One month ago, I did not know heaven was only 30 minutes away.
I went to the Calgary Stampede on the last Sunday with my friend, Sheila and we had a lovely afternoon wandering around and checking out the exhibits throughout the Round Up center. We decided to get off our feet in front of the Atco kitchen in the round up center to watch a cooking demonstration that was a few minutes from starting. Route 40 Soup Company was doing a demonstration and this was my first introduction to their business in Turner Valley. Mark Klaudt, chef and co-owner of Route 40 Soup Company made the most heavenly gourmet bison meatloaf I have ever laid my palate on. I cannot remember all the specific ingredients, but I do remember the meatloaf was made of bison and it also had blueberries and cheese in it as well, along with an assortment of spices. I am not a huge meatloaf fan normally, but this dish was so flavorful and absolutely heavenly. I was sure to grab their business card on the way out of the demonstration, with full intentions to see what else they had up their sleeve.
Tonight was the night! My friend Laura and I dine together every few months to catch up and enjoy a nice meal, so I suggested Route 40 Soup Company, along with a drive in my new Nissan Murano. I made a reservation and just ensured that the lunch menu was suitable enough for dinner, since I read on the website that they only had a dinner menu on Fridays and Saturdays. When she read a few of the items, I let her know I was more than happy with the assortment and we would be there this evening. At 5 p.m., we headed out on a quick road trip to Turner Valley, Alberta for a 6 p.m. reservation.
The restaurant itself is tiny and rustic, yet charming. The ingredients are all from local ranchers, farmers and food sources along highway 40. Much of the fare identified that it was organic.
The menu, admittedly was a huge challenge, because everything sounded so mouth watering that it was hard to narrow down what I was having for dinner. I finally settled on an Organic Turkey Burger that cam with a choice of side. I chose one of their soups of the day, which was Smoked Tomato and Thai Basil Soup. Laura ordered the same burger, along with a Caesar Salad. We also ordered 3 half orders of a few appetizers just to try more of their fare, which included a spicy shrimp appetizers, the kettle chips with two types of dipping sauce, as well as the bison meatballs. Everything we had included an interesting spin of ingredients and amazing flavors to the taste. My one regret was that I did not pay closer attention to the dishes I ordered, because I was hoping to pull them off the menu when I came home. I discovered that the menu changes based on what is in harvest, so in essence, it is a moving target.
As of this evening, this restaurant has become my favorite. If you are looking for a taste of heaven, simply head thirty minutes south to Route 40 Soup Company.