3 Entrepreneurial Habits that will define You!

For myself, becoming an entrepreneur involved the ability to create and keep long term, beneficial habits – habits which fell into three areas. If you can stay the course within these three areas, you will be on target to reap the rewards of an entrepreneurial lifestyle. https://www.torontostoryarchive.com/3-entrepreneurial-habits-that-will-define-you

LIZ PALMER IS GUEST SPEAKER AT CHARLES STEVEN TRENHOLME’S IMPORTING WINE, BEER, SPIRIT FOR PLEASURE & PROFIT SEMINAR

Liz Palmer At Wine Event
Liz Palmer speaks at Importing Wine for Fun and Profit Event

Liz Palmer attends Charles Steven Trenholme’s Importing Wine, Beer, Spirit for Pleasure & Profit Seminar on Saturday June 3th, 2017 (Toronto, Ontario as a guest speaker. Liz discusses her journey from wine journalist to award winning Author. She goes on to speak about her upcoming champagne workshops which are commencing this fall at The Fine Wine Reserve, and her wine Tourism company “Global Wine Holidays” with the first trips starting 2018 in to the Champagne Region, Cognac and Bordeaux.

About Liz Palmer

Liz Palmer is a well-respected wine journalist since 2004 and has an international reputation as a critic and judge. Liz has had the pleasure of interviewing and tasting with some of the industry’s leading winemakers, professors and personalities.

Liz Palmer’s articles have appeared in national and international magazines. She is one of four founding international hosts for #ChampagneDay 2011-2017; she has served as a judge for the 2013-2017 Global Traveler’s Wines on the Wing airline wine competition (New York); 2014-2017 Michelangelo International Wine Awards (South Africa) 2014-2017; and for The Stevie Awards for Women in Business (New York) (2014-2017).

Her Memberships include: Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada, Circle of Wine Writers (UK) – Circle Committee, International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers (FIJEV); Wine Century Club (NYC), and The Fine Wine Reserve.

2017 Awards:

Liz Palmer’s first book, “The Ultimate Guide To Champagne” has received the National Award for the best French Wine Book at the Gourmand World Awards 2017 and has been accepted for the 2017 Taste Canada Awards [Culinary Narratives Category] with winners being announced October 2017. On April 7th, 2017 she was awarded the title of “Dame Chevalier” of the Ordre de Coteaux de Champagne at an official ceremony in Paris.

About Steven Trenholme’s Importing Wine, Beer, Spirit For Pleasure & Profit Seminar

MORNING SESSION
Where to find new and interesting wines, spirits and beers
How to start your own successful import agency

Determining the best strategy for new product development
How to negotiate with suppliers
Marketing channels – which are the best for you and your suppliers
Opportunities as a Consignment and/or Private Stock Agent
Employment opportunities in the beverage alcohol industry
A light lunch will be served.

AFTERNOON SESSION
How products are priced
Agent commissions and promotional allowances
Ordering samples
Dealing effectively with the LCBO
Selecting the right products for today’s market
How the LCBO selects products and how to increase your chance of success
Vintages – a lucrative market
Determining the best strategy for a new product launch
Working with LCBO wine consultants – how to find an sales support at store level
Working with the media
Other provincial markets: Privatization, Options & Opportunities

Wine Tasting at C House Lounge

MetroActive and Connect4Wine present

Wine Tasting at C House Lounge Cafe’ (70 Yorkville Avenue) on January 30th (7pm)

Enjoy great wines and food pairings with Italian cuisine.

With Italian Chef Silvia Pinton and Wine Expert Tom Hawkett of Connect4Wine

Taste 5 of our favourite wines from two of Ontario’s premier estate wineries from “The Bench” in Niagara.

Angels Gate Winery

The Organized Crime Winery

* Food will be served throughout the event that match the wines.
* The capacity of this event is 35 people.

