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What Are Technical Sheets and Why They Are Important

Does your winery have trouble keeping track of all the wines you’ve made, especially when it comes to flavor profiles and technical information? Technical sheets are a good solution to keep organized, but it’s also a great piece of marketing material for your sales team and consumers.

Technical sheets are often 8.5” x 11” loose leaf papers, however they can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The most standard information on these sheets include:

  • Company name and logo
  • Name of wine
  • Vintage of wine
  • Bottle shot image
  • Flavour profiles
  • Food Pairings
  • Alcohol percentage
  • pH
  • TA
  • RS
  • SKU
  • Price
  • Website and social handles
  • Company contact information

Additional information to bring your technical sheets to the next level could include:

  • Accolades
  • Awards
  • Viticulture and Composition
  • Winemaker’s Notes
  • Bottling date
  • Production in cases 
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The public and trade can tell when a graphic item is made in-house or done professionally. Having a professionally-made technical sheet can give your company polish, legitimacy, and make your brand more reliable. When speaking to a designer, consider typesetting and some basic principles of design.

For more information on technical sheets, how they can work to help you sell wine, or to get some created, contact us today at info@townhallbrands.com.

How to Use Events to Build Your Winery Brand

Everyone loves a great time, especially one that involves wine and a gorgeous destination. So why not host an event to attract people to your winery? People who have never heard of your winery before may explore it and taste the wines. Others who already know and love your wine will join you for a celebration and feel more closely aligned with your winery as they enjoy an entertaining experience. Objectives for holding an event are to attract newcomers, retain existing customers, and to ultimately make some sales.

We will start with the simplest idea, which is when people come to the winery and the kind of visitor experience that you give them. Do you offer tours of your production facility or the farm property? Are there opportunities for hands-on experience? Allowing people to get a peek at your production and what you do helps them understand that you are working hard for your finished product; and then they have a greater appreciation for your wine.

Another idea is to hold a fundraiser at your winery for your charity of choice. Fundraisers are a win-win situation for everyone: the people attending feel good about where they're putting their money, you get people into your winery to see what you have (and ideally become a customer), and the charity that you choose benefits from your support and donation.

 Host an event at your winery. Pictured here: Event at Blue Grouse Estate Winery

Host an event at your winery. Pictured here: Event at Blue Grouse Estate Winery

Throughout the year, themed parties are a favourite. Every season offers some fun reason to get together and dress up. From the Academy Awards in the winter, to a cupid’s ball, or a picnic-themed social, to a harvest party or Halloween bash.

For a more informative event, you can invite outside experts to your winery to give a presentation. This is an age of celebrity, so a well-known expert can attract and engage customers.

Hold a seminar. This is a classic way to get people to taste your wine while educating them. You can have a formal, instructional / tutored or guided tasting led by your winemaking team, or maybe a guest sommelier.

The kind of skill set required to coordinate an event is organized, detail-oriented and able to coordinate things in a calm manner. They should know how to budget and understand how to make sure that the cost of the tickets covers the cost of any rentals, wine poured, and staff that is going to work the event.

These are just a few ideas - what are your thoughts? Have we missed any ideas that have been successful for you in getting audiences engaged and attracting them into the winery?

 

Inside secrets for a better tasting room experience

Now’s the time to start thinking about what you need to create memorable experiences for your winery visitors this summer! Below are some tips on giving your guests the best winery experience:

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1.     Highway signage: Don’t expect that a sign itself will lead customers to your door. Make sure the print is big enough, the directions are clear enough, and use symbols if necessary.

2.     Winery signage: Entice customers to your door. Use clever design and marketing content to drive traffic to your winery. What sets your winery and vineyard apart from others?

3.     Creative added-bonuses for non-wine drinkers: Is your winery dog-friendly? Perhaps you have a colouring table for kids while adults taste or you offer free non-alcoholic beverages for the designated driver. Make sure this is communicated clearly within your winery with signage or other marketing materials.

4.     Tasting Bar: Speak intelligently about your wines. Do you have a tasting sheet, or do you offer free tastings? Do you have a wine club and supporting materials to convert your customers?

