New and Familiar Food at Roc’s Grill

 

New and Familiar Food at Roc’s Grill

By Will Tigley

The economic downturn has hit many families hard, but despite the adversity two Filipinos are

turning their situation around with a new restaurant in Calgary. Opened since September 2016,

Roc’s Grill is a culinary venture by partners and owners, Chris Rocamora (who the restaurant is

named after) and Krystal Analiz.

Within the last five months, Rocamora and Analiz have been pleased with how popular Roc’s

Grill has become with consistent business during weekends, lunch and evenings. It’s a long way

from where the couple started from with Analiz a piping designer at an engineering firm and

Rocamora working as an automotive specialist.

“Even while we were working Chris and I were trying to think a business to start during this

economic downturn,” explains Analiz. “We wanted something that could sustain us over the

next few years regardless of the ups and downs of a recession.”

Soon after making the decision to start a new business Rocamora was laid off in January 2016

and Analiz was laid off the following March. As luck would have it, a week after being laid off,

Analiz received a notice of agreement for Roc’s Grill. Within another week they began

construction.

As a licensed supplier of Mark Joel’s BBQ, Rocamora says Roc’s Grill was actually conceived

during conversations between himself and Mark Joel’s BBQ while playing together on a

basketball league.

“We were originally thinking about just being a Mark Joel franchise in the south,” says

Rocamora. “There’s no one else providing lechon in south Calgary, but we had the space for a

full restaurant so thought, why not?”

Analiz explains that the partnership with Mark Joel to provide licensed lechon has really helped

Roc’s Grill, especially contributing to sales for the restaurant in January and February.

Analiz says, “We expected to be a bit slower the last few months, but that wasn’t the case at all.

People still needed lechon for family gatherings.”

The ability to serve lechon has also helped contribute to one of Roc’s Grill’s signature dishes: the

Lechon Poutine. It’s one of the dishes that Analiz says is helping Roc’s Grill stand out.

“We want to give people something new,” says Analiz. “We don’t want to just provide authentic

Filipino food because you can get that at home. We want to provide something you can’t get at

home.”

Many of the dishes are conceived by Krystal who spends time looking at Google to find

inspiration for new dishes that have a Filipino spin on them.

“We want to be different,” says Rocamora. “We have the poutine to help us with that, but also

other dishes like our Kare Kare wings. The sauce you know, but with crispy chicken wings.”

It’s about attracting new audiences for Roc’s Grill. Rocamora and Analiz know that a lot of youth

are foodies and food bloggers and through their menu they want to give them something to talk

about. Through the use of social media word about the restaurant is spreading and once

introduced to Roc’s Grill many guests come back.

Rocamora is impressed with how word is spreading. In many cases he expected most non-
Filipinos to only come if accompanying friends of Filipino families. He’s glad to see these

customers enjoy the food and consistently return.

“We want Filipino food to go mainstream,” says Analiz. “Many people are not familiar with

Filipino food and we as a community haven’t showcased the food fairly well. We need to give

them a reason to come back.”

While the innovative recipes stand out on the menu Rocamora and Analiz developed recipes for

even the traditional dishes with the help of their parents and families.

The sizzling Beef Caldereta is Rocamora’s mom’s recipe and Chicken Inasal is an authentic

Negros dish that was developed from Analiz’s aunt’s recipes.

Rocamora even acknowledges the friends involved in developing the flavours for Roc’s Grill.

“Our friend Michael Juarez who passed his Red Seal certification was one of our food advisors

on the side.”

Together with their team of cooks, Cesar, Kent, Myra, Sharon and TJ in the kitchen, Rocamora

says everything runs so smoothly because they all know what they’re doing.

“We’re so thankful for our talented cooks,” says Analiz. “They’re really involved in the recipes

and we do our best to make them happy.”

Analiz and Rocamora admit that by focusing on keeping their staff happy, the love they put into

their work shows in the food they serve. And by providing delicious food made with care, they

keep their returning customers happy.

For more information on Roc’s Grill visit them on their Facebook and Instagram channels.

Husband confesses murder to undercover officers

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    Husband confesses murder to undercover officers

    By Darlene Casten

    A decade after a Filipina mother was murdered, her husband has confessed to the

    crime.

