Our Business

    As one of the top places to eat in Calgary, the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant is known for curating a culinary program that is second to none. Backed by one of Calgary’s top executive chefs, the menu boasts a Canadian theme featuring Rocky Mountain game meats, local harvest vegetables and—when weather permits—a full vegetable and herb garden, grown directly on site.

    Experience one of the best high-end restaurants in Calgary, with superb, locally-produced cuisine, an extensive wine selection and exceptional, professional service.

    From their humble beginnings as immigrants to Canada, Ulrich Kuenz and his wife Monika, the owners of Great Events Group, always hoped to open a fine-dining restaurant. After 35 years of growing their family catering business, their dream came to fruition when Great Events took over operations of the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant.

    A very hands-on owner, Ulrich puts his heart and soul into every project, overseeing many aspects of his multi-faceted business. He offers employment opportunities to newcomers in Calgary, personally greats new staff whenever his busy schedule allows, and has involved his children in active partnership of the group of companies he built from the ground up.

    Dedication to Sustainability

    The political climate of our times has brought sustainability to the forefront of many restaurateurs, and our kitchen is no different. Since the grand re-opening in 2014, we have been sourcing meat and produce from a rotating list of small, ethical Albertan suppliers, such as Brant Lake Farm, Poplar Bluff Organic Farm, Gull Valley Farms, Hog Wild Farms and Sungold Specialty Meats.

    In 2016 our Executive Chef and Corporate Chef of Great Events Catering collaborated to plant a vegetable and herb garden that would supplement our produce. The garden is maintained by our chefs, and they take great pride in their yields. The company has also gone strawless as of May 2018. With the mounting evidence of environmental destruction by the excessive use of plastic in the service industry, we feel this small step takes us closer to conscientious service.

    Dedication to Heritage

    Conservation of the local heritage of the house is paramount at the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant. We go to great efforts to preserve and restore the interiors of this stunning historical building. The flower gardens are personally maintained by the the owner’s wife. The staff take great pride in maintenance of house, assisting in the preparation for the annual reparative closure of the restaurant. With our loving touch, we hope to see it enjoyed for many more years to come.

    Dedication to Mentorship

    As an equal opportunity workplace, the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant has shaped the careers of many men and women over the years. We believe in equality and empowerment, and a look at our management roster tells the story of talented individuals who have honed their craft under the support and mentorship of the catering gurus at Great Events.

    Suzanne Ta

    Events Coordinator

    Suzanne’s personal demeanor has led her to stand out within our family of companies. Starting at Great Events Catering as an Events Sales Coordinator, Suzanne quickly showed her enthusiasm and quick wit for events. Always eager to help plan a party, it was a natural fit when Suzanne stepped into the lead role as our Restaurant’s Events Coordinator in 2017. Since then, she’s successfully executed countless events from high-end corporate events to personal dinners. Her clients know they’re in good hands with her easygoing nature and professionalism.

    Richard Leurer

    General Manager

    Richard Leurer has always had a deep love and sense of wonder about the Bow Valley Ranche house and the land it was born from. For this reason Richard decided to take a chance and apply for work at the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant. His dreams were soon realized as he landed himself a position in the kitchen. His never-ending drive and dedication allowed him to work his way through different roles to eventually become the General Manager. Richard is proud and excited to be part of the amazing team that values and carries on the rich tradition The Bow Valley Ranche holds in Calgary.

    Bern Glatz

    Executive Chef

    With extensive experience from some of the most vibrant restaurants across the city like Ten Foot Henry, Anju and Hawthorn Dining Room, Bern Glatz brings innovation and a new “taste” to the traditional Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant as newly appointed Executive Chef. His culinary mantra is simple yet sophisticated. Bern credits locally sourced, seasonal products as the starting point of a perfect dish. He also believes “crudo” dishes like beef carpaccio, tartare or tuna crudo to be significant signs of a restaurant’s character and quality.

    Dedication to Industry

    We believe in contributing to the industry, offering only the best from our kitchen and dining room. The recognition the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant has received has been outstanding. Below are just some of the awards collected since 2014, while the restaurant has been directed by Great Events Group.

    2022 Diners’ Choice Award by OpenTable
    2022 Best Restaurant in Calgary SE Suburbs by Avenue Magazine Calgary
    2021 Best Restaurants in Calgary by Avenue Magazine Calgary
    2020 Best Restaurants in Calgary by Avenue Magazine Calgary
    2019 Top 100 restaurants in Canada by OpenTable
    2019 Diners’ Choice Award 2019 “Best Ambience”
    2019 Diners’ Choice Award 2019 “Scenic View”
    2019 Best Restaurants in Calgary by Where to Dine Awards
    2018 Pig and Pinot Award
    2018 Best fine dinning restaurant in Calgary by Tripadvisor
    2018 Best restaurants for outdoor dining in Canada
    2017 Top 100 restaurants in Canada by Open Table
    2017 Diner’s Choice Awards, Best restaurants for outdoor dining in Canada
    2017 Tripadvisor certificate of Excellence
    2017 50 Most Romantic restaurants in Canada by OpenTable
    2016 Best restaurants for outdoor dining in Canada

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