Posts Tagged ‘Ottawa Convention Centre’

Debbie is Dancing with the Stars!

Posted by Amanda

Monday, October 13th, 2014

And now for something completely different! We are dancing the night away.  This Friday Debbie is trading wine glasses for dance shoes as she competes (for bragging rights) along with 7 other Ottawa ‘personalities’ in Dancing with the Stars, an oh-so-much-FUN fundraiser for Easter Seals Ottawa. Grab your dancing partner & join the Savvy Team.  This dinner & dancing is almost sold out.

Practice makes perfect…

For the past 2 months, Debbie has been waltzing & cha-cha-cha-ing at Fred Astaire dance studio  with her dancing partner Dan Labelle (co-owner of the studio).  Just as they do on the ever popular TV show, 8 Ottawa celebrities will rip up the dance floor performing two dance numbers.  The winning dancing pair will be decided on by your votes.

I have been a keen supporter of Easter Seals for several years volunteering,
participating in their annual Bring on the Bay 3km open water swim.
I’m over the moon 
to be one of the celebs in Dancing with the Stars –  I did not know waltzing could be such a workout!  -Debbie

Here’s the 2014 Star Studded ‘Celebs’:Dancing icon

Jean-Luc Boissonneault, Co-Founder & CEO Free Form Fitness
Shawn Dawson, Entrepreneur & Founder of Dream Mountains Foundation
Derick Fage, Host & Producer of Daytime Ottawa on Rogers TV
Sarah Freemark, Anchor/Reporter on  CTV Morning Live
Mary Anne Ivison, Morning Show Co-Host, Country 101.1
Liza Mrak, Mark Motors of Ottawa
Shawn Simpson, TSN Team 1200
And…our very own Debbie Trenholm, Founder & President of Savvy Company

They’ve already been dancing on TV!

CTV Ottawa Morning Live popped into the studio while Debbie & the other celebs practiced. Watch them in action >>
And Leanne Cusack from CTV News at Noon reported from under the disco ball too!
Watch Debbie do the cha-cha>>

Join us! Be purple & proud in the Savvy cheering section

We invite you to join us at this fun evening of dinner & dancing at the Ottawa Convention Centre .  You’ll get the Savvy VIP treatment! Buy your ticket or a table for a spot in our cheering section & we’ll thank you with a special Savvy ‘swag bag’ of wine glasses, a gift certificate of $50 for our next Savvy Event & other Savvy goodies.

Can’t make it?  Vote for Debbie online!

Contribute big or small to my fundraising goal of $1,000. Click here to show your support with a donation – thanks a million in advance!

Event details

Friday October 17th 
Ottawa Convention Centre 
5:30pm – Let’s kick the night off with bubbles featuring award winning Palatine Hills Estate Winery
6:30pm – Multi course dinner with wines from Burnt Ship Bay Winery & Pondview Estates Winery.
All night long there will be a silent auction, the dance competition with local celebrities, then the dance floor will open to everyone to dance the night away until the wee hours.

Tickets: $150 each or $1,250 for a table of ten. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact Hayley Magermans at or 613.226.3051 ext 227.

It’ll be a fun night for everyone AND you can help raise funds towards providing financial assistance for essential mobility equipment for children and youth with physical disabilities.

See you there!





Ask a Savvy Sommelier!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Recently, I organized a private bus tour to Prince Edward County for a corporate client where we spent the day touring the back roads of ‘The County’ – Canada’s fastest growing wine region.  I was asked many interesting questions that I am sharing with you in a ‘Dear Abby’ style.  If you have a wine related question that you have always wondered about, send me an email to and I will publish it here.


Dear Debbie….
Ooops! I put a bottle of white wine in the freezer section AND forgot it. Is it still OK to drink?

From Accidentally Frozen

Dear Accidentally Frozen,
I have done this several time myself when I was in a rush to chill a bottle of white wine.  Not the best way to do it, yet rest assured that while slushy, the wine is still drinkable. I recommend to let it thaw out in the fridge, then enjoy!  If your glass frosts up, then the wine is still too cold. Let it warm up at room temp for a bit.

PS – it is neat to take a sip every once in a while to taste how the wine changes as it warms up. My experience is that the wine initially tastes watery, then starts to take on flavours, aromas and then acidity arrives.


Dear Debbie….
I have seen at wine tastings that some people spit their wines.  Why?

From Shy Spitter

Dear Shy Spitter.
Sommeliers do it all the time!  By spitting, it allows you to taste more wines without the alcohol taking its toll. When you go to the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival, taking place at the Ottawa Convention Center (Nov 9-11th),  at each booth, wineries will always provide a spittoon or bucket. If it is not there – don’t be shy & ask for it!


Dear Debbie…
What is a Taste & Buy event?

From Curious Shopper

Dear Curious Shopper,
Wine – red wine or white wine – is one of the few products that you don’t often have the opportunity to taste at the store (LCBO or other) before you to purchase. You can try on a sweater or flip through a book before for a quick read before you go to the cash register.  Savvy Company frequently hosts Taste & Buy events where numerous wineries are offering samples of their wines and you can order directly from the winery.  Your order will be delivered to your home or office in a matter of a few days.  Savvy Company’s next Taste & Buy features Ontariowineries & craft breweries on Thursday November 8th.  Join us! For more details & to buy your ticket, go to


Dear Debbie
What is a cooper?

From Wooden Head

Dear Wooden Head,
It is the name for a trades-person who makes barrels.  This craft is truly an art combining different shapes of wood staves, heat and humidity to create an air tight vessel to age wine, beer, grappa or other spirits like rum or bourbon and wine vinegars too.  The only cooper that I have met in my travels so far is Pete Bradford (here he is in his workshop), who is a self-taught cooper and owner of Carriage House Cooperage.  Pete is a dynamic person and obviously passionate about his woodworking.  Make him a definite ‘must ‘visit next time you go to The County for a getaway.