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Honouring Indigenous Food Culture

Featuring Chef Shane Chartrand

Indigenous Culture

We’re proud to provide a space for Indigenous food culture to be celebrated within our restaurant. These feature dishes explore the reawakening of Indigenous cuisine, and provide a delicious opportunity to contemplate what it means to cook, eat, and share food. Try Shane’s latest culinary creations, available nightly on our main dinner menu.

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity, and truth, we honour and acknowledge that Banff’s townsite, including The Maple Leaf restaurant, is located on traditional Treaty 7 territory. Read more.

Indigenous Culture

We’re proud to provide a space for Indigenous food culture to be celebrated within our restaurant. These feature dishes explore the reawakening of Indigenous cuisine, and provide a delicious opportunity to contemplate what it means to cook, eat, and share food. Try Shane’s latest culinary creations, available nightly on our main dinner menu.

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity, and truth, we honour and acknowledge that Banff’s townsite, including The Maple Leaf restaurant, is located on traditional Treaty 7 territory. Read more.

About Shane

Born to Cree parents and raised by a Métis father and Mi’kmaq-British mother, Chef Shane Chartrand has dedicated his adult life to learning about his history, visiting with other First Nations peoples, gathering and sharing knowledge and stories, and creating dishes that combine his interests and express his personality.  Chef Chartand shares his inspiration for each of his feature dishes in the stories below.

Indigenous food is about land. It's about place. It's about terroir.
 It's about the ingredients from where you're from.

Appetizers​

Alder Roasted Mushrooms 16 (v/gf)
corn relish | shaved celery | almond parsnip puree

“The amount of mushrooms that grow in the forests of Prince Rupert is incredible. This dish is a celebration of their land, and the Terrior that grow so many ‘Chicken of the Woods.”

Cinnamon Maple Cured Salmon “Mosaic” 25 (gf/df)
honey roasted beets | sweet mustard broth

“Salmon is of course the staple ingredient for Aquatic based indigenous peoples of our land. The flavour of cinnamon is simply my own style of cooking Indigenous food.”

Entrées

Bison Tenderloin & Marrow 80 (gf/df)
apple sauce | warmed shaved potatoes | pan jus

“This dish is a celebration of two things: the Okanagan Valley where I have spent a lot of time cooking in the region where the Indigenous peoples live, and for the plains Cree, and the bison relationship of food, that has been gifted to us, and now as well to all people.”

Cornmeal Crusted Rainbow Trout 45 (gf/df)
torn off the plank to order | carrot & honey purée |
wild onions | wilted spinach | capers | deviled egg

“Trout is a staple of the Plains Cree diet. Based on the reality we are landlocked, river & lake fishing is a huge part of our world, even more than hunting. I created this dish around those moments.”

Bring it home

Chef Chartrand’s cookbook, Tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine, traces Chartrand’s culinary journey from his childhood in Central Alberta, where he learned to raise livestock, hunt, and fish on his family’s acreage, to his most recent success as a highly sought after leader and consultant of Indigenous cuisine.
Containing over seventy-five recipes — including Chartrand’s award-winning dish “War Paint” — along with personal stories, culinary influences, and interviews with family members, tawâw is part cookbook, part exploration of ingredients and techniques, and part chef’s personal journal.

Where To Find Chef Shane

National Indigenous People’s Day

This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and ongoing contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Join Chef Shane at The Whyte Museum grounds for Experience a Taste of Cultures with free samples of delicious Indigenous dishes using traditional ingredients from a variety of Indigenous chefs. Free, limited quantities from 2 – 5 pm. 

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Brewery & The Beast 

A ticketed culinary event & music festival, featuring  open- fire cooking craft beer & cocktails.

