Archive for ◊ September, 2010 ◊

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• Monday, September 27th, 2010

The true success of a hotel is largely attributed to it’s people, the staff that come in at 6:30 and work on their feet all day greeting guest after guest, smiling, asking how their stay was, or the day was, giving suggestions, showing they care and genuinely want them to enjoy their time with us. Some that start at 6:30 are still here at 11pm.
This is not an easy job and so when you have those gems, those people that just live to put a smile on someone’s face, they are golden!!! They are the ones that create a memoriable experience and make guests want to come back.
Our tourism office has a program to recognize these gems – called ‘Stars of the City’. Visitors and guests to our city nominate these individuals and companies that make our city ‘shine’ and they are awarded at a lovely gala evening in October put on by the students at Algonquin’s College Hospitality Program.

We are so very fortunate not only to have a slew of ‘stars’ but some Shining Stars – Tammy Ng who is nominated again this year among three nominees for the dozens of nominations she receives each year and Christopher Ward at our front desk, who has been nominated in the past and who genuinely loves to help people and they always mention him in their feedback to us. They inspire others and make us all so proud to work here. For this we are nominated as one of three for Star Property – an honour!
Working in this industry, while not easy, has a personal element that makes it so very special. I hope our kids recognize that service is so important – to go out of your way to make someone’s day. I would like to thank all of you who take the time to recognize our Stars!!

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• Friday, September 17th, 2010

We are so excited and cannot wait to open the doors to our new restaurant – Grill 41!! Opening next week, on September 23rd, this restaurant has an entire new look and feel from the Elgin Cafe. With a lovely bar and fabulous private dining room, it will be a perfect spot for a meal, an after work bevie or a private party for up to 30.
Chef Aurelio Petraglia brings his red seal credentials and wealth of culinary experience from some of the finest five star restaurants in Canada and around the world to Grill 41. Petraglia started his career as an intern in Burgundy, France, at Bernard Loiseau’s three Michelin Star restaurant and has since gone on to work in Toronto, Dubai and most recently as the Executive Chef for the Relais & ChÔteaux Pavilions in Phuket, Thailand.

The menu has been developed in consultation with Chef Michael Smith. Chef Smith has provided the table dÆh¶te menu with a sampling of his favourite flavours. The selection includes the ChefÆs famed Chowder, with PEI mussels, lobster, scallops and whitefish, Grilled Rib Eye with rosemary mushroom gravy and Just-baked Molten Dark Chocolate Cake. A portion of the proceeds from these dishes will be donated to the Ottawa Food Bank.

So please join us after September 23rd to sample the fabulous fare and sample our signature dish Tarte Flambe. You will love it!

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• Friday, September 17th, 2010

We are so excited to see the finishing touches go on our new restaurant… Grill 41 – opening September 23rd.

We closed the Elgin Cafe in early July and gutted the room completely before creating the new layout and desing, which is finally coming to completion. They are progressing so quickly this week – the bar is in, the painting done and tomorrow the carpets will be installed. By next Thursday (23rd Sept), we will open our doors to Grill 41 and I can’t wait.
Aurelio Petraglia is our new Chef and he comes with a very impressive resume. Born in Uruguay, he brings his red seal credentials and wealth of culinary experience from some of the finest five star restaurants in Canada and around the world to Grill 41. Aureleo started his career as an intern in Burgundy, France, at Bernard Loiseau’s three Michelin Star restaurant and has since gone on to work in Toronto, Dubai and most recently as the Executive Chef for the Relais & ChÔteaux Pavilions in Phuket, Thailand.
Our menu was developed by Petraglia with consultation with Chef Michael Smith. Chef Michael Smith has provided the table dÆh¶te menu with a sampling of his favourite flavours. The selection includes the ChefÆs famed Chowder, with PEI mussels, lobster, scallops and whitefish, Grilled Rib Eye with rosemary mushroom gravy and Just-baked Molten Dark Chocolate Cake. A portion of the proceeds from these dishes will be donated to the Ottawa Food Bank.

So come one, come all and sample our signature dish – Tarte Flamb

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