This week marks the 22nd edition of the Montreal’s Fashion Week and like every season, our catwalk artists are dazzling us. Just during the first day we were treated to Tavan & Mitto, Duy, Melissa Nepton and Marie Saint-Pierre.
Why am I mentioning this event here, in our blog? Simply put, both of our universes are linked on many level. We treat our tables like models and our tablecloth like the latest trends and it has never been more obvious than this year. The “in” colours are often requested and whether fads are vintage, modern or the next post-something will affect what our event organisers and wedding planners will be asking out of us. The “prêt-à-porter” and tabletop design are often related.
After seeing the fashion shows of this years first day, it was without a doubt that yellow and black were full force this season. T&M, Muse and Saint-Pierre all used these shades to different degrees, exactly like we had done… last spring. Are we visionaries, maybe we are the inspiration after all? Not really, just like fashion designers, our own designers make sure to be alert of the latest trends and give you exactly what you will demand from us.
Tis not the season of blizzards. Tis not the season of pink cheeks. Tis the season however to start planning for this aforementioned season. No no, We are not telling you to go out and put your winter tires on or to get the shovels and ice scrapers out. However, We are strongly suggesting that you start planning for your holiday parties because it’s never too early for that holiday cheer.
This year as an incentive for those early birds who want to gain a head start, Bravo is offering 50% off any linen that is $25.00+ for those who reserve before November 17th, 2011 for their holiday party. A minimum order of $500.00 (before tax) is required to qualify for this amazing deal and the party must be held on or prior to January 1st, 2012.
So get in gear and give us a call, it’s never too early to be proactive and to take advantage of this fantastic deal!
Temporary kitchens are a specialty that Bravo has been holding for several years and recently we had to prove it. In addition to our traditional caterers which we continue to serve troughout their busy summer with wedding and corporate events, we had to recreate some temporary kitchens as part of events such as the Just for Laughs festival and the Osheaga and Heavy MTL music festivals.
I’m talking about full working kitchens, not just a fridge and oven here and there, cooking and presentation equipment to cutting boards and mixing bowls. A traditional caterer is used to working outside their immediate environment, often in conditions that are harder and smaller than in our own home kitchens. I tip my hat to those caterers who often have to fight with their client for a square meter of extra space to create their culinary artwork.
I’m not worried, a true Chef at an event like Osheaga will cope, but on our side, we must ensure that he feel as much as home as possible. When you invite a Chef Chuck Hughes as a cook for the artists of your festival, you want to make sure he is comfortable and that his food becomes the star, not the oven that did not work or even worse, you do not want the city inspectors closing the kitchen for lack of precaution on our part.
A caterer usually has his arsenal on hand, his bowls, his knives, his boards, his pans. He will prepare the basis for his meals, cut salads and vegetables in advance and marinate the meats in the comfort of his commercial kitchen. For temporary kitchens, we had to ensure that every tool necessary to perform the basic tasks were available, fry cutters, pans, ladles, spatulas, serving spoons, work tables, serving tables, ovens, freezers, mechouis, bbq, hot plates, cutting boards, etc.. We had to recreate the same kind of atmosphere in the kitchens of the Just for Laughs Festival, at the same time and under the same conditions.
This video available on the YouTube channel of the star Chef himelf demonstrates what has been done. If you want to have fun, find all the equipment of this video on our website, because you can.
I’ll reveal an industry secret. ALL major rental places in Montreal, including Bravo will mention that they have as a client in the Formula 1 Grand Prix and they are all correct. Why? Simply because the event requires so much equipment, it’s impossible for only one vendor to offer this circus the necessary equipment to guarantee it’s success.
For 25 years, Bravo has been sending equipment to the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and each year we send more and more equipment. I’m going to assume that it must be the same for our Montreal competitors. VIP lounges, paddocks, teams, entertainment, lodges, stables all have rental equipment in them during their visit to Montreal.
For obvious reasons, I can not reveal exactly what or to who Bravo is renting, but every year, Bravo trucks crosses our competitors on the Ile Notre-Dame circuit and the war and competition is a good clean one, we are all winners.
Same goes for big festivals like Jazz or Just for Laughs, other major sports events like the Tennis Rogers Cup Tennis and NASCAR’s visit, the upcoming U2 concert in July or la Saint-Jean-Baptiste. There are some events that have no other choice but to call to more than one of us and we are happy to share our part of the plate year after year. Although, we feel that our share is growing, we will never provide all of the needs that is required by the Formula 1 circus.
Change is in the air at Bravo Rentals for 2011. Already we have introduced our newest sales rep Normand Rousseau and now we have even bigger and better news! As of March 28th 2011 we will be answering the phones from our new location.
Yes yes, you did not misread, we are moving!!! In order to serve you better we are making 2055 Hymus in Dorval, Qc our new home. In the last few years your demands for new and better equipment has been so large that we now need a new workspace. Don’t worry! During this transitional phase we will not suspend any of our regular services.
Not only will our office space, showroom and warehouse be larger, we will also be more easily accessible from highway 40 for you our clientele. Add on to your busy to-do list to take stroll our way for a visit and it will be our pleasure to give you the President’s tour!
