M - February 2022
Dinner group M celebrated our February dinner on February 24 at Chelsea Restaurant (7 John St.S in Port Credit (905-271-4290).
Attending the dinner were John and Elsa Bedell, Joyce Reissner, Ray and Anne Thompson , Doug and Mary Cleland.
The dinner was co-ordinated by Diane Stephens who was unable to attend because of illness. Fran Corkill and Marion Rogers were also unable to attend.
Chelsea is small cozy restaurant in a refurbished 19th Century home. The proprietors talked to us about the history of Chelsea which goes back almost a hundred years (we even saw a picture of George Renfrew when he was a lot younger). The service was friendly, prompt, the food was delicious and the prices quite reasonable. We ordered Rack of lamb, stuffed Dover sole, Chicken Parmesan and all were great. You can also bring your own bottle of wine and they will serve it to you with a $10 corkage charge.
We would definitely recommend Chelsea for other dinner groups.
N-P - March 2022
Alverna and I hosted our combined group N/P for lunch at Clarkson Mediterranean Bistro yesterday. Most of us chose the 3 course lunch special at $28.95 and we were happy with the food and the service. The 12 of us had the restaurant to ourselves and the staff was very happy to see us. We would highly recommend this location for other groups
M - April 2022
Dinner Club M celebrated their April dinner on April 28 at Mango Rain in Clarkson. Mango Rain is located at 1714 Lakeshore Rd across from Michaels's Back Door. Phone 905-919=1379.
Attending the dinner were John and Elsa Bedell, Joyce Reissner, Dianne Stephens, Ray and Anne Thompson , and Doug and Mary Cleland.
Fran Corkhill and Marion Rogers were unable to attend. The dinner was arranged by John and Elsa Bedell.
Mango Rain was a small intimate restaurant serving authentic Thai and Indian food. The menu provided a wide variety of Thai and Indian delicacies. We all enjoyed our experience at Mango Rain. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. The mango ice cream for dessert hit the spot. The prices were very reasonable.
We will definitely go back. and recommend it for other groups. Unfortunately Mango Rain is moving to a new location that is yet unspecified. They will be contacting us when they know their new location.
Dinner group “C” enjoyed dinner at Orbit Restaurant on Dundas E late April.
The food was OK, but I give the ambiance a 3 out of 5.
C - April 2022
A&J - May 2022
Probus Dinner Club A &J joined together to have a wonderful evening at the Clarkson Mediterranean Bistro. The last time we were together was in December, so everyone was excited to renew acquaintances. The banter between Denis and Carolyn Bailey, Gil and Frances Clay, John and Anne Allan, John Mark and Bob Martin did not stop the whole evening.
At 9:30 we had to tear ourselves away. We all said we were looking forward to the June meeting, which may be the last for our group this term.
We highly recommend the Mediterranean Bistro. The food was excellent and Kevin looked after us well.
M - May 2022
Dinner Club M celebrated their May dinner on May 26 at Saucy Restaurant in Streetsville. Saucy's is located at 111 Queen St S in Streetsville (905-542-9600).
Attending the dinner were John and Elsa Bedell, Joyce Reissner, Dianne Stephens, Fran Corkill, Ray and Anne Thompson, and Doug Cleland. Marion Rogers was unable to attend. The dinner was arranged by Doug and Mary Cleland.
Saucy's had a very interesting menu for appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts, and a very nice wine list. Everyone enjoyed their dinner, and nobody left hungry. In fact, I took home a doggie bag for the first time.
The service was excellent and the prices were reasonable. All in all a wonderful experience.
As usual our group had several lively discussions on a number of interesting subjects.. We are a close group.
We will definitely go back. and recommend it for other groups.
Dinner Groups B&D had a wonderful evening at Piattos on Dundas street on May 24. Food and company were excellent and included a special celebration for Ron Kawchuk whose 75th birthday coincided with our regular date.
Also of note was host, Peter Delves, who at the time was a week short of his 88th.
B&D - May 2022
A&J- June 2022
Members of the conjoint Dinner Club A and J met on Tuesday, June 28, at ViBo Restaurant, located in central Etobicoke at 2995 Bloor Street West.
In a previous incarnation the restaurant was known as Villa Borghese, but it continues with its traditional Italian theme.
Present were John and Anne Allan, Denis and Carolyn Bailey, Gil and Frances Clay, John Mark, Roy Hicks, and Bob Martin, who was accompanied by a guest, his sister-in-law, Kathy Baxter.
The restaurant serves a varied menu and in addition, offers several specialty dishes. The wine list is extensive and lists a variety of house wines, although they are expensive if ordered by the glass. The restaurant was busy when we attended and contained several groups celebrating both birthdays and recent graduations, so ambient noise was noticeable. However, it was minimized for our group, which was located separately in a back corner of the room.
We enjoyed lively conversation that was continuous throughout the meal. The staff were attentive and service was timely. The end of the meal was highlighted by Anne Allan, who presented us with packages of delicious shortbread cookies that she had obtained from a specialty shop in Orangeville (called Wicked Shortbread).
A&J- July 2022
We met on Tuesday, July 19 at 6:30 pm at the Keg Restaurant located across from Square One Mississauga Shopping Mall.
The evening started off with the waitress commenting on John’s Hawaiian shirt and all started laughing and got everyone in a good mood.
The restaurant interior was nicely decorated which added to the pleasant ambience. The food was very good and other guests eating around us made the atmosphere very lively and enjoyable.
This was the last outing for this extended group and we were sad to end such a good night.
