APRIL 2013

Mark Wilson Spring is finally upon us and we are excited to share with you some updates with respect to our group. In this edition of our e-newsletter, you will find information on our restaurants including brunch at Yellow Door Bistro, Poolside Season at Raw Bar and a special award that Chef's Table recently received.  


We also include information on upcoming events we think you might be interested in, a recipe to try at home, a profile on one of our favourite artist's and notable mentions about our group. 


Have a wonderful Easter long weekend and Happy Reading!  



Mark Wilson

General Manager & VP,

Hotel Arts Group 


The Hotel Arts Group is very excited to announce the launch of our Pinterest account. We'll be sharing interesting photos from each of our brands and "repin" other photos we think that you might like. Currently, our Pinterest Boards include the following:

  • Art
  • Design
  • Food we like to eat
  • Cocktails we enjoy
  • Culinary Art
  • Everything to do with events
  • Beyond the Yellow Door
  • Visit Calgary
  • Weddings
  • Welcome treats
  • Recipes

Please follow us to see what we're up too! www.pinterest.com/hotelartsgroup 

YELLOW DOOR BISTRO Follow us on Twitter  Like us on Facebook 


Yellow Door Bistro is now offering brunch on Saturday and Sunday until 2:00pm! Join them for a beautiful buffet featuring dishes in mini Le Creuset pots or choose from a selection of a la carte options.


Make your reservations online by clicking here.  

A must-try dinner item!

For the Yellow Door Bistro grand opening party, we featured a few of our favourite dishes on the menu, one being our Noble Farms Duck Cassoulet. Executive Chef Duncan Ly and Sous Chef Quinn Staple blew our minds with this perfect dish as every bite just melted on our palette.


We hope that you'll come experience one of our favourite dishes beyond the Yellow Door.

Yellow Door Bistro's brekafast buffet features items served in mini Le Creuset pots. We wanted to provide you with one of our recipes, the Duck Confit Hash. Come try out our version first!


  • 1 lbs fingerling potatoes
  • 1 cup caramelized onions
  • 1 generous handful of shredded duck confit
  • Chopped rosemary, thyme, Italian parsley
  • Lemon zest
  • Salt
  • Cayenne
  • Clarified butter
  • Softened butter
  • ½ cup hollandaise sauce
  • 2 soft poached eggs
  • Chives


  1. Slice the fingerlings in to 5 mm thick medallions
  2. Heat clarified butter in a sauté pan
  3. Add fingerlings and place in to the oven and bake until golden brown, keep tossing and mixing
  4. Add the duck confit, herbs, caramelized onions and lemon zest
  5. Soft poach two eggs in simmering acidulated water and drain on paper towels
  6. Monte the potatoes with softened butter and season with salt and cayenne
  7. Plate the potatoes and duck, top with the poached eggs and cover with hollandaise sauce
  8. Garnish with chives

Let us know what you think! 

KENSINGTON RIVERSIDE INN Follow us on Twitter  Like us on Facebook  View our profile on LinkedIn 

Artist Profile: Tresa Gibson

Energy, Passion and Free Expression


Back in February, Kensington Riverside Inn hosted the official reveal of their guestroom renovations and to complete the reveal, we had Tresa Gibson feature a few of her beautiful pieces; a fitting place for both Tresa Gibson and her artwork. 


Tresa's art often presents a simultaneous sense of order and chaos, drawing out unique emotions from her viewers. She best expresses herself with a palette knife, using oil on canvas and enjoys creating art that balance color and depth. Her subjects are diverse and her color palette varied.  Aspen and Birch forests display a wide array of warm tones in all seasons.  Dark cityscapes enlighten the big city feel.  Airy bright florals contrast with pure passionate abstracts.


Tresa's inspiration comes from many years of travelling and research. Her travel has taken her from the Canadian Rockies to the Arizona desert, while intersecting big cities such as New York, London and Paris. Her exceptional paintings can be found in homes across North America and in several important corporate locations.


