Westlake Grill

International flavours featuring local producers

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Don’t let lunch in Red Deer be a hassle

From our mouthwatering Beef Burgers to a delicious Jack Daniels Injected Steak Sandwich, you really can’t go wrong with our lunch menu. With so many distinct flavours and options to choose from, lunch in Red Deer doesn’t have to be a hassle any longer.

If you’ve ever been to the Ranch, chances are you already know about our breathtaking atmosphere. There’s just something so timeless about the scenery out here. I’m a BC boy, born and raised. Moving to Alberta was a huge change, not just family wise, but environment wise as well. I still miss the mountains and the fresh fruit, but coming to the Ranch is like coming home. The trees, the views, the smells – all of it in some form or another reminds me of where I came from.

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In a hurry for lunch? We’ve got you covered!

The dreaded lunch rush!

Lunch is always a confusing time. Should you pack your own, sit at your desk and still try to get some work done? Or maybe head out to a fast food place for a quick bite that will end up leaving you still hungry? You could even go out to that fancy restaurant and get a decent meal, but the last time you went you were late back for work. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Most folks only get an hour for lunch. That’s sixty minutes to eat, socialize, grab a coffee and catch a small breather before heading back to the daily grind. For some, that hour is the only reprieve they have for the day; they don’t want to spend it at their desks, answering phones or helping customers. Nor do they want to spend it waiting in line for something greasy, or sitting at a table waiting for the cheque to be delivered. Forgoing all of these situations, you’re likely to give up and head to the vending machine for a questionable snack.

Hey, we’re not judging. We’ve all been there. Thankfully, West Lake Grill has healthy options that will tantalize your tastebuds and get you back to work on time.

Great Food, Great Timing

Using the best available ingredients, all our meals are prepared in house and cooked to the highest standards. We believe it’s how food should be.

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Our Ranch Approved Beef Burger is made from 100% grilled beef, covered in delicious crispy bacon, then smothered with a succulent Saskatoon BBQ sauce. Then we pile on crisp lettuce, fresh tomato, aged cheddar and Ranch Style aioli. Guaranteed not to make you want to run for the vending machines again!

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Who doesn’t love a great steak sandwich? Ours is smothered in our delicious Saskatoon Peppercorn sauce and topped generously with onion crisps. Words cannot describe how amazing this is. Stop licking your monitor and come get one of these bad boys!

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Have you tried one of our Sliders? You get your choice of Elk or Smoked Beef Brisket smothered in Saskatoon Barbeque Sauce with creamy goat cheese, bacon and onion crisps served on house baked ciabatta. You’ll never feel the need to wait in line at that fast food place again.

All our lunches are served with your choice of Ranch Cut Fries, Baby Romaine, Beet & Watermelon Salad or Soup.

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New Year – New Look!

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Out with the old; in with the new!

2014 is over and 2015 is here! Getting accustomed to a new year is always difficult. I don’t know about anyone else, but I still catch myself writing 2014 on cheques and important forms. But it’s always exciting heading into a fresh 365 days. There are so many possibilities, so many new culinary adventures to take. And with a new year, we’re going with a new look. We hope you enjoy the changes coming to the site, and we hope you’ll bear with us as we work out the kinks and tweaks that come with such an undertaking. We’re still the same great place with the same great service and the same great food. Come in today for lunch or dinner to find out why we are Red Deer’s Best Kept Secret!

If you haven’t been here, have a little look at our dinning area. Thanks to the folks at 3D Scan Experts for doing this up. It’s awesome! Click on the picture below to see more.

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Local Producers means Fresh Cuisine!

Food is everywhere. From the local grocery store, to the same place you buy your kids’ blue jeans. It’s on TV and it’s online. With so many ways to get it, our tastes are changing. We’re choosing foods based on lifestyle, on demographic, age, income, social standing, etc. The quest for local cuisine is prominent now more than ever. Food grown close to home is the new holy grail of dining delicacies. So how do you make sure you’re getting food grown close to home? There are a few things to keep in mind.

