Holiday Treats from the Chefs of ExPlaceTO

December 14 2017
We asked the exclusive caterers to Enercare Centre and Beanfield Centre at ExPlaceTO to share their favourite festive recipes with us - and we're giving them to you as a holiday treat!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It's also one of the busiest times of the year for everyone, both professionally and personally. There are parties to plan and attend, gifts to wrap, decorations to hang, and best of all - lots of delicious treats to be baked and consumed! We've got a special treat for you for the holidays, straight from the kitchens of Cerise Fine Catering and Spectra Food Services - exclusive caterers to Beanfield Centre and Enercare Centre (respectively). We asked each caterer to provide us with their favourite holiday season recipe to prepare for guests - and as a gift to you from all of us at ExPlaceTO, Cerise Fine Catering and Spectra Food Services, we've posted them here for you to enjoy! 

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season full of laughter, joy and warmth. 


Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies - from Cerise Fine Catering

Makes 2 dozen cookies


1 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour

¾ tsp baking soda

¾ tsp salt

1 ½ cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips

¾ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

¾ softened un-salted butter

1 large egg

¾ tsp vanilla extract

½ cup chopped nuts (optional)



Pre-heat oven to 375F

In a large bowl, beat butter, egg,  sugar, and vanilla until blended

Add flour, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips and (optional) nuts, mix well.

Drop by rounded tbsp onto ungreased baking sheet, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, remove and cool on wire racks.

Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place brings modern design to a stunning historic venue by the shores of Lake Ontario. With fast, free Wi-Fi, built-in audio-visual in stylish meeting rooms and Toronto’s largest ballroom, it’s the perfect, customizable space for your meeting or conference. Start planning now.


Christmas White Chocolate Crème Brûlée - From Spectra Food Services Chef Geoff Carter

1 litre 35% cream

1tsp   vanilla pod 

Combine and bring to simmer


Mix 12  egg yolks with 1/2 cup  sugar                                    

add cream mix to yolk/sugar - mix in slowly while whisking continuously                    


7oz   White chocolate nibs - pour cream and egg mix over top

Let sit 5 minutes then stir until chocolate melts


 Strain mixture

 Divide mixture into 6oz ramekins

 Place in water bath

Cook in oven at 300° for 1 hour, or until mixture sets

Cool and let sit in fridge overnight (can be made 3 days ahead)


As required  - candy cane- break up in food processor until sugar size

Sprinkle top of brûlée with candy cane “dust”

Caramelize with blow torch (kitchen type)

Serve with your favourite Christmas cookie, berries and whipped cream


With stunning architectural design, the LEED Gold certified Enercare Centre is the focal point of Toronto's Exhibition Place - a 192-acre lakefront complex that's a vibrant destination for exhibitions, conventions, festivals, public celebrations and events. Find out more aboutbooking your next show, event or conference at Enercare Centre.



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