A passionate participant of the country-wide culinary initiative Food Day Canada since day one, Calgary’s River Cafe has always been a leader in the Canadian food community when it comes to growing your own and seeking out interesting ingredients that are local and worth celebrating. Both of those things are exactly what Food Day Canada (taking place on August 5) is all about.

Now that it’s 2017, the whole idea of “sourcing local” is a dime-a-dozen saying and you’ll find some semblance of it in 90 per cent of restaurants these days.

Still, are there not an overwhelming number of eateries in this country that eat, sleep and breathe that mentality. All the more reason to appreciate an iconic and spearheading eatery like Sal Howell’s River Cafe.

To add an extra special touch to their Food Day Canada menu this year, River Cafe’s events manager and artist, Hannah Petkau┬ácollaborated with executive chef Matthias Fong, pastry chef Tracie Zahavich and guest chef Jamie Harling of Deane House. Sitting down and taking notes of ingredients, techniques and plating ideas, Petkau created five custom prints in lieu of a standard menu. Each boast a simple sketch with subtle splashes of colour that give diners the insight to how the five courses came to be composed on the plate. The result is enchanting.

Take a look at how imagination turns into reality in these five artwork and course comparisons below.

First course by Jamie Harling, executive chef, Deane House

River Cafe Food Day Canada 2017 Jamie Harling

River Cafe Food Day Canada 2017 Jamie Harling

Second course: Matthias Fong, executive chef, River Cafe

River Cafe Food Day Canada 2017 Matthias Fong

River Cafe Food Day Canada 2017 Matthias Fong

Third course: Matthias Fong, executive chef, River Cafe

River Cafe Food Day Canada 2017 Matthias Fong

River Cafe Food Day Canada 2017 Matthias Fong

Fourth Course: Matthias Fong, executive chef, River Cafe

River Cafe Food Day Canada 2017 Matthias Fong

River Cafe Food Day Canada 2017 Matthias Fong

Fifth course: Tracie Zahavich, pastry chef, River Cafe

River Cafe Food Day Canada 2017 Tracie Zahavich

River Cafe Food Day Canada 2017 Tracie Zahavich

A truly outstanding element to a wonderful dinner that is available over the course of the long weekend in honour of Food Day Canada.

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