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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Hardware Grill, Edmonton

Since Larry and Linda Stewart opened its doors in 1996, the Hardware Grill has been a culinary destination. They understood the concept of “Canadian cuisine” from their earliest days. They call it “Haute Comfort Food.” The menu reflects some of the finest ingredients the...

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...

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...

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....