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Private Food Adventures – Utilizing our Certified Whisky Ambassador, Certified Wine Adventurer, and Private Chefs, to bring you an experience you’ll never forget.

Update: 2020 / 2021 Season

THANKS for visiting us to learn more about what we do and how we can offer you a very unique experience.  As a “pop-up” private food adventure company, we only offer a certain number of events per month due to scheduling and venue capacity.  At this time, we’re sorry to say we are completely booked for the remainder of 2020.

We’d also like to let you know, we’re moving!!  For all of our clients in Southern Ontario, you’ll need to come a little further to join us (Canadian vacation anyone??) as we’re moving out west to the BC / Alberta area!!   We’ll need to get settled in before we can “fire it up” again, so we’ll let you know when we’re up and running.

Thanks for visiting, and we hope you have a GREAT day!!

Experimental Tastings

Let’s learn more about new world wines compared to old world wines.  Let’s look at whites, rosés, reds, sparkling, late harvest, ice wines, and regional specific like Champagne.

Why do you see both “Whisky” and “Whiskey”?  Let’s look at Scotch, Bourbon, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, and The World.

Did you know, CANADA rules with Ciders!?!  We have access to a locally produced ciders that has won numerous awards, but isn’t available from retail outlets.

Delicious Lunches and Dinners

Take one of our Experimental Tastings up a knotch by creating your own, or coming to one of our publically open, ticketed lunch or dinner.

Let us collaborate with one of our private chefs, BBQ pitmasters, and chocolatiers, to create a meal you’ll never forget.

We can do something informal, or bring out our “fancy duds” and create a fully formal experience.

Special Events

Looking to do something special for your sweetheart?  Are you planning a large family gathering?  Or, simply wanting to do something different with friends?

Got a special client you’re looking to impress, thank, or just take out to a unique experience?

Planning a wedding and want to do something for the bridal party, bridesmaids, groomsmen, or do something a little different as part of your reception?

Let us put together a special event that is personalized to you, or have us work with your event planner to create a fabulous night!

Theme Nights

As Monty Python would say, “…and now for something completely different!”.  Let’s plan a Cards Against Humanity night.  How about board game themes, Jenga, What Do You Meme, and other fun games.

Certified in Wines

Yes indeed, in addition to our own experiences, we’re formerly educated too!  Would you like to try, and learn more about, white wines, rosé, red, ice wines, late harvest, port, or fortified wines?  How about old world vs new world?  Have you ever tried a specific specialty from France, Italy, or Austrailia?

Certified in Whisky

Do you know what the difference is between “Whisky” and “Whiskey”?  How about Single Malt Scotch to a Blended Scotch?  Kentucky to Tennessee Bourbon?  Rye whiskey to a cereal gran blend?

Did you know, there’s a FABULOUS distillery in the Yukon, who’s whisky is also in some VERY tasty food products – like Whisky Maple Syrup?



Certifiably Crazy

Yeah, that’s not the first time we’ve heard this!  We’ve taken decades worth of experiences from all over the world, and created a passion project that we’d love to share with you.  We love our food, wine, whisky, and adventure, so join us for a truly unique experience!

"An intimate and experiential event combining an elegant five course meal with wine and whiskey pairings. Thanks to Jenn Givlin and team for making this happen. Kudos to your team... Outstanding way to start off the New Year!"

Anthea Mumby – Mumby Insurance

"An exciting way to experience unique tastings and pairings with culinary and beverage experts."

Mark Hough

"The Owl VIP seems to be very focused on unique experiences, which is a rare find! Dan is very passionate and told me a lot about some of his specializations... to be able to create the best experience for his clients. He has some awesome stories of projects he has been putting together, which I don’t think anyone else can compare with. I would highly recommend having a conversation with him if you have any event you want to run, as he can throw out many ideas to ensure it's the most memorable and fun it can be!"

Mason Ronin D. Leite

"Dan Givlin from TheOwl.VIP is the person you want to contact for experiential events with your office, or family/friends. It is a unique event experience which includes wine or whisky paired with delicious food. He also hosts classy events for bachelor/ bachelorette evenings. Dan has a flare for creating an event experience you will never forget and takes care of the details so you can enjoy it all."

Amy Ballantyne

Dan Givlin

Dan Givlin

The Whisky Guy

Dan hasn’t always loved his whisky, but it definitely has become a passion in the last decade.  He’s a Certified Whisky Ambassador (among other certifications) and has a specialty certification in Scotch.  When he isn’t prepping his “14 hour smoked brisket” and attempting to pair it with a Scotch, Bourbon, or other far-away whisky, you can find him researching spirits and trying as many as he can.  If you stop by our location, if you ask nicely, he’s also more than happy to share a dram or two from his collection.

Jenn Givlin

Jenn Givlin

The Wine Adventurer

Jenn has always had a taste for fine wine, and fine food.  In addition to learning more about wines all over the world, she finds the geography and “Terroir” behind them fascinating.  She’s WSET Certified in Wines (among other certifications), and loves to experiment with different new and old world wines with everything she eats.  She loves to educate people, which makes her a natural speaker, and enjoys working with our private chefs to come up with a unique experience you’re sure to come back for.

Different Wine Samplings

Different Whisky Samplings


Let’s start with this one – You DO know who Johnnie Walker is, right?  Watch this FANTASTIC video to learn about his family adventure.

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