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Starbelly Open Kitchen + Lounge

Derek Mihalik

Managing Partner

Derek has been with Starbelly since October 2016. One of the creative minds behind our food & cocktail menus, Derek draws inspiration from his travels around the globe and from experimenting with flavour combinations in his kitchen at home. 

Bringing 20 years of hospitality experience to the table (pun intended), Derek has held many positions in hospitality ranging from bus boy, nightclub bartender, pub manager and a senior GM of one of Canada's largest chain restaurants. Wanting a new challenge, Derek decided to embark on a new path to grow an independent restaurant. Armed with his years of experience, passion and knowledge of food, wine, spirits and cocktails, the Starbelly brand has become one of his proudest career achievements.

Outside the restaurant, Derek is an avid sports fan who can usually be found on either the ball diamond, golf course or ski hill. He is a level 3 sommelier, collector of Japanese knives and grew up during the "frosted tips" and boy band era! His happy place includes spending time in hot weather near palm trees, sipping on something cold next to his wife Brandy and dog Rico.

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Jeremy Erickson

Assistant General Manager

Jeremy or "J" has been with Starbelly since April 2017. He is a

level 2 sommelier and is 

responsible for wine + beverage direction, cocktail creations, and leading the front of house brigade.

 

Jeremy began his hospitality career in Pincher Creek delivering pizza and continued working in restaurants to put himself through school. However, after graduating and working in the engineering world for a few years he felt compelled to return back to his passions of people, food and beverage. With the goal of becoming a GM he took a job in the restaurant industry and has never looked back.

Jeremy loves the outdoors, cooking for friends and family and catching line drives for Starbelly's slopitch team!

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Daniel Clements

Head Chef

Dan has been with Starbelly since June 2017. He is responsible for menu & recipe development and leading the kitchen brigade.

Dan has worked in the food and beverage industry for over 20 years and has fond memories of his journey to get to Starbelly. 

Inspired by his past mentors, Dan is passionate about paying it forward and working with aspiring chefs to put as much effort into building relationships with both food and people alike. Dan believes that fresh, unique, simple food is the foundation of health.

Dan loves movies, music and going to concerts. He loves playing slopitch, enjoying road trips, hanging out on patios and relaxing by himself with the silence that he rarely gets in the kitchen.

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Madison Shandro

Events Manager

Events and Social Media Manager by day & Server/Manager by night, Madison has been in the industry for 10 years and is thrilled to be a part of the Starbelly family.

Madison has been with Starbelly since 2018 and her attention to detail and drive for perfection make her the perfect gal to coordinate your next event!

She is a lover of doughnuts, interior design, plants and dogs. Her days off are spent in her new home in Mahogany with her family.

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