* Please address appropriately as this is a Yorkville upscale restaurant

* Remember to bring your Paypal receipt proof of payment with you for admission into event

Only $49.50 (all taxes and gratuities are already included)




C House Lounge Cafe’ Special Offer to MetroActive Members and Guests

C HOUSE LOUNGE CAFE’ (upscale, trendy, elegant and a must try experience – see details below) located at 70 Yorkville Avenue is offering MetroActive members and guests a 2 for 1 deal on food items. See below for details. Just print off this flyer and take it into the restaurant (offer expires December 30th, 2012). To pass this offer to your friends, simply forward them this email and have them subscribe to the ezine by clicking above. Or take them along and impress them for the season.

If you would like to offer the over 13,500 MetroActive members a special deal, email us the details at info@metroactive.org.

 

 

The Solotto Milanese experience has come to Canada through a Mediterranean-based restaurant called C House which is designed to entice, refresh, and amaze jet-setters and local aficionados alike. Whether for a date, business meeting or event the Milano style experience that includes amazing service, refreshing and elegant decor, C House’s own signature cocktails, modern menu and quality coffee beans and best equipment in the world this is a great venue experience.

C House began as a brilliant idea of the enterprising Cristiano Iezzi (Milan), creativity of leading restaurant designer Andrea Langhi (Milan) and support of Torrefazione Poli, a major Italian coffee business. The concept combines the best of quality culinary, design and service experience, which has made it one of the most elegant lounges in the world. This elegance has proven to impress people regardless in every one of the 40 locations in XX countries in which C House now has a location.

It only made sense for C House to locate in Yorkville, as the neighbourhood’s culturally rich history, diversity, international flair and top quality reflects the C House experience. The Yorkville community attracts both the sophisticated international customer as well as local individuals that appreciate the atmosphere, food and service they enjoy at C House. People come to C House for the gusto, quality, atmosphere and service found in the Mediterranean culture.With locations in Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Romania, United Emirates, Cyprus and Canada C House is attracting a culturally diverse clientele which enjoy the most refined things in life, one
of them being the C House service and experience. C House has been able to rise to the challenge of bringing the Milanese lifestyle to new locations in different countries in a way that is consistent, understood, and appreciated,and so far, we have succeeded brilliantly.

C House’s customers are different in every country. In Romania the crowd is young and wealthy. In fact recently the most famous TV presenter turned up at the restaurant with her entourage. Half an hour later her boyfriend, a famous footballer showed up and then they asked for all lights to be turned off and replaced with candlelight, and ordered champagne. That is when he popped “The Question” and asked her to marry him. In the UAE they are local businessmen and sheiks, in Morocco they are a growing middle-class crowd and in Cyprus and Agai we are considered young and trendy. While in Canada we are attracting financiers, international business people, celebrities, media players, wealthy Yorkville residents and jet-set crowd. And in Italy we are considered everyone’s favourite cafe!

This Milanese experience shows through in both formats of C House; the lounge and express. Express is adapt for fast moving areas, such as in commercial centres and financial districts, while the Lounge format is more adapt for high class hotels, malls and neighbourhoods.

In Canada Mauro Cirelli drives the operations and training for both formats and he is part of the vision is to spread the concept to ideal locations across Canada. Mauro himself has quite a business pedigree having worked with one of the Europe’s largest restaurant chains based out of London, England. Now he is using his combination of British style methods with Italian style gusto and service to produce a contemporary experience to indulge the discerning soul. It is no wonder that the company’s goal is to open 60 locations in Canada alone within the next 5 years. C House is also looking at opening locations in Qatar, Santo Domingo and Russia and is open to looking at any location with a demand for the experience it provides.

C House is quickly developing a reputation for being a must try experience on Yorkville. Impressive with amazing service, refreshing and plush decor, portfolio of over 43 cocktails, great modern menu, the best coffee equipment in the world and a crisp atmosphere its Salotto Milanese experience is an attraction in itself. Many of the jet-set crowd drop in during the day to try the signature open sandwich dishes. Then there are customers that look forward to trying C House’s next signature cocktail creations. These creations include the world class Montecristo and the Chilli Mai Tai, which are attracting individuals from across the Toronto area. It is for this reason that the head chef, Yuri has been invited to participate in a cocktail competition.

