Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar’s Locally Sourced Menu

Chef Chen’s culinary philosophy: use the best locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients.

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LOCAL SUPPLIERS
Boulevard’s close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Okanagan wine country and nearby farms, fisheries and ranches aligns with one of Executive Chef Alex Chen’s key culinary principles: to use the best locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients. To that end, Boulevard is proud to source a number of its products from the following local suppliers, among others.

Barnston Island Herbs:
A 100% local family business with farms located in Surrey, Barnston Island Herbs has sustainably grown and supplied the best herbs, greens and specialty product to B.C.’s top restaurants and hotels since 1979.

North Arm Farm:
A 60-acre, family run and working organic farm in Pemberton, North Arm Farm produces a full selection of seasonal vegetable as well as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and sources a wide range of fruit from the Okanagan. North Arm practices organic methodology and grows its crops following standards adopted by the Pacific Agriculture Certification Society, which is a member of the Certified Organic Association of B.C.

Cherry Lane Farm:
A family owned and operated farm that has been located in Richmond since the early 1950s, Cherry Lane grows some of the largest varieties of tree fruit such as Italian plums, heritage apples and cherries, white and red wine grapes, black mulberries and Bosc and Anjou pears, as well as an array of vegetable crops all produced without the use of synthetic chemicals or genetically modified seeds.

Pacific Provider Salmon:
Owned and operated by a North Vancouver fishing family, the Pacific Provider is a 43-foot fishing boat that travels through the waters around the Queen Charlotte Islands in search of the best catch and using only the most sustainable fishing methods. Pacific Provider is Ocean Wise certified and trolls with barbless hooks and line designed specifically for Coho salmon, eliminating the risk of endangering other fish, birds and marine mammals and of damaging the ocean floor. 

Sawmill Bay Shellfish Company:
An Ocean Wise certified, family-run farm located in the pristine, glacier-fed waters off Read Island, B.C., Sawmill Bay produces oysters, clams, mussels and scallops that are delivered within 24 hours of harvesting. Sawmill Bay is also in a remote location away from human habitation, which helps provide a clean and pollution-free environment for its harvests.

Mikuni Wild Harvest:
Mikuni Wild Harvest, the exclusive supplier of Boulevard’s wasabi, provides an abundance of richly flavoured foods found exclusively in the wild. Since 2001, Mikuni has focused on developing a boutique line of sustainable wild foods for restaurants and gourmet retail outlets.

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WINE PROGRAM
Boulevard’s noteworthy and wide ‐ranging list of wines available by the glass and bottle reflects Wine Director Lisa Haley’s passion for showcasing the best natural, biodynamic, organic and sustainable labels produced in both British Columbia and abroad.

The Boulevard wine list also features a focus on Champagne and sparkling wine that perfectly complement the seafood-focused menu designed by Executive Chef Alex Chen. Much like Chen’s dishes, all of Haley’s hand-picked selections are unadulterated, true reflections of their provenance.

Boulevard boasts an extensive list of wines sourced both locally and internationally, and with three accredited sommeliers on the front-of-house management team (Haley, Restaurant Director Steve Edwards and Maître d’ Brian Hopkins),the knowledge and experience to help each guest get the very best out of every glass.

If you haven’t yet visited the 290-seat, European-styled bistro and contemporary bespoke style restaurant, make sure to put Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar on your Must-Eat-At list.

South West Snow

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In the ski town of my mind, the weather is blue and rainy, the town is sleepy, yet a vibe constantly thrums and a presence looms over the town. Like a heartbeat fueled by snow, everyone knows what blue weather means, and, suddenly, a rainy day becomes the perfect anticipation for the best phrase in any turn hungry town: Powder Day.

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This winter has been a struggle across much of North America’s ski towns to find a weather system pushing snow and averting dry weather. It’s been a race to find any sort of tracks which one could call their own and it seems reluctance and skepticism took the driver’s seat over faith towards the powder pilgrimage. The winter has been slow with snow falls remaining few and far between, even in places typically rife with snow, the weather seems to be following this trend… Frankly, the past few seasons have been this way and the places which receive notable snow are sending up full chair after full chair. I shy away from long lines and short runs because I know of the perfect place with a huge vertical descent and almost non-existent lines. The best part is that each season, a storm system comes off the South West and hands snow graciously to Mt. Mackenzie and Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
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Each run, you are surrounded by not just friends but people enthused about being on a big mountain. Runs can be fast but if you want to stop, relax, and enjoy the peace of the trees, then it’s guaranteed your friends will be there.  I can’t say that I have chased snow across the west and I would be lying if I said that I’ve skied all over the world. But one thing that is for sure, Revelstoke has a pull that I nor any of my friends have felt.

