Entrepreneur in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Carlo Parentela is an entrepreneur from Toronto, Canada.
He attended the University of Guelph’s Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology, graduating as a Civil Engineer Technologist.
After graduation, Carlo began his career as a Public Works Inspector for the City of Toronto (North York). He also worked for London Life Insurance as a Sales Representative for two years and undertook their intense sales training course.
In conjunction with his father in the 1980’s, Carlo opened "Le Jardin de Toronto Banquet Hall" as a one-room banquet facility. One year later, Carlo purchased Le Jardin and opened a second room on the premises. He grew Le Jardin from an 8,000-square-foot facility to a 74,000-square-foot facility. Today, the venue is known as Chateau Le Jardin Conference & Event Venue and is a dominant player for weddings and corporate events.
In 2009, Carlo launched Long Valley Productions (LVP). Currently under LVP, there are two industry-related businesses: Find a Banquet Hall, an online directory for venue searches; Last Bride Standing, a TV series that became a hit over two seasons in Canada on Sun TV. It became the first Reality TV show in the history of the world to be filmed in 3D and the first two seasons aired in the US on Wedding Central. In 2010, he created “Toronto’s Bridal Show”, which became the premier Bridal Show to attend.
Carlo took over the management and operation of the Capitol Event Theatre in Toronto, bringing over 25 years of expertise in catering and hospitality to this unique historical venue. Since acquiring the Capitol, Carlo and his management team consistently execute the highest standard of service and food quality.
In May 2018, Carlo Parentela launched an elite exclusive Dinner Concert/Show series, Après Noir, an exclusive epicurean and international show cabaret with such talents as Drake, Jennifer Hudson, Bobby Flay, David Blaine, Rob Thomas, 2 Cellos as well as a multitude of local and international talent, once a month, membership only.
Presently, Carlo is working on the final expansion of Le Jardin, with the addition of the new Hotel, called “Hotel Vie”. The Hotel will boast 250 guest suites and 50 office suites overlooking the expansive lobby and is geared towards businesses in the hospitality industry.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Carlo Parentela enjoys travelling, fine dining and helping out others.