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Industry Insider: Why Do People Attend Your Event?

February 4, 2018 by Les Selby, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMP, CMM

The December issue of Convene, PCMA’s official print magazine, contained a great research piece on why attendees go to events.  The research was conducted as a follow up to a study that occurred in 2014 entitled “Decision to Attend Study

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Don Appetit! Ricarda’s — French-Inflected Sophistication

January 30, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Open almost two years, Ricarda’s 134, in downtown Toronto’s entertainment district, is a hidden gem dishing up sophisticated cuisine at reasonable prices. Heading up the kitchen is French-born Julien Laffargue, who joined Ricarda’s a little more than seven months ago.

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Don Appetit! Azure Fires on all Cylinders

January 25, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

After delivering two terrific review meals within the past 13 months, Azure, the soaring restaurant located off the InterContinental Toronto Centre’s spacious lobby, is firmly lodged on my culinary radar. Under chef de cuisine Grace DiFede, the kitchen is firing on

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Don Appetit! Tachi’s Standout Stand-up Sushi Experience

January 22, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Tachi, Canada’s first stand-up sushi experience, launches Jan. 26 in Assembly Chef’s Hall, a unique, 11,000-sq.-ft. food court that opened in December in Toronto’s downtown core. Located in a sprawling, lively space on the ground floor of the Richmond-Adelaide Centre

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Don Appetit! Cluny Bistro’s Delicious Evolution

January 11, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Each time I visit Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie, in Toronto’s Distillery District, the food holds new surprises as the kitchen continues its ongoing evolution. Credit the latest evolution to Murray McDonald, who, last April, joined Cluny as executive chef. Chef

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Don Appetit! Cineplex Rec Room — That’s Eatertainment!

January 3, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Last year, Cineplex opened the first Toronto location of its Rec Room concept inside the historic Roundhouse, on Bremner Boulevard, in the shadow of the Rogers Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium and CN Tower. The 40,000-sq.-ft. space comprises a sizeable video gaming

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Don Appetit! Wahlburgers’ Fab Comfort Food

January 2, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Hard to believe it’s been more than three years since Wahlburgers launched in Toronto’s SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, backed by considerable Hollywood star power: Spearheading the restaurant is actor Mark Wahlberg; his brother Donnie (actor and founder of boy band New

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Industry Insider - Justifying Incentives to Your Executives

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

As an industry professional who has managed meetings, incentive travel and special events for many years, I certainly recognize that all events should be designed to accomplish specific things for the individual or organization that is sponsoring the program. Meetings

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Don Appetit! Radius — Hearty Refinement on a Plate

December 11, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

I first encountered Gordon Goss’s superlative cooking at Cucci restaurant, in Bronte, Ont., west of Toronto, where his food wowed me with creativity and refinement backed up by rock-solid technique. This fall, he became executive chef and assistant general manager

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Member Voices: Experiences are the Expected

December 10, 2017 by JULIA O'GRADY

This summer I attended the CanSPEP conference in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and when I think back on my days in the red sand there are a few moments that stand out as exceptional. The funny thing is they were

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Don Appetit! Portland Variety's Globally Inspired Treasures

December 5, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Although Portland Variety has been operating for more than three years on Toronto’s King Street West, I’d never visited, so I dropped by to see what the kitchen was up to. Long story short: I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed

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Don Appetit! Tundra’s Refined Plates

November 29, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

It had been some years since I’d visited Tundra restaurant, nestled in a sprawling, multi-level space just off the bustling lobby of the Hilton Toronto. Outfitted in understated earthtones and plenty of gleaming wood, Tundra is a sleek space catering