Our Story

From Cape Breton to Calgary, Janice Beaton has been catering to our desire for good food, community and culture for over 35 years.


The goal of Janice Beaton Fine Cheese (JBFC) and FARM Restaurant is to create and foster a community of people who appreciate thoughtful, heartfelt food.

  • Born to Love Cheese

    • With small fingers clinging to her Grandmother’s apron, Janice would stretch to get a glimpse of the slowly thickening milk. This is one of her first memories of childhood near the seaside town of Mabou on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. On the farm, cheese was a fundamental part of life. 

  • On a Mission

    • After earning her science degree in Nutrition in 1979, Janice headed west. With a keen interest in shaping community through conversation and good food, she launched her first venture, Caffe Beano – still a legendary Calgary coffee spot after 25 years. 

      In 2000, Janice brought her passion for cheese to another community-focused enterprise: Janice Beaton Fine Cheese (JBFC). Delighting in the introduction of superb artisan cheeses, she began teaching classes, speaking at events and mentoring young cheesemongers. Her work has earned her a honoured place in two of the most prestigious organizations in the world of cheese: La Guilde Internationale des Fromagers and Confrerie des Chevaliers du Taste-Fromage de France.

      Then in 2016 came Mabou Cheese + Bar, a gathering place for lovers of wine, craft beer, classic cocktails, and their cheese-centric companions.  

  • Building a Community

    • One of Janice’s greatest strengths is fostering a sense of community. From the hip coffee culture of Beano, to the strong following for fine cheese, her ‘support-local’ focus and leadership in Calgary’s Slow Food movement have helped develop the neighbourhood’s rich culinary scene. 

      It’s the passion for authentic, quality food that distinguishes JBFC and Mabou Cheese + Bar. And that same uncompromising standard makes the gift bags and boxes, and the events planned and catered by Janice, so prized and memorable

  • At the Ranch

    • At the end of the week, Janice always finds The Road Home to husband Bob Chelmick, (host on CKUA radio) and their cabin-in-the-woods. It’s in the country; in the oasis of tranquility and connection, where Janice continues to find inspiration on how to shape the community through a commitment to good food. 

Follow Janice on Twitter @JBFFandMabou and Instagram @jbfinecheese

Welcome

Join us on a memorable culinary adventure! Located between 9th & 10th St SW on 16th Ave.

Gift Certificates

JBFC's gift cards are your all-access passes to cheese! Gift cards can be used for classes and retail purchases at the shop.

The Janice Beaton Story

Janice Beaton has been a champion of heartfelt food, community and culture for over 30 years. Her Calgary flagships include Mabou Cheese + Bar and Janice Beaton Fine Foods.

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Hours

Sat to Thu: 10am - 6pm

Fri: 10am - 7pm

JBFF

Cheese Case

Grilled Cheese Bar

Catering

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Do you dream about cheese, love to eat cheese, and could talk about cheese all day long? If so, we are looking for you! Part-time and full-time cheesemonger positions available.
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