AV & Communication, Teambuilding Activities

Etc. February 2013

Cake Stars

Break out the aprons, flour and fondant for Cake Boss-style team challenges in the pro kitchens of the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts. The college, which recently expanded to a new 9,000 sq. ft. facility at Caledonia Road and Eglinton Avenue, has been the training ground for leading pastry chefs and confectionary artists since 2005.

In addition to its diploma programs, the school offers private instructor-led team-building classes that mix up batches of fun while teaching delicious new skills, from basic cupcake making to cake decorating. Customize with themes, games and competitions. Three bright, open-concept professional kitchens/classrooms with airy 15-ft. ceilings and commercial-grade appliances each hold up to 20 people. A multi-purpose room accommodating a baker’s dozen guests is also available for corporate and private functions.

New Private Event Venue

From the team behind SPIN Toronto, comes 2nd Floor, a full-service, turnkey special event venue with a vibe-generating design-centric approach. Located at 461 King St. W., just above SPIN, the 3,000 sq. ft. space offers a spare industrial aesthetic with exposed brick walls and gleaming hardwood flooring. Large windows backdrop the 36-ft. bar and snack area, with funky graphic custom light box fixtures overhead. High open-beamed ceilings, over 12 ft., and an open concept layout make for a versatile event canvas.

In-house catering under Executive Chef Jon Lovett takes its cue from seasonal, regional ingredients and suppliers with customized menus covering inventive hors d’oeuvres to multi-course plated dinners. Go with the on-site furnishings or bring in your own. An DJ booth is fully A/V equipped. With a seating capacity of 160, standing room for 215, the venue is suited to a wide range of events including launch parties, concerts, runway and mini-trade shows.

iPad Technology

Technology plays a key role on today’s trade show floor with tools that draw attention, disseminate information and capture attendee demographics. MCR Rental Solutions recently added an iPad kiosk to its product line for a sleek, interactive touch-screen presentation station. The kiosk’s solid 34-in. base, a minimal footprint even in small spaces, securely holds an iPad in place with add-on options for keyboard mounts, brochure racks and magnetic card swipe heads.

For focused point-of-sale and interactive data mining opportunities, vinyl wrap the kiosk with branding and load the iPad with custom content, games, videos and surveys – MCR can help develop. Cable-free with wireless connectivity, the kiosk folds up for easy portability in a small guitar-size case with room for two stations. MCR has also developed a full-size iPad and cell phone charging kiosk … brand it and they will come!

Scotch Nosings

Stuart Brown was a very busy man late last month, hopping from one Robbie Burns celebration to another, a selection of fine whisky in tow. Brown, a scotch master, launched The Scotch Experience over a year ago parlaying his knowledge from years as a representative for Johnnie Walker into engaging and educational tasting sessions.

A passionate presenter and true scotch aficionado, Brown primes participants’ palates with the history of whisky, and details on the distilling process and how to taste. Rich single malts, complex pure malts and distinctive blends are profiled in the glass, taking participants on a journey along the Scotch Whisky Trail, from the Highlands to the Lowlands and the Isles. Choose from three tasting levels: premium, 16 years; ultra-premium, 16 to 25 years; and vintage, 25 years +. Food pairings and hand-rolled cigars enhance the experience.