Calgary’s Foodies: Why Calgary is a Great Food City

Why dine out in Calgary? Well, there’s really no reason not to anymore. Chefs, owners, managers and bloggers have cultivated a food scene that is becoming unmatched to the rest of the country. We asked few local foodies to tell us why they love the food scene here. “It’s a…

Why dine out in Calgary? Well, there’s really no reason not to anymore. Chefs, owners, managers and bloggers have cultivated a food scene that is becoming unmatched to the rest of the country. We asked few local foodies to tell us why they love the food scene here.

“It’s a very young scene; so it has buzz whenever you go into a lot of the newer places that have recently opened. It’s fun, eclectic, it’s so much different than it was a few years ago.” – Jan Hrabec, executive chef and owner, Crazyweed

“Calgary was the place that everyone forgot, and then all this talent started popping up. It’s given us a food scene that (much like everything else in Calgary) can’t be ignored by the rest of the country.” – Justin LeBoe, executive chef and co-owner, Model Milk

“I think Calgary is on the verge of being the top restaurant city in Canada. We definitely have the right attitude, we have the economy and Calgarians definitely love to dine out.” – Andy MacDonald, general manager, Rouge

“We’ve been known as the little engine who couldn’t for a long time, but after travelling extensively, I will say that we’ve got mojo.” – Paul Rogalski, chief culinary officer and owner, Rouge

“No longer are restaurants and chefs directly competing with each other. That edge has really disappeared. Now chefs come together, we discuss ideas, new trends or just what is happening in the food scene in general. This is really helping Calgary as we are all progressing together, building through community and not through competition.” – Geoff Rogers, executive chef, MARKET

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