We Want to Give you $100!

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Looking to get a head start on your Christmas shopping, catch all the Grey Cup action in the heart of the city, or bring in the New Year in style? Or maybe you just need a break from the everyday hustle and bustle. Whatever the reason, we invite you to escape to The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver with our ‘Gift Card Getaway’ and get rewarded with a $100 AMEX Gift Card!

Gift Cards can be used any way you like – to cover hotel costs, room service, amenities, or at surrounding restaurants and shops. The choice is yours.

Book your stay through this promotion and receive rates from $142, including:

  • Overnight accommodation (based on double occupancy)
  • A $100 AMEX Gift Card to be used in any way you choose

Offer must be booked through this link: www.suttonplacehotel.bevancouver.com.

Facebook iconContest announcement: Next week (November 3-7, 2014), we’ll be giving away Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar gift cards on our Facebook Page. ‘Like’ us to hear the official contest details and to learn all about our latest promotion.

*Terms & Conditions: Must be booked by Sunday, November 16, 2014 for stays until Saturday, February 28, 2015. Subject to availability, taxes, and applicable fees. Cannot be combined with other offers. Some restrictions may apply. Full payment is required at time of booking. Offer is non-refundable. The gift card is provided by our partners at the VHDA.

 

 

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Escape to Edmonton this Fall!

Edmonton FallEscape to the city and enjoy a relaxing getaway in downtown Edmonton. Whether you are looking to do some shopping, see a show or concert at one of the nearby venues, or simply be a tourist in your own city, The Sutton Place Hotel’s ideal location, warm hospitality, and luxurious guest rooms will make your next retreat perfect!

Fall coloursfall_46511Rates starting from $109 per night

Package includes:

  • One night’s accommodation in a Sutton Guest Room
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Early check-in (12:00pm) & late check-out (2:00pm)


or call 1.866.378.8866 and ask for our “Residents’ Rate”.
Promo Code: LOCAL

Hotel features:

  • Exclusive Sutton Shopper Program, offering savings of up to 30% at participating retailers in Edmonton City Centre Mall
  • Attached by indoor pedway to the neighbouring Edmonton City Centre Mall with access to over 400 shops and services
  • On-site Chop Steakhouse & Bar offering tender cuts of steaks, fresh seafood, an expansive wine list, and delectable desserts
  • Indoor rooftop pool
  • Ideal location within close proximity to the arts, entertainment, and business districts of downtown Edmonton

Terms & Conditions: Offer only available for stays until December 30, 2014. Blackout dates may apply. Cannot be combined with other offers. Some restrictions may apply.

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What’s New for Winter at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Mountain Operations has been busy this summer!

There’s always room for improvement where skiing terrain is concerned, and our Trail Crew has worked hard to develop terrain on all sides of the mountain. With extensive glading and regular brushing, exciting new areas and old favourites will be ready to shred on Opening Day.

Cropped trail map displaying new glading on Southside at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

We’ve expanded glading on Southside, doubling the size of Tally-Ho Glades.

Cropped trail map displaying new glading on the Ripper at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

We’ve straightened Chopper, improving its flow. We’ve also expanded glading in the Glades of Glory, greatly improving skiing quality and increased ease-of-access from the Ripper Connector.

The BCA Avalanche Ranch is a new and improved transceiver-testing area at the top of the Gondola to hone backcountry skills and avalanche awareness.

Enjoy our new retail concept with ski boots, a specialty BCA backcountry area, and softgoods all under one roof. Bootfitting and custom foodbeds will also be available in retail to fix pressure points and save your ski day.

Opening day is Saturday, November 29. See you this winter!

Ruffino Winery Dinner

Join Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar for their first winemaker’s dinner!


Ruffino Winery Dinner with Special Guest Beppe d’Andrea, Ruffino Senior Global Brand Ambassador

Date & Time: October 20th, 7PM
Cost: $129 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity
Tickets: 604-642-2900 or info@boulevardvancouver.ca
Seating is limited

Please join us for an exclusive winery dinner featuring Italian winemaker Ruffino. Our Wine Director, Lisa Haley, will treat guests to nine wines from Ruffino’s estates in Tuscany, paired with five courses from Executive Chef Alex Chen’s upcoming fall menu. Boulevard will also welcome special guest Beppe d’Andrea, Ruffino’s Senior Global Brand Ambassador for the event, which will take place in our elegant private dining room.

