By RACHAEL FREY
ROUGE IN CALGARY
One of Calgary’s Top 12 Restaurants in our Where to Dine Awards, Rouge is located in the historic former home of prominent businessman A.E. Cross. Rouge is a mainstay of Calgary’s dining scene that’s well known for elegant and innovative Canadian cuisine.
“From the moment you enter Rouge, it is an experience you will not forget,” says Cindy Stewart, chef concierge at the Westin Calgary. “The history of the Cross House is everywhere, from the pictures on the wall to the stories the staff will share.”
The chefs at Rouge have an exceptional focus on local ingredients—much of the produce is grown and harvested by them from the large on-site garden behind the restaurant. Stewart recommends a stroll through the garden with a glass of wine or a cocktail before sitting down to eat.
“Their garden harvest supplies them throughout the year with preserves, herbs and vegetables, and they work closely with local producers,” she says. “You may even see the beekeepers collecting honey under a cloud of smoke.”
THE GRIZZLY HOUSE IN BANFF
It’s fair to say that The Grizzly House is an institution in Banff. From the eccentric décor (such as a stuffed buffalo head and telephones on each table to call other diners) to the exotic menu (which includes shark and rattlesnake), it’s been the place to hobnob over a pot of fondue for over 60 years.
“It is a favourite place with the locals as well as people visiting Banff,” says Cindy Stewart. “One of my favourites is the classic beef and scallop dinner, but they have many choices. Francis and his team always do their best to make sure that everyone has a memorable experience!”