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The Travel Issue - March April 2017

What’s Happening in March and April

It’s St. Patrick’s Day today, and you can green everything everywhere, including St. Patrick’s
Doughnuts at Jelly Modern Doughnuts, Go get some!

Native Tongues Taqueria just launched a new "catering" option called Home Taquero Kits, where you can order an interactive Mexican taco kit for a party at home or at the office. There's the option of pre-built kits or customizable kits. And Native Tongues will even throw it in an Uber to have it delivered. Visit for all the tasty details.

U Name the Beer/U Design the Label/U Create the ad
Alberta Beer Festivals (ABF), Olds College Brew Master Program and the Just Beer APP team have a contest where you can #BeTheBrewer where beer lovers  “brew” the festival beer served at the Calgary International Beerfest, May 5/6. The style is witbier, a Belgian style unfiltered ale  Creating a video and print ad contest runs March 1 – 22.  Take part in this! 

Applications are now open for the 2017 Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation competition for chefs aged 28 and under. These young chefs compete in a culinary arts competition and the winner takes home $10,000 and wins a stage at an international restaurant of his/her choice. The 2016 winner is Alex Hon, age 25, from Vancouver’s West Restaurant. The chefs use “black box” ingredients to create dishes that blow the judges – such as Calgary’s chef Justin Leboe (Model Milk/Pigeonhole) -- away.  Regional competitions in the spring trimmed more than 100 applicants to the 40 who competed and were trimmed to the eight finalists. To apply to be part of this exciting and rewarding competition, visit

SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room is back in session with new lunch and dinner menus. Visit and “search” for the Highwood, you can book online or phone 403-284-8615 x2. Reserve now for up to April 28. The Thursday lunch buffet is offered March 23, 30 and April 6, 13 and 27. The buffet must be booked online only. Reserve your table at

SAIT Cooking Classes
SAIT’s downtown Culinary Campus: Centennial Date Night , March 17; Advanced Cooking, March 27 – April 24; Desserts, April 5; Savoury Brunch, April 11, Portuguese, April 26; SAIT’s Main Campus: Introduction to Baking, March 18 & 25; Introduction to Cooking, March 22 – April 19; Chocolate, April 1 or 8; Knife Skills, Butchery, April 4; Sushi, April 7; Baking Cakes, April 8.  Visit for details and more courses.

Reasons to visit River Café
Friends & Family Price Chef’s Tasting Menu; Early Bird Dinner available nightly from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., the flavours of the season for $29; Corkage-Free Sundays, pair your fave bottle with a seasonally inspired menu.

Now Open
When a growing group of cyclists routinely met at Cassis Bistro, owner and avid cyclist Gilles Brassart (owner of Cassis Bistro, Suzette Bistro and Market 17) saw the need to create Velo Café, a space dedicated to their lifestyle and sense of community. Velo Café is one of Calgary’s first true cycling cafés, a cozy meeting place for cyclists and food lovers to chat with other enthusiasts, sip great coffee and eat delicious café fare. Velo Café is nestled in Market 17, next door to Cassis.

Phil & Sebastian Events
Check out all the upcoming events at the Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters locations, like stand-up comedy, pizza night, local heroes at the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Friday nights live at Mission, and lots more.  Visit and click on “event calendar” for all the fun details.

Pond Project Sauce Company
A collaboration of chef Paul McGreevy and Chris Grabill, has launched its first sauce, Atlantic No. 3 Blowout Spicy BBQ Sauce, a blend of grilled Alberta onions, Alberta tomatoes and hot peppers, Alberta-made apple cider vinegar and other ingredients from across the province. It’s named after the largest oilwell fire in Alberta history. Check, @pondprojectsaus and Instagram at pondprojectsauceco to find out where you can get Pond Project sauces. The web site, is under construction.

