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Wedding Inspiration for 2013

Love and relationships are common themes this month, so it’s no wonder our professional caterer’s minds have turned to weddings!  And with hints of spring and hope for summer emerging from under winter’s chilly veil, chances are good that there’s a wedding or two in the making…  So for fellow wedding planners and enthusiasts alike, here are a few sparks of inspiration we’ve come across that might strike your fancy:


Venues

Wedding Venues

1. The Waterfall Building.  2. Rocky Mountaineer Station.  3. Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre / Courtesy of Larissa Addison – Luxe Photography.  4. Capilano Suspension Bridge.  5. False Creek Yacht Club.  6. Vancouver Art Gallery.  7. VanDusen Botanical Garden.  8. Westside Grand.


Decor

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Legacy

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Fingerprint Treetrees to plant


Food

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And because food and wedding parties go together like a bride and groom, here are a few of our favourite reception menus we’ve designed to complement any style of wedding:

Wedding Menu - Gourmet Buffet

Wedding Menu - Cocktail Dinner

Wedding Menu - Plated Dinner & Family Style

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Summer’s a Basket Case!

Picnic Basket & Quote

The warm summer sun gently caresses the leaves and flowers of a lush green meadow… Birds and bees and butterflies converse without care amid garden groves… A soft breeze whispers through fragrant blades of grass beneath swaying trees and cloudless skies… A contemplative stream murmurs nearby… This looks like the perfect place for a picnic.

Picnic Basket

Good thing we’re prepared! Starting this week, we’re offering picnics for two at our Garden Cafe at VanDusen.  Now you can drop in and enjoy an impromptu picnic in the breathtaking Botanical Gardens anytime, knowing your basket will be filled with the freshest of gourmet fare.  This luxurious seasonal offer, priced at $58, includes exactly the perfect comfort Somerset Maugham pined for:

  • Admission for two to the VanDusen Botanical Garden
  • Classic-style basket and blanket (to be returned after use)
  • Two freshly-made sandwiches of your choice
  • Two luscious salads of your choice
  • Two beverages (choice of coffee, juices, or sparkling water)
  • Cheese and cracker plate garnished with juicy grapes
  • Freshly-baked cookies
  • Napkins and utensils

Best of all, we’ll donate $2 for every picnic basket sold to Karma Exchange, a Vancouver-based initiative that brings consumers and merchants together to eliminate poverty.  Through programs like the Savelugu Girls KarmaExchangelogoEducation Project, which provides young women in Northern Ghana with supplies and scholarship for high school, Karma Exchange and its partners (like us!) Create Change in the world’s neediest communities – so you can picnic with pride, having contributed to something greater.

We pack our baskets on a first-come, first-serve basis, so avoid the noon hour rush if you can (sorry, we can’t take orders in advance).  As always, remember that the Gardens are a living, breathing ecosystem – its plants and animals are allergic to garbage, human food, and noisy antics, so please be mindful of the environment when you’re picnicking.  Enjoy a moment of serenity at the heart of the city with Truffles!

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Our Favourite Venues

Vancouver is home to some absolutely stunning landscapes and structures that provide amazing backdrops to special occasions. Events become extraordinarily memorable when hosted in the right setting – as experienced caterers, we’ve witnessed this time and time again.  So here we’ve given you a list of our favourite venues across the city, with a few details that might help you choose the location of your next (Truffles-catered) event.


VanDusen Botanical Garden

Our newest location in the Living Building Visitor’s Centre makes catering events in the Gardens extremely easy and efficient.  The Gardens and our outdoor patio offer a spectacular view – the perfect backdrop to any occasion.  Our proud partnership with VanDusen means you can celebrate your event with the best of both catering and venue options.

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Capacity: up to 500

Contact info:

For further information, please contact Corinne Johnston:
Phone: (604) 257-6915
E-mail: corinne.johnston@vancouver.ca



Woodwards Rooftop

Woodcroft Rooftop Woodcroft View Brighten up your event at this spectacular downtown venue, offering breathtaking views of Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.  Ideal for cocktail parties, elegant dinners, receptions, and afternoon teas.

