The other day a guest asked us why we thought the Edmonton food scene was excelling, following the news that four YEG restaurants made EnRoute Magazine's top 30 Best New Restaurants in Canada. Here's our response.
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.
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Maintaining a restaurant’s bread program in-house is no small endeavour. At Beaumont, Alta.-based Chartier, chef Steve Brochu and his team produce a selection of breads and pastries for both the restaurant and its bread window, which offers fresh-made delicacies Wednesday through Sunday.
“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.
For a restaurant to earn a five (out of five) Sun rating for food in this column is no easy feat. Everything must be perfect. Every dish must be attractive, delicious, inspiring, even challenging. So congratulations to the new French-Canadian Chartier restaurant, a down-to-earth, whimsical and inviting eatery in the Franco-Albertan community of Beaumont, less than a 30 minute drive from south Edmonton.
I remember like it was just yesterday: it was March and I had just plopped down $200 to support Chartier’s Kickstarter project. I was paying for a meal for two at what was going to be Beaumont’s newest and greatest French-Canadian restaurant and going to experience all that was promised to me by the campaign video. Fast forward over a year later and now I’m writing about my first eats at Chartier. I have so much to say — brace yourself for photographs of dinner and brunch, and lots of swooning.
Back in September of 2015, Avenue talked to Sylvia and Darren Cheverie, the Beaumont couple whose Kickstarter campaign for their French-Canadian restaurant Chartier quickly became the most successful restaurant Kickstarter in Canada. Now, the much anticipated Chartier is open on a charming main street in Beaumont, and it’s well worth the trek.