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Janette Ewen

Janette Ewen

With a career in interior design and fashion that spans over 12 years, Janette Ewen has become a favourite style source for Canadians. Janette started her career at leading magazine Chatelaine and eventually moved on to editorial roles at House & Home, Chocolat Magazine and the Globe and Mail. From print, Janette moved into broadcast. As a TV favourite, Janette can be seen regularly on national shows in Canada, including Cityline and CTV Morning, and was formally a co-host on “Inside the Box with Ty Pennington.” Janette currently is a partner at the award winning LA-Toronto based creative studio Parker Barrow, known for its innovative wallpaper collection, design installations (including the recent revitalization of the Fairmont Royal York rooftop) and collaborations.

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Presentation Topic:  Navigating Design Trends & Innovation
Looking for a little lifestyle inspiration? Let’s face it, we all get stuck in a rut—from not knowing how to start that renovation to deciding on what type of dinner party to host—finding inspiration isn’t always easy. Enter lifestyle and décor expert, Janette Ewen. This fall, Janette will help get you inspired and reinvigorated for all things home and lifestyle. For one jam-packed hour, Janette will flood attendees with design tips, décor trends and entertaining must-haves—leaving guests armed and ready to create the ultimate home and living experience. Janette’s presentation will be peppered with fun anecdotes and insider tips and secrets. Additionally, guests will learn about the latest home appliance innovations from Samsung that inspire, educate and provide the tools you need—from the kitchen to the laundry room.

PaulRogalskiHeadshotRougeChef Paul Rogalski

A born and raised Calgarian, Paul Rogalski is renowned for his passion for exceptional cuisine created from homegrown and sustainable food. He is co-creator of acclaimed Rouge Restaurant, and more recently Bistro Rouge, a casual concept in Calgary’s Signal Hill district. Rouge was awarded Avenue Magazine’s #1 “Tried, Tested & True” Restaurant 2016,  #1 Overall Restaurant 2015, and 2010 Restaurant of the Year. Rouge exemplifies reliance on fresh ingredients from local purveyors and from the restaurant’s own summer garden. It comes as no surprise that Paul’s infectious laughter and enthusiasm for food led to TV appearances on The Food Network, including a stint on Iron Chef America alongside Chef Michael Smith in “Battle Avocado.” 

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Presentation Topic: Secrets from the Rouge Kitchen Learn insider secrets from a Calgary culinary legend, Chef Paul Rogalski from his award-winning kitchen at Rouge which was awarded Avenue magazine’s #1 “Tried, Tested & True” Restaurant 2016 and #1 Overall Restaurant 2015. You’ll gain practical advice on how to combine fresh local ingredients with what you’ve got in your fridge to wow your friends, family and lucky dinner guests. Having appeared on The Food Network, you won’t want to miss Chef Paul’s contagious laughter and enthusiasm - his presentation is one to watch. Can’t make it to see Chef Paul on Thursday? Join Rouge’s Chef de Cuisine Brian Diamond on Friday.


BrianDiamondHeadshotChef Brian Diamond

Leading Rouge’s culinary team is Chef Brian Diamond who brings his knowledge and passion of cooking to the storied halls of Inglewood’s renowned restaurant. Originally a Saskatchewan native, Chef Diamond relocated to Calgary in 2007 and became the Sous Chef at Vintage Chophouse.  Soon, his natural curiosity beckoned him to foreign shores where he found himself in Australia, where he truly came to appreciate the significance of sourcing fresh local produce and ingredients. Today, Chef Diamond’s dedication to locally sourced ingredients is complimented by the beautiful garden available to him in Rouge’s own backyard.

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Presentation Topic: Secrets from the Rouge Kitchen 
Learn insider secrets from Chef Brian Diamond and the award-winning kitchen at Rouge which was awarded Avenue magazine’s #1 “Tried, Tested & True” Restaurant 2016 and #1 Overall Restaurant 2015. You’ll gain practical advice on how to combine fresh local ingredients with what you’ve got in your fridge to wow your friends, family and lucky dinner guests.

DuncanLyChef Duncan Ly

Chef Ly is one of Calgary’s most well-respected and beloved chefs. His career has taken him across Western Canada and found him working at some of the country’s most esteemed dining establishments including Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn, Calgary’s Catch, Hotel Arts, Kensington Riverside Inn and as Culinary Director for The Vintage Group. In Fall 2016, he will be launching his exciting next project: Foreign Concept. Be sure to follow the progress on Instagram and Twitter @eatforeign.

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Presentation Topic: A Foreign Approach to Pan-Asian Flavours Watch and learn from one of Calgary’s most well-respected and accomplished Chefs, Duncan Ly. Chef Duncan will transport your dinner routine as he shares his one-of-a-kind approach to Pan-Asian flavours, combining influences from worldly cuisines like Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and more. Get the insider details as he prepares to open his exciting new restaurant, Foreign Concept, set to open later this fall.

NeilMcCueChef Neil McCue

Chef McCue was raised on simple, hearty, uncomplicated food, the fare that his grandmother made at the end of a long day in his hometown of South Yorkshire, UK. After formally training under Chef Herve Marchand, Neil has received several top honours, including a Michelin Star rating. Neil set his sights on Calgary, where he worked as Head Dining Room Chef at Catch, earning Best Restaurant in 2002 from Air Canada enRoute Magazine. Now at the helm of the acclaimed Whitehall, Neil is proud to offer an honest, modern menu inspired by his UK roots. 

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Presentation Topic: Michelin-Star Cooking at Home
Award-winning Chef Neil McCue will be serving up his culinary expertise and demonstrating simple steps to creating your own Michelin-star worthy dishes at home. Takenotes from Chef Neil’s book on key items to keep in your pantry and fridge at all times, how to balance flavours and combine local ingredients to create your own masterpiece meals. Plus, have the chance to ask Chef McCue for his advice during a post-demonstration Q&A.


As an young, emerging chef on Calgary’s food scene, Chef Ben Mills continues to make his mark as he finds his voice through two unique food styles. At Bonterra Chef Ben creates traditional Italian influenced by local ingredients, while next door at Posto the menu goes snout to tail, with a focus on unique small plates that change frequently.


Chef Shamir Bechara

Presentation Topic: A Latin Take on a Classic Steak

Executive Chef, CRAFT

Dave has been cooking for 12 years now. He realized his passion for food when he was a line cook and has pursued that as a career. He credits much of his talent to the amazing chefs he has had the opportunity to work alongside. Dave loves that North American cuisine is moving to a “farm to table” approach. He also enjoys brewing beer at home. This love of brewing beer and preparing delicious fresh food make CRAFT a natural fit.

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Presentation Topic: Food + Beer Pairing