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The snow seems to never end, the lines are always quick, and above all else, the people are local and friendly. It’s the sort of community which can only be found in a small mountain town with a big mountain attitude. If you’re looking for that right place to divide your time in the winter and you want a small community to stray from the mindset of a visitor to a friendly local, make your pilgrimage to Revelstoke.

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Written and photographed by David Jackson. David is a freelance photojournalist covering stories across Canada. His background is in Journalism and his heart is firmly rooted in adventure. To view more of his work, please visit his pages: BlogWebsiteInstagramFacebook.

Sutton Makes the Season Sparkle with ‘Home for the Holidays – A Sutton Tree Pageant’

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It may still be the first week of December, but the holiday festivities are well underway at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver.  From November 29th, 2012 – January 2nd, 2013 our Vancouver location will be showcasing our annual charity tree event, “Home for the Holidays – A Sutton Tree Pageant” which raises funds for the PALS Autism School.

Since 2005, we have partnered with local companies during the holiday season to create signature trees that will be showcased in our lobby for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

This year’s participants eager to hang, hook, prune and ornament will be:

AccenTrix Designs
Vibrant Design Group Inc.
Sublime Interior Design Ltd.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Wakefield Home Builders
Enviable Designs
Space Harmony
North Trek Promotions Inc.
Spirithouse
Urban Presentations
Exit Right Stage

To kick off the celebration, we hosted an exciting reception featuring music, drinks and hors d’oeuvres from Fleuri Restaurant. With over 100 attendees, the event was an absolute success and allowed everyone to view the sparkling tree masterpieces while helping a good cause.

Guests, locals, tourists and passersby are encouraged to visit the hotel to cast votes for their favourite tree through a donation to PALS Autism School. All voters will also be entered to win these fabulous prizes too:

  • Two ‘Weekend Getaway’ packages: A two-night stay at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver including breakfast for two each morning, and a two-night stay at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort including two ‘one-day’ lift passes.
  • ‘Island Getaway’ package: a two-night stay at the Hotel Grand Pacific and two roundtrip tickets from Vancouver to Victoria on Helijet.
  • ‘Island Getaway’ package two: Two roundtrip tickets from Vancouver to Victoria on Helijet.
  • A two-night stay at The Pacific Sands Beach Resort in Tofino, British Columbia.
  • ‘Couples Massage’ package: 60 minute treatment including exclusive Vida Spa products.
  •  Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory $100 gift card.
  • ‘Sunset Dinner Cruise’ for two with Harbour Cruises. (Two prizes to be awarded)
  • A two-night stay at The Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville, BC.

With so many prizes to win, plus an amazing cause to support, we are proud to share the season of giving with our exceptional tree designers and prize sponsors.  Please stop by to cast your vote and to help out a great cause.

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The Sutton Place Revelstoke Mountain Resort Gears Up for Winter Excitement

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With the winter season approaching quickly, the Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort is giddy with anticipation over the flurry of activities lined up for the snowy season. From world-class competitions to exciting camps and retreats, skiers and snowboarders are sure to find their fill at RMR in 2013.  

The Return of the Freeride World Tour in 2013

January 7 – 12

As one of the world’s biggest ski and snowboard events, the Swatch Freeride World Tour is guaranteed to showcase some of the best winter athletes in the world.

Even better, for 2013, the Swatch Freeride World Tour is joining forces with The North Face Masters of Snowboarding, to create the new “Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face.”

The tour has an exclusive tour circuit (only 6 resorts in the world have been selected to participate), with Revelstoke Mountain Resort standing as the only Canadian resort to host the event in 2013. Revelstoke Mountain Resort was also the proud host for last year’s 5-star championship event, and received high praise from organizers and athletes alike. Famed skier Drew Tabke said of the venue:

“The best event last year was the combined event at Revelstoke. This event represented the ideal outcome of this merger of the two tours – a legitimate representation of the world’s best riders competing on a world-class venue.”

Sure to entice enthusiasts from around the world, there will be so much to see on and off the mountain, so make sure you make your reservations far in advance!

New Heli Ski Camps to Hit the Slopes with Pro Power

If you’ve ever wanted lessons from a pro, then Revelstoke’s New Heli Ski Camps are right up your alley. The Heli Ski Camps have recruited some of the biggest talent in the world, including professional Salomon athletes Chris Rubens and Leah Evans. The two skilled experts will provide an array of specialty programs on the mountain, which they know well from their experiences during the Freeride World Tour – Revelstoke’s signature athletic event.

With many avid skiers jumping to book the camps, the events and their guest coaches are creating a huge interest for the mountain resort – so much so that a second Women’s Retreat has been set up already. Chloë Lanthier, director & owner of the X-Training School and an accomplished world class endurance athlete will spearhead the second Women’s Retreat – which is sure to be a huge hit.

