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Industry Insider: Pricing, Value and Commissions

May 3, 2018 by LES SELBY, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMP, CMM

As anyone knows who works in the event industry, in January Marriott International announced a 30 per cent reduction in commissions paid to intermediaries for bookings at all hotels in the United States and Canada. The announcement was accompanied by

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Don Appetit! District Eatery — Clean Eating, Bold Flavours

May 2, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

District Eatery, on King Street’s crowded, west-of-John-Street restaurant row, in Toronto’s Entertainment District, dishes up a menu focused on healthy, clean food, rounded out by a handful of deep-fried items, for those in the mood for something else. The restaurant,

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Don Appetit! Oliver’s Polish and Sophistication

April 23, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For 40 years, Oliver’s, nestled on Lakeshore Road East, on the main street of Oakville, Ont., has been the city’s go-to steakhouse of choice. Under the watchful eye of co-owners (and husband-and-wife team) Nancy Knowles and Bogdan Bor, who’s been

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Don Appetit! Walrus Modernizes Pub Grub

April 19, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

About seven weeks ago, Walrus Pub & Beer Hall launched in the former Far Niente space in Commerce Court office building, in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. Owned and operated by The Donnelly Group, a Vancouver-based hospitality company, Walrus

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Don Appetit! Estia’s Inspired Mediterranean Plates

April 13, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In April 2017, Toronto-based hospitality company ICONINK opened Estia restaurant in the Yorkville-area space previously occupied by NAO Steakhouse (also operated by ICONINK). The split-level space is sophisticated and impressive, especially the main dining room’s high-ceilinged front area that’s outfitted

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Industry Insider: Personal Transition & An Opportunity to Give Back

April 5, 2018 by Les Selby, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMP, CMM

When my kids graduated from high school, I gave both of them a copy of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.”  That might seem strange reading for a teenager ready to go to university, but I have always thought

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Don Appetit! Matisse’s Ongoing Evolution

April 4, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

A couple of years ago, Matisse restaurant, in the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville, unveiled a renovation that transformed it and the adjacent lobby bar into a snazzy, modern space that is a night-and-day decor upgrade. Sleek finishes — slate, natural

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Don Appetit! Brassaii’s Boffo Brunch

March 29, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Fronted by a cobblestone courtyard patio, just steps off Toronto’s eclectic King Street West restaurant zone, Brassaii is blessed with a delightful hidden-gem quality that’s only amplified at weekend brunch. What’s more, the brunch menu, under executive chef Ivan Bailey,

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Don Appetit! El Catrin Raises the Bar on Modern Mexican

March 26, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Stepping into El Catrin, in Toronto’s Distillery District, is like walking into a bustling restaurant in Mexico City. Dominating the always-packed, high-ceilinged space is a gigantic mural painted by Mexican street artist Oscar Flores whimsically and colourfully depicting neon-backlit skulls,

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Member Voices: What Folding Socks Taught Me About Event Planning

March 21, 2018 by Krista Benoit, iSPARK Consulting

Life gets busy. Sometimes, we can get caught up in what we’re doing, slide into autopilot and forget to stop and think about why we are doing what we’re doing. The other day I caught myself taking clean clothes out of

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Don Appetit! Ryoji — Okinawa-style Pub Grub

March 20, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Ryoji, on Toronto’s leafy College Street, is the only Okinawa-style izakaya restaurant in the country, and delivers terrific flavours and textures in a sleek, contemporary space. During the past six or seven years, izakaya-style dining (Japanese pub food) has taken

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Don Appetit! Sheraton Centre Toronto’s Eclectic Plates

March 16, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Located just off the busy lobby of the Sheraton Centre Toronto, BnB restaurant dishes up an eclectic menu in a sleek, contemporary room outfitted with leather banquettes and anchored by a large (and busy) bar area. One evening, the nightly