River Café, Calgary

Located in the middle of Prince’s Island Park, on the lagoon where the Bow River passes though downtown Calgary, River Café has featured “Seasonal Canadian Cuisine” since the mid-1990s.   Inspired by the natural setting of the Bow River Valley, the restaurant has the feel and nostalgic...

Anju, Calgary

Defining Canadian cuisine, for me, is easy.  It’s one word…”possibilities”.  As food travels from region to region, as immigration patterns evolve, so does our food culture.  And with that, comes the challenge for agricultural production.  Anju is a terrific example of how...

Rouge Restaurant, Calgary

Chef Paul Rogalski “Chief Culinary Officer/Co-Owner of Rouge writes: “The foundation of great food starts with the ingredients. Preparing them with respect is the foundation of cuisine. For this very reason my menu will be created as close to the moment as possible as I explore what the best...

Teatro, Calgary

When Chef Matthew Batey took on the position of Corporate Executive Chef of the well-established Teatro Group  in Calgary, we knew things would take a really quick turn towards local ingredients. For all his career he’s recognized how important they are to any restaurant he’s worked in...

Skye Café & Bistro, Regina, Saskatchewan

The dynamic husband and wife team of Chefs Milton Rebello and Louise Lu have named Skye Café & Bistro after their daughter who is  “super proud of her restaurant” and as Milton writes “I do not know any person who critiques our cooking as our five year old.” The dining...

The COUP – Ethical Vegetarian, Calgary

If there is one massive success story that frames the local food movement in every region of Canada, it’s how the chefs who’ve subscribed to it have helped producers build capacity.  If we build it, they will come; and it has taken decades of incredible tenacity. Ingredients that we...

Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar, Regina, Saskatchewan

When it comes to developing new dishes for this great Regina-based restaurant, Chef, and owner Jonathan Thauberger blends classic culinary techniques with local products to create dishes that reflect the city’s diverse culture and brings to light the steady growth of local producers. The...

Fusion Grill, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sometime in February 2006 I decided that an ice fishing trip was in order and, rather than renting a hut, I headed to Winnipeg on the insistence of Fusion Restaurant’s, fishing-obsessed owner, Scot McTaggart.  Scot had had the decency to warn me that it’d be cold.  But it WAS FREEZING.  Minus 40’C...

Bushwakker Brewpub, Regina, Saskatchewan

The folks at Bushwakker Brewpub in Regina demonstrate their commitment to all things local through their beer and food, but they’ve also made themselves a popular venue for local music. As well as their menu, the pub has 9 regular beers (brewed year round), 20 seasonal beers (brewed only at...

Harvest Eatery and FreshMarket, Shaunavon, Saskatchewan

Chef Garrett “Rusty” Thienes and his wife, Kristy, are, in many ways, pioneers in this region of pioneers where the best cooking has for generations been found in home kitchens.   Like the marbling on their locally raised Speckle Park beef, Harvest Eatery is unique. This 45-seat, award...