About Chef Xavier Lacaze:
For the past seven years, Calgary Foodies have developed a strong desire to claim Xavier Lacaze as their own, and with good reason. From memorable stints as Executive Chef at The Muse Restaurant and Home Tasting Room to an unforgettable run on season two of Top Chef Canada, Chef Lacaze has been one to watch in some of our city’s most revered kitchens. Xavier’s culinary trek to Calgary began in Toulouse, his hometown in the southwest of France. There, at the age of 15, he launched his career in fine dining at a restaurant in Gascony, France. After his successful debut in the world of professional kitchens, Xavier crafted the basics of classical French cuisine by spending three years at a Michelin Star restaurant France. After acquiring the essential fundamentals, Xavier sought to build his resume in some of Europe’s best restaurants. In 2008 Xavier moved to Calgary where he quickly established a notable reputation as Executive Chef at The Muse. Since it’s opening in 2013, you can enjoy Xavier’s culinary delights at Briggs Kitchen and Bar (one of Urbanspoon’s top ten new restaurants in Canada for that year) where he is the Concept Chef. At Briggs, Xavier trains his passion and shares his vast experience daily. However, you do not necessarily have to take a job at Briggs to learn from this esteemed Chef for Xavier is constantly making himself available to the public through gourmet cooking classes and charitable events held throughout the city. In 2014 Xavier Lacaze became a Canadian citizen and firmly planted his roots even deeper in this city. Rejoice Vino for Bambino diners!
About Carl Boucher:
Carl Boucher is originally from Chicoutimi, Quebec and moved to Calgary early 2005. After studying international geography at Laval University, Carl followed his passion for wine in the restaurant and hotel industry of old Quebec city. Carl has worn every possible hat in the restaurant industry, from sommelier, food and beverage director, wine director, Maitre’D, assistant general manager and wine concierge. Most importantly, Carl’s passion for people means he brings a multitude of strong relationships within “corporate Calgary.” There’s a good chance you’ve had a bottle off of one of Carl’s wine lists in the past at one of the prime restaurants in Calgary’s downtown: Belgo, Q Haute Cuisine or Rush Ocean Prime.