Posts Tagged ‘Savvy Company in the news’

Debbie is Dancing with the Stars!

Posted by Amanda

Monday, October 13th, 2014
Share

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 hmagermans@easterseals.org 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!

 

 

 

Share

Newsletter Aug 2014 – Summer is far from over!

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Share

There may be reminders about back-to-school, but relax, it’s still August & there are MANY lazy days of summer left in the calendar! Check out our top 3 Savvy ways to enjoy the rest of the summer:

You don’t even need to get out of your deck chair. These wines & beers can be delivered to your home, office . . . even your cottage.

 

Sip Rosé wines all summer long . . .

Summer is just not summer without uncorking a bottle or two of Rosé. With so many to choose from, our Savvy Sommeliers have hand-picked the best to make a bouquet of Rosé wines (aka a variety of 12 bottles) from different wineries across Ontario.

You won’t find any of these special Rosé wines at the LCBO. Check out the  One Dozen Rosés wines in the August ‘bouquet’. Next to the taste, the best part is FREE shipping.

And there’s more . . . Our Savvy Sommeliers have compiled a Rosé Report with stories, tasting notes & summertime recipes for the wines.

“I am picking out a Rosé wine for tonight from the case you sent me & I am feeling like a kid at Christmas. They all look delicious!” – Lisa

 

Order your One Dozen Rosés before they run out > >

 

Come & get ’em . . . Top Canadian wines!

 

This summer we hosted our first annual All Canadian Taste & Buy wine event. It was an incredible night with 25 wineries serving 100+ wines – none of them are available at the LCBO.

You can still order  ANY of the featured wines from us! To make it easy for you to stock up with the best of the best from coast to coast, click here for the top selling wines from each winery.

Order ANY assortment of 12 wines from any province & shipping is FREE…only until Labour Day!

Stock up on incredible Canadian wines > >

 

Crack open a cold one – Ontario craft beer that is!

 

Here’s a tip to make sure your fridge is always full of hard-to-come-by craft beers from across the province…. simply subscribe to our Savvy Hip Hops craft beer-of-the-month club & each month we will deliver incredible beers to your home, office . . .  even cottage.

As an added bonus we will send you our monthly Beer Backstory Magazine so you have the inside scoop on the brewery, the featured beers & recipes too.

Check out the beers that will arrive at your doorstep:

August: A 2-4 of eight different beers from Perth Brewery
September: 12 large bottles from Thunder Bay’s Sleeping Giant Brewery
October: a variety of seasonal beers from Church-Key Brewing
November: cool brews from SawDust City Brewing Co.

Suds-cribe now & chill-ax with a fridge full of Savvy Hip Hops beers this summer.

 

Wear the hottest new Savvy T!

 

Hot off the press. The limited edition of ‘Keep Calm & Drink Canadian Wine’ T-shirts can be yours for $25 including postage.  Available in Women’s & Men’s sizes. To order yours, call our Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email cheers@savvycompany.ca

Psst: this is a great birthday present or dare I say – Christmas gift?!?

 

Have you heard all the buzz?

 

The spotlight has been shining on the Savvy Team this summer with multiple TV segments featuring Canadian wines & craft beer on CTV Ottawa Morning Live & Rogers Daytime Ottawa.  And the airwaves have been buzzing with interviews on ‘What She Said‘ on Channel 167 Sirius XM Radio.

Cheers & enjoy the summer sunshine!

Debbie & the Savvy Team

 

Share

Newlsetter June 2014 – Red Hot tix for All-Canadian wine event & new Rose wines – delivered!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Share

It’s summertime and the living is easy . . . and we have 2 hot-hot-hot pieces of news that will make your summer super cool.

LAUNCHED TODAY! One Dozen Rosés – an assortment of 12 bottles of Ontario’s finest Rosé wines delivered to your home, office . . . even cottage, any month during the summer.

