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Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth wins Best Catered Event by a hotel

Publish Date: 24-Jan-2013

Montreal, Québec Thursday, January 24, 2013

Event professionals from around the world gathered in Chicago on January 18, 2013 to honor nominees and winners of the Gala Awards, presented by Special Events magazine at The Special Event show. The award, handed out since 1986, is the oldest, most prestigious distinction in special events.

The outside catering service of Montréal’s Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth – RE Le Traiteur– won the coveted prize for best catered event produced by a hotel banquet department for the 2012 Daffodil Ball, a fundraising gala for the Canadian Cancer Society. The Ball organizer, Alison Silcoff Events also won for best event produced for a nonprofit organization.

Nearly 700 guests at the annual Daffodil Ball enjoyed a highly creative "Alice in Wonderland" themed menu that included "Bee-yoo-tiful Soup"—rabbit consommé served from silver teapots accompanied by puff pastry "pocket watches"; Small and large shellfish in a pool of tears; Humpty Dumpty eggs—some 2,100 eggshells with three different fillings including foie gras crème brulée and an astounding dessert replicating a breakfast special with sunny side up eggs and bacon. Other highlights included a towering "hat" cake, petits fours "sandwiches" and liquid-nitrogen maple "popsicles."

"Catering for the Daffodil Ball is always an unbelievable opportunity to work with the best and most creative minds in the catering business, to make this event truly memorable" says Armando Arruda, Director, Outside catering service, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. "The team at RE Le Traiteur is thrilled to have won this prestigious award, competing against caterers from around the world".

RE LE TRAITEUR is the culinary reference for high-end catered events in Montréal. From serving close to 30,000 covers during the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada to organizing themed soirées for international conferences or unique garden parties for nonprofit organizations, the team consistently delivers solid expertise bringing exceptional quality to every reception. The hotel’s Executive Chef, Alain Pignard and the catering Chef, Marc Lintanf, are true perfectionists who thrive on creating food art with the finest seasonal local produce. Their highly praised culinary style marries modern presentation with the sophistication of classic technique and preparation.

Montréal's largest hotel – with over 1,000 rooms -- has lent its august presence to the city since opening in 1958. Its 21 floors sit atop downtown’s main train station, with direct access to the subway and popular shopping areas all linked through underground arcades. This desirable location makes "the Queen E" a favorite choice for heads of state and touring celebritiesas well as visitors and business travelers.

For more information about RE Le Traiteur, visit or call 1 514 879-6800. For information about Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth, visit or call 1 800 441 1414.

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