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Don Appetit! Nirvana’s Evolving Menu

February 22, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Under the watchful and experienced eye of general manager Karan Bajwa, Nirvana restaurant, in Mississauga, Ont., continues to refine its a la carte menu, adding items from its catering menu — to delicious effect. A recent visit, for example, unearthed

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Don Appetit! STK Toronto's Modern Steakhouse Vibe

February 14, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

This isn’t your father’s steakhouse. It’s STK Toronto, the first Canadian location of the upscale U.S. chain, and it opened last September, occupying an 8,800-square-foot space in the former Four Seasons Hotel, in the tony Yorkville area. Gone are the

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Industry Insider: Getting the best from your suppliers (including me)

February 13, 2017 by LES SELBY, CMP, CMM
Les Selby

When you spend your money on an event, you want to ensure you are getting the best possible value for your money.  You notice I say “value for money” and not necessarily the lowest price.  There is absolutely no sense

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Supply Side: Does the Industry Need Rules for No-shows?

January 30, 2017 by ALLAN LYNCH
Allan Lynch

Recently, the sales director for a U.S. company was stunned by a request from a New York City-based DMC for payment to cover site inspection costs. “Is this a new standard or something peculiar to the New York market?” she

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Leadership: Challenging 'Good Enough'

January 30, 2017 by DALLYCE MACAS

Recently, I was tasked with preparing a report on the Canadian MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) industry for a global airline. I had to explain the “state-of-the-nation” and what the future has in store for suppliers to the meetings

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Critical Path: What worked, what didn’t and the need to tweak

January 30, 2017 by BAILEY ROTH & CARLY SILBERSTEIN

Starting a business is risky and takes a lot of time and energy. Even the most educated businessperson is not a mind-reader and cannot accurately predict the immediate or eventual outcome of their business. A lot of the time, it

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Don Appetit! Barnsteiner’s Refined, Home-Style Plates

January 25, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

After successfully running the beloved Corner House restaurant, in mid-town Toronto, for 15 years, husband and wife team Herbert and Michelle Barnsteiner, in 2014, took a well-deserved break and moved on to their next venture. That would be Barnsteiner’s, a

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Don Appetit! Cluny Bistro’s Inventive French Flair

January 23, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie, in Toronto’s Distillery District, keeps on getting better and better, as the kitchen (under chef de cuisine Travis Cropley) grows ever more assured and focused, and the food ever more inventive. Exhibit A: Mushroom soup garnished with

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Industry Insider: Would Someone Pass the Crystal Ball?

January 3, 2017 by LES SELBY, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMM, CMP

As we enter the New Year, I find it interesting to see the industry predictions that the “experts” put out for the enlightenment of us mere mortals. On December 14th, Associations Now published a report from IBTM World that suggested that

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Don Appetit! Lavelle’s Breakfast of Champions

January 1, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Soon after it opened last year, on downtown Toronto’s King Street West, Lavelle became the It Spot, and its rooftop restaurant and swimming pool/deck were jammed day and night with a trendy and beautiful crowd. During the film festival, the

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Don Appetit! Azure’s Assured Plates

December 15, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

I hadn’t dined at Azure, the soaring restaurant located off the InterContinental Toronto Centre’s lobby, in some years, so I dropped by, to see what the kitchen is up to. As this visit demonstrated, the kitchen has never been better.

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Don Appetit! Ki's Modern Japanese Flair

November 21, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Ki Modern Japanese restaurant opened 11 years ago in Toronto’s downtown banking core and remains as charming as ever. The sprawling, high-ceilinged space, outfitted in contemporary minimalism — slate tile floors, cherrywood accents, soft lighting, bare-wood tables, padded booths —