As last year, Ian Capstick’s (@iancapstick) and Shawn Dearn’s (@shawndearn) MediaStyle Holiday Party opened Christmas party season for me and Jenn at foodiePrints. It is an annual event we are grateful to have been invited to again.
MediaStyle, a media (both traditional and new media), event planning, and content production (television, film, video, and web) company, has enjoyed some growth this past year. We are glad to see its success.
MediaStyle’s co-founder and friend, Ian, is very active in the community, organizing and participating in fundraising events for various causes and supporting networking and showcase events for communications around Ottawa. Food event-wise, Ian lead the organizing committee for 2010’s Capital CupcakeCamp, which raised over $6000 for the Woman Alive/Femme Active Program and the Youth Services Bureau.
For the MediaStyle Holiday Party, attendees were encouraged to bring non-perishables, baby formula, diapers, and/or donations for the Ottawa Food Bank. In total, the party raised 187 lbs of food. Moreover, it supported local producers and suppliers and served Beau’s beer on-tap.
There was an abundance of food, drink, and great conversation.
Ian, being a rather accomplished amateur cupcake baker, of course baked cupcakes.
Clockwise from top: miniature vanilla cupcakes; full-size vanilla cupcake with a date square, mini vanilla cupcake eaten with the sandwich approach.
The ham came from the Piggy Market (400 Winston Avenue). It was brined with maple syrup and mustard, and smoked with apple wood.
Clockwise from left: crackers topped with whipped chevre and crisped prosciutto; ham and cucumber with wasabi sour cream and smoked salmon; and chicken and prosciutto-wrapped chicken skewers.
Left: A fountain, serving a lovely vodka-based punch.
Thank-you to our hosts Ian and Shawn for a great party.
Congratulations for beating last year’s donations to the Ottawa Food Bank as well!