HighVail Goes “Eat Street” for Family & Friends Soiree!

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Layla, Jonny & Hady from Jonny Blonde Food Truck; Sil from Core Events Staffing, Shana from HighVail Systems, Raffaela from Core Events Staffing

L to R: Layla, Jonny &

Hady from Jonny Blonde Food Truck; Sil from Core Event Staff, Shana from HighVail Systems, Raffaela from Core Event Staff

Since its inception,

HighVail Systems Inc. has always known that one of the secrets to success is how you treat your employees. The company has created an environment where FUN is taken seriously, both inside and beyond the office. Work/Life balance is also one of our core values. Most importantly, HighVail is not just a place of business; at HighVail, we are a family, and we treat our clients, suppliers, and anyone we do business with as our friends. 

Throughout the years HighVail has had many events that focus, particularly, on bringing our employees together, such as family BBQ’s, our incredible After-New Year parties, and last fall, our very first company retreat at the Hockley Valley Resort & Spa. Celebrations are very important to us, contributing to more positive energy, heightened workplace happiness, better relationships, a higher level of unity, and strengthened communication.

The HighVail team at Hockley Valley Resort for our first company retreat - September 2013

The HighVail team at Hockley Valley Resort for our first company retreat – September 2013

Our latest event took place a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to HighVail’s own Shana Otter, we shared a very exciting, unique kind of soiree. Shana arranged for her good friend, fabulous chef Jonny Blonde and his crew, from Hamilton, Ontario, to bring their food truck right to our driveway! We didn’t realize what a cool evening we were in store for! What a perfect way to end the summer and usher in a new season.

Our house looked beautiful with candle-lit bistro tables scattered inside and out, adorned with rainforest-grown flowers from Whole Foods. From the moment the Jonny Blonde crew arrived, we were served mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres  passed around by none other than a person we adore, whom we consider a member of our family, Sil, a superstar supervisor & waiter with Core Event Staff  and dazzling cocktails by our new member of our family, superstar bartender, Raffaela, also from Core Event

Staff.

Havin' fun with the Jonny Blonde & Core Events Crews!

Havin’ fun with the Jonny Blonde & Core Event Staff Crews! Sil is holding Coco in one photo and delicious hors d’oeuvres in another: Chicken Satays & Jonny’s Sauces (thai peanut, chimichuri & Piri Piri) #nomnom; Rafaella is serving decadent cocktails, and I’m in the truck with Hady, Jonny & Layal!

We have relied on Toronto’s Core Event Staff for almost 10 years, both privately and for corporate events, and have never been disappointed. Au contraire, every chance we get, we rave about them and would never have an event without them! I couldn’t say it any better than their mission statement: “The secret to our success is our ability to repeatedly deliver qualified, hospitable staff with a genuine desire and commitment to make each client’s vision a reality” Their vast repertoire of clients is impressive and each one, whether a large, high-end venue or corporation, or a small family celebrating a holiday or special occasion, is treated with the same care and dedication. We know that with their ridiculously friendly, most professional, warm, caring, thoughtful, and excellent staff, nothing can go wrong!

HighVail's Family & Friends begin to arrive!

HighVail’s Family & Friends begin to arrive

Hanging out inside and out!

Hangin’ inside and out!

Everyone is having a blast!

Everyone is having F.U.N.!

Some of the beautiful people who joined us on this wonderful evening

Some of the beautiful people who joined us on this wonderful evening

Adorable babies, friends, neighbours, and our puppy Coco

Sweet babies, family, friends, neighbours, and one of our puppies, Coco!

 

We were so fortunate to meet HighVail's extended family members!

We were so fortunate to enjoy this fab evening with the HighVail family

A great time was had by all

A great time was had by all!

Amidst a casual and comfortable atmosphere, over 60 people feasted on non-stop delectable treats. The staff from Jonny Blonde not only served up melt-in-your-mouth amuses bouches, but they were totally awesome people as well! There was a total love affair going on between the guests, the Core

Event staff, and the Jonny Blond team!

Amazing Jonny Blonde Hors D'oeuvres!

