Mother’s Day Almond Torte

Mother’s Day requires a present, a meal and a dessert; Delta Bow Valley has all three covered. For the present and meal join us on Sunday, May 11, 2014 for an incredible Mother’s Day Brunch experience. With live entertainment, complimentary parking and an outstanding menu—Mom will be delighted. To wrap up the Brunch, Mom’s will receive a plant to take home. Now for the dessert, our Executive Sous Chef shares his Almond Torte recipe.

Delta Bow Valley Almond Torte

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What our Chef cooks for his sweetheart on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day: wine, chocolates and poetry is everything they want…right! Our Executive Sous Chef tells me that Valentine’s Day is about having a meal with the one you love. Chris Mercier has 20+ years of culinary experience and he is sharing the perfect entree and more.

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Châteaubriand is a traditional Valentine’s dinner for two prepared with beef tenderloin. We will use pork tenderloin; making this version easy for the at-home-cook and more economical.

 

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Wedding Tips from a Conference Services Manager

Delta Hotel Weddings

 At the Delta Bow Valley, our professional Conference Services team is here to create the ultimate celebration. Kirsten Wither, our Conference Services Manager is offering her insight on how we can make your special day truly memorable!

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Delta Bow Valley Hotel & Holiday Giving

Delta Bow ValleyThe days are counting down until Christmas and our schedules at work and home are starting to fill up with holiday parties, shopping and year-end wrap up.

It is during the holiday season that the needs of those around us appear to be even greater. However, we have found as we work in the community the needs continue throughout the year.

How can you help and which charity should you choose? Here is a starting point for finding a charity that matches your values, www.CanadaHelps.org

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Great coffee at home: tips for brewing.

 

Ethiopia Starbucks CoffeeIn September, Starbucks introduced their Ethiopia Label: Citrus & Dark Cocoa Medium Roast. This package of whole bean coffee produces a balanced flavour that reflects the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia.

“We’ve taken great care in sourcing this coffee and applying the signature Starbucks roast to create a flavour profile that is both uniquely Starbucks and unique to specialty coffee,” said Craig Russell, Senior VP of Global Coffee at Starbucks. (Source)

When you purchase a 1 lb. bag of Ethiopia whole bean coffee you will receive a commemorative Ethiopia tasting cup, while supplies last. Did you know that different grind textures are the key to a great brewed coffee?

Here are 4 Quick Tips for brewing Ethiopia coffee at home:

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We Day Calgary 2013

We Day Calgary 2013

The Delta Bow Valley Hotel is proud to be a hotel sponsor of We Day. On October 24, 2013, Calgary will be filled with 16,000 students and a dozen renowned speakers. The Saddledome will be transformed into a mecca for youth social action and responsibility. A full day of inspiring and educational speeches with show-stopping performances by platinum selling and JUNO award-winning artists Shawn DesmanNelly Furtado and Down with Webster, just to name a few.

Our General Manager, James Tingley had the pleasure of attending in 2012. Here are a few words from his experience.

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Off-Site Catering @DeltaBowValley

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Ever wondered about off-site catering for your next corporate meeting or social function? Delta Bow Valley’s off-site Catering Services is here to help! Equipped with veterans of the catering world, our team prides themselves with attention to details and dedication to each and every clients’ needs. For over 10 years, Delta Bow Valley has been working with many clients to service their food and beverage needs for guests from 5 to 2,500 people, throughout the downtown core. These events range from prestigious dinners for the Premier to Turkeys-to-Go for your own family gathering.

 

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Hotel Update: Elevators – HDtv

September 26, 2013 — We have many different projects always on-going. These projects ensure our employees have the tools required to excel and provide an enjoyable and comfortable stay for our valued guests.

Current Projects: Guest Elevators Modernization Project, Fire Protection Upgrade, Property Management System & Telephone System Upgrade.

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Inquiring minds want to know; is the Calgary Zoo Open

Yes, the Calgary Zoo is open. The Zoo was absolutely devastated by the June flood; they will need a long time to rebuild. So, what is left to see and is it worth going?

