The Copacabana Experience now available at the Hilton Garden Inn

A wedding planned with Copacabana at Hilton Garden Inn is more than just a traditional ceremony and reception; it is a spectacle. While the bride and groom celebrate an important milestone in their lives together, guests are treated to a dining experience which goes beyond the typical conventions of any ordinary wedding. The Copacabana restaurant delivers a performance of authentic Brazilian cuisine and entertainment, for a beautiful, unforgettable occasion.

The elegant venue of the Hilton Garden Inn provides impeccable facilities for corporate and social events, and is an especially appealing spot for weddings. Because of a high demand to host weddings at the Copacabana restaurant itself, but inadequate space and resources to do so, the owners of both properties joined forces to offer the unique Copacabana dining experience at the capacious Hilton Garden Inn, which can accommodate larger parties and handle a majority of the planning needs.

Hilton Garden Inn
Located off the QEW in the quaint township of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Hilton Garden Inn offers a prime location immersed in the essence of wine country, and just minutes away from the legendary Niagara Falls and tourist district. The property has hosted many traditional weddings since it’s inauguration in November 2005, and can accommodate up to 220 guests. Receptions take place in the Garden View Room, a 3,030 square foot ballroom with wall length windows overlooking the gorgeous landscapes of the hotel garden. The hall is equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual and sound equipment, providing the perfect location to host live entertainment and dancing for an unforgettable evening. Photography facilitated by the diverse array of backdrops provided by the astonishing scenery and surroundings in the gardens and on the property of the hotel grounds.

Copacabana Rodízio Dining
Copacabana is no ordinary steakhouse. The unlimited banquet uniquely offers guests a chance to sample small cuts of delicate meats, cooked to perfection by trained Brazilian culinary professionals. The restaurant has a lively atmosphere replicating traditional South American culture with professional entertainment and colourful décor.

The meal starts with “The Copa Galleria”, an unlimited selection of cuisine complete with a fresh salad bar, antipasto, grilled vegetables, baked breads, an assortment of cheeses and other hot and cold dishes. When they are ready, guests start their Rodízio by sampling over 20 juicy cuts of meat, brought to them directly by the carvers, called  “gauchos”.

The extraordinary dining affair is enhanced by live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. On Fridays Copacabana offers Samba Shows, which pays tribute to the Brazilian Carnival by showcasing the vibrant glamour and captivating rhythm of the culture through a production of music and dance by entertainers in traditional costume. Saturday evenings guests may also enjoy Capoeira shows, a Brazilian martial art which combines the thrill of fighting and acrobatics along with the grace of performance arts.

Copacabana Concept Wedding Package
New for spring 2015, Hilton Garden Inn (HGI) is proud to introduce a one-of-a-kind opportunity for couples wishing to unite in matrimony with a theme exclusive to the Niagara region, a Grilled Brazilian Wedding.

The Copacabana Concept Wedding Package offers an all-inclusive wedding package starting at just $99.00 per guest. The ceremony itself can take place right on the HGI property, either outdoors on the gazebo and patio overlooking the garden’s majestic floral displays, or inside the hotel depending on weather and personal preference. Receptions can be held outdoors under a marquee or indoors in the comfort of the Garden View room. The HGI staff prepare an impeccable display: furniture decorated with elegant chair covers and linens, allowing the couple to organize their own colour designs, embellishments, and floral arrangements. The catering is prepared on site, from the initial cocktail reception, complete with the chef’s choice of Hor D’oeuvres, to the full three course meal, including a host bar service and cake cutting, plus an optional late night buffet.

Brazilian Dining
The Copacabana Family Style dinner concept brings guests all of their food directly to the table, for a more intimate social affair. Guachos approach each table in the same manner exercised at the Copacabana restaurant by circulating the tables with individual cuts of meat chosen by the couple from the kitchen’s selection. Following the dinner, a selection of decadent desserts are presented to each table, along with coffee and tea service.

The cuisine selections for all courses include:
Family Style
• Corn bread and Brazilian cheese balls
• Three cheese tortellini with rose sauce
• Oven roasted or garlic mashed potatoes
• Copa house or Caesar salad
• Brazilian rice & black beans
• Freshly seasoned vegetables
Meat Selection
• Signature picahna Brazil
• Garlic sirloin steak
• Spicy Moroccan chicken breast
• Parmegano chicken breast
• Country style chicken drumettes
• Flank Steak
Plus your choice of one premium meat
or seafood:
• Ontario leg of lamb
• Angus beef ribeye
• Atlantic salmon
• Tiger Shrimp
Dessert
• Brigadiero and Briginho (chocolate and coconut truffles to each table)
• Grilled pineapple & fried bananas
• Coffee & tea
Additional All-Inclusive Features available:
• Cocktail hour with chef’s hors d’oeuvres
• Copa Concept Dinner (Served family style. $10/person upgrade for Copa Galleria)
• 6 Hour Host Bar Service
• Unlimited bottles of VQA red & white wine on tables during the dinner service
• Elegant linen table cloths, chair cover and coordinating napkins (Black, white, or ivory) – upgrades are available in satin (any colour)
• Personalized dinner menus on each table
• Cake cutting and plating

As an added bonus, wedding parties will receive the same benefits of the HGI’s traditional wedding packages including complimentary parking for all guests, a Jacuzzi suite for the bride and groom on the night of the event with complimentary breakfast for two, and discounted rates for guest room blocks.

Entertainment
Entertainment at your wedding is encouraged, and authentic Brazilian performances are available for an additional charge. Couples are welcome to provide their own DJ, acts, and musicians for the dance portion of the evening. The facilities are equipped with cutting edge audio visual technology systems for a flawless presentation of entertainment of all kinds.
Upon request, Copacabana will supply their talented Samba and Capoeira dancers, to deliver a performance on your special day which is energetic, exotic, and will elate the mood of your guests. The male and female performers are dressed in gorgeous, full traditional Brazilian samba outfits, appearing as they do during the Brazilian carnival in Rio de Janerio.

Late Night Buffet
Following dinner and the optional Copacabana entertainment, brides and grooms will generally perform the official cutting of their wedding cake, assisted by the banquet staff. For an extra fee, clients may choose to extend the dining experience by adding a Late Night Buffet for their guests including treats such as pizzas, fresh fruit displays, and assortments of mini cakes and pastries.

Planning a Copacabana Concept Wedding Package
To plan the ultimate Grilled Brazilian Wedding with Copacabana and Hilton Garden Inn, call the hotel at 905-704-3805, or visit the property at 500 York Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario.

Brazilian Culture
Brazilian lifestyle is a combination of influences derived from the indigenous native, African, and Portuguese cultures. Portuguese is the most dominant of these influences, as it is where the Brazilian people acquired their language, main religion, and most of their customs and traditions.