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 Thank you for tuning into this month's E-newsletter! In this edition, we share with you some updates on Yellow Door Bistro, our new restaurant opening in December, as well as some updates from Raw Bar, Hotel Arts and Chef's Table which includes Yelp Eats for Hunger Relief, winter cocktails, a Stay in Style package worth booking and another winemakers dinner that you must attend.


Our group was part of several impressive events this October including Paul Hardy's Fashion Event, Grave Gala and Gold Medal Plates. We were pleased to be a part of all three and recapped them to let you know what we were up to. We would also like to introduce you to our new Pastry Chef, Karine Moulin, who rejoined the Hotel Arts Group back in September.  


Lastly, we've included information about upcoming events that might be of interest to you - which consists of Remembrance Day and related activities as well as other events taking place in Calgary.  


We hope that you enjoy! Happy Reading! 


Mark Wilson

VP, Hotel Arts Group



Yellow Door Bistro is the latest restaurant to be launched by the Hotel Arts Group. Following on the successes of Raw Bar at Hotel Arts and Chef's Table at Kensington Riverside Inn, Yellow Door Bistro will seat 112 patrons for breakfast, lunch and dinner service.


The design marries classical elements and contemporizes them with some unexpected and almost whimsical surprises which become instantly evident upon entering the restaurant space.


Much like the décor, Executive Chef Duncan Ly will prepare bistro-inspired dishes with a reverence for classic ingredients but served up with a contemporary twist. Yellow Door Bistro will also feature an enomatic wine program with 1oz, 3oz and 5oz pours of diverse wines. In addition, our patrons will be able to enjoy a classic cocktail menu.


Opening to possibilities in December 2012.

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Yelp Eats

Raw Bar will be participating in Yelp Eats for the second time; a program put together by Yelp Calgary in support of the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank. Up until Saturday, November 10, come into Raw Bar and spend $30/person and we'll donate $10 to the food bank! We invite you to have a great culinary experience while at the same time giving back to a local hunger relief organization.


For more information visit http://www.yelp.ca/events/calgary-2012-yelp-eats-for-hunger-relief-nov-4-10 or follow hashtag #yelpeatsyyc on twitter.    


Stay in Style

With the beginning of winter, it's a great time to start your holiday shopping as well as refresh your wardrobe with some cozy new items. To help free up your pocket book, Hotel Arts is offering special weekend stays that include a $75.00 Gift Certificate that can be redeemed at the CORE Shopping Centre (Downtown), Chinook Shopping Centre (South Calgary) or CrossIron Mills (North Calgary). Our Stay in Style Package is valid for stays Thursday thru Sunday until December 31, 2012.  Package is subject to availability. To book online, visit our Special Offers page at http://www.hotelarts.ca/special-offers.html.   


Follow #shoppingyyc on twitter for more details!



Winter Cocktails

Raw Bar is preparing to launch a new winter cocktail menu with some "born again classics", some "creative juices" and "circa sips". Anticipate a late November launch featuring some new cocktails that are bound to be local favourites.


To prepare for its launch, our newest Raw Bartender Savanna will be competing at Vine Arts on November 11 in a special cocktail competition. Some of Calgary's best bartenders from Milk Tiger Lounge, Cilantro, Taste, Brix & Morsel will square off with Savanna in an epic head-to-head battle to see who will create the official Vine Arts Winter Cocktail!



Executive Chef Duncan Ly competed in Calgary's Gold Medal Plates on Thursday, October 26. Top chefs from Calgary & surroundings prepared dishes for roughly 500 attendees. The proceeds from this high profile culinary competition are earmarked for the Canada Olympic & Paralympic Foundations.


Chef Duncan Ly's Bronze Medal winning dish was a Petit Saddle of Lamb with Apple Goat Cheese and Parsnip Parfait with Braised Pearl Onions, Heirloom Tomato, Cardamom and Lamb Reduction. This was paired with a Sandhill Syrah 2009. With his first bronze at Gold Medal Plates, Chef Ly now completes his medal hat trick having won gold once and two silver medals previously.

We had a great time serving an appreciative crowd with some amazing Olympians in attendance.  


Congratulations to all the competitors for their amazing dishes and special kudos to Eden Hrabec from Crazyweed Kitchen in Canmore for winning the gold and to Cam Dobranski from Brasserie & Wine Bar Kensington for winning silver. Chef Hrabec will now compete at Canada's National Culinary Championships in Kelowna in February 2013.


