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The Wine & Beer Issue - May June 2017



What’s Happening in June and July

Woot! Woot! More good doughnuts!
Mountain Rhino Donuts, a gourmet doughnut maker, sells at the Marda Loop Farmers’ Market, the Parkdale Farmers’ Market and Okotoks Farmers’ Market. Ain’t nuthin’ like a good doughnut to get your day started right….visit www.mountainrhinodonuts.com for all the tasty details.

 

Through June 28
Buy your cheese at Janice Beaton Fine Cheese and save 25% on all cheeses during the moving sale.  Janice Beaton is moving her operations to the Calgary Farmers’ Market location, so this is a great time to take advantage of the moving sale.  And other cheese paraphernalia is also on sale from 10% to 50% off. 

Opening in June
This just sounds too good! The opening of the Granary Road Market that’s an active learning park for kids, a public market, a bakery and a bistro that’s fast-casual food during the day and a more sophisticated menu in the evening, with wine, beer and cocktails while viewing the vista of the surrounding foothils from the bar on the roof above the bistro. Plus field trips and special events, and the market is located in the Foothills MD, southwest of the city on 112th St. Visit www.granaryroad.com for all the fun details.  AND Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR) is opening The Loft at the Market in late June. It will be The Loft Bakery, Kitchen and Lounge, which pretty well says it all.  Visit www.theloftcalgary.ca to learn all the tasty details.

Alberta Food Tours
Has launched its #EatAlberta150 contest – a province-wide Instagram contest to increase awareness of Alberta as a food destination and showcase the food community throughout the province and engage Alberta food lovers in building the province’s bountiful food story celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. Running June 1 – August 7, participants are encouraged to share photos of their favourite Alberta foods on instagram using the hashtag #EatAlberta150. Visit www.albertafoodtours.ca for details. There will be 150 prizes from more than 30 Alberta Food Tours partners, plus a cupcake from Crave Cookies an Cupcakes for every winner, plus 5 grand prize draws that include packages from Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Canmore’s Paintbox Lodge, CRMR’s Buffalo Mountain Lodge and the Hotel Arts Group.  Do it, do it!

Happy Hour at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff
From Sunday to Friday, between 3 – 5 p.m. and 8 – 9 p.m., the Sleeping Buffalo Lounge and Patio will be serving signature cocktails, Alberta craft and draft beers and domestic bottles all for just $6. Can’t beat that, and we love hanging in our mountains, so all the more reason to!

 

Tickets now on sale for….
The Women Chefs and Restaurateurs conference in Calgary on September 16 – People, Passion, Purpose…The Pathway to Success, at WinSport. Inspiring guest speakers and panelists include our very own Top Chef Canada, Nicole Gomes, Betty Vasquez, a Mexican chef, and Meeru Dhalwala, co-owner of Vancouver’s fabulous Vij’s and Rangoli, and more!  Tickets at www.eventbrite.com, details at www.womenchefs.org/calgary-2017

 

Tickets now on sale…..
The Naramata Bench Wineries Association is throwing its annual Naramata Tailgate Party September 9 that includes wine tastings from 28 Naramata wineries, local chefs’ cuisine and live music. Saluting Canada’s 150th with a “back to our roots” theme. Tickets are now on sale at www.tinyurl.com/naramatatailgate2017. Visit www.naramatabench.com for details.

Learn About the Making of Japanese Knives
Springhammer, the award-winning Kevin Kossowan-directed documentary produced by Knifewear CEO Kevin Kent, about Japanese Blacksmiths and the culinary tools they create is streaming for free on knifewear.com. In 2013, Kent, Kossowan and Knifewear’s cultural ambassador, Naoto Fujimoto, travelled across Japan to film their blacksmith partners. Now you can see how the popular Japanese knives are made. Visit www.knifewear.com/springhammer to have a look.

Spend a Lazy, Tasty Afternoon in the Park!
Summer in the city means Prince’s Island Park is calling you to bring a friend and a beautiful picnic basket from River Café filled with handmade seasoal treats. Baskets include a meal for two including linens and cutlery, and should be ordered at least a day in advance before 6 p.m.  Check www.river-café.com/food_wine/picnic_baskets for all the tasty details.

 

Interactive Mexican Taco Kit
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 www.nativetongues.ca/catering for all the tasty details.

Great Events Rentals
Great Events Catering has a rental operation and you can find beautiful things like linens for tables, harvest benches to be paired with beautiful harvest tables, and outdoor metal candle lanterns, and much more.  Visit www.greateventsrentals.ca for all the beautiful new products.

 

SAIT Cooking Classes
SAIT’s downtown Culinary Campus: Date Night, July 21 and August 18; Canning July 22; Thrill of the Grill, July 28 and August 11; Artisan Bread, July 29; Viennoiserie, August 19; Curry, August 25.  SAIT’s main campus: Cupcakes, June 24. Visit www.culinarycampus.ca  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. Your Stampede visitors and friends will find authentic western hospitality at River Café as well as an oasis from Stampede madness on the beautiful patio enjoying the best of Canadian seasonal cuisine. Just a walk in the park, Prince’s Island Park. www.river-café.com

Now Open
Leading Canadian restaurant group Oliver & Bonacini has unveiled Hudson, a state-of-the-art event complex. Hudson marks the completion of Oliver & Bonacini’s foray into western Canada and is the restaurant group’s final concept in the historic Hudson’s Bay building, following the opening of The Guild and Sub Rosa last year. Spanning the sixth floor of the building, Hudson features stunning views of downtown Calgary and an open-concept layout that can accommodate up to 710 guests at one time, whether seated or as a standing reception for all sorts of events, from corporate conferences to elegant weddings and high-profile social gatherings. Visit www.hudsonevents.ca for more information.

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 www.philsebastian.com 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 www.facebook.com/pondprojectsauceco, @pondprojectsaus and Instagram at pondprojectsauceco to find out where you can get Pond Project sauces. The web site, www.pondprojectsauceco.com 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 www.farmersmarket.hsca.ca

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? 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 www.coopwinespiritsbeer.com/events

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. Visit www.tinhorn.com for more information.

Black Hills Estate Winery Wine Releases
2015 Chardonnay in limited supply and 2015 Cellar Hand Punch Down Red. Visit www.blackhillswinery.com/current-vintages 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 www.bar-c.ca/happyhour  @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 exec chef Thomas Neukom and sous chef Gareth Colville.  Menu will change regularly. Details and reservations at www.lakehousecalgary.com 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, www.lakehousecalgary.com

 

Who doesn’t love bacon?
Atco Blue Flame Kitchen offers 10 of the best bacon recipes ever that you can download free from www.atcoblueflamekitchen.com/bacon -- 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, brendalea7@yahoo.ca

 

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 www.catchrestaurant.ca

Bricks Wine Store Tastings
Get on the email list at www.brickswine.ca 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, www.atcoblueflamekitchen.com/classes

Canada 150 Coast to Coast Plates …
Rouge Restaurant launches a showcase of Canada’s rich 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 each province’s food culture while Rouge adds its own creative spin.  Look for the details on www.rougecalgary.com

Bin 905 Tastings
For details