Western Living - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

I was re­cently chat­ting with de­signer Phoebe Glas­furd—one of our 2018 Food­ies of the Year and one-half of the de­sign team that is Glas­furd and Walker—about what at­tracted her to de­sign­ing for the restau­rant scene, and I was struck by her an­swer. “In terms of a brand per­spec­tive, there are very few things that live fully in the real world,” she said. “A restau­rant is some­thing that is very phys­i­cally and vis­cer­ally here for peo­ple and those at­tached to it. That’s some­thing quite spe­cial.”

She ar­tic­u­lated a lot of why food is such a com­pelling piece of our culture—why so many of us iden­tify as “food­ies,” why mag­a­zines like

Bon Ap­pétit hold their thrall, why we clam­ber for reser­va­tions at buzzy spots like St. Lawrence in Van­cou­ver and Cal­cutta Cricket Club in Cal­gary. All of the Food­ies of the Year we’ve named in this is­sue are cre­at­ing the lo­cal con­nec­tion that we are crav­ing in our cities—and the more “con­nected” we be­come vir­tu­ally, the more we seek it out in the real world.

Cal­gary’s Lour­des Juan, for ex­am­ple, has tack­led food waste in her city, launch­ing the first an­nual “Feeding the 5,000” event, col­lect­ing food that would oth­er­wise be dis­carded, then trans­form­ing the in­gre­di­ents to serve lunch to over 5,000 Cal­gar­i­ans. It’s an event that no doubt brings those who ex­pe­ri­ence it closer to un­der­stand­ing the is­sue of food waste and to each other in the mo­ment.

And Glas­furd and Walker have been the brand de­sign­ers be­hind many of the top spa­ces in Van­cou­ver: here, a beau­ti­ful din­ner plate; there, a gor­geous menu de­sign that cre­ates a mood for the evening—all il­lus­tra­tions of their artistry. There’s truly a vis­ceral con­nec­tion that comes from din­ing in one of their rooms.

Each of our win­ners moves the dial on our food scene in Western Canada, and we’re the luck­ier—and more con­nected—for it. As you look through this is­sue, I hope it leads you to dis­cover some of the ways food is cre­at­ing con­nec­tions in your own life and with your own city; per­haps even the peo­ple on this list are the minds be­hind some of those con­nect­ing points. ANICKA QUIN, ED­I­TO­RIAL DI­REC­TOR ANICKA.QUIN@ WESTERNLIVING.CA

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