Yelp Elite Event: Cocktails and Canadiana at Draco Markham

Draco Markham drinks and food

Draco Markham located at 170 Enterprise Blvd in Markham

August 27, 2018:  This Yelp Elite Event was held at the Draco Markham restaurant inside of the Toronto Marriott Markham hotel at Enterprise Boulevard and Birchmount Road in Markham.

This was a classy yet smart casual affair where there were featured cocktails and dishes available for us to sample.  It was not meant to be a full meal and more of a cocktail party to mingle and taste some of Draco’s specialties.

Toronto Marriott Markham entrance

It’s located right across from the Markham Cineplex

Toronto Marriott Markham entrance

Draco Markham located at the Toronto Marriott Markham hotel in Markham

We were served two featured cocktails:  Draco’s Smoked Old Fashioned and Rosemary Pineapple Margarita.  The featured dishes included a Seed to Sausage Farm Charcuterie, Cheese Sampler, Buffalo Chips, Draco’s Lobster Grilled Cheese, Grilled Flank Steak, and House-made Beaver Tails.

 Darco Markham bar

Bar

The event began at 7:30 p.m.  There was ample public parking onsite near the more east side of the hotel.  The hotel lobby and adjoining lounge area were gorgeous!

 Darco Markham lounge

Darco Markham lounge

After lining up and signing in with the Yelp hosts, we found ourselves a seat in the dining area and then were able to queue up to try the Seed to Sausage Farm Charcuterie, Cheese Sampler, and Buffalo Chips.

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

 charcuterie and cheese platters

The spread – charcuterie and cheese platters

 Draco Yelp menu

Menu for the evening

Meanwhile, servers came out with the cocktails and featured dishes.  They were very professional and polite and made sure that we were served fairly even while in line.

The Seed to Sausage Farm Charcuterie included: bleu d’elizabeth pepperette, genoa pork salami, cold smoked pork loin, and smoked duck.

Seed to Sausage Farm Charcuterie

Seed to Sausage Farm Charcuterie -bleu d’elizabeth pepperette, genoa pork salami, cold smoked pork loin, smoked duck

The items that I tried were very good and of high quality.  The only item that most of us didn’t get to try was the smoked duck meat (since there wasn’t much of it so only those at the beginning of the line were able to try it).

 Draco sampling

Some of the items I tried

The Draco’s Smoked Old Fashioned bourbon cocktail contained buffalo trace bourbon, cherry bitters, tapped maple water, local maple syrup, and bourbon marinated sour cherry.  It was pretty good.

Draco's Smoked Old Fashioned

Draco’s Smoked Old Fashioned

Draco's Smoked Old Fashioned

Draco’s Smoked Old Fashioned
-buffalo trace bourbon, cherry bitters, tapped maple water, local maple syrup, bourbon marinated sour cherry

The Rosemary Pineapple Margarita cocktail had tromba tequila blanco,
heering cherry liqueur, house-made agave syrup, fresh pineapple, and fresh thyme.  This one was slightly more sweet and I personally liked the bourbon cocktail more.

Rosemary Pineapple Margarita

Rosemary Pineapple Margarita

Rosemary Pineapple Margarita

Rosemary Pineapple Margarita
-tromba tequila blanco, heering cherry liqueur, house-made agave syrup, fresh pineapple, fresh thyme

The Draco’s Lobster Grilled Cheese was absolutely delicious!  I had two in total that night and wish I could have had more. :9  The bread was perfectly crispy and the ratio of lobster to cheese was so good.

Draco's Lobster Grilled Cheese

Draco’s Lobster Grilled Cheese
-white cheddar, egg bread

The Grilled Flank Steak was nicely done and although I don’t usually enjoy lentils, the seasoning and stewed wild leeks all came together nicely.  I also got to try two servings of this. 🙂

Grilled Flank Steak

Grilled Flank Steak
-lentils, stewed wild leeks

The House-made Beaver Tails was unique too.  I had never tried beaver tails in a bite-sized ball form before.

House-made Beaver Tails

House-made Beaver Tails
-nutella cinnamon sauce

Thank you, Yelp, for inviting us for a great night out at Draco Markham to try their featured cocktails and dishes! 🙂  You can check out their full menu at this link.

 Yelp events

Yelp night out

FTC Disclaimer:  Although Yelp and Draco Markham invited me to a complimentary event, the opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the businesses.

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