Please visit the Calgary's Herald photo gallery showcasing the dishes prepared at this amazing competition as well as photos from the evening.





Hotel Arts hosted the 10th Annual Grave Gala in our Spectrum Ballroom with over 800 guests in attendance. It was our biggest and best costume gala to date with proceeds earmarked for Calgary Opera. Tanya Cropley, our Director of Events, and Pierre Marleau from Orange Frog Productions busily transformed our ballroom into Venice for all our attendees to enjoy. The Venice is Sinking theme was intended as a tie-in to the Calgary Opera's season this year which showcases a host of operas with Italian backgrounds (composers or scenes).


Grave Gala arguably draws out the best costumes in the city. Ultimately, though, we'll let you be the judge by directing you to two gallery sites with fantastic photos:  

  • Alan Chong Photography has posted a series of shots from Grave Gala on his Gallery.


  • Modern Socialite has also posted some photos on her blog and gallery.



Special thanks to Calgary Opera, Todd Hawkwood, Nicole Tritter and a cast of energetic and creative artists as well as volunteers for their efforts to make Grave Gala such a memorable event.



On Saturday, October 20 Tourism Calgary and Paul Hardy Fashions partnered to host a large fashion event that showcased Calgary as a Canadian fashion destination. Hotel Arts was thrilled to be involved as a sponsor for both accommodations and a food station at the VIP After Party.


Fashionistas, fans, models , artists, media and VIP's filled Uniquities (a store that sells architectural antiques and other rare pieces) and Paul's store in celebration of Paul Hardy's Spring/Summer 2013 line and his 10th year operating in Calgary. The event was an incredible way to showcase Calgary as an increasingly cosmopolitan destination with its own small town charms as hand-picked models, celebrity guests, stylish locals, hip musicians and avant-guard food stations staffed by the city's best chefs produced a unique and inviting Calgary vibe.  It was pretty evident that there was a happening scene at Uniquities as Calgary showcased in style why it was named Canada's Culture Capital of 2012.


Pastry Chef Karine Moulin represented Yellow Door Bistro at Hotel Arts with a delicious array of desserts.  She prepared Milk, Dark and White Chocolate Covered Poprocks as well as Milk and White Cotton Candy Cream Puffs. Our table was a huge hit with guests asking to take a "pop" to go!


Special thanks to Tourism Calgary for approaching us to be a part of this memorable Calgary event!




Wizard of the Whisks.


Accomplished Mountain Biker.


Passion for Fashion.


Secret Painter.


Pastry Chef Karine Moulin has recently re-joined the Hotel Arts Group and is one of Western Canada's great talents preparing exquisite desserts. A graduate of SAIT's Culinary Program, Karine has worked at diverse restaurants and hotels honing her craft.  Over the years, Karine has worked with St. Germain Bistro, 100 Wines by David Walker, Hyatt Regency Calgary and the ATCO Culinary Kitchen.  She has worked with the Hotel Arts Group helping to launch an array of new desserts for Raw Bar, Chef's Table at Kensington Riverside Inn, the group's growing banquet and catering division and the soon-to-be-opened Yellow Door Bistro. 


Our office has already been exposed to some decadent desserts and we look forward to sharing with you what she's been up to. Welcome back Karine!

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Sonoma Wine Dinner

Chef's Table will be hosting the second annual California Wine dinner in collaboration with Sonoma Wine's on Thursday, November 15. We invite you to experience flavours and tastes that your palate will love with a menu prepared by Chef de Cuisine Chris Barton paired with classic wines from the Sonoma Region. Seating is limited so be sure to get your tickets soon!


Tickets are $125/person and include wine, tax and gratuity. To book your wine dinner experience with us, call 403.228.4442.



Read for the Cure

Read for the Cure will be held on November 7 at Hotel Arts. The event will consist of the same format as previous years:  bestselling authors, in events that can best be described as large-scale book club gatherings. The event offers readers a unique alternative to walking, cycling or running for the cure! 


In addition to hearing the authors' speak, each attendee will receive a copy of their book. You can be sure to look forward to a great night, for a great value, for a great cause!


Read for the Cure's Calgary event will support the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Cancer Research Society, to fund research into the causes and prevention of cancer, and especially environmental links to cancer.  The organization is composed entirely of volunteers, allowing 100 per cent of funds raised to go to cancer research.


For more information and visit www.readforthecure.com.


ARTwear 2012

Hotel Arts is pleased to help sponsor and host ARTwear 2012. Now in its tenth year, this annual fundraiser for the Art Gallery of Calgary features a runway fashion show highlighting the season's must-have fashions from some of Calgary's hottest boutiques and emerging designers.

