We are planning a wedding reception for about 100 guests in Banff for May, 2008. We have pretty much narrowed it down to two places, the Banff Springs Hotel and Fuze. If you are familiar with both, you can see how different they are. The Banff Springs is of course beautiful and grand inside and out, and Fuze is fairly minimalist but stylish inside, not so inspiring outside. Foodwise, we have had full meals at Fuze which showcased the food that we would likely be choosing (really quite delicious, varied flavors, good waitstaff, terrific management), but we are not able to have a menu tasting at Banff Springs until/unless we make a booking and confirm with a deposit.
So, any thoughts on the reception food at Banff Springs would be really appreciated. If you have been to a conference or wedding there, please let us know what you thought about the food. Was it standard large-scale catering fare? Dry, overwarmed, overdone, unimaginative? Better than that? What did you like about it or dislike?
Any insider information (if you worked there or know someone who does) would be GREAT - do they cook the food ahead of time and keep it warm for hours? Are certain things done better than others?
Please note, we are asking about the catered reception food, not any of the individual restaurants at the hotel. Thanks!