Taste & Buy Events

  • Tara Simpson, Edible Ottawa Magazine

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    Thank you for including us in County in the Capital!  We had a great time, we ordered some cheese and wine bottles!

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     - Tara Simpson, Edible Ottawa Magazine
  • Kathy and Rick

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    We really enjoyed Outstanding in their Fields tasting event and ordered some Niagara wine which I know we will enjoy with friends.

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     - Kathy and Rick
  • Lucie

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    Jeff and I had a wonderful time at County in the Capital Taste & Buy and discovered a couple of tasty wines that we ordered.

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     - Lucie
  • Carollynn Dejardins, Among the Vines B&B

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    The All Canadian Taste & Buy event Savvy Company hosted was great….in spite of the two rainshowers!  It didn’t dampen the spirits of the tasters.

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     - Carollynn Dejardins, Among the Vines B&B
  • Marie 

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    Wow!  We had a wonderful time at the Taste & Buy! We ordered a mixed case of wines, beers and even ciders. Please keep us on your invite list for future events with your Savvy Sommeliers

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     - Marie 

Corporate Events

  • J Wright, Altus Group

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    In talking amongst our office this morning, we all agreed that last night’s client appreciation wine tasting event was successful. Thank you Susan and Wayne for all of you work and planning, it made my job a whole lot easier.

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     - J Wright, Altus Group
  • David Bhamjee, Director, Small Business Credit Insurance Export Development Canada

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    Savvy is a great company, doing great things. I always find myself impressed with the service and support you and your team give to your customers. You and your team’s passion for the wine experience shines through.

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     - David Bhamjee, Director, Small Business Credit Insurance Export Development Canada
  • Ashlea

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    I wanted to thank you and the Savvy Team for the great service we had Monday evening. The event was a success and all of our clients were happy and enjoyed themselves. Derek was fun; he was very knowledgeable, friendly, and understood the vibe we were aiming for.

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     - Ashlea
  • Karen, IBM

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    Debbie..thanks again for orchestrating such a lovely evening.  We’ve had great feedback from everyone on your presentation, the wines and the restaurant.  It was the perfect location for our company’s holiday gathering.  Of course, none of it would have happened without all your hard work and skill.  Your speaking style was perfect for our event; lively, entertaining, and of course, informative!

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     - Karen, IBM
  • Tricia, CIBC Wood Gundy

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    Thanks again to Savvy Company for the wonderful evening earlier this week. Both Linda and I have received very positive feedback from our clients & guests about the event – from the venue to the food to the wine and the knowledge imparted.

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     - Tricia, CIBC Wood Gundy

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Wine Tastings

  • Deb

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    Dave & I had a great time last night. It’s always nice to enjoy new wines. Although I have completed reading Natalie’s book, Red, White and Drunk All Over, which I enjoyed tremendously, it was an added bonus to taste wines she refers to in her book.

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     - Deb
  • Heather

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    A lovely evening – the right balance of education & entertainment.  Savvy Company knows how to put on a stylish & fun event.

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     - Heather
  • Julie

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    The information presented for each wine was very interesting.  After sampling the wine on our own, it was a great experience to smell and taste what you explained to us in advance.  This certainly put those of us who are new to wine tasting at ease.

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     - Julie
  • Greg

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    Savvy Company is very knowledgeable about wine & food. Their wine tasting events are professional, not to mention extremely organized. Thanks for a great night out!

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     - Greg
  • Randy

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    What a great way to spend a night out!

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     - Randy

Savvy Wicked Wines

  • Alan

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    Having a Sommelier taste, select and provide their knowledge of the wine along with how to match the menu is invaluable to me. Savvy Selections wines and the accompanying Savvy e-Zine, adds a whole new dimension to entertaining.

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     - Alan
  • Debi

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    I like the convenience of having wines shipped to my office. And because a Sommelier has tasted and selected the wines, I am reassured that they will be of good quality.

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     - Debi
  • Gary

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    I want you to know that last night we served wines from the Savvy Selections. Our menu included the recipes from the Savvy eZine and our guests were entertained with the stories about the winemaker that you provided. It was a wonderful evening.

