Since year one of being open The Main Dish has been proud to sponsor amateur athletes in both winter and summer Olympic sports. Athletes are provided with a preloaded Main Dish gift card to use on food to help aid with their training.
Current sponsored athletes:
Multiple Olympic Medalist, Speed Skating
2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, 75kg Wrestling
2010/2014 Olympic Bobsleigh Gold Medalist
Muay Thai, World Champion
WHO WE ARE
Jason Zaran - Owner/Designated Eater
Family, friends, food, and fitness (not always in that order) have been cornerstones of Jason's life as far back as he can remember. A Business graduate from SAIT Polytechnic, Jason got right into the Consumer Packaged Goods industry in the 1980’s. Over the next 20 plus years with companies such as Boyle-Midway and SunRype he advanced his career into management ultimately serving for a decade as Western Regional Manager for the H.J. Heinz Company of Canada long burning desire to try his hand at entrepreneurship led Jason to leave the corporate life and embark on starting his own business.. A deep knowledge of the food industry, history in competitive recreational sport and a passion for finding healthy meals on the go, led him to the "light bulb" discovery of The Main Dish. Under Jason’s vision and leadership Main Dish has pioneered Calgary’s scene for healthy convenient eating and under Jason’s vision and leadership it has grown over the past 10 years to encompass 5 very different locations including two corporate kitchens and the exciting new Fit Kitchen concept in McKenzie Towne. Over the years thousands of busy Calgarians now benefit from his unique lifestyle based eating alternatives.
As part of its key cornerstones of corporate giving Main Dish has provided food sponsorships to numerous national caliber amateur athletes including Kaillie Humphries, Helen Upperton, Jeremy Wotherspoon, Mellisa Hollingsworth, Denny Morrison, Gilmore Junio, Jesse Lumsden, Erica Weibe and many more. In addition Main Dish has contributed over $100,000 to Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta through its annual Celebrity Burger Cook-Off. Jason has served on the board of Alberta Youth Outreach Foundation, is a member of the SAIT Marketing Program Advisory Council and is currently Chair of the Calgary Multisport Fieldhouse Society. He resides in Calgary with his wife and two teenage children.
Kevin Outhet - Director of Finance/Profit Planning
Kevin started his Main Dish life at the beginning of it all as a founder and Executive Chef. Later he grew into the role of Operations Leader opening and overseeing multiple locations. Now his role has shifted to focus on the business side of The Main Dish. He is pursuing his Certified Management Accounting designation and brings that educational background, combined with his kitchen experience and industry knowledge to poignantly direct initiatives that improve the bottom line. When he’s not doing that he can be found (or not found) mountain biking and camping up and down the Rocky Mountains, cooking great food, or drinking nice beer and wine wherever nice beer and wine can be found.
Greg Brown - Operations Ninja
A graduate from the College of The Rockies in the Adventure Tourism program, Greg has been in the food service industry for 16 years and has a passion for customer service. When not in the restaurant engaging our regulars, you will find Greg shredding the mountains either on two wheels or two skis. His passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle made The Main Dish a natural progression for Greg. Prior to The Main Dish, Greg has worked in the heli ski industry and operated a yoga hiking business based in Kananaskis. Greg is always open to a casual chat about the local mountain sport scene, especially if it’s over a Granville Island Winter Ale and a bowl of Southwest Chicken Quinoa.
Carissa Lazette - Marketing, Promotions, and Events Leader
A graduate of the SAIT Business program, majoring in marketing, Carissa has been part of The Main Dish team for over 8 years. Carissa has grown her role from doing localized in store marketing to designing and creating advertising and branding campaigns. She has also kept The Main Dish relevant through social media, public relations, and co branding campaigns with partners. Carissa is a an avid traveller and loves checking out the local food along the way!