RECEPTION

Ruffino Prosecco NV

WEATHERVANE SCALLOP CRUDO

radish, autumn heirloom apples, wasabi, sea salt
Libaio Chardonnay IGT 2012

PACIFIC OCTOPUS TWO WAYS

cold-pressed, marinated, celery paquillo peppers, green olives
Luminia Pinot Grigio 2013
Orvietto Classico 2013

SLOW-ROASTED SQUAB

chestnuts, celeriac confit, muscat grape
Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico 2010
Brunello di Montalcino Greppone Mazzi 2006

BRAISED LAMB OSSO BUCO

fennel, butternut squash, brussels sprouts
Modus Toscana IGT 2010
Romitorio di Santidame Toscana IGT 2006

ANJOY PEAR ‘MILLE-FEUILLE’

poached, maple diplomat crème, smoked cinnamon ice cream
Ruffino Vin Santo Serelle 2009

To purchase your tickets, please contact us at 604-642-2900 or email info@boulevardvancouver.ca.

Thanksgiving ‘Turkey-To-Go’… Let us do the cooking

place setting_148386761It’s almost Thanksgiving… The perfect occasion to spend time with your friends, family and loved ones. Time to gather and give thanks for everything you have.

But along with precious family time comes a lot of work. You have to make a grocery list, go shopping, cook the meal and then clean up all while keeping a smile on your face.

This year, The Sutton Place Hotels will make your Thanksgiving so relaxing that you’ll want to do it all over again because we want to do all the cooking! Let our Chefs cook up a mouth-watering turkey dinner with all the trimmings and have it hot and ready to go, so all you have to do is pick it up!

Now that’s something to give thanks for.

Turkey to goOur delicious ‘Turkey-To-Go’ meal includes:
• 18lb. Roast Turkey
• Apple Sage Stuffing
• Seasonal Vegetable Medley
• Mashed Potatoes
• Cranberry Sauce and Gravy
• Assorted Dinner Rolls (12)
• Traditional Pumpkin Pie

$325.00 + tax
Serves 8 – 12

Available on Saturday, October 11th through Monday, October 13th

To place an order or for more information, please call 604.682.5511 ext. 34.

Note: orders will be taken until noon on Thursday, October 9th.

Vote for Revelstoke Mountain Resort in the Ski Town Throwdown

ski_and_ski_2013“Skiing is a dance, and the mountain always leads.”

Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts North America’s greatest vertical at 1,713 metres (5,620 ft). The resort offers 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, high alpine bowls, renowned gladed terrain, and endless groomers. It is also the only resort world-wide to offer lift, cat, heli, and backcountry skiing from one village base.

As Revelstoke Mountain Resort heads into its 7th season of operations, the resort will open at the end of November (tentatively set to open on November 30, 2013).

SPH_Revelstoke_ExteriorIn mid-winter 2012, The Sutton Place Hotel was introduced to what was previously known as the Nelsen Lodge. The third phase of the luxury condo-hotel was completed in February 2012, almost doubling the occupancy with an additional 107 condo-hotel rooms (total 222). With the new phase, a brand new outdoor, year-round pool, and hot tubs opened to hotel guests as well as a spacious, fully-equipped fitness studio while expanded services to the hotel included a wine & cheese guest reception, dedicated concierge, après-ski yoga sessions, and child care.

Revelstoke Mountain ResortUpon completion, the Resort will offer more than 20 lifts and over 100 ski and snowboard runs, transforming the area into a world-class destination. The four-season resort will include over 5,000 new housing units (1,500 resort condominiums, 2,000 hotel suites, 850 townhomes, and 550 single-family lots), as well as more than 500,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, plus a resort-style golf course.

On-mountain, the Turtle Creek Beginner Area and Tube Park opened for the first time in January 2012 and was well received by guests of all ages. The Kids’ Revelstoke Outdoors Centre, activity centre and snow school also in its inaugural year, was a great success and made good use of the new base area beginner slope. Introductory snowmaking on the lower mountain made a significant difference in the quality of the snow base and its longevity, enhancing the ski experience on lower mountain trails and the new Turtle Creek Beginner Area & Tube Park.