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     - Gary
  • Barb

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    Savvy Selections wine of the month club is grand!! Thanks for all the excellent wine you deliver each month

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     - Barb
  • Wayne

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    My brother gave Savvy Selections to me as a birthday gift. Each month, I look forward to the delivery of wines. This is truly a gift that keeps on giving – lucky me!

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     - Wayne

Savvy Hip Hops

  • Paul Meek, co-owner at Kichesippi Beer Co.

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    Savvy Hip Hops is ingenious. We have been very supportive of Savvy Company from day one when Debbie and her team began expanding their business into craft beers.

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     - Paul Meek, co-owner at Kichesippi Beer Co.
  • Paul Tyler, Senior Associate GoldFenix Communications

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    Can’t wait for July’s shipment. I have really been a big fan of the Savvy Hip Hops program…always make sure I tweet each month to show off the most recent haul and to promote the program to my followers. Keep up the great work!

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     - Paul Tyler, Senior Associate GoldFenix Communications
  • Pam

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    When I subscribed to Savvy Hip Hops it was only for 6 months. However, you should know that my husband is so enjoying getting beers he can’t find at the LCBO, that I would like to continue the subscription. P.S. – I never get any of the beer – I’m not allowed! 🙂

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     - Pam
  • Adam 

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    My wife and I are very happy with both Savvy Hip Hops as well as your Savvy Selections wine of the month club & most of all your customer service. We have passed along referrals to friends and family. Keep up the great work!

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     - Adam 
  • Alain – the Happy Hip Hopster!

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    Great stuff. Thank you. My daughter who gave me a subscription to your Savvy Hip Hops, insisted that my son and I sit down and share a couple of the beers you sent us. They were awesome.

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     - Alain – the Happy Hip Hopster!

Savvy Cool Curds

  • Armand Bernard, Cheesemaker, Cows Creamery

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    We are thrilled to be featured in the Savvy Cool Curds Cheese of-the-month-club! Working with Vanessa and the Savvy Team has been great & energizing. We appreciate everything they are doing to promote Canadian artisan cheeses in order to get our cheeses

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     - Armand Bernard, Cheesemaker, Cows Creamery
  • Georgs Kolesnikovs, Founder, The Great Canadian Cheese Festival

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    Savvy Cool Curds is hands-down a great idea. There is no one better suited than Vanessa Simmons to select the best in Canadian cheese to discover each month. I’m sure the cheese-of-the-month will succeed because consumers want local…they want Canadian!

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     - Georgs Kolesnikovs, Founder, The Great Canadian Cheese Festival
  • Glenn Symons, owner, winemaker & cheesemaker, Lighthall Vineyards & Dairy

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    As soon as I heard about Savvy Cool Curds, I wanted to be featured. In fact, a cheese-of-the-month club is so cool, that I am going to subscribe!

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     - Glenn Symons, owner, winemaker & cheesemaker, Lighthall Vineyards & Dairy
  • Stephanie

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    Our first shipment of Savvy Cool Curds arrived yesterday and what a lovely surprise! The presentation was beautiful. I had to restrain myself from opening each and every cheese and devouring them right there and then. The tips on pairing I know I will use

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     - Stephanie
  • Jeff Fenwick, owner & cheesemaker, Back Forty Artisan Cheese

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    We have had the pleasure to work with Vanessa & the Savvy Team & I am very confident that their new Savvy Cool Curds cheese-of-the-month club will bring consumers a unique opportunity to educate themselves & be able to try some of the best cheeses Canada

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     - Jeff Fenwick, owner & cheesemaker, Back Forty Artisan Cheese

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Personalized Events

  • Natalie Devereux. Alumni Engagement Officer, The Department of Alumni Relations and Development Western University

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    Thank you again for a great evening last Wed!  I know that our guests had a wonderful time and we had a really great turn out from our alumni. I look forward to working with you again in Ottawa and hopefully on a Niagara winery bus tour!

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     - Natalie Devereux. Alumni Engagement Officer, The Department of Alumni Relations and Development Western University
  • Susan

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    Debbie, I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful event at our place.  I can’t tell you how much everyone enjoyed it.  Your knowledge, style and just all round approach made it so much fun…it is just a great way to spend an evening.