    Duane Redelback admitted to undercover police he strangled and suffocated his

    common law wife Ruth Degayo while their disabled two-year- old son was in his

    room on January 7, 2006.

    Redelback was charged with second-degree murder, but pleaded guilty to the lesser

    charge manslaughter on February. 23.

    Degayo’s sister, Riza Fornier, came from Florida for his sentencing.

    She recalled her sister as a brave and hard-working woman who first went to work

    in Singapore and then in Canada to support her family in the Philippines.

    “I have a lot of special memories of my sister, Ruth, but the most that I will always

    cherish in my heart is she taught me how to be brave,” Fornier wrote in her victim

    impact statement.

    “As a child, I'm always afraid of the dark. Ruth told me that whenever I am afraid or

    scared all I have to do is pray. When we were young almost every night before we go

    to sleep, she taught me to pray the Our Father in our own dialect. She helped me

    build my strength, my courage my values, my beliefs and my faith.”

    Fornier thanked the police and Crown Prosecutor for their work to convict

    Redelback, who she said she always knew was her sister’s killer.

    “But life haven't (sic) been easy for Ruth living with Duane, but she tried her best to

    survive for her beloved son,” Fornier wrote. “She would often go to church crying,

    praying and seek advise from the priest. There were times that Ruth had to bring

    Justin and would run to the next-door neighbor for help. They even went to the

    shelter house one time, just keeping her son and herself safe from Duane.”

    In the spring of 2015 undercover officers enacted a sting operation where they

    befriended and then created a fake job for Redelback. In August 2015, Redelback

    told the undercover officers he killed Degayo after an argument over what they

    would do that evening.

    Degayo wanted to go to the mall, but Redelback wanted to go out for drinks at

    Boston Pizza with a friend.

    He told the officers he took their then two-year- old child from Degayo and put him

    in his room. They continued to argue and Redelback put her in a chokehold until she

    lost consciousness. She was still breathing so he suffocated her with his hand.

    Redelback told the undercover officers he tied up her body and put it in suitcase.

    He then went to have drinks with his friend. When he returned to their Airdrie

    home, he took the suitcase to an abandoned building near Exshaw and doused it

    with gas and set it on fire.

    The next day he called RCMP and reported Degayo missing.

    RCMP had Redelback under surveillance and created a Crime Stoppers re-enactment

    of the crime.

    However an arrest did not occur until September 2015 after Redelback’s confession

    to the undercover officers.

    Crown prosecutor Jim Saw and defence lawyer entered a joint submission for a 15-

    year sentence, which was accepted by the judge.

    He will not be eligible for parole for just over six years.

    Filipino Man Killed by CTrain at Whitehorn Station

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    Filipino Man Killed by CTrain at Whitehorn Station

    By Adrian Dayrit

    On Monday February 20, 30-year- old Rafael Carlos was hit and killed by a CTrain at Whitehorn

    station crossing at 36 th Ave NE.

    Carlos leaves behind his father and brother who live here in Calgary and a sister and mother

    who reside in the Philippines. Rafael Carlos’ uncle, Dave Carlos, set up a GoFundMe to help the

    family bring Rafael’s body back to the Philippines to be buried.

    Rafael’s body is still being held in Calgary pending investigation while arrangements are being

    made by the family here and in the Philippines. No local memorial services are planned as the

    family waits for Rafael’s mother’s decisions on the matter.

    “We are waiting for dental records to possibly bring Rafael home and whether that is viable,”

    says Dave Carlos about the arrangements for his nephew’s body.

    Rafael was working and studying in Calgary before the tragic accident.

    Rafael was believed by police to be distracted at the time of the accident by his cell phone. His

    death spurred Ward 1 Councillor, Ward Sutherland, to call for better enforcement of existing

    bylaws where traffic accidents involving pedestrians occur.

    Rafael’s family hopes to raise enough money for funeral arrangements either here in Calgary or

    back home in the Philippines. Money is being raised on GoFundMe at the following URL:

    https://www.gofundme.com/e2zs6r-for- rafael-carlos

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