|From The Pearl:
The Pearl Muskoka celebrated its Grand Opening last night (June 22) with a ribbon cutting at 6:30pm surrounded by almost 100 residents, visitors and fans of Toronto’s esteemed catering, events and hospitality company TOBEN Hospitality Group. The Pearl is their latest venture. The urban-meets-country-inspired artisanal market and snack bar offers locals, visitors and cottage-goers a one-stop restaurant and shop for gourmet provisions, fine foods, craft beverages and catering services.
Created by owners Toben Kochman, Elana Kochman and Ryan Feldman, The Pearl is a welcoming spot located in the heart of Muskoka, where local cuisine, culture and community intersect.
“We are excited to open our new country market The Pearl this June and to be part of the vibrant Bala/Muskoka community. Locals and visitors to the area can stop in for delicious fresh food and beverages, and then sit and savour on our picturesque patio or take it to go,” said Elana Kochman, Co-owner and Head of Growth & Development at TOBEN Hospitality Group.
“In line with everything we do at TOBEN Hospitality Group, a strong commitment to supporting local vendors, suppliers and artisans will be a central element of The Pearl,” added Kochman.
|The Pearl exterior and interior; photos by The Pearl
|The Pearl’s 1,000 square foot indoor market boasts an urban-meets-country-inspired aesthetic. The market offers A La Carte ready-to-serve combos from a rotating menu of gourmet sandwiches, salads and sides made with the season’s freshest ingredients; prepared foods to take out and enjoy later including homemade pastas, flatbread pizzas and salads; a Pastry Counter with fresh baked breads, pastries and desserts. A wide selection of Pantry Provisions are on display featuring homemade salad dressings, glazes and sauces, pastas and a tempting array of gourmet chocolate, candy and snacks. Visitors can also treat themselves to soft serve Ice Cream and drinks from the Beverage Bar that serves espresso, coffee, Kombucha, fresh juices, local beer and wine, and signature cocktails.
The Pearl’s beautiful 1,000+ square foot, 50-seat outdoor patio and gathering space allows patrons to take in views of Lake Muskoka while dining on market fare.
|The Pearl interior and Raspberry Pistachio Vanilla Cream Pastries; photos by The Pearl
|In the evenings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, The Pearl stays open late and transforms into a Snack Bar, with a focus on communal eats and live entertainment. On Sundays from 10am to 3pm, The Pearl offers a special brunch menu, for dine-in or take-out service.
People looking to entertain groups at home or at the cottage can order Catering To Go (online or in-person) for delivery or pick up and enjoy The Pearl’s offerings offsite with family and friends.
The Pearl is available to rent for private events, such as weddings, fundraisers and parties.
|Bomb Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwich, Squash a la Plancha with Pickled Strawberries Salad, Nutella Vanilla Brioche, Margherita Focaccia Pizza; photos by Patty Watteyne
|“After many road trips and our customers regularly ordering plates to take up to their cottages, we noticed there was a void in quality contemporary cuisine offerings north of the city. This led us to develop The Pearl – a modern country market where people can order gourmet food for group entertaining, grab a fresh bite on their way up to the cottage, and enjoy a night out with family and friends,” added Kochman. “We look forward to welcoming guests at The Pearl throughout the summer and beyond.”
Located two hours from Toronto, at 3047 Muskoka Road 169 in Bala, Ontario, The Pearl is situated just off main country road 169, near The KEE to Bala – making it the perfect place to stop in for a bite with kids, dine with friends, and pick up some gourmet goodies to go.
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