What is open: Penguin Plunge, Canadian Wilds, Prehistoric Park and Riverside Nature Walk.

Penguin Plunge Calgary Zoo

Wood Bison Calgary ZooBlack-tailed Prairie Dogs Calgary Zoo

 

 

 

 

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Welcome Back

To our guests, partners and suppliers:
Having closed our doors on Saturday, June 22, 2013 as a result of loss of power to the downtown core, we were proud and excited to re-open our doors on Sunday, June 30, 2013!

Welcoming our first guests after eight days; the city worked hard to bring back the power.

Like so many Calgarians and Albertans, our hotel, while not damaged by flood waters, was recently affected by the devastating flooding that hit Southern Alberta. Our thoughts — then and now — are with all of our employees, guests, their families and Albertans who have been deeply impacted by the flooding.

We have been humbled and inspired by the spirit of our community and would like to acknowledge our team and our Delta colleagues across the country, for putting the interests of our guests and employees first.

Our heartfelt thanks to all the first responders and volunteers, including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, for ensuring the safety and well being of all.
Our re-opening is another strong step showing the resiliency of Albertans and great things to come.
We’re delighted to welcome you back!
James Tingley
General Manager, Delta Bow Valley

View from the river pathway

View from 24th floor; East Village Calgary

View from the 24th floor

 

Habitat for Humanity Build Day

May 17, 2013

On a spectacular Friday I met up with my colleagues from Delta Calgary South, Delta Calgary Airport & Delta Lodge at Kananaskis to participate in our Habitat Build Day at the Auburn Bay site, in the deep south of Calgary. We were a small group of six but mighty and raring to go.

We signed in and participated in the safety review. Then we were given our assignments and paired up into teams with the other volunteers to tackle: walls, porch and stairs. A week previously the duplex house was only a foundation. After a Women Build Week held by Habitat the house was framed, floors were laid and roof and windows were installed. These volunteers came from all walks of life and businesses in Calgary, they did a great job and only in a week! Our mission for the day was to put up walls, build a set of stairs and work on the porch roof; essentially not undue any of the great work already completed on the house. We were met by Sandi Ferchau, Fundraising Events Manager for Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta Chapter, along with other volunteers who were going to guide us in our tasks.

Habitat for Humanity is Delta Hotels’ national charitable partner and has been for the past five years. A great relationship has been formed between our employees and Habitat across the country but none stronger than right here in Calgary. This was my third build and it is truly a day one can set aside the cares of work and focus on being out of your comfort zone. Of course, no one is asked to do anything they are not comfortable doing. The volunteers who come day in and day out to work with us “once a year” volunteers have great patience and spirit; they ensure a safe and fun work space. Ultimately, we and the many volunteers are doing our part to provide homes for families which really makes for a good day.

Myself and my colleague from Kananskis, Cole Millen, Director Operations proceeded to the second floor of the house and learned how to frame walls, raise them and put them in place. Nail guns, plumb lines, squares, levels, fire stopping, pre cut studs and a few “does that look level to you, does that look straight to you” and viola! We had walls ready for gyp-rock. Our other colleagues completed their set of stairs, porch and some additional framing-in of closets on the lower level. A good days work if I do say so myself.

That was our day. I highly recommend a Habitat Build Day either as a single volunteer or round up your colleagues from work or your neighbors. Just visit Habitat for Humanity to get involved!

A special thank you to Leslie Tamagi, CEO of HFH Southern Alberta Chapter, who joined us during our lunch break. Both Leslie and Sandi will be joining us on June 21, 2013 along with their colleagues at our 5th Annual Thrill of the Grill Summer BBQ Series Kick Off and Titanium Chef competition at Delta Calgary South. This is a great event and our primary fund raiser for HFH. 

 

Kick off your summer with a fantastic lobster dinner

On Friday, June 21, Calgary-area Delta Hotel chefs will compete for the title of Thrill of the Grill Titanium Chef. The evening is filled with fun, food and friends! Let me tell you more.

