Boom Goes Out: Sneak Peek of ChefBar’s The Slaughter House

Boom Goes Out: Sneak Peek of ChefBar’s The Slaughter House

You’re only as good as the food you eat and the company you keep, and if last night was any indication, then we are divine. Under warm lights and the watchful, lychee eyes of a watermelon-skull-turned-punch-bowl, the BOOM team met up with PR mogul Alex Kingcott, stylist Leah Van Loon, and the curator of the evening, blogger, stylist, entrepreneur, and man-about-town, Vincent Law. The purpose of the evening? To taste ChefBar’s Halloween menu, as prepared by their head chef, Shawn Desauliers, for the restaurant’s transformation on Halloween night into The Slaughter House.  As event designers (and theme addicts) we were delighted by the demonic dishes and creepy concoctions crafted by Chef Desauliers and his staff. We enjoyed “brain fluid” cocktails (refreshing notes of watermelon, lime, and a kick of tequila), lemon quinoa salad (in tiny, jack-o-lantern style oranges) and drool-worthy sriracha pork belly (under a “spider web” of black garlic). After dinner, and a mountain of gourmet, browned-to-your-taste s’mores (nick named the ‘”s’mores-pocalypse” by Vincent), Chef Desauliers took us downstairs for a tour of the Gerry Thomas Gallery, catered exclusively by ChefBar. Clean lines, simple aesthetic, and a built-in bar make this a welcome addition to Calgary’s list of modern event spaces.   Deciding to retire from his position as the executive chef at the Fairmont, Chef Shawn Desauliers decided to open a restaurant in Calgary’s bustling centre that would reflect the type of cooking he enjoyed making at home; simple dishes, made with quality ingredients, all put together with the chef’s unique style. While the food and hand-crafted cocktails are obviously a focus for ChefBar, the restaurant also...
LOOK2015: Holt Renfrew Private Shopping Night for Contemporary Calgary

LOOK2015: Holt Renfrew Private Shopping Night for Contemporary Calgary

On November 7, 2015 Contemporary Calgary will host hundreds of cultural revolutionaries in the Centennial Planetarium for its premiere fundraiser, LOOK2015, presented by Holt Renfrew, Enbridge, City of Calgary and the Calgary Herald. The goal: raise $1M – enough to set up a ‘Temporary Contemporary’ by the fall of 2016 and begin welcoming people to Calgary’s first significant destination for modern and contemporary art. Generous private donors have stepped up to match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $500,000. All donations will go twice as far! Big, bold, and magnificant. We’re counting down the days. To kickstart that fundrsaising effort, two things happened this week. 1. Pre-bidding began online for LOOK2015’s centrepiece event: the live & silent art auction – one of the biggest to take place nationwide. Take a LOOK. 2. LOOK2015 sponsor Holt Renfrew hosted a Private Shopping Night on October 7 and invited all their friends to come along for the party. Boom was thrilled to produce this event, which attracted hundreds of shoppers to shop the night away in style, and all for a great cause: 10% of all sales were donated to Contemporary Calgary’s $1M goal (and, of course, matched by CC’s donors). Enjoy photos of the event below, and catch that action yourself at LOOK2015 on November 7. TICKETS & INFO.      ...
10 Reasons you NEED to be at LOOK2015

10 Reasons you NEED to be at LOOK2015

  November 7 marks the return of Contemporary Calgary‘s much anticipated annual fundraiser, LOOK. A hub for culture changers, style savantes, and creative aficionados, this evening of interactive installations and live art is an event for the art of our time. Here’s why you can’t afford to miss out: 1) The art! Contemporary Calgary is one of Canada’s leading galleries for modern and contemporary art, bringing a range of house-hold and in-the-know names to Calgary. Inspiration and wonder will dress the walls of this event. Come with eyes (and imagination) wide open. 2) The building! Contemporary Calgary is moving into the previously uninhabited Centennial Planetarium. An expansive mass of stunning, modern architecture, this venue is going to be the perfect host for the poignant art “C” is known for curating. You won’t want to miss witnessing this raw work in progress. 3) The fashion! This is an art party; no time for fashion wallflowers. Rather than bringing out your LBD standby, take a page out of Mr. Marc Jacob’s book and remember that fringe (as seen on the lovely Ania, above), lamé, and sequins are always a good idea. 4) The auction! Featuring both a silent and live art and experience auction, this rousing experience was a definite highlight from last year. Once-in-a-lifetime trips and jaw-dropping works of art will be up for grabs, hosted by the charismatic auctioneer, Stephen Ranger. 5) The Gopnik! No, Adam Gopnik is not a verb, but as one of the most prolific cultural writers of our time  he may as well be. VIP ticket holders of LOOK2015 will be treated to cocktails, canapés,...
Sneak Peek: Three Things to Expect at #CINCO2015