Those seeking a journey unlike any other can also sign up for a specialty excursion with 1994 Canadian Olympic Gold Medallist – Men’s Moguls, Jean Luc Brassard. Brassard will head the 6-day trip at Revelstoke from March 30-April 6, 2013 through Voyages Gendron and will guide students through  lift skiing and 3 days of heli skiing with Selkirk Tangiers. It’s guaranteed to be a once in a life time experience with some of the most breathtaking scenery and powder in the world.

For more information on the camps, click below:

Steeps Camp with Chris Rubens

 http://www.selkirk-tangiers.com/multi-day-packages/steeps-camps

Women’s Retreat with Leah Evans and Chloe Lanthier

http://www.selkirk-tangiers.com/multi-day-packages/womens-retreat

As always, The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers a variety of ski packages for the season, in addition to the best views in the city, so whether you want to take in the action of the championships, camps or simply want a ski getaway with family and friends, you can find something to suit your tastes with us.

For more information on The Sutton Place Hotel Mountain Resort ski packages and room rates, click here.

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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.

Time Saving Tips for Thanksgiving


Nothing beats the glory of a home-cooked Thanksgiving feast. From the joys of basking in the brilliance of your perfectly-cooked bird to the accolades and compliments from your friends and family, truly the turkey has a way of bringing everyone together…don’t you agree?

On the flip side of things there are also the countless hours of preparation that go into cooking your feast and the countless number of things that can go wrong. From not having enough time to defrost your bird to burning your potatoes and forgetting the dessert, there are equally as many pains as joys when making the perfect holiday meal.

That’s why The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver has their Thanksgiving Weekend at Fleuri Restaurant. Come join us on October 7th and 8th between 5:00pm – 10:00pm for a perfect setting for your friends and family, you can savour all the traditional delights cooked to perfection by our award-winning chefs, without the preparation, wait time or (drumroll please) dishes! Take a peek at our delicious 4-course Thanksgiving meal below.

Albacore Tuna Ceviche

mushroom tempura roll, curried carrot & radish salad,

crispy root vegetables

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Creamed Parsnip Soup

pear foam, roasted garlic & blue cheese panna cotta, red cabbage gel

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Roasted Turkey

potato purée, spiced sweet potato,

ragout of beans, legumes & brussel sprouts,

preserved fruit & walnut stuffing, natural turkey jus

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Pumpkin Meringue Tart

pumpkin crème brulée, warm pumpkin sponge,

caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream

If, however, you still prefer to keep the celebration at home, but you are running short on time, take solace in The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s ‘Turkey Express.’ Essentially your entire gourmet Thanksgiving meal to go,
our catering team will go through all braising, boiling, baking and basting trouble for you to create a mouth-watering tour de force that includes:

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Roasted turkey
Apple sage stuffing
Seasonal vegetables
Mashed potatoes
Cranberry sauce
Gravy (2 Containers)
Dinner rolls (12)
Pumpkin Pie

Price: $325

Only 40 orders per day and the last order will be taken on October 5 th at noon (while quantities last).

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Vegetable insert $25
Mashed potato insert $22
Cranberry sauce $17
Gravy $17
Bread rolls (12) $10
Stuffing $22
Pumpkin Pie $38 (or price of other cake from La Boulangerie)
Turkey ONLY $200
Ham ONLY $155
22 lbs. Turkey Express $400
Organic Turkey Express $400
The best part? You can pass all the goods off as your own, and no one will ever know! Now that’s something to be thankful for.

Wishing the best for this year’s holiday, Happy Thanksgiving from The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver.

The Sutton Place Hits the Road with the Luxury & Supercar Weekend – Shaughnessy Concours d’ Elegance

Though Vancouver is famed for the beauty of its nature, lush outdoor scenery and irreplaceable West Coast sea breeze, it does also celebrate the splendor of more ‘material/mehanical’ pursuits as well.

Take a drive down Robson Street, through Coal Harbour or Yaletown, and you’ll likely find several steely gems, ranging from Mercedes convertibles to top of the line Ferraris and Lamborghinis.  

While you can hunt through affluent neighborhoods for a peek at the ultimate driving fantasy, one stop at the Luxury & Supercar – Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance guarantees that you’ll hit the mother lode all in one go – which is exactly what thousands of excited car enthusiasts did this past weekend.

Held at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden, this year’s showcase featured the largest and most valuable collection of supercars and luxury brands to date. Always happy to be part of Vancouver’s social scene, our very own Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver was also there to take part in all the fun with our very own custom luxury chalet.

Under a canopy of lush garden beauty, we offered all event goers a relaxing atmosphere to lounge in, complete with cosy couches, floral displays, cucumber water and delicious deserts all exclusively made by our Executive Chef, Michael Deutsch.