Our next Savvy Event will be hands down the best one yet. Our FIRST EVER All-Canadian wine tasting. That’s right 100% Canadian wines all night. And we have a red-hot ticket price for you until Canada Day!

 

Celebrate Red & White! An All Canadian Night – July 16th

 

O-O-O-O-O Canada! We are so excited to host this special Taste & Buy event showcasing 100% Canadian wines. There’ll be over 60 wines from BC, Ontario, Quebec & Nova Scotia too. With each sip, you’ll be WOWed & proud of the wines made across the country. And there will be artisan cheesemakers & gourmet foods – everything is made in Canada! Check out all the cool Canadians you will meet at this event >>

Buy 1 ticket for $55 & bring a friend – on us!

This red-hot ticket offer is available now until the fireworks are over on Canada Day. It is THE Savvy Event of the summer & will sell out quickly. Buy your tickets >>

Stock up on great Canadian wines!

 

This Taste & Buy event is a fun night out to meet the winemakers, taste their wines & order your favorite wines for BBQs, backyard parties or simply unwinding on the deck or dock. Your order will be shipped directly from the winery to your home, office or cottage! And you can buy artisan cheeses & gourmet foods at the event too.

Can’t make it but want to order? Call our Sommeliers on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) to arrange a special shipment for you.

Event Details . . .

Advance Tickets Only
Date: Wednesday July 16
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Location: Canada Agriculture & Food Museum – on the Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa

Round up your friends & join the fun!

 

Buy one ticket, you’ll get one ticket on us! Buy 2 tickets, we’ll give you 2 complimentary tickets for your friends which will be emailed to them directly. Show up wearing red & white from head to toe & we’ll give you a $50 gift certificate for tickets to upcoming Savvy Events.

Hurry, this special offer runs out on Canada Day at midnight! Buy your tickets now>>

Pssst . . . want our T-shirt?

Everywhere we go, people want our shirt right off our backs! At this all-Canadian wine event, order yours (in red & white of course). $20 in advance or $25 at the event. Click to order your T-shirt & tickets >>

 

Rosé wines delivered to your doorstep!

 

One Dozen Roses - Savvy CompanyJUST LAUNCHED! Introducing the brand new One Dozen Rosés – wines that is! Our Savvy Sommeliers tasted countless bottles of Rosé wines from all across Ontario & hand-picked the finest in this one-of-a-kind assortment. There were so many good Rosés that we will offer a new combination of 12 bottles each month.

Next to the taste, the best part is FREE shipping. Order now >>

Each month throughout the summer – July, August & September – we will offer a different selection of hard-to-find Rosé wines. You can choose to automatically receive all three months or order just one. Check out the Rosé wines in the July assortment.

You don’t even have to get up off your lawn chair to order. One Dozen Rosés is only one click away www.savvycompany.ca/rose or call our Ontario Wine Hotline on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926)

The cost . . .

Each month the cost will vary slightly depending on the combined retail price of the wine selection. July’s assortment is only $200 plus bottle deposit & shipping is FREE.

 

Summer is too short not to clink & drink pink!

 

Cheers!
Debbie & the Savvy Team

PS – Show your Canadian colours – raise a glass of Red, White or even Rosé wine – to celebrate Canadian Wine Day on June 28th & Canada Day too!.

 

Share

Talking about Canadian artisan cheese on CBC!

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Share

Savvy Company‘s ‘BIG Cheese’ – Vanessa Simmons – (aka our Cheese Sommelier) hit the airwaves!  She was recently called in to be interviewed (in French no less!) on CBC Radio Canada.  Even over the radio & en francais, you can detect that her passion for cheese oozes over. I wanted to share the highlights from her conversation with CBC’s host Anne Michaud – another Canadian cheese enthusiast. Listen to the CBC Radio Canada interview 

They chatted endlessly about all kinds of artisan cheeses.  Anyone listening would quickly learn that Canada makes more than just cheddar.