Sneak Peek: Three Things to Expect at #CINCO2015

Contemporary Calgary’s Cinco de Mayo event is just one day away. If the anticipation of tequila-fueled revelry and Mexican inspired bites hasn’t quite pushed you to book the night off, then maybe this teaser of you can expect night-of will. Don’t-Miss Silent Auction: International travel bundles, premium wine and spirit packages, and the works of some of Calgary’s premier contemporary artists will all be up for grabs tomorrow night. Stunning Design: We have been having way too much fun incorporating traditional Mexican elements into the design for this fundraiser. This is where Designing on the Edge created SiSi- our nine foot tall (yes, nine feet), rainbow coloured donkey piñata. Cocktails and Canapés: Barcelona Tavern is going to be spicing up the evening with an array of Mexican inspired creations they’ve concocted specifically for CINCO2015. We hope to see you there, Calgary! Buy tickets Here Doors open: 7pm Address: 117 8th Ave SW Tickets available for purchase at the door (based on...
HUSTLE 2015 in support of Mealshare

HUSTLE 2015 in support of Mealshare

I love bringing people together. It is one of the biggest reasons that I chose a career and business in Event Production. I feel fortunate that over the years I have been able to be a part of some pretty special moments of incredible community. I believe there is an energy that is created anytime people gather around something, and that energy then ripples outward. I also like being connected to other people whose job it is to bring people together, which is why I have been involved with the International Special Event Society for a number of years. So what do event professionals do when they come together to put their energy behind a cause? They HUSTLE. Four years ago the ISES Calgary Chapter started a social philanthropy project originally named ISES Cares, but was rebranded two years ago as HUSTLE. HUSTLE is the ultimate event professionals interpretation of a gritty, raw, underground experience, where guests participate in effecting social change through a fundraiser. In partnership with Mealshare, HUSTLE has rounded up some of the coolest members of the Calgary arts community in an effort to raise funds to feed people in our community. All of the proceeds for the event go toward Mealshare’s mission of providing food for Canadians who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The foundations MO is that guests dining out who order a Mealshare meal from a partnering local restaurant will receive their meal, as usual, but they are also supplying a meal for a Canadian in need. This seems like a perfect fit for this event; A group of...

Elevating Your Stampede: Above and Beyond Barn-board, Barrels, and Bales

We love a good theme! Weather it’s the Gatsby inspired weddings we saw in 2013, the Swinging Seventies parties inspired by 2014’s American Hustle- we can’t get enough. But a reoccurring theme runs the risk of becoming tired and over-done, and Stampede events have run the gambit. If your objective this year is to avoid the  Three B’s (Barn-board, barrels, and bales) then check out our ideas on how keep your Stampede event fresh and on-theme. Re-Think Your Décor If you’re a little tired of gingham and mason jars, Uniquities in Inglewood has some incredible historic pieces that will help your event stand out among the wash of country kitsch. Up Date Your Fashion Statement Give your attendees a fashion experience! Kat Marks’ LethrBar is a great way to add an activity to your event while giving your guests fashionable, on-theme, pieces of wearable Stampede jewellery. LethrBar will provide guests at your event with the opportunity to have them monogram their name or favourite word onto one of her signature gorgeous leather bracelets. Bye, Bye, Buffet! Food and beverage is a great place to surprise your guests with some flair. Don’t be afraid to challenge your caterer to think outside the beef-on-a-bun box! We love Bar C’s buffalo tartar with slices of fresh rye as an alternate to the afore-mentioned B-O-A-B. Tell A Story With Modern Art Bring a little culture to your Stampede event by incorporating art in a creative, up-dated way, like body painting! Show Some Western Hospitality! Being traditional isn’t always a bad thing: a Barbershop Quartet will lend the perfect old-time feeling to your event,...