Yakima Social Kitchen + Bar
Through sustainable partnerships with local farmers, our restaurant in Calgary Airport has created a dining destination of global menus influenced by Aboriginal, Asian and North American cuisine. Come experience our house-made signatures and hand-crafted beverages.
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Hours: Monday - Sunday: 6am - Late
Chef Eric Beaupré brings 28 years of experience and fresh inspiration to the kitchen. Originally from the province of Québec, Eric is a passionate chef as well as a true outdoor sports enthusiast. His fast growing culinary career, combined with his love for nature, has led Eric to the picturesque Laurentian Region, to the Prairies and the Canadian Rockies. He joined the culinary team at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Autograph Collection in January 2018 as Executive Chef. Prior to this, he was the Executive Chef at the Fairmont Tremblant, located at the foot of Mont Tremblant.
Discover the inspiration behind our diverse menu here at Yakima Social Kitchen Bar. Each story below dates back to indigenous tribes explaining different natural occurrences. Our menus feature each of these stories allowing guests at our restaurant to fully immerse themselves in a dining experience that includes the history and culture of Calgary. Located in Calgary Airport (YYC), we are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Yakima legend tells the story of how the Chinook winds came to be. Once, five brothers lived on Great River. They were the Chinook brothers and they caused the warm wind to blow. Five other brothers, Walla-Walla, lived at the meeting of the waters, and caused the cold wind to blow. When the Walla-Walla brothers and the Chinook brothers fought it caused great hardship for the people of the land. They made the winds sweep over the country, blew down trees and raised great clouds of dust, they froze the rivers and thawed them so to cause floods.
Eventually, the Walla-Walla brothers said to Chinook brothers, ‘We will wrestle with you; whoever falls down shall lose and disappear.' The Chinook and Walla-Walla brothers agreed and coyote was made judge. Now coyote being a trickster secretly told the grandparents of the Chinook brothers to throw oil on the ground. Then their sons would not fall. Coyote also secretly told the grandparents of the Walla-Walla brothers to throw ice on the ground, so their sons would not fall. The oil and ice made the ground slippery. As the Walla-Walla grandparents had thrown ice on the ground last the Chinook brothers fell down. First one fell, then another, until all five had fallen.
One of the fallen Chinook brothers had a son. Young Chinook grew to be very powerful and vowed to avenge the death of his father and uncles. One day he challenged the Walla-Walla brothers to a fight. Again, Coyote was made judge. They fought, and one by one the Walla-Walla fell. Young Chinook was so strong they were no match for him. The fifth brother yielded without wrestling, Coyote thus let him live.
But Coyote told the lone survivor of the Walla-Walla, ‘You must blow only lightly. You must never freeze people again.' To Young Chinook, Coyote said, ‘You shall blow hardest at night. You shall blow first on the mountain ridges to warn the people.' Thus the cold winter is now relieved by the warm Chinook winds. This is how the Yakima Tribe explains the power of the Chinook winds.
Blue Jay Story
Blue Jay is the trickster hero of the Yakima and other Northwest Coast tribes. Blue Jay is generally a compassionate being who is helpful to humankind, but he is also extremely irrational and thoughtless.
Once upon a time, there lived a chief who kept the sun in a box. When his daughter went to gather berries, she carried the box along with her, opening it so she was able to see. The people in neighboring villages were jealous and wanted to utilize the sun for their own needs.
They held a council in which they plotted how they might obtain the sun. Finally they decided to send a warrior disguised as a slave to steal the sun. When he reached the village, he assumed the figure of an old slave. The daughter found him, and took him home to her father the Chief. Blue Jay lived in the house of Chief and said, ‘Oh that used to be my father's slave - he is a hard worker and an excellent oarsman.' The people believed him and gave him to Blue Jay.
When the Chief's daughter went gathering berries, they took him along to paddle the canoe. Finally they arrived at the berry patch and the girl opened the box a little. As soon as the sun appeared, the slave jumped up, seized the box and opened it. It then became daylight. He ran away and they were unable to catch him. The people almost killed Blue Jay because his lies had been the cause of the loss of the sun.
Blue Jay flew off after stating, ‘Henceforth, we will all enjoy the sun and not one man alone shall have it.
Coyote is the trickster figure of the Yakima Tribe. Yakima legends about Coyote range from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.
When Coyote came to the Yakima tribe, the people there were very hungry. The river was full of salmon, but they had no way to spear them in the deep water. Coyote decided he would build a big waterfall, so that the salmon would come to the surface for spearing. There he would build a fish trap for himself.
First he tried at the mouth of the River, but it was no good, and all he made was a gravel bar. So he went on down the river, where there were more rocks and built falls that were high and wide. All the Yakima people came and began to fish. The people were able to catch plenty of fish, and were able to store some for the winter.
Coyote, growing jealous of their success, began to eat more and more until the river was exhausted. Once the salmon supply ran dry, the Yakima began their quest for gaming meat. The Yakima use this legend to explain how rivers and falls formed, why rivers were void of Salmon and how hunting came to be.