In addition to a silent auction, there will also be a Fashion Trunk Show Auction where guests will have an opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind styles from emerging local designers and retailers.

ARTwear 2012 takes place on Thursday, November 8th at Hotel Arts with the fashion show getting underway at 8:30pm. 


For more information please visit the AGC's website at http://www.artgallerycalgary.org/fundraisers/artwear/ or call Sarah Stephens at 403.770.1353


Passchendaele: The Film

In advance of Remembrance Day, the Plaza Theatre in Kensington Village will host a special screen of Passchendaele on Friday, November 9th.   This epic film directed by Paul Gross showcases the passion, courage, and dedication of the heroes who fought in the grisly battles in Belgium during WWI. Filmed in Calgary, Fort Macleod & Belgium.


For more information, visit  http://www.cpo-live.com/main/event_detail.php?event_id=597.  


Field of Crosses Memorial Project

Until just after Remembrance Day, our neighbourhood will be host to the Field of Crosses Memorial Project. Along Memorial Drive from 3rd Street NW to Centre Street, over 3,000 crosses erected to celebrate the memory of soldiers from across Southern Alberta who were killed in action.


Each cross is inscribed with the name, age at death, rank, regiment and date of death of a soldier who lost his or her life in a foreign land fighting for the freedoms that we all enjoy today. Members of the public are welcome to visit the site, to walk among the crosses, to lay flowers at a loved one's memorial and to be reminded that the price of our freedom was not free.

Murray McCann, chairperson of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project underscores the importance of the sacrifices made by our armed services to ensure our freedoms. "It is the soldier, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble. It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the soldier, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote."

This November, please take time to remember their contributions and sacrifices.




Poppy Plaza in Kensington

Right across from the Kensington Riverside Inn, another tribute to Canada's war efforts will be celebrated at the Poppy Plaza. Highlights of the design include a weathering steel wall with narratives cut into the steel celebrating our war-time efforts as expressed by different groups in our nation. The Poppy Plaza will be the last phase of the Landscape of Memory which will stretch along Memorial Drive starting West of the Inn with the Soldiers Memorial, the Poppy Plaza, the Promenade by the Peace Bridge and wrapping up with the Field of Crosses East of the Curling Club.


To learn more about the Poppy Plaza and the Landscape of Memory, visit the Parks & Recreation site; http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Construction/Poppy-Plaza.aspx.   


Alderman Druh Farrell was interviewed on CBC's Calgary Eyeopener on Monday, November 5th and she provided a quick update about the finishing touches taking place on Poppy Plaza. The Memorial letters are now in place and the plaza should be open for Remembrance Day but there is still some decking and steelwork to be finished over the course of December. Once complete, this will be a tremendous addition to the neighbourhood and to Calgary's continued efforts to commemorate the contributions and sacrifices made by our armed services. To hear her interview with CBC's David Gray, please visit the podcast on http://www.cbc.ca/eyeopener/.  


Remembrance Day Ceremonies on November 11

Central Memorial Park is located one block West of Hotel Arts and is the site of Cenotaph which serves as a fitting location to pay tribute to Canada's numerous sacrifices in armed conflicts over the years. There will be a formal ceremony starting at 1045am with the laying of wreaths. The cenotaph is located closer to 4th Street between 12th Avenue and 13th Avenue SW.


Calgary's largest Remembrance Day service takes place on the grounds of the Military Museum. Guests are advised to dress warmly and arrive before 10:00 AM as parking is limited. Containers will be provided for food donations to the Veterans' Food Bank and for monetary donations to the Military Museums. Please be generous!


4520 Crowchild Trail SW  http://www.themilitarymuseums.ca.  


The Aero Space Museum of Calgary will be holding an informal service for families which will run for approximately half an hour starting at 1030am. Their service will be held outdoors in their parking lot this year in order to accommodate as many guests as possible - please dress warmly!


Aero Space Museum of Calgary4629 McCall Way NE  www.asmac.ab.ca.  


The Jubilee Auditorium hosts an indoor ceremony presided over by the Mayor of Calgary and other dignitaries starting at 1030am. It is highly recommended to arrive early (930am or earlier) to secure a seat. Following the service, dignitaries travel to Central Memorial Park for a wreath-laying.


