Calgary, AB – October 26, 2016:
Sal Howell, founder of the iconic River Café and long-time champion of seasonal, local, and sustainable food has recently launched Deane House, an exciting addition to the Calgary food scene, with Chef Jamie Harling at the helm. Chef Harling, a rising star in Canadian cuisine, is best known locally for his time at Rouge. Inglewood's Deane House, a historic home with an intriguing past, has been given new life as the next hot thing in a city that doesn't often preserve its past.
Joining Harling in the kitchen as Sous Chef is Christopher Dewling, another Top Ten Calgary Chef who spent 7 years as Executive Chef at Blink. The strength of the culinary team is matched by the setting, a completely re-imagined heritage building on a spectacular site along the banks of two rivers in the heart of the city. This is the precise spot where the city began over 100 years ago, and was an important gathering place for First Nations before that. Thanks to the abundance of green space around the restaurant, it isn’t difficult to imagine it now as it was then.
The converging rivers is an excellent metaphor for the artful blending of old and new at Deane House. The space has been completely reinvented by Howell, and it manages to exude historical authenticity, while achieving a feeling of warm modernity in its ambiance and finishes. The restaurant is revealed in a series of gorgeously decorated rooms, each with its own distinct character, featuring carefully curated details -- many the outcome of thoughtful collecting and collaboration with local craftspeople. The result is a tribute to Calgary's past, while remaining firmly in the here and now.
Chef Harling spent the last several months preparing for this project: connecting with local farmers, foraging, pickling and preserving the harvest and tending the on-site edible garden. The resulting cuisine is a progressive vegetable-forward celebration of regional ingredients. In an effort to simplify fine dining, the menu is approachably pared down, rewriting the boundary between appetizer, shared dish, and entrée.
The culinary philosophy of Deane House, as with River Café, is deeply rooted in sustainability. Decision-making around all aspects of operations is governed by a commitment to championing local food economies. "How can we lessen our food-print? How local can we be? These are the questions we ask ourselves," says Howell. One answer is found in the edible garden planted on the grounds, and in their support of other urban gardening initiatives. Long-standing partnerships with organizations such as Ocean Wise, which promote sustainable seafood choices are also important.
"Environmentally-driven practices are not always obvious to diners, and often cost more, but we continue to devote our time and resources to these efforts," explains Howell. "We do everything in our power to conserve on water and energy, which dictates things like what equipment we purchase, to when we turn on the lights in the dining room." It has also been the inspiration for their extensive recycling and composting program. Careful sorting routines on site means that nearly everything the restaurant uses is diverted from landfill waste.
Philosophy and values aside, this is a restaurant that cares about the details. Howell and the talented team at Deane House have created a lively space, full of warmth and wonderful food, where people will continue to gather, as they have on this land for many, many years.
Serving Dinner, Lunch and Weekend Brunch.
Just minutes from downtown Calgary in Inglewood, easily accessed by the bike paths along the river, with a designated parking lot to the east of the building, Deane House is an exciting addition to the Calgary dining scene.
For more information visit: Deane House
Address: 806 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 0S2
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