Frequently Asked Questions
1. What type of facility is this?
We are a cultural centre for the Latvian community. We not only host our own cultural events, but that of other nationalities, also corporate and private social events.
2. Can I have our wedding ceremony here?
Yes. We have both indoor and outdoor options available. Our gardens are also available for pictures.
3. Do I bring in my own caterer?
We have a full service catering department, with a wide variety of menu options available to you. For this reason we do not allow guest caterers.
4. What type of menus does the Latvian Centre offer?
Most of our guest select their options directly from our published menus; however, we would be pleased to discuss your specific requirements with you and to customize menus and menu packages. Should any of your guests require a special meal due to allergies or dietary requirements, we can almost always accommodate them if we are given advance notice.
5. How much do children’s meals cost?
We offer a discount of 50% from the adult meal price for children aged 5 to 12 years. There is no meal charge for children under 5 years old.
6. Do you prepare any extra plates? When do you need the guaranteed attendance for the event?
The Chef will prepare food for an additional 2% attendance over the guaranteed number to a maximum of ten additional portions. At the time of booking we will ask for your best estimate of the number of expected guest for you event. This ensures that the function room allocated is appropriate to meet your requirements. The food and beverages may also be selected at the time of booking, if not then, the selection must be made at least one month prior to your event.
7. How does the bar work?
There are a few options available to you; we have an all-inclusive bar that is open for a designated time and charged per person. A pay as consumed bar, and billed after the event, and also a cash bar. Some guest wishing to bring in their own liquor must obtain a Special Occasions Permit from the LCBO. This permit will be posted in your function room during the time of your event. A corkage fee is charged per person, and a flat fee per person for the non-alcoholic drinks provided at the bar will apply. A bartender charge also applies to the latter three options. The number of bartenders required will be determined by the type of event and the number of guests.
8. Does the facility provide tables, linens dishware, glasses and cutlery?
When having a catered event, all tables, linens dishware, glasses and cutlery are calculated into the hall rental and catering cost.
9. Does the facility provide wait staff for buffet services, table service and beverage service?
In-house catered events include wait staff. Additional charges apply to bartenders and buffet carvery stations.
10. Does the facility offer coat check services?
For large events we have a coat check attendant on duty.
11. Is water provided on the tables at dinner?
Yes, ice water will either be pre-poured or in jugs. The wait staff will replenish as required.
12. Can you bring in your own decorations?
You are welcome to bring in your own decorations. Please check with the office for restrictions and hall access time. All efforts will be made to allow early access after previous functions have been cleared.
13. Will Birches Catering cater to another location?
The Birches cater all types of events at our facility, private homes, work places even cottages and camps. Our off-site catering services range from simply dropping to full service V.I.P catering banquets and cocktail parties. Our Catering manager will be able to help you coordinate the event.
"We wanted to thank you for the excellent food you served us at our workshop. The participants couldn't stop talking about the wraps and the cookies. They were a big hit."
Ellen Yack & Assoc
"Thank you! Birches Catering outdid themselves. Everyone was raving about the perfection of all the food: beef tenderloin was perfectly cooked, the shrimp were incredible, poached salmon - moist and tasty and all the salads were interesting and yummy, piragi and desserts -spectacular. Please extend our heartfelt appreciation to Ingo and his team for this wonderful meal!"
“We want to thank you for all your assistance with planning the big 70th celebration on Feb. 8th 2014. We were very impressed with your thoroughness. It was also a pleasure working with the Centre’s staff - everyone was very helpful and professional. The tables looked beautiful and our guests raved about the food! - and the bartender made a mean martini!! Please extend our gratitude to all the staff. Thank you!”
Judy and Heiki Tamm
"I held a recent workshop at the Latvian Centre in conference room "Venta". I wanted a facility that was close to a major highway, had free parking and good food. What I received from the wonderful people at the Centre and from Birches Catering exceeded my expectations. I had some specific AV needs and they were more than met, the food was out of this world (as I knew it would be) and my workshop attendees couldn't say enough about their experience. I have been to conferences across North America and as far as I'm concerned, the Latvian Centre is one of the most efficient, accommodating and amazing places I have ever had the pleasure to be in or work with. Many thanks to the fabulous people at the Latvian Centre for going out of their way to make sure my Workshop was a success. I’m looking forward to booking my next event with you".
Broadcaster, Author and President of Impakt Productions Inc.
"The North Toronto Business and Professional Women's Club has been meeting on a monthly basis at the Latvian Centre for over a year. The Centre's staff is incredible and their buffet dinner's have been varied and very tasty. I would highly recommend the Centre for business meetings or other events."
President, The North Toronto Business and Professional Women's Club.
"I just wanted to thank you personally for all your work on the 2013 CNIB National Braille Conference, and the efforts you made to make everything flow smoothly. Thank you also to all the other staff members at the Latvian Centre."
"I wanted to thank you for all of the help you provided to make my son’s engagement party a tremendous success. The food was fabulous, the bartender was a total delight, your wait staff were incredibly helpful and the set-up was perfect. You did a great job. Thank you very much!!!
"I just wanted to take a moment to write and thank you for the excellent job your staff did yesterday.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food and the entire party ran very smoothly. Your wait staff seem well trained and courteous and we were very pleased with the entire experience."
Sincerely, Carol Ann Rams
"The IESNA Toronto Section is a regular user of the Latvian Centre for its Board meetings and technical luncheons. Being in a central location, it is easily accessible from all parts of the city. They have accommodated us on all occasions as circumstances and numbers change, ensuring that everyone is comfortable and able to enjoy an excellent meal. The arrangements are made through the Catering Office which always deals promptly and efficiently with our requests."
Administrator, IES Toronto Section
"I want to thank You & your staff for making my sisters 60th birthday party a great success, the Chef & kitchen staff were very accommodating & helpful when we arrived. Your serving staff were awesome they took care of everything. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. My Wife and I are seasoned entertainers & have experience in serving and bartending so when we told our family & friends we were having the party fully catered at the Latvian Cultural Centre-not at our home, people were shocked. We wanted to do something different and be looked after for a change. Thank you for a great party experience. I will recommend your hall to anyone who wants to have a function and be well looked after."
Cheers, Neil Cooper
"I just wanted to send a note to say how grateful we are to the staff of the Latvian Centre! We had our wedding ceremony and reception at the Latvian Centre and I couldn't have asked for a better day. Every last detail was taking care of to perfection! The décor was beautiful, the food was amazing and all the staff were friendly and efficient. The grounds are also beautiful to take pictures in with all the trees and flowers! Our favourite spot was the park because it added a lot of fun to the wedding pictures! Our family and friends had a wonderful time and had nothing but great things to say. We would recommend the Latvian Centre to anyone who is getting married."
Thanks again! Melissa and Ryan Morton