Canadian Pacific will also be hosting a ceremony next to their steam locomotive at Gulf Canada Square, 401 - 9th Avenue SW. Over 33,000 Canadian Pacific employees served in the two world wars. Speeches from employees currently serving as reservists will take place along with a wreath laying following with a blast from a train whistle at the completion of the two minutes of silence.


Twas the Night

Save the date....CORE Shopping Centre is hosting "Twas the Night" on Wednesday, November 28th. Last year, we attended and were amazed by all the store promotions and the performances (including indoor fireworks and a stunning set by Chantal Kreviazuk).     


Calgarians have enjoyed a year of celebrations in 2012 and 'Twas the Night will be the grand finale. Come together with thousands of Calgarians from across the city to celebrate the holiday season, and support two local charities championing the revitalization of Calgary's downtown. All proceeds from ticket sales will support because: a next generation initiative of the United Way of Calgary and the National Music Centre Project.




Barenaked Ladies

How would you like to spend Christmas with the Barenaked Ladies this year in Calgary? See them live on December 5, 2012 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, presented by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Make this holiday season a rockin' one! For more details or tickets, visit http://www.cpo-live.com/main/event_detail.php?event_id=613.


An Evening with Oprah

Oprah Winfrey will be bringing her inspirational stories to Calgary on January 22, 2013. In the walls of the Scotiabank Saddledome, Oprah will discuss some of her life experiences and share ways attendees can take control of their own lives to reach their full potential. Pre-sale tickets are available now at  http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/1100495E9D39897E . Use promotional code "Oprah" to search for available tickets.



Hotel Arts Group is actively involved in the neighbourhood around us.  Every month, we are dedicated to giving back to the community that supports our businesses and helps to make Calgary such a great place to live, work and play.    


Here are a few highlights of some of the groups we assist with donations:   

  • Make-A-Wish is an organization dedicated to granting wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions. They are hosting their "Wonderland of Wishes" event on Sunday, November 18; "an annual celebration of wishes and the lives they touch offering participants an afternoon of fun, inspiration and joy". For more information visit http://www.makeawish.ca/chapter/southern_alberta.
  • JDRF: For over 40 years, JDRF has been a global leader in the search for an end to type 1 diabetes (T1D), through both research funding and advocacy, JDRF's research is committed to improving the lives of every person with T1D and to curing this disease. They are hosting their "Hope Gala" on November 3 at the Calgary Golf and Country Club. For more information visit www.jdrf.ca.  
  • The Hayati Children's Foundation is a Calgary based organization that provides direction, funds and volunteer support to orphanages in developing countries around the world. Each orphanage is carefully selected after the proper due diligence has been conducted to ensure the raised funds are spent directly on the children in our chosen facilities. The Hayati Children's Foundation executes and establishes food and milk programs, provides drinkable water fountains, as well as purchases clothing, hygiene products, school supplies and toys for children. The HCF prides itself on having 100% of its raised funds go directly to its sponsored orphanages. For more information visit http://www.hayatifoundation.com/.


Other Happenings in our Community

13th Avenue Heritage Greenway: Progress is coming along on the City of Calgary's 13th Avenue Heritage Greenway Project along 13th Avenue SW. If the weather holds up, we're hopeful that this project will soon be drawing to a close.


Contractors now have two paved lanes for traffic behind the hotel but are in the last phase of building sidewalks. Last week, the city installed square cement boxes before work on the bike path can commence.

Landscaping with rows of trees on either side of the future sidewalk and bike path will likely take place in the Spring. Click on the link to see the Design Concepts from the City of Calgary:

Thank you for taking the time to read about the Hotel Arts Group.  We invite you to create your own experiences at our properties that we hope will be source of your own memorable stories.


Thank you for supporting the Hotel Arts Group and best wishes for a great November.



Mark Wilson
VP, Hotel Arts Group

Contributing Editors: Katie Mayer and Fraser Abbott 


Along with the Hotel Arts Group Newsletter comes a chance to win Monthly Prizes and enjoy the many aspects of our properties, whether it be luxurious stays at the Hotel Arts or the Kensington Riverside Inn, or unforgettable dining experiences at Raw Bar, Chef's Table and opening soon, Yellow Door Bistro! 


This month's prize is:    

One night stay at the Kensington Riverside Inn.    


To enter in to win the prize above, please send kmayer@hotelarts.ca an email with the answer to this question: How did Chef Duncan Ly place in Calgary's 2012 Gold Medal Plates competition?   


If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please email Katie Mayer at kmayer@hotelarts.ca.  


*Please respond by Friday, November 30, 2012