Our Story

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. In 2008, after running two successful restaurant and bar projects in San Francisco, Gilles and his wife and co-owner Andrea, came to Calgary, Andrea’s home town. Welcoming daughter Lola-Rose into the world that winter, another labour of love was in its infancy: Cassis Bistro, a warm, accessible approach to cuisine drawn straight from Gilles roots in the south of France. Finding a kindred spirit in Executive Chef Dominique Moussu, the philosophy and flavours of Cassis emerged. 

Chef 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. Moussu’s career took him all over Europe cooking in top luxury hotels including The Savoy in London. Moussu was also Executive Chef and Managing Partner at TEATRO in Calgary before opening L'Epicerie June 20th 2008. Cassis Bistro opened its doors in 2011, shortly after the Brassart's welcomed their son Sebastien, and has established itself as warm, friendly service grounded in passion, not just for food and wine, but for nourishing people in all ways.

Cassis Bistro opened its doors shortly after son Sebastien arrived and Owner and operator Gilles Brassart was born near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France, and grew up in the kitchen surrounded by simple, fresh flavours. After two successful restaurant projects in San Francisco, Brassart found himself in Calgary in 2008 and along with Dominique Moussu, founded. They opened Suzette Bistro in 2015, Suzette features authentic French comfort food inspired by the seaside region of Brittany in the west of France. “We wanted to offer a casual space to share fresh, delicious, approachable French cuisine. We believe that all important and meaningful conversations happen at the table, that table should make you feel like you are at home, whether you are with a group of people or dining alone. That table should always include good food, good wine and good conversation." Gilles Brassart.

The best of Alberta in the hands of a French chef.  Executive chef Dominique Moussu brings the flavours of his diverse experiences to the group. His path from Brittany, France to Calgary has been adventurous. Not afraid of new experiences and challenges, immediately after graduating from Brevet d’Études Professionnelle, he cooked at the gorgeous, historic Le Château de Loc Guenolé, in Kervignac, Brittaney and the Savoy in London, England. Dominique has worked as Executive Chef in some of Calgary’s best restaurants. He knows the local producers and uses the highest quality regional products to bring out the best in his cuisine. "I am extremely excited to showcase the beautiful Alberta beef. Creating dishes using the whole cow. And if you are vegetable focused, I will be creating a variety of tasty vegetable delights." Chef Dominique Moussu Culinary Team

Chef Alex Lenoury trained as a chef in Paris and worked in the kitchens of Michelin starred chefs in France before coming to Canada in 2017. 

Throughout his career, Chef Alex has worked in a wide variety of positions in the kitchen and he is well versed in the cuisine of France. Alex is deeply passionate about food and has been working closely with Chef Dominique to create the dishes we prepare at the Cassis Bistro.

The Cassis family welcomes you to our table. Bon Appétit!