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Industry Insider: Politics & MICE

March 22, 2017 by LES SELBY, CMP CMM
Les Selby, CMM, CMP

I would have to admit that before the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the election of Donald Trump in the United States, I thought that natural disasters, the outbreak of disease or the occurrence of terrorism were the

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Don Appetit! Matisse’s sleek reinvention

March 22, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

About a year ago, Matisse restaurant, in the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville, unveiled a renovation that has transformed it and the adjacent lobby bar into a snazzy, modern space. The airy room is contemporary, warm and inviting all at once,

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The Supply Side: Independent Options

March 22, 2017 by ALLAN LYNCH
Allan Lynch

To celebrate the sesquicentennial, it’s worth noting that Canada’s history of hospitality began in the winter of 1605, when Samuel de Champlain launched a dining club, The Order of Good Cheer. Champlain used f&b as a way to raise the

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Don Appetit! Super seafood at lbs

March 15, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

About seven months ago, lbs restaurant opened in Toronto’s financial district serving a menu primarily focused on seafood. Decked out in hard surfaces (rough concrete, plenty of tile), a palette of neutral earth tones and a high ceiling, lbs (pronounced

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Girl Interrupted: Verbalizing Your Vote

March 15, 2017 by COURTNEY STANLEY
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Editor’s Note: This post is an excerpt from Courtney Stanley’s new column, That’s What She Said, in Meetings + Incentive Travel magazine.  We are often told to accept the things we cannot change, but neglect to exert the courage to

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Don Appetit! Anchor Bar Spreads its Wings

March 8, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Buffalo, New York’s Anchor Bar lays claim to having invented the Buffalo-style chicken wing, way back in 1964. Since then, the famed wing emporium has opened three Canadian locations: in Hamilton and Burlington, Ont., and, last autumn, in Toronto. Located

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Don Appetit! Luckee’s Luxe Lunch

February 27, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Last September, Susur Lee’s Luckee restaurant, in the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, in downtown Toronto, introduced weekday lunchtime dim sum. Not surprisingly, given Susur’s stellar culinary record, creative touches abound, backed up by rock-solid technique. For example, crispy/soft chicken potstickers, packed with

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Member Voices: Approaching Sales

February 27, 2017 by TUESDAY JOHNSON-MACDONALD, CMP, CMM

This past January, CanSPEP held its second revolutionary educational platform, The Business Summit.  As president of the association it brings me a sense of great accomplishment and pride to see the growth of our members, and the hard-fought recognition of

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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