5.     Wine Purchases: Marketing materials go beyond just paper and signage printing. Think about branded bags or something more that would enhance your customers’ experience. Maybe you offer free shipping. Make sure that is communicated in your materials. Or perhaps offer a promo card for their next visit.

There are many ways to both attract and retain customers. It’s imperative to think of a guest’s whole experience rather than just focusing on what’s happening in the tasting room. When it gets busy, not everything can be communicated verbally to every guest, so make sure you have the materials to support you. And don’t forget about your designers and printers! They need lead times to ensure you get your materials ready for the busy season.

Contact Town Hall Brands today for more great tasting room experience tips, or to start using the power of design to transform your visitor's experience.

Farm Friends Event Raised $6,000 For BC Hospitality Foundation

Farm Friends, an event that was organized in response to the recent boycott on the importation of BC Wine to Alberta, raised $6,000 for the BC Hospitality Foundation on Thursday, February 22, 2018. The boycott has now been rescinded, fortunately and coincidentally so, on the day of the event.

Mastermind behind Farm Friends and BCHF chair, Christine Coletta (also owner of Okanagan Crush Pad Winery & Haywire Winery), noted that the BC Hospitality Foundation was a natural fit to donate proceeds to, "As one of the founders of the BCHF, I am passionate about the work we do. I urge other industry businesses to think of ways they can help. In this case funds will be used to support the next generation about to enter the hospitality sector through scholarships".

This event was proof that businesses working side by side to find solutions over political grand standing is the way forward. With attendees which included the public, trade, and media, guests enjoyed Alberta foods such as beef and bison made by chefs at Granville Island’s Edible Canada, paired with wines from some of BC’s top wineries listed below.

  Participating wines at Farm Friends event.

Participating wines at Farm Friends event.

50th Parallel Estate Winery

Culmina Family Estate Winery

Dames Wine

Liquidity Wines

Okanagan Crush Pad Winery

Painted Rock Estate Winery

Poplar Grove Winery

Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Each winery generously donated $500 to the BC Hospitality Foundation, in addition to attending the event and pouring for guests. Owner of Edible Canada, Eric Pateman, proudly hosted this event to support the industry.

Congratulations to the brave hearts of our industry for reminding everyone that BC loves Alberta, and that we should always react with warmth rather than hate and opposition.  

  Christine Coletta, organizer of Farm Friends and owner of Okanagan Crush Pad winery, with Lauren Skinner from Painted Rock Winery and Harriet Whitecross from Edible Canada, enjoying local BC wine while discussing details of Farm Friends event.

Christine Coletta, organizer of Farm Friends and owner of Okanagan Crush Pad winery, with Lauren Skinner from Painted Rock Winery and Harriet Whitecross from Edible Canada, enjoying local BC wine while discussing details of Farm Friends event.

Help your sales team sell more wine with a sales tool kit

Are you and your importer/distributor both eager to tell your story in a way that translates into sales? Consider equipping your sales team with consistent and professional materials (a sales tool kit) that tell your authentic story.

A sales tool kit is a toolbox, containing the items that make it easier for your customer to understand your wine, and make room for it on their shelves.

What’s in a sales tool kit? At the minimum it should include a portfolio sheet listing all of your wines, but a great sales tool kit will include several items that make it easier for the buyer to sell your wine to consumers.

Sales Tool Kit Checklist:

  •   Portfolio Sheet/Booklet
  •   Technical Information Sheets
  •   Sell Sheets
  •   Shelf Talkers
  •   Neck Tags
  •   Business Cards
  •   Tasting Cards
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So, how can you create a sales tool kit? Here’s the process we go through to create one:

1.     Strategy – The first step is to have a strategy and determine which pieces of information will be used where (such as what accolades or reviews you’ll want to use and if you want them on shelf talkers or neck tags). This will help inform which items you will need to make.

2.     Gather – The next step is to gather the content you’ll need to create the tools: your brand story, wine technical info (pH, RS, TA, alc%), harvesting information, awards/reviews, and product photos (bottle shots).

3.     Create – The last step is to create the materials. Portfolio sheets, tech sheets, and sell sheets, shelf talkers, business cards, and tasting cards.

