After finding each other, falling madly in love, getting married and supporting each other through the early years of our careers, we moved back to Beaumont for the birth of our daughter. With a growing family, we began to think about how we could contribute to life in Beaumont. This made us realize that we have come to a special point in our lives. A point where we can fuse our enduring dedication to our town, our entrepreneurial passion and our respective experience as a restaurant manager and marketing consultant to create a unique community space that connects us to one another and celebrates our local history.
“Welcome to Chartier”
With your help, we will open Chartier: a rustic, Quebec French style brasserie in the heart of Beaumont. Our concept is simple: great fresh food and drink in a relaxed environment.
In 1895, when Beaumont was nothing more than a small French colony, Father Morin travelled to Ottawa to petition for a post office. With this petition, he presented a list of suggested names to give to the community. These were:, "Beaumont," "Bellevue," and "Chartier." Beaumont was selected by Jean Royer for the town and Bellevue was later used for our elementary school, but Chartier remained unused............Until now.
The food will be an elevated take on rustic French-Canadian favourites. Picture tourtière better than your mamère's (sorry mamère), served with a slice of freshly baked homemade bread and a bold bourdeaux. Local duck roasted in our homegrown herbs. Beautiful charcuterie with imported and local cheeses.
The food will be for everyone. Not frilly, pretentious, or over-stylized... just wholesome local ingredients that taste amazing and fill your belly. Our goal and mission is that you leave FULL. Though we love food, we're smart enough to know we need experts to help us design the perfect menu and get our kitchen up and running. That's why we've enlisted the help of Chef Brad Lazarenko and Yvan Chartrand.
Brad is the founder of Culina Family of Restaurants and is working with us to develop our menu and concept. The Culina Family consists of some of Edmonton’s dining community staples: Culina Millcreek, Culina Cafe at the Muttart, BiBO Winebar and Culina Catering. On top of all that, Brad’s also been helping other restaurateurs behind the scenes, providing consultation support to many well known restaurants & bars such as MKT, Café Bicyclette, and the Sugar Bowl. He is Edmonton’s leader for locally sourced produce & community building restaurants, making him a natural match for Chartier.
To serve authentic French food, you must serve authentic French bread. That's why we've turned to Yvan Chartrand for help. Chartrand runs Boulangerie Bonjour with his wife, Ritsuko, and their 28-year-old son, Kenny. Bonjour Bakery recently beat out 11 other Canadian bakeries for Baker's Journal Business Innovation Award. His passion for the craft is unparalleled, and he expertly combines the science and art of baking to produce the best baguette you've probably ever tasted.
Good food deserves good drink, so we'll be sure you don't leave thirsty.
There is something magical about enjoying a great bottle of wine together with loved ones. Our wine list will be a thorough, curated mix of old world varietals and local BC vineyards, giving you choice without being overbearing. Wine should effortlessly compliment your meal, not be a point of stress when it comes time to choose. At Chartier, we want to make good wine accessible and affordable. We can guide you through new selections or even give you a quick crash course to help you get started.
We plan on sourcing as many locally crafted brews for our taps as possible to give an alternative to mainstream brands. For those who look for a stiffer drink, a handful of unique scotches, whiskeys and other spirits will be available - served in one of Chartier's signature muddled cocktails or customized to your liking.
Look & Feel
Chartier will be in the heart of Beaumont, in the soon-to-be-built Maina's Centreville.
The room will be warm and inviting, with exposed brick, rustic wood accents throughout will mix with modern touches to gently remind you that you're not actually in old town Quebec City.
Chartier is a love-letter to Beaumont, its history and our community. You'll find tributes to the roots of Beaumont spread throughout the room - maps, old photos, reclaimed wood from old barns around the town and, most importantly, a "family wall" acknowledging all the wonderful people who helped make Chartier come to life.
The service will be unlike anything you've had before. No restaurant should make you feel as if you’re anything other than a guest of honour.
We will welcome you through our doors as though we're welcoming you into our home. Every aspect of our service will be attentive, informative, friendly, and efficient – everything you need to relax and enjoy the food, drink and the people you came with...We understand that every guest experience is unique, and our focus will be providing a made-to-measure memory each and every time you visit.
We aren't looking to open a restaurant in the community, we're looking to open a restaurant FOR the community.
With so many thriving and healthy farms in our area, we're excited to use as much local produce as possible - it'll taste better, cause less of an environmental impact, and will help those who live and work so hard in our area prosper.
We're looking to create a meeting place that celebrates Beaumont's unique French heritage and showcases the identity of a town with deep cultural roots and proud beginnings. Beaumont is our home base. Sylvia grew up here, Darren fell in love with it and it’s where we want our family to grow. Chartier will reflect our commitment to this community. We will contribute to the community-minded nature of our schools, youth centre, library and non-profit organizations by being directly involved in any way we can. We're here for the long run.
We can’t wait to see you come through our doors.
Risks and challenges
~Risks and Challenges Before We Open~
Our biggest challenge with this project is the actual funding model itself. Kickstarter is new to Canada, new to Beaumont, and heck - it's even new to us.
Being able to tell a compelling story, having friends, family, acquaintances and strangers feel the passion you feel and see the vision you see is a real challenge.
We are putting all of our cards (and our hearts) on the table; we really trust that the community is going to embrace us, and that we are going to work our butts off, knowing that every penny invested in us is a vote of confidence.
~Challenges After We Open~
We didn’t just fall off of the locally-sourced turnip truck. With our combined work experience with restaurants and marketing, we know that running a profitable restaurant is NOT easy. The challenges of food costs using locally-sourced food, labor costs in a job market unlike anywhere else in Canada, and hiring local people who share the same values around customer service/fresh food and vision for Beaumont are real, ongoing pressures. Luckily, we like a challenge and have a lot of experience running profitable businesses - including restaurants - in this market.
Stemming from our passion for this community, we want to hire as many people as possible from our local community. If you live here, we're sure you will understand that life is better here.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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