©2019 by Come Home For Dinner

SEBASTIAN AND SHEILA CENTNER

FOUNDER OF EATERTAINMENT EVENTS & CATERING

Serial-entertainer and founder of Eatertainment Events & Catering, Sebastian Centner and his wife Sheila don’t just make events their business; they have made it their life. From the moment you arrive at their home for one of their infamous ‘get-togethers,’ you are amazed by their creativity, their attention to every last detail, their ‘joie-de-vivre,’ and their teamwork.“This is what we do. We love to entertain. We love to share our home, our cuisine, and of course our wines. We love to be surrounded by friends, old and new: To celebrate just for the sake of celebrating, but in this case … for a great cause” -Sebastien & Sheila Centner.

OWNER, WINE ALIGN

Sophia Ikura serves as the Executive Director for the newly launched Population Health Solutions Lab. A space that is dedicated to bringing together partners from social and health systems to tackle and solve some of the most complex challenges facing society today. The lab is a space that invests in taking the necessary risks to innovate and dramatically change conditions for marginalized people in Ontario, working to support thriving and resilient communities. 

Outside work, her husband and three young kids keep her busy, but nothing keeps her from chasing down interesting food, destinations, or holy grail of hosting - the perfect dinner party. Sophia and her talented friend James look forward to putting on a beautiful spread and sparking interesting conversation for Homes for Dinner 2017. 

 

James Alberding is an all around mensch. He's smart, talented and funny. He's also willing to drop everything and carefully construct a unique and beautiful dessert then show up with a glass of scotch in hand to help cook, set a table and host a dinner for 20 people. In a pinch.

Sophia and James met when he was Director of Policy and she was an advisor to the Minister of Health and Long Term Care. James has answered more pleading phone calls from Sophia than he should have to. Sophia is deeply grateful. 

SOPHIA IKURA AND JAMES ALBERDING 

Kathy Kinnear also worked as a Planner at the City if Toronto in the 70’s. From there she joined the City of Toronto Housing Department as a Project Manager responsible for the development of CityHome projects as well as private non-profit and co-op projects. After joining the private sector on 1980, Kathy was responsible for a number of public and private development projects, including The Merchandise Building at Dundas and Mutual. Kathy retired in 2004 and now spends her time walking her dogs, reading and travelling.

DIRECTOR, FINANCIAL SERVICES AT TRANSUNION

KATHY KINNEAR

DEVONIA DEBECK

PRINCIPAL DIRECTOR OF HOME STAGR REALTOR

An energetic and results oriented leader, passionate about creating opportunities to enhance

outcomes for my clients. Team oriented with ability to bridge ideas and negotiate a win/win outcome for clients and stakeholders. A strategic thinker skilled in assessing key objectives and contributing creative solutions for success.

JESSIE KELLY

INTERIOR DESIGNER AND OWNER JESSICA KELLY DESIGN

Jessie’s company is a full service design firm specializing in residential renovation and full scope interior design services. An experienced, innovative approach to interiors with an emphasis on strong design principles. Creating exclusive spaces to suit individual lifestyles, tastes and resources.

Alan Dean worked in Planning at the City of Toronto in the 70’s; entered the private sector as a VP of Development for Cadillac Fairview Residential in 1979; moved into financial planning at Brascan Corp in the late 80’s and retired as the Corporate Secretary of Brookfield Asset Management in 2008. Since then he has served on various non-profit Boards of Directors and works part-time as President of the Brookfield Partners Foundation.

PROJECT TAGLINE

ALAN DEAN

ALAN DEAN

SUSHMA KILACHAND

NORTH AMERICAN PARTNER FOR DAGMAR

DAGMAR jewelry is brought to Canada by established couture designer Sushma Kilachand. Sushma studied Fashion Design at the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising after which she worked for Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston. After returning to India and working for designers in Bombay for a few years & many Fashion shows later, Sushma started her own label, called SUSHKDESIGNS in 2000. She brought her sense of esthetics and clothing line to Toronto in 2004 and has a successful business of designer clothing, and DAGMAR jewelry.The collaboration between jewelry and fashion is a glorious celebration, and the Dagmar label bears proof of such a successful partnership. A foodie and die hard travel lover, Sushma dedicates her time between Canada and India.

