BRINGING THIS CAFÉ SPACE TO LIFE IS A DYNAMIC LOCAL PARTNERSHIP OF GARETH LUKES AND ERIC HENDRY. THE DUO'S RESPECTIVE AWARD-WINNING BUSINESSES AND COLLECTIVE EXCELLENCE IN FOOD AND BEVERAGE OFFER A FRESH APPROACH THAT WILL CREATE A UNIQUE AND MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE FOR LIBRARY VISITORS AND STAFF.

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GARETH LUKES, THIRD GENERATION OWNER OF THE WILDLY SUCCESSFUL LUKES DRUG MART AND ERIC HENDRY, LOCAL CHEF SUPERSTAR BEHIND RESTAURANTS SUCH AS MODEL MILK AND BAR VON DER FELS, BRING A COLLABORATIVE VISION THAT IS ROOTED IN COMMUNITY. the SIMPLE, LOCAL FOOD offerings appeal to A DIVERSE SPECTRUM OF GUESTS AND CREATES A DESTINATION WITHIN THE LIBRARY. LUKES FOOD program WILL FUEL DISCUSSION AND STIMULATE gusts, ELEVATING THE LIBRARY VISITOR EXPERIENCE. 

 

GARETH LUKES, PARTNER 

AS A THIRD GENERATION OWNER OF LUKES DRUG MART, GARETH HAS BEEN WORKING IN RETAIL PHARMACY FULL-TIME FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS. LUKES DRUG MART IS ONE OF THE FEW INDEPENDENT PHARMACIES IN THE COUNTRY WHOSE SALES PER SQUARE FOOT EXCEED THOSE OF NATIONAL CHAINS. IN 2015, GARETH RECEIVED THE RECOGNITION OF TOP 40 UNDER 40 BY AVENUE MAGAZINE. HE HAS ALSO SERVED AS PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT FOR THE BRIDGELAND RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION. DURING HIS TIME THERE, HE SERVED ON BOTH ST. PATRICK’S ISLAND ADVISORY BOARDS. OVER THE YEARS THE STORE HAS RECEIVED A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF PRESS. GARETH HAS APPEARED ON THE COVER OF SWERVE AND FFWD MAGAZINE. THE STORE HAS ALSO BEEN FEATURED ON: GLOBAL TV, CBC TV, CITY TV, THE CALGARY HERALD, THE CALGARY SUN, CBC RADIO, EXCLAIM!, THE NATIONAL POST, ENROUTE MAGAZINE, THE VANCOUVER SUN, THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AND ALBERTA VENTURE.

 

ERIC HENDRY, PARTNER & CHEF 

ERIC’S CAREER AS A CHEF BEGAN IN 2001 AT THE PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF CULINARY ARTS IN VANCOUVER, BC. SINCE HIS GRADUATION HE HAS GARNERED EXPERIENCE IN MANY IMPORTANT FOOD CITIES AROUND THE GLOBE INCLUDING NEW YORK, HONG KONG AND MELBOURNE. SINCE RETURNING TO CALGARY IN 2013, HE HEADED THE KITCHEN AT MODEL MILK, OFTEN VIEWED OF AS ONE OF THE TOP CULINARY SPOTS IN CANADA. SINCE HIS DEPARTURE AT MODEL MILK, IN 2017, ERIC HAd PARTNERED WITH BAR VON DER FELS. SINCE HIS TIME AT BVDF, IT HAS BEEN REGARDED AS A “SMALL BUT MIGHTY DINING EXPERIENCE” ACCORDING TO THE GLOBE & MAIL AND A WINNER OF the coveted “TOP 3” IN ENROUTE MAGAZINE’S ‘BEST NEW RESTAURANTS CANADA 2017’. GARETH LUKES AND ERIC ALSO TEAMED UP IN 2017 TO LAUNCH A SMALL BATCH, ALL NATURAL SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM PROJECT AT LUKES DRUG MART.