Savour Central: Eat Local

Savour Central

Delight your senses with a world of flavours right here in Central Alberta. From locally sourced ingredients to craft breweries to international tastes – the world is starting to take notice of the Central Alberta food scene. We’ve raised the bar when it comes to food. Some people call that a revolution and others call it evolution. Whatever you call it, Red Deer’s diverse food experiences definitely won’t disappoint.

Alberta on the Plate

Alberta on the Plate is a province-wide restaurant celebration of Alberta’s amazing local ingredient story, and talented chefs in the food community. The Alberta landscape provides an incomparable bounty of products from plants to proteins and from grains to glass – everything needed for an unforgettable experience.

Alberta food lovers are excited to experience this new culinary celebration taking place August 9 – 18, 2019 featuring local farms, breweries, distilleries in our local restaurants and building our regional taste of place. This is a grassroots partnership program with Alberta Beef, Alberta Dairy, Alberta Beekeepers, Alberta Wheat, Alberta Small Brewers and Alberta Craft Distillers that highlights our local ingredients.

Each of these menus will showcase an amazing array of local ingredients such as Alberta beef, milk, honey and wheat.

Over 30 participating restaurants come from 9 cities across Alberta, including Calgary, Canmore, Edmonton, Jasper, Lacombe, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and St.Paul.

Red Deer restaurants include the Boulevard Restaurant & Lounge in the Holiday Inn & Suites South and the Westlake Grill at Heritage Ranch. This program runs during local food week and wraps up with Open Farm Days.

Westlake Grill

Spanning across 207 acres of City-owned property, Westlake Grill is run by owner Joel Martens and his wife who took it over 10 years ago. Over the years they’ve built up the restaurant to become a successful business and it’s a big part of what they do. One of their proudest accolades is their reigning title of best romantic dining spot. In their carriage date night package it includes a one-hour carriage ride a five-course dinner, a bottle of wine, roses and a box of chocolates – how can you go wrong?

Westlake Grill uses local, sustainable, organic and as many non-GMO ingredients as possible. “We use a lot of Alberta products, and local meats. People are looking for local and being on a ranch, we want to support the local guys,” says Martens. To name a few, Westlake works with Celestine Saskatoon Farm, Bowden Farm Fresh Chicken, Nixon Honey and more.

As for craft beers, Westlake has a close relationship with Dark Woods brewing out of Innisfail, AB as Martens praises the quality and flavour profile.

Their talented Chef has worked his way up the ranks and curates their five-course dinners, and chef table experience – which features local growers.

Working with local ranchers and producers is a large part of their business, which is the main criteria for restaurants to participate in Alberta On The Plate.

Boulevard Restaurant and Lounge

Boulevard Restaurant and Lounge is located in Red Deer, Alberta and is home to Chef Emmanuel David. Chef Emmanuel is well-known for his impressive culinary career – some of his highlights include preparing a state dinner for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, opening his own restaurant in west Edmonton and participating in top-level international culinary competitions for both Culinary Team Canada and Culinary Team Alberta. Chef Emmanuel and his team bring incredible flavour and dishes to Boulevard and are avid supporters of local farmers and producers.

“We try to keep as much local product in our food preparation. We believe in supporting local.” says T.J Paigude, Boulevard Manager. The restaurant works with a number of craft breweries such as Troubled Monk, Hell’s Basement, and seasonal beers from Olds College. As for distilleries, they work with Prairie Sentinel vodka which, rumour has it, there will be a Pickled Alberta Vodka Caesar as their suggested cocktail pairing on their Alberta On The Plate menu. “We try to carry at least five local lines of breweries and distilleries at Boulevard,” adds T.J.

Boulevard is what you call a “green” restaurant according to Chef Emmanuel – they grow a lot of local herbs and flowers and source their meat locally. For their Alberta on the Plate menu they’ll be featuring Rock Ridge Dairy, Broxburn Vegetables, Twisted Horseshoe Grub. Co, Rogers Farms and more.

“Ever since the beginning we’ve tried to source our product locally, it’s a big part of what we do here at Boulevard. For example, all of our berries are from BillyCo Junction in Lacombe,” says Chef Emmanuel. BillyCo’s honeyberries, sea buckthorn berries, and black, white and red currants will be featured on their dessert for their 3-course, fixed-priced menu and we can’t wait!

Dinner on Ice, Westerner Park

Evoke all five of your senses at Westerner Park’s Dinner on Ice; a unique long table dining experience laced with creativity and inspiration! Guests will enjoy a five-course dinner on the ice, while being surrounded by 360 degrees of artistic expression. The menu will feature farm-to-fork inspired dishes, infused with locally sourced ingredients from across Central Alberta and carefully crafted by our Chef. Prepare to be transported to a world of a million dreams! Saturday, August 17, 2019, Doors open at 5:30 pm | Dinner served at 6:00 pm. $125 per person

Image courtesy of Westlake Grill