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Your business vision, Sun Peaks’ views

June 15, 2017 by SPONSORED CONTENT

Sun Peaks is a resort community located 45 minutes from Kamloops, in BC’s interior. Known for it’s stress-free mountain experience, the charming, pedestrian village includes 9 hotels and lodges, and over 40 locally-owned shops and restaurants. Sun Peaks is Canada’s

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Don Appetit! Nota Bene’s Globally Inspired Sophistication

June 14, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Nota Bene, on Toronto’s Queen Street West, has it all going on: comfortable, sophisticated space; creative food, under executive chef David Lee; and polished service. I was reminded of this, once again, on a recent visit, where all aspects of

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Don Appetit! The Wilcox’s Delicious Evolution

June 12, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

My first visit to The Wilcox gastropub in Mississauga, Ont., came in 2015. At the time, I was impressed with the kitchen’s contemporary spin on pub fare. A recent visit, however, showed a confident kitchen that has evolved in exciting

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Industry Insider: Recognizing Our Own Filters

June 12, 2017 by LES SELBY, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMP, CMM

Last month in the Industry Insider I wrote about our “duty of care” and how a mistake can result both in a publicity disaster and a genuine service failure and a loss of customers’ trust.  I received a lot of feedback

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Don Appetit! El Catrin’s Family Style Feast

June 2, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

El Catrin, the buzzing Mexican eatery in Toronto’s Distillery District, continues to tweak its menu in creative and delicious ways. Exhibit A: Chilled avocado soup, velvet-textured, with herbal tang (thanks to mint oil) and subtle heat (from habanero vinaigrette) and

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Member Voices: Sometimes things don't go as planned...

May 27, 2017 by RACHEL CLELAND, CMP

Careful consideration is always taken when planning the format of any event, but sometimes things don’t go the way you envisioned them. At a recent event, my client decided to change up the format of their longstanding awards banquet.  The

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Don Appetit! Locale Mercatto’s Sophisticated Italian Plates

May 26, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Locale is the newest location in the Mercatto casual Italian chain that now numbers five Toronto restaurants. Nestled on Bay Street, near the financial district, Locale, last June, unveiled a renovated space and a refreshed perspective on Italian food. The

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That's What She Said - Are You Single?

May 17, 2017 by COURTNEY STANLEY
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How do you find a mentor? If you struggle with finding a mentor, you are not alone. Like any other relationship, there is no magic potion that will lead you to instant gratification. Mentorship is simply a specific type of

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Don Appetit! Benihana’s Delicious Theatre

May 15, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For 44 years, Benihana Japanese Steakhouse, in the lower level of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, in Toronto, has entertained diners with its teppanyaki-style experience. Customers sit around a rectangular table outfitted with a flat-top grill. After ordering, diners sit

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Don Appetit! Rasa: Think Globally, Eat Brilliantly

May 8, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Rasa is part of the growing culinary empire operated by The Food Dudes, a Toronto-based caterer that, in recent years, has diversified into restaurants. Rasa inhabits restaurant row on charming Harbord Street, in Toronto’s leafy Annex area. The space resembles a

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The Supply Side: Triple Play

May 6, 2017 by ALLAN LYNCH

It’s been said that the electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles. A revolutionary approach was needed. Well, St. John’s, Saskatoon and Victoria think they have a revolutionary, business-boosting idea based on collaboration and convenience. The

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Don Appetit! Signatures’ Marvelous Makeover

May 3, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Last year, Signatures restaurant, in the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville, unveiled its brighter, more contemporary new look. From the colour palette (clean, elegant, understated greys and off-whites), design accents (marble floors; wood tile; up-to-date light fixtures; modernized seating), the refreshed, split-level