Born near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France, owner/operator Gilles Brassart grew up in the kitchen surrounded by simple, fresh flavours and passion for food. After running two successful restaurant and bar projects in San Francisco, Gilles arrived in Calgary late in 2008. Welcoming his daughter Lola-Rose into the world that winter, another labour of love was in its infancy: Cassis, a warm, accessible approach to cuisine drawn straight from Gilles roots in the south of France.
Finding a kindred spirit in L'Epicerie executive Chef Dominique Moussu, the philosophy and flavours of Cassis emerged. Authentic dishes inspired by the south of France and created with local, seasonal produce hand-selected daily from Market 17 next door. French and Canadian wines from J.Webb Wines carefully chosen to pair perfectly with Cassis Bistros approachable, delicious food dishes you will crave as soon as you leave. Warm, friendly service grounded in passion, not just for food and wine, but for nourishing people in all ways.
Chef Dominique Moussu, Cassis Bistro's Executive Chef, hails from Brittany, France where he apprenticed at a Michelin star restaurant after graduating from the Brevet d'Etudes Professionelles. Moussou’s career took him all over Europe cooking in top luxury hotels including The Savoy in London. Moussou was also Executive Chef and Managing Partner at TEATRO in Calgary before opening L'Epicerie June 20th 2008.
Chef Dominique travelled to France in search of a unique talent to work alongside him running the kitchen. He found his righthand man in Jean-Philippe Charpentier, a true French culinary talent. Head Chef Jean-Philippe has myriad experience cooking with some of the best chefs and culinary teachers in France and is uniquely suited to bring out the best in Cassis' cuisine, having grown up in the heart of the South of France working with the local ingredients and techniques. If Chef Dominique is the artist in the team behind Cassis' award-winning vision, Chef Jean-Philippe is the magician who brings the food to life on the plate each and every day.
"Food cooked with truth and soul." That's what Chef Stephanie Borgens aspires to create in the kitchen. Growing up on a small farm, Borgens has an intimate understanding of “farm to table.” She possesses a comprehensive background in whole animal butchery, which has deepened her appreciation and respect of the source ingredients she uses.
After graduating from culinary school in 2005, Chef Borgens landed her first job in a popular brasserie, where her burgeoning skills were honed and love of French food enhanced. Borgens then went on to become Chef du Cuisine at one of Calgary’s most beloved restaurants (Capo) where she worked with Chef Giuseppe Di Gennaro who ushered in a contemporary version of Italian food that garnered critical acclaim.
Eager to expand her culinary scope, she took her abilities on the road. After working with Chef Michel Jacobs (Le Crocodile) in Vancouver, B.C., she took off to Australia and worked for renowned chefs Chef Neil Perry and Chef Geoff Lindsay. We are delighted to have her as our Chef du Cuisine.
The Cassis family welcomes you to our table, bon appetit!
"Restaurateurs Gilles and Andrea Brassart and Dominique Moussu have created a bistro in the new Casel Marche that is as French as anything I’ve tasted on this side of the Atlantic. It’s lively, loud, casual and rocks with an engaging blend of French technique and Canadian ingredients." John Gilchrist - Acclaimed food critic