Mayor’s New Year’s Day brunch/levee

The Rotunda at Barrie City Hall will be the place to be when Mayor Jeff Lehman presents his Third Annual New Year’s Day Brunch & Levee, in support of the United Way of Greater Simcoe County.
The brunch will have one sitting, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with the levee set for 2 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Culinary talents from some of Barrie’s finest establishments are lending their skills to this special affair, so those lucky enough to be in attendance will experience a taste sensation sure to kick off the New Year in style. Preparing the brunch menu are:
• Marco Ormonde from The North Restaurant: Born in Terceira, Portugal, Marco has been cooking since he was a child. Marco realized his love for the culinary arts while helping his grandmother cater parties. When he immigrated to Canada in 1986, he brought along his love of cuisine. Visit the North Restaurant at 49 Mary Street.
• Yar and Nur Mohammad from Tara Authentic Indian Cuisine: Chef brothers Yar and Nur Mohammad’s culinary prowess makes Tara a most unique palatal experience. Visit Tara at 128 Dunlop Street, East.
• Unity Market Café – Back to Basics Social Developments (B2B) is committed to building community through projects that promote organic farming, alternative transportation, clean drinking water, renewable energy, green building, and using the medium of music and the arts to convey the message. Visit the café at 25 Toronto Street.
• Cheeky Treats – We create phenomenally moist cupcakes, using real butter for the icing – no shortening, no lard. We offer a huge variety of flavour combinations, and customers have the ability to create their own as well. Visit Cheeky Treats on Saturdays at the Barrie Farmers’ Market.
• Lemon Tree Bakery – Our baked goods and gourmet treats are made at our bakery in Barrie, and feature the finest array of birthday cakes, desserts, European pastries, cookies, pies, chocolates, fudge, cupcakes, wedding cake and specialty cakes. Visit the bakery at 181 Livingstone Street East.
• Catering by Rose – We customize every wedding, allowing parties to select everything for their dining needs while keeping within an allotted budget.
• Kiwanis Club of Barrie: The Kiwanis Club of Barrie is always looking for new members who are interested in making the world a better place to live for the millions of children and youth who benefit greatly with support to meet their needs.
Tickets for the New Year’s Day brunch are $25 and $10 for two drink tickets. Reservations are recommended. The levee – serving coffee and tea – is free to the public. Tickets are available at Music Pro, 56 Barrie View Drive, and The MacLaren Centre, southeast corner of Mulcaster and Collier streets. For more information, call Robin Munro at 705-739-4721, ext. 2, or contact him at Be sure to follow us on Facebook.