Foreign Concept, Calgary

Few restaurants in Calgary have been so anticipated at Foreign Concept. The brain child of Duncan Ly, the feisty chef who struck out on his own after a highly successful stint at Hotel Arts, Foreign Concept burst onto the scene with Chef Jinhee Lee at the helm and Michael Nop. She promptly entered...

Deane House, Calgary

It’s hardly been a year since Sal Howell of the renowned River Cafe and her tireless team opened Deane House at the confluence of the two rivers that define the early history of Calgary. The Bow and the Elbow were a traditional meeting place for the First Nations communities and it was at...

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...

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...

The Paisley Notebook Pop-Up, Kelowna

In spite of her apparent youth, Aman Dosanj is a veteran of the Kelowna food scene.  Her family had one of the most interesting restaurants that city’s ever seen. Poppadoms was pure Indian in style but pure Canadian in its ingredient choices. It was the go-to place for dinner for many of the...

Hayloft, Airdrie, Alberta

When restaurant commentator, John Gilchrist, praises a restaurant, we pay attention.  Few critics across Canada have such a breadth of experience. You can read his review here.  James Hoan Nguyen and Jason Barton-Browne met at Calgary’s River Cafe.  It could not have been a better training...

Juniper Bistro, Banff, Alberta

When my best friends won a skiing trip to Panorama, Juniper was the hotel I recommended.  Winter or summer, the setting is spectacular. Elk and coyotes gravitate to the wildlife corridor behind our hotel because it is on the sunny side of the valley—the same decadent warmth and dazzling sunsets...

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...

CHARCUT Roast House, Calgary

At CHARCUT, Calgary’s very meaty, very hot spot, there is no getting away from it –being a carnivore rules. It’s absolutely local, chef-driven cuisine.  Chef/Owners John Jackson and Connie DeSousa have had their rotisserie and char-broiler custom built and if kitchen gear can be...

Teatro Restaurant Group, Calgary

When Chef Matt Batey took on the position of Corporate Executive Chef of this established Calgary restaurant group, 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 or...