What to Buy at Empire Provisions
It was The European Deli for a long time and then briefly Cured Delicatessen. Now, Empire Provisions is bringing its own flavour to this Haysboro space.
Empire Provisions is an artisanal butchery and charcuterie shop where you can pop in to buy ingredients and prepared dishes to take home. It's also a cafe where you can grab a seat and enjoy a coffee and sandwich. It is run by Karen Kho and Dave Sturies, whose combined restaurant cred in Calgary includes experience with the Teatro Group and Second to None Meats. Before they opened this storefront, Empire Provisions was working out of the basement kitchen of UNA Takeaway, perfecting its meat blends and making charcuterie for Frenchie Wine Bar.
Now, Empire Provisions is out of the basement and into its own light-filled space. Its meats lean toward French and Italian flavours with some international flair. You'll find sausages with ingredients like gochuchang and sichuan peppercorns alongside classics like chorizo and merguez. There is also plenty of cured meats in the case, including pancetta and coppa.
Chef Blake Anderson is leading the kitchen. You can taste his influence for weekday breakfast, which is served until 11 a.m. on weekdays, and weekend brunch, which is served until 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Or come for a sandwich at lunch. There is also a "Meat of the Moment" that changes daily and has been cassoulet and burgers.