Nicole Pieckenhagen is the Managing Director of Toronto’s Graydon Hall Manor. Nicole began her tenure at the Manor in 1999 and led an intensive, year-long restoration and renovation of the facility, opening the doors to welcome the Manor’s first clients in June 2000. For nearly two decades the venue has maintained a reputation for producing first class events due to an unyielding demand for excellence; consistently ranked in the top 10 among the “Top 100 Venues in Canada”. In 2003, Nicole Pieckenhagen partnered with über-chef Arpi Magyar and co-founded Couture Cuisine & Event Artistry. As Co-founder and Managing Partner of Couture Cuisine, she is responsible for overseeing the design and execution of all client events at Graydon Hall Manor and off-site: from styling dreamy weddings and chic corporate affairs to creating memorable bar mitzvahs and sophisticated social events.
Favourite destination: France or Capri
Favourite fabric: Linen
Vintage or modern: Modern but I really appreciate Vintage
Most treasured possession: Grandmother’s crystal
Favourite season: Love them all but have a love for winter, probably the skier in me
Favourite dish: This is a difficult question since there are so many I love. I do have a special fondness for the smoked duck breast with watermelon, watercress, onions & honey champagne dressing. It is unexpected and simply delicious!
Favourite flower: Anemones
Favourite destination: Iceland. From the moss covered lava fields to the endless waterfalls and hot springs, it is a place like no other I’ve experienced.
Favourite fabric: Cashmere
Favourite season: Spring. I love to see everything come alive.
Favourite flower: White garden roses are definitely my favourite. They are unique and have an amazing aroma!
Red or White: I can never turn down a glass of red wine.
Favourite season: Fall, to me, is perfect. I love the sunny days and cool evenings and the beautiful colours of the leaves.
Favourite destination: I love relaxing on a beach, exploring, and enjoying amazing foods, so I have to go with Spain.
Favourite dish: Anything with cheese or mushrooms will win me over.
Gold or silver: Gold
Favourite movie: Father of the Bride
Favourite part of a wedding: I love the moment right before the bride walks down the aisle, but I am also a sucker for the dance floor.
Favourite dish: It’s tough because everything is so delicious, but I would never turn down the Miso Glazed Black Cod!
Red or white: Champagne
Favourite fabric: Silk
Vintage or modern: Vintage
Favourite movie: Great Gatsby
One thing that scares me: Wilted lettuce
Most treasured possession: Diaries from Dad
Favourite flower: Orchids!
Cats or dogs: DEFINITELY dogs
Vintage or modern: Modern
Favourite movie: A Walk to Remember
One thing that scares me: Creepy crawlies