What is Thrill of the Grill? a Delicious BBQ
Now in our 5th year, the four Calgary-area Delta Hotels (Delta Bow Valley, Delta Calgary Airport, Delta Calgary South & Delta Lodge Kananaskis) host BBQ events throughout the summer months to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta. Over the past four years we have raised a total of $107, 000.

What is the Kick off event on June 21?
The ticket you purchase for this fund raiser is your pass into a wonderful evening. Delta Chefs will have 30 minutes to grill their best lobster dish. Acting as Sous Chefs will be well-known Calgarians; Gisele Danis, VP Marketing Tourism Calgary, Angela Knight from CBC, Erin Wilde, KOOL101.5 and Reid Fiest, weekend Co-Anchor of Global Calgary.Their creations will be judged by Karen Anderson of Calgary Food Tours, Mike Morrison of Mike’s Bloggity Blog, Leslie Tamagi, President for Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta and TJ Anderson, Mrs. Calgary. These distinguished foodies will use their talents to select the winning meal. This portion of the evening finishes with a live auction of the Delta Chefs. If you are the winning bidder; the Delta Chef will cook a five-course BBQ dinner for eight people in your home.

 What happens after the Chef Challenge?
 Now comes the delicious part for you. Your dinner plate will be filled with a whole lobster, steak, corn on the cob and salads. You can wash that down with a beer or a glass of wine. You may also want to try the Bartender’s fresh-mixed drink specials. You will be entertained by the tunes of The Turbines, while you place bids on our amazing silent auction items.

 Why is this a yummy charity event?
All proceeds support Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta –“Building affordable housing and promoting home-ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.” Another great reason is that all of our team members volunteer their time and talent to organize  coordinate and serve the event!

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Places to visit: Takakkaw Falls

  September 2012 – On a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon, I set out for Takakkaw Falls in YoHo National Park; close to Field, Bristish Columbia. The trip is about two hours from Calgary, driving through spectacular Banff and Lake Louise. Make a roadside stop as you get close to Field to see the Spiral Tunnels and read how they were built. If you time it right you will see a train go through the tunnels. Then on to Field adjacent YoHo National Park.

     With regret I have to admit in my ten years in Calgary I had never visited Takakkaw Falls. It is a beautiful drive; the mountains in spots were golden coloured by the Larch trees, which turn to gold in the fall. Once you take the exit for the Falls it is a pleasant drive up to the parking area. I would only do this drive by car given an incredible one-time switchback. If driving a camper or motorhome, good luck! There is plenty of parking and then an easy walk. Once there you can walk as close as you wish to the Falls. Others get much closer than I would consider, but it is not a case of looking down on the Falls, you look straight up so no worries about falling over the edge.

     Once we returned to the parking area, we enjoy the lunch we packed prior to leaving Calgary. There are picnic tables and we eat lunch with an uninvited guest in the form of a raven sitting on the table. In keeping with Park rules we did not feed “our guest”; however, the raven was very polite. He just stood there and stared at us, while we ate our lunch. As we cleaned up our table, he finally hopped over to an adjoining table to nibble on crumbs and we were on our way.

     Originally that was the extent of our journey, but it was such an amazing afternoon that we went a little further west to Emerald Lake. It was in all it’s glory and splendour on this afternoon. Not a ripple in the lake and just a lone couple canoeing. Lots of people around and we decided to walk around the entire lake. This is quite an easy walk on a trail, it takes an hour and 30 minutes. The area around the lake is ever changing terrain. As we start, there is an avalanche field and traditional forest with grass and bushes, exactly what you would expect to see in the Rocky Mountains. As you reach the end of the lake and wrap around to head back, the terrain starts to change. This side of the lake is like a rainforest: very damp, heavily shaded and the vegetation changes. This trail is somewhat slippery and not paved as you find on the other side of the lake, but it is still an easy and flat walk. This trail takes you back to the parking area. Now we detoured and walked through the grounds of Emerald Lake Lodge. There is a snack shop provided by the Lodge, where you can buy sandwiches and water; very handy.