To enhance the Revelstoke Mountain Resort experience, the following additional features will be available for the 2013/2014 winter season:

  • Improved Ninja Traverse – The Ninja Traverse has been Sumo Sized! They’ve widened and groomed this trail to provide an easy and smooth return to the base of the Stoke Chair.
  • 007 Upgrade – 007 has been remodeled with a cut-through run to improve access to Mid-Mountain Lodge.
  • Snowmaking – Upgraded to improve lower mountain skiing and Village access.
  • Better Beginner Terrain – Greenhorn and The Last Spike have been widened and realigned from top to bottom for improved skiing. In addition, a widened access trail provides more green skiing options on Lower Mountain.
  • Faster Opening – New bomb tram installed at the Sweet Spot entrance to North Bowl to provide faster opening times on powder days.
  • Run Additions – Two new runs are being developed off the Stoke Chair.
  • Glades Galore! – Tasty Glades and Rollercoaster area (now Tally-Ho Glades) have been aggressively gladed for similar spacing to The Ripper glades. The Stoke base has improved visibility and access.
  • Mid-Mountain Lodge is now “Revelation Lodge” – New management has brought new menu options to Revelation Lodge.
  • Wino Renamed “The Village Tavern” – Reimagined for 2013 / 2014, enjoy a new après experience at the Resort Village Base.
  • Snowshoe Tours – Available daily from the top of the Gondola!
  • Calgary Shuttle – Dedicated shuttle bus operations all winter from Calgary International Airport (YYC).
  • FREE Family Fun – Free tubing all winter for Season Pass holders. They’re also continuing the Tot/Chaperone program which provides parents with a complimentary lift ticket when skiing with children aged 5 and under.

RMR1In November’s issue of Powder Magazine, they ranked the top 64 places to ski powder in North America based on Powder Per Person (or P3), which took into account things like vertical, snowfall, and skiable acreage. These rankings were used as a way to seed each of the 16 ski areas per region in a 64-team March Madness-style bracket, called Ski Town Throwdown.

The initial evaluation was done by Powder Magazine, using the P3 rating, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort easily made it past the first round. But now your help is needed to beat Whitewater in Nelsen, BC – they won the final competition last year and it’s going to be close to beat them in the next round of voting! Round 2 voting happens for 24 hours only and is on Halloween – October 31.

To vote, go to Facebook.com/PowderMag on October 31 and vote for Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Mark your calendars!

Fall Colours As Seen Through The Eyes of Autumn

autumn_leaves_196054A new season means a fresh colour palette, and the fall 2013 palette is loving versatility and experimentation. As the leaves change, so does the ability to try a new fashion for brisk days ahead. The transition into colder weather is now much brighter simulating warmth and heat.

This year, the fall runways were bursting with rich colours, with every jewel tone imaginable appearing on statement pieces from coats, shoes, pants and bags.

Red
color_autumn_natureNo, Valentine’s Day hasn’t come early, but the colour of love will be present in a major way well before February 14. You can evoke your inner ‘lady in red’ through everything from statement coats to workwear. For a fun day look, let your toes pop in a sky-high virtual pink sneaker wedge.

green_and_yellow_leaves_199251Moss Green
Thinking about getting rid of your army jackets? Don’t. This season that perfect shade of military or ‘moss’ appeared all over the runways. Try layering lighter and darker shades together. If you think you’ve ended up looking like you’re about to enter a battle (albeit a rather chic one), you’re probably doing it right.

Orange
yellow_maple_leaves_210243This season’s orange is as bold as it gets, appearing in the exact shade of the traffic cone. There’s nothing safe about this fashion statement, but we do recommend wearing it for a great way to stay safe while walking late at night or biking around the city.

Which colours are you going to wear this autumn?

Colorful clothes on a laundry line and sun shining

The Sutton Celebrates the Origins of Halloween

It’s a night full of frightful ghouls, scary pumpkin faces and dark foggy nights that send shivers down your spine. Halloween is among the most exciting times of the year, and yet, it may surprise you to find that its origins are ironically not dark and ominous, but filled with love.