Creating these materials in a professional, consistent and compelling way will help your brand stand out and make it easier on your sales reps and retailers to sell your wine.

Are you stuck in the steps to create your own kit? Maybe you don’t have all the content you need, like a compelling brand story, or you lack professional bottle shots. Or maybe you need help creating professional looking tech sheets and shelf talkers. Let us help un-stick you, and help you create a really successful sales tool kit.

We are Town Hall Brands, and have more than 21 years of industry experience, creating content and marketing materials for winery clients, successfully elevating their brands and helping their sales soar. We would love to do the same for you.

Don't miss another important deadline by following our lead times

Ever feel so overwhelmed trying to plan for the year that you’re often getting things done last minute? Don’t stress, we’re here to help! We’ve put together a timeline to help you stay on track.

Remember that creating marketing materials takes time. Allow three to four months for a wine label design from start to finish (and don’t forget the bottle shots images!). Get ready for your wine shop opening for the season with signage and point-of-sale materials. And start thinking about your holiday needs at the end of summer.

Below is a graphic for a visual representation. Text to follow.

For questions and/or graphic design help, contact us at info@townhallbrands.com.

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Winter (December, January, February)

  • Advertisements: You should have your advertisement budget planned for the year. Now’s the time to get those campaigns and ads created.
  • Wine Labels & Bottle Shot Images: Whether you are refreshing your labels, updating the vintages and back labels, or designing a whole new label – it’s time to start this process to prepare for your spring release.
  • Prepare for updated press materials for media queries.
  • Tasting materials: Below are some materials you may need for your tasting room opening:
    o  Highway signage for visitors
    o  Shelf talkers
    o  Portfolio list
    o  Signage for winery (tasting fees, etc)
    o  Tasting cards
    o  Neck tags
    o  Shelf tags

SPRING (MARCH, APRIL, MAY)

  • This is the time to make sure all your labels are done in time for your spring release.
  • Bottle Shot Images: With the labels finalized, this is a great time to get bottle shot images made. They can be used in your sell sheets, online store, advertisements, or to fulfill media requests.
  • Is your press kit up to date?
  • With the busy tasting season coming up, is your wine shop ready for visitors?

Summer (June, July, August)

  • Wine Labels & Bottle Shot Images: Whether you are refreshing your labels, updating the vintages and back labels, or designing a whole new label – it’s time to start this process to prepare for your fall release.
  • Packaging: Wine cases, bottle cap enclosures, prep for bottling
  • Holidays: It’s not too early to think about your holiday offerings, and this is actually the best time to do it! Below are some materials you may need, for your clients and for your sales team.
    o  Shelf talkers
    o  Technical sheets
    o  Portfolio booklets
    o  Holiday offerings sell sheets
    o  Wine club offers sell sheets
    o  Advertisements
    o  Holiday cards – printed or ecards
    o  Tasting cards

Fall (September, October, November)

  • Holidays: Finalize your holiday pieces to make the most of your year-end sales
  • Point-of-sale materials: Need updates to your current marketing materials?
    o  Business cards
    o  Rack cards
    o  Brochures
    o  Banners

TOWN HALL BRANDS JOB POSTING: Agency Administrator and Marketing Assistant

  TH-Hiring

JOB POSTING: Agency Administrator and Marketing Assistant

UPDATED November 20:

Thank you to all who have submitted applications.

We will contact only those selected for interviews.

Good luck, and thank you for your interest in Town Hall Brands.

 

posted October 17, 2016

BACKGROUND:

Town Hall Brands is a full service agency specializing in beverage, food and hospitality. Services include strategy, branding and graphic design, packaging, media relations, social media outreach, and special events. With a specialization in beverage, food and hospitality, we deliver projects that inspire and celebrate the good life.

We are hiring for an agency administrator and marketing assistant:

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Please download the posting above.

If you want to work in east Vancouver with a small team of professionals, send us your resume with salary expectations.

Please send a cover letter and resume by November 18, 2016 to Amy@townhallbrands.com

We hope to find a person who would like to grow with us. Thank you for your time in reviewing the post for this position.

Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Coffee and Town Hall Brands

By Kathleen Beveridge Today is National Coffee Day or as Howard Schultz would say, "I can't imagine a day without coffee."

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That being said I am not a coffee drinker, my choice of hot beverage has always been tea BUT there is something to be said about the smell of coffee brewing, the sounds of a coffee shop and the time spent with a warm mug in hand with friends, family and co-workers.

What I've noticed since joining Town Hall Brands last year is that our team loves coffee and that coffee is integral to our creative process to ensure we provide the best work for our clients. Whether creative design or communications you can bet each team member has a cup of coffee on their desk bringing focus and creative stimulation.

Now there has been studies that say coffee does not increase creativity however, for the team here I'll respectfully disagree. Coffee keeps us fueled up and when we need those mental breaks the walk to the coffee shop usually clears the mind enough that productivity is when returning to our desks.

In case you were wondering here's how the each team member enjoys their coffee!

Leeann

I like my coffee with just a little bit of milk and I like it to be strong. When I have a latte I like four shots of espresso and soy milk. No sugar. I'm sweet enough.

Andrew

Depends on whether it’s good coffee or not. If it’s good coffee it’s black.

Felicia

Often. With lots of cream.

Sujinder

With two (almost) vegans and one with dairy allergies in the house, we rarely have regular (cow’s) milk in the fridge, even though that’s my personal preference. That, and half a teaspoon of brown sugar. Always brown. I rarely get a hot cup of coffee at the home office, but my Stanley mega-thermos keeps it hot enough for the commute to Town Hall HQ. Other than that, I have a Nespresso ‘pixie’ which has served me well for years. My favourite pod is the Arpeggio. It’s intensity is 9/10. Just like me. And for the record, being environmentally-conscious, we scoop the grinds in the compost and recycle the aluminum. Love you, mother nature!

Laurisha

COFFEE IS MY EVERYTHING. IT DESERVES ALL THE ALL CAPS. I need it to be piping hot, fresh ground, and something like Kickinghorse, Ethical Bean or Salt-Spring. I like cream and sugar in it (not too much of either).

Amy

Americano black.

Kathleen

Tea please! Any and all kinds. Or if I have to choose a coffee make it sickly sweet-Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Mocha's, Carmel Machiattos. I may love the smell but the taste not so much.

Grace

Office coffee with 2 creams every morning. Sometimes with sugar if I’m feeling lazy and go to a café.

Genevieve

I like plain Jane drip coffee with almond milk and HONEY.

Cheers to National Coffee Day! May your day be filled with your favourite brew.

Meet John Geary #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese Weekly for the past couple of years it has been our pleasure to introduce people we encounter and then capture #withTownHall!

This does not mean that we have hired someone new and added them to our Town Hall Brands team; rather we just get to interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to John Geary.

John Geary, freelancer, various 01I am lucky enough to know John through his work in the media, and our shared love for birds.

John is a freelance writer and photographer who works with a variety of publications including Green Global Travel, Northwest Travel, The Elks Magazine, Travel MindSet, and Travel Writers Tales.

With a focus on outdoor adventure and ecotourism, John often looks for the conservation angel in his pieces. He has also written a couple of niche articles on paddling and birds. He has also written several food articles and profiled artists, authors, chefs, etc throughout the years with his work  appearing in more than 70 publications in Canada, the U.S., Britain & Australia, mainly magazines (consumer, in-flight and trade) but also some newspapers.

However, John understands the need for flexibility and in the last few years has began to write more online material. Often the photos that appear alongside his articles are his own. He recently began producing travel videos for Tripfilms and other social platforms like YouTube.

Taking his writing on the road John has traveled in North & South America, Africa, Asia & Europe. In fact, he is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) and got to spend time with Town Hall Brand's own Amy Chen at the TMAC AGM in Cape Breton last month.

With all he does, will you help us welcome John as a featured person #withTownHall ?

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Meet Cory Price with Townhall

By Leeann Froese Weekly for the past couple of years it has been our pleasure to introduce people we encounter and then capture #withTownHall!

This does not mean that we have hired someone new and added them to our Town Hall Brands team; rather we just get to interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to Cory Price.

