The King Eddy is pleased to announce Diana Nacita as Chef and Kitchen Manager.
Prior to joining the King Eddy team, Nacita was the Executive Chef at The Vin Room, a chain of wine bars and restaurants based in Calgary. When The Vin Room YYC opened in YYC Calgary International Airport’s new international terminal, Nacita led the development of a custom menu for the new location. Nacita transitioned many of The Vin Room’s best-loved dishes to suit international audiences and created a breakfast menu, a new frontier for the chain.
Nacita’s first mandate at the King Eddy was a familiar challenge: infusing international flavors into dishes that guests will come back for again and again. Nacita created a menu of comfort-food classics from the American South, a region steeped in music.
“As an immigrant myself, food has always been my way of extending hospitality through rich, comforting dishes,” says Nacita. “Our inspiration is Southern with a touch of Soul, because this food is all about comfort. It is the type of food you serve when you gather family, friends and strangers to enjoy it together. Guests will feel that love in the dishes we have created for the King Eddy.”
General Manager Jynnifer Gibson also shaped the initial concepts for the menu, drawing on the King Eddy’s history as a legendary live-music venue set to be resurrected again after many years of silence.
“The King Eddy menu is one of the many ways we’re paying tribute to the King Eddy’s musical past and its future,” says Gibson. “When people come to the King Eddy, they will experience the King Eddy legacy and appreciate its new life as an eclectic live music venue, restaurant and bar. You will find something for everyone on this menu, whether you are dropping in for weekend brunch or staying late for live music.”
Nacita will work with Gibson and the King Eddy staff to present the new menu at the King Eddy’s public reopening on July 20.
About the King Eddy
Located at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, the historic King Edward Hotel spanned more than 100 years in Calgary and was a destination for travelers, settlers, musicians, music fans, and citizens from all walks of life. The hotel was one of the first built in Calgary along 9 Avenue SE in 1905. From the early 1980s until it closed in 2003, the “Eddy” had a respected local, national and international reputation for great live music and was affectionately known as “Calgary’s Home of the Blues.” This legacy of great live music and atmosphere in an authentic setting contributed to the Eddy being recognized as an important piece of Calgary’s music history, which continues to this day.