Know what’s in season

I grew up in Kelowna, BC, which made it easy for me to experience fresh fruit picked right of the trees and amazing local produce pulled right out of the garden. Driving through provinces like Alberta or Saskatchewan in the middle of February and seeing roadside vendors advertising fresh BC Cherries always made me chuckle. Fresh? Yeah, fresh from the freezer! Knowing what is grown locally and what times of the year it’s in season makes all the difference when choosing what’s for dinner.

Go to a farmers market

Farmers Markets are growing more and more popular, and for good reason: they’re fun! It’s like having a wide selection of local produce at your fingertips. Wanna try some rutabagas for dinner tonight? Head to a farmers market between August and March. How about eggplant? Stop by between July and September. The fact is, farmers markets are popping up all over, from outlying rural areas, to the big cities. The more people want local produce, the more of them you’ll see, and you’d be doing yourself and your taste buds a huge favour by traipsing through one the next chance you get.

Choose restaurants that source their ingredients locally

It goes without saying, but Westlake Grill sources all its ingredients locally. We bake everything fresh and to perfection, and provide home cooked meals. Our goal is to give our guests amazing food and service. We believe it’s the way it should be. So eating here is not only a delicious experience, but it also helps support local farmers and producers while you’re enjoying a great evening out!

Eating local foods is certainly about eating food grown closer to home, but it is also about being more aware of your food and how it gets to you.

Celebrate New Years at Heritage Ranch

New Years Eve Cocktail Party

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Heritage Ranch invites you to take part in our New Years Eve extravaganza. An 18 + event featuring a live acoustic band, gourmet appetizers and cocktails. Limited amount of spaces available, book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Arrival at 7pm with gourmet appetizers to follow throughout the evening

Enjoy live music, food, drinks and the company of good friends.

Celebrate bringing in the New Year at Midnight with champagne

Open to celebrate until 2 am

CANCELLATION POLICY

Nonrefundable- credit redeemable for all experience offered at Heritage Ranch

For more information, or to book your reservations, visit Heritage Ranch

Winter Sleigh Ride

Winter Night Lights Private Date Nights

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A Magical Experience!

An amazing private ride on our magical Winter Night Lights sleigh ride, followed by a Chef prepared steak, salmon or chicken dinner. A bottle of fine wine as well as a long stem rose and a box of chocolates are included. Only $149 per person! If you’re a romantic at heart like the rest of us, you’ll love this. Who wouldn’t love a warm, intimate sleigh ride through the moon lit snow, followed by one of the best meals you’ll ever have. Visit Heritage Ranch to book your Winter Night Lights tour now!

Winter Night LightsWinter Night Lights Sleigh Adventure

(NOVEMBER 1-DECEMBER 22/ JANUARY 2-MARCH 31)

Cuddle up with a loved one (or a few!) in a winter wonderland of 20,000 lights. A horse drawn sleigh will take you on a cozy ride through our beautiful snow covered forest paths. Hot chocolate included and blankets available!

Holiday Season Sleigh Rides

Starts Decemeber 23rd and runs until Jan 2nd.
Christmas day is exempt.

Visit Heritage Ranch to book a magical Sleigh Ride today!!!

Christmas Day Sleigh Rides

Spend the most wonderful time of the year with those you love. Cuddle up in one of Red Deers’ most exquisite display of lights in a horse drawn sled.
December 25th sleigh rides have limited availablities! Book now at Heritage Ranch to reserve your special Sleigh Ride!

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2015 Red Deer Gift Pack – Just in time for Christmas

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3 Shared Experiences

Red Deer Gift PackFrom an intimate Carriage Date Night for 2 to a relaxing Sunday Brunch, Heritage Ranch in Red Deer has what you need to get away from it all and enjoy yourself. In 2015, we’re offering 3 unique shared experiences, including our famous Carriage Date Night, a delicious Chef’s Table, and a scrumptious Sunday Brunch for 2, all for an incredibly low price. Grab your Red Deer Gift Pack today!