Cory Price

If he isn't making his own music or enjoying the outdoors, Cory Price can be found behind the mic at Roundhouse Radio 98.3 in Vancouver, BC.

Cory’s appreciation for music began at an early age when he frequently listened to his grandma sing. At 14, he picked up the guitar, and there was no going back.

He got his broadcast experience started by volunteering at SFU's Campus radio, and his official career in broadcasting started in Squamish. He has also worked at 104.9 FM Vancouver, spent nine years at CFOX FM, and did stints with LG 104.3 and the 102.7 The Peak Vancouver before settling in at Roundhouse Radio.

At Roundhouse Radio he is the music director, produces of "Live from Railtown", a one hour media/culture show, and is the Host of "Tracks", a one hour new music show.

We are lucky that our PR team gets to work with Cory and his team from time to time.

When he isn't working he plays guitar in his own band, Sex With Strangers. Check them out!

With all he does, will you help us welcome Cory as a featured person #withTownHall ?

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Meet chef Jessica Pelland #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese Every week for the past couple of years it has been our pleasure to introduce people we encounter and then capture #withTownHall!

This does not mean that we have hired someone new and added them to Town Hall Brands; rather we just connect with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to Jessica Pelland.

Jessica Pelland

Jessica Pelland is a culinary star, and we are thrilled to know her through her role as a chef in Calgary.

Jessica is the executive chef at Calgary's Charbar, a Prairie & west coast ingredient driven restaurant and bar that has been inspired by wood-fired Argentina cuisine.

Jessica, under 30, is already an award winning Chopped Canada winner, and has been named a Top Foodie in Western Living magazine. She had her first restaurant role straight out of high school, and from 2010, Jessica honed her skills working alongside John Jackson and Connie DeSousa at CHARCUT Roast House as their right hand, before going on to open Charbar in 2015.

She has a reputation for her ambition. She hunts and fishes, and in the kitchen she specializes in whole-animal butchery, curing, grilling, roasting, and working magic with a refined rustic-cooking style. With her love for food, cooking, and discovery, I feel that Jessica is a rising star and I am sure she is just getting started.

With all she does, will you help us welcome Jessica as our featured person #withTownHall this week?

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Meet Tammy Kwan #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese Every week for the past couple of years it has been our pleasure to introduce people we encounter and then capture #withTownHall!

This does not mean that we have hired someone new and added them to Town Hall Brands; rather we just connect with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to Tammy Kwan.

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Tammy is one smart cookie. She is a staff writer for the Vancouver weekly paper the Georgia Straight, and her qualifications include a master degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong, and she also graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with a bachelor in arts degree with a major in history– specializing in Imperial China and Pre-Modern Europe.

In the Georgia Straight, Tammy writes about food, drink, events, and the delicious things that happen in and around Vancouver. in any given week she can be found checking out the latest place for a hamburger, lemonade, or ice cream, or sharing news about this weekend's festivals.

This means Tammy is out in the community a lot; you never know when you might bump into her.

With all she does, will you help us welcome Tammy as our featured person #withTownHall this week?

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Meet Cathy Browne #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, or are our client (although sometimes in these posts they are).

We just interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to Cathy Browne.

Cathy Brown withTownHallI have known Cathy since 2008 as she was one of the first people I ever followed on Twitter. Prolific on social media, Cathy Browne is a veteran in the public relations world who has watched the landscape of public relations change and adapt with technology. However, Town Hall Brands works with Cathy through her media side, as she writes and takes photographs of events and lifestyle stories throughout Vancouver.

She has her own website, but also contributes to MyVanCity and The Daily Hive as both a writer and photographer.

Through her photography Cathy is able to capture the world around her in beautiful imagery despite the fact that she is legally blind.

As noted, Cathy is active on social media which she uses for her storytelling and part of the Vancouver social media community.

She is also a disability advocate for those with physical and mental challenges and has been the vice-chair of Persons with Disabilities Advisory Council for the City of Vancouver for the last four years.

With all she does ,will you help us welcome Cathy as our featured person #withTownHall this week?

