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

May 15, 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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That's What She Said - Are You Single?

May 9, 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! 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

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Don Appetit! Pure Spirits’ Global Influences

May 1, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For some time, Pure Spirits Oyster House has been a fixture in Toronto’s Distillery District. It’s a spacious, instantly welcoming space — appealingly worn hardwood floor; exposed brick walls; wood-beam ceiling — that fully capitalizes on the building’s historic bones.

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Don Appetit! Cucci Scales New Heights

April 24, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

It had been several years since I’d visited Cucci, a modern Italian restaurant in Oakville, Ont., just west of Toronto, so I paid a return visit, to see what executive chef Gordon Goss and his kitchen brigade are up to.

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Industry Insider: Why does it take a PR disaster to focus on the client

April 21, 2017 by LES SELBY, CMP CMM
Les Selby, CMM, CMP

Everyone in our industry has heard the expression “duty of care.” Wikipedia defines a duty of care as “a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could

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Don Appetit! All Roads Lead to Compass Grill

April 21, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In early April, I ventured up to Deerhurst Resort, in Ontario’s Muskoka cottage country, and sampled Compass Grill & Bar, located off the spacious lobby. It’s a bright, high-ceilinged room whose visual centrepiece is an enormous, illustrated Muskoka tourist map

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10 Ways Kelowna Has Changed In The Last 10 Years

April 6, 2017 by Tourism Kelowna

Considering the city’s population has grown by nearly 20% in the last 10 years, it’s no wonder the lakeside city of Kelowna has changed as much as it has. A blossoming tech sector, revitalized downtown, changing infrastructure, an acclaimed university,

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Don Appetit! Le Baratin’s French Kiss

April 5, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

About a year ago, Le Baratin opened in Toronto’s Dundas Street West/Dufferin Street area. It’s a classic neighbourhood bistro, seating 30 in welcoming, unadorned setting (bare wood tables; children’s books displayed on wall shelves). Manning the stoves, visible in the tiny open