Whether the deal is sealed or negotiations are underway, wooing and wowing clients beyond the boardroom are all part of taking care of business.
Ensure your VIP entertaining style is classy and on the mark with these power-broker settings and ideas:
Bay Street’s expense account crowd has several go-to wining and dining favourites – Canoe, Bymark, and Vertical – but the selection is ever-growing. The new Ritz-Carlton is the pedigreed address for Toca by Tom Brodi. Classic Canadian is on the menu and and rare finds are in the wine cellar. Opt for the glassed-in private dining area for 12, or for true exclusivity, book the in-kitchen chef’s table. Seating two to 10 people, Chef Brodie personally customizes and wine pairs the menu.
Buoyed by the street cred of its King Street location, Blowfish on Bay, which
recently opened in the Bay-Adelaide Centre, is a mecca for aficionados of gourmet sushi and premium cocktails. Serving lunch and dinner, the resto-lounge’s chic, edgy glam invites into-the-evening lingering. The “Pod,” a semi-private gold-hued VIP booth for 10, is in high reservation demand. A private room is coming soon to accommodate the many exclusive tasting events the restaurant arranges with high-end brands.
Get your “Donald” on with top-notch food and a view at Stock Restaurant Bar & Lounge opening on the 31st floor of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto in early 2012. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the city, and rich woods, plush leather and sleek chrome evoke art décor glamour in the 105-seat steak and seafood restaurant. A loft for private dining seats 35, and a “sky patio” continues the views. Over 1,000 bottles fill a towering wine wall. A swank breakfast menu takes aim at Bay Street’s early bird titans.
Talk business and sports while taking in the floor action from a private suite at the Air Canada Centre. There are 142 full-service suites located on five different levels of the centre. Each includes exclusive VIP entrance, personal concierge, theatre-style seating, and two-hour pre-game access to start the entertaining early. Premium suites are closest to the floor with seating in the arena’s platinum section. Gift clients with team merchandise as a lasting memento.
The Floating Boardroom
Do business on the water where the wind and the waves hold negotiation details in the strictest confidence. Delphia Charters offers a fleet of four sailboats accommodating six to 20 guests including the skipper. Handsome teak interiors make the perfect boardroom setting, or encourage clients to captain the boat with hands-on sailing instruction. The company also offers a Niagara sail package from Port Credit marina to Niagara-on-the-Lake that includes winery tours, tastings, dinner and ground transportation home.
Business Takes Flight
If golf and business go hand in hand, National Helicopters can help arrange a game clients won’t soon forget by flying groups to exclusive Ontario golf courses such as Cobble Beach on Georgian Bay and The Lake Joseph Club in Muskoka. The company’s fleet of choppers, seating four to six passengers, can also be chartered for Niagara aerial tours. In winter, show client appreciation with a helicopter outing to Haliburton, ON, home of Winterdance, a dogsled tour company.
Deals On Wheels
Forget flagging a taxi. Make it a smooth ride with client pick up, drop off and around-town driving in a chauffeured limo or elegant town car. On the road since 1985, Chessington Transportation Consultants have ferried their fair share of top executives and blockbuster celebrities. Its fleet of luxury sedans, stretch limousines, SUVs and coaches is refreshed every three years. With a reputation for ultra discretion, a number of the firm’s safety certified chauffeurs are former police officers and firefighters. The company also offers private aircraft charter.