Seeing businesses collaborate and work together is a personal favorite of mine. I get excited to see people who are passionate about what they do, and recognize that passion in others. Tuesday night's event was an outstanding display of collaboration and celebration.
I had the pleasure of attending one of the finest evenings in Edmonton on Tuesday. My invite was to a Holiday Mixer at the new Alberta Hotel Bar + Kitchen located downtown Edmonton on Jasper Avenue, to sample some delicious (and I mean DEEEE-LICIOUS) treats and check out the space. Alberta Hotel Bar + Kitchen has opened recently and is in a gorgeous location right downtown (previously Tavern 1903) with a beautiful food menu and interesting drink menu. Chef Spencer Thompson and Mixologist Brandon Baker put a lot of thought and attention into their creations and source ingredients locally and seasonally. They are open for lunch for and dinner, make sure you go visit!
The first thing I saw was the passion - from the first person that greeted me at the door, to the bartenders attentively mixing up beautiful cocktails, to the servers explaining what was on their tray that we just HAD to try, they were all happy to be there and excited to share details about the event with us.
We were treated to countless delectable treats - gin rummy gingerbread macaroons, "Eau Eclair" cocktails infused with cocoa, bratwurst sliders and butternut squash soup, just to name a few. Chef Thompson and his team did an exceptional job pulling out all of the stops for us and their attention to detail was second to none. Each bite was delicious and a reminder to make a dinner reservation in the near future!
The collaboration of the evening came in many forms, there were so many partnerships that it was practically seamless. Impossible to see where one brand started and another finished. Each business and product that was part of the evening fit beautifully with the next.
The bartenders were whipping up (quite literally, with egg whites!) some amazing beverages that featured Eau Claire Distillery's premium spirits. Eau Claire Distillery is located in Turner Valley, near Calgary and is Alberta's first craft distillery. Eau Claire sources the grains and ingredients for their vodka and gins locally, working with farmers to grow what they need, exhibiting a complete farm to glass approach. I am definitely making plans to go for a distillery tour! Visit their website for product and tour information.
The collaboration did not stop there. On our way out the door we received a little surprise, which is always exciting! My gift was a pretty Pura Botanicals bag with... get this... an all-natural handcrafted perfume oil, featuring frankincense and myrrh - ingredients featured in Eau Claire Distillery's limited edition Christmas gin that we sampled that very evening!
Pura Botanicals is a green beauty apothecary and natural perfumery right here in Edmonton. Their collection of non-toxic, vegan, and eco-friendly skincare and wellness potions centre around the ancient art of the beauty ritual. Pura can actually create a perfume specifically for you with their fine all-natural and traditional perfuming ingredients. Check out their website to find out more. Also included was a gift certificate for Alberta Hotel Bar + Kitchen, which I can't wait to use!
It is such a fantastic sight, to see businesses pulling together to make their products and events even better. If you own a business, get out and find another company that has products or services that complement what you do! Discuss the potential to collaborate, you never know what will come out of it, but most likely a great experience for both of you.
Thank you to Immedia PR for inviting us and all of their hard work to bring everyone together for this fabulous evening!
"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
- Henry Ford
This week I had the pleasure of visiting two terrific Sturgeon County businesses to find out more about their exciting upcoming event on Monday, July 21 2014. Goose Hummock Golf Resort and Jurassic Forest have teamed up with Taste of Edmonton to offer two delicious and fun Culinary Adventures!
This year, Taste of Edmonton has added some great mini-get-aways to their already packed roster of foodie events that take place in downtown Edmonton, at Sir Winston Churchill Square from July 17-26, 2014. On Monday, you will have the opportunity to hop on a shuttle bus at Sir Winston Churchill Square and take a relaxing ride out to the country and either be a palaeontologist or golfer for the day.
Each day also includes a tasty lunch prepared by Chef Clark Seetoo and Chef James Seetoo. These gentlemen have been secretive about what they are up to, but did hint that prime rib would be featured, along with many other fresh, local foods and ingredients.
The Taste of Golf Culinary Adventure includes a shuttle to the course, a tour of the Goose Hummock facility, 9 holes of golf and delicious lunch. This adventure also gives you an all-inclusive ticket into Sip 'n Savour that evening at Taste of Edmonton. Click here if you would like to buy tickets for this adventure!
Goose Hummock Golf Resort is an excellent venue for weddings, corporate events or golf tournaments. Visit their website for more information and pricing.
The Taste of Jurassic Culinary Adventure is a family friendly day filled with life sized dinosaurs, guided tours, fun at the playground, and a fabulous lunch. Each participant will receive 10 Taste tickets to enjoy at Taste of Edmonton after the adventure. Click here if you would like to buy tickets for this adventure!
These tours are a great way to come out and experience Sturgeon County and see the great attractions that are here!
Don't forget to check out Jurassic Forest on August 16th and 17th, Dinosaur George, Dinosaur Enthusiast and animal behaviourist will be there to teach you all about our prehistoric friends! There will be lots happening all summer out at Jurassic Forest, take the family out for some fun!
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This is an exciting time, as we are ready to launch our new website, and also get the fifth Annual Sturgeon County Bounty underway at Prairie Gardens & Adventure farm in Bon Accord on Saturday, September 28, 2013!
It has been a lot of hard work and planning for the Bounty Taste Event, but it is very rewarding to meet so many producers and business owners in the Sturgeon County area and see all of the support that exists for our local initiatives. We have many things planned for the next year, and are hoping to talk with as many local producers, processors, chefs, farms and artisans as possible to find the best fit for growing local tourism and culinary experiences.
Please join us between 11am - 3pm on Saturday at Prairie Gardens to experience delicious dishes prepared by our local producers and restaurants. You will be served fresh food cooked to perfection, and you should come hungry because we have A LOT of tasty options to offer! Food tickets will be for sale ($1 each) and most vendor booths are serving dishes that are between 3-5 tickets. You will also be able to get a fantastic fall family photo taken for 5 tickets!
Saturday, September 28 is also the opening day for Prairie Gardens' Haunted Pumpkin Festival, featuring TONS of great family activities such as a petting zoo, corn maze, face painting, music and entertainment, wagon rides, and of course... the Pumpkin Cannon!
It should be a beautiful fall day, we look forward to seeing you there!
For more information on The Sturgeon County Bounty including maps and menus, click here
Sturgeon County Bounty is a Sturgeon County Economic Development initiative, aimed at providing local producers, chefs and processors with an opportunity to promote and expand value-added agriculture in the region. more
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