Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Calgary's First Food Hall: Avenida Food Hall Brings A Taste Of Europe To Calgary

Avenida Food Hall Brings A Taste Of Europe To Calgary
Brand new concept offers 25+ full service restaurants with the bonus of farmers’ market vendors all under one roof
(photos: Avenida)
Avenida Food Hall & Fresh Market (“Avenida”) is opening on December 15th, 2018 bringing a century-old concept to the south of Calgary. Originating within European department stores in the early 20th century, the food hall trend has spread to major cities all over the world.

Unlike food courts, which are designed and operated to serve as many people as quickly as possible, food halls are intended to serve as culinary gathering places, facilitating memorable social experiences where guests can stay awhile. Avenida will feature more than 25 full-service restaurants with incredible and innovative chefs at the helm including Duncan Ly, owner and chef at Foreign Concept, who is offering a new Mexican and Asian hybrid taqueria. Intertwined among the eateries will be communal dining designed to build community and foster connection among guests.

“If you’ve ever travelled to metropolises like Paris, New York and Lisbon in particular, you’ve likely experienced a traditional food hall and witnessed its community-building atmosphere,” notes Travis Callaway, president of Avenida. “When this space became available, we had a hard look at what type of model would bring both value and vibrancy to the neighbourhood and Calgary as a whole. A food hall has never been done before in our city and we feel like the trending foodie culture and slow food movement, Calgarians’ inquisitive approach to trying new flavours and cuisine as well as the open social environment will be widely enjoyed and appreciated.”

Beyond the restaurant options, guests will also be able to visit vendors that one would typically find in a more traditional farmers’ market. This includes fresh produce (both local and sourced from California and Mexico), butchers, a boutique florist and artisans as well as a unique stall where micro-artisans and makers are able to rent a small wall space to sell their local products.

“We’re also happy to share that Avenida has strict transparency requirements from its vendors as we want our guests to have a level of trust knowing where their food, ingredients and products as a whole are coming from,” continued Callaway. “We can’t wait to open our doors and become part of the city culture and act as a destination for tourists and locals alike.”

The interior look is inspired by a Southern California bistro vibe with modern touches like pendant lighting. Black and white motifs are prominent throughout the 22,000 square foot space. 

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