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...

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 with co-owners Carrie Jackson and Jean Francois Beeroo have had their rotisserie...

Yellow Door Bistro, Calgary

At the same address as the Hotel Arts Raw Bar you’ll find a separate a second distinctive dining experience. Chef de Cuisine Quinn Staple creates heart-warming bistro-inspired cuisine but his stage at Alinea, Grant Achatz’s modernist three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Chicago, has also had...

VG @ The Fairmont, Winnipeg

Located in the heart of Downtown Winnipeg, in the Fairmont Winnipeg, the VG Restaurant offers contemporary Manitoban fare using fresh, locally sourced produce and ingredients. The Fairmont Winnipeg is the city’s only luxury hotel with 340 luxuriously appointed rooms, 19,000 square feet of stylish...

Prairie Harvest Café, Saskatoon

It took a team of friends with a passion for local ingredients and tons of catering/restaurant experience to open this innovative new restaurant in Saskatoon. Chef Mike McKeown, who has been around the provincial catering industry for years including a stint cooking in remote northern fishing...

Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, Calgary

Baker Aviv Fried has a fantastic story, self-propelled with great good humour.   Self-taught at the start (after a Masters level degree in Bio-medical engineering), he trained in Vermont at King Arthurs Flour with Jeffery Hamelman and in Paris with the famed sourdough bakery, Jean- Luc Poujauran....

Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar, Regina, Saskatchewan

Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar is dedicated to the art of local! Regina-native Executive Chef Jonathan Thauberger  has just returned after a 20 years cooking away, most notably at Burrowing Owl in the south Okanagan where he was part of that vibrant culinary scene.  He’s a thoughtful, creative...

Deer + Almond, Winnipeg, MB

Chef Mandel Hitzer thinks outside the box.  A few years ago, he needed a break but rather than heading south, he took up tree-planting in the B.C. interior with one of the world’s largest planting companies.  Then, on his return to Winnipeg and his culinary roots, he did something even more...

NOtaBLE, Calgary, Alberta

Chef Michael Noble always seems to be at the top of his game.  We first met when he was the shining star of DIVA at the Met in Vancouver way back in the 1990’s.  His recipes grace the pages of my Flavours of Canada (Raincoast 2000/2006) and I’m utterly thrilled to have him and his team...

Truffles Bistro, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Chef Lee Helman has been cooking ‘locally’ since long before it was fashionable.  With his wife Jacqueline, this amazing husband and wife team are talented, dedicated restaurateurs.  In the summer, Lee estimates that between 80 and 85% of his ingredients are from the region. The food...