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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Sutton Takes Pride in Our Products

People often say that ‘it’s the little things in life that make it grand.’ Here at The Sutton Place Hotel we value that sentimentality greatly and that’s why this week, we’re proud to highlight our toiletries exclusively made by Gilchrist & Soames.

Who Are They?

Though they may be little, these highly coveted items make a big difference to our guests. Why? Much like our hotels, Gilchrist & Soames take pride in providing clients with superior quality products that are consistently impressive and made with care and passion.

 For nearly fourty years, this London-based company has maintained an impeccable reputation among the luxury hotel community and guests. You could say that they are experts at what they do, and it shows in their mission statement:

  “At Gilchrist & Soames, our mission is to provide luxurious toiletry products and a concierge level of service to enhance the guest experience at the finest hotels and resorts around the world. We blend rich English formulations, botanical ingredients and unique aromas from around the world to create truly memorable hair, bath and body products. Our formulations and aromas are perfected only to the highest of exacting standards.”

 The Green Initiative

There are other reasons why we are proud to highlight the brand too. Much like us, they are committed to upholding responsible environmental practices. For example, where we hold a green key standard for our hotel practices, Gilchrist & Soames is partnered with Clean the World Foundation, Inc. (a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to saving lives and preserving the environment through a hotel amenities recycling program).

Where we take care to practice responsible:

  • Energy conservation
  • Water conservation
  • Solid waste management
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Indoor air quality
  • Community outreach
  • Building infrastructure
  • Land use
  • Environmental management

They take care to:

  • Study their ingredient’s impact on soil and water
  • Ensure that their packaging is minimal, recyclable and less wasteful

So yes, it’s the little things that matter because, when used in the right way, they can makebig changes.

To find out more about The Sutton Place Hotel’s green key practices, click here

 To find out more about Gilchrist & Soames, click here.

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.

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:

Menu

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).

Extras

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 Hotel Edmonton Gets Shopper Savvy

Like all of our Sutton Place Hotels, our Edmonton hotel is ideally situated to create a host of conveniences for our guests. Set directly in the center of the city, just a stone’s throw away Sir Winston Churchill Square and the bustling downtown Edmonton Arts & Entertainment District, it’s guaranteed that on any given day of the week, you’ll be entreated to an endless volume of metropolitan sights and sounds during your stay.

Even if you’re just stopping in for a short visit, we are connected by an indoor pedway to the Edmonton City Centre Mall, making shopping literally easier than walking out the front door.

Which brings us to the biggest new benefit about being set in the centre of the city: following suit after The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s successful program launch, our Edmonton location now has its very own Sutton Shopper Program.

Offering up to 40% off selected retailers at City Centre Mall, the popular guest program is perfect for everyone from guests who are picking up presents for home to visitors who need a little relaxing retail therapy.

Hailed as downtown Edmonton’s most popular mall, City Centre features everything high-end designer fashion to convenient everyday retail needs.

Just in time for the coming winter, we’re guessing there will be plenty of reason to stay indoors this season – which is good because shopping outdoors in 4 inch stilettos during minus 30 temperatures can be pretty difficult.

To see featured retailers and to find out more information about our program, click here.

Luxury & Supercar Weekend – Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance

 

The Sutton Place Hotel Company’s luxury chalet in the VIP area.

 

This is a preview of our luxury chalet in the VIP area in one of Vancouver’s classiest event, Luxury & Supercar Weekend – Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance. We simply cannot wait for everyone to see what is behind that curtain but it is nothing less than luxurious.

 

Debuting high-end fashion, elegant lifestyle, and of course, luxury cars, this event is definitely going to be magnificent!

We will be tweeting live for all the event’s updates and coverage this weekend, so be sure to follow us on twitter @SuttonPlaceHtl.