Well, that may be stretching it a bit, but let’s say the holiday’s roots certainly aren’t as spooky as they are today.

The true meaning of Halloween actually dates back to ancient Celtic festivals that celebrated the summer’s end and autumn harvest. Back then it was also believed that during autumn, the physical and supernatural worlds came closer together, setting the stage for some supernatural occurrences.

In later years religious celebrations such as All Saints’ Day (also known as Hallowmas, All Hallows, and Hallowtide) and All Souls’ Day also became popular in the fall (and here is where the love part comes in) and allowed families to send their prayers and love to their dearly departed family members.

Eventually this day of homage developed some superstitious elements which are more akin to the Halloween practices that we see nowadays. For example, on All Saint’s Day people believed that wearing costumes and disguises could help them conceal their identities from angry or vengeful spirits, which is how the current tradition of wearing a Halloween costume got started.

As well, villagers and children used to partake in the act of “souling“, which was the practice of singing and saying prayers for the dead in return for soul cakes (treats). In Scotland, it was popular to carry lanterns made out of scooped out turnips while souling, which is how the practice of carving pumpkins got started in America.

So if you’re feeling a little timid or frightened this Halloween, just remember that realistically the day has some fairly friendly foundations, and if there is one thing you should be scared of, it’s not all the ghosts and goblins, but the calories in all those Halloween treats.

A Sutton Gentleman’s Guide the Perfect Martini

There are millions of tasty beverages served in bars around the world every day. Just one look at any bartender’s stash of mixes, liqueurs, liquors and garnishes, and your head begins to spin from the sheer volume of choices available. Much like a confectionary wonderland, you can find sugar-rimmed glasses filled with bright hues of red and blue, or scientific looking potions that beam a suspiciously neon shade of green. Yet, despite all the colours and fancy concoctions, there is still something to be said for keeping a drink simple…well actually, there is a lot to be said for keeping a drink simple.

 Simplicity – that’s where the Martini reigns supreme. Gin. Vermouth. Ice. Three simple ingredients with a delicately placed garnish and you’ve got yourself the tasty staple of upper class society. Even Mr. Bond himself knows that simple is stylishly cool – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

 It’s almost ironic how difficult it is to create a good martini from 3 simple ingredients, but all experts will tell you, it takes time, patience and practice to achieve that flavour which is at once bold, smooth and fragrant without being overpowering. One of the most important factors to take into consideration is that the drink’s base – gin – is extremely complex on its own and can vary with its botanical essences from brand to brand. With flavour preferences varying from person to person, one just has to ensure that the essential flavour of juniper berry is present, and the rest can be decided by your palate.

 However, if you, like most folk, don’t have the most discerning palate then the following list of popular martini-approved gin brands will likely suffice.

 Bombay Original Gin

Many people are enticed by Bombay Sapphires luxurious looking blue bottle, but the real pros know that Bombay Original is the true martini maker’s delight. Made with only 8 botanicals this bottle has a more subtle kick than the Sapphire, and is more preferred by expert bartenders for martinis.

 Junipero

As you may have guessed, this gin has a strong essence of juniper berry. If you like to taste your botanicals, then this is your pick.

Tanqueray Ten

With a subtle citrus flavour, Tanqueray Ten is an excellent choice for those seeking a refreshing flavour. Though the brand is often chosen for gin and tonics, it also makes a great martini.

Plymouth English Gin

Many refer to this as the ideal gin for the ideal martini. Subtle and elegant with crisp, lingering flavors of citrus and juniper, it has a perfect balance that traditionalists stand by.

Beefeater

This gin has been around for generations, so many connoisseurs swear by its historically accurate recipe which is simple with hints of juniper, coriander, orange and lemon peels, angelica, liquorice, almond and orris root.

Vermouth
Though gin is the muscle of this drink, one could argue that vermouth is the joint that holds it all together. Though most people aren’t really sure what vermouth is (it’s a red or white wine flavored with aromatic herbs in case you were wondering) they do know that it can change the flavour of a martini drastically, which is why you need to make sure you pick the right one.

