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    Hokuto cultural exchange

    For the last week we have been hosting jointly with  York Creek B&B  a group of junior high students from Hokuto city Japan . The young people have been here taking in the sights and life in the Crowsnest Pass. Along with visits to the local tourist venues they met up with the boys and girls [...]

    Is This the Service Industry? By: Brian Duffy

    This made it’s way to me via my daughter Erika and her F&B director Jim Brown at The Lethbridge Lodge.  Good stuff and a great reminder to all of us in the industry – Our Guests are the reason we do this. 


    Is This the Service Industry?

    March 28, 2012 By: Brian Duffy

    Editor’s Note: The following is [...]

    This time of year

    Well the Christmas season is over and I’ve taken my holidays( to Mexico but that is another whole post) and it’s time to get back at it. Like many hospitality operators I spend the months of January and February getting ready for the Summer season. Spend days getting my accounting all caught up and filing taxes, making marketing plans [...]

    The Chefs Table?

    What to call the service we have been offering since last fall is the real question. Here’s how it works:My dinning room is suitable to serve up to 24 people for a private function. You phone ahead for a reservation and we choose a menu. It could be anything from our main menu through our Taste the [...]

    Taste the Local Difference

    On March 18 and 19 Mark and I going to launch our new sourced local menu -”Taste the Local Difference”This menu has been many months in the making. We have reached out to regional suppliers for ingredients with a local flair to come up with some unique dishes. Producers like Rose Creek Ranch and Sunset Colony have [...]

    Sourced Local

    This time of year is one of my favorites. Not only is it beautiful outside: fresh snow and all but we get a chance to play a little. When chefs play it means new dishes, new menus, and fresh ideas. We have always made alterations and up dates to our menus and website at this [...]

    Pass promo video

    A promotional video of the Crowsnest Pass I found interesting. Hats off to the folks over at Community Futures

    Trade Type Shows

    In the past year I have participated in two trade show type gatherings: The Crowsnest Pass Trade Show  in April

     and the tourism trade show in the Pass in May  ( now I probably have the names wrong on these but you get the idea)

     Now I have an opportunity to go to the tourism trade show in Fort MacLoud  on Thursday. The great thing [...]

    New ways to post

    You can tell that Sunday and holidays are the days I spend cruisin’ around looking at stuff on the net. I came across this article at Hospitality Trends and immediately thought of the nice comment Sue @ Turtleback cottage left me and a chat I had with Dianne from the Bellevue underground mine( ya [...]

    Ya the Christmas Party is Back!!

    So I’ve been booking Christmas parties left and right over the last few weeks. Lots of them, more than last year and new groups. This is great. I did a bit of advertising in the local paper and I was attributing it mostly to that. Good I think it’s paid off. Then I came across [...]