2017 HOSTS

GREGORIANE MINOT

ACTOR

Born in Bangkok, Thailand, I grew up in Montreal and began acting at eight years old when a director cast me in a TV commercial. I subsequently obtained a starring role in ‘Un Homme au Foyer’ which became a hit series on French Canadian television. During the same period, I enrolled in ‘L’ÉcoleSupérieure de Danse du Québec’ and immediately developed a passion for ballet. Over the years, I have successfully juggled my acting and dancing careers, combining performances in ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Petrushka’ ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ and internships with ‘Alvin Ailey Dance Company’, ‘Rosella Hightower’ and ‘Boston Ballet’ with television roles in series such as ‘Le Club des 100 Watts’, ‘Jamais Deux sans Toi’, ‘Zap’, ‘Watatatow’, ‘Les Aventures de Jack Carter’, ‘L’Auberge du Chien Noir’, ‘Moitié-Moitié’ and movie roles in ‘The Hunger’, ‘The Lost World’, ‘3 Needles’, ‘Recon 2023’ and ‘La Run’ as well as hundreds of commercials. I am currently a cast member of ‘The Real Housewives of Toronto’ which airs on Slice TV in Canada. I will also be launching my own jewellery line within the next few months. My proudest and most important project was to build a family with my husband and having two wonderful children.I’m a passionate and loving woman who chooses the ethical way by making a personal commitment to honesty and integrity. As much as possible, I seek to create a balance among my obligations and I use my heart to guide my dreams. I consider myself very fortunate to be where I am today and I try to give back as much as I can. The charities I support are: ‘Save the Children’, ‘The Hospital for Sick Children’ and ‘Amfar’.I love fashion and design, I strive for elegance and class and I see beauty and love in each of us. I am grateful for this time in my life!

PIERRE JUTRAS

PRESIDENT OF THE SPOKE CLUB

Pierre Jutras is the President of the Spoke Club, a private members club for the creative community. Over his twenty five years in the hospitality industry, he has owned and operated multiple high-profile clubs and restaurants. Born in Montreal, he settled in Toronto in 2000 and was immediately inspired by this city’s cultural daring and desire for change. He is passionate about the arts and takes pleasure in broadening his horizons.

STEVE AND CAROLE ANNE MASTORAS

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF WHISTLER’S GRILLE & THE MCNEIL ROOM

Steve Mastoras was born and raised in East York and is the proud father of four. Steve is the Managing Director of Whistler’s Grille & The McNeil Room a family owned and operated restaurant and private event venue that has been operating in East Toronto since 1981. Steve was born and raised in East York and has deep ties to the Toronto East community. A former elected member of the Borough of East York Council, past member of the Toronto East General Hospital Board of Governors and Foundation and past President of the Toronto East Rotary Club, Steve has been an active member of the Toronto East Community. Steve is currently an Assistant District Governor with Rotary International and through the restaurant he actively sponsors a variety of local sports organizations and community groups.Carole Anne is originally from Trenton Ontario, and her career focus has been in human resource management; she has worked in the Office of the President at The Printing House Ltd since 2005. Also a Rotarian, Carole Anne was a Charter Member of the Toronto Twilight Rotary Club and is currently a Director for 2015/2016 year for the Toronto East Rotary Club. Carole Anne also serves on the Board of Directors for her local rate payers association. Steve and Carole Anne built their dream home two years ago in the beautiful East York neighbourhood of Parkview Hills.

CORY MINTZ

FOOD COLUMNIST FOR THE TORONTO STAR

30th century scholar Corey Mintz, using a device left to him by a mysterious relative, travels back in time to 21st century Toronto, where he blends in by working as a cook, then restaurant critic. Befriending a private detective, crazy scientist and a magician, Mintz entrusts them with his secret, enlisting their aid in his adventures. To learn more about contemporary earth culture, he writes a column for a Toronto newspaper (citation needed), in which he cooks and hosts dinner parties for interview in his home. Seeking to evade Cyber-HuntersTM, sent from the future by the tyrannical Lord Schnitzler-Rosenblatt, Mintz starts a new column and video series, cooking in different restaurant kitchens every week.(Twist: It's a time-loop paradox and Mintz is his own mysterious relative. Also maybe he is Schnitler-Rosenblatt too. Don't worry. We'll work out the kinks in the story as we go along.)

