Last week, we gathered to celebrate Eid over a beautiful Summerlicious dinner at District Oven. Much like any CivicMuslims event, there was a unique twist. Every guest was encouraged to bring an Eid greeting card penned with their Eid thoughts and Ramadan reflections. Check out the Blogpost here: http://www.civicmuslims.ca/eid_summerliciousPosted by CivicMuslims on Monday, July 27, 2015
Eid Mubarak, CivicMuslims! Last week, we gathered to celebrate Eid over a beautiful Summerlicious dinner at District Oven. Much like any CivicMuslims event, there was a unique twist. Every guest was encouraged to bring an Eid greeting card penned with their Eid thoughts and Ramadan reflections. Throughout the evening, cards were swapped at random and select cards were read aloud by those who chose to share.
District Oven is a gem on College St. in Toronto. Inside, you will find rustic tables, leathered chairs and vintage-esque chandeliers hugging the space flawlessly against the modern artwork on the walls. Filling the back half of District Oven’s beautiful restaurant, we kicked the evening off with an icebreaker. Every guest introduced themselves and shared what made their Ramadan special. Guests recollected how they welcomed a new baby into the family, volunteered at local food banks, spent quality time with loved ones, and even discovered a new and inspiring podcast. The evening continued to unfold with rolling banter and conversation.
In between our main meal and dessert, greeting cards began to make their way around the tables. Envelopes were unsealed, and our guests carefully digested the contents of each uniquely handwritten card. There is always something special about a handwritten note – so much more powerful than a text message or a snap, no? A handful of people stood up to share their cards. Chuckles and sentiments of appreciation filled the room.
Following our card swap, dessert made its way out – an exquisite selection of apricot mohalabia, baklava and sparkling floats. One word, friends: delicious! The evening ended with the must-do for CivicMuslims: a group photo-op to capture the special evening. We just had to.
By the numbers:
26 icebreaker introductions x 78 different dishes x 4 shared greeting messages x countless laughs =
An Eid Summerlicious, unlike any other