NOTE: MetroActive members and subscribers get preferred rates and service. For details email us at info@metroactive.org or call 416 564-0245.

Discrete Art Show and Networker – Nov. 28, 2012

Discrete EXPOSURE Art Show and Networker

This exhibition will showcase the modern and sensual paintings created by Lisa Cripps, Canadian Artist.  Lisa’s artwork is a continuance of her creative life’s journey as she pursues an evolutionary life path. As she evolves, so does her art! Please visit her website to see all her different styles of art.  The website is www.lisacripps.com .

One complimentary glass of wine or bar rail drink and complimentary light hors d’oeuvres will be offered.

This event will be focused on the Bay Street banker/financier community and the upscale Yorkville community.  Come enjoy the ambiance, meet new connections and see some great art!

We will also be auctioning off an Original Lisa Cripps Painting.

Live entertainment and art critics will also be present.

The event is limited to 90 lucky individuals.  Please R.S.V.P. us at info@metroactive.org with the heading ‘Art Show‘.

Wednesday November  28,  2012 –  6:30 PM  – 10:00 PM

C  House Cafe’ Lounge
70 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 1B9
Tel: (416) 333-2220

C House Lounge Cafe’ brings the Solotto Milanese experience from Italy to Yorkville

The Solotto Milanese experience has come to Canada through a Mediterranean-based restaurant called C House which is designed to entice, refresh, and amaze jet-setters and local aficionados alike. Whether for a date, business meeting or event the Milano style experience that includes amazing service, refreshing and elegant decor, C House’s own signature cocktails, modern menu and quality coffee beans and best equipment in the world this is a great venue experience.

 

C House Lounge Cafe’ on Yorkville Toronto

C House began as a brilliant idea of the enterprising Cristiano Iezzi (Milan), creativity of leading restaurant designer Andrea Langhi (Milan) and support of Torrefazione Poli, a major Italian coffee business. The concept combines the best of quality culinary, design and service experience, which has made it one of the most elegant lounges in the world. This elegance has proven to impress people regardless in every one of the 40 locations in XX countries in which C House now has a location.

It only made sense for C House to locate in Yorkville, as the neighbourhood’s culturally rich history, diversity, international flair and top quality reflects the C House experience. The Yorkville community attracts both the sophisticated international customer as well as local individuals that appreciate the atmosphere, food and service they enjoy at C House. People come to C House for the gusto, quality, atmosphere and service found in the Mediterranean culture.

With locations in Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Romania, United Emirates, Cyprus and Canada C House is attracting a culturally diverse clientele which enjoy the most refined things in life, one
of them being the C House service and experience. C House has been able to rise to the challenge of bringing the Milanese lifestyle to new locations in different countries in a way that is consistent, understood, and appreciated,and so far, we have succeeded brilliantly.

C House’s customers are different in every country. In Romania the crowd is young and wealthy. In fact recently the most famous TV presenter turned up at the restaurant with her entourage. Half an hour later her boyfriend, a famous footballer showed up and then they asked for all lights to be turned off and replaced with candlelight, and ordered champagne. That is when he popped “The Question” and asked her to marry him. In the UAE they are local businessmen and sheiks, in Morocco they are a growing middle-class crowd and in Cyprus and Agai we are considered young and trendy. While in Canada we are attracting financiers, international business people, celebrities, media players, wealthy Yorkville residents and jet-set crowd. And in Italy we are considered everyone’s favourite cafe!

This Milanese experience shows through in both formats of C House; the lounge and express. Express is adapt for fast moving areas, such as in commercial centres and financial districts, while the Lounge format is more adapt for high class hotels, malls and neighbourhoods.

