|The Valley Affair|
|The "all you can eat" spread at Connections Cafe|
at SilverBirch Conference Centre
|Function Room at SilverBirch Conference Centre|
|Executive Chef Willie White|
|Alley Kat Beer and Yellow Head Brewing Company|
|Artic Char, Seared Prairie Chicken Breast|
and Local Alberta Bison Ranch Meatloaf
Overall I was impressed not only with the food at Stages Kitchen & Bar as it was all consistently well-presented and prepared, not to mention flavourful. But also with the way the entire tasting event was handled from being greeted at the door of the hotel, to the seamless transfer of our coats from the conference centre to the restaurant so when we left at the end of the night, we didn’t have to go back to the conference centre to retrieve our coats, to how senior management spent the night engaging everyone in conversation. Although they did talk about the restaurant, the hotel, other properties they own, and their organizations philosophy, it wasn’t done in an obtrusive manner. They ensured that they spent the majority of the evening getting to know us as people, and allowing us to get to know them, such as discovering as the female human and @thepolishviking discovering they and General Manager Grant McCurdy were all from Saskatchewan. As well as learning interesting differences between Canada and Europe from Brigitte Diem-Guy, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, who’s originally from a town in Switzerland that overlooks both the German and Austrian border, and about her new love of peanut butter when she moved to Canada. It made the evening pass by swiftly and enjoyably as we felt like we were making new friends instead of being pitched at all night.
Chef White visited the table with every course that came out, and in between so that we could ask detailed questions about the meal and the local producers he uses, but the staff seated with us were very knowledgable as well since they had eaten the same meal the night before to familiarize themselves with the dishes and to allow them to each discover their favourites. I also appreciated that they brought out both the kitchen and front of house staff to recognize them for their hard work at the end of the evening, a nice touch that I can say I have only seen occur once before at the Chris Cosentino lunch at NAIT in 2013.
More photos at PhotoBucket!
Now because I enjoyed my visit to Stages Kitchen & Bar so much, I have not one, but two $50 gift certificates for Stages Kitchen & Bar to giveaway! I will pick two lucky winners, who will each win one $50 gift certificate for Stages Kitchen & Bar, which expires July 24, 2014. Winners must live in or around Edmonton since these gift certificates are only valid at Stages Kitchen & Bar located at the Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton. There are a few different ways to enter and to earn additional entries. Contest closes Wednesday, February 12, 2014! (NOW CLOSED)
UPDATED Thursday, February 13, 2014: The contest is now closed! Thanks to everyone who participated! We had 142 entries! And the winners are... Margaret G. and Joanna C.! Congratulations and I hope you enjoy your meals at Stages Kitchen & Bar!
Stages Kitchen & Bar
Double Tree by Hilton West Edmonton
16615 109 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5P 4K8
(Note: There was no financial compensation from Stages Kitchen & Bar, Silver Birch Hotels & Resorts or Double Tree by Hilton Edmonton for this blog post, although they provided free drinks – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic – and food. Any review provided by me will completely reflect my thoughts and opinions – good or bad, and will not be swayed by having free drinks and food provided.)