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market
Runs from 3-7 on Wednesdays and 9:30 – 1:30 on Saturdays.  There’s live music most days and anywhere from 20-40 vendors at any given time who sell a unique array of products. Details at

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
All kinds of tasty tastings and events at the Co-op tasting centres – Midtown, Crowfoot, Shawnessy, Beddington and Oakridge.  For example – Boxed, Bottled or Canned, can you tell the difference? Hearty Red Wines for the Winter Months; Wine Down Wednesday-Value Wines Under $20; Wine & Cheese – Classic Pairings; Hit List – Wine Spectator’s Top 100; An Afternoon Stroll Through the South of France; Wine Aligned with the Stars – Astrology and Wine! AND much more.  Dates, details and tickets at

Tinhorn Creek Tours and Tastings
When you’re in the Okanagan, check into the private tour and tasting options that offer a unique opportunity to sample top-tier Oldfield Series wines, sip award-winning wines while discovering innovative winemaking techniques and leading viticultural practices. Tinhorn’s tasty Miradoro restaurant is now open for the season offering a special value $39 menu throughout March. Visit for more information.

Black Hills Estate Winery Wine Releases
2015 Chardonnay in limited supply and 2015 Cellar Hand Punch Down Red. Visit to order yours. Free shipping within Canada on orders of 24 bottles or more, and you can mix and match.

Bar C Food & Drink Happy Hour
Where, as with most places, you don’t have to choose from the “happy hour” wines, but you get to sip your way through the entire wine list at half the price during happy hour, 4 – 7 p.m., Tuesday to Friday. And Bar C’s wine list is a collection of unique wines from all over the world. For details, visit  @BarCFoodDrink, #barchappyhour

The Lake House
The Prix Fixe menu is back, 3 courses for $45, Monday to Thursday evening beginning at 5 p.m. for a limited time. Tasty dishes from chef Thomas Neukom and sous chef Gareth Colville. Menu will change regularly. Details and reservations at or 403-225-3939.
Fresh and exciting new menu items are part of small menu changes at The Lake House to reflect the season and the chefs’ creativity. Steak Tartare with truffled potato salad, fried quail egg, cherry emulsion, salsa verde; Steamed PEI Mussels with smoked salmon and dill cream, grilled cucumber & citrus slaw, herb ciabatta; Lake House-Made Egg Pappardelle with seared prawns, dried chorizo sausage, assorted mushrooms, kale, roasted garlic and tomato cream sauce. 747 Lake Bonavista Dr, SE,

Who doesn’t love bacon?
Atco Blue Flame Kitchen offers 10 of the best bacon recipes ever that you can download free from -- a digital bacon cookbook you can download for free, then make your Caramel Bacon Popcorn or Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam.  Mmmmmm, bacon!

Wednesdays Year Round
The Parkdale Farmers’ Market is open all year on Wednesdays, 2 – 6:30 p.m. at the Parkdale Community Centre, 3512 5th Ave. NW featuring more than 20 local vendors selling fresh food and produce, hand-made crafts, housewares and more. For vendor information, contact Brenda at 403-837-3640,

Thursdays at Catch/Oyster Bar
Flight Night, a Thursday feature menu at Catch & the Oyster Bar. Look for tasting–sized wine pours and shareable plates ideal for casual and social patio-season dining to be eaten in the Oyster Bar and on the Patio. Look for the likes of crispy roasted pork belly tacos with pickled carrot and cucumber, and warm cheddar hush puppies drizzled with smoked honey. View menus at

Bricks Wine Store Tastings
Get on the email list at and stay tuned for the tastings activities.

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Classes
Lunch ‘n’ Learn Demonstrations, noon – 1 p.m., $20.  At ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Learning Centre, 909 -11th Avenue S.W., 403-245-7630,

Beginning March 1
Rouge Restaurant launches “Canada150 Coast to Coast Plates,” a showcase of Canada’s ricih culinary history, diversity and modern evolution celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. Rouge will do nine month-long features inspired by each of Canada’s provinces, combining New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia as one region, as well as Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest Territories. Each feature will be available both lunch and dinner and are the Mealshare dish for each month. A wine, beer or cocktail pairing inspired by each province will showcase the diversity of our artisan producers. Check out the history and diversity of feach province’s food culture while Rouge adds its own creative spin.  Look for the details on

