Inspired by our region, seasons & community
The idea of “Market Cuisine” stems from the French Canadian term “Cuisine du Marché,” which means cooking with fresh ingredients. At MARKET, our fresh ingredient philosophy starts in our kitchen, where we bake our own breads daily, cure our own meats, do our own butchering, make our own cheese and grow our own herbs, micro greens and select vegetables. MARKET is the first restaurant in Calgary to use an internal home garden, the Urban Cultivator, where we can grow more than 16 different varieties of heirloom seeds year round. We change our menu regularly so we can cook in harmony with the changing seasons and ensure the freshest and best tasting ingredients possible.
At MARKET we believe everyone deserves to experience amazing food without compromising taste! If you have an allergy or dietary restriction please let us know. MARKET can accommodate most food allergies and has its own gluten free fryer to further reduce cross contamination for celiacs and gluten sensitive diners. Please let your server know about any allergies and we will be happy to walk you through our menu!
MARKET is a family owned and operated business. Restaurateur Vanessa Salopek, and parents Janet and John Salopek opened MARKET in 2013. When Vanessa was younger she spent the summer months on her Grandparents cattle farm. It was during this time she developed a strong passion for fresh ingredients and sustainable living. Her passion for sustainability and love for hospitality inspired her to open MARKET.
In 2017 Vanessa was diagnosed with Celiac disease. It was her goal to make MARKET a safe environment for those with allergies and other dietary restrictions without compromising taste or quality. MARKET is not 100% gluten-free restaurant, however they go to great lengths to reduce the risk of cross contamination including having a designated gluten-free fryer. Vanessa wants to make it easier for those with allergies to enjoy eating out, where their allergies are taken seriously and the food is always delicious!
Team MARKET is composed of young, passionate and talented industry professionals.
Evan Robertson: Executive Chef
Chef Robertson joins the MARKET team with over 20 years of culinary experience. Evan has worked in many established restaurants over the years including the nationally renowned Hardware Grill in Edmonton, where Chef Robertson obtained his Red Seal accreditation from NAIT. Evan ventured back home to the West Coast where his portfolio included the Highland Pacific Golf Course. Moving to Calgary he found himself building a rapport with food at restaurants such as Bistro 2210 and the Living Room, before becoming the Executive Chef at The Pig and Duke. Evan had great success making this one of Canada’s best gastropubs and was featured on the Food Networks popular TV series “You Got To Eat Here”. At the end of December 2016, Chef Robertson joined the MARKET family. We are very excited to have Evan as part of our passionate team and look forward to all the tasty creations he will make for us to enjoy!
Megan Gillespie: Manager
Megan brings a level of genuine hospitality and service to our Front of House leadership. She is an industry veteran with over 10 years of industry experience and loves getting to know our guests and build lasting relationships. Next time your in at MARKET make sure you introduce yourself to Megan, she’s the Aussie whose always got a smile on her face!