Amazing Jonny Blonde Hors D’oeuvres – clockwise from top left corner: Chorizo & green olive & roasted red pepper Canapes; Blonde Bombshell – grilled bacon, kale & sweet potato with chipotle mayo Skewers; Stuffed Portobello with bacon, blue cheese, leeks, Jerusalem artichokes, & parmesan Canapes; Thai peanut shrimp on sticky rice Canapes

Jonny Blonde is not just a food truck, but an elegant, gourmet foodie’s heaven on wheels! Using only the finest ingredients, such as fire-grilled, locally-raised meats and the finest seasonal produce, their food is not only innovative & tasty, but farm fresh and mega-healthy.

It felt like a Hollywood set right on our quiet, suburban street! We felt so fortunate that Jonny Blonde, voted View Magazine’s People’s Choice for Best Food Truck and Caterer of 2014 in Hamilton, made an opening in their busy schedule to travel all the way to our home in Thornhill, Ont. so we could partake in this gastronomic explosion of taste and most memorable experience! And the weather was purrrrfect! Be sure to tune in to the Food Network’s “Eat Street” on October 18th to watch them in action when their segment will be aired. Jonny runs his food truck and business together with his lovely girlfriend and business partner, Layal, who also has a neat website, www.JonnyandtheGypsy.com, chronicling their adventures. Jonny, Layal and Layal’s brother, Hady, were all at our event, making the night one dazzling one!

After mountains of unbelievably delicious hot & cold appetizers and finger foods, I seriously don’t know how we made room in our appetites for the main dishes – Irresistible melt-in-your-mouth gourmet sandwiches that were visions of art on a plate. Everyone had a blast going right up to the food truck window and ordering their choice of sandwich.

3 types of artisinal sandwiches were served - Peachy Blonde: Grilled chicken, brie, red pepper & peach chutney, baby spinach, sprouts & chimichurri aioli; Mr. Blond: BBQ beef skirt steak, gruyere, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, baby spinach, sprouts, beef demi glaze & roasted garlic aioli; Natural Blond: eggplant, zucchini & red pepper ratatouille with local goat cheese, baby spinach, sprouts & balsamic glaze

3 types of artisinal sandwiches were served – Peachy Blonde: Grilled chicken, brie, red pepper & peach chutney, baby spinach, sprouts & chimichurri aioli; Mr. Blond: BBQ beef skirt steak, gruyere, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, baby spinach, sprouts, beef demi glaze & roasted garlic aioli; Natural Blond: eggplant, zucchini & red pepper ratatouille with local goat cheese, baby spinach, sprouts & balsamic glaze, along with Parsnip & Pear soup in a shot glass

The chatter was so loud and boisterous that no one would even notice the music playing in the background. Everyone was having a blast connecting, socializing, laughing, schmoozing, and having a generally great time. We were really lucky that some of the people at HighVail with newly born babies brought these little angels to our little shindig. So yummy and adorable! Five out of the three newly born infants joined us as well as some of the older children, who were equally amazing! What an awesome crowd! I always say how fortunate everyone at HighVail is to have such a fabulous, cohesive, great group of people who can both work hard and play hard together!

An alluring sweet table was set up for dessert but as you can imagine, no one had any room left for anything more, so copious amounts of doggie bags left through the front door filled with decadent The Cheesecake Factory Red Velvet, Vanilla Bean, and Blackout cupcakes, colourful French Macarons in a dizzying array of flavours such as Cotton Candy, Passion, Red Velvet, Purple Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, Pink Lemonade, Lychee Ice, Green Coconut, Espresso Raspberry, Caramelized Chocolate & Nutella, made by Petite & Sweet Bakes from Pusateri’s Fine Foods, Caramel/Chocolate enrobed popcorn with nuts from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and melt-in-your mouth Godiva chocolates. Yes, there was a healthy option too – my home-made tropical fruit platters!

Decadent dessert & cocktails - what could be better!

Decadent desserts & cocktails – what could be better!

After another successful, memorable, and indeed FUN, HighVail event, I

leave you, my friends, with the following powerful yet simple quote by American internet entrepreneur/venture capitalist, and CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh: “Treat Employees Like They Make a Difference and They Will.” This is definitely a value we at HighVail stand by with pride.

Until next time, hugs & kisses from The Pomegraddict

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