This is us.
From humble beginnings…a dream was born.
After a number of successful catering functions for friends and family under their belt, owners Rieley and Kim Kay begin a search for a more permanent home and commercial kitchen.
Cilantro and Chive opens in Ponoka!
And the brand is born. With a handful of people, a whole lot of passion, and the community of Ponoka embracing them, Cilantro and Chive entered the scene to showcase fresh and delicious food, highlight local food and drink, and make their customers feel like guests in their own home.
With some luck and support of those who believed in them, their new home at 5021 50th Street in the heart of historic downtown Lacombe was secured. From humble beginnings, and big dreams, they created the atmosphere and community space that you see today, right down to every detail.
Burger of the Month is born…
It all started with Pinky the Pig, the coolest kindergarten teacher ever, and some really creative kids. Rieley read Hamburger Heaven to Mrs. Macintosh’s kindergarten class at Father Lacombe Catholic School, and the kids created their dream hamburgers after. One week later these kids became the very first guest chefs of the Burger of the Month tradition with $2 of every burger sold going to a local charity of their choice.
Launch of Don & Clare Burns Hospitality Scholarship
Don & Clare Burns dedicated their lives in service and hospitality. To those in their community, friends, family, and even to strangers they met on the street. Because of how their legacy impacted Jason in his own hospitality career, Rieley and Kim started an annual Memorial Scholarship in their name for $1500 . Given to one of our own team members based on their own application of Hospitality and Service.
ABOUT CILANTRO AND CHIVE
There’s so much about us we want to share, and more importantly, for you to be a part of.
From day one, it’s always been about the food!
Cilantro and Chive dishes are meant to be our own unique twist on classic favorites and our food is made with passion, prepared with love, and presented with precision.
Fresh. Simple. Eats.
Showcasing some of the best from our own backyard!
That is something we will always take great pride in. Supporting local farms, bakeries, coffee roasters, and their families. Making an effort to think about where we get our food, and what we are serving to our guests.
From hand crafted cocktails using house made syrups, fresh fruit, delicious garnishes, and creative ways of putting a spin on some old classics!
We’ve always had a goal of creating a cool, unique space where guests feel at home and come together as a community. Our hearts are in everything you see when you walk into one of our locations – from the upcycled ladder above the bar, to the local art on the walls, to the painstakingly created penny bar.
“You don’t build a business, you build people and then people build the business.”
Cilantro and Chive is what it is because of our people, pure and simple. They are what set us apart from everyone else. Those who have worked for us in the
past, or are currently on our team; all bring us to where we are today.
Cilantro and Chive supports the surrounding communities, because they support us back, it’s that simple!
Seeing smiles on people’s faces is the reason we got into hospitality to begin with. The growth of our business and with your help, we’re now able to impact more people, and more communities for the better!
Catering + Events
Long table dinners, weddings, brewery kitchen pop ups, beer dinners, and a whole HECK of a lot more!
Alberta Craft Beer
A beer fridge…or a tourist attraction! Guests love our huge beer selection and finding something new and you’ll always find it at the heart of the restaurant.
Starting in Lacombe we had around 40-50 Craft Beers, and at our peak we’ve carried over 200+ from Alberta and beyond. Cilantro and Chive is known as a destination for our guests to try the very best and newest beers from breweries across this province!