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On a glorious day in the summer of 2003, high up in the hills of the Highwood Pass, the inspiration struck me. Lanny & I had been picking wild berries and edible wild plants, much like our friends the bears do. Bears = Adventure, fresh wild foods = refreshingly great tastes, the great outdoors = a great state of mind. “A Culinary Experience is like a highway excursion into the country…it’s always eagerly anticipated, we find new and exciting things along the way, and finally it can create an experience that last a lifetime. Lanny didn’t miss a beat and suggested “Route 40”. After all she said: It got us here today, it’s the area we love so much and then there are all those Natural Ranchers, farmers, organic vegetable growers, the many wonderful people who make preserves, sauces, and other tasty delights that we enjoy so much. That’s why I love her!

Then we saw this sign on Main Street Black Diamond….



It was just a handful of tables, but it sure had charm!

Mark has taken his talents to a  tiny, charming place on the main street of Black Diamond that he calls Route 40 Soup Company.
We’re talking six tables, so don’t go all at once. Margie and I phoned for a reservation, and headed out on a recent Saturday for dinner.
Dinner is served until 8 p.m., and it’s a beautiful drive, so just do it.”
                    ~ Kathy Richardier (Calgary Herald)


We revamped the kitchen a couple of times…


Too make a little more room & for those who love the great outdoors, we added a couple of festive tables out front. It was a great place to have breakie & enjoy the morning paper.

”Look for the red umbrella, patio table and happy diners.”
                 ~ Dee Hobsbawn-Smith (Calgary Herald)


Of course we began offering our soups at the Millarville Farmer’s Market & at our Black Diamond culinary home.


The problem was that in too many cases, people had to book early in the week to get a table for dinner, so we began looking again & another sign beckoned to us in Turner Valley. One thing that really inspired us was that the building was an historical site. That really opened the doors for decorating with many items from our own families.


The Stained Glass window that now proudly hangs in our front window comes from Mark's grandparents farmhouse in Saskatchewan.

You can see more about how we added these great pieces on the “Our New Home” page.




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