Our Story

Genesis

Apérochic was launched in Toronto in the fall of 2011, the original idea of La Parisienne, a French ex-pat. Looking to recreate some of the French socializing she missed, La Parisienne started organizing events for people interested in meeting and enjoying an apéritif. Joined by Estelle, also a French transplant in Toronto, a few months later, the two women have developed a love of entertaining into highly anticipated monthly social events.

With more than 10 000 urban professional members and more than 350 attendees per event, Aperochic is the best cocktail party in town, held monthly at Toronto’s most interesting downtown venues.

In France, any good evening gathering begins with “l’apéritif,” An opportunity to share a glass of champagne or a cocktail with friends, L’Aperitif is an essential part of French social culture. Aperochic delivers the classic French tradition to a diverse Toronto membership, offering monthly social gatherings to meet and reunite with friends.

apérochic /apeʁɔʃik/ n. French for people meeting people.

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Community

Thanks to terrific word-of-mouth, the Apérochic community has grown steadily and organically. This is by no means an exclusive francophone group, but rather a membership of urban professionals (from such industries as communications, finance, diplomatic and government, design and fashion) who are interested in a sophisticated, European style of meeting and mingling.

Events
Each month The ApéroChic Team choose a unique downtown Toronto venue to host unique, creative and entertaining events for the Aperochic membership. Some of the previous events have been held at The Soho House, Casa Loma, Cabana Pool Bar, The Spoke Club, The Thompson Hotel , Lavelle, among other venues.

Our Aperochic events reflect our Toronto membership: we welcome people from all over the world, who find themselves for one reason or another in Toronto and who are interested in French culture. All of our events are bilingual – and French is not required – but they offer excellent opportunities to practice the language! Simply put, Aperochic events are the place to meet new, interesting people in an always-sparkling atmosphere.

Apérochic Team

Peggy a.k.a La Parisienne

ApéroChic Founder

Originally from Paris, Peggy aka La Parisienne spent several years in Beijing and New York before settling in Toronto. Having worked in many different industries – from construction to lingerie – Peggy likes to plan and to organize events. Looking for a more sophisticated scene – a “soiree conviviale” – in her new home town, she began recreating the kind of parties she always enjoyed in Paris, New York and around the world.

“I have created ApéroChic to share nice evenings with friends and meet new friends. It’s a socializing afterwork with a French touch and every month, it’s an unique experience.”

Estelle

Co-Founder & Public Relations

Born in France, Estelle arrived in Toronto 15 years ago after living abroad (Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong) She is a communications expert (focusing on international politicians and celebrities, as well as major advertising networks). Estelle has a knack for bringing interesting people together. Upon meeting La Parisienne, she discovered a shared joy of entertaining and socializing a la Francaise. From that meeting Apérochic Team was born and ApéroChic has evolved to the monthly event they organize together: a touch of beautiful people, a French twist, a chic but friendly atmosphere.

“ApéroChic was definitely missing in Toronto. It’s great to change the routine once a month and meet people who want the same, in a casually elegant environment.”

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