SAMANTHA AND BRYAN MUIR

FORMER NHL PLAYER

Bryan D. Muir (born June 8, 1973) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 279 games in the National Hockey League winning a Stanley Cup Championship with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. He last played with the Frankfurt Lions in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga during the 2008–09 seasons.

NEIL PHILLIPS AND MARDI MICHELS

PRESIDENT OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF TORONTO IN 2012-13

Neil Phillips was President of The Rotary Club of Toronto in 2012-13, when they celebrated a century of service in the city. He is currently District Governor Elect for the year 2017-18, when the Rotary International Convention will be held in Toronto. He is passionate about travel as well as the "wine guy" for his wife Mardi's food and travel website eatlivetravelwrite.com. Last year he and Mardi purchased an historic home in the South West of France which they operate as a vacation rental property (neracvacationrental.com). Mardi is currently authoring her first cookbook (Appetite/Random House 2018).
Our guest chef for the evening will be Matt Basile (aka Fidel Gastro) owner/ chef of Lisa Marie and Priscilla, the popular food truck. Matt is the author of Street Food Diaries (Penguin Canada, 2014) and the upcoming Brunch Life (Penguin Canada 2018). Wine will be matched with each course.

CAROLYN ROHALY

CBC, TALENT RELATIONS

Carolyn has over 15 years professional experience in personal assistance, talent management, public relations, and event planning for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, David Cronenberg, Rachel McAdams, George Stroumboulopoulos, Toronto Fashion Week, and Damzels in this Dress. Carolyn facilitated the red carpet experience at Canada's best events: the Canadian Screen Awards, Genie and Gemini Awards, and the Toronto International Film Festival. Her recent position in Talent Relations at the CBC had her managing all aspects of Talent and Executive participation at public functions and CBC events, including the largest gathering of stars in the network's history. Carolyn lives for detailed lists, loves her clipboards, and knows the vital difference between champagne and prosecco.

Hélène Joy

ACTOR

One of this industry's most talented and versatile actors, Hélène Joy is known to audiences around the world as the progressive coroner and psychiatrist Dr. Julia Ogden on CBC's hit series, Murdoch Mysteries, now in its eleventh season. Joy also received acclaim for her role as Audrey Sweeney in the-award winning series Durham County, including a 2008 Best Performance Gemini. Joy also starred in An American in Canada; An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving opposite Jacqueline Bisset and Tatiana Maslany; M.V.P; the feature film At the Bottom of the Hill; Speaking in Tongues for The Company Theatre in association with Canadian Stage; and has been featured in numerous guest roles on such popular series as The Chris Isaak Show, Puppets Who Kill, ReGenesis, This is Wonderland, Heartland, Republic of Doyle and Rookie Blue.

Hélène Joy is a Gemini and Leo Award-winning actress and was most recently a finalist for the 2017 Fan’s Choice Award and holds multiple Canadian Screen Award nominations for outstanding performances by an actress.

Born in Perth, Australia, Joy trained at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and launched her early career on the stage, touring Australia with the famous Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company. Now a Toronto native, Joy's passion for travel takes her around the world.

Jonathan Rosenthal

TOP TORONTO CRIMINAL LAWYER

Jonathan Rosenthal is a Toronto based criminal defence attorney. His practice focuses on white collar matters and regulatory offences. He has appeared at every level of Court in Ontario and The Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Rosenthal graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School with his LL. B. in 1987. He is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. Mr. Rosenthal is also an elected bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and was recently inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Vanessa & Daniel Schlaepfer with Chef Charlotte Langley

PRESIDENT TRUE NORTH VANTAGE INC.

