Category Archives: Dining

Sweet On Honey

As part of our mission to bring local foods to Canthooks Restaurant, we have a new addition to the resort: bees! Thanks to Valley Beekeeping Supplies, we now have a thriving hard at work making honey for use in our scrumptious menu items.  For your convenience, here is a copy of the post from Valley Beekeeping’s blog.

On a foggy misty morning of Friday May 26/17, the queens and their workers have arrived at Calabogie Peaks Resort to make a new home.  The hives will be placed across the pond from the restaurant where they can be viewed from the windows.

The arrival of the bees will be a welcomed addition to this fine resort providing pollination for the many native and planted plants around the resort.  And in return the plants provide the bees with pollen and nectar.  In the near future when there has been enough honey collected by the bees in the hives, the resort intends to use the freshly harvested honey as an added addition to their restaurant kitchen in all their cooking, baking, beverages, and anywhere else they can sweeten things up.  The honey will also be available to the patrons of the restaurant for an added mix to your meals. You will also be able to find the honey available at the front desk for customers wishing to take some of the peaks sweetness home with you.  All the honey collected for bottling is pure raw unpastuerized goodness to keep all the great benefits honey has to offer.  The honey may contain fine particles of wax and pollen to add to the benefits of healthy eating.

For those of you who haven’t seen the inside of a working bee hive, we have added several pictures to show you a little of what’s happening inside where you can’t see the mysteries of the bee hive. In the picture to the right, you will find 2 boxes which currently are being used by the colony to raise new bees. At a later time when the colony has grown, we will be adding honey supers on top with a queen excluder in between the 2nd and 3rd box to keep the queen in the lower 2 boxes to lay eggs, and to collect clean nectar which the bees convert to honey over time in the upper boxes.  The lighter boxes in the center of the 2 beehives are the honey boxes to be added in a couple weeks.

In the picture to the left, you can see the young queen among the many nurse and worker bees. The queens generally can live up to 5-7 years, and their peak laying happens in their 2nd year where see can lay up to 1600 eggs a day. As for the other bees, they are for the most part all female.  They emerge from their cells at birth and first take on the nurse bee role where they tend to the new eggs and larva as well as groom and feed the queen.  In a week or two, the role changes to worker bee where they take the nectar and pollen and place it in the hive where it’s needed most. At nearly the 3rd week, the bees then leaves the hive to become a forager and flies around to collect nectar and pollen and return it to the hive where they meet the worker bees at the entrance and pass their haul over so that the worker can take it to it’s proper spot, and the forager can fly off for another load.  At the time of being a forager, the bees work themselves literally to death. During the spring, summer and fall, honey bees only live 28 days.

In the next picture to the right, this is a close up shot of actual wax comb from inside the hive where you can see the perfection of the wax comb made by the bees.  You can also spot 1-2 day old eggs laid recently be the queen.  In 21 days, these eggs will become new bees.

In the final picture to the left, you can see more worker bees. You may also see new young bees eating pollen which provides them with needed protein at their young stage. In the majority of the picture you can see older wax comb, but in the bottom right corner you can see nice new white recently drawn wax comb. The wax generally darkens as the bees walk over it with their dirty little feet. In many of the cells, you can see a variety of different colored pollen collected from different floral sources. Some cells you can see a shiney fluid which is newly collected nectar. The bees will move and process the nectar up to 50 times to reduce the moisture to about 17-18% at which time it is now honey, and they will place a wax capping over each cell of honey once they are happy with the moisture content.

You can read the full post on the Valley Beekeeping Supplies website.

New Menus at Canthooks Create an Adventure For Your Taste Buds

There’s something exciting about trying a new dish; it’s like an adventure for your taste buds. In the hands of a true professional, even a dish you’ve had dozens of times from one kitchen will taste extraordinarily unique from another and other times you’re diving into new territory of spices, seasonings and garnishes. It’s why unveiling new menus is the foodie equivalent to discovering a new ski run or finding a fresh water pond off your favourite hiking trail.

Chef Tristan of Canthooks Restaurant has been busy discovering the bountiful Ottawa Valley farmer’s markets, organic producers and creating new menus. He’s been forging for greens on the mountain, picking vegetables from our garden, smoking fish on planks of eastern white cedars taken from the property, harvesting our own sumac and rhubarb for sauces and making full use of wonderful maple syrup from our friends at Fultons Sugar Bush. New items include a seared trout, Brome Lake Duck, cedar smoked pickerel, roasted beet salad and many more. In addition to his culinary talents, Chef Tristan is a level 2 Sommelier which provides another layer to the experience guests can expect at the restaurant.

Come on in and try these new dishes for yourself! Canthooks is open daily from 7am to 10pm. Dinner reservations are recommended,  call 613-752-2720 today.

Meet The Chef: Tristan Hertzog

MPIBOD0416-1-23Chef Tristan Hertzog, a young executive chef who has risen through the ranks from prep cook to preparing dinner for the Royal Family, is now leading the food and beverage team at Calabogie Peaks Resort.  Chef Tristan comes to Calabogie most recently from the Mission Hill Estate Winery in Kelowna, British Columbia.  With a growing young family Tristan and his wife chose to move east to be close to their extended family in the Ottawa Valley.

With a host of experience garnered from high level establishments including the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, Canada’s highest elevation restaurant; the award winning Emerald Lake Lodge; an all organic restaurant The Cedar House and The Post Hotel, a Relais & Chateau property, the Peaks is delighted that Chef Tristan will call Calabogie his new home.

As Resort Chef, Tristan will be reviewing and reworking all of the menus throughout The Resort including our banquet and corporate menu selections.

