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Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your dad for who he is. The key is finding the perfect gift; one that fuels his creativity, aligns with his deepest passions and keeps him healthy for years to come. Tealeaves has some ideas to help you bring a smile to his face this year.

The Aficionado
Does your father always demand the best? The smoothest whiskey, the softest leather, the freshest cut of tenderloin. This Father’s Day, give him a gift to meet (or likely exceed) his passion for quality. The Connoisseur Collection delivers a hand-picked selection of some of the most prestigious blends in the Tealeaves repertoire. It’s the perfect gift for those who constantly seek the finer things in life and the best way to show how much you appreciate his superior taste.

The Speedster
From fast cars to speed boats, is your dad all about the rush? He loves the thrill, the wind in his face and the adrenaline pumping through his veins. To keep these speedsters safe, they need the highest level of focus and a steady hand on the wheel. This Father’s Day, give your dad the gift of high performance with Tencha Matcha High Energy. Matcha, arguably one of the world’s healthiest teas, is known for improving focus and providing caffeine energy without the crash of coffee or energy drinks. Fuel his need for speed (and keep him healthy to boot)!

The Epicure
Is your father the master chef of the house, always in the kitchen, mixing, tasting and creating? He needs a gift to fuel his creativity and infuse his ideas with a new flavour and a unique punch. Give him the gift of Lapsang Souchong. The smoky flavor of this tea is the perfect addition to savory dishes, dark chocolate delights or to bring a new twist to a late night bourbon. Inspire him with the recipe below and be prepared to taste test all his new concoctions.



Words from Justin Taylor, Bar Manager at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar:
“Vancouver’s rich history never ceases to inspire me in my quest for unique cocktail creations. The Chief Skugaid, which is still afloat today and remains moored in New Westminster, B.C., was the most successful rum-running vessel in the country. Commissioned in 1912 and built in Coal Harbour, the Chief Skugaid was originally designated as a fishing boat, but sailed for 11 years as rum-running vessel without ever getting caught. While the Chief Skugaid is the longest serving ship in Canadian history, its future is uncertain as development in the area currently threatens its place of rest.”

3 dashes
BC Forestea Tincture*
1 Barspoon
Giffard Gomme Syrup
Orange peels
2 oz Diplomatico Anejo Rum

In a mixing glass, combine 1 orange peel and the remaining ingredients.
Add ice and stir for 20 seconds.
Strain over fresh ice and garnish with remaining peel.

10 oz 151 Proof Rum
4 tbsp BC Forestea

Add rum and loose leaf tea in a mason jar.
Secure with a lid and let rest for 24 hours.
Strain ingredients and place liquid in a bitters bottle with eye dropper.

Tealeaves Folio | Chief Skugaid

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom

Mother's Day brunch in Edmonton

My Mother Kept A Garden
My Mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart,
Mother's Day brunch in EdmontonShe planted all the good things
that gave my life it’s start.
She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem…
And when the winds & rain came,
she protected me enough-
But not too much because she knew
I’d need to stand up strong & tough.
Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong-
Markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.
I am my Mother’s garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me
~ Author Unknown ~

Spoil your mom and say ‘I Love You‘ with a delicious brunch this Mother’s Day at The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton. Enjoy a traditional brunch buffet, featuring a selection of house-made sweet and savoury breakfast favourites, including slow roasted prime rib, made-to-order omelettes, and much more.

When: Sunday, May 10, 2015
Where: Grande Ballroom
Seatings: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm
Costs: $45 per adult
$38 per senior
$22 per child ages 5-12 (no charge for children under 5)

*Prices above do not include taxes and gratuities.

For reservations, please contact:
Lucia Gonsalves, Catering Department
Tel: 780.441.3011
Send an email

Here Comes the Wedding Season

Ah summer. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and wedding season is in full swing. That’s right, more than any other time of year, summer is the period when most couples decide to tie the knot, usually with a lengthy ceremony (or ceremonies) that take months of planning, booking and preparation. But hey, as they say, it’s all worth it because ‘it’s your special day.’

If you’re new to the whole wedding preparation thing, it may surprise you to know that every year there are wedding trends for everything from the dresses right down to the invitations. With decades of experience helping couples and families create that perfect party, all of our Sutton locations have hosted and planned numerous wedding events, and we’ve got the inside scoop on what’s hot for the upcoming months.

Here are some popular wedding trends for 2012:

  • Long sleeved, romantic-looking, Kate Middleton-inspired wedding dresses
  • Simple, sleek and form fitting brides’ maids dresses a la Pippa Middleton
  • Bling accents; think shiny brooches, hair accessories, decorations for bouquets, candleholders and invitations
  • Food stations as opposed to pre-served meal orders
  • Dessert tables with bite-sized sweets and pastries
  • Big, lush bouquets
  • The vintage and rustic look; think wicker lanterns, chairs and quaint country China

And as the styles change from year to year, whether it’s permed hair, stiletto heels or crushed velvet tuxes, there will always be one constant during every wedding decade… and that’s service.

