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Parker: Great Events Catering bringing food, beverage to Spruce Meadows — including Cavalry FC fans

Parker: Great Events Catering bringing food, beverage to Spruce Meadows — including Cavalry FC fans
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Great Events Catering, owned by Ulrich and Monika Kuenz, has been the exclusive food provider to Spruce Meadows since 1983, and staff are working hard to ensure supporters of Calgary’s new Canadian Premier League soccer team — Cavalry FC — will enjoy their usual high quality food and beverages.

During all of the team’s 15 scheduled home games, the company will operate 12 concessions throughout Spruce Meadows, including the Officer’s Club in Congress Hall where — besides hot food service — members will be able to walk to the pitch during the match, use an outdoor patio and see the games on monitors.

The east grandstand is akin to seating at Fulham’s Craven Cottage, an old-school stadium in London with columns and covered seating, and the south grandstand for the club’s Foot Soldier supporters is only five metres behind the goal-line. Perfect for a happy crowd wanting to enjoy a Big Rock beer and bratwurst during the 15-minute halftime.

Beverages and food will be available before and after the games.

The Kuenz’s son and daughter, Nils and Michelle, are co-owners of three very busy companies — Cravings Market Restaurant, Office Gourmet Catering and Flavours Catering. They are under the Great Events Group umbrella, founded by their parents who still retain ownership of Great Events Catering, The Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant, Annie’s Café, Meadow Muse Pavilion and Rare Cut Catering, although Michele and Nils are very much involved in these brands as well.

Michelle heads the sales and marketing team, and Nils manages the operations and HR departments.

Cravings also has two satellite locations and a food truck. Craving Café is a cafeteria-style outlet at the Calgary Police Services building in Westwinds, where for the past eight years it has served the same variety and recipes offered at the main restaurant from a 16-staff kitchen. The second is in the Nutrien office on Lake Fraser Drive S.E., offering an express menu with soups, salads, hot breakfast and lunch menu. The Cravings To Go food truck can be seen at many sporting events serving its signature brisket sandwich, or at social and corporate events where the menu can be customized.

Great Events Catering is the oldest of the companies, founded in 1982. Well established at Spruce Meadows — Ulrich says the Southern family gave him his first big contract and have been faithful clients ever since — it continues to be the preferred caterer to many first-class businesses and venues around the city, including the University of Calgary downtown campus, Mount Royal University, Arts Commons, City of Calgary and many more.

During May and October, Great Events Catering and Bow Valley Ranche will be involved in an exciting dinner experience in Fish Creek Park — Soiree in the Valley — where guests will be served a four-course fine dining dinner under 14 clear domes while surrounded by nature.

Great Events Group is expecting another successful year providing employment for many Calgarians. Sixty permanent staff are at Cravings and the number of employees serving guests at Spruce Meadows swells to more than 300 during its big show jumping tournaments.

Notes:

The Windmill Golf Group has added a sixth Windmill golf course in the Calgary area with the purchase of Heritage Pointe Golf Club, the semi-private, 27-hole, top-100 course on Dunbow Road S.E. Managing partner Barry Elhert says: “We are extremely excited to acquire Heritage Pointe; the addition of this world-class facility allows us to continue our rich, 30-year history of providing premier golf experiences.” Upper Lake Group will continue to operate through this golf season and turn over ownership to the Windmill Golf Group at the end of the 2019 season.

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