Vanessa certainly knows her cheese! She trained with the Cheese Education Guild in Toronto – Canada’s only comprehensive cheese appreciation program –  and spends countless hours with local cheesemongers & cheesemakers. And she shares her discoveries in her blog: Curd on the Street and hosts special artisan cheese tasting events.  Tip: next one is on Tuesday October 22 featuring award winning cheeses from across Canada.  More info & to buy tickets >>

“Cheese is my passion”, states Vanessa as she gets warmed up on-air to show Anne & the others in the studio the ‘whey’ around the cheese board overflowing her handpicked selection.

Vanessa tells us about the enormous energy & passion in the people she has got to know who produce artisan cheeses, just the way the Savvy Sommeliers pick up on the enthusiasm of winemakers. Same keeners – different biz.  Vanessa successfully conveys their enthusiasm when talking about cheese & cheesemakers from all over Canada. “We have so many cheeses to be proud of ” exclaims Vanessa “that of course I want to tell the world about them!”

It is tough to talk about cheese over the airwaves and not make listeners hungry! Everyone in the CBC Radio studio tasted, ooohed & aaahed as Vanessa passed around the cheese board & described each cheese.  This is indeed majestic with the full gammet of cheeses  – white, yellow, blue, creamy, hard, even smelly – each made with either goat, buffalo, cow & sheep milk.

At the beginning of her interview, Anne Michaud introduces the concept of Savvy Company describing how we specialize in the world of wine, craft beer & artisan cheese by creating social events.  Then Anne dives into the cheese chat with Vanessa (I translated the interview into English for you)…

Listen to the CBC Radio Canada interview >>

 

Anne Michaud – What is your role as Savvy Company’s Cheese sommelier?

Vanessa Simmons – I complement our Team of Savvy Sommeliers who focus primarily on wine. Just as every wine has a story, so does every cheese. I take great joy in sharing the stories behind the cheeses—where they come from, how they’re made and who made them. There’s a little bit of science and a lot of love that goes into artisan cheeses. Their makers are nurturing by nature: they create these delights for others to enjoy. It’s my job to help spread the enjoyment of wine and cheese.

AM – Are there any good cheeses made in Ontario?

VS – There are soooo many wonderful cheeses made here in our own back yard and yet many people don’t know about them.  I love going out to the country and meeting with the cheese makers and sampling their tasty produce.  Hopefully with time consumers will realize all the time & effort that goes into making a great cheese and that you don’t have to buy cheese at the supermarket, in fact it tastes better if you don’t!

 AM – What is the evolution of Ontario cheese?

VS – It’s amazing how in last few years so much cheese production has become artisanal and there is a love of cheese that goes into the making of it, rather than mass-produced factory cheese.  These days,  cheesemakers are so much younger than you’d think – they are in their 20s & 30s. This business has a community ot young people starting out as farmers then beginning to manufacture cheese – it’s great to watch.

AM – Are these artisan cheeses the same price as manufactured cheeses?

VS – Really there isn’t that much difference between them – but you sure can taste the difference in the quality. A piece of artisan cheese (150g-200g) will be in the neighborhood of $7-$10.  Once you start buying – and eating – artisan cheese, you really won’t be able to go back to “regular” cheese.


AM – What’s on your cheeseboard today?

VS – I chose these 5 cheeses to show you the broad spectrum of Ontario’s artisan cheese production, from fresh to hard to blue cheeses. You should always start with the softest and most light-weight cheese so as not to overwhelm your palate. And then slowly work your way towards stronger cheeses.

Cheese #1 – Bella Casara

Quality Cheese of Vaughan, Ontario, won the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix with its cow’s milk Ricotta, won the category of fresh unripened cheese made from sheep or mixed milk with its Bella Casara Buffalo Ricotta. I call it ‘pure happiness’, creamy & delicious!

Cheese #2 – Bliss

“Bliss from Monteforte Dairy is a soft, bloomy rind cheese made of sheep milk and enriched with cow’s cream…and though you wouldn’t walk around with a bottle of cream tucked in your lunch bag, you can get the same pleasure from a wedge of Bliss – just packaged more practically.

