Here’s a closer look:

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You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

It was served family style with roasted veggies and chimichurri, and paired with Etna Rosso’s “Pignatuni” blend:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

Here, Vitiello explains the dish:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

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For dessert, there was olive oil and pistachio cake with poached rhubarb and pistachio gelato:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

 

And here are the hosts with Vitiello, Pristine and Potvin:

You bid $9,000 in a charity auction for a star-studded private dinner at your house. Here’s what you’re getting

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