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Does your event have ‘Bao Syang’?

By on July 21, 2014

One of the best feelings in the world for a planner is the satisfaction upon the completion of a successful event, combined with the fatigue from pushing the limits, to achieve something unique and memorable. The art of planning is finding, exploring and mastering the world of balance.

I recently attended a corporate anniversary held at the newly launched P.F. Chang’s: an upscale-casual Asian dining concept from the U.S. with locations in Montreal (Décarie/Jean-Talon and Carrefour Laval) and Toronto (The Shops at Don Mills). As I sat sipping on a signature Asian-Pear Mojito overlooking the bustling dining room from the private balcony, the parallels between planners, restaurateurs and even, as my waiter explained, the principals of Chinese cuisine were becoming clear.

’Bao Syang’ is a Chinese principal, it translates to: the explosion of flavour and balance of flavours including spicy, tangy and sweet” he informed before listing his guests favourite dishes embodying this principal: famous Chang’s Spicy Chicken, crunchy Dynamite Shrimp, flaky Oolong marinated Sea-Bass, hand-folded Crab Wontons, steamed or pan seared Peanut Butter Dumplings…

If an event is the main meal, then the aspects of an event (the guest list, the entertainment, even the venue) are the ingredients creating the event’s  ‘Bao Syang’. Consider your unique recipe for success. Hopefully you achieve ‘Bao Syang’ at your events and in your life. For a quick fix you can find it at P.F. Chang’s, because they have mastered the principal for you.

P.F. Chang’s as a wonderful destination for you and your client’s events. They shared this piece of client feedback from a recent event: “Just a short note to say and thank you for making … a true success! You were very accommodating and made the planning very easy and smooth. The food was delicious and your staff was excellent!!! Thank you!!!”

P.F. Chang’s offers customized menus for group meals, catering, and cocktail parties with options for vegetarian and gluten-free diets, with optional wine and/or sake pairings. Naturally, Chinese food is made for sharing and allows guests to get closer – without being too close, but some occasions call for a cocktail dinetoire created from their MSG-free menu.


For information about group events or catering please contact the operating partner at the P.F. Chang’s location ( or call 514.846.7900 x 271, or email


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