Located in downtown Edmonton, Kitchen by Brad Smoliak is a one-of-a-kind culinary studio. This private event space is home to food and wine events, corporate and private parties, catered meetings, and individual and group cooking classes. Chef Brad Smoliak is a Red Seal Chef who uses local seasonal ingredients to give guests a genuine taste of Alberta.
We interviewed Smoliak about what helped him stay resilient during the challenges of COVID-19, and how tourism in Alberta can recover and grow even stronger post-pandemic.
What helped you stay resilient over the past year, and how has your business evolved?
I just think of how hard it was for generations before, with the Great Depression and World War II, and how they survived with a lot less “conveniences.” Government support was non-existent during that time, in comparison to now. It has also helped just knowing that the pandemic will eventually come to an end. We, unfortunately, lost all our tourist clientele. We have been doing take-out and plan on doing some pop-ups. We have also focused our efforts on research and development.
What is the most inspiring story or moment you have seen or experienced over the past year?