The White Carnation
Buildings with a long and varied history are always interesting. The White Carnation on Parr Line in Holmesville was built as a cheese and butter factory in 1895, making it over 125 years old. By the 1940s, it was the largest cheese maker in Canada, but the direct connection with dairy products ended in the early 1970s when it was converted into a private catering facility and took on the name of The White Carnation. It is an iconic spot for locals, as most people have attended many events there over the long history of the venue.
Since 2017, it has been owned by chefs Corinne Bos and Noriel Abejaron. Corinne grew up locally and was excited to bring her partner Noriel back home to begin the adventure of their own business after many years in high-end kitchens in Toronto.
Continuing the Sunday buffets was an important part of the plan, as was introducing new cultural foods and flavours, while still focusing on local foods.
Through the many renovations, the building still holds much of the charm and history from its early days and is a very popular location for weddings, retirement parties and meetings, easily accommodating up to 150 people. They are also available for off-site catering. Noriel’s skill with artful and delicious buffet tables has earned the pair a legion of devoted customers, both for events and the popular Sunday buffet.
The pandemic has created many challenges for everyone in the restaurant and catering industries, however The White Carnation has offered weekend take-away meals that kept up to their high standards of variety and taste. They also partnered with Made in Huron Artisan Market to offer soups, salads and main dishes at a retail location.
They look forward to reopening once the current restrictions are over, and are currently giving the building a makeover with some new exterior paint.
To keep up with the next takeout menu and future reopening dates, check them out on Facebook - White Carnation Banquet Hall - or call 519-482-9228. 79867 Parr Line, Holmesville.