Darren MacLean

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Future of Canadian Food [ Monday: 10.45am ]

Darren MacLean (@chefdmac) opened Downtownfood in 2012, it was hailed as one of Avenue Magazines best new restaurants in 2013, Downtownfood has received numerous awards. MacLean created Calgary’s first fully integrated rooftop ecosystem complete with solar powered drip irrigation and beehives. The honey produced was used in a collaborative brew with Big Rock Brewery dubbed “killer buzz.” MacLean also partnered up with 4K Farms to produce a truly unique pig called TambutaTM -the first of its kind in western Canada. These pasture raised pigs are reared on organic BC hazelnuts, local squash, apples and beer mash. MacLean opened Shokunin a Japanese izakaya-style restaurant using locally sourced ingredients. In Calgary’s bustling Mission district, it features authentic yakitori, Japanese fusion small plates, and a late-night ramen takeaway window. The cocktail menu is carefully curated with Japananese sake and a collaboratively brewed rice beer done specifically for Shokunin with Calgary’s Big Rock Brewery.