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The Butternut Tree

Edmonton, Alberta View map
10 to 90 Guests

About

Located in Edmonton, Alberta, The Butternut Tree is a restaurant that specializes in providing a modern dining space with the most amazing panoramic views of Edmonton's river valley. Owner and Chef Scott Downey has Michelin-star culinary experience which he has brought back to Canada to create the delicious menus offered at The Butternut Tree. Contact them today to book your wedding date!

Facilities and capacity

The facilities found at this restaurant venue include the dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden beams, an open kitchen and an open layout format which makes for a versatile event space. These facilities can accommodate up to 90 guests for a standing reception or 58 seated guests with current furniture. Seating for up to 70 available with the additions of rentals (added cost).

Services offered

The Butternut Tree offers several services that will be well suited for your event. They offer a regular à la carte or tasting menu and for a private experience with 30 guests or more, they offer a choice of hors d’oeuvres, a tasting menu, or a pre-set menu.

Highlights

Availability

Type

Restaurant

Style

City, classic, modern, rustic

Event Services

Cake, catering / bar, clean up, event planning, event rentals, lighting / sound, set up

Reception Site Fee - Peak Season

$1,750

Plated Service (per head)

$75

More information

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

Main Dining Room & Private Dining Room

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail reception
Dessert
Family style
French service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
Champagne toast
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Limited bar
Liquor license
Open bar
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Outside alcohol
Specialty beer
Specialty wine

What event items are available?

Audio equipment
Dance floor
Decor
Furniture
Lighting
Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair access

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,750

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Clean up
Event planning
Chairs
Tables
China
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/sound
Parking

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$75

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$50

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?

$50

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake cutting
Server(s)
Dessert

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$15

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Limited bar
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Bartenders
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    Natalie H. Married on 31/12/2021
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    The Butternut Tree is a 10/10! It was an experience of a lifetime and worth every penny!

    Where to even start! This location is beautiful on its own, let alone the views. They made the wedding process stress free and convenient. Jillian was quick to respond with any questions and executed our vision perfectly. They were understanding and flexible with planning, especially during covid. Chef Scott created an outstanding menu that was unforgettable. Customer service was phenomenal, all the serving staff went above and beyond and gave such attention to detail. Our guests were blown away by the entire experience. They truly made our wedding the best day ever! We can’t say enough good things about The Butternut Tree and all of their staff. Without a doubt the best venue for a wedding or any event for that matter. We would recommend them time and time again.
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    Jessica L. Married on 11/09/2021
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    Best wedding experience ever

    We had our wedding during COVID when some restrictions were still in place, but we hardly even noticed because the Butternut Tree team was so accommodating and did everything they could to still make it as normal and fun as possible (and we all had a blast). They decorated the venue beautifully, and the food and drinks were delicious.

    We were also blown away by how they went above and beyond for our event, including ordering our cake for us, making wedding favours, and printing custom menus.

    Overall, we're so glad we went with them. We would absolutely recommend them!
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    Samantha A. Married on 02/09/2021
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    Simply amazing!

    Jillian and Scott, as well as the rest of the staff at the butternut, are really an all star team!
    From day one Jillian was always on the ball, answering all my many many emails and questions. They were so flexible during all the issues with COVID, allowing us to rebook with no problem. On the day of Jillian and the staff set up all our decor allowing us to have a stress free day. and it looked better than I could ever have imagined. She handled everything and our day ran perfectly! On top of all the our food was to die for. Chef Scott and the team knocked it out of the park and our whole family is still raving about how good it was!
    Thank you all so much for the incredible day, it really wouldn’t have been possible without you and we are forever grateful!
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    Alexandra P. Married on 30/07/2020
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    Only the best dinner for the best day!

    It was an absolute pleasure having The Butternut Tree service our wedding. Scott and Jillians attention to detail and creativity was evident throughout the planning process. We were nothing less than thrilled with the quality of our wedding experience, from the service to the food.
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    Sharmaine R. Married on 23/04/2020
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    The Butternut Tree made our intimate wedding above and beyond expectations!

    The Butternut Tree made our intimate wedding above and beyond expectations! Food and service was excellent. Had our wedding on August 2020 and the team followed every covid protocol in place at that time and made sure everyone is safe. Jillian made sure everything's in place the day of and before. Love love this place!
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    Nancy G. Married on 04/08/2019
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    Amazing restaurant!


    We got married August 4th at the butternut tree I recommande anyone who is getting married to consider this restaurant. The manager Jillian is a sweet heart such and amazing person, she made sure everything for the ceremony and supper was perfect. And the food...wow all I have to say is incredible the chef made sure every plate was perfect and delicious. We are pretty happy we choose the butternut tree restaurant for our wedding day!
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    Natalie Married on 20/07/2019
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    Excellent Wedding Venue!

