4 questions you should ask before dining out

Where does one begin with good restaurants in Calgary?  When looking for a great place for dining out, there are few questions that come to mind.

1.Where do they source their food?

2. Do they have sustainable practices?

3.Do they support local, organic companies?

Oh and who can forget,

4. Is the food tasty?


A little pricey, and maybe not somewhere you take the family often, but great for date night for sure.  River Café has connected with local farmers and growers to provide their customers with the best quality food they can.  They have over 60 different producers they buy from, and they even grown their own edible garden of herbs, berries and edible flowers outside the restaurant.  How awesome!?  Grass fed meat, oceanwise seafood, organic produce and sustainable practices. All that and a tasty menu, I would say worth a visit.  To read more about their practices, check out their website – http://www.river-cafe.com/our_story/sustainability/.



But if you can’t manage date night too often, Community Café is also great, and won’t break the bank. They have an amazing salad bar with plenty of options, along with a warm food bar, and juice and smoothie bar. And to make it even better, their selections include wheat free and vegan options and  you can either dine in or take out.


Their passions are for people, food and the earth.  Reducing food miles by supporting locally, managing waste by recycling and composting, using solar and wind power for energy, and a large involvement with the community makes Community café a winning choice.  And you can get some of your grocery shopping while you’re there! http://www.communitynaturalfoods.com/online/10thavenue/


There are many, many good choices to eat in Calgary that support local farmers, and it’s great to know that more businesses are going that route, like our lovely neighbors Blue Star Diner and Maindish.  Check those out if you get the chance!


Tracy Thiessen,


TracyTracy Thiessen is a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, C.H.N.C.™.  Her interest in nutrition started at a young age, when she learned how to prepare meals but also began to question what was in the foods she ate.  Her curiosity and interest continued after seeing major improvements in her own health after modifying her diet and altering her lifestyle, which led her to study Nutrition.


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