Collaboration is the firestarter of creativity. Bringing people together to experiment, learn from each other, develop skills and feel inspired is a great way to make new and exciting ideas come to life.
There are some people who just have the magic touch for kickstarting the kind of collaborations that do just that. Sarah Keenlyside and Brandon Olsen are those people, and we absolutely love working with them. They make creative-sparks wherever they go, igniting fresh and exciting ideas from the stovetop to the design studio and beyond, and they’ve got a serious track record too.
The couple — yes, that’s right! — are the owners of CXBO. In case you’re not familiar, they make stunning chocolates in Kensington. Their amazing creations take cholateering to the next level, combining Brandon’s two decades of chef skills and Sarah’s intuition for design and art to make a product so great it wins awards.
Speaking of accolades, these creatives are also very well known for their pre-dessert cuisine as well. Co-owners of La Banane, a french restaurant concept over on Ossington, the couple again combines food and art and integrates them into an exciting business that serves up fabulous dishes.
While Sarah & Brandon may have a lot on their plate, we’re always excited to be adding collaborations to this creative duo’s list, and it’s not the first time we’ve partnered with this dream team either.
Sarah Keenlyside is on the Gladstone’s artist roster, and her 2016 installation was one of the most talked about exhibits we’ve ever hosted. As part of the Come Up To My Room design show, Sarah’s replica recreation of Ferris Bueller’s bedroom took Toronto by storm. People loved engaging with this nostalgic work. Everything from the research and design to the execution made this an enthralling project to watch unfold, so much so that there’s a new documentary that follows Sarah’s artistic journey, coming to Hot Docs Cinema in June!
The Gladstone has also partnered with Sarah and Brandon to bring something special and local to our hotel guests. Their beautifully designed CXBO chocolates are available to our hotel guests throughout our 37 artist-design rooms. It’s a collaboration that offers travellers a taste of some truly unique local sweets.
We’re not done there either; collaborations with our favourite collaborative couple are just warming up!
On June 20th, Sarah and Brandon will be the guest chefs at our Harvest Wednesdays local food series. They’ll be serving up a pride-month picnic based in Ontario’s local growing season, using fresh vegetables delivered to the Gladstone the day before by Chick-A-Biddy Acres Farm. Guests can expect an amazing meal, wine pairings, a cocktail hour + a short artist talk.
Make sure not to miss out! Tickets for the Harvest Wednesday Series can be bought here.
From there, this collaboration will propel forward into July, where another big creative adventure with our favourite partners might be just around the corner, but we can’t spill the beans just yet, so stay tuned!
Check out highlights from the Harvest Dinner | May 23rd with The Grape Witches and Chef Brandi Greenwood Below: