Madrina’s inventive and refined modern tapas raise the bar on Spanish cuisine in Toronto. The restaurant launched in late June in Toronto’s Distillery District, in the high-ceilinged space formerly occupied by Tappo. Assorted shades of red and orange — for example, terracotta tiles and mahogany arches — punctuated with contrasting graphics and geometric floors energize an airy 2,800-square-foot … Read More about Don Appetit! Madrina Elevates the Tapas Experience
Black Angus, the Etobicoke restaurant that has fed guests splendidly for more than half a century, has relocated, reopened and reinvented itself in a snazzy, 6,000-square-foot street-level space in Bloor Islington Place office tower, in Toronto’s west end. The move wasn’t far — about a block west of its original location — but the transformation of the ambience and menu is impressive. This … Read More about Don Appetit! Black Angus 2.0 Launches
My mother always told me not to discuss politics or religion with people you didn’t know. Good advice to avoid any conflict, but I am going to ignore it for this blog. Last month the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the third version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens from seven nations (five of which are predominantly Muslim). Only a few weeks earlier, President Trump imposed … Read More about Industry Insider: Should Canadian M&E be more political?
Outfitted with a comic book-themed décor, Figures resto-lounge opened in early spring, 2017, in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. From the moment you enter the small, comic-covered lobby and press a big red button that opens the doors leading to the snazzy split-level restaurant, Figures announces that it’s not a typical restaurant experience. Indeed, the intimate and sleek split-level … Read More about Don Appetit! Figures — Comic-Book Décor, Serious Kitchen
Destination St. John’s, Tourism Saskatoon and Tourism Victoria are providing a simple and effective way for planners to book their meetings and conferences. Here is what makes this program so enticing. Time Saving. You submit one (1) RFP and receive three (3) bids for your group. Customized Rotation. You choose the year, you choose the rotation. Incentives. There is an incentive … Read More about Planners need to save time and money. Cities in Sync is how.
Fieramosca, nestled on quiet, leafy Prince Arthur Avenue, near downtown Toronto’s upscale Yorkville neighbourhood, is a gem. For 37 years, the restaurant has cultivated a large and loyal following eager to chow down on first-rate homestyle Italian fare in an ambience that is as warm and familiar as one’s own home. Indeed, the restaurant’s two main dining rooms — white tablecloths, dark … Read More about Don Appetit! Fieramosca’s Traditional Italian Charms
If you are starting out in the business events industry, or seeking a more senior role, you must start with what you know and build on it. For example, if you grew up doing live theatre, offer to enhance an event team with your knowledge of performance and integration to live experiences. Together, build your skill set. Be humble. You bring a fresh perspective and when you have opportunities to … Read More about Member Voices: Are you new to the industry or seeking a career shift?
Nestled in a heritage home built in 1843 and occupying a charming location on Bronte Harbour’s waterfront, about an hour west of Toronto, Yolanda’s Spuntino Casa takes inspiration from the cuisine of Central and Southern Italy. It also draws inspiration from Nonna Yolanda, the grandmother of one of the restaurant’s co-owners. Made from Nonna Yolanda’s own recipe, beef and pork meatballs are … Read More about Don Appetit! Yolanda’s La Dolce Vita
If you plan events or incentive travel programs or you hire someone else to do that for you, you should expect fairly steep price increases. Don’t assume you can hold a program similar to last year’s unless you have more money to spend. Why do I say that cost increases will be significant? First, salaries are increasing both for planning staff and suppliers. In Ontario, the minimum wage … Read More about Industry Insider: Expect Significant Price Increases
Attention all gastronomes: There is some seriously good cooking going on at Hexagon, a superb restaurant that opened last September in Oakville, Ont. Executive chef Rafa Covarrubias and the team of young (no one is older than 25) and talented chefs, recruited from across Canada, are turning out refined, creative food that’s anchored in French technique and top-notch ingredients, and celebrates … Read More about Don Appetit! Hexagon’s Superb Modern French Plates
Opened six years ago, Stack restaurant, in North Toronto, is a gem, a real find, both for its top-notch Southern U.S.-style barbecue meats and for the fact that it incorporates those meats into salads, poutine, burgers, tacos and sandwiches. Call Stack’s approach ‘urban barbecue’ — and also call it delicious. All of Stack’s meats are cooked low and slow for up to 14 hours in a … Read More about Don Appetit! Stack’s First-Rate Urban Barbecue