Diary of the Week: Writers' Trust, Planet Booby, Lancôme's 80th and Cafe Boulud

Diary of the Week: Writers' Trust, Planet Booby, Lancôme's 80th and Cafe Boulud

The TorQ Percussion Band set the celebratory tone as guests made their way into the Art Gallery of Ontario on Oct. 6, an air of excitement trailing them. The Hon. Hilary Weston granted her 5th annual Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction at the business-chic event, during which attendees were invited to make their mark on oversized versions of the nominees' book covers. As the anticipation built, host Shelagh Rogers welcomed the crowd and Hilary announced writer and University of Toronto professor emeritus Rosemary Sullivan as the recipient of the $60,000 prize (the largest in Canada). Four additional scribes took home $5,000 apiece and the literati enjoyed various performance of scenes from each work, including that of student winner Nico Branham.

Taking breast cancer fundraising out of this world, the 14th annual Boobyball explored new territory on Oct. 2 with the theme Planet Booby. A host of stylish young attendees supported Rethink Breast Cancer in their finest other-worldly attire - think plenty of metallics, space motifs, nods to Star Trek and Men in Black and some seriously festive silver worthy of the '90s club scene. Entertainment was decidedly extraterrestrial under a smattering of planets and stars and nibbles had an intergalactic flair, but the cause was simply down to earth: to educate women 40 and under about breast cancer and raise money in the process. See our top finds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


When supermodel Daria Werbowy and French actress Alma Jodorowsky blow out the candles on a cake, you'd better believe it's for Lancôme! Two of the brand's flawless faces descended on Toronto, where the Canadian and French beauties (respectively) were the guests of honour at a Hazelton Hotel fête. The backdrop for the festive occasion, marking the beauty giant's 80th anniversary? An entire wall made of hundreds of roses (a la Kim Kardashian and Kanye West).

With Café Boulud's grand reopening at the Four Seasons in Toronto, a splashy dinner was in order. A well-heeled coterie of local VIPs - think Hilary Weston, Jorn Weisbrodt, Cory Vitiello, Tracy Moore and Jenna Bitove - feasted in the sumptuous new space, with internationally acclaimed Chef Daniel Boulud on hand to debut his newest offerings and answer questions from the crowd (cue Mary Jo Eustace's quest for the perfectly juicy chicken!) A night of rotisserie comfort ended with a decadent finale as a chocolate dome encasing the perfect profiteroles was melted with dark chocolate sauce. Swoon.

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