On the Food Trail: Cake Salé
Long time no see! Okay, onward. I thought I’d give…
Last night I was lucky enough to be included in an online media event at the Four Seasons downtown. Their goal was to show off all of the holiday offerings at the hotel, and we were able to check out the venue, the food, the cocktails, and spa treatments for free. Yes, I’m aware that I’m spoiled rotten by wonderful hometown.
The event was held in a gorgeous ballroom, with stations for cocktails, dinner, dessert, and hand massages, as well as a “live blogging and tweeting center” with laptops and wireless internet access. I have to say, I was very impressed with the event itself… these folks really know how to show off their assets. We were treated like kings and queens from the moment we arrived, and everything was impeccably planned.
Here’s the lowdown on the holiday goodness (can you believe it’s November? Sheesh!):
The Spa at the Four Seasons has a few new offerings, including a Peppermint Pedicure and the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh Body Treatment. I had a wonderful hand massage with gold-flecked body oil and a dusting of gold powder… my hands were super soft and twinkly afterward. I’m seriously considering giving myself a spa day for Christmas. It’s so decadent! So girly! So relaxing! I forget about spas and massages and the like, but I do love them.
We were able to taste five different holiday cocktails (we had tiny tastings, but there were full cocktails on display so we could see how they’d actually be served).
I was so glad that Chef Todd Duplechan was around to chat about food and life and the search for a perfect after work hang-out. He stood by while we sampled dishes from the holiday menu. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego was also on hand to show off her amazing desserts. Trio actually has a $39 fixed-price menu, which is a great way to taste some of Todd’s dishes. There is a fall menu in place now, but starting December 1, it will be switched to the holiday menu. I think Justin and I might have a holiday meal here… a reason to dress up and get fancy and have a good meal. :)
We were able to try all the dishes on the menu, but I only have pictures of some of them.
They really pulled out all the stops, and I’ve come to expect nothing less from the Four Seasons. Sometimes I forget that it’s there, since I’m never really looking for a hotel in my hometown. But it’s such a posh getaway for a day (or just for happy hour)! We’ll definitely be back – during happy hour to visit Todd, of course – but maybe for a holiday meal, too.