Bravo is proud to be part of this event with the support of our rental cooking equipment being used by such talent as Marie-Fleur St-Pierre from Tapeo restaurant, Marjorie Maltais from the “Les Chefs” tv show and Stéphanie Labelle, owner of Pâtisserie Rhubarbe. This events are being held on Feebruary 19 and 20 2011 at 13h30. The contest will end February 11 2011
The Salon de la Mariée 2011 is on January 29th and 30th. Get your tickets fast!
Bravo Rentals would like to welcome you to the Salon de la Mariée this coming weekend. Again this year, Bravo was named official supplier to the long-running Sheldon Kagan bridal show and we would love for you to come and see the professionalism and skills of our company and how we were able to supply the rentals for this colossal event without a hitch.
If you’re getting married in the foreseeable future, the Salon de la Mariée will have all the information you can ever conceive needing and so much more than hasn’t even begun to cross your mind. Come visit us at the Bravo booth to get great décor ideas for your special day. We will be showcasing new linens, dishes and popular new concepts within the industry. We will also be giving away a little bit of love in the form of sweet treats and a gift certificate to get completely and utterly pampered at Spa Savanna. So come and say “hi!” for your chance to win.
The Salon de la Mariée will be held at the Palais des congrès January 29th and 30th from 10h00am to 5h00pm. Tickets are $10.00 each but come into our showroom to receive a buy-one-get-one-free coupon. See you there!
The peak wedding season is now behind us and, although it may be tough to see through the up-and-coming blizzards to the sunshine and flowers of spring/summer 2011, it’s never too early to start preparing yourself for your big day. And, if you’re the ice princess type and are planning a winter wonderland wedding, then it’s never too late to get some last-minute ideas and advice.
Come visit the Bravo team at Sunday’s Elegant Wedding show between 11am and 5pm at the classically luxurious Windsor ballrooms. It would be our pleasure to answer any questions you have about our products, to give you tips and tricks to help you wedding run smoothly or to simply get to know the bride or groom to be.
Bravo’s experts will be there showcasing their most stylish and lavish linens, china, glassware and flatware along with Montreal’s finest florists, jewelers, photographers, bakers, etc… At $20.00 per ticket, it is a small price to pay to have dozens of the city’s premium wedding professionals at your fingertips.
For more information about the show visit www.elegantwedding.ca. Tickets will be available at the door. Don’t miss out on the most beautiful and, need I say it, elegant bridal show Montreal has to offer!
This area south of downtown Montreal was from the 19th century until the 60′s an important point for many Irish and other immigrants in our city, at this time Griffintown is zoned by the city of Montreal as Light Industrial, but that’s about to change. In recent years, Griffintown has been the talk of the town, the area between Pointe St. Charles and the Old Port is a borough of choice for its location and a rare chance to develop very close to the center of town. Almost forgotten in the 70s, Griffintown will soon be one of the most fashionable suburbs of Greater Montreal.
This change begins for our industry with the arrival of a new event space, Espace Griffintown offer a unique atmosphere with the industrial charm worthy of the history of this neighborhood.
Some technical specification; can accommodate 50 to 800 guests with available subdivisions in 6500 square feet including a 1,000 square feet mezzanine and two truck level loading docks, trust me, your suppliers will thank you. Several parking spaces and enough electricity to create a full kitchen for serious caterers.
This atmosphere gives you a blank canvas just waiting for your creation.
For a thrid year in a row, Wednesday, Bravo was one of the proud major sponsors joining corporate giants like Gildan and Air Canada for a foodie evening in favour of « Dans la Rue ». Organise by Tassone Events « De la Rue aux Étoiles », a gastronomic contest also had the chance to host some of the city’s top chefs.
Chefs from restaurants such as Barroco, Bice, Boucan, Chez L’épicier, Ferreira Café, Garde-Manger, Jolifou, Pied de Poule, Pintxo and Le St-Urbain were going at it in a full war to know who would offer the best version of the traditional poutine judged by the public, but also by some well known food critics.
Each restaurant had to offer their own vision of the poutine, from braised veal to a dessert version, any tastes buds could have been pleased. Even a full sweet table for dessert was dressed by none other then Bilboquet ice cream and Itsy Bitsi cupcakes (and others, but I forgot the names, sorry!)
As for the competition itself, the judges picked the bell potatoes with chorizo and serra cheeze poutine from Ferreira Café while the public chose the original idea from Le St-Urbain. Mashed potato with braised veal, cheddar and truffle sauce poutine.
For a third year in a row, Bravo offered all the cooking equipment necessary for the chefs to create their artwork and all the furniture to make the place a little bit more comfortable. We also offered our own time with technical support, labour and transport for the cause. We even offered live tweet from our a href=”http://twitter.com/#search?q=dlr2010″>Twitter extraordinaire.
For a more thorough look at the gastronomic part of the evening, I suggest you read this post from 2Captricieux and their blog « J’ai faim, toi? » and for nice pictures of the evening, take a look at the pretextes.ca’s Flickr account (also via J’ai faim, toi?)