The Guild, Calgary

Calgary is such a new and modern city that older buildings are truly treasured. The original Hudson’s Bay is one of them and it’s now the home of Oliver and Bonacini’s The Guild Restaurant.  It’s the first real foray outside of Ontario for the super-talented O&B team, a...

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...

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...

The Delta Bessborough, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The Bessborough is one of Canada’s iconic railway hotels built to supplement the gracious train travel of the day by the Canadian National Railway.   Designed in that familiar castle-style using Tyndall stone from Manitoba, bricks from Claybank, Saskatchewan and tiles from Estevan several...

Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar, Regina, Saskatchewan

When it comes to blending art and creativity, Crave’s Chef Jonathan Thauberger has a natural talent. His proletarian work ethic mixed with his well-honed culinary instincts are always on point when building dishes in the kitchen or for Food Day Canada. Jonathan loves food and was meant to be...

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...

Oxbow, Calgary

On the banks of Calgary’s meandering Bow River, the elegant boutique hotel Kensington Riverside Inn exudes the motto of Relais et Chateaux…comfort, calm and best of all in my books, cuisine. Their new restaurant, Oxbow, fits that respected organization with Canadian members like...

Range Road, Edmonton

Chef Blair Lebsack and partner Caitlin Fulton built a following for their longtable pop-up dinners on farms around the Edmonton and area, where you literally would “eat the view,” whether it was at Peas on Earth certified organic garden farm in North Edmonton or Nature’s Green Acres near Viking....

Calories Restaurant, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Calories is one of the top restaurants in the Prairie provinces set in Saskatoon, surrounded by great gardens and with access to magnificent produce. As the city’s most successful restaurant, it is a destination. They understands terroir,  specifically Saskatchewan terroir. Chef / Owner Remi...

Sage Restaurant, at River Cree Resort, Enoch, Alberta

With each menu he writes, chef Shane Chartrand hones his concept of “progressive Canadian indigenous” cuisine. Having grown up on an acreage near Edmonton, his family raised chickens, geese and ducks for the winter fair. He also hunted with his father, learning about good wild foods and respecting...