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, Jenny Kang, 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 Chef Jenny Kang and Corporate Chef Daryl Kerr 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 women over the years. We believe in female empowerment, and a look at our management roster tells the story of three talented women who have honed their craft under the mentorship of the catering gurus at Great Events.

Lisa Gonzalez

General Manager

Passionate about weddings and events, Lisa Gonzalez perused a career in events. Through some guidance she enrolled in the SAIT Hospitality program. With her passion in the industry, Lisa Gonzalez knew she wanted to work for Great Events and was determined to do so. Approaching us at the Hospitality Career fair Lisa showed her enthusiasm for the trade and became part of our team in spring of 2014. Within 5 short years, Lisa has gone from our restaurants Events Coordinator to our own General Manager. She has proved that she has what it takes to run one of Canada’s most successful fine dining restaurants to date.

Jenny Kang

Executive Chef

“Cooking food creates love and happiness.”
Joining the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant team in the spring of 2015, Executive Chef Jenny Kang has become an exceptional part of the family. Being raised on a farm has inspired her to create a menu with quality, sustainability and locally grown ingredients. Initially pursuing a career in engineering, she quickly realized her love for cooking when she came to Canada to study English. She enrolled in the SAIT Culinary program and graduated in 2007. From there, she honed her craft by working in some of Calgary’s best restaurants. Her farming background and strong work ethic have shaped her approach to cooking and to leading a strong culinary team. Chef Jenny’s classic, traditional and new cooking techniques are guaranteed to bring love and happiness to the Bow Valley Ranche.

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.

Dedication to Industry

We believe in contribution 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.

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
2017 Best restaurants for outdoor dining in Canada
2017 Tripadvisor certificate of Excellence
2017 50 Most Romantic restaurants in Canada by Open Table
2016 Best restaurants for outdoor dining in Canada

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