Capacity: 150

Contact info:

Our catering staff are happy to arrange the use of this venue for your event.  Call (604) 505-4961 for bookings.


BC Showcase at Robson Square

BC Showcase1Robson Square 2 The LEED Gold centered BC Showcase is comprised of two connected spaces, and features a unique sweeping ceiling created from curved wood.  Ideal for workshops, seminars, corporate events, and other business functions.

Capacity: 200

Contact info:

Our catering staff are happy to arrange the use of this venue for your event.  Call (604) 505-4961 for bookings.


Vancouver Rowing Club– Three licensed rooms in a picturesque heritage building:

Van Rowing Club PatioVan Rowing Club Balcony Harbour Room: overlooking Coal Harbour, with an expansive balcony and easy access to the Rowing bays and Marina, the Harbour Room can accommodate up to 150 people for sit down dinners, 185 guests for cocktail receptions or dances, and up to 175 delegates for theater style seminars. Ideal for receptions, weddings, dinner parties, dances, banquets, theatrical productions and seminars.

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Van Rowing Club Carver RoomTrophy Lounge:  a beautiful, newly renovated space with an  unbeatable view of Coal Harbour with access to patio seating.  Ideal for receptions, seminars, corporate meetings, and workshops.

Carver Room: a casual, English pub-style room, complete with fireplace. Ideal for casual lunches, retreats, small parties, and meetings.

Contact info:

Call 687-3400 for all details or email events@vancouverrowingclub.ca



West Side Gallery

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Westside Gallery 3 This modern classic offers an intimate 3000 setting with a refined finish.  Amenities include a fully-functioning kitchen, interactive sound system, two balconies, and much more.  Ideal for receptions, exhibitions, seminars, cocktail parties, and elegant dinners.

Capacity: 65

Rates:  daytime $325/hour, evening $500/hour, plus 50% deposit fee.


Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

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Long admired for its functional industrial beauty, the Roundhouse has major historical significance to the City of Vancouver both from an architectural and a social perspective. It is Vancouver’s oldest heritage building still on its original site.

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There are many rooms available for use, including an Exhibition Hall, Gymnasium, Arts and Crafts Room, Dance Studio, Board Room, Multimedia Room, Music Room, Turntable Plaza, Performance Centre, and more, offering capacities up to 600 to suit your event.  Ideal for theatrical productions, receptions, seminars, workshops, parties, elegant dinners, lunches, retreats, banquets, and meetings.

Contact info:

Contact the Rental Liaison, Joe Oliveira at 604-713-1811 or
email him by clicking here.


Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge WeddingSurrounded by the beautifully mountainous North Shore forests, Capilano Suspension Bridge features breathtaking views and interpretive wildlife trails.  It also offers a professional special event planning team and a variety of unique venues accommodating groups of 30 to 700 for social gatherings and corporate functions. Choose from several stunning indoor and outdoor event venues and make your event naturally spectacular.

Canyon Lookout 

Capilano Canyon Lookout tea Canyon Lookout:  located at the north end of Capilano Suspension Bridge, this area features a deck cantilevered 300 feet above the rushing waters of Capilano River. Heated tents allow this area to be used during most season and it is unsurpassed in its uniquely West Coast appeal.   Ideal for weddings, receptions, corporate events, parties, and photo shoots.

Capacity: 130

Canyon House:  antique displays enhance this welcoming and comfortable series of Banquet Rooms, adding a touch of historical elegance to any type of sit-down occasion. Ideal for receptions, parties, corporate dinners, meetings, seminars, retreats, and workshops.Marquee Garden Tent

Capacity: 110

Bridge House Gardens and Marquee Garden Tent:  situated next to the heritage Bridge House Restaurant,  majestic rhododendron trees and beautifully manicured gardens create the perfect surroundings for intimate events.  Ideal for small wedding ceremonies, receptions, tea parties, lunches, and casual dinners.

Capacity: 80-110

Contact info:

Phone: 604.985.7474 ext.#3965
Email: events@capbridge.com

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