Being no stranger to the ebb and flow of making your celebration completely stress free, our hotels offer many different assistance services (these vary by location) for each and every kind of ceremony. Among the most popular ones we have are:

  • Valet parking for guests
  • Assistance for getting guests from the hotel lobby to the reception
  • Food preparation, planning and specialized menus
  • Cocktail receptions
  • Canapés
  • Table setting, room decorating and set up
  • DJ and dance floor planning
  • Special rates for guests
  • Honeymoon packages
  • Assistance with table favors and décor and much, much more

With exceptional attention to detail being our claim to fame, we take pride in doing as much prepping and planning as possible for all our betrothed guests. This creates the perfect situation – you get to enjoy the celebration; we get to enjoy providing you with the best customer experience possible.

After all, of all the parties that you are going to have in your life time, we’re pretty sure this one should take the cake.

If you are looking to plan your summer wedding, or simply want to learn more about our exclusive wedding packages, click below:

The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton

The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort

The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver

City of Champions: The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton Story

Though many stereotype Canada as barren nation full of snow, bears and maple syrup, those who live here know that we have some of the most distinct, exciting and vibrant cities in the world.

Proud to have hotels in several Canadian destination cities such as Revelstoke and Vancouver (both of which were featured in our previous posts), Sutton also has another Canuck property that creates a buzz, and that’s The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton.

However, long before the days of delicate crystal chandeliers, Italian marble, granite and that exceptional standard of luxury service, it was not a hotel that stood on our iconic grounds, but a Woodward’s Department Store.

The old Woodward’s Department store that once stood in the same spot our Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton now calls home. This picture taken circa 1926… wow! That’s a long time ago!

Back in the 70s, Edmonton was in the middle of a huge economic growth spurt, thanks in part to the oil boom, and thus began an onslaught of major developments in the downtown core. That’s when, in 1976, the Woodward’s building was torn down to make way for a hotel.

Now claimed as The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton, this hotel, like our other locations, has a solid gold reputation for providing that distinct European-style service complete with detailed uniforms, helpful concierge staff and all the extras that make our hospitality legendary.

Much like our Vancouver location, our Edmonton hotel is smack dab in the heart of the city’s downtown core, giving guests easy access to the best shopping, business and entertainment districts. In fact, the Edmonton property has the unique advantage of being connected to five major office towers plus over 400 stores and businesses in Edmonton’s famed City Centre Mall – essentially giving visitors access to everything they need right in front of them – literally!

A shot of downtown Edmonton at night. Truly a vibrant city with so much to offer. And they don’t call it ‘Festival City’ for nothing!

Surrounding Area:

With a reputation as Canada’s ‘Festival City’, Edmonton is flush with year-round arts and entertainment. What’s even better is that our Sutton Place Hotel is directly in the middle of the city’s Arts and Entertainment District.

With landmarks like Sir Winston Churchill Square (where approximately 40 festivals take place), the Citadel Theatre, The Art Gallery of Alberta, City Hall and the Stanley Milner Public Library all walking distance away, there is no end to the sights and sounds surrounding our historic doorsteps. In addition, the building is also connected to the Light Rail Transit System (LRT) and will be right across from the new arena and home to the Edmonton Oilers (slated to open in 2014).

If you’re interested in seeing other areas in Edmonton, you can find a wide host of other world famous events too. For music lovers there’s the International Jazz Festival and the Edmonton Folk Festival which bring thousands upon thousands of visitors every year.

Sports Fan? Not only can hockey lovers catch the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Oil Kings in this ‘City of Champions’ (named so because of its history of athletic successes), but car fanatics can get their fill of ‘need for speed’ action with the famed Edmonton Indy during the heat of summer.

The Honda Indy Edmonton, one of the city’s most notable events, will take place July 20 through 22, 2012 this year. A not-to-be-missed event!

Hotel Features:

In keeping with our Sutton motto ‘A tradition of luxury’, this hotel was specially fitted with silk patterned walls, plush furnishings, delicate European accents and some of the most comfortable beds in the industry.

Being situated close to many important business centres, it also features grand meeting and banquet facilities which can accommodate everything from small groups to extravagant weddings. Not to mention, our highly skilled team of chefs, staff and managers pride themselves on creating custom menus, settings and environments to truly take each event to the next level.

Always Striving for Excellence, Edmonton’s Got Some Exciting Things to Come!

The future is heralding some amazing additions to our historic hotel, among them a new two-story Chop Restaurant and Lounge. Set in the courtyard, this elegantly designed establishment will invoke a sleek, modern and cozy ambience, using the skilled expertise of some of the industry’s most renowned designers, architects and chefs.

Promising to be a whole new dining experience, patrons can expect to taste fresh succulent seafood, delicate 28-day aged steaks, decadent desserts and an award-winning wine list. “We can’t wait for this stunning addition to happen, says Steve Beaton, General Manager of our Edmonton property. “The entire concept was to make the restaurant finished with sleek, open-concept class windows, amazing lighting and spectacular accents – almost like a glowing fishbowl within the building. It’s completely innovative, but also adheres to our Sutton style which we are so proud of.”