Bin 905 Tastings
Wines by the Signs –pairing wines with astrological signs, find out which wines rule your signs, $35; Italy Less Traveled, March 23, $35; White Wines of the Alps, March 30, $35. For details, visit, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
T. Buckley Trio Residency every Tuesday in the Celler at 4:30 p.m.; Van Kampen Bros. Take Wine-Ohs Tuesdays 7:30 – 11 p.m.; Wednesdays 8 p.m., Female Songwriter Series featuring Amy Nelson & Shaela Miller; Friday with Tom Phillips & Friends; 811 – 1st St. SW.  Visit for upcoming live music.

Tastings:  Visit or phone (403) 205-3356 for info or to register.

Truffles and Bubbles
Treat Yo’Self Tuesdays Truffle Popcorn and Bubbles at Vin Room West and Vin Room Mission, from open to close, $5 truffle popcorn and $5 glass of bubbles.  A perfect match!

The Light Cellar
Superfood/Superherb Classes. Details and register online at at or call 403-453-1343. 

J. Webb Wine Merchant, Glenmore Landing
Tasting details at or call 403-253-9463.

The Cellar Wine Store
Tasting details at or phone 403-503-0730.

Hotel Arts’ Restaurants
Daily 3- and 5-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings at Yellow Door Bistro; Monday – Wednesday, 3-course tasting menu, Thursday – Saturday, 5-course tasting menu at Chef’s Table; complimentary corkage on Mondays and half-price bottles of wine every Wednesday at dinner at Chef’s Table; Every Friday at Raw Bar and Chef’s Table, happy hour specials -- $.99 oysters, $4.99 prosecco, $4.99 pints; live music at Hotel Arts every Thursday in Raw Bar as local artist Amy Thiessen curates weekly sets featuring Calgary-based musicians. Enjoy great tunes as you enjoy Vietmodern cuisine and award-winning cocktails.

Kensington Wine Market
Tastings details at 403-283-8000.

Willow Park Wines & Spirits
Fun stuff happening. Details and tickets at or 403-296-1640, ext. 277. Pick up the fall calender of great events in-store at 10801 Bonaventure Dr. SE., Willow Park Village.

Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro
Has launched a happy hour program offering a new red and white wine glass-pour selection chosen each Monday and featured all week accompanied by a feature cheese plate and small plate crafted by chef John Donovan. The wines from the copiously stocked cellar are wines you might not otherwise consider.  All wine pours during happy hour are $9, the small plates and cheese plates range from $5 to $9. Good deal!  Keep tabs on what’s happening during happy hour, 3 – 6 p.m., at #divinohappyhour

Cuisine et Château Culinary Centre Classes
Everything Chocolate, March 18; A tribute to the Forgotten Grapes of Italy, March 23; Best of Brunch, March 25; Cocina Mexicana, March 25; Stocks and Sauces, March 26; Knife Skills, March 28; A Fish Tale, March 29; Upcoming Kids Cooking Camps, spring break, March 27/28/29, $270 for 3 days. Class details and registration at or

Cuisine Concepts New Restaurants Now Open
Dwayne and Alberta Ennest of Open Range and Big Fish delish have opened two new places, White Rose Vegetarian Kitchen and The Coal Shed Smoke House. White Rose is at 6512 Bowness Rd. NW, and offers chef Dwayne’s innovative vegetarian cuisine. Learn more at The Coal Shed Smokehouse is right beside the White Rose offering house-smoked, grilled and braised meats for takeaway, learn more at

Now Open
Oliver & Bonacini’s long-anticipated new restaurant in Calgary – The Guild – is officially open in the Hudson’s Bay building on Stephen Ave. downtown, spanning two floors, including Sub Rosa, a sexy “speakeasy” bar/lounge underneath The Guild. The Guild will offer an ingredient-driven and meat-centric dining experience with local dude Ryan O’Flynn as exec chef. For more information, visit

Now Open
Framboise Bakery/Café, a locally-owned bakery and coffee shop that produces and sells fine quality artisanal viennoiserie and pastry, located at 1104 – 20th Ave. NW, corner of 10th St. Look for specialty croissants, pain au chocolat, Kouign-amann, German pretzels, fresh fruit danishes as well as cookies, squares, tarts and cakes, salted caramel squares, almond and pistachio nougat, almond butter toffee crunch, chocolate bark, granola and caramel bourbon popcorn!

