Edmonton restaurant kitchens where women call the shots

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While women are frequently the ones cooking at home, more often than not, restaurant kitchens are run by men. In honour of International Women’s Day, we’re putting the spotlight on women-led kitchens. Some of Edmonton’s best restaurants feature the culinary expertise of female executive chefs. [Feature photo: Kathryn Joel of Get Cooking]


2-10169 104 Street NW, Edmonton AB T5J 1A5

A beautiful basement bistro, wine bar and cheese shop located in the historic Phillips Lofts, Cavern’s simple, European-inspired menus are all painstakingly created by chef and owner Tricia Bell. Offering simple breakfast fare (baguettes, cheese, fruit, nuts), gorgeous signature cheese and charcuterie boards and a fantastic wine list, Cavern is a lovely place to go at any time of day. Cavern also hosts monthly cheese schools (Wine and cheese? Yes, please!).

Culina Café at the Muttart Conservatory

9626 96A St NW, Edmonton AB T6C 4L8

Located in Edmonton’s beautiful Muttart Conservatory, Culina Café is a breakfast and lunch spot, offering creative, fresh cuisine comprised of soups, salads, sandwiches, baked-goods and daily specials, in addition to serving an award-winning weekend brunch. Only serving dinner one night a week, Culina’s Chef de Cuisine, Stephanie Alcasabas, creates a special Thursday night dinner menu each week. The cheddar perogy and mason jar toffee pudding are to die for.

Belgravia Hub

A-7609 115 St NW, Edmonton AB T6G 1N4

A hidden neighbourhood gem, Belgravia Hub’s head chef, Sarah Masters-Phillips, makes simple, satisfying and succulent comfort food. Her menu provides a fantastic array of salads and starters, but the mains are where it’s at – comfort food done well. Try the meatloaf, the bison shepherd’s pie or the jambalaya. And, the desserts are straight-up classics done right: crème brûlée, brownies, apple crisp, carrot cake and gingerbread.

King Noodle House Pho Hoang Ltd

10613 97 St NW, Edmonton AB T5H 2L5

Located in the heart of Edmonton’s Chinatown, King Noodle House is an authentic, family-owned Vietnamese noodle house. Head chef Hoa Sen Dau offers 35 variations of the popular and nutritious pho soup, as well as a few non-pho menu selections. Chef Sen Dau’s pho is so good, it made the Tomato’s Top 100 Things to Eat in Edmonton list!

Get Cooking

11050 104 Ave NW, Edmonton AB T5K 2Y9

While primarily a cooking school, Get Cooking Edmonton is also a great place to eat. Founder and chef Kathryn Joel has created a fun and creative calendar of events from cooking classes to brunch pop-ups. Chef Joel’s Get Cooking Edmonton supports local, female chefs; guest presenters include Colleen Heidecker, Doreen Prei and Christine Sandford. Check out their calendar to get tickets to one of their exciting food events!

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good, well made pie: light, buttery, flaky crusts paired with delectable, fruity or creamy fillings – a heavenly culinary adventure. Between its world-class bakeries, local niche restaurants and made-from-scratch farmers’ market pies, Edmonton has some spectacular pie offerings.
What is it about fried chicken that’s so good, so great, so unbelievably satisfying? Is it the satisfying crunch that comes from a deliciously battered,flawlessly seasoned and perfectly fried bite? Oh that juicy, flaking chicken enrobed in that heavenly crust! Edmonton has a pretty fabulous fried chicken scene, so checkout these restaurants to get your fix. [Image credit: iStock.com/rebeccafondren]
Cheesecakes are the unparalleled dessert for cheese aficionados … no other dessert can even touch a cheese lover’s heart. A good cheesecake causes intense cravings; it has a distinct mouth feel and flavour and comes in many delightful varieties. From simple cheesecake with a graham crust to complex cheesecake flavours like turtle, strawberry champagne or salted caramel apple, Edmonton has a cheesecake to satisfy your craving.
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