So there you have it. The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton certainly puts that old Canadian stereotype to shame. After all, they don’t call it the ‘City of Champions’ for nothing!

Sutton Celebrates Mother’s Day!

Unless you are over 200 years old, you are probably accustomed to celebrating Mother’s Day every year. A special occasion where we get to treat our terrific Mommies to all the love that they so deserve, it may surprise you to learn that a long, long time ago (in the 1800s to be exact), there was no such event for these special women.

Mum’s the Word: The History Behind Mother’s Day

Though there was no national day of celebration, there was an early form of Mother’s Day in the US a long time ago. Mostly recognized by women’s peace groups, this early activity gathered together mothers whose sons had served or died on opposite sides of the American Civil War. These local celebrations continued into the 1870s and the 1880s, but did not expand into a national celebration.

Then, in 1868 a woman named Ann Jarvis created a committee to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day.” The committee’s purpose was “to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War” and Jarvis wanted to expand it into an annual memorial for mothers. Unfortunately, in 1905 before the celebration became popular, Ann passed away; leaving her daughter Anna Jarvis to continue her efforts.

As Anna rallied the country in her efforts, the need to celebrate mothers was growing through other people too. Specifically, Julia Howe, the brains behind The Battle Hymn of the Republic, organized a “Mother’s Day” antiwar observance in New York City on June 2nd, 1872. The observance continued in Boston for about 10 years under Howe’s personal sponsorship before losing momentum.  It is rumored that she had hoped to convert July 4th, America’s Independence Day into Mother’s Day.

Photograph of Anna M. Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day, taken in Westchester, Pennsylvania, in 1907.

Finally, with the help of supporters, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed the orders to make Mother’s Day a national holiday in the United States.  Largely influenced by the continued efforts of Anna Jarvis, it was she who asked Wilson to make white carnations the official Mother’s Day symbol.





 Mother’s Day Around The World Today

Today Mother’s Day is celebrated in almost 50 countries around the world, though on different days varying from region to region. Despite the different dates, the testament is the same everywhere; Mother’s Day is internationally recognized as the day to honor all mothers and to thank them for not only the love they give, but the sacrifices they make that benefit their own children and consequently society too.

The traditions surrounding the celebration vary from country to country, but to give you an idea, here are a few ways people celebrate Mother’s Day around the world:

  • In France, Mother’s Day is referred to as la fête des Mères. It is celebrated on the last Sunday in May and is treated more like a family birthday. Families gather for a special meal just for Mom.
  • In Sweden Mother’s Day is on the last Sunday in May and is a family holiday. The Swedish Red Cross sells small plastic flowers on the days leading up to Mother’s Day and the money raised is used to help needy mothers and their children.
  • In Yugoslavia on “Materitse,” “Materice,” or Mother’s Day, the children tie up their mother, releasing her only when she has paid them to do so with sweets or other goodies.

Interesting Mother’s Day Facts:

  • An AT&T survey estimated that 122.5 million phone calls to Mom are made on Mother’s Day.
  • The carnation is the flower most often associated with Mother’s Day. Red and pink carnations are for moms who are still living, and white carnations for mothers that have passed away.
  • 50% of households give Mother’s Day cards, totaling some 152 million cards.
  • There are roughly 2 billion mothers in the world (82.5 million are in the US).
  • The Average age of new moms is 25, vs. 21 in 1970.
  • Most moms change their baby’s diapers 7,300 times by its 2nd birthday.
  • On average, Moms take 2 minutes and 5 seconds to change diapers, versus the 1 minute and 36 seconds it takes for Dads.
  • A preschooler requires Moms attention once every 4 minutes or 210 times per day.
  • The mom who had the most children was Mrs. Vassilyev of Russia who gave birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1765.
  • The world’s oldest mom was Rosanna Dalla Corte who gave birth to a baby boy when she was 63 years old in Italy in 1994.
  • The mom who gave birth to the heaviest baby was Signora Carmelina Fedele who gave birth to a 22 lb 8 oz boy in Italy in 1955.
  • The average middle-income family spends $242,070 to raise a kid to the age of 18 (not including college!).







So Mom Is Very Special; What Are You Going to Do for Her on Mother’s Day?

While traditionally flowers are the most common gift for Mother’s day, we think that the woman who spent countless hours changing your diapers deserves something a little more special – and that’s where The Sutton Place Hotels can help.

Our Edmonton and Vancouver locations are pleased to offer the famed ‘Mother’s Day Brunch’ — long-standing traditions in both cities.  Featuring delicious items ranging from the fresh and healthy to the hearty and decadent, the Brunch Buffet includes specially created dishes like slow roasted Prime Rib, made-to-order omelets and an array of chocolates, pastries and cakes. What mom wouldn’t love that?

For more info, click below.



Alternatively, if you would rather pamper mom, then treat her to a mini ‘Girl’s Getaway’ at one of our properties. Indulge in a spa treatment at either Eveline Charles Spa (Edmonton) or Vida Spa (Vancouver), and let her relax, unwind and feel like the special woman she really is.

And there you have it. We hope your Mother’s Day celebration is a MOMentus occasion for everyone!