Conviction Kitchen Season 2 Wraps Up

For the past 7 or 8 weeks, I have had the pleasure of doing the PR for season 2 of a television show being filmed here in Vancouver called Conviction Kitchen.

We knew it was going to be a big job, but man, am I so glad we went through with it. What a unique experience.

The show Conviction Kitchen is based on a Chef and his wife, Marc Thuet and Biana Zorich, who staff their restaurant with ex-convicts to give them a second chance at life. Not only is there a wonderful program behind this show to help these former offenders get started in a new career, but it’s great television. There is no need to create drama, because in this case, it creates itself.

Media coverage started out slow, with the exclusive first article going to Mia Stainsby of the Vancouver Sun. Then slowly but surely, more coverage started rolling in, and pretty soon the work was doing itself. See for yourself on Google. Marc Thuet + Biana Zorich, the pair who started this fantastic project, were thrilled with the coverage they received here in Vancouver.

We held a media tasting event, where we invited some select media + foodie bloggers to come taste the Conviction menu and cover the event. We also invited some of Vancouver’s top chefs who happen to be close friends with Chef Marc Thuet, and wanted to support his restaurant, and Marc and Biana’s initiative. The food was divine, and the event was well-received by all of those involved.

Media Table

Chef’s Table

Charcuterie & terrine platter

Lindt Chocolate tart

Friday, August 6, Dawn Chubai from Citytv’s Breakfast Television did the morning show on location at Delilah’s Conviction. 20 BT viewers came in for a one-time-only breakfast served by Marc Thuet. Those were 20 very lucky people (plus a few others, myself included). The breakfast served that morning was out of this world.

Myself + Dawn Chubai

Breakfast of champions

Dawn Chubai with Maggie, Zoran, Rhea, Mike, and Cassandra.

This past Saturday, August 7, was the wrap-up party and graduation for the 9 trainees that made it through the 8 weeks of training with Marc and Biana. It was a wonderful party to celebrate the last day of filming, that included a hefty guest list of some of Vancouver’s top local actors, top chefs, and a few friends and family. I have a set on Flickr that include the rest of the photos of some of these events.

Marc giving a speech at the wrap-up party

Congratulations to Marc, Biana, and all of the trainees, for a wonderful and interesting season in Vancouver. I had an amazing time working on this project, as well as experiencing the behind-the-scenes “magic”. Now, here’s hoping Chef Thuet opens one of his famous bakeries in Vancouver. Who needs a waistline, anyway?

Photography & Videos for Alex Lee PR

The past week has been really busy, and I have been pumping out work like crazy. It’s been a very exciting week, though!

On Monday morning bright and early, I joined Alex to accompany Greg Mueller on his Breakfast Television interview.

I took a few behind the scenes shots with my camera, and Alex took some video on her little point-and-shoot. I blogged about it on Greg Mueller’s site, but I thought I would share some of it here. This is the video I put together with our footage.

On Tuesday afternoon, I also accompanied Alex on a photoshoot with Greg. Cole and Jakob from Nordica Photography were doing the shoot, and the lovely Patricia Isaac, of Shine for Men Image Consulting, did the styling.

Once again, I took a bunch of behind the scenes photos, and Alex took some video and I put together a blog post for Greg’s site. It was a really fun and successful day, with our big crew wandering around the alleys of Gastown, and I hope that the photos and video captured that.

If all the work weeks could be like this one, I would be one happy girl!

New Design Stuff for Wesley

I am still looking for a full-time job, but I have to say, this contract stuff is a lot of fun. I am working hard, and loving every minute of it! Taking photos, editing in Photoshop, designing marketing pieces, making promotional videos – I feel more creative right now than I have in a long time.

Let’s start with Wesley,  your Burnaby Condo Pro! In the past few weeks, I have designed a new notepad for him, and a “Just Sold” postcard for direct mail. Some of you might be receiving one, or even both of these in the next little while. I’m pretty excited about them.

New Notepad for WesleyBehan.com

Postcard - Side 1

Postcard - Side 2

I’ve also taken photos at a few new listings, and helped update some of Wes’ client packages. The good thing is, my work seems to be paying off. Wes has had a great month! Cheers to Team Behan!

Greg “FBT” Mueller Video

While working at Alex Lee PR (which is a blast, by the way!), I have been able to work on my video-making skills to help promote our client, Canadian professional poker player Greg “Full-Blown Tilt” Mueller.

Greg has the opportunity to be one of the only Canadians to play in the 2010 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. To make it into the tournament, you have to have won a WSOP bracelet (Greg won 2 in 2009), and you have to be voted in by your fans. Only 20 players can get voted in. It’s really easy to do – sign up (here) with your e-mail address, find Greg Mueller’s name, and VOTE!

Also, if you want to follow along on Greg’s journey to the 2010 WSOP, you can join his Facebook fan page, and visit his website, where all the current news, photos, and videos will be posted for his fans to see.

Here is a the little video we put together to promote Greg in the WSOP Tournament of Champions. AND, If you e-mail fan photos and F, B, & T photos to contactFBT@gmail.com, you will see them featured in an updated version of the video below. The more photos we receive, the better the video gets, so send them in. We’ll even credit you in the video!

Tell Ten Friends. Do it.

A little while ago I told you about working for my brother Wes, and doing his marketing, well, I’m also working with my brother Jordan at Tell Ten Friends. I know. It’s complicated. But our family makes a really great team. It’s not always a “great minds think alike” situation, but we all bring something valuable to the table and we work well together.

At Tell Ten Friends, we help small businesses with their marketing and social media. There’s a whole list of services that we provide, and can tailor just for you. We also teach you how to do it yourself. Seriously. Check it out. And contact us if you need our help.

Ta Ta for now.

Shaking things up

Some of you may have already heard that I recently started working part-time for my older brother Wesley, who is a real estate agent for RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside. I am assisting with his marketing efforts, including everything from social networking sites, e-mail newsletters, and design projects like postcards and other direct mail pieces.
flyer3

My first project as Wes’ new Marketing Manager (I totally just gave myself that title, btw), was to create a simple flyer targeted towards people living in his own building (above).

Wesley Behan fan pageThe next step was to create a Facebook fan page for Wes. Since we’re talking about it, why don’t you go ahead and become a fan of Wesley Behan, RE/MAX Crest Realty (Westside) right now? This is another medium, besides Wes’ blog, where people can re-connect with Wes, or find out what he’s up to. It’s not going to be Wes updating the page himself, tooting his own horn all day long; it’s going to be more about family and friends sharing links, photos, and video that pertain to Wes.

And, while we’re on the topic of social networking, if you’re a fan of twitter, and you’re not already following Wes,twitter.com/wesleybehan head on over to Wes’ twitter page and give him a follow. This is one of the best ways to see what Wes is up to on a daily basis. He updates his followers on new listings, open houses, market trends, when he’s celebrating a deal gone through, or even when he’s catching a Seahawks game. :)

I’m very excited about this new endeavor, and to be working alongside my big bro. I think that our family makes a great team, and things can only get better from here!