Geoscapes, the brainchild of co-founders Kris Harvey and Trevor Lipton, is returning for a second series of special events.
Featuring guest chefs who prepare multi-course menus served up in transparent dining domes, the series runs from July 15 to Aug. 28. This time, Geoscapes has partnered with Snow Valley which is not only hosting the domes, but also a separate full-service patio and bar.
Geoscapes will highlight the food from eight chefs this summer. While there are some returning chefs from the previous event, including Shane Chartrand and Lindsay Porter, others are new to Geoscapes.
"We really wanted to represent Edmonton as best as possible," said Harvey. "We made sure we had representation from different communities and backgrounds, including women – we have amazing women chefs in Edmonton."
Chefs Mai Nguyen of Gourmai Dumplings and Eric Hanson (formerly of Prairie Noodle) are participating in Geoscapes for the first time; neither are currently working at restaurants, and Harvey is excited that guests will be able to enjoy their exclusive menus. Chefs Tony Le and Troy Griffith from Century Hospitality Group are also new additions and will be bringing their cuisine to the domed environment.
Harvey was also happy to invite Rub'd chef Calvin Tuefeld to the event. "We wanted to create opportunities for young chefs who are doing interesting things," said Harvey. "This event can also open doors for future generations (of chefs)."
Tickets for the event are $125 for adults, with a minimum of four people per dome. While Geoscapes did introduce the chance to purchase tickets for children at a discounted rate of $25, Harvey admits that the cost may exclude some diners. For this reason, Geoscapes worked with Snow Valley to create two more approachable outdoor experiences in Tito's Patio and Botanist Garden.