In Canada Mauro Cirelli drives the operations and training for both formats and he is part of the vision is to spread the concept to ideal locations across Canada. Mauro himself has quite a business pedigree having worked with one of the Europe’s largest restaurant chains based out of London, England. Now he is using his combination of British style methods with Italian style gusto and service to produce a contemporary experience to indulge the discerning soul. It is no wonder that the company’s goal is to open 60 locations in Canada alone within the next 5 years. C House is also looking at opening locations in Qatar, Santo Domingo and Russia and is open to looking at any location with a demand for the experience it provides.

C House is quickly developing a reputation for being a must try experience on Yorkville. Impressive with amazing service, refreshing and plush decor, portfolio of over 43 cocktails, great modern menu, the best coffee equipment in the world and a crisp atmosphere its Salotto Milanese experience is an attraction in itself. Many of the jet-set crowd drop in during the day to try the signature open sandwich dishes. Then there are customers that look forward to trying C House’s next signature cocktail creations. These creations include the world class Montecristo and the Chilli Mai Tai, which are attracting individuals from across the Toronto area. It is for this reason that the head chef, Yuri has been invited to participate in a cocktail competition.

LCBO INTRODUCES NEW “SWEETNESS DESCRIPTORS” FOR WINE

Liz Palmer

LCBO is launching a new “sweetness descriptors” program starting April 29.  This program will provide useful tasting information to assist consumers when purchasing wine.

The new program will replace the current sugar code numbering system, which currently indicates wines as being a “0”, “1” or “2”…

This program, a first for LCBO, will consists of two elements. The first is a science-based descriptor system that reflects on how dry or sweet a wine tastes. There are five sweetness descriptors:

Extra Dry (XD) – No perceived sweetness, clean crisp acidic finish.
Dry (D) – No sweetness perceived, well rounded with balanced acidity
Medium (M) – Slight sweetness perceived
Medium Sweet (MS) – Noticeably sweet
Sweet (S) – Distinctively sweet

The second is a listing of the actual sugar content as  “grams of sugar per litre”. Both of these elements will be displayed on the redesigned bin tags located on store shelves, and in-store signs.

Initially, the sweetness descriptors and sugar content information will be used for all LCBO table wines, however, only the sugar content information will be available for LCBO non-table wines including sparkling, dessert and fortified wines. The program will also be extended to include all VINTAGES and VINTAGES ESSENTIALS wines as new releases are issued.

The sweetness descriptors initiative is part of “Wine Shopping Made Easy”, a promotion designed to help customers shop for wine in new ways and make shopping simpler. This promotion will be in all 622 LCBO stores across the province from April 29 to May 26.

‘Bag Lady’ Anya Hindmarch wins Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year 2012

British luxury designer, Anya Hindmarch has been announced winner of The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2012. Anya beat stiff competition from finalists Helena Morrissey of Newton Investment Management and Ruth Rogers, founder and chef, of the hugely successful River Café in London.

Drawing upon her natural passion for accessories and design, Anya started her business at the age of 19. Since then, she has spearheaded the business growth from her first retail outlet, an intimate first floor shop on London’s Walton Street, to fifty seven shops worldwide, including a London flagship on Sloane Street and a Tokyo flagship in Aoyama, with a New York flagship opening in the New Year.

In 2009, Anya Hindmarch was awarded an MBE in recognition of her contribution to the British fashion industry. Two years later in 2011, she became a UK Trade Ambassador as well as becoming a Non-Executive Director of the British Fashion Council. She is also a trustee of both The Royal Academy and The Design Museum and a Governor of The University of The Arts. Her support of the next generation of British entrepreneurs, most notably through the Government’s ‘Start Up Britain’ campaign was also cited by the judges as a key reason as to why she was awarded the prestigious accolade.

Anya’s commitment to be a socially responsibly business was also welcomed by the judging panel, most notably for the charity promotion, ‘Be a Bag’ project and her ability to inspire change by making it fashionable not to use plastic bags with her iconic ‘I’m Not A Plastic Bag’ campaign, launched in 2007.

Also noteworthy was her 2009 launch of Anya Hindmarch Bespoke. This launch was perfectly timed as consumers increasingly sought investment pieces that were unique, beautifully crafted and personalised. The Bespoke collection is for both men and women and allows customers to personalise their pieces with hand written messages and drawings that are embossed into the leather by Craftsman based in the Pont Street store.

“It is the greatest honour to win the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman award in its 40th year. It is a very real compliment to be deemed to share some of the qualities of Veuve Clicquot herself who was clearly a brave and pioneering woman but also to even be considered amongst my fellow finalists, Helena Morrissey and Ruthie Rogers who are both brilliant businesswomen and lovely people.”  Anya Hindmarch

“We are delighted that the judges have selected a winner who fully embraces the spirit of the Award and can provide inspiration for the next generation of female entrepreneurs in the UK. In a year that British fashion has never been under the spotlight more, Anya has proven that commercial triumph alongside pursuing a responsible business is more than achievable and it is wonderful to see such a shining example of business success.” Christina Jesaitis, Senior Brand Manager, Veuve Clicquot

In addition to receiving a silver trophy shaped as a La Grande Dame bottle and a case of La Grande Dame 2004, Anya Hindmarch will take part in the Veuve Clicquot International Women of Influence Forum at the Veuve Clicquot Maison in Reims in October 2012. This event will gather previous winners from across the globe for a unique occasion to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Award. The winner will visit the Manoir de Verzy and the House’s vineyards, where she will have a vine baptised in her name recognising her legacy and life-long relationship with Veuve Clicquot.

Liz Palmer


“Austria Uncorked” Trump Hotel, Toronto …..where Canadian wine experts got their grüv on!

 

 Photo by Liz Palmer

This year “Austria Uncorked” has travelled north, and has chosen the newly launched Trump Hotel, Toronto to present their top Austrian wines.  On April 16, 2012 Canadian wine experts tasted the vintages of 30 wine makers from the famous wine growing regions of Lower Austria (Wachau, Kamptal, Kremstal, Traisental, Weinviertel, the hot spring region Tattendorf), the Burgenland (Neusiedlersee, Carnuntum), the south part of Styria (also referred to as the Styrian Tuscany) and Vienna.

Along with Grüner Veltliner, Blaufränkisch and Riesling the much-anticipated 2011 vintage, was poured and paired with cuisine from EDO Sushi, Amaya express and Mengrai Gourmet.

Participating Agents and Wineries:

H.H.D. Imports Inc.
Lamprecht International Ltd.
Lifford Wine Agency
B & W Wines
David Thompson Vintage Trade LTD
Noble Estates Wines & Spirits Inc.
The Small Winemakers Collection Inc.
Maison InVino Inc.
Kylix Wines-Grape Expectations
Le Sommelier Inc.
Company Violet Hill Wine Imports Ltd.
P&S WINE AND LEISURE CELLARS
Mark Anthony Group
Woodman Wines & Spirits Inc.
The case for Wine Vin Passion
J. Cipelli Wines & Spirits
Grape Wines
Family Wine Merchants
Dionysus Wines & Spirits Ltd.
Weingut Markowitsch Gerhard
Weingut Loimer
Weingut Leopold
Weingut Jurtschitsch
Weingut Angerer Kurt
Weingut Rabl
Weingut Steininger
Weingut Bründlmayer
Laurenz Five Fine Wine
Weingut Forstreiter
Winzer Krems
Weinkellerei Lenz Moser
Wein-Gut Nigl
Weingut Müller
Salomon Undhof
Arachon T.FX.T
Weingut Weninger
Weingut Heinrich Gernot und Heike
HAFNER – Family Estate
Weingut Angerhof Tschida
Weingut Andert
Weingut Nittnaus Hans u. Christine
Weingut Beck
Zantho
Weingut Tement
Sattlerhof
Johanneshof Reinisch
Weingut Huber Markus
Domäne Wachau
Weingut Pfaffl
Weingut Zahel

Liz Palmer