CALGARY — Telus Spark, Calgary’s reimagined science centre, will open its new market concept on March 16. Social Eatery by Roger Mooking is an interactive and modern dining space featuring “home cooking with a global twist.”
An Alberta-raised chef, Mooking has earned an international reputation as one of North America’s premier chefs, with ventures including a hit television series and associated award-winning cookbook, Everyday Exotic. Mooking is also a recurring judge on Chopped Canada. As the new Culinary director at Telus Spark, the chef is bringing his food philosophy, built upon globally inspired culinary traditions highlighting local ingredients, to Calgarians.
“I’m so excited to be coming back home to Alberta to open a concept that will feature local and international ingredients and purveyors,” says Mooking. “The creativity and boundary-pushing at Telus Spark is the perfect fit.”
With a focus on fresh ingredients cooked from scratch, the new menu items have been carefully selected from Mooking’s global travels. Dishes include cheese buns made fresh daily with aged Canadian cheddar; the Stacked Sandwich featuring 10 oz of shaved Alberta beef; braised Spolumbo’s sausage on a bun; a variety of healthy vegetarian and vegan options; and smoothies made in-house.
Social Eatery will be led by chef de cuisine, Alison MacNeil. It will also include a coffee bar by Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters and world class in-house catering services. As key partners in refreshing Telus Spark’s culinary services, local chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson of Charcut Roast House and Charbar will now provide all in-house catering services for external corporate and special event clientele.