The Darling Dinner Series


Let’s Dine Together this Spring!

Dine out in support of The Darling Home for Kids and participating local restaurants! Gather family or close friends for a chef’s table experience, reserve tickets for an intimate private dinner – or do both! Either way, you’ll be treated to a wonderful culinary evening while supporting a fantastic cause. Reserve your seat today for The Darling Dinner Series and celebrate local.

A portion of funds from each ticket or reservation will be directed towards core programs and services at The Darling Home for Kids.

Click on the participating restaurant logos below to view the offerings.  Choose 1 location or spoil yourself and choose both! Book your reservation now as spaces are limited.

Check back often as additional restaurants are added.

Capra's Kitchen


Details: 4-course meal, with wine pairing

Pax:                  Only 25 tickets available!

Date:                Wednesday, May 25th @ 7:00pm

Price:                $200/person – with wine pairing*

*additional beverages and gratuities not included; tax receipts will be issued following the event

Since 1996, Alioli guests have felt right at home in the casual Italian atmosphere that included rich nutmeg and deep terra cotta colored walls, classic white table linens, and just the right lighting. We invite our guests to visit and enjoy our elegant, yet understated dining area, bar and view our new walk-in wine display.

Alioli offers guests the finest in contemporary Italian cuisine. The aromas of freshly baked focaccia, garlic, oregano and seafood waft from the kitchen where our Chefs blend classical recipes and innovative style to create memorable soups, antipastos, salads, delicious seafood, chicken, pasta and veal dishes as well as sinfully decadent desserts. And, every day Alioli prepares delightful specials made with only the finest ingredients and spices of the season.

From Fresh Mozzarella, Sweet Roasted Peppers and Sliced Tomato Salad to homemade Gnocchi with Fresh Basil and Garlic in a Pesto Sauce and from Oven Baked Pizza to Tender Veal Topped with Kalamata Olives in a slightly spicy tomato sauce, Alioli’s menu proves that Italian cuisine can be more than the common fare.

Buon Appetito!

For more information on Alioli,


Chef Massimo

Details:             4-course Chef’s Table experience, with wine pairing

Pax:                   Minimum of 4 people per reservation; max of 8

Dates:              Multiple dates to choose from between May 24th – June 4th.**

Price:                $200/person – with wine pairing*

*additional beverages and gratuities not included; tax receipts will be issued following the event

** Please note Chef Capra will not be in attendance on June 4th.

Capra’s Kitchen is a casual, modern, urban restaurant serving antipasto, pasta, and pizza, along with meat, fish, and vegetarian/vegan options.  Our food is sourced locally whenever possible and we also use high quality ingredients from Italy and Canada.

Born in Italy, Chef Massimo Capra’s culinary training began in Salsomaggiore, Parma. He then started his culinary journey at the famous Trattoria dall’ Amelia in Mestre near Venice.  Chef Massimo spent several years at Hotel Royal in Courmayeur, Val d’Aosta, Hotel Savoy and Drei Tannen restaurant in San Martino di Castrozza, and under contract with Gallia Hotels in Milan and Various resort properties. 

Chef Massimo Capra came to Toronto and in 1997, joined forces with Paolo Paolini, to open Mistura Restaurant. Sopra Upper Lounge, opened in 2006, and now is a favourite venue for a variety of entertainment needs.

In 2010 chef Massimo Capra licensed his name to the famous restaurant “Rainbow Room” in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls and over the last few years he became chef brand-owner of Boccone Trattoria Veloce and Boccone Pronto at Pearson airport in Toronto and Soprafino Restaurant at Hamad International Airport in Doha Qatar.

Chef Massimo Capra is the author of “One Pot Italian” and “Three Chefs the kitchen men” which in 2011 received the gold award from Canadian Culinary Book Award, Chef Capra is the food editor for “Canadian Home Trends” magazine.  

Chef Massimo Capra is no stranger to television being the host of his own show Gourmet Escapes and is a regular guest expert on the long running City TV Cityline, chef host on the hit series Restaurant Makeover on the Food Network and now Massimo is a judge on the hit show Chopped Canada.

For more information on Capra’s Kitchen,

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Details:            4-course meal, with wine pairing

Pax:                  Only 30 tickets available!

Date:                Tuesday, May 24th @ 6:30pm

Price:                $200/person – with wine pairing*

*ad*additional beverages and gratuities not included; tax receipts will be issued following the event

Matt Kershaw, the Executive Chef for Hamilton restaurant group The Other Bird, wants to serve you incredible food, but hopes you’ll leave the tux and cocktail dress at home. Matt is a formally trained chef with a culinary background steeped in Michelin stars and haute cuisine, but he ditches fine-dining pretentiousness in favour of a downright comfortable experience. Think black-tie food, laid-back atmosphere.

Upon the completion of his apprenticeship at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Matt’s taste for fine-dining led him to work at acclaimed Toronto dining destination Canoe before enjoying stints at respected restaurants across Europe — including Michelin-starred Harvey’s in Bristol, England — and at the prestigious St. Andrew’s Links in Scotland. He also served as chef de cuisine at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, where he revamped the menu to modern standards.

Armed with an enviable culinary resume, Matt opened the doors to his own restaurant in 2010 — Burlington, Ontario’s highly touted The Alex. The 30-seat restaurant was launched with a focus on small, shareable plates and the chef’s belief that high-end culinary creations are best enjoyed in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.

Two years later, Matt and his partner Erin Dunham opened Rapscallion Rogue Eatery, a restaurant that has helped transform Hamilton’s restaurant landscape. Its mantra is simple: love meat. 

No stranger to culinary TV competitions, Matt won the Food Network’s Chopped Canada in 2016 and Fire Masters in 2020. Both times, showcasing his lifelong love affair with meat.

Today, as The Other Bird’s Executive Chef, Matt oversees menus that have established the group’s locations at the forefront of Hamilton’s restaurant revolution. Each unique restaurant encourages diners to explore high-end cuisine in low-key surroundings, challenging preconceived notions of “fine dining”. Matt creates menus intended to open guests’ minds to new experiences by offering up both challenging dishes and comfort food under the broad theme of “big flavour, probably bad for you.” 

“We are not just trying to fill their belly; we are trying to give them a really fascinating dining experience,” Matt says. Although, you might just get both.

The Other Bird Inc. owns Rapscallion & Co and The Mule in Hamilton, Burro in Burlington, Hunter & Co in London, Ontario and The Arlington Hotel and edit. in Paris, Ontario.

For more information on Rapscallion & Co.,

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For more information about our Signature Events, contact:

Nicole Walker, Events and Sponsorship Lead
T: 905.878.7673 ext. 232