CALGARY — OEB Breakfast Co., the breakfast restaurant concept created by chef Mauro Martina, is marking its 10th anniversary since its first store opened in Calgary in October 2009. Since then, the brand has grown to six award-winning restaurants across Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, with a new location in Scottsdale, Arizona, opening in late November.
The dishes at OEB are a creative and upscale spin on tried-and-true classics.
“Breakfast means so much more to me than just the first meal of the day,” says Martina. “In a time when this important meal is often rushed, compromised on, or skipped altogether, I wanted to create an uplifting breakfast experience through elevated quality, innovation and service. For example, there are not too many places out there that have truffles on the menu or sturgeon caviar and duck and scallops.”
Throughout his career, Martina has worked at Michelin-star restaurants alongside some of the best chefs in the industry. He quickly climbed the ranks in Canada and, in 2009, opened his first OEB location. He believes in exceptional products and ingredients sourced straight from farmers.
“We care about where the food comes from and what happens to it before it hits the table,” he says.
Caring for the environment and the communities OEB lives in extends also to Martina’s desire to give something back — $1 from each OEB Signature Poutine sold during the “birthday weekend” of November 1 to 3 will be donated to a children’s charity.
“This is just a small gesture and precursor of a larger, national charity cooperation we’re working on.”