Raw Bar is not a secret, but it feels like one. Serving Pan-Asian cuisine with an exceptional cocktail menu, Raw Bar is set in an intimate yet lively space in the heart of downtown Calgary. Located at Hotel Arts, Raw Bar exudes sophistication, modernity and great taste from the menu to the finely curated art and décor. There’s great poolside dining in the summer months.
Born in India, Chef de Cuisine Peter Paiva grew up in Newfoundland before heading out West to pursue his education. While taking a break from his education degree at the University of Calgary, Peter dabbled in the professional cooking course at SAIT Polytechnic, caught the passion and enrolled full-time to become a chef. He was taught by some of the finest instructors anywhere in Canada.
Since taking the helm at Raw Bar, Chef Paiva has worked extensively with GM Franz Swinton to reposition Raw Bar as one of the premier cocktail lounges and resto-bars in Calgary. Recently, Chef Paiva participated in Chef Meets BC Grape and took home the award for Best Wine & Food Pairing for his Puffed Shrimp & BC Dungeness Crab Fritter, Rhubarb Nouc Cham, Poplar Bluff Carrot & Apple Slaw paired with 2017 Road 13 Vineyards Rose.
For Food Day 2019, Hotel Arts Executive Chef Quinn Staple took their tables to the country to showcase the best in Prairie food. He wrote:
“Prairie flats, rolling foothills, ranch lands and a Rocky Mountain backdrop. This quintessential Alberta locale is more than an adventurer’s paradise. It is home to ranchers who raise some of the world’s best beef.
Celebrating Alberta’s ranching roots, Hotel Arts and Trail’s End Beef are hosting a Farm-to-Table dinner experience on Food Day Canada (August 3, 2019). Bringing the table to the farm, diners are hosted at the homeplace of Trail’s End Beef ranchers, Rachel and Tyler Herbert, where the prairie meets the rolling Porcupine Hills. A truly Albertan experience, guests will learn about local and ethical ranching practices from vegetarian turned rancher Rachel Herbert.
“We’ve always had a vision for a long table dinner in our barn, which is essentially the heart of our home,” says Rachel Herbert of Trail’s End Beef. “Sitting down to a meal with our friends, customers, and supporters of the ranch, not only celebrates how special truly ranch-raised grassfed beef tastes, but it recognizes the important relationship between producer and consumer. It is the genuine relationships that are centered around real food that allow our communities to thrive. Tyler and I believe in working hard for what we believe in – healthy, happy land, animals and family – and that good food and drink are one of life’s biggest rewards for how hard we work.”
Trails End Ranch was the original summer range of the Ings family (famous Alberta ranchers who settled here in the 1880’s) and has been passed down through the family over four generations. The latest generations, Linda Loree and her daughter, Rachel (along with husband Tyler Herbert) introduced the grass-fed and direct to consumer ranching practices that we see today.
From farm to table. Along with learning about Alberta’s ranching roots, dinner guests will savour a four-course beef and barely inspired menu by Hotel Arts Executive Chef Quinn Staple complemented with pairings from Alberta craft breweries and distilleries.
“Celebrating Canadian food in our restaurants and educating customers to learn more about where our food comes from and why we should support Canadian farmers and producers is built into our way of life,” says Chef Staple. “This is what inspired us to go to the ranch for our Food Day Canada dinner. The experience will provide guests with an intimate opportunity to engage with and learn from the ranchers who raise the beef and their relationship with the chefs and at-home cooks who prepare it.”
As in the sister restaurant, The Yellow Door Bistro, General Manager James Werner oversees the dining experience with what is described as “personality-driven service executed with attentiveness and professionalism” .
Contact Hotel Arts Raw Bar at the number below to reserve a Food Day Canada table.
Contactez Hotel Arts Raw Bar directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votreJournée des terroirs réservation.
Hotel Arts Raw Bar,
119 – 12th Avenue, Calgary
Alberta, T2R 0G8