Ollia Macarons & Tea
Macarons Baking Classes. Classes are hands-on, 12 participants max. Participants get about 30 macarons and a recipe booket. There’s a break where participants semple macarons and tea. Details at, register at 403-457-9775. Accompanied children 10 – 15 are welcome, private class option available.

Symons Valley Ranch Farmers Market
Located at 14555 Symons Valley Rd., NW, just off the north end of Shaganappi Tr. NW. The massive log structure houses myriad vendors year-round in addition to offering weekly events, an outdoor skating rink during the winter and roaring fire pits with free marshmallows to roast in the secluded courtyard. Visit for a complete list of vendors and a weekly listing of events.

The Cookbook Co. Cooks
Seasons Harvest harvest boxes are back bringing the best of British Columbia produce to keep us going until spring. Bi-weekly until April, then weekly deliveries. Get on the Seasons Harvest mailing list to receive updates at
Classes: The Mediterranean Vegetarian with Lisa Krasnow, March 18; Cooking from the Books: Ottolenghi Collection with Matthew Altizer, March 25; Night at River Café with Matthias Fong, April 11;  Vegetarian Delights with Lisa Cheah, April 8; Fresh Vegetarian: A Vegetarian Night Out: Couples Class, with Matthew Altizer, April 22 or May 27; Delicious Recipes fro Spring with Lisa Cheah, May 10; Handmade Stuffed Pasta, May 17; Off the Menu of Una Pizzeria with Jen Pena, May 1; Off the Menu of Alloy with Rogelio Herrera, May 8; Off the Menu of Hayloft with Jason Barton-Browne, May 15; Friday and Saturday Evenings, A Night Out: Couples Classes, hands-on. And much more.  Details at 403-265-6066, ext. 1 or visit for a complete schedule of classes.

One Saturday a month……
Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters launches a new monthly event series called Good Neighbours at their Mission café. In partnership with pals Sugar Water Cocktail Lounge and DJ Carl Cassidy, the Mission café becomes a vintage cocktail lounge with a cocktail menu, beer and wine list, an evening food menu and hand-picked records. One Saturday a month, 7 – 11 p.m.

At the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
Bow Valley Ranche has been nominated for “Where to Dine Calgary,” go to and vote; Chef’s Pantry Sunday Night Dinner, every Sunday, 4-courses, $55; Winter Palate Lunch, express lunch menu, 3-courses, $25; reservations 403-476-1310. All the tasty details at

High Tea Saturday and Sunday
What fun!  Brasserie Kensington will serve High Tea every Saturday and Sunday from 2:15 to 4:30, 1131 Kensington Rd. NW, $35, includes a selection of teas with finger sandwiches, canapes, scones and compotes, pastries and desserts. Reservations required online at or phone the restaurant at 403-457-4148.

Divine Cooking at Home
Chef Darren comes to your house for a group cooking class, with Cozy Winter Warmth, March 17, 24, 6 -10 p.m., email to book your evening. Classes fill quickly, so they are first-come, first-serve. Classes are $100 per participant, your group of 8 or more participants will prepare a 4-course winter warmth dinner with chef Darren.

Every Saturday Night
Double Zero invites you to the late night Double Zero parties at the Core -- 00 After Dark -- every Saturday night! Party like it’s New Year’s Eve every weekend with a great deal on bubbles, $5 prosecco by the glass, funky beats and soul-filled tunes from local DJ talents, including personality Chad LaTulippe.

