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Don Appetit! Feasting at Southbrook’s Farmers’ Table

August 29, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Nestled in Niagara’s verdant wine country, Southbrook Vineyards is a model of modern winemaking, following a philosophy of organic, biodynamic practices that provide good stewardship for the land. Complementing Southbrook’s wines is onsite restaurant The Farmers’ Table, open from Victoria

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Don Appetit! El Catrin’s Vibrant Mexican Flavours

August 29, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Early on a Sunday evening and El Catrin, in Toronto’s Distillery District, is packed with a boisterous crowd chowing down on first-rate Mexican fare washed down with the restaurant’s signature cocktails. We start with the guacamole. Made to-order at table,

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Industry Insider: In-House or Outsource?

August 16, 2016 by LES SELBY, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMM, CMP

As long as I have been involved in meetings and incentives, I have watched corporations go through the struggle of deciding if their events are best run by their own staff or by outside event professionals.  Although making a choice

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Busy Meeting Planner? Now Reward Yourself. [Sponsored Content]

August 11, 2016 by CAROLINE COMEAU
C. Comeau, IHG

Booking accommodation for yourself or on behalf of someone else is a lot of work!  You are often the unsung hero – working hard behind the scenes to find the right price, coordinate schedules, and secure the right location.  In

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Play Time

August 10, 2016 by ROGER HASKETT
Roger Haskett

Ask yourself: “How many times do we expect teams, meetings, conferences to work in an environment that produces dead rats?” Huh? A 2014 study conducted by a group of psychologists and neurologists found that if you take play away from

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It's Time to Exercise Your Right to Negotiate

August 10, 2016 by HEATHER REID
Heather Reid, Contract Expert

Venue rental contracts, in their first draft form, have been carefully crafted by the venue’s legal counsel to shift the brunt of financial and logistical risks to the event host, and maximize the venue’s revenues. Venues are rightfully protecting their

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The M+IT-IW Happy List

August 10, 2016 by Lori Smith
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Here at Meetings + Incentive Travel (M+IT) and IncentiveWorks (IW) we’ve been on a mission to destress, unwind, relax, chill, stay healthy, have a life…and still get our work done! As part of this journey, we’ve made a list of the small things

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Creating Revenue-Generating Events

August 9, 2016 by SHANNON DESOUZA
Shannon DeSouza

We’re living in a world where the average adult spends 11 hours a day staring at a screen. But customers want to work with someone they can relate to, not just buy from. Telling stories and building rapport actually activates

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Don Appetit! Salad King Reigns

August 7, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

I’ve been going to Salad King Thai restaurant, in downtown Toronto, since 1993, when it was on Gould Street, across from Sam the Record Man (now closed). This year, Salad King celebrates 25 years in business, and my, how the

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Don Appetit! Real Sports Hits a Home Run

August 7, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Ensconced in bustling Maple Leaf Square, right beside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Real Sports Bar & Grill pulses with energy. It’s a cavernous, multi-level, high-ceilinged wonderland outfitted with almost 200 HD TV screens — including a 39-ft. screen — showing

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Don Appetit! J.Red & Co.’s Lively Flavours

July 24, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Opened last December in Brampton, Ont., west of Toronto, J.Red & Co. is an airy, modern bistro outfitted with concrete floors, Edison bulb light fixtures and exposed ductwork. On the plate, there are intense flavours — for instance, the Nova

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IW SPEAKER: Thinking Outside the Box

July 24, 2016 by COURTNEY STANLEY
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When we meet, we change the world—unless we’re bored, that is. How many times have you sat in a conference session and: Texted every person from your phone in 30 minutes (yes, it is possible)? Fallen asleep (you may or