A Taste Of Europe – Restaurant Review By Jon-Paul Carfagnini

A new culinary series started with an enticing experience when A Taste of Europe was launched at Club Capri in Thorold on July 26th. For starters, let’s get things straight. Club Capri is a banquet centre and not a typical restaurant, but it’s almost the same when we’re dining out and reviewing the food and wine experience for MY Thorold.

It’s all about the quality of food, atmosphere and room décor, brought together with excellent service and presentation. These are important ingredients we want in a culinary experience.

Jon-Paul Carfagnini, Local Food Writer

With this in mind, I was glad to be surrounded by family and friends at the event. I felt right at home. Great company always helps create a wonderful experience and more importantly, a delicious meal.

The setting was casual, comfortable and accented with a classy décor. This presentation enhanced the evening for a good start. For the food, we know that variety is the spice of life. Variety is the essence to A Taste of Europe.

I enjoyed numerous European delicacies on the menu:

  • Penne in Tomato Sauce
  • Classico Pasta Primavera (Italian)
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu (France)
  • Authentic Polish Cabbage Rolls
  • Filled Dumplings with Old Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream (Eastern European Pierogi)
  • Mini Red Potatoes with Peppers and Onions
  • Mixed Garden Greens.

Food stations were set up for a buffet style service that seemed to satisfy the appetites of close to 300 patrons – a full house.

There were a couple of moments when people waited for the Chicken Cordon Bleu tray to be refilled, but not too long and no big problem.

The event ticket cost $15 per person (plus tax) for an all you can eat buffet, which is an amazing value, especially with such fine dining options. Overall the buffet served as much as you can eat, but also provided a very diverse, cultural experience.

Having food from so many different cultures definitely drew interest from different groups within Thorold. It’s nice to attend an event like this because you get to see multiculturalism at its finest within our very own community. We can see for ourselves what makes Canada such a beautiful country; a place where people of different ethnic backgrounds can all get together at an Italian cultural hall and enjoy the cuisines of other European cultures.

The food was tasty and the quality matched most expectations on the price for the night. Everyone we spoke with gave the night thumbs up for great value.
So let’s plan for Round Two. What would you choose from the next menu at A Taste of Europe coming up at Club Capri on Friday, August 23rd?

The menu tempts the taste buds with a variety including Three Cheese Lasagna, Classic Potato Gnocchi, Chicken Parmesan, Greek Pulled Pork, Poutine Bar, and Assorted Desserts. You can enjoy it all at A Taste of Europe hosted by Club Capri, where the price is right for a great night.

Jon-Paul Carfagnini

Jon-Paul Carfagnini is a Media Communications student at Brock University and lifetime resident of Thorold, Ontario. As an avid food and culture write, J.P. contributes monthly restaurant reviews for the MY Thorold community newsletter. Supervisors and teachers who have worked with Jon-Paul say that he is a caring and responsible person who tries hard to satisfy the needs of other people. Enthusiasm is a part of his personality that comes out when dealing with people from customers to members of community groups. As a volunteer for numerous charities, J.P. truly believes in the idea of personal improvement through community betterment. A graduate of Denis Morris High School in St. Catharines feels it is important to give back to the community and help people in need. Coaches and players who know J.P. say he is strong on teamwork, on the field, in the classroom, and on the job. He believes that Together Everyone Achieves More by working as a team, and that has showed in the academics and athletics in his career. Co-workers can feel confident that he will bring a positive attitude, a loyal commitment to the workplace, and take instructions to get the job done right.