Three Ravens Restaurant + Wine Bar, Banff, Alberta

Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity...

Foreign Concept, Calgary

Few restaurants in Calgary were 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 Gold...

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...

Alforno, Calgary

Alforno is both an Italian ‘pasticceria’ and upscale casual restaurant. Located in one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in downtown Calgary, Alforno is a stone’s throw away from the Bow River pathway in Eau Claire. Originally conceived as the in-house bakery to provide fresh artisan bread and...

Alloy, Calgary

From the glass enclosed wine room to the white leather banquettes, Alloy’s Chef/Owners Rogelio Herrera and Uri Heilik have designed a restaurant with great style.  Their menus are beautifully written, full of the colourful culinary influences of their Mediterranean and Latin heritages, and...

charbar, Calgary

There are few things I find as exciting as watching the evolution of a restaurant team like that at CharCut and how they dream in such a large scale.  To most anyone else, the old Simmons building would be just too much to tackle. But not for Connie DeSousa and John Jackson.  This seriously...

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.  Kristy writes, “We are just over an hour outside of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. We are...

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...

Hotel Arts Raw Bar, Calgary

Raw Bar is not a secret, but it feels like one. Serving Pan-Asian cuisine with an exceptional cocktail menu, Raw Bar is set in an intimate yet lively space in the heart of downtown Calgary. Located at Hotel Arts, Raw Bar exudes sophistication, modernity and great taste from the menu to the finely...