Ruth Klahsen is a pioneer in Ontario cheese-making; she has created this soft & creamy cow’s milk cheese like a Brie which  smells of wild mushrooms with a  buttery & salty flavor to it…as we all say:  “it’s pure happiness.”

Cheese #3 – Bonnechere

Back Forty Artisan Cheese also has new & very young cheesemakers, they’ve been in the cheeze biz for just over a year. Bonnechere is a semi-firm, pale yellow cheese. Pay special attention to the  ‘special’ crust this cheese has with striking textured mahogany brown rind & some quite pungent aroma of smouldering wood, caramel odors. It’s a a gentle but expressive cheese.

Cheese #4 – Gunn’s Hill 

Gunns Hill Artisan Cheese by Five Brothers – cheddar style, see the fancy skin yellow; another cheese winner Grand Prize Winner Farm Cheese, done with brothers. “This is a hand crafted washed rind cow’s milk cheese that combines traits from Gouda and another Swiss variety called Appenzeller. It is available at 8 months old and in the future we will offer an 18 month old version. It is delicately aged on cedar wood planks adding robust flavors to the cheese. It has creamy and rich flavors with sweeter overtones and distinctive eyes throughout the body of the cheese

Cheese #5 – Celtic Blue 

The interview was about to wrap when they got around to the blue cheese, so suffice it to say this one is delicious cheese and even the photo makes you want to try Celtic blue from Glengarry Fine Cheese – the typical blue taste is mild and not aggressive and is softened by a nice buttery aroma, really creamy!

 

Here are some of Vanessa’s Cheese Tips:

Yes, you can eat the rind! Cheese rind is meant to be enjoyed – unless it’s red and made of wax.

When it comes to cheese, don’t be shy – taste before you buy.

There’s a world of cheese beyond the grocery store – explore!

Store cheese cold but serve at room temperature.

Cheese and wine pair beautifully. Explore, experiment and find the right balance….

Cheese is a magical thing.

 

Calling all Cheese Lovers!

Join Vanessa on Tuesday October 22 when she hosts ‘Canada’s Greatest Chunks of Cheese’ event.  This is the first-of-its-kind artisan cheese tasting featuring 2013 award winning cheeses that she has discovered from coast to coast.

Special price $55 until the end of the weekend.   Attention cheese lovers – you don’t want to miss out!

Ottawa – Tuesday October 22 7pm
There are only 6 seats left
Buy your tickets > >

 

Share

Move over ‘Amazing Race’… Join The Great Canadian Wine Challenge

Posted by Debbie

Monday, August 26th, 2013
Share

So what happens when two Canadian-wine-loving guys – Shawn McCormick of Uncork Ontario and Calvin Hanselmann (@TheEvilDoctorD) – lament the fact that Canadian Wine Day (June 28th) is only one day? Why, they end up challenging each other to go for a year without drinking anything but Canadian wine!   When we caught wind of this all Canadian endeavor, the Savvy Team wanted to take part too.

As the saying goes, ‘the more the merrier!’

We invite Canadian wine lovers from coast to coast to coast to take part in the first annual The Great Canadian Wine Challenge (@TGCWC)!  The start line begins on September 1st…and it goes for a whole year.

Being a challenge of who-can-stick-to-the-drink-Canadian-wines-for-365-days, there are some basic rules & reds…err, I mean regs:

#1 – It is all about drinking great Canadian wine, but it is also about having fun along the way!

#2 – The duration of the Challenge is 12 calendar months, starting Sept 1, 2013

#3 – You may only purchase or open Canadian wine for the duration of the Challenge. This allows for a few exceptions like international wine events that may be attended, dinner parties where the host unwittingly opens something non-Canadian, wine-related courses you may be taking where other wines may be opened, and events like i4c2014 or The Riesling Experience where it would be terrible to miss the international wines on offer. With feedback, we decided to allow for international travel exemption as well, as we know how hard it is to get Canadian wine within Canada, let alone the rest of the world!

