Expert Tips on Navigating Retail Food Options (RFO)


This blog post was written by Duane Davis, the RFO Manager at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Today’s trade and public show attendees have high expectations regarding food, and the retail food options (RFO) conversation has steered to a place unimaginable just five short years ago. Food in 2017 has become much more of an experience than an exercise in survival, and event attendees now consider themselves foodies thanks to the growing popularity of celebrity … Continue reading

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Recipe: Smoked Duck Breast & Onion Bacon Jam Crostini with Gouda


I don’t know about you, but every now and then I find myself in a bit of a hostess rut on the appetizers front. What happens is this: I’ll try a couple new recipes, and if they’re an instant hit with my guests, I’ll make them again and again for subsequent dinner parties. Because this can get tired fast, I’ve been slowly expanding my recipe collection to include a range of contemporary appetizer dishes that … Continue reading

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App Storm: Tools to help the busy event professional


As an event planner, do you make the most of your mobile device or tablet, or are you still tethered to your desktop for all things work related? If you’re nodding your head to the latter, perhaps now is the time to consider another way to continue business conversations and transactions when you’re out of the office. But with an ever-growing list of mobile apps, where to begin? Meet Dahlia El Gazzar. With more than … Continue reading

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Navigating through a post-con evaluation


In the lead-up to any event, it’s easy to get consumed by the immense planning effort, and by the time it has (successfully) come to a close, many want to do what needs to be done to move onto the next project. Personally, I call this the Post-event Purge; the brain dumps information that is no longer relevant so that it can make room for pertinent information for the here and now. I believe this … Continue reading

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Delicious delicacies for every palate of 2016


One amazing part of my role as Social Community Specialist is that I quite often get to be the bearer of great news. It’s not uncommon to discover complimentary posts following one of our gala events, or meetings with a large food and beverage component, particularly when it comes to the dessert front. I delight in seeing a stream of beautiful food photos accompanied by captions like, “What a way to end the night!” and … Continue reading

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