Eau Claire Distillery Events
Equinox Mixology Class, March 25; Mixology 101, April 29; Mother’s Day at the Distillery, May 14; Mojito Making Master Class, June 10; Father’s Day at the Distillery, June 18; Whisky 101: National Scotch Whisky Day, July 27. Details at, phone 403-933-5404.

Officially opening, Thursday, March 16
TELUS Spark launches its new market concept – Social Eatery by Roger Mooking. As Culinary Director for the new food services at TELUS Spark, international celebrity Chef Roger Mooking is bringing his food philosophy back home to Alberta. Expect menu items such as southeast grilled chicken, stacked Alberta Beef sandwiches, and in-house made smoothies.  The new dining space, featuring “home cooking with a global twist,” will highlight healthy local ingredients and feature the internationally influenced creativity of Chef Mooking. With a focus on fresh ingredients cooked from scratch, the new culinary direction of TELUS Spark also includes local chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, of CHARCUT Roast house and charbar, now providing all in-house catering services. Patrons’ taste buds won’t be the only ones to receive a sensory thrill, as Social Eatery showcases a playfully modern aesthetic in an interactive family-friendly environment.

Starting March 16
Deanne Matley Duo at UNTITLED Champagne Lounge, downtown. Every Thursday night, 7-10 p.m., no cover charge.  104, 620 - 8th Ave. SW. #jazzandbubbles

Friday, March 17
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day at the Calgary Farmers’ Market, a toe-tapping good time with performances by the Coshquin School of Irish Dance, decorate a shamrock kid’s craft, snap a Blarney Stone selfie and a chance to win Market Bucks too!  All ages, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., free for all, 510 – 77th Ave. SE. Don’t miss it – fun for everyone!

Saturday, March 18
A Vegan Mediterranean cooking class Lisa Krasnow is teaching at The Cookbook Co. Cooks, 6 recipes taught hands-on style.  Phone 403-265-6066, ext. 1, to register.

Monday, March 20
Celebrate the eve of spring equinox at Kawa Wine and Espresso bar with Anahata Foods’  Vegan Ode to Spring, a celebration of all things green, 5 – 9 p.m., $30, with a complementary bottle of wine for groups of 6 or more. Reservartions at 403-452-5233.

Tuesday, March 21
The Deane House and Lanigan Edwards Wine Merchants invite you to a Winemaker’s Dinner with Luis Pato, legendary Portuguese wine grower and maverick producer credited with single-handedly turning around the reputation of Bairrada with his exceptional wines. Chef Jamie Harling creates a regionally inspired menu to pair with the wines, 6 p.m., $150, limited seating, reserve at 403-264-0595.

Wednesday, March 22
Sugo Caffe Italia invites you to enjoy the guest chef series with chef Roy Oh, of Anju fame, as he prepares and presents a Korean-inspired and Italian-infused, 6-course meal. Space is limited, so reserve now, $65, at

Saturday, March 25
Co-op Wine Spirits Beer holds its fun Grape Escape where you sample a wide variety of wine, spirits and beer from around the world along with a collection of Calgary’s best food trucks. Attend one of the evening’s educational seminars to learn from the expert sommelier team, 5 – 9 p.m., BMO Centre, Halls D & E, Stampede Park, tickets $65 available in-store or online at Don’t miss it, it’s fun!

Until Saturday, March 25
Mill Street Brewery spearheads annual campaignto raise funds for environmental initiatives with Lights Out Mill Street – Alberta pubs will be donating funds from pints purchased to support the initiative in support of Earth Hour that takes place on March 25. Look for live candlelit acoustic performances by Canadian artists at a total of 200 venues across Canada, including 28 new venues in Alberta. Details at

Friday, March 31
Don’t miss the 5th annual deliciousness of Taste of Bragg Creek with more than 20 unique vendors, including restaurants, caterers, food and liquor merchants prepare unique “tastes” at the Bragg Creek Community Centre. TOBC helps raise funds for programming at the Bragg Creek Community Centre, 5 – 9 p.m., 23 White Ave, free admission and parking.  It’s very fun, don’t miss it.

