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We cant' wait to enjoy delicious Mexican food at the beautifully designed El Catrin in the Distillery District!

Event Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The ARIDO GTA Chapter presents Career Xpress (CX), a fun and rewarding series of events designed with young designers in mind. You'll learn how to dress for success, get to participate in showroom crawls, dine at exciting new restaurants, and get your portfolio reviewed by Registered interior designers. These events are your ticket to excelling in the interior design industry!

Check out photos from past Career Xpress events HERE.

Appetite for Design | El Catrin

Be prepared to dine in the authentic traditional and modern Mexican restaurant, El Catrin! You will be taken on an exciting tour of the newly opened space followed by an inspiring dinner with lead designer, Alessandro Munge, Intern, ARIDO of Munge Leung.

 El Catrin

El Catrin Location: 18 Tank House Lane, The Distillery District, Toronto Area: 8,000 sq. ft. Budget: $1.2 Million

Located in Toronto’s historic Distillery District, known for its restored Victorian-era buildings, artisan shops and galleries, El Catrin is a bold homage to Mexican cantinas and is appointed with vibrant details and playful furnishings. A visual mosaic of Mexican motifs, the interiors of El Catrin were inspired by the Mexican traditions of La Loteria Mexicana, Papel Picado paper art, and urban street art.

Munge Leung’s design of El Catrin features authentic Mexican tile floors, custom designed metal screens, laser-cut lampshades and metal screen details, two private dining rooms and an electrifying two-storey hand-painted bas-relief mural by artist Óscar Flores of Mexico City. El Catrin’s 5,000 square foot outdoor patio is layered with vibrant colors, and features a central open fire pit and full-service outdoor bar. Custom designed laser cut metal screens inspired by traditional Mexican paper art enclose the patio, and evocative, oversized lampshades hang over the dining banquettes, giving the patio and intimate and inviting atmosphere.

Munge Leung’s interior design drew inspiration from Mexico’s Día de Muertos and authentic Mexican cuisine. El Catrin offers a modern tapas-style menu crafted by Chef Olivier Le Calves (who hails from Mexico City), which offers southern Mexican dishes from Oaxaca and Yucatan that are ideal for sharing.


Company Bio

Established in 1997 by Alessandro Munge and Sai Leung, Munge Leung specializes in hospitality and residential design and has a diverse portfolio of luxury hotels, premium condominiums, and iconic food and beverage venues. The firm’s expanding global roster of clients includes MGM Resorts International, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, Thompson Hotels, INK Entertainment and The Light Group, among others. Munge Leung’s work spans across North America, Asia and the Middle East and has received frequent coverage in leading design publications around the world, as well as numerous awards and accolades, including the enRoute Hotel Design Awards, FX International Interior Design Awards, IIDA Interior Design Competition, Contract Magazine’s Interiors Awards, Hospitality Design Awards, Best of Canada Design Awards, and the IHMRS Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design.


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