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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!


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!


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.

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.


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


Nonrefundable- credit redeemable for all experience offered at Heritage Ranch

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


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.

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.


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.


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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The Perfect Burger – what you need to know

perfect burger, best burgerHave you ever gone to a restaurant, ordered a burger, bit into it and had your life changed forever? Ever wonder what made that burger taste so good? Was it the fried onions? Was it the special sauce? Was it the seasoned patty? Or perhaps it was a combination of all these things; a perfect juxtaposition of flavours that made your tongue do somersaults in your mouth.

Whatever it was, few people forget the best burger they’ve ever had. It’s one of those life defining moments, equivalent to a first kiss or learning to ride a bicycle. And why shouldn’t it be? As we go through life and get older, our taste in cars might change, our taste in music might change, even our taste in clothes might change, but that one perfect burger, and the joy it brought to us, will remain the same. Burgers have a funny way of doing that. Some people are straightforward ketchup, relish and mustard lovers. Others call foul when you smother the bun in mayo. And still others have to have bacon and cheese or it just isn’t a burger. But we all strive for the perfect burger. As long as there have been summertime barbecues, as long as there have been kiss the cook aprons and people goofy enough to wear them.


So what ingredients make the perfect burger?

Most experts agree the perfect burger always starts with the perfect patty. And the perfect patty always starts with the perfect meat. Here in Alberta, we believe the perfect burger is made of fine AAA Ground Beef, perfectly seasoned, rich in both fat and flavour. Less fat makes for a drier, less tasteful burger. Too much fat, however, can be equally devastating to the burgers’ taste. Grilled or fried is really up to you, though there are many who are advocates for both methods. Which cheese you use is also a matter of taste. Cheddar, swiss, parmesan — it’s really up to you. This is your burger, after all; dress it up how you like. Cooking burgers is a fine art. Too many people rush into it, cooking it too quick on one side and not enough on the other. Take your time, enjoy yourself.

What do you think makes the perfect burger? Leave your interesting or creative burger experiences in the comments below.


Too busy for a date night?

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date nightWe’ve all been there. Work seems never ending. Homelife is hectic. Sometimes it feels like a chore just to sit down for a few moments. Do you want to go out but feel you’re just too busy for a date night? Wouldn’t it be nice to get away for a quiet evening, just the two of you?

How does a carriage ride for two and a wonderful dinner sound? Pretty nice, eh. You deserve this. Indulgence is one of the finest things in life. Without it, life just gets too boring.

That’s why we offer some incredible deals on our most enjoyable dining experiences. Get a carriage ride for two, a chef’s table and a Sunday brunch all for the incredible value of $499. That’s a $145 savings!!! And we’ve got more. Enjoy a carriage date ride and a magnificent dinner for two for just $399. That’s $64 in savings!

And if you’re too busy now, why not set up something for later. Grab a gift card for any dollar value you want and then save a date on your calendar to come visit us. You’ll be glad you did!

May we recommend a Carriage Date Night?

Complete your Date Night with a horse drawn carriage ride through amazing Heritage Ranch. This includes a 1 hour carriage ride, dinner for two, a bottle of fine wine, a box of chocolates and a long stem rose!  Choose from some of our delicious features, including Jack Daniels and Rickards infused Ribeye Steak Dinner, or our delicious Spiced Rum infused pork tenderloin.