Sunday, April 2
Don’t miss Top Chef Canada: All-Stars, a collection of the country’s most accomplished chefs from past season to battle it out for a chance to be Canada’s Top Chef.  Twelve all-star chefs unpack their knives and compete for a chance to win $100,000 and a Monogram kitchen valued at over $25,000. Catch it on Food Network Canada. The competing chefs include these Calgary chefs: Connie DeSousa, CHARCUT and Nicole Gomes, Nicole Gourmet Catering and Cluck ‘n’ Cleaver.
Go to it, ladies, you have all the talent!

Thursday, April 6
Celebrate Malbec World Day at Willow Park Wines & Spirits, a global celebration  featuring Argentinean wine and food, 7 – 9 p.m., $40, visit for tickets, enter the code MALBEC (case-sensitive) to get $10 off each ticket you purchase. The money you save will be donated to the Alex Community Food Centre.

Friday, April 7
Easter Seals Alberta We Care Ball, Sock Hop Soda Shop at Winsport, including a dinner prepared by the Calgary Academy of Chefs and Cooks, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. including dancing, dress costume, semi-formal, prize for best costume, tickets $175 individual, at

April 7 & 8
Without Papers Pizza invites you to Rocky Horror Night, multiple events from Friday, April 7, 11 p.m. to Sunday, April 9 at 1:30 a.m.  Sweet Transvestite from transsexual Transylvania for a deliciously kinky night of pizza and music. All the tasty, kinky details at or phone 403-457-1154.  WOP at 1216 – 9th Ave. SE.

April 19 – 23
Celebrate spring at the Osoyoos Oyster Festival, dishes up delectable oysters with craft beers, memorable wines and spirits. Osoyoos hotels and resorts offer special weekend rates for the festival as well as “Stay and Savour” packages starting at $569 per couple that includes two nights’ accommodation and tickets to Oyster Festival events – that’s a hot deal, for sure.  For more information on the accomodation packages and festival events, visit

Friday, April 21
The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society holds its British Columbia Best of Varietal Wine Competition that recognizes the top British Columbia wine varietals that kicks off the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival. The judging takes place this day, and our very own Calgary wine writer, Shelley Boettcher, is one of the judges. The Best of Varietals awards reception and tasting will take place at the Penticton Trade and Convention Center in Penticton, May 4, and you are invited to take part. Limited tickets are available for $55, so don’t wait, get them at

April 21 – 29
Calgary Poutine Week is back, last year, over 5,000 poutines were sold during Poutine Week which meant 5,000 children in need were fed a free meal thanks to poutine partner Mealshare. Find a restaurant and eat poutine, provide a meal to someone in need. Visit for participating restaurants.

April 24 – 30
Kevin Kent, Knifewear owner, holds a week-long Garage Sale, your opportunity to pick up prototype knives, budget knives, one-of-a-kind knives and other unique knives handmade in Japan. Doors open at 10 a.m. at all locations and online at

Tuesday, April 25
The 3rd Annual Capital for Cause will be held on April 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of REAP's Down to Earth Week. Theme: Investment Strategies for Social Change - Housing and Food. More information plus location and ticket price will be posted in early March at  and

Saturday, April 29
Don’t miss the 8th Annual Calgary Vegan Bake Sale, 1005 of proceeds to support Free Spirit Sanctuary and The Alice Sanctuary. At Commu nity Natural Foods, Chinook Station Market, sweet and savoury vegan treats, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 202 – 61st Ave. SW. Details at or through twitter @yycvegbakesale.

May 5 and 6
Calgary International Beerfest, presented by Sobeys Liquor and Safeway Wine & Spirits will occupy more than 250,000 sq. ft. at Stampede Park, making it the largest beer festival in Western Canada! Everyone will find a new favourite with more than 500 local, national and international craft beers, while being able to sample tasty food from more than 30 of Calgary’s best restaurants, pubs and eateries. Increase your beer knowledge and find a new favourite by taking part in the Brew Master and Cooking with Beer seminars, attending Beer University, and visiting the new Distillery District!