Good things come to those who wait — and the Edmonton region has certainly been waiting for something like Chartier. Owners Sylvia and Darren Cheverie got the ball rolling with a Kickstarter campaign, which quickly set the record as being the most successful restaurant campaign in Canada. They tested menu items, created a charming, cozy space filled with mismatched vintage chairs and reclaimed wood paneling, and then finally threw the doors open to an eager public.
“I’ve come in at the top and I’ve come in at the bottom — it’s an adrenaline rush no matter what,” said Chartier baker Jesse Woodland with a determined look in his eye while discussing his win at the Canadian Food Championships last month. This fall, the esteemed baker will compete in the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Beaumont’s Chartier restaurant holds several distinctions. It is, to date, the most successful restaurant Kickstarter campaign in Canada and the first successful restaurant Kickstarter campaign in Alberta. Moreover, this quaint, hilltop spot just south of Edmonton serves up a commendable and well-executed selection of Québécois fine dining, the likes of which are rarely witnessed west of La Belle Province.