Since founding TopTable.co.uk in February 2000, Karen Hanton has witnessed the dotcom bubble burst first hand, gained some celebrity shareholders and received a smattering of awards - including being named as one of the top 100 most influential people in the first decade of the internet. But the firm did not enjoy a prosperous beginning.
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Expect comfort foods to take center stage as the economic downturn continues, says a leading Toronto chef. "Restaurants and caterers will no doubt have a tough year or two as people decide to limit their outings," says chef Tatiana Shabotynsky. "It's not the time to be flashy, and at the end of the day everyone loves comfort food."
Hanspeter Stutz, the man behind Domaine de Grand PrÈ, is a very modest man, which, to me, is a little strange considering the acheivements he has enjoyed with his outstanding winery. Indeed, you would think that after being awarded numerous accolades including three gold medals and one bronze at the prestigious All Canadian Wine Championships, he would be screaming his successes from the rooftop.
While talking about various investment options at a time of low inflation and poor returns on the traditional markets, an acquaintance remarked that he'd dabbled with investing in wine during the 1980s.
Incorporated in 1982, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is an international franchiser, confectionery manufacturer and retail operator in the US, Canada and Europe.
Whether it comes as a ringing declaration or a gentle pat on the back, validation is a basic human need. In the case of Quality Wine & Spirits Inc, two recent endorsements have pushed the nine-year-old Atlanta-based distributor onto the national stage.