CharPOP was Calgary’s first attempt at a temporary restaurant – created at a secret location for just three days (January 15-17). CharPOP featured the amazing talents of Canadian chefs Connie DeSousa, John Jackson and Grant Van Gameren along with baker Aviv Fried. Bookings were extremely limited with two seatings nightly.
Reservations were capped at a maximum request of four diners per booking, with a password mailed out to confirmed guests in order for them to gain access to a covert website to learn where dinner was to take place. I unfortunately, did not send in my request fast enough as it took a mere eight minutes for the event to become solidly booked. With a wait list of 2600, I was sorely disappointed and hoped that another event would be announced (sooner rather than later).
As luck would have it, a couple of friends did manage to get a reservation (lucky ducks) – and invited us to join them for dinner (OMG OMG OMG….hell yes!). Needless to say, we were super excited to have had the opportunity to indulge with them. Thank you shout out goes to Paul and Craig. We owe the both of you big time 🙂
After much humming and hawing over the menu, we figured out that the best plan of action was to be gluttons and share everything. We struck off only two menu items and patiently waited for the feast to begin.
The Small Plates
The Main Event
All in all, it was a great night filled with amazing, unbelievable food and company. For one lucky couple, it even marked a bigger celebration as we heard that someone in an earlier seating ‘CHARPOP’ped the question sometime between the Rabbit Pie and the Beef Cheeks. One hundred percent success rate on all fronts!