There is a lot of history to Emerald Lake and you just need to Google and read all about it. We left to return to Calgary after a great day of walking through two fantastic wonders of nature and just a two-hour jaunt from Calgary. A highly recommended way to spend a day in the Rockies and not difficult to get to. The Falls would be quite majestic in the spring with the added spring runoff….I hope you take the chance to visit Takakkaw Falls.

Written by:
James Tinlgey, General Manager

Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna is highly recommended

Calgary is filled with wonderful things to do and see. Amaluna is a welcomed addition to the city’s vibrant art & culture scene. Our guest services manager, Warren Downs, recommends an evening with Cirque Du Soleil. This outstanding production is under the Big Top at Stampede Park from April 10 – May 19, 2013. Tickets are on sale now.

Warren, gladly reviewed his night out at the Amaluna production, saying, “My expectations were high as this was my first cirque show. I’m so happy to say that I was not disappointed.”

Warren had the privilege of attending opening night. He spoke about the seamless amalgamation of music, dance and acrobatics with occasional breaks for some light-hearted comedy. Warren’s tip is to “turn off your phone and enjoy the show” as it is worth every second. The dazzling cast is flawless and their performance is combined with pulse-quickening rock music. Warren did point out that the story is sometimes hard to follow, “my interpretation was an artistic, romantic and exciting plot”.

When you attend a production you expect your whole experience to be positive. Warren quickly points out that the staff provide great service and were happy to assist. His seat was comfortable and the tent set a great atmosphere. There isn’t necessarily a bad seat in the house, but Warren recommends getting tickets in the second or first section to get a straight-on view of the performance.

The daring acrobatics and the engaging music make this production, Amaluna, very captivating. If you’re looking for tickets, speak with one our concierge team members at the Delta Bow Valley Hotel. We can quickly assist you in finding tickets to the show of your choice. Likewise, you can visit http://www.cirquedusoleil.com

Written by
Amurlee Stobbs, Executive Assistant
Warren Downs, Guest Services Manager

 

 

Pumpkin Whoopie Pie

Pie, Cake or Cookie… This whoopie pie is the best part of all three.
Just like a pie; the mouth-watering cream cheese butter icing is the perfect filling.  The filling holds together moist pumpkin cakes that are shaped like cookies.  We hope you enjoy these treats at the Delta Bow Valley Hotel or making them at home.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies11/4 cups cake flour

3/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt
1 Bag of Oreo’s

3/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cups butter
1 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate

  1. Mix all ingredients together till smooth
  2. Preheat oven to 350F
  3. Put cup cake paper in cup cake tin
  4. Pour 1 ounce of cup cake mix in each cup cake mold
  5. Stuff with an Oreo cookie
  6. Bake them in the oven until a tooth pick comes out clean (approx 10 – 15 minutes)
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Recipe makes approximately 17 

Long Service Awards

Delta Hotels and Resorts has a proud tradition of honouring and celebrating its employees for years of service. On November 22, 2012 the Delta Bow Valley held its annual Long Service Awards Reception and Dinner, which recognized 26 colleagues with years of service ranging between five to thirty years. Milestone years of recognition are five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, thirty and thirty-five. A wonderful meal was prepared by our Chef and his team; served by the great banquet staff of the hotel. Starting with roasted butternut squash soup and followed by a choice of tender filet or brie stuffed chicken breast. Dessert was vanilla bean crème caramel, which was a perfect ending to the meal.

The official proceedings began with presentations made by James Tingley, General Manager and Jason Clark, Director of Operations. Interesting stories and work biographies were read about each recipient marking highlights or special moments in their tenure with Delta Hotels and Resorts. The evening was capped off with the presentation of thirty years of service to; Jacek Zawada, Engineering; Rodly Point du Jour, Chief Engineer and James Tingley, General Manager.

A very nice evening was enjoyed by all ­ including friends, partners, and spouses of the recipients ­  who were present to take part in the celebration of our colleagues who have served our guests, the company and each other so very well over the years.

