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Tasty Holiday Collaboration Leanne

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


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