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 flower: White garden roses are my favourite. They are unique and have an amazing aroma.
Red or white wine: Champagne!
Favourite season: Fall, to me, is perfect. I love the sunny days, cool evenings, and the changing colours of the leaves.
Favourite destination: I think Spain is so beautiful, from the amazing food, to the endless exploring, and of course a day at the beach!
Favourite dish: Anything with cheese will win me over.
Favourite flower: Is there anything more gorgeous than a ranunculus?
Strange phobias: Citrus flavoured candy – especially lemon or lime flavours
Favourite meal: bread, cheese, and truffle honey
Favourite themed wedding: I have a certain soft spot for winter wedding. The candlelight, snow, wreaths, it’s all so warm and inviting
Favourite Disney character: I think it might be Belle… or Olaf!
Which store would you max-out your credit card: Michaels Arts & Crafts store
What are three things on your bucket list: I would like to see Backstreet Boys in concert, travel to every Disneyland in the world and take a photo in front of Cinderella’s castle, and volunteer in Africa to help build schools.
Favourite cocktail: Fuzzy navel
What would be the one meal you would eat for the rest of your life: Tacos all day, everyday!
Favorite cocktail: Peach bellini’s
Gold or Silver: Gold
Favorite food-related indulgence: Has to be cheesecake!
Pick one material to decorate for a party: Candles
If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose: Time travelling
Favourite flower: Dahlia
Favourite movie: Mary Poppins
Strange phobia: Fish! I do not like swimming with fish, or being near fish
Vintage or Modern: Vintage
Favourite dish: My mother’s lasagna and freshly baked bread