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Eat Well, Spend Less - January February 2017

What’s Happening in February and March

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 The label contest runs February 2 – 23 and creating a video and print ad contest runs March 1 – 22. Take part in this! Fun for beer lovers.

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. Reservations up to February 28 are now open. Reserve now for March 1 – April 28. The Thursday lunch buffet is offered March 2, 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: Intermediate Cooking, February 27 – March 20. SAIT’s Main Campus: Sushi, February 17; Buttercream Basics, February 18; Bar Mixology, February 27 – March 16. 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. Visit for all the details.

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,

Bin 905 Tastings
Proud to be Canadian, February 23, $40; Spring Cider, March 2, $25; Wines by the Signs – Aries, pairing wines with astrological signs, find out which wines rule your signs, $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
Upcoming Kids Cooking Camps, teacher’s convention, February 16/17, $180 for 2 days; 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: Off the menu of 10 Foot Henry with Andrew Moore, February 27; Off the Menu of Foreign Concept with Duncan Ly, March 14; A Night at River Café with Matthias Fong, April 11; 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 and much more.

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

Beginning December 3
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.

The Entire Month of February
February is Masakage Knives month at Knifewear stores, the knives are 15% off, and they have been designed for use in western kitchens with a special nod to professional kitchens. They’re Knifewear’s most beloved brand and all have a sexy look to boot! Get yourself one or two or three or more.

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest
Welcome to the sixth year of YYC Hot Chocolate Fest in support of Calgary Meals on Wheels, February 1 – February 28 across Calgary! YYC Hot Chocolatefest celebrates the creativity of local eateries in this friendly and delicious competition to find Calgary’s Best Hot Chocolates as voted by Calgarians. You can sip with satisfaction as proceeds from every hot chocolate sold benefits Calgary Meals on Wheels. 

Each year, local restaurants and cafes create a signature hot chocolate, designed uniquely for YYC Hot Chocolate Fest, and sell this beverage for the month of February. Participating vendors and their unique drinks will be listed online at Customers are encouraged to vote online to help determine which vendor will win the coveted title of "Calgary's Best Hot Chocolate" and "Calgary's Best Spirited Hot Chocolate." We also reward our participant with the “Most Funds Raised” award, to recognize their outstanding contribution to Calgary Meals on Wheels. 

Visit to learn more about participating locations, signature hot chocolates, community events, contests & prizes, and our benefiting charity, Calgary Meals on Wheels.

Divine Cooking at Home
Chef Darren comes to your house for a group cooking class, with Cozy Winter Warmth, February 17 and March 3, 10, 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 partricipant, your group of 8 or more participants will prepare a 4-course winter warmth dinner with chef Darren.

Starting February 11, 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.

February 12 – March 5
Alexis de Portneuf, fine cheese makers from the rural village of St. Raymond de Portneuf, Québec, have created an innovative system of taste guides that makes it easy to enjoy fine cheeses. To introduce the new taste guides, Alexis de Portneuf invites all cheese lovers to visit and go to “enter our contest” to take part in a contest by answering a few simple questions to discover your personal taste profile and get a chance to win one of 5 valuable travel certificates. Fun! Follow the facebook to receive all the contest updates.

Wednesday, February 22
Campania Wine Dinner at La Vita Bella that includes a delish four-course dinner with wine pairings, $100, 6:30 p.m., $100. Limited seating, reserve at 403-264-6046 or online at where you’ll also find more details.

Winefest in Calgary
This very fun event returns to Calgary February 24 and 25 at the Stampede Park BMO Centre. Treat yourself to tasting a wonderland of wines from all over the world while tasting delicious hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants and food businesses. It’s always fun and educational. Details and tickets available at Tickets sell out fast, so check it out now!

Eau Claire Distillery Events
Whisky 101, February 25; St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Class, March 11; Spring 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.

Friday, March 3
Calgary Produce Marketing hosts its Inaugural Half Your Plate Chef’s Dinner taking place at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport. Six local chefs – Liana Robberecht, Melanie Hennessey, Andrea Harling, Kerry Bennett, Mike Aurigemma and Nicole Buckton -- come together to bring you a meal unlike any other. The “Half Your Plate” initiative aims to highlight the remarkable value and versatility of produce on every plate. Each chef will create a different dish, starting with a variety of hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour. As the night progresses, the chefs have each masterminded one of four courses offered at the event. $89 tickets include hors d’oeuvres, a four-course meal and live entertainment. Tables of 8 can be purchased for $700. Visit for all the tasty details.
Saturday, March 4
Friends of Fish Creek host a free public information session about leaving a lasting legacy for cherished green spaces and healthy families, 2 – 4 p.m., Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre, Shannon Terrace, Fish Creek Park, 13931 Woodpath Rd. SW. For details, visit

Monday, March 6
Anahata Foods and Kawa Espresso Bar present Vegan Comfort Food the first Monday of every month. Call for reservations, 403-452-5233, at Kawa Espresso Bar.

Get Your Tickets Now
On Thursday March 16, two iconic Calgary organizations, Big Rock Brewery and Heritage Park Historical Village will collaborate on a one-of-a kind culinary experience. Handcrafted: A Kick Off to St. Patrick’s Day is an inaugural Brewmaster’s Dinner at Heritage Park that unites Big Rock Brewery’s innovative craft beers with Heritage Park’s exceptional culinary offerings. The event takes place in Gasoline Alley Museum and is the perfect way to kick off St. Paddy’s Day! Complimentary tastings of Big Rock beer and hors d’oeuvres greet guests, including a limited edition Heritage Park brew. Executive Chef Leighton Smyth has designed an imaginative, Irish-fusion, four–course dinner, and each course will be paired with one of Big Rock’s finest. In true Brewmaster’s Dinner fashion, each course will be curated by Big Rock’s brewmaster Paul Gautreau. Following dinner, guests will be treated to a musical performance by an internationally acclaimed Cape Breton fiddler! Tickets are $119 and are on sale now. Visit for ticket information and for the full menu.

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!