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To tip or not to tip? This question has raised a lot of attention in the past year as many restaurateurs in Canada have considered to ban voluntary tipping and raise overall menu pricing to compensate. For restaurateur, John Chetti, tipping has played an important role in the success of...

Our Sean Beckingham dished on how to effectively speak to your audience through social media in the November/December issue of Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice News. Read on for tips on appealing to your target customer. Social media is built on its human audience, a fact that is sometimes forgotten when brands...

Collaboration is key to the work that we do.  As 2016 takes off, we look back at some of our client programs and the culinary talent we've been fortunate to work with. Here's to the Chef Class of 2015! CHEF: Luis Valenzuela KNOWN FOR: Co-owner and Executive Chef...

It’s no secret that Canada is home to some of the best restaurants in the world. With so much talent on display from coast to coast, it’s almost hard to believe Jacob Richler, Editor in Chief of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, embarked upon the task...

The owners of the lively tapas bar Carmen welcome its newest family member, the Mercat del Carmen to Torontonians.  The Spanish style market is bringing the tastes of España to the heart of Queen Street West, Toronto. The newly opened Mercat del Carmen offers Specialty pantry items including Spanish vinegars, conservas (Spanish...

Plutino Group will be venturing into the food industry with Plutino Food & Drink, welcoming culinary artists to the family Plutino Group, the agency with over 20 years in the business of growing and representing Toronto’s top artists is stepping into the food and drink industry...

A Klout Score is a specific number from 1-100 that is derived from all the quality social media interactions, engagements, and posts a person makes.  Klout’s algorithms comb through all social media data to find your number which is given to anyone who is active in...

Our Sean Beckingham, President of Branding & Buzzing, is back at the Restaurants Canada Show for the 2016 edition of Eat and Tweet - SEAMLESS VISUAL STORYTELLING: TAKE YOUR CUSTOMERS TO A PLACE BEYOND THE PLATE on Sunday, February 28th at 11:45AM on the Main Stage. This year...

It may be a time for New Year Resolutions and new promises for renewed lifestyles but what really gets us excited is a NEW YEAR for food trends in 2016. Sure, there may be plenty of lists and predictions but as a food agency, we have...

Toronto, you’re using UberEATS to get lunch delivered in minutes. And you’ve made it clear that you’re hungry for more. So today, with the launch of the new UberEATS app – available on iOS (Android coming soon) – you can have food from over a hundred Toronto favourites, including Queen Margherita...

Make your holiday season worry and stress free! Our friends at The McEwan Group, Carmen, Queen Margherita Pizza, Smoque N' Bones, and Samuel Adams with Cheese Boutique want to help you make magical, merry moments you can share with your loved ones. Spend less time in...

When it comes to your restaurant's online presence, first impressions matter. Our Sean Beckingham dished on how to use social media to keep your brand ahead of the competition in the Restaurants Canada July/August issue of Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice News. On a typical day, Canadians make a combined 18 million...

Bonne Maman’s aim has been to always make life a little sweeter.  With its line of jams including Dulce De Leche, Fig and Wild Blueberry, we wanted to create conversations and awareness surrounding these delicious products. We created lively engagement with fans, influencers and chefs in...

From East to West, Queen Margherita Pizza has three Toronto locations (Baby Point, Dundas, Leslieville) that want you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family and friends this holiday season. Whether you have drop-in guests at home, are planning an elaborate gathering at...

CASTING CALL FOR 20 PR BLOGGERS CLIENT:: POST SECONDARY INSTITUTION CAMPAIGN  Are you an expert in your field (animation, media and communications, business, early childhood education, etc.)? Do you have a blog outlet? We are currently looking for 20 Lifestyle, Young Professional and Mommy Ontario-based PR bloggers to participate in our PAID INFLUENCER MARKETING PROGRAM. The content...

Branding and Buzzing partners, Marian Staresinic and Sean Beckingham, got to go to camp! But unlike the ones you remember as a child, this one upped the stakes. Hosted by the Canola Eat Well it was a packed weekend full of farm life, family relationships and...

Chef Matt Dean Pettit of Toronto’s Rock Lobster Restaurants and cookbook author of THE GREAT LOBSTER COOKBOOK, in partnership with Samuel Adams beer, will be travelling to Vancouver, B.C., to collaborate with three talented chefs at their respective restaurants.  YEW seafood + bar, Jamjar Folk Lebanese Food, and The Watershed Grill,  will each craft a unique...

To wrap-up the Estrella Damm Tapas Journey, our client flew all 20 chefs from each participating restaurant;Barsa Taberna, Beast, Byblos, Carmen, Cava, East Thirty-Six, El Catrin, Kanpai Snack Bar, Los Colibrís, Mamakas Taverna, Marben, Mata Petisco Bar, Nota Bene, Patria, Raca Café & Bar, Salt Wine Bar, Taverna pa Mercatto, The Good Son, Valdez, and Weslodge, to Miami to experience the Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress: The...

Our Sean Beckingham dished on some of the best Instagram marketing tips in the Restaurants Canada May/June issue of Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice News. From snapping the perfect pic to choosing the right hashtag, learn how to become an Instagram pro with these simple techniques that will...

Rev up your tastebuds with fall flavours from Samuel Adams.  From September 18th to the 26th, the brewery is collaborating with five of Toronto’s top restaurants to bring you sumptuous dishes to pair with their award-winning craft beers for Toronto Beer Week.        Each of the five participating restaurants...

Chef Matt Dean Pettit of Rock Lobster Food Co. & Matty’s Seafood Brands presents a classic East Coast party in Kensington Market in partnership with Samuel Adams Beer. On September 27th, Lobstahpalooza 2015 invites you to join the party from 1:00PM-8:00PM, behind El Gordos Food Market at 214 August Avenue, Kensington Market. For $50, you'll...

On August 23rd, 2015, #SundayFunday got a whole new meaning. Spotlight City Events brought a taste of Spain back to the streets of Toronto for the 2nd year of Pintxos Toronto presented by Estrella Damm. The tasty tapas festival took place on the massive terrace of the Royal...

As the summer winds down, Canola Growers ends it off with their Canola Eat Well Street Food Culinary Workshop hosted by Suresh Doss and El Gastronomo Vagabundo's Chef Adam Hynam-Smith. The event was the fourth of the six-part series.  Since these events are Canola-inspired farm...