Share a Starbucks holiday beverage

Starting today November 15th you need to visit Starbucks at the Delta Bow Valley Hotel  from 2 pm – 5 pm.  The ‘Share’ promotion is back and runs until November 18, 2012.  Perk up your afternoon with a holiday beverage; make someone’s afternoon with a second holiday beverage on Starbucks.  Buy One holiday beverage and get the second for free. We hope that you share the second one, but if you drink both we won’t tell.

*If you are not looking to warm up try the holiday beverages cold; as frappuccinos*

 

 

 

Tis the season, Starbucks holiday beverages are back!

Every Monday I try to usher in my week with a Starbucks bevy. As I sip; my hectic day seems to flow along. I have programmed myself to think: Monday = Starbucks = Good Day. Today is Friday, the week as been long, it’s time to wrap up with one of Starbucks holiday beverages.

I am undecided on which holiday beverage to choose. Before I swing by our lobby Starbucks to pick up my treat, I go to the Starbucks Canada website.  There are four holiday options; Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulee Latte, Gingerbread Latte & Eggnog Latte. The most popular last year was Peppermint Mocha.  Ignoring calories I top my Peppermint Latte with whip cream.

Mmm…velvety chocolate with refreshing peppermint.  As I enjoy, two tips come to mind. #1. If you don’t like chocolate & peppermint, this drink is not for you. #2. To truly enjoy the whipped topping, drink without a lid.

Now for the Non-coffee drinker you can order this too!  “Peppermint Hot Chocolate”.  Your drink will be delicious with peppermint goodness.

Stop by and rekindle the season.  Our barista’s look forward to serving you.

 

 Written by Amurlee, Executive Assistant

Red Velvet Oreo Cookie Cupcakes

Enjoy our “Salute” to 100 years of the Oreo Cookie

Our Executive Chef, Paul Maniaci has ingeniously baked an Oreo Cookie into his Red Velvet batter (you may also know it as Devil’s Foodcake).  Just like an Oreo is dipped in milk we invite you to enjoy Chef’s twist on dunking your “cookie”, as he substitutes milk with creme anglaise!  You can find these sweet treats as a perfect ending to any meal in our Elements Bistro. After planning an event with us you may find us handing out mason jars to the conveners with do-it- yourself cupcakes.  Enjoy the recipe below and let us know how they turn out for you!

Red Velvet Oreo Cookie Cup Cake

1 cups cake flour
3/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt
1 Bag of Oreo’s

3/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cups butter
1 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate

  1. Mix all ingredients together till smooth
  2. Preheat oven to 350F
  3. Put cup cake paper in cup cake tin
  4. Pour 1 ounce of cup cake mix in each cup cake mold
  5. Stuff with an Oreo cookie
  6. Bake them in the oven until a tooth pick comes out clean (approx 10 – 15 minutes)
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Recipe makes approximately 17 at a time

Crème Anglaise

1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup white sugar

In a small, heavy saucepan, heat cream and vanilla until bubbles form at edges.

While cream is heating, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until smooth. Slowly pour 1/2 cup of hot milk mixture into egg yolks, whisking constantly. Gradually add egg yolk mixture back to remaining milk mixture, whisking constantly. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.

Calgary’s Plus15 system

Some call them Skywalks or Pedways.  In Calgary they are called; “Plus 15″ or “+15″.  This network of covered walkways is the world’s second most extensive pedestrian walkway system.  They are covered pedestrian bridges that are approximately 15 feet above street level and are open to the public.

Picture courtesy of Tourism Calgary

This system opened in 1970 and has expanded to cover the central downtown core.  Linking all the major buildings, allowing pedestrians to walk indoors and in comfort during any type of weather.  If you know Calgary, the weather changes through out the day and can be unpredictable.  The Plus15 system allows you to leave your winter boots behind and enjoy your walk through downtown above wet and slushy streets.

Pocket Size Map

The Delta Bow Valley Hotel is connected to this system with two Plus15’s.  With the addition of The BOW building, Calgary’s tallest skyscraper and in Western Canada, we are now connected to the whole of downtown.  You can find us on the Plus15 map online http://calgaryplus15.com/ or come by our front desk, they have handy Plus15 pocket size maps.