Daniel is the president of True North Vantage Inc. a world leader in electronic day trading. Daniel has a B.Com from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, an MBA from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University and is also a CFA charter holder. Before moving to Toronto, Vanessa was a stylist for the Tyra Banks show and then became an accessories buyer for Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. Now she is a stay at home mom to their son, Leo.
Chef Charlotte Langley is Chef and Culinary Curator of Scout Canning and Scout events. Chef Charlotte brings a dynamic and delicious spin on East Coast Cuisine through canned local ingredients- Fresh to the table touches and engaged hospitality.

Zaib Shaikh and Kirstine Stewart

Kirstine Stewart is one of Canada’s most high-profile women in business, Kirstine Stewart has worked as Twitter’s Managing Director, Head of Twitter Canada, and Twitter’s VP, North American Media Partnerships. A powerful speaker, Stewart talks about how modern workplaces need a new kind of leader—one who values partnership, collaboration, and empathy. And, she shares her story of success in the business world, as a leader and as a woman.
Zaib Shaikh is the City of Toronto Film Commissioner and Director of Entertainment Industries. He has also been a Canadian actor, writer and director. He has also been a Canadian actor, writer and director. His roles have included Amaar Rashid, an imam in the CBC Television sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie, an evening soap opera broadcast on Omni Television.

James Temple and Anjli Patel

James Temple leads Corporate Responsibility strategy at PwC Canada and provides oversight to ways the firm is embedding social, environmental and economic integrity into the fabric of its business. 
He’s considered one of Canada’s leading voices on corporate social innovation and speaks internationally about how businesses and communities can work together to use their skills, voices and relationships to become catalysts for change.

Anjli Patel is a fashion lawyer and trademark agent in Toronto. After studying computer science at Queen’s University and attending law school at the University of Calgary, Anjli articled at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Ottawa and was called to the bar in 2012. Since then, she has channeled a lifelong interest in design into blue chip fashion, a law firm that assists small businesses and independent designers in commercializing their creativity and protecting their ideas

Nancy Toran and Pat DiGasbarro

Driven by her passion to make the world a healthier place, Patirica DiGasbarro was shaken to learn childhood cancer has grown exponentially since 2000. Children are exposed to up to 50% of their lifetime cancer risk by the age of 2, in part from what is put on their bodies and absorbed through their skin. Discovering children’s products to be a toxic chemical soup, Patricia vowed to be part of the solution. Leaving her global corporate position, she devoted the next 3 years to developing Shoosha. Shoosha is only complete line of FOOD GRADE, USDA certified organic skin care products. Safe enough to eat, designed for babies and folks with sensitive skin, Shoosha is great for the whole family. Pure Organic True www.shooshatrue.com 

Lawyer Nancy Toran Harbin has been a child and human rights advocate for over 40 years. A proud partner in Shoosha, Nancy continues her work to help make the world a safer place for all.

Bri Trypuc & Michael Grabowski

PHILANTHROPIC ADVISOR

An advisor in philanthropy, Bri provides strategic consulting and foundation management services to individuals and private foundations at Trypuc Philanthropic Office. Outside of the charitable realm, Bri's a gourmand who thinks about cooking, food, or scuba diving 99% of the time.

Michael is the co-founder of a content marketing & advertising company that entertains millions of readers each month. When not focusing on growing the business his passions include skiing and bothering his two cats.

Together with their friends Matt & Marnie, they look forward to welcoming you as guests in their home!

Bri Trypuc & Michael Grabowski

Erica & Noah Godfrey

Erica Godfrey is a freelance graphic designer and the Co-Founder and current Co-Chair of Game Night for Baycrest. Erica sits on the Cabinet for Women and Infant’s Health at Mount Sinai Hospital and Co-Founded the annual Mother-Daughter Tea fundraiser.

Noah Godfrey is a Harvard Business School graduate and the Founder of Checkout 51, a leading coupon mobile app that gives grocery shoppers cash back for uploading photos of their receipts. In 2004, Noah launched Dose, a national daily newspaper in Canada, and GigPark in 2007, a web startup to find local businesses through recommendations from friends.

Erica & Noah have three children, Chase, Lincoln and Britton.

Bri Trypuc & Michael Grabowski