The mother and son team of Margarita and Danny have been in the restaurant industry for over 30 years. Margarita emigrated her family from the Ukraine in the early 1970s and finally settled in Calgary in 1982. Here she opened shop downtown on 8th avenue, operating a successful eatery called The Daily Bagel through the 1980s, gaining notice as a purveyor of authentic regional and cultural cuisine. As the excitement of the ’88 Olympics waned, Margarita embarked on what would become a lifelong passion of cooking and serving delicious and highly specialized meals to Calgary’s farmers’ market clientele. First opening in the now closed Blackfoot market, she was one of the original vendors to invest and build what would become the highly recognizable brand, The Calgary Farmer’ Market. While at the CFM’s original location in the Curry Barrack’s, Margarita’s son Danny joined her. Danny had moved to New York in 1993 to join his cousins in opening a successful coffee shop which would develop into a very busy restaurant called Dishes, with 5 location currently operating today in midtown Manhattan. Having spent years in the restaurant industry, Danny had developed a keen eye towards customer service and quality control. The reunion of mother and son proved to be an ideal fit, merging old world cuisine with a determined focus on excellence.
The need to expand to the frozen, take home market came quickly. Margarita and Danny decided to build another stall within the Calgary Farmers’ Market, specializing in providing all the same delicious menu items in a more bulk-packaged, frozen format. As well, here you will find the dough being stretched, rolled and stuffed to create over a dozen varieties of the popular pierogies. All the fresh ready to eat options that are served at Margarita’s Dishes will also be found at Margarita’s To-Go. The beef and rice filled cabbage rolls are offered in a 4 or a 2-pack option. The borscht is packaged into a large 32oz portion or a smaller, single serve 16oz option. Pierogies are sold frozen by the dozen, and all blintz flavours are sold by the half dozen. As well, you will find Margarita’s schnitzel, bratwurst, knishes, and many more items. Make sure when stopping in to ask of the varied specials that have been created that week and try a sample of the many menu items on offer.
A must have when visiting Margarita’s To-Go are the home-made cottage cheese pierogies. The cottage cheese itself is prepared in house, using whole butter milk and incorporating the old-world technique that every true foodie would appreciate. These pierogies are made either sweet or savoury (dry). Make sure to spend a few minutes chatting with Margarita and Danny when visiting. Perhaps you’ll leave with a little treat like the home-made poppy loaf after.