Present were Denis and Carolyn Bailey, Gil and Frances Clay, John and Cathy Mark, Roy Hicks, Bob Weese, Bob Martin, with guest Kathy Baxter.
Anne and John Allen, Len Carter and Don Gibson could not attend.
H - September 2022
Members of the newly- formed Dinner Club H had our inaugural group meeting on Wednesday, September 28, at the Clarkson Mediterranean Bistro. Six of our 7 member couples attended: Doug and Marilyn Johnston, Wallas and Cecile Khella, Rod and Sybil McLeod, Craig and Shirley Tyers, John and Susanne Bray, and Denis and Carolyn Bailey. Only Dick Neil and Sylvia Ferderber missed the occasion.
After introductions were made the group fell into easy and convivial conversation that last through the evening. Most of us selected our meal from the fixed price menu that included a choice of several appetizers and entrees and three desserts. The food and the service were excellent. We uniformly chose the Crème brûlée for dessert, which by word-of-mouth had a well-deserved reputation. We all had a good time and look forward to our next group meeting.
A - October 2022
Group A had its inaugural dinner on Tuesday, October 4 at Merlot a French bistro on Bloor Street West at Royal York Road. Of the 10 people in our group, 8 were able to participate – Ken and Linda Foxcroft, Peter and Joyce Delves, Bob Martin with his sister-in-law Cathy, Roy Hicks, and Bob Weese, the host. Don and Brenda Gibson were unavailable.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the ambiance, the discussion, and the food. The mussels and the calf liver with onions were among the tasty dishes, as was the crème caramel.
We took the opportunity to allocate hosting responsibilities for the remainder of the 2022-23 year.
J - October 2022
Four couples enjoyed the our lunch-time "dinner" at the Thai Signature Restaurant, 203 Lakeshore E in Mississauga.
We each ordered from the weekday lunch menu. It includes a choice of 3 soups or mango salad and an egg-roll in addition to a selection of 10 different mains.
The service and food was excellent, though both the "basil" dishes were quite hot/spicy.
The restaurant was not crowded, and we were able to easily converse.
C - October 2022
Dinner Group C finally got around to enjoying our first dinner of the season. We went to Pulcinello Restaurante, on Lakeshore Rd.
The dinner was well attended by Lloyd and Pat Posno, John and Cathy Mark, George Renfrew and his daughter Meody, Bill and Vija Rivers, and was hosted by Joan and Mike Read.
The restaurant was very busy, considering it was a Tuesday night, and like many establishments in the service industry was short staffed. Our waiter explained this from the get-go, and told us he would do all possible to give us good service. He did a great job, and served us quite well. A variety of Italian dishes were enjoyed, various pastas, seafood stew, veal marsala, and chicken. All reported very favorably on the quality and the quantity of the dishes.
Prices were quite reasonable, for example, pasta dishes in the $20 range. One minor complaint, bread was an extra charge of $6.00 and the waiter offered it to each couple, there was a lot of waste, and personally, I find the charge for bread to be an annoyance.
All in all a good time, and I believe Dinner Group C would recommend Pulcinello"s on Lakeshore
Dinner Group H met October 27, 2022 at the Chelsea Restaurant in Port Credit for a sumptuous dinner served by the friendly owner Allan and prepared by his wife. The 4 couples who attended, seated around the square table, had the opportunity to exchange some travel stories, downsizing woes, future travel plans ..etc.
For those who have not been to the Chelsea, it is highly recommended for the good food, accessibility, reasonable prices and friendly service.
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Wallas and Cecile Khella, and I believe Dinner Group C would recommend Pulcinello"s on Lakeshore
H - October 2022
K - Oct-Sept 2022
In September Dinner Group K enjoyed the delicious menu at the Chelsea Restaurant with Jack and Marie Doney hosting. Alan made us all welcome and although it was a small group we had a wonderful time visiting and enjoying the good food.
Dinner Group K met at the Spoon and Fork on Dundas Street in October with all thirteen members present. Elsa and John Bedell were hosting and made everyone welcome. All agreed that the food was delicious, with a wide menu choice and moderate prices.
A - November 2022
On Tuesday November 1st, six members of Dinner Club A descended on the Open Cork Restaurant, on Dundas Street just west of Highway 427.
Present were Roy Hicks, Bob Weese, Ken and Linda Foxcroft, Bob Martin, and his sister-in-law Kathy Baxter. We had a perfect table in a secluded area, just right for scintillating conversation. The food was great, and the service exceeded expectations. We asked our waitress if there was a problem getting staff, and she said no, because they hire international students to work for them.
I am sure this is a win/win for the restaurant and the students. We all agreed that we would recommend this moderately priced venue.
Bob Martin, Host
G - November 2022
Our group went to The Keg at Square One. We all enjoyed our meal and every one had a good time.
The ambience is very relaxing and comforting. The dinner was hosted by Gil and Frances Clay.
David Litner and Tom McAuliffe could not join us.
The restaurant was fairly busy for a Wednesday but the service was good.
Some of us took home leftovers.
Dinner Club H celebrated November at the Olive Press, a fine Italian restaurant, located in Oakville at 2322 Dundas Street West (905) 827-4241 on November 23rd.
Of the 14 people in our group, 8 were able to participate - Doug & Marilyn Johnston, Rod & Sybil McLeod, John & Susanne Bray and the host couple, Craig & Shirley Tyers.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the ambiance of the setting, the friendly dialogue and the fine cuisine. The portions of food were generous, resulting in some doggie bags going home. Our waitress was most pleasant, cheerful and accommodating.
We all had a fine time and look forward to our January "Dining Adventure". Best wishes, friends.
H - November 2022