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     - Susan
  • Susan, Perley Robertson

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    The cocktail reception went incredibly well. The wine was a perfect selection and the food was awesome.

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     - Susan, Perley Robertson
  • Silvie

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    Thank you for hosting my friend Sonia’s 40th surprised birthday.  She was so surprised and impressed to have her very own Sommelier at her party.  The evening went off as planned and our friends thought it was a unique idea for an event as it got people mingling while learning something new about wine.

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     - Silvie
  • Tara

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    My neighbour and I enjoyed the Cheese and Wine tasting that you hosted this week. Keep up the great work!

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     - Tara

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Sommelier-led dinners

  • Karl

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    That was the best event we can remember ever going to.  My wife spent some time at LCBO today and tells me we now have a taste of Tuscany in our collection with our new knowledge from last night’s sommelier led dinner.

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     - Karl
  • Bryan

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    Thank you for our BIG NIGHT Sommelier led dinner and cooking class.  I was still full the next day!

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     - Bryan
  • Tracey

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    The Sommelier led dinner featuring sparkling wines of the world along with the gourmet meal was a wonderful way to celebrate my birthday.  Thank you!

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     - Tracey
  • Jocelyn

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    I had a great time at the Big Night event, and thought the combination of learning about cooking and the wines was perfectly enhanced by being held in such a cozy environment as Pam’s kitchen.

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     - Jocelyn
  • Robyn

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    Thank you for a great event!  We had a blast & look forward to future events hosted by Savvy Company!

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     - Robyn

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Winemaker’s Dinners

  • Stephen

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    Tonight’s winemaker’s dinner was educational as well as delicious.

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     - Stephen
  • Cindy

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    I totally loved Nova Scotia’s Sommelier Sean Buckland’s contribution to the Nova Scotia Kitchen Party event.  He is an eloquent, knowledgeable speaker who made me want to leave the party & drive straight to Nova Scotia.

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     - Cindy
  • Ron Eade – Ottawa Citizen’s Food Editor and author of Omnivoire’s Ottawa blog

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    …the good news is that Novotel has come up with a nifty solution for puzzled diners, by colour-coding wine choices with dishes on its new Trio menu….at least that gives me some useful information.

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     - Ron Eade – Ottawa Citizen’s Food Editor and author of Omnivoire’s Ottawa blog
  • Nick

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    The Savvy Supper Series featuring Huff Estates was a perfect combination of good friends, wonderful wine & food.  An ideal way to unwind after a busy day at work.

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     - Nick
  • Yves

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    Thank you both for a great evening.  Our table of 11 people had a great time.  Everyone loved the experience as our guests had never participated in an event like that.

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     - Yves

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Wine & Food Shows

  • Louise, Featherstone Estate Winery

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    Dave considered it a big success thanks very much in large part to you- and your Savvy Team. They were great. He was very positive about the whole experience and your team of Sommeliers who helped out.

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     - Louise, Featherstone Estate Winery
  • Patricia, Women’s Business Network

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    Positive comments were shared all around the Board table last night at the WBN Board meeting. The event was a class act all the way and kudos to you!  The evening went exactly the way I had envisioned. I appreciate your attention to every detail. Thank you for making the President’s Christmas Party a success

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     - Patricia, Women’s Business Network
  • Paul, Thirty Three Vines

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    Thank you again for the Thirty Three Vines Founder’s Circle VIP event at the winery, pre-concert wine tasting and the private concert with The Jim Cuddy Band. It was a roaring success. I know exactly why it worked so well—because of the Savvy team!

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     - Paul, Thirty Three Vines
  • Mary

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    I would like to personally thank you for inviting us to be part of the VIP day at Thirty Three Vines, we really had a lovely time.  From our perspective, the event you organized was a huge success and my congratulations to you on a job well done.

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     - Mary
  • Dana, Ottawa Spring Home Show

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    You are wonderful! Thank you for the time and detail you have put into creating engaging presentations on the main stage at the Spring Home Show. You are welcome back as a presenter anytime!

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     - Dana, Ottawa Spring Home Show