In Calgary, Tresa's art may be found in Latitude Art Gallery and Effusion Art Gallery.  For more on Tresa, or to contact, see her website at www.tresagibson.ca.  

CHEF'S TABLE Follow us on Twitter  Like us on Facebook  Find us on Yelp

Easter Brunch

Join us at the Inn this Easter, Sunday March 31, for our fabulous Easter Brunch Tasting featuring the creations of Chef de Cuisine Chris Barton and our Breakfast Chef, Tim Strain. 


Start off with a fruit smoothie while you await one of our fabulous main courses such as our trio of boiled eggs with brioche soldiers, Pain Perdu and of course, Eggs Benedict with house-made hollandaise.  Why not finish off with a little breakfast dessert?      


Book your table early as we always fill up fast! Call 403.228.4442 for reservations.

AMA 2013 Diamond Awards

We are very proud to announce, for the second consecutive year, Chef's Table has been awarded the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Award. This is a very prestigious award as Chef's Table is one of three restaurants to receive this rating alongside Catch and La Chaumière. These three restaurants represent the very best that Calgary has to offer in the hospitality & culinary industry. 


Four-Diamond rated properties are distinguishable as fine-dining establishments featuring highly creative chefs, imaginative presentations and fresh, top-quality ingredients, not to mention proficient service staff and upscale surroundings where wine stewards offer menu-specific knowledge.


Four and Five Diamond restaurants and hotels make up just 0.2 per cent and 0.4 per cent respectively of the total 59,000 CAA/AAA approved and Diamond rated establishments

throughout Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.  CAA/ AAA rate more properties than any other rating entity and is the only rating system that covers all of North America. It is one of only two that conduct physical, on-site evaluations. CAA/AAA Approved and Diamond rated hotel and restaurant listings can be found in the AAA TourBook guides at any AMA office or on our website. Smartphone users can download the AMA app to locate Diamond rated establishments at www.ama.ab.ca/amaapps.
Photo Credit: Anne Wright Photography  
RAW BAR Follow us on Twitter  Like us on Facebook  Find us on Yelp
Asian Tapas

As Spring is finally upon us, we invite you and your friends to come experience our exceptional Asian Tapas prepared by Executive Chef Duncan Ly & Sous Chef Jinhee Lee as well as the amazing cocktails prepared by General Manager & Mixologist Extraordinaire, Christina Mah. Crab & Mango Rolls and the Blossom Cooler are highly recommended! We'll also be launching our summer cocktail program soon which will not disappoint.

Poolside Patio

Food and cocktails aside, Raw Bar is renowned for its outdoor pool & patio. Cocktail sipping and sun soaking; it's the place to be and be seen on a warm summer day in Calgary. Stop in for a patio lunch or a cocktail & a swim. We welcome all patrons to experience Calgary's hottest poolside patio. Stay tuned for our opening date slated for around the May Long Weekend. ..we can't wait to welcome you back!

Exclusive News 

We're going through some changes over the next couple of weeks as we prepare for pool season. Hint: Teal, Aqua & White! Stay tuned for exclusive information about the Raw Bar's transformation.

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We're less than 100 days away from Calgary's 10-day festival, the Calgary Stampede! It's time to Giddy Up and plan your biggest party! Being only 4 blocks away from the grounds themselves, we're located right around the excitement.


We're quickly filling up our guestrooms and function space and we don't want you to miss out. For more information about availability and rates, please contact our Sales & Events team at 403.206.9564 or email sales@hotelarts.ca.


Tickets are also on sale for various events taking place on the ground including the Chuckwagon Races, Rodeo and the Grandstand Show. Visit http://cs.calgarystampede.com/events/.  


Sled Island announces headliners!

