Boom Does Thanksgiving: Our Favourite Recipes

Boom Does Thanksgiving: Our Favourite Recipes

It’s Thanksgiving and that means people all over Canada are trying on their #eventprof hats for a day and organizing invites, table settings, and – most importantly – menus. While we can’t pop into your living room to help you tablescape (though believe us, we’d love to) the Boom team has put together our favourite crowd-pleasing recipes to make sure your dinner is one to remember!   Derek MacDonald: Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Apple This creative take on Brussel sprouts will appease even the pickiest of eaters. BOOM TIP: Using an apple-wood smoked bacon will play off the Granny Smiths beautifully.   Alison Dumenko: Whiskey Glazed Carrots Easy to make, full of flavour, and they’ll provide a beautiful pop of colour for your Thanksgiving table. BOOM TIP: Make sure you let your butter brown before you add the brown sugar.   Jessica Tkachuk: Beer-Brined Roast Duck A flavour-packed alternative to turkey that tastes as good as it looks. BOOM TIP: Make sure to roast this “low and slow”. Duck is a fatty meat, and this will make sure you cook off some of that grease, without losing moisture.   Sommer Smith: Hot Spinach Dip Rich and creamy and so delicious, this is a great dip to get your Thanksgiving evening started. BOOM TIP: We recommend serving this dip with a fresh baguette. The hot cheese on a crusty bread is a perfect pair.   Jessica Broz: Apple Turnovers Who needs pie when you’ve got these delicate, flaky turnovers? BOOM TIP: Change the granulated sugar to brown sugar, and add 1 tsp of vanilla and a tbsp of...
Canada Day Hosting in Calgary

Canada Day Hosting in Calgary

Tomorrow is Canada Day. Our beautiful country will be 149 years old. Global TV Calgary invited us to talk DIY Canada Day party hosting, so Boom’s Jessica Tkachuk dropped by with some ideas and inspiration. Three elements of successful party hosting: Hospitality Food & Beverage Decor & Entertainment Hospitality We’ll start with hospitality. Canadians are known for it, and for good reason! The most important thing to remember: your guests want to enjoy YOU. Being a good host means doing all the prep ahead of time so you can enjoy their company and be present. To make sure you can do that, follow these tips: Be clear with your invite: remove the guess work for your guests by being clear in the invite when they should arrive, what they should wear, if children/guests are welcome, and if they should bring anything. Big one: ask in advance if there are any dietary restrictions you should be aware of. Enlist some help: you cannot be everywhere at once, but small jobs spread around make the work more pleasurable and the party more inclusive. Assign someone to door/coat/shoe duty, someone to making sure glasses remain full, someone to bus/refresh dishes, etc. Know your audience: Do the guests all know each other or will introductions be required? Are kids coming? Are there allergies you can prep for? A little research up front will limit surprises! Food & Beverage We went for a coast-to-coast Canada Day menu (and all around the city!), including colourful and easy-to-eat kabobs using Alberta beef and fresh veggies from the Calgary Farmer’s Market. When it comes to event food, we’re...
Boom Goes Out: Dinner x Design 2016

Boom Goes Out: Dinner x Design 2016

Last night, 500 guests gathered at ACAD to celebrate design and the designers whose chops are putting Calgary on the map. Dinner x Design came to town this week, giving 9 designers/agencies the chance to create unique table-scapes that demonstrate their creativity and personality. The event concludes this evening with a special dining event that invites guests to enjoy the tables and a meal with the people who created it. Funds raised will support Contemporary Calgary and ACAD. Bravo #Calgary – the work in this room is outstanding. These are just a few peaks, more tomorrow! #dxdyyc #dxdcgy #dinnerxdesign #yyc #yycdesign #yycevents A video posted by Boom Goes The Drum (@boomgoesthedrum) on Jun 2, 2016 at 9:58pm PDT Present at the event were: Alykhan Velji Design ID Bohemia WW Design Studio Sarah Ward Interiors e=mc2 events LeAnne Bunnell Interioros Nyla Free Designs Corea Satropa Designs Amanda Hamilton Design Rochelle Cote Design There were also drinks and treats throughout the event, and lots of fashionable friends! A warm room filled with eye candy.  Spoke with one designer who said that they approached this event with complete freedom creatively. She said she took the opportunity to create something just for them – no clients or briefs or restrictions. We loved that. How rare is it to be given a stage to express whatever story it is you want to tell to room full of people who want to listen. Bravo!  Tonight, Boom’s Derek Macdonald will join Amanda Hamilton (Amanda Hamilton Design) at her table – a modern, Calgary-centric souk – to take part in a discussion the love affair between art, design,...