 

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For the two-day event, our chalet was jam packed with car aficionados who were able to see remarkable collections such as the ‘50 Years of Bond Cars’ selection (which featured every single car from all of the bond movies … ever!) and the more nostalgic ‘20s and ’30s inspired ‘Great Gatsby’ collection. There were also several Canadian cars on display too, most notably the HTT Pléthore, a highly anticipated Canadian-built luxury car that oozes high-end appeal.Everyone was also able to preview new 2013 models and classic collectibles from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin, Porsche, Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, Alfa Romeo, Fisker, Tesla, Spyker, Lexus, Cadillac, Lincoln and Bugatti.

Though cars were the stars, onlookers looking for a bit of diversity were not disappointed. The event also featured modern and classic motorcycles, luxury boats, private jet helicopters and Vancouver’s largest outdoor designer fashion stage too. Exceptional designer outfits were seen by Blumarine, Etro, Gianni Brun, Giambattista Valli, Issey Miyake, John Varvatos, M & FGirbaud, MaxMara, Missoni, Moncler, Neil Barrett, Pal Zileri, Thomas Wyle, Valentino, Jacqueline Conoir, JAC and Malene Grotrian.

For every minute of the excitement, our friendly staff were on hand to meet and greet all the event participants – many of whom shared with us fond memories and experiences our hotel. Everyone who stopped by was also encouraged to enter our ‘Luxury Package’ giveaway which includes a luxury one-night stay at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, our famous ‘Lobster, Beef & Chocolate’ dinner, and a delicious full breakfast the next morning.

A tremendously successful affair, we’re glad that Vancouverites now have a fun luxury car event to call their own, and if you don’t believe all the hype, then simply look at our photos below. They say it all.

Revelstoke: An Extreme-ly Attractive Summer Getaway

Imagine a place nestled between two vast mountain ranges, resting near the banks of a rushing river, and sitting next to the icy landscape of a glacier park, and you’ll probably envision a fabled wonderland straight out of the latest blockbuster action/adventure flick.

Though it may sound like a scene from an epic movie, this land actually exists – and it’s right in BC’s own backyard. That’s right, Revelstoke is a supernatural region on the banks of the Columbia River, surrounded by the awe-inspiring Selkirk and Monashee Mountain ranges and the Glacier National Park.

Though many regard it as a go-to destination for skiing, snowboarding, and exciting winter sports, it is also flush with endless summer attractions and activities – most of which let you experience the tremendous variety of nature in the area.

Visitors, for example, can find outdoor pursuits like golf, fishing, hiking, relaxing hot springs and spas. Yet, for those seeking an adrenaline rush, there are limitless extreme adventures in Revelstoke too.

Take, for example, an over 22 km rafting journey down the rushing Illecillewaet River. This excursion is a perfect blend of calm, scenic stretches, but it also features short stretches of class 2 to 3+ rapids – just enough to get your heart racing. You’ll get wet and have fun, all while keeping your feet and legs above the water.

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You can find fun in the air as well with one of the most famous zipline parks in the world: the Sky Trek Adventure Park. Located just 15 minutes from Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Skytrek features three exciting adventure courses built for all ages and abilities. A popular pick is their High Ropes Challenge Course, where you can climb from tree to tree on ladders, scramble up nets, rush over suspended bridges or swinging logs, slide from tree to tree on skateboards and, of course, fly down ziplines at breathtaking speeds.

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Nature lovers can get their thrill fill too. Considering the abundance of rugged mountain landscape, you’ll never find a shortage of wildlife in Revelstoke. Whether it’s a rambling black bear looking for some summer supper, or a giant grizzly ambling down the mountain, the animals never cease to excite. Popular parks include: Blanket Creek Provincial Park Martha Creek Provincial Park, Shelter Bay Provincial Park and perhaps the most famed of the group, Glacier National Park. With over 400 natural glaciers, ghost hotels, railways, and the famed Rogers Pass, this place is full of historic sights and sounds that attract tourists from all over the world.

Finally, if a little speed is what you need, then mountain biking is the way to go. Fast becoming the most popular sport of choice for the summer season in the city, there are a number of bike rental companies, tour companies and hotels (like ours) that rent out bikes to those seeking some two-wheel fun. Routes range from the straight and narrow (literally), to vertical challenges that tempt the best world-class bikers from all around. Our very own Revelstoke Mountain has some excellent paths too, whether you’re looking for something leisurely and fun or something intense and out of this world.

Extreme vacationing can be great, but after a long day there comes the time when you’ll want to sit back, unwind and recuperate. That’s where we come in. After all, we’re extreme too…extremely comfortable.


Click here for more information on The Sutton Place Revelstoke Mountain Resort and our great summer packages.