#4 – You must drink wine from at least three (3) provinces during the 12 month period, and at least 12 different wines during that time. Any Canadian wine counts – VQA, non-VQA, fruit wines, anything that involves fermenting fruit from this great country of ours.

#5 – Commit to a weekly update in one of these ways: via Twitter #TGCWC, a blog post, or an email Shawn & Calvin  and they will track updates from participants & feature in the TGCWC weekly updates.

 

Ready to take on the Challenge?

To join in the fun by emailing Shawn & Calvin or send a Tweet to #TGCWC.

If you are on Twitter, follow @TGCWC, @TheEvilDoctorD, @UncorkOntario and include #TGCWC of course!

“We also figured we should have some prizes for anyone who can complete The Great Canadian Wine Challenge @TGCWC“, explains Shawn (in red shirt at bottom).  “We’re putting our heads together on some outstanding Canadiana prizes, so stay tuned.  Until then, share on Twitter about the Canadian wines that you have discovered throughout the year.”

Nudge, nudge…
If you are a winery or wine-related business and would like to donate some swag & prizes, contact Shawn or Calvin at thegreatcanadianwinechallenge(at)gmail(dot)com or on Twitter @TGCWC.  They will be sure to praise you all over the interwebs and in a special blog post.

Happy Canadian Wine Year!

Calvin & Shawn

 

Join the growing list of Challengers…

Want to be famous?  All you have to do is sign up for the Challenge and send Savvy Company your photo and you will be included in our poster-board of Challengers. Take a look to see who have committed to enjoying ONLY Canadian wine this year…

 

 

Share

Savvy Company in the News….

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
Share

The team of Savvy Sommeliers are often called on by the media to be included in TV segments, featured in columns & blogs or interviewed on radio.  Here is a quick list of where you would recently seen and heard Savvy Company in the news.

In 2014

Debbie on CTV News at Noon

Wine & Cheese or should it be Beer & Cheese?  Debbie takes CTV News at Noon host Leanne Cusack on a delicious discovery of Ontario wines AND craft beers that pairs well with locally made artisan cheeses. Watch the 2 part segment >>

The Urbanite headlines ‘Craft beer-of-the-month-club puts beer in your mailbox’. Food & Drink columnist Natasha Marar interviews Debbie about Savvy Company’s newest venture – Savvy Hip Hops. Read the article>>

 

daytimeDebbie joined the airwaves to co-host with Derick Fage on Daytime Ottawa on Rogers TV.  Debbie & Derick have been in front of camera countless times before so it was undoubtedly be a fun show! Watch the host chat

 

Metro Ottawa News does a spread about the launch of our Savvy Hip Hops Craft Beer of the Month Club. Thanks to the Metroland team for always promoting local businesses! Read the article

The Ottawa Citizen showcased our  Savvy Selections wine of the month club as one of the ‘go to sources’ where you can buy wines that you have enjoyed at a restaurant.  Read the article>>

 

In 2013

Debbie continues to be called on as a guest contributor to Canada.com Weekly Wine Chat each Thursday at 2pm.  Join her along with other wine industry expert panelists chiming in from coast to coast.  Read the online chat

Vanessa is the ‘Grande Fromage’. French TV station Ruby TV went shopping for artisan cheese with our Cheese Sommelier Vanessa – toute en francais!   Watch the segment  Bravo Vanessa!

Debbie was nominated and selected by the Embassy of the United States in Canada to be one of six Canadian women to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on Women in Trade and Entrepreneurship.  She blogged along the way:  3 week, 5 cities, 6 women & 8 suitcases

 

 

In 2012

CBC Radio’s Fresh Air featured our Savvy Selections wine of the month club as one of the top gift ideas for those hard-to-buy-for people on your shopping list.  Listen to the segment.