    Brian and I got married on July 20, 2019. We had 47 guests so we rented out the entire restaurant for our wedding reception. The staff were all extremely professional and friendly on the night of our wedding and truly made it a special evening. Jillian was a fantastic event coordinator, she helped me make so many decisions and always responded quickly with lots of options. We are grateful for the impeccable service we received for our wedding. I would highly recommend booking The Butternut Tree, our guests still talk about the delicious food they ate at our wedding. The chef, Scott, did an amazing job, all the food came out on schedule, was delicious and they were able to accommodate our many dietary needs. I can't say enough positive things about the staff and food at The Butternut Tree. We are happy that we decided to have our wedding venue here. Thank you so much to all the staff for making our wedding a special and intimate evening.
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    Julia C. Married on 12/07/2019
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    Beautiful Wedding

    We had the most amazing wedding experience with Jillian and Scott and the incredible staff at this venue. They were all so friendly and helpful everything turned out beautifully. The food and drinks were excellent. The venue was gorgeous. I could not have asked for anything more.
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    Our Summer Butternut Tree Wedding

    Jillian, Scott and their team facilitated nothing but what could be described as a magical event for us. As a pair of business professionals, we didn't have time to plan every nuance for our wedding. Jillian and Scott made planning extremely easy by helping us customize a menu and plan for our reception and provided suggestions and solutions to what we wanted relieving a lot of the burden of wedding planning off our shoulders. The venue is extraordinarily accommodating providing menu options to a variety of budgets. A major factor was the all-in costs of the event where there were no surprises. It was evident that they did everything they could to make sure our wedding reception was executed perfectly, our guests were looked after, and our sometimes odd requirements were attended to (custom shot glasses made of ice). The end result is an amazing venue where all our guests raved about the exceptional food, service, atmosphere, and view. We look forward to many more special events being celebrated here!
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    Charmeine G. Married on 20/05/2019
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    Our perfect day

    Choosing The Butternut Tree for our dinner and reception made our wedding day the most perfect day.

    Right from the beginning Jillian and Scott were extremely accommodating and their communication with us was phenomenal. We wanted to have a more intimate dinner for just family but a bigger reception with canapés, this was no problem for them.

    Our first official meeting with Scott and Jillian was to discuss our general plans and what we had in mind for the dinner; it was very professional yet comfortable. At a later date we had our tasting of the dishes we had discussed during the first meeting. Everything was delicious and it was very easy to choose our favourites.

    Any questions or concerns that we had in the months previous to the wedding were quickly addressed by Jillian and it was always a pleasure to deal with her. Once again, she was always so accommodating and understanding.

    Once our day finally came we could not believe how perfect and flawless everything was. From the menus and name cards to drinks and the food to our twinkling string lights, everything was incredible. What’s so beautiful about The Butternut Tree itself is that it’s simple yet breathtakingly elegant; we did not need to add anything to it.

    The dinner was absolutely unbelievable; every flavour was elevated and tasted even more incredible than the tasting. The staff was so attentive and wonderful; they truly made everything so special. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the reception well into the night.

    Thinking back to our perfect day, we would not change anything. It truly is a day we wish we could relive over and over again.

    Thank you Scott and Jillian and the rest of The Butternut Tree for being the most wonderful hosts and for making our day unforgettable.

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Meet the Team

Jillian Fonteyne
Jillian Fonteyne
General Manager

I was born and raised in Edmonton. Some of my earliest memories of exemplary service and hospitality stem from incredible family vacations and part-time jobs in the restaurant industry. It was these experiences that cultivated my lifelong passion for hospitality and love of travel.

I was able to translate my passion for hospitality into a career by furthering her education at NAIT and Royal Roads University. After completion of her degree in International Hotel Management, I relocated to England where I began my career at the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire.

Early in 2015, I moved to Ireland to work at the award-winning Gregans Castle Hotel as Restaurant Manager. This is where I developed a greater appreciation for food and the origin of ingredients.

Following my time in Europe, I returned home to Edmonton to continue my career in the developing food and beverage scene. Working as a manager at some of the latest downtown restaurants to emerge on the hyper-local scene in recent years, I brought exceptional leadership and experience to the (dinner) table, helping these new restaurants achieve success in the evolving Edmonton restaurant industry.

Now, I inspire the team at The Butternut Tree with my impressive knack for creating a memorable guest experience.

Scott Downey
Scott Downey
Chef & Owner

I grew up in St. Albert and spent my summers visiting family in New Brunswick. The memory of the butternut tree in my grandmother’s backyard is a powerful symbol of the wonderful ingredients growing all over the Canadian landscape, waiting to be rediscovered.

I haved cooked at Michelin-star restaurant Daniel in New York, the highly decorated Noma in Denmark, and Wildebeest in Vancouver. For the prestigious James Beard Foundation, I took part in the preparation a special foraged feast with Chef Eddy Leroux and forager Tama Matsuoka Wong.

With a love for Canada and its abundant bounty never far from my thoughts and heart, a return home was always in the cards. I returned to Vancouver where I founded and operated a foraging company with many fine restaurants relying on his ingredients.

Today, you can find me back in the prairies gearing up to open The Butternut Tree in the heart of Edmonton’s downtown core — a place that celebrates the art of gathering, in both fine company and ingredients.

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9707 110 Street NW T5K 2L9 Edmonton (Alberta)

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