Chef Tristan looks forward to visiting the local farmers markets, seeking out organic food suppliers, foraging for supplies in the field all the while creating menus that best reflect the Ottawa Valley and his personal flare.  In addition to his culinary talents, Tristan is a level 2 Sommelier which will provide yet another layer to the experience that guests of Canthooks Restaurant will enjoy.

Reservations are suggested for dinners at Canthooks Restaurant and can be made at 613-752-2720.


Valentine’s Day

CalabogieAdventures_banner_v2Valentine’s Day is that one day of the year people either choose to love or hate. Considering it’s a day dedicated to love, I’d say we all try to love it, regardless if we are in a relationship or not.

For Couples:
Any guy can walk into a flower shop and order roses. Actually, they make it so easy now that you don’t even have to leave the couch to order those flowers for your loved one. Just a credit card and phone is all you need.
And ladies, gifts can be overrated. Unless your partner really had his heart set on a new watch, cologne or a fishing rod, he probably already has them. Save your money on the materialistic stuff and aim for something unique.
Instead, try planning a day that can create memories. Mike and I like to combine an outdoor activity with food. Because who doesn’t like fresh air and a warm meal? Some years it’s ice climbing and Chinese take-out, skating and beavertails, or skiing and steaks.
This year Valentine’s Day lands on a Saturday, which creates the perfect opportunity to take your loved one skiing at Calabogie Peaks followed by a delicious dinner at Canthooks Restaurant. You may pay a little more than you would for flowers but you can’t put a price tag on memories and love.

For Singles:
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about celebrating your love for “a partner,” it can be a day for celebrating your love for a friend. Find a good friend and take them out skiing. If you want to make the day really entertaining find a friend that has never skied before and offer to help teach them. Some of my best ski days have been spent on the bunny hill.
If you are single and looking, the ski hill has been known to bring people together. I have many friends who are in relationships thanks to Calabogie Peaks. Sometimes all it takes is perfect timing and a chair lift to bring two people together.
Regardless of your relationship status, Calabogie Peaks is a great place to spend Valentine’s day whether it’s with your partner, friend, or family. Valentine’s Day should be a celebration of love for everyone because we all deserve to have a valentine.
Raised in the Ottawa Valley and a permanent resident of the Calabogie area,  Michelle Eady is passionate about the outdoors and the environment. She is an Early Childhood Educator for the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board and alsos enjoy writing and taking pictures so when you combine the two, you get her blog:
Keep imagination alive and play outside!

Raising the Stakes: The Makings of a New Season

IMG_0821-e1417548498548-225x300To say people are eager to get back on the slopes is an understatement. Ever since the first decent snowfall hit the Ottawa Valley two weeks ago, we’ve been fielding questions via phone, in person, online, even at the grocery store. Rest assured, the guns are firing and the crew is coating the mountain as you read this. Keep up to speed on our progress with our new and improved Mountain Web Cams and get your skis shined up (our apologies to a certain gum manufacturer) because the time’s a-coming!

Yet that’s not the only thing going on at the Peaks. Rather than offer the same features as the previous year, we’ve been hard at work bringing something new to your favourite ski resort close to home and wanted to take a moment to list off just some of the new goodies you can expect when you show up with skis and boards in hand.

There’s a pretty good chance there’ll be a lot more sick days called in this season and it won’t be due to any actual medical issues. Perfect for shift workers, students with off-days, the retired (or semi-retired) and anyone who happens to “miss their bus,” we’re selling our weekday tickets for $25 a person when you purchase directly from our online store. Remember, this is online purchases only and you can find our store right here.
Speaking of online shopping, we’ve added on a couple of stocking stuffers perfect for the active winter enthusiast in your life. Grab a 5-pack of lift tickets for the price of 4 (normally only available at trade shows), purchase space in our Learn To Ski/Snowboard program, and drop a gift card or two straight into your cart. These extras will only be available until December 24th and you can find them right here.

Learning to ski or snowboard can be intimidating and we all remember the hard work and dedication it took to get to where we are now. We’re committed to helping as many people as possible strap on a pair and give it a shot, regardless of age or previous experience. That’s why we’re delighted to introduce new Snow School programs such as Parent & Tot (where a parent learns to work with their 2- to 4-year old) and our brand new 4-week Learn To Ski/Snowboard program (plus you receive a full season pass at the end of the program). You can find out more on our updated 2014/15 Winter Brochure.

Use them as an Employee of the Month prize, offer them as incentive for new clients, or however you want to do it, there’s unlimited value in our Calabogie Peaks Corporate Season Pass. For $999, it works exactly like a regular Ultimate Season Pass except that it can be used by anyone you wish. Plus we’re literally giving them away if you book your next corporate event at the Peaks. Need a link? Find what you need and more on our Business Events page.

You’ve heard of ski in/out accommodations, but what about ski in/out dining? We’re adding on a new run to our repertoire as we expand our already impressive selection designed to challenge skiers/riders of every experience level. Branching off from Juniper Junction as it makes the bend and connects back to the Lakeview chairlift, the Canthook cuts straight down towards the Calabogie Peaks Hotel and right up to the back door of Canthooks Restaurant. Plus it’s the perfect path for anyone staying at our hotel during their family outing or business trip downhill.

The view from the new Canthook run, currently under construction. Photo taken November 28, 2014.
Never fear, Calabogie fans, the time will soon be at hand and we can’t wait for everyone to come down and see what we have in store for you, family, and friends. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for up-to-minute snowmaking updates, specials, and more. Until then, keep watching the skies!