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August 28, 2015 Calgary Zoo

Grazers: Fresh, Local, Savoury

If you’ve been to the zoo during the last year, you might have stopped into Grazers for a bite to eat. A new seasonal restaurant at the zoo, Grazers is a family friendly dining experience that emphasizes locally sourced ingredients.

By sourcing locally we are able to reduce our environmental footprint, a commitment that is important to the zoo as an organization, and to the staff. Sous Chef James Neilson said it best in an interview last year; “It’s important to me to continue to challenge myself and always try to raise the bar. I would also like to educate people on the importance of eating locally and sustainably, and the affect that it has on conservation.”

We work with fantastic Alberta businesses to ensure that we bring in the best quality local ingredients. Who makes your visit to Grazers so tasty? Meet some of our hardworking partners:

  • Broxburn Vegetables and Cafe (Lethbridge)- an organic farm that grows greenhouse fruits and vegetables.
  • Hotchkiss Produce (Calgary)- is another location from which we purchase heirloom tomatoes.
  • Mountview Farming (Calgary)- they provide us with organic cold pressed canola oil.
  • Marios Gelati (Calgary)- we enjoy their quality ice cream!
  • Red Hat Co-Operative Ltd. (Medicine Hat)- a great business that supplies organic vegetables.
  • Lyalta Gardens (Calgary)- provides us with fresh herbs and micro-greens.
  • Delizia’s Pasta Ltd (Calgary)- we bring in their freshly made gnocchi.

We also grow our own ingredients! The fantastic Dorothy Harvie Gardens here at the zoo provide us the space to grow many of our vegetables like asparagus, rhubarb, and cherry tomatoes. Of course, we also produce fresh herbs like mint, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme!

Next time you stop by Grazers for a relaxing meal, you can rest assured that you’re enjoying fresh, local food.

Grazers is currently open seven days a week from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The current menu can be found here, and the kids menu can be found here.

Once Grazers closes for the season on September 7, 2015, it will transition into a fabulous multi-purpose event space! Learn more about renting Grazers for your wedding or party.

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