MARKET is a family owned and operated business. Restauranteur Vanessa Salopek, and partners Janet and John Salopek opened MARKET in 2013. When Vanessa was younger, she spent the summer months on her Grandpa’s cattle farm in the Ottawa Valley. It was here that she developed a strong passion for fresh ingredients and sustainable living. This passion, paired with her desire to support local farmers and love for hospitality, inspired her to open MARKET. Vanessa believes that there is an distinct difference between service and hospitality and feels you need both of these in order to ensure your guests have a great dining experience. Vanessa has a genuine interest for her guests and loves hearing from them! Next time you are at MARKET, ask to speak to Vanessa, she would love to say Hi!
In 2017 Vanessa was diagnosed with Celiac disease. It was her mission to make MARKET a safe environment for those with allergies and dietary restrictions without compromising on taste or quality. Even though MARKET is not 100% gluten-free kitchen, they still go to great lengths to reduce the risk of cross contamination and have 80% of their menu available to be made gluten-free. MAKRET even has a designated Gluten-Free fryer to further reduce the risk of cross contamination for their gluten sensitive/celiac diners. Vanessa wants to make it easier for those with allergies to enjoy going out and where they can trust that they will be taken seriously while still getting a delicious meal!
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 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!