Renowned wine writer Konrad Ejbich features our Savvy Selections wine of the month club in his ‘Gift for Geeks and Normal People too!’ blog for last minute wine gift ideas.

Savvy Company’s Outstanding in their Fields taste & buy events is one of Where Ottawa  Magazine’s Best Bets Weekend Roundup…alongside with Bruce Springsteen concert!

CBC Radio Ottawa Morning Karla Hilton states that Vanessa has the COOLest job as Cheese Sommelier.  Listen to  interview with Vanessa about local artisan cheese.

Blogger 2nd Ferment declares to its readers, “forget about the stock market & invest in Future wines from Lailey Vineyards”.  Great comments about a special taste & buy event hosted by Savvy Company.

Shari Goodman from Whisk: a food blog shares her food & wine discoveries at Ottawa’s first annual Winterlude Winemaker’s Brunch.

The Yummy Mummy Club was in Ottawa to take in Winterlude festivities.  While they were in town, Savvy Sommeliers Vanessa & Derek hosted a Blind Wine & Cheese tasting for them at the Lord Elgin Hotel.  Twitter was all a buzz during this fun evening.  See & read all about it!

Debbie & Vanessa were called in to host the Savvy Wine & Craft Beer Bar along with a Savvy Artisan Cheese Bar to give guests a taste of Ottawa for the Ottawa Tourism & Roots Canada media launch of  ‘Let’s Go Outside’ contest.  Media was all abuzz with photos, videos, blogs & Tweets including:

CBC Radio All in a Day called on Debbie to offer sparkling wine tips to usher in 2012. While on air, she explained how to WOW your New Year’s eve guests by sabering a bottle of bubbly!

In 2011
A BIG media day! On Thursday December 22,  Debbie appeared on CTV Morning Live Ottawa with 12 Savvy Gift Ideas.  Then on the CTV Ottawa News at 6, anchor Michael O’Byrne featues Savvy Selections wine of the month club as one of the hottest new gifts.  The phones continue to ring off the hook!

Wine Out Loud blogger Holy Bruns, highlights our Savvy Sommelier Julie’s blog about Cava wine.

Vanessa joins CBC Radio In Town & Out  host Michael Bhardwaj with her list of cheese-y gifts for everyone on your shopping list!

Ottawa Start highlights Debbie‘s involvement as co-host & auctioneer at Music & Beyond’s Holiday Wine Auction fundraiser

MoneySense Magazine calls on Debbie to provide Sommelier insider’s tips & tricks for feature article: A brilliant wine, everytime that appears in September/October issue.  Read article online

Ottawa Sun published a special Lifestyle Magazine where journalist Simon Forsyth interviewed Debbie for her insight & impressions on the winery owners who are pioneering a new wine region in Ottawa & surrounding areas.  Read article online

Sit.Sip.Savour. blogger Éva Nagy shares her delicious experience at the Great Canadian Cheese Discovery where Savvy Cheese Sommelier Vanessa showcased artisan cheeses from British Columbia, Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island.

PRESS RELEASE: A Renaissance in Ottawa’s Little Italy. Preston Street is alive with this year’s celebration of Wine, Food & Art.

Articles written by Debbie & Kathryn appear in the special La Vendemmia edition of Metro Ottawa

Vanessa shares her story about a Friday night date with an Italian…Italian cheese that is! CBC Radio In Town & Out  host Michael Bhardwaj hears about the moving sensation when a wheel of Parmasean cheese is cut.

Debbie appeared on Rogers Daytime TV with tips on buying wines at a Music & Beyond’s upcoming Fine Wine Auction.

Debbie interviewed Canada’s popular Chef Michael Smith when he visited Ottawa to launch his new cookbook – Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen.  Cooking tips & tricks were shared, while Michael encouraged us all to spend time with family at the kitchen table.

