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The Cities Most Romantic ELEVATOR!

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The Cities Most Romantic ELEVATOR!

When thinking of a romantic spot for dinner, one might think of Paris, or Venice, maybe the Hills of Switzerland, Niagara Falls, or Old Quebec City. But you most likely would not think that one of the most romantic places in the City of Edmonton is actually an ELEVATOR!

Characters Restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada boasts the Cities Top chef, Shonn Oborowsky, his artistic take on mouth watering cuisine leaves you satisfied and inspired after every meal. But beyond the food, and too rarely talked about, is the beautiful dining room that Chef Shonn creates in!

Even deeper is an incredibly unique table for 2 located in, you guessed it, an old elevator car! Of course this is decked out in the restaurants theme, but the top-down sliding doors can lock you and your date away on an incredibly romantic evening! In fact MANY people have discovered this gem, and there have even been wedding proposals in the elevator!

That would be a great way to tell the story of your engagement “Yes, He proposed to me in and ELEVATOR!” Give Characters a call and reserve the elevator for your next big date! Be sure to mention if you are planning to pop the big question!!!

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On Set At Characters Restaurant For The Short Film “The Moustache”

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Behind the scenes here at Characters Restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for some of the filming of the short film “The Moustache” in December 2017. An amazing production by Silverayne Productions staring Donovan Workun who started atomicimprov, and is on The CBC’s Irrelevant Show.

We’re excited to see the finished project and we had a wonderful time working with all of you. Thanks again.

Photography by Jonathan Deschenes

You Have Not Experienced Edmonton, Until You Have Experienced Characters!

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It is, sadly, a common thing for people to knock Edmonton, Alberta. Admittedly yes, ok Edmonton can be horrendous in the Winter… But what is simply untrue is that Edmonton is just a “Blue-Collar” town that really doesn’t understand about food or drink. But I would tell you that you have not experienced Edmonton for yourself then! And if you are ready to change your opinion on this town, it’s time to experience Characters Restaurant!

Characters restaurant is the brainchild of Chef Shonn Oborowsky, a world traveled, artistic genius that not only creates compelling dishes in his beautiful building in downtown Edmonton, but creates a culinary EXPERIENCE that transcends all preconceived ideas that Edmonton, has no class.

Allowing yourself to be submerged in the journey that Characters Restaurant takes you on has been a MUST for many years in the city. People from all over the world make sure to book a reservation whenever they are in Edmonton, and it is time that you do as well!

For the local Edmontonian, it is rather easy to debunk the stereotypes that are spewed unknowingly in their direction, they just look at you and say, “Clearly you have not been to Characters yet.”

Book your Characters experience with Chef Shonn Oborowsky today! 

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Characters Restaurant, The Art of Dining

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What if I told you that you have a famous artist, sports athlete, musician, downtown offering to show you what they did in an up close, personal look? You would probably love to experience that right? Well guess what, the city of Edmonton Alberta has one of today’s top chefs, creating works of art, for YOU to experience NOW. So why haven’t you left yet?

Chef Shonn Oborowsky began his culinary education at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. In pursuit of his culinary dreams, Shonn traveled the globe to work and study. His stops ranged from Hawaii to Switzerland, where he finished his formal education at Centre International de Glion in Bulle.

But knowing a bit of back story really does not say enough. Creativity is where this culinary experience begins, passion is where the creativity starts to form, and vision is how all of that becomes a reality. To explain the level of genius that goes into every dish at Characters restaurant could fill books, it is revolutionary, it is truly an experience.

Chef Shonn is a visionary, he sketches what his mind sees into his notebook, studying the images he looks for those ingredients, not any will do, they must fulfill his vision. Working like an artist he formulates and prepares the piece, and finally his grand reveal, it is set on the table to be enjoyed, by you.

It is time for you to have an Experience at Characters Restaurant. Be one that experiences the mind of an artist come to life before your eyes!

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From Wine Country With love

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I write today sitting in the heart of Canada’s largest wine region; Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The amazing thing about spending time in any wine region is that it seems like wine is only made in the most beautiful places on earth, and to me that makes perfect sense. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a historic town in the far south east corner of Canada, just across the Niagara River from the U.S.A. And one of our countries warmest regions.

It benefits from some very unique and conveniently perfect geographical characteristics for growing kick-ass grapes for winemaking. Today I spent the better part of my day tasting through the barely finished fermenting 2017 wines from the ultra impressive Two Sisters Vineyards winery, with virtuoso winemaker Adam Pearce. 2017 was not necessarily what you would call a “good vintage” in Niagara, and by all accounts, I would have guessed that the red wines would be lean and light compared to last decade or so. Holy smokes was I wrong! Since the weather was cooler and much more wet than ideal this past summer in Niagara, Adam decided to pick much less fruit than usual, ending up with less wine than previous years, but the result is barely short of a miracle. When I arrived at the winery today I fully expected to hear the typical lines of “I’m really happy with how the wines are coming along, they are more elegant this year and much more approachable”… “elegant” being code word for not quite what we were hoping for and “approachable” being code word for not as exciting.

That is a bit harsh and not always true, but after a tough vintage it is unfortunately the case, but not today – not today at all! The reds of Two Sisters Vineyards for the 2017 vintage are already showing their trademark big, rich and powerful characters barely out of fermentation. What the dedication of a passionate winemaker can do when performing their art is sometimes hard to believe, but today it was on full display. It is not surprising that Two Sisters Vineyards Cabernet Franc was just awarded the best overall red wine at the Intervin International Wine Awards out of over 2000 wines from 17 countries, a feat that a Canadian wine has never achieved. So, after tasting yet another year of wildly impressive creations from one of Canada’s top wineries, it has once again cemented my confidence in the future of Canadian wines.

By: TJ Harstine/Certified Sommelier

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