5 Cool Ideas for Canada Day Hosting at Home

July 1st is a home entertaining jem!  Whether you are basking in the sun on a condo balcony or kicking it in the backyard, Canada Day, is an ideal opportunity to host family and friends.  This national holiday is big on patriotism, but should be minimal on hard labour hosting.  We have found some quick hosting ideas that will make your guests feel at home and proud to be Canadian! Our, Derek MacDonald, was on Global News Morning today to talk about these ideas and more on how to host a standout Canada Day Bash.  Be The Lazy Gourmet Here at Boom we love food and some of us even cook (ok, maybe just one of us), but cooking and hosting can sometimes cause a time management problem with you in the kitchen when you should be cracking open a micro beer on the deck.   Canada Day is the perfect occasion to be the lazy gourmet with a grab and go menu that can be picked up from a high quality purveyor like Sunterra and only requires a grill, warm up, or simply put it in your own serving dish. Red, White, and Floral Since this celebration is in your home you can go with minimal decor and florals are the perfect touch. To go with the Canada Day theme you could include national colours, native plants and textures and of course some maple leafs.  Designing on the Edge is our go-to for smartly designed themed florals. Maple Bacon Caesar Everyone has his or her own variation of the ultimate caesar but adding bacon to it is a...
BOOM Goes Out: Monogram Dinner x Design

BOOM Goes Out: Monogram Dinner x Design

If you’re design nerds like we are, you’ve been watching the news feeds of lucky attendees at DxD events in Vancouver and Toronto for years. Finally, Calgary got her chance to shine last night at ACAD, and shine she did. The Social Concierge (known in Calgary for events like Diner en Blanc and Packwood Grand) presented the first annual DxD with 6 incredible designers. Designers included were: Amanda Hamilton, Nyla Free Designs, Corea Sotropa Designs, Sally Healy Design, Connie Young Design, Alykhan Velji Designs, Uniquities, and ID Bohemia. “Monogram Dinner by Design brings together internationally celebrated designers and local talent to create three-dimensional dining installations that awe, inspire and delight. These extraordinary dining environments — from the lavish and romantic to the outrageous and whimsical — set the stage for two days of fun and fascination.”  – Website Those tables tho… @dinnerxdesign @acadexperience #yycliving #socialites #creative #design #inspiring #art @jenntait @terisalazar @lbarbetti #dxdcgy #dinnerxdesign A photo posted by Al Farrell (@naveed7) on Jun 11, 2015 at 10:27pm PDT   The reveal of the intricate and innovative dinner-scapes took place last night with a vibrant cocktail party. Tonight, the celebration will continue with an exclusive dinner. Each table will host 10 guests for a truly special dinner experience. The evening supported ACAD and Contemporary Calgary – two incredibly worthy artistic institutions – but the real winners were the designers. We are a blessed city to be surrounded by this much creative talent.       This evening. Candle-light dinner extreme. #Monogram #DinnerByDesign @ACAD #dinner #dinningtable #AmandaHamilton #interior #candle #design #yyc #acad #instagood #DxDCgy @DinnerxDesign @ahidtweets A photo posted by Vincent...

How Etsy Helps Me Host

(Derek is on vacation and I was thrilled when he asked me to be a guest contributor. So let me introduce myself, my name is Sommer Smith and I am the Sales and Marketing Manager at Boom Goes The Drum) I am not an expert designer, a DIY aficionado, or a professional chef, but I love to entertain in my home and I can make a mean cocktail (I have the trophy to prove it!). But thankfully in my line of work I have been surrounded by experts in all things food, floral, digital art, design and events; basically masters of creating amazing guest experiences. So on the weekends I enjoy taking the things I have learned from my expert colleagues and applying them to my modest and comparatively small-scaled dinner parties. Recently, I needed to up my game. A dear friend is expecting twins and I will be hosting her baby shower. To make it high stakes, this same friend hosted my baby shower and it BLEW MY MIND. I have to nail this. For months I have been planning and admittedly have started and stopped many themes.  I blame this on blogs like PoppyTalk, Vintage Revivals, and Rifle Paper Co. for sharing irresistible ideas . My challenge is always execution – financially and visually. My usual budget is minimal, but my aspirations are high. I need to get creative when it comes to bringing my vision to life and keeping my credit card from going bananas.   The source I always go back to is Etsy. For those who are not familiar, “Etsy is a marketplace where...