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Visa Infinite Dining Series

Details: Ticketed event available exclusively to Visa Infinite card holders. $195/person. The historic Deane House is consistently considered one of Calgary’s best restaurants, thanks in large part to the talents of Chef Jason Barton-Browne, where he serves up a feast of seasonal, local, and sustainable food. Making this outdoor, tented dinner even more exciting will be his collaboration with some of Alberta’s most award-winning chefs: Scott MacKenzie from sister restaurant River Café; Shane Chartrand, the voice and face of Indigenous cuisine in this country; Blair Lebsack of RGE RD in Edmonton; and Deane House Pastry Chef, Jaimie MacIssac

Great Kitchen Party (invitational)

An evening of elevation and celebration of Canadian culture. Chef Shane Chartrand is honoured to compete at this regional qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championship. A past gold medalist, Shane will be the only Banff chef to compete.

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Land Acknowledgement

We honour and acknowledge that the townsite of Banff, which includes The Maple Leaf restaurant, is located on traditional Treaty 7 territory. These sacred lands are a gathering place for the Niitsitapi from the Blackfoot Confederacy, of whom the  Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani First Nations are part; the Îyârhe Nakoda of the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations; the Tsuut’ina First Nation; the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III within the historical Northwest Métis Homeland, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to enrich our vibrant community. 

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity, and truth, we thank and acknowledge them for sharing the land with us.
Source: Town of Banff | Photo credit: Travel Alberta

Let's Collaborate

We’re honoured to provide a space for Indigenous food culture to be enjoyed within our restaurant. These feature dishes explore the reawakening of Indigenous cuisine and provide a delicious opportunity to contemplate what it means to cook, eat, and share food. Help us share this collaboration between The Maple Leaf and Chef Shane Chartrand with the downloadable assets we’ve provided here.

Please credit: The Maple Leaf @themapleleafbanff / Chef Shane Chartrand @shanemchartrand / Banff Hospitality Collective @banffhospitalitycollective

Let's Collaborate

We’re honoured to provide a space for Indigenous food culture to be enjoyed within our restaurant. These feature dishes explore the reawakening of Indigenous cuisine and provide a delicious opportunity to contemplate what it means to cook, eat, and share food. Help us share this collaboration between The Maple Leaf and Chef Shane Chartrand with the downloadable assets we’ve provided here.

Please credit: The Maple Leaf @themapleleafbanff / Chef Shane Chartrand @shanemchartrand / Banff Hospitality Collective @banffhospitalitycollective

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Culinaire Magazine: Salutes & Shout Outs

Alberta indigenous chef and cookbook author Shane Chartrand has joined The Maple Leaf restaurant in Banff, with a new à la carte feature menu exploring the reawakening of Indigenous cuisine, created to honour his culture and traditions. Try the superb cinnamon-cured salmon appetizer, bison tenderloin, cornmeal-crusted rainbow trout and more at The Maple Leaf, 137 Banff Avenue, and see Chef Chartrand’s full menu at banffmapleleaf.com.

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Culinaire Magazine x Global News: Road Trip Dining

Speaking of food that speaks to the beauty of our country, renowned chef and cookbook author Shane Chartrand has joined the team at the Maple Leaf restaurant in Banff as co-executive chef. The best way to get a taste of Chartrand’s signature culinary style is to order from a new feature menu he’s created to honour his own Indigenous culture and traditions as well as the Indigenous history of the Banff townsite, which sits on Treaty 7 territory.

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Speaking of food that speaks to the beauty of our country, renowned chef and cookbook author Shane Chartrand has joined the team at the Maple Leaf restaurant in Banff as co-executive chef. The best way to get a taste of Chartrand’s signature culinary style is to order from a new feature menu he’s created to honour his own Indigenous culture and traditions as well as the Indigenous history of the Banff townsite, which sits on Treaty 7 territory.

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Winter Feast

$36 Three-course meal


Cozy up at The Maple Leaf with a three-course menu for just $36. After a snowy day of skiing or exploring Banff nothing hits the spot like our steakhouse classics.

Sunday - Friday | February 20 - March 8

Steak Specials

Steak & Wine Wednesdays


$39 New York Striploin
+
$10 5oz. Glasses of Feature Wine

Surf & Turf
Fridays


$59 Surf & Turf
12oz New York Striploin & Shrimp Scampi mashed potatoes, market veg, sautéed shrimp with garlic wine sauce