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Meet Maureen Frost #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, or are our client (although sometimes in these posts they are).

We just interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to Maureen Frost.

editted13231257_10154249731107094_1612634123_nMaureen is a contributor at HelloVancity, as well as a business owner at Frost Nursery in Abbotsford.

Town Hall Brands has been lucky enough to get to know Maureen through her attendance at and coverage of client events, especially in the Fraser Valley.

Maureen wrote an excellent article on Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store's cocktail class hosted by Kelly Ann Woods of Gillespie's Fine Spirits. If you need some inspiration I highly recommend you give it a read.

Working with Maureen is easy and she asks intelligent questions that she knows will resonate with her readers, and she holds great enthusiasm for her work. This all shows through in the finished story.

With all of that said about Maureen, will you please give a big hello to her?

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Meet Brian Cant #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, or are our client (although sometimes in these posts they are).

We just interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to Brian Cant.

Brian Cant Tartan GroupBrian works at the Tartan Group in Victoria focusing on travel and tourism public relations and is the chair of the BC Chapter of the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC).

Brian's passion for travel and the desire to share that passion to encourage people to grow during their travels is what brought him into the travel industry after a summer job working in the Rossland Museum. Brian has been able to work with Tourism Victoria and Destination BC in his career.

He joined the Tartan Group in 2011 as a senior communications coordinator and helps clients to develop and deliver stories to media.

We are happy to work with Brian through his chair position at TMAC, or when our clients overlap for collaborative efforts.

As a member of TMAC, Town Hall Brands has been able to attend some fantastic workshop events to learn from the industry, media and destination marketing organizations. And our own Amy Chen will be heading to the conference that is being held in Sydney, Nova Scotia in June!

The BC events are made by possible because of Brian's efforts along with the rest of the TMAC board, and the entire communications team has benefited from their March 'Star Wars' event.

With all of that said about Brian, will you please give a big hello to him?

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Meet Natalie Browne #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, or are our client (although sometimes they are).

We just interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to Natalie Browne.

croppedNatalie Browne Uncorked Kitchen withTownHallNatalie is a stay-at-home mom and food blogger who Town Hall Brands regularly has the pleasure of working with.

Her philosophy to food is straightforward: delicious, simple and mostly homemade. She shares recipes and food discoveries on her blog, Kitchen, uncorked, and believes by keeping those three guiding principles in mind with food you're already ahead of the health game.

Natalie loves cooking, recipe creation and generally being in the kitchen now but it wasn't until she moved out on her own that she was able to take charge and fall in love. It's possible she inherited some of her kitchen love from her grandma. Her grandma lives across the country, so Natalie makes sure to have fresh baked bread and recipes to discuss on hand for their visits.

I personally love the smoothie recipes she has shared, and have tried lots of them.You definitely need to try Natalie's goat cheese and mushroom tart paired with Serendipity wine.

With all of that said about Natalie, will you please give a big hello to her? What do you like to make that is healthy?

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Meet Dino Pascoa #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, or are our client (although sometimes they are).

We just interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to Dino Pascoa.

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After more than 20 years in the restaurant business Dino joined the wine industry in 2007 and trained through the ISG Sommelier certification as he made the move to sell wine from all over the world. He is a sales representative with Vancouver-based agency The Wine List.

Next year Dino will celebrate his 10th year in wine sales. Over the past decade he has proven his expertise in wine, food and service, and has a strong reputation for loyalty and a desire to go above and beyond for his customers. He prides himself on the solid relationships he has created.

We are pleased to work with Dino via our client ENCORE Vineyards, parent to Evolve Cellars, McWatters Collection and TIME Winery.

A side note about these wineries - their wines are featured all weekend at the 10th Anniversary of the Chefs' Table Society of BC Spot Prawn Festival.

With all of that said about Dino, will you please help us give a big hello to him?

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Meet Lindsay William-Ross #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, or are our client (although sometimes they are).

We just interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to Lindsay William-Ross.

Lindsay William-Ross, VancityBuzz 01The lovely Lindsay is a foodie and senior editor at VancityBuzz and her first published piece was in 1980 in The Province; her letter to Santa Claus. If you love Vancity Buzz and its food section that's because of Lindsay! She currently runs the food section.