PRESS RELEASE: Preston Street BIA selects Savvy Company as Marketing Partner for annual La Vendemmia harvest festival.  Mark your calendars Sept 22-25 to join us for fun wine & food events.  More…

Vanessa joined CBC Radio’s In Town and Out host Michael Bhardwaj in studio to talk about artisan cheeses, cheesemaking & tasting tips. Listen

Debbie appeared on Rogers Daytime TV with tips on Ontario wines & craft beers to chill & enjoy in the shade during Ottawa’s record breaking heat wave.

Our Cheese Sommelier Vanessa  was on Rogers Daytime TV showcasing delicious Ontario artisan cheese offered tasting tips. Watch video 

Blogger Katy Watts joins our Savvy Cheese Sommelier Vanessa to learn the ‘whey’ about artisan cheeses from BC, Ontario and the Maritime provinces.  Katy reports that she was nervous at first, yet leaves full & with a greater appreciation for what goes into making cheese.

Debbie was on Daytime Ottawa show (Rogers TV) profiling a variety of newly released wines from Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries who will be in Ottawa on June 1st for the 52 New Wines from One Unforgettable Place wine tasting.

We were finalists in the Ottawa Tourism Partnership of the Year Award for our culinary events in partnership with Thyme & Again Creative Catering

Debbie was named Ottawa’s Entrepreneur Businesswoman of the Year Award finalist. With media coverage in the Ottawa Citizen, METRO Ottawa & EMC news

Agritourism Guide blogger Lara Bender showcases two upcoming Savvy Events in http://agritourismguide.ca/2011/05/10/cheese-and-wine-lovers-3-great-events-and-a-giveaway/

Vanessa showcased Ontario artisan cheeses on A Morning Show.  TV host Kurt Stoodley couldn’t stop nibbling on the cheese curds!

Savvy Company is named ‘Top 50 Sommelier & Master of Wine blogs’ as reported by Cindy Cullen, Culinary Arts College.

Launched in March, read weekly columns by Savvy Sommeliers in Metro Ottawa newspaper on Thursdays.  Susan shares wine shopping tips with “If I only had $100, I would buy at Vintages” while Vanessa showcases local artisan cheeses in her “The Curd on the Street” column.

Sit. Sip. Savour. blogger Éva Nagy just received her month Savvy Selections delivery featuring Creekside Estates Wine. http://sit-sip-savour.blogspot.com/2011/03/savvy-company-wine-club-march-selection.html

Debbie graces the pages of the Feb 14th issue of Hello! Canada Magazine featuring the Canadian Celebrity Chef Event that Savvy Company sponsored & were the Sommeliers for this first of its kind sold out event.

Get a taste of the wonderful experience with this YouTube video of the Canadian Celebrity Chef event.  Savvy Company was proud be involved.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZnJElan0W4

Debbie hosts “Wine Shopping with a Sommelier” on A Morning Ottawa.  In the 4 TV segments, she offers tips on navigating through Vintages, picks good value wines and pairs wine with Food & Drink magazine recipes.

Vanessa shares her favorite cheese discovery in Cheeselover.ca Outstanding Cheese Bites of 2010.  Quebec artisan cheese Le Foin d’Odeur “is like licking buttered popcorn from your fingertips!”


Rave reviews from the media …
“Savvy Company’s craft beer tasting was a superlative event” – Ron Eade, Food Editor of the Ottawa Citizen 

“Thank you for hosting last night’s BC wine tasting event. I was particularly struck by the easy interactions between the Savvy Team and the participants (“not stuck up” is the way one person explained your events which is, I think, high praise for you and your team).  Of course, the highlight was the wine and the wonderful intro by the Sommeliers. I’ll be writing my blog tonight.”  – Clare Fowles, FoodiePrints

“The Great Canadian Cheese Discovery is a must do while in Ottawa. The class is a dinner party atmosphere, led by cheese sommelier Vanessa Simmons, who is openly fanatical about artisan cheeses.”Reb Stevenson Travel Writer, Toronto Star

 

 

Share