why brunch is the best meal

Eatnorth.com stopped in to chat with chef Jessica about brunch, empanadas and day-drinking.
Read the full interview here [spoiler alert: empanada recipe included].


Bacon is Magic captures the Simmons energy

Ayngelina Brogan, food blogger, Bacon is Magic, from Toronto travelled to Alberta on a food journey to discover what was new, what was fresh, and what she could tell the world about this modest prairie province that has typically had the reputation of steak and potatoes. What she and her partner, Dave Mottershall (chef/owner of Loka Snacks, Toronto), discovered in YYC was, not just an emerging food scene full of talented chefs and tasty dishes being served up throughout this great city, but also the strength of our collaborative culinary community. Here they are at the historical Simmons building, where we call home with our partners Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery.

Download the Bacon is Magic Guide to 48 Hours of Gluttony in Calgary here.


ET Canada came to cook with Jessica

In the lead up to the JUNO excitement we were invited to be on ET Canada to chat and cook with ET Canada's latest VJ Jake Mossop!

Watch full video clip here!

All in the family

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Our good friend and talented chef and member of the WCR was recently published in Restaurants Canada magazine and had this to say about Family Style dining and why it's here to stay.

“Family-style dining is my favourite way to cook for people, making food we can all sit down and share together,” says Pelland. “I really connected with the Argentinian asado (barbecue) when I spent time cooking in Buenos Aires this past year. We have brought that same style of eating to our diners at charbar, all inspired by local ingredients.”

Click here to read full article.

7K Ranch: A Seat at our Table

Live latin american Music Every Thursday & Friday night!

Enjoy the traditional music of Martin Aguilar as you dine with us at charbar. Make a reservation for the second floor and feel the latin american vibe of this incredible musician up close and personal.


What's it like to compete on a cooking reality show and win?


Jessica sat down with Calgary Herald food writer, Gwendolyn Richards, to talk 'real' about reality TV and her behind the scenes experience in the Chopped Canada kitchen.

“The clock starts at that moment and I’m like, ‘Oh s—, there’s no time.’ As soon as I started it was like, I’m in a kitchen, it’s just a kitchen, I’m going to cook.”

Click here to read full article.


From the ground up

We are so honoured to be on the cover of Foodservice & Hospitality magazine and humbled to be asked to tell our story, introduce charbar to our peers and welcome you all to have a peek inside the Simmons Building in the East Village of Calgary, AB. 

Click here to read the full article.


We're Open in the simmon's

After 4 years of restoration and redevelopment, we are the proud new tenants of the 103 year old Simmon's, breathing new life into this beautiful historical building, along with our amazing partners Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters and Sidewalk Citizen Artisan Bakery. Thank you to the CMLC and our great city for so much support. We can't wait to share our vision with you.

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