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Distinct culinary flair fosters memorable moments for visiting groups
[ON LOCATION] MICHELLE MARIE AREAN
ur time in Calgary kicked-off with an art and culinary
food tour at the 185-room Hotel Arts, our host hotel.
Calgary Food Tours shared some of the history of the
hotel's artwork as we feasted on eggs benedict, yogurt
parfaits, mimosas and more from the property's esteemed Yellow
Door Bistro restaurant.
The tour also took us to notable museums where we had
the chance to meet local artists and experience the popular
dining venue Ten Foot Henry, the Calgary Public Library and
The Cookbook Company, where groups can take a cooking
class, sample local cheeses as we did, or browse for a bestselling cookbook on regional dishes. The tour's grand finale was
a wine sampling of Rose de Syrah at Metro Vino next door.
Uncommon food experiences quickly became an underlying
theme of our visit. Erin Dawson, director of sales and marketing
with the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre and Meetings +
Conventions Calgary, offered another fun, "must-try" creative
"Local restaurants partner with Calgary's Beakerhead festival
to create 'Engineered Eats' every September. Dining is a whole new
experience when chef and bartender become scientists! Groups
can explore molecular cocktails and engineered temptations at over
25 participating bars and restaurants."
Back at the hotel, groups have 11,500 sf of meeting space at
their disposal and can try poolside yoga or take a cruiser bike out
for a spin during downtime.
Another case in point on Calgary's distinct F&B: A boxed lunch of
chicken, veggies and potato salad while taking in a traditional western
rodeo from Calgary Stampede's stadium seats. The rodeo was a
unique way to break up a day of meetings and conferences, while
also giving attendees a taste of Calgary's culture. Excitement exuded
from the crowd as we waited for the cowboys and cowgirls to take
center stage along with their horse or bull. Bull runs to bareback
riding, and a live country concert in between, the Calgary Stampede
provided energized entertainment to the crowd of professionals. It
also offers meeting and event spaces where you can host your own
unique western experiences, costumes and all. "As an urban centre
surrounded by scenic Canadian vistas, Calgary's diversity as a meeting
and convention destination is its greatest strength," Dawson adds.
The recently opened National Music Centre at Studio Bell
marked the spot for our final night's celebration. Five floors of
exhibits-including interactive songwriting and the Canadian Music
Hall of Fame-express Canada's musical history. The recently
restored Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, a recording studio on
wheels, marks the spot where the Stones, Fleetwood Mac and
other legends wrote some of their iconic tracks. Showcasing local
culinary flair was also on the agenda at Studio Bell, which offered
samples from local restaurants, Canadian wines and beers, and
munchies served out of outdoor food trucks.
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