Most purists swear by the French-made Noilly Pratt. As one of the orginal mass-produced vermouths from way back when, it is trusted, tried and true and is made with dry white wine – the origins for the makings of a ‘dry’ martini. Many also say the same of the Italian-made Cinzano. Both brands come with a wide variety of sweet, dry and extra dry varieties so just ensure that you choose the one that applies to your favoured taste profile. There is also Martini Rossi, but some say it has a much stronger flavour than the other two, thus should be carefully administered in small quantities.

Now comes the real kicker: Should you drink your martini shaken or stirred? Well contrary to popular secret spy belief, all martinis should be stirred – not shaken. The reason being that shaking can ‘bruise’ the gin and change the flavour profile of the botanicals. However, many people prefer the little shards of ice that come with the shaken version of a martini, so the final decision is once again up to you.

Also important, a perfectly chilled martini glass and bottle of gin, along with a really fresh garnish. The two most commonly used garnishes are a lemon twist, which should come from an unwaxed lemon, or a green olive, which should be pitted and unstuffed (however, many people prefer the aesthetic appeal of the stuffed olive).

Then, and only then, are you ready to make your perfect martini. Ready?

Ingredients

100 ml of gin
25 ml of vermouth (dry is the most common)
1 inch strip of peel from an un-waxed lemon or a pitted green olive.

Instructions

  1. Pre-chill your shaker, glass, gin and vermouth.
  2. Once chilled, add ice to the shaker and measure in the required amounts of gin and vermouth. Shake or stir as required.
  3. Strain into your chilled glass and twist the lemon peel until it leaves a spritz of lemon oil on the surface of the cocktail. Or, poke the olive with a garnish skewer and place delicately in the glass.
  4. Serve holding by the stem.

Other Interesting Martini Facts

  • James Bond always orders a vodka martini, which actually is not a martini at all. Gin and only gin for the purists. Sorry Bond.
  • A dry martini uses a minimal amount of dry vermouth, where as a wet martini uses a lot of vermouth
  • A dirty martini has additional olive juice or brine poured into it, giving it a cloudy yet flavourful taste.
  • If you’re served a martini with a cocktail onion as a garnish, you are actually drinking a ‘Gibson’

So there you have it, while a rainbow coloured Bellini may entice your senses once in a while, the old classics will always have the upper hand. Why is that? Well simply put, simplicity is the essence of flavour – and you can’t get much better than that.

Come enjoy all martinis for just $9 every Monday at Gerard Lounge in The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver.

The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver Gets Glamorous for VIFF’S Annual Red Carpet Film Party

September 29th was all about style and silver screen sizzle at our Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver two weeks ago. Put together by Lighthouse Pictures, a local independent film company, and JetSet Crew, Vancouver’s premier event planning company,  the red carpet event featured the likes of Hollywood North’s most popular stars including: Gabrielle Miller (Moving Day, Call Me Fitz), Nicholas Lea (Crimes of Mike Recket), Roger Cross, Terry Chen (Continuum), Amanda Tapping, Zak Santiago (Random Acts of Romance), Adam Beach, the cast of Artic Air, Once Upon A Time, Motive, Falling Skies, Emily Owens, M.D. and many many more.

Enthusiastic Sutton Place Hotel Manager, Navid Sariolghalam, was onsite to witness all the star power first hand and had this to say of the successful event:

“The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver has always been a ‘home away from home’ to the stars because of our dedication to providing unparalleled luxury accommodations and friendly service.  We are proud to host Vancouver’s most prized film festival red carpet event every year because many of our guests come from this industry and have become like family to us. Plus it’s always a fun time!”

Hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Rick Campanelli, the hotel was packed with actors, directors, industry insiders and everyone in-between, all of whom got to experience The Sutton Place Hotel standard of luxury along with specially-made Belvedere martinis which were appropriately a ravishing red colour.

Party goers also had extra reason to indulge in their drinks because Belvedere Vodka and its Special Edition Bottles gave 50% of their profits to the Global Fund to fight HIV/ AIDS in Africa. In 2011 alone, contributions of these sales of (Belvedere) RED provided more than two million days of life-saving HIV/AIDS medicine.

Glamour, glitz and goodwill? We couldn’t have asked for a better ‘cocktail’ to kick off the Vancouver International Film Festival.