Sled Island is an annual music & arts festival in Calgary which takes place in June. Sled Island announce the first wave of headlines for the 2013 which certainly created some early excitement around the festival. 2013 headliners include The Jesus and Mary Train, Spencer Blues Explosion, the Joel Plaskett Emergency, Explosions In The Sky, and more!


Visit www.sledisland.com for more information and to purchase festival passes.

Alberta Ballet 47th Season 

Alberta Ballet announces their 2013/2014 season which is said to be "Iconic" and will be the most exciting season the company has ever presented. Performances include Madame Butterfly, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Ailey II, Giselle and a world premiere, Joni.


For more information about the upcoming season visit Alberta Ballet's brand new website, www.albertaballet.com.

Glenbow Museum 

Our friends at the Glenbow Museum always have a great array of programming. We're excited to check out another great homegrown exhibit with their Artist In Residence, Corb Lund, for his curated exhibit that takes place until April 28th: "No Roads Here: Corb Lund's Alberta". To learn more about this and other exhibits at the glenbow, please visit them online at www.glenbow.org .

ATP Blitz Weekend

ATP Blitz Weekend takes place April 5-7 and Hotel Arts is pleased to offer discounted rates for those attending. Register today to see all four world premieres in the Enbridge playRites Festival, take part in a panel discussion about an exciting new cross-cultural performance examining the creation of Alberta's Treaty 7, see a showcase of new work by dynamic Canadian playwriting duo Daniela Vlaskalic and Beth Graham and enjoy opportunities to meet artistic decision makers from around the world. It all happens in this final weekend of the ATP Enbridge Playwrites Festival!


For more information visit http://www.atplive.com/playRites/blitz_weekend.html.  


The Invisible Show takes place at Hotel Arts on Sunday, April 7, raising funds for Wildgarden - an organization assisting pregnant women who are at risk or vulnerable to homelessness or abuse. They'll also bring awareness to other organizations like Servants Anonymous, ACT Alberta, Neighbourlink, YWCA, Brenda House, Mustard Seed, Drop-In Centre, Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative, Sunshine Centre and Highbanks Society.


The Invisible Show will feature a silent auction and a dizzying array of performances from Pulse Studios, IILFX, MC Rebecca Dawn, DJ Rock and DK Crosswalk. For more information, please visit www.invisibleshow.com. Following this fundraising event, these performers will be hosting a show Theatre Junction Grand on June 14-15.  

California Wine Fair 

On Wednesday, April 10 Calgary Opera presents the 2013 California Wine Fair. Tour the wine-growing regions in the state in one evening and taste the culinary delights of Chef Duncan Ly and his team. The event will be held in the Hotel Arts Spectrum Ballroom with festivities beginning at 7:00pm. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.calgaryopera.com/performancesandevents/wine.php.  


Cirque du Soleil is coming back to Calgary this Spring. They'll erect their Grand Chapiteau again on the Stampede Grounds with Amaluna which will invite the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Show opens April 10 - get your tickets! Keep in mind that Hotel Arts is a short post-dinner stroll to the Grand Chapiteau on show nights and we have fabulous parking here on site. For more information visit http://ow.ly/jilim.   

Bohemian Carnival 

In mid-April, the CPO is collaborating with dancers from the Alberta Ballet for the "Bohemian Carnival" as part of their Serenade Series. For performance and ticket information, please visit: http://www.cpo-live.com/main/event_detail.php?event_id=578. The CPO rounds out the month with their Pops Series with "The Motown Sound" as well as :"Sweets Sounds of 70s: Paul Simon & Friends" with the Grammy-award winning New York Voices.

AdRodeo's Anvil Awards

On Friday, April 12, Hotel Arts welcomes the brightest and best minds in the creative world to AdRodeo's Anvil Awards. We love the dress code theme that they've chosen: Vintage Prep School. As always, this is bound to be a fun celebratory event. For ticket and theme info, please visit: http://www.adrodeo.com/events.  