Carriage Date Night for 2

Enjoy a:
1/2 hour or one hour (length of trip varies with conditions) private ride
An amazing 3 course dinner at the WestLake Grill
(Jack Daniels & Rickards Infused Ribeye
Jamieson Whiskey and Maple Salmon
or our own Stuffed & Drunken Chicken)
A bottle of fine wine (or beverage of choice)
A long stem rose and…
A box of chocolates
All served in our semi private Date Night Room.

Chef’s Table

Enjoy the ultimate in dining experiences. A six course dining adventure. The food just keeps coming and the taste sensations build. Wine pairings or sparkling beverage options are included in this extraordinary culinary adventure.

Sunday Brunch for 2

Ranch Approved and absolutely delicious! Join us on Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm for a savoury brunch. Try our amazing Eggs Benedict Florentine with Goat Cheese.

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Murder at the Deadwood Saloon – A Red Deer Murder Mystery

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Red Deer Murder MysteryIt’s the 1st Annual Deadwood Poker Tournament Party!

For weeks, people have been pouring into the small western town of Deadwood for the biggest poker tournament this side of the Mississippi. From outlaws to marshals and saloon girls to southern belles, everyone has made this small western frontier town THE place to be.

As the festivities of the poker tournament conclude, a celebration party is planned at the Deadwood Saloon to award the prize money for the tournament and to celebrate what is hoping to be a very financially successful venture for the saloon.

With a smattering of bandits, bankers, saloon girls, sheriffs, gamblers, east coast debutantes, and of course a few of the locals, this is guaranteed to make for a very interesting evening indeed.

A Red Deer Murder Mystery

During the month of October, join us every Thursday night between 6:00 and 6:30 pm for our exclusive Red Deer Murder Mystery! Dress like your favourite Wild West character and come on down to the Ranch.

Enjoy appetizers and dinner while playing a character in this Western themed investigation.

Only 30 spaces available per night so book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are $95 per person and include an amazing Ranch Approved dinner complete with appetizers and a dessert to die for.

Bring your friends and join the fun.

Head over to www.heritageranch.ca for more information and to reserve your tickets today!

Whiskey Tasting at the Ranch

Whiskey Tasting at the Ranch – How it’s properly done

Whiskey Tasting at the Ranch 

Whiskey tasting at the RanchAt The West Lake Grill, we are no strangers to a great tasting Whiskey. After all what would a Ranch be without it? We pride ourselves in loving and understanding the smells & tastes of every flavour. The scent is the sensation and aromas that you pick up from the whisky before tasting it. Important characteristics can be found and should give an indication as to what the whisky will taste like. Swirl it around and allow oxygen to start the evaporation process. It’s important to savour it in your mouth to get the maximum flavour and benefit. Different parts of your tongue and mouth respond to different flavours, so pass the whisky over all areas of your mouth. Now that’s the taste of Whiskey on the Ranch!

West Lake Whiskey

Jack Daniel’s

This American Blended Whiskey is aged 7 years in the oldest Distillery in the US. It’s smell has charred nut & burnt sugar aromas. It’s palate is a soft entry with a medium body and caramel corn and white pepper notes. It has a hot burning ember finish.

Crown Royal

This Canadian Blended Whiskey is aged for 20 years and has a wooden taste with a golden amber glow. It’s smell, pine tar dark caramel & maple syrup with notes of honey & brown sugar. It’s palate has a creamy taste, lend of 50 distinct full bodied whiskeys matured in white oak barrels.It has a smooth enhanced rich lingering finish.

Gibson’s Finest Gold

This Canadian Blended whiskey is aged for 12 years with a woody, nutty, caramel water fade. It’s palate is a pronounced vanilla warm oak with just a hint of almond. It has a very clean finish with the subtle enduring oak.

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Join us for our Annual Red Deer Pumpkin Hunt!

