Whether it’s for a Christmas celebration, VIP after-party or offsite meeting, a corporate event venue should check off several boxes.
The space needs to be warm and inviting, with an intimate and relaxed vibe that shows it’s serious about having fun. The menu should convey creativity and a passion for high-quality food. And the venue must make an impression the moment your guests walk through the door. Inside Crust & Crate, the exposed brick walls and steel beams forge a modern industrial feel. Wooden crates hanging from the ceiling help create an atmosphere that’s both comfortable and upbeat.
But the heart of the restaurant is Crust & Crate’s woodstone-fired pizza oven, where the combination of intense heat and smoke blister the dough and melt fresh topping within the cheeses.
And, reflecting a strong sense of community, Crust & Crate – created by renowned Gabriel Pizza – also features a rotating selection of craft beers.
In an effort to create memorable experiences for clients, colleagues and staff, a growing number of Ottawa businesses are tapping into Crust & Crate’s versatility and polished expertise for their corporate events.
Between its two locations at Lansdowne Park and on Ogilvie Road, executive general manager Greg McCormick has no shortage of experience in adapting his venues for various events. Several weeks ago, McCormick and his team transformed the chic industrial space into an elegant cocktail party with a twist. Using one of its smart TVs and a state-of-the-art sound system, they streamed a keynote speaker from San Francisco, bringing together a group of individuals from across North America.
Days later, Crust & Crate’s team of chefs crafted a menu of artisanal fast-fired pizza for an intimate office celebration in the upper private dining area at its Lansdowne location.
“Because we are a growing brand, we are able to be nimble,” says McCormick. “We can make anything work.”
With its new Fall menu, Crust & Crate is engaging local breweries and businesses, and allow its in-house chefs – many of whom graduated from Algonquin College’s culinary program – to have fun.
“So many businesses are passionate about what they do and like to have fun. They walk in and they appreciate working with us to build a sense of community,” he says. “As we move forward we want to really leverage that.”
Learn more about Crust & Crate’s new menu and venue space at www.crustandcrate.com.