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Do Your Thing
Kristina Chau - Monday, July 22, 2013

Hey there party people,

I know it's been a long time since I've written but I'm excited to be back and writing once again! The reason I've been MIA is that over the past year, I took on a contract through Not Your Average Party to help launch a brand new event venue in the city called the Beer Academy.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Beer Academy features a small-batch craft brewery, and a tasting room/retail store where guests can relax with their favourite pint. The venue also features an experiential event space that includes a sensory tasting bar, a beer-lover’s library, which was my domain.

Launching an event venue is no easy task.  There are many things to consider when doing so, but the main items I assisted with were:

 Consulting on and establishing best practices for running a successful event venue.

 Conducting an RFP process to decide on the best-suited vendors to partner with – i.e. caterers, staffing company, rentals, etc.

 Creating a sales and marketing package to distribute to potential clients. You can check out the final event package here.

 Advising on social media plans, promotional events and identifying advertising platforms to help market the space.

 And overall managing the day-to-day event operations and bookings.

This position started out as a 3 month contract and was extended to almost a full year which is why I've been more than a little pre-occupied and had to shift my main focus away from Not Your Average Party, but I never lost sight of what's most important, and that is always doing what I love.

My time at the Beer Academy was a great experience as I have learned a lot and have a great addition to my portfolio.  I was also fortunate to work with an amazing team there and have built further relationships and partnerships that I know will only help me on my continued exciting and fulfilling journey of being an entrepreneur!

So remember party people, always "Do Your Thing" no matter what that is because:

And in that vain, here's my song of the day: 

Have a great week and stay tuned for my next edition where I feature some of the great vendors I got to work with during my time at the Beer Academy.

For the life of the party,

Let Them Eat Cacao!
Kristina Chau - Thursday, October 28, 2010
Hey party peeps,

Happy Chocolate Day!  Yes, that's right, apparently October 28 is National Chocolate Day...well for our friends down in the States it is.  

Anyhow I figured that this is the perfect inspiration to write a blog post on chocolate events and venues in the city and how you can incorporate everyone's favourite delectable treat to create your own "not your average party"!

pic-ball.jpg (29912 bytes)Toronto Chocolate Festival - In it's 5th year, the annual Toronto Chocolate Festival is a series of events that cater to the chocoholic in you!  It started last Friday on October 22 and runs until November 7 city-wide. Check out the website for events such as The Chocolate Ball, which was held at Palais Royale; or Chocolicious: Tour de Chocolate offering a passport to the many chocolatiers and pastry shops in Toronto; or enjoy the afternoon and have Chocolate High Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel.

MoRoCo Chocolat - Amongst the shops and restaurants in the trendy Moroco Chocolat Restaurant Torontoneighbourhood of Yorkville, you will find tucked away a chocolate lover's paradise. Entering their boutique is like entering a little piece of heaven.  The clean white display cases showcase some of the most tantalizing treats your eyes have ever laid on.

Moroco Chocolat YorkvilleAdjacent to their boutique you enter their grandiose lounge which is open for afternoon tea, weekend brunch and can also be rented for special events.  It's a perfect venue to host a shower or a unique corporate event. Surprise your guests with one of their fabulous chocolate indulgences such as the "Gimmie S'Mores Torching Table" station or the "Chocolate Velvet" sipping chocolate bar.  MoRoCo can also be hired to cater your next event. 

Attend a Chocolate Workshop - I've mentioned in previous blog posts that cooking schools and mixology classes are fun interactive event ideas but here's a delicious spin - arrange to attend a chocolate or truffle making workshop! 

Stubbe at Christie and Dupont specializes in chocolate but also offers yummy treats such as tortes, pastries and truffles handmade on-site.  Patrons can view the open-kitchen where these mouth-watering treats are created right in front of them and also sign up for one of their chocolate workshops.

Host a Chocolate Tasting Party - A Taste of Chocolate will work with you to customize a chocolate tasting at your next corporate or private party.  Your guests will learn about where chocolate comes from, how it's made, what to look for when purchasing high-quality chocolate and even the health benefits, all while tasting!

Lastly, don't forget that everyone loves chocolate so what's a more perfect favour at your shower or wedding or corporate gift?  Send your guests away with a beautifully wrapped box of gourmet chocolate or truffles and they'll be sure to remember you and your event.  Check out BlogTO's list for some of the best chocolatiers in Toronto.

As you can see, there are many ways to celebrate your occasion with chocolate.  What better excuse to indulge than an event?  ;)

For the life of the party,

La Reverie
Kristina Chau - Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I attended a great industry event last night -La Reverie at Andrew Richard Designs.  Located on Adelaide East, next door to Up Country, this gorgeous show room of chic and luxurious patio furniture is also a special event venue.

As I'm always looking for unique spaces in Toronto, Andrew Richard Designs Events is definitely one on my list as it can be used for corporate and social events of all kinds.  Coincidentally, I just executed a wedding there this past Saturday and it was gorgeous! 

Anyhow, back to La Reverie.  As we entered ARD we stopped to pose for a snapshot, and then took a moment to drink it all in.  There were two fully stocked bars and at least 10, if not more, caterers showcasing their culinary delights on the Atrium floor.  Needless to say, this party guru/foodie was experiencing sensory overload and I couldn't wait to dive in.  Here are some pics of some of the tasty treats we enjoyed:

Mini chicken souvlakia with tzatiziki and mini Greek salad.

Shrimp and Sweet Peat Parfait with a Savoury Whipped Cream & Cheery Tomato by L-Eat Catering.
BTW - Niki from L-Eat is a doll and amazing to work with!

Lobster Pot Pie.

La Piece de Resistance - An Amazing Cheese & Fruit Display by Pusateris.

Delicious White Chocolate Raspberry Tarts, again by L-Eat Catering.

Besides all of the wonderful food and drinks enjoyed by all, ARD showcased some ideas for added entertainment at an event.  There was everything from a live band, to fortune tellers.  Here are a few pictures:

Soular kicking off the party right with their soulful voices and funky sounds!

Upstairs in the Loft DJ Daniel Buckman of BELLOSOUND spins some great tunes.

I loved the pink lounge!  The beautiful draped fabric and flowers were designed by ARD with rented furniture from Contemporary Furniture Rentals.

A caricaturist creates a fun portrait for one of the guests.

Just outside the pink lounge were two very popular fortune tellers.

Miles plays his sax alongside BELLOSOUNDS and adds a nice bluesy tone.

Helping ourselves at the candy buffet!

How cute are these little windowed bags? They're from Creative Bags who have an assortment of custom bags, ribbons, tissue and wraps for all of your party needs.

To finish off a great night, I redeemed my ice cream coupon at Captain Cone for a yummy soft-serve twist cone!

As a party guru I know how much work it takes to put something like thistogether, so kudos to Andrew, his team and all of the vendors who did a great job!  

For the life of the party,

not your average party