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Overwaitea vs the Pumpkin Patch

It’s a long standing tradition in my house that the night before Halloween we find the biggest pumpkin, carve it, place a candle inside, light it, turn off the lights and take a picture. I’ve been doing it this way since I was a kid and it’s something I am passing down to my son. As a kid, you couldn’t just walk down to the local pumpkin patch and pick the one you wanted. Oh no, we had grocery stores like Overwaitea that boasted some of the grandest pumpkins the world had ever seen, loaded up in these big cardboad bins outside the store kids could dive into and return to the shopping cart five minutes later, giant pumpkin in their grips, a look of victory on their faces like some Chesapeake Retriever returning from the hunt with a prize goose clamped between its jaws. For us, that was our pumpkin patch. Going and picking your own was unheard of. In Red Deer pumpkin patches are all over. We went to our first patch last year and found quite possibly the largest pumpkin our household has ever seen! It was fun cleaning it, carving it, even placing one of our cats inside and taking a picture.

Red-Deer-Pumpkin-PosterBut there was something missing. Something from those days as a kid when I would climb in those combo bins and dig through dregs, hunting for the perfect pumpkin. It was the thrill of the hunt I missed; searching around in near dark to find the ultimate pumpkin.

Red Deer Pumpkin Hunt at Heritage Ranch

In Red Deer pumpkin hunting is as easy as Heritage Ranch. Throughout the month of October, join us for our annual Red Deer Pumpkin Hunt! Bring your flashlight down to the patch for a tractor ride, some hot chocolate, popcorn, and of course a pumpkin! There’s something so satisfying about heading out into the dark, armed with a flashlight, and finding that prize pumpkin, something akin to that childhood nostalgia of letting mom do the shopping while my brother and I searched for the family Jack-o-Lantern.

My son has been talking about it all this month. Even with school looming on the horizon, and the last weeks of summer slipping through his fingers, he’s still overtly excited about the pumpkin hunt. And I don’t blame him. I myself am looking forward to the day when we can grab our flashlights and head out to the Ranch for a good old fashioned Red Deer Pumpkin Hunt. So much so that I’m no doubt going to break tradition and start searching the first week of October! Out with the old, in with the new, that’s what I say.

This is how traditions are born.

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Food and wine pairing method

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Ever wonder what wine goes great with chicken? Are you grilling up a steak dinner for family and friends and want to know the perfect red wine to go with it? This article will focus on how you can find the perfect food and wine pairing method.

Today more than ever there is an abundance of information to help you find the perfect flavour combination. When it comes to food and wine paring, there’s one old adage most people stick to: “What grows together, goes together.” For example, you may have tried a Decoy 2010 Napa Valley Red Wine with your steak and found it delightful; or you may have tried Rosso di Montalcino: 2006 Il Poggione with your pasta and loved it. There’s a fair bit of science going on here that makes these flavours go so well together.

So what is a good food and wine pairing method?

When you break a wine down you start to realize that all wine is made up of different characteristics, including acidity, bitterness, alcohol level and sweetness. When you start looking at these flavours as ingredients, it makes it infinitely easier to find a food and wine pairing method that works best for you. For example, Fettuccine Alfredo with asparagus pairs very nicely with forcefully acidic Sauvignon Blanc. The acid has a way of balancing the sauces considerable richness, and the Sauvignon’s earthy tones go very well with asparagus, which can make most wines taste unpleasantly vegan.

Taste is science

food and wine pairing - taste receptorsAt a very young age, children learn that our taste buds are capable of at least four sensations: sweet, sour, bitter, salty. In recent years, however, scientists have expanded on the traditional tongue map, allowing one, and possibly two, primary tastes into the original four. In the early 1900s, a Japanese scientist sought to detect another taste — that of the savoury seaweed common in Japanese cooking. Kikunae Ikeda eventually isolated glutamic acid as a distinct fifth taste. He named this fifth taste umami, a Japanese word meaning delicious, savory taste. You can taste umami in meats and tomatoes.

Eager to build upon this theory, researchers found a breakthrough in mid 1985 while failing to replicate the taste of MSG using the common four tastes. It wasn’t until 2002, however, that French researchers actually found a potential receptor for fat. Fat very well could be the sixth taste!

How the food chart works

Wine Folly has put together this wonderful chart for food and wine pairing, focusing on the flavours as ingredients.

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In this example, they selected a few ingredients and a preparation method to show you how the poster can create guidelines for a successful pairing. Remember to focus on the most important flavours as the key ingredients.

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