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Jul 8, 2007 07:57 PM

Banff Springs hotel reception food?

We are planning a wedding reception for about 100 guests in Banff for May, 2008. We have pretty much narrowed it down to two places, the Banff Springs Hotel and Fuze. If you are familiar with both, you can see how different they are. The Banff Springs is of course beautiful and grand inside and out, and Fuze is fairly minimalist but stylish inside, not so inspiring outside. Foodwise, we have had full meals at Fuze which showcased the food that we would likely be choosing (really quite delicious, varied flavors, good waitstaff, terrific management), but we are not able to have a menu tasting at Banff Springs until/unless we make a booking and confirm with a deposit.

So, any thoughts on the reception food at Banff Springs would be really appreciated. If you have been to a conference or wedding there, please let us know what you thought about the food. Was it standard large-scale catering fare? Dry, overwarmed, overdone, unimaginative? Better than that? What did you like about it or dislike?

Any insider information (if you worked there or know someone who does) would be GREAT - do they cook the food ahead of time and keep it warm for hours? Are certain things done better than others?

Please note, we are asking about the catered reception food, not any of the individual restaurants at the hotel. Thanks!

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  1. I've been to a reception at the Banff Springs and the food was above average. This was close to Christmas and the dishes were traditional but all had some sort of innovative twist. Everything was well presented and cooked.

    3 Replies
    1. re: sharonanne

      Thanks, Sharonanne. If you don't mind, could you elaborate a bit on what you mean about the innovative twist? Part of what we like about the Fuze menu is that it has some unique offerings that aren't just the usual, safe filet mignon, whereas the group menus at the Banff Springs look fairly standard, not much in the way of fusion or experimental flavorings. If you could give an example or two of interesting pairings or techniques that you remember (only regarding food, not wine), that would be great.

      1. re: mtyf

        Trying to remember exactly what we ate. We had chicken or game hens and the sauce was particularly good. I just remember that it was more creative than most banquets. The meal was served, not buffet. Obviously it wasn't all that memorable.

        Sorry I can't be more specific.

        1. re: sharonanne

          Thanks! Hopefully others can chime in as well.