Although Lindsay grew up in Vancouver a fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent two decades in Los Angeles. During her time in LA, Lindsay was the editor-in-chief of the city's top blog, she earned her master's degree, attended culinary school, and put her master's to good use as a professor.

Town Hall is lucky to work with Lindsay collaboratively because of our foodie clients Well Seasoned: A Gourmet Food Store, the Chefs' Table Society of BC and all our winery PR clients. Lindsay has attended events Town Hall has hosted and been part of the Travel Media Association of Canada's (TMAC) events to help writers and media learn more about what an editor looks for.

We can't thank Lindsay enough for her support of our clients and we appreciate her love of the city and food.

With all of that said about Lindsay, will you please help us give a big hello to her?

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Meet Jonathan Kinney #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, or are our client (although sometimes they are).

We just interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to chef Jonathan Kinney.

Jonathan Kinney, chef instructor, Northwest Culinary Academy 01Chef Jonathan is a graduate of Northwest Culinary Academy (2008), and now he works at Northwest as assistant to the culinary and pastry programs and as head of media.

Jonathan grew up in a family where food was approached as fuel and he learned to cook at a young age. So after a BA in History and Geography from the University of Victoria, a Masters in Public Administration and 13 years of owning his own management consulting firm he decided to finally pursue his dream of a career in food.

After graduating from Northwest he worked at Culinary Capers Catering, plus did his own catering on the side.

A fun fact about Jonathan: he is a 10th generation Canadian!

With all of that to learn so far about chef Jonathan, will you please help us give a big hello to him?

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Meet Row #38 at Okanagan Crush Pad #withTownHall

By Kathleen Beveridge It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, are our client (although sometimes they are), or even are a person.

This week #withTownHall, is a little bit different as in celebration of Earth Day we introduce you to Row 38 at Okanagan Crush Pad's Switchback Vineyard-named after our own Leeann Froese.

This is Row 38, named after Town Hall's own Leeann Froese, at Switch Back Vineyard.

If you weren't aware, Switchback Vineyard was certified organic last August so we thought we'd take today to celebrate a piece of the vineyard-especially since it allows us to show you many many #row38selfies!

Leeann taking a typical selfie at her row while visiting the Crush Pad.

Leeann likes to document her visits to Okanagan Crush Pad by taking selfies with her row and has encouraged her network to do the same! It's a fun way to connect through photos and celebrate the vineyard.

I should say that Leeann isn't the only one with a row named after her but she encourages selfies be sent to her when visitors come upon or seek out row 38.

These are just a few of those who have risen to the challenge.

Capturing Okanagan Crush Pad owner Christine Coletta and Toques and Truffles, Katie Marks in the act of #row38selfie!

Editor-in Chief of Western Living, Anicak Quinn at Row 38.

Row 38 -not quite a selfie- with Derek Thompson

Say hello to professional cook Dixie May Kunicky in this #row38selfie

Christine Campbell, Girls Go Grape, looks great in her #row38selfie

Vancouver's 30 Day Adventurer Marc Smith with row 38's namesake.

Town Hall's graphic designer Felicia Fraser made sure she took a #row38selfie on her trip last summer.

Writer and business owner Jackie Kai Ellis at row 38.

 

It's only natural South Van Little League would make an appearance at row 38.

David Lancelot, a Kelowna tour operator, joins in on the fun.

Kieron Gallagher showing row 38 some love with a big hug.

Social media marketer Rebecca Coleman is all smiles with row 38.

Big hello for Marilyn working the vineyard angles at row 38.

Deborah Skreslet under the Okanagan sun at row 38.

Okanagan Crush Pad's own Rebeka gets in on the row 38 photography action.

Here's Kayla of UnCorkBC with pure #row38selfie skill shining through.

Leeann is excited wine journalist Treve Ring is hanging out at row 38.

Taryn Liv Parker's book makes an appearance at row 38.

Triple threat! Robin, Linda Horn and friend make this an epic #row38selfie

Will you help us say hello to Row 38 and celebrate Earth Day this week?

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