ATP Celebrity Hors D'Oeuvres

Chef de Partie Chris Barton and the team from Chef's Table will be serving up some delicious fare at the ATP Celebrity Hors D'Oeuvres Event taking place on Friday, April 19 at the Jubilee Auditorium.


Restaurants are paired with artists, athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs and media personalities, who will use their most devious schemes to sell you appetizers! The musical guests will dazzle, the lights will sparkle, and the plates will sizzle in this all-out battle for your taste-buds.  


For event and ticket information, please visit http://www.atplive.com/Events/LawsonLundell.html.  

Get Real Live with Peter Walsh!

Get Real Live is a local radio show in Calgary, dedicated to connecting with people and creating a great community. They are hosting a live event on Saturday, April 20 in Calgary at the Boyce Theatre on the Stampede Grounds with Peter Walsh (Oprah's Organizing and Decluttering Expert) in support of Women In Need Society of Calgary. The evening will be a great night of entertainment, crazy give-a-ways and fun.


For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.getreallive.com.  

La Traviata

Calgary Opera hosts Verdi's "La Traviata" this April at the Jubilee. "La Traviata" is the story of the fallen woman, Violetta, who decides to leave her life of glamour and frivolity behind for the love of a single man, Alfredo. Feeling that his son is throwing his life away, Germont comes to convince Violetta that she must give up Alfredo, and she is forced to make a decision through pure unselfish love. For ticket information, please visit http://www.calgaryopera.com/season-2012-2013/la-traviata.  


Calgary Opera also announced that they'll be hosted an outdoor opera festival in the East Village this August with performances of "Pirates of Penzance". Argh matey! It's shaping up to be a great summer already!

Unique Lives

Renowned conservationist and anthropologist, Dr. Jane Goodall, is returning to Calgary to speak at Unique Lives. We've had the pleasure of hosting her repeatedly during her visits to the city for Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute and different engagements with the Calgary Zoo and West Island College. She'll be speaking at the Jack Singer Concert Hall on April 22nd. For more information, please visit www.uniquelives.com .  

Calgary Comic Expo

Bringing April to a big close, Calgary Comic Expo returns to the BMO Centre with another great line-up of talent from the science fiction, comic and fantasy realms. Last year heralded the reunion of the original cast from Star Trek Next Generation and the organizers have some more great names coming to Calgary for this marquis event including Gillian Anderson (X-Files), Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver and Stargate SG1), renowned director John Carpenter, Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia from Star Wars), Linda Hamilton (Terminator), Cary Elwes (Westley from the Princess Bride), and Marvel Comics legend - Stan Lee, to name but a few of the luminaries coming to Calgary.


For schedule and ticket information, please visit: http://www.calgaryexpo.com.  

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
AWE presents their 2013 Leadership Summit to be held at Hotel Arts on Thursday, May 9. During this summit, you'll learn to lead with the five I's: Integrity, Insight, Impact, Initiative and Influence. After the summit, AWE will be hosting a gala where the 2013 Celebration of Achievement Award will be presented.

A Creative Affair

Alberta Diabetes Foundation is hosting the second annual event "A Creative Affair" with a celebrity twist on Friday, May 31 in the Hotel Arts spectrum ballroom. The evening will include a silent auction featuring local artists in Calgary, culinary delights prepared by Executive Chef Duncan Ly and his team, and celebrity art pieces. Last year's celebrities included Brett Wilson, Bruce Covernton, Connie DeSousa, Deva Dave Richards, and Linda Garson...stay tuned for their 2013 celebrity artists.


For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.afdr.ab.ca/a-creative-affair


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 April!



Mark Wilson
General Manager & 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 newly opened Yellow Door Bistro! 


This month's prize is:  

One night weekend stay in a Luxury Suite at Hotel Arts and dinner for two in Yellow Door Bistro. 


Email kmayer@hotelarts.ca with the answer to this question: Which celebrity guest is Get Real Live bringing in for their event on April 20? 


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

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