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. Then in 2013, they created an urban-rural connection with the Central Alberta farming community into an 40-seat restaurant, when they opened Range Road in the Oliver neighbourhood. With its comfy-rustic feel and elegant locally source seasonal menus, Range Road was named Best Overall Restaurant in Avenue Edmonton magazine’s 2014 food issue, in a year when many great new dining options opened up in the city.
With free-range Tamworth pigs and all-grass fed and grass-finished, hormone- and antibiotic-free Central Alberta beef, the menu is definitely Albertan. Blair writes, “exciting news as our new butcher shop and event space ‘The Butchery’ are going well and now the animals we have raised for us we can dry age and butcher ourselves for complete creative and quality control.”
The nightly special, called Questionable Bits, takes its direction from Lebsack’s whole animal program. But vegetables and local grains get star-treatment too, with wood-fired seasonal veg, squashes, locals fruits, berries and craft beers.
Range Road continues to do pop-up farm dinners, throughout the year (complete with wood burning cob oven) over two days in the middle of a field again at Nature’s Green Acres, for a special mid-summer multi-course farm dinner, farm tour. The logistics are insane, but it’s just the kind of crazy commitment – by Lebsack and Fulton, as well as the diners – that puts Range Road on the Canadian culinary map.
Range Road is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Range Road est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez Range Road directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
10643-123 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5N 1P3