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PAUSE 001: A Dinner Gathering


Join us in bidding farewell to Summer while embracing the transformative power of pausing. This unique dinner experience has been curated to inspire, empower, and connect creative women over a beautiful dinner party, with the intention of stepping away from hustle and forging genuine connections with community IRL.

Our yearning to connect with others, ourselves, and the beauty of life is undeniable. However, the guilt that often accompanies taking time for self-care, away from our endless to-do lists, can be all too familiar. Building upon the success of our previous event, "Permission to Pause," we proudly present PAUSE 001 - an opportunity to gather around the table for an exquisite four-course dinner in good company. Together, we move from building relationships online to offline, sharing not just a delicious meal but also our stories and aspirations.

In this unhurried setting, reflection takes centre stage. You'll find yourself alongside entrepreneurs, creators, and community builders who share your journey and can support you in embracing the pauses and kindling inspiration, naturally paving the way for further personal and professional growth.

Hosted by Palak (@embiria) in partnership with Chefs Spencer Newlands and Tosh Agassiz of The Fare Food Company (@thefarefoodco), this dinner experience promises reflection and community-building, all while savouring the pleasures of the evening.

Sometimes, all we need is a reason to PAUSE – to celebrate life's joys and enjoy the simplicity of a dinner party. Let this be your invitation. Come on your own, or bring a friend.

Often it's through giving ourselves the permission to pause that we end up tapping into our greatest creative potential.


  • A beautiful four-course vegetarian meal, artfully prepared with the freshest seasonal ingredients by Chefs Spencer and Tosh with positions held at restaurants including Alo, Pearl Morissette and Bosk

  • A welcome drink and natural, organic wine to complement dinner

  • The opportunity to gather in a stunning private event space inside a heritage building

  • Intentional moments and conversations to connect with like-minded women

  • Guided reflections to celebrate your pauses, cultivate community and get excited about what’s ahead!

  • A curated gift designed to extend those precious moments of pause beyond the event

Suggested Attire: seasonal chic or whatever makes you feel your best


Palak Dave (@embiria) is the Founder and CEO of Embiria, a lifestyle company with an engaged community of 10K which inspires people to live beautifully, every day through gatherings, stories and spaces. She has hosted 300+ events focused on wellness, creativity and food, including curating experiences for brands such as Nespresso, Bumble, Lululemon and Google. Prior to starting Embiria, Palak worked in corporate business and marketing for 10+ years at RBC, Indigo Books & Music head office and the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2022, she also became Co-Founder of Hosted Here, a ticketing platform for intimate events. Palak has appeared on The Marilyn Denis Show, numerous podcasts, moderated panel discussions and has been featured in publications like the Huffington Post, Toronto Guardian and Narcity. She is also a writer (book launch coming soon!), an Airbnb and Peerspace Superhost, Investor and Community Builder. Her passions include hosting and bringing people together (especially over a delicious meal), exploring the world, and finding ways to live well. She is always discovering and recommending new experiences through her weekly Instagram round-up as well as her newsletter, The Embiria Edition. She spends her time between Toronto and Austin.


Spencer Newlands is co-founder and co-chef of The Fare Food Company. Spencer has been involved in the fine dining industry since 2011. Prior to forming The Fare Food Company, Spencer held positions with Toronto-based Alo and Pearl Morrisette, as well as three-Michelin-starred Faviken (Sweden) and Quince (San Francisco).

Tosh Agassiz is co-founder and co-chef of The Fare Food Company. Tosh has been involved in the fine dining industry since 2009. Prior to forming The Fare Food Company, Tosh held positions with Toronto based Canis and Bosk restaurant, as well as Vancouver's Diva at the Met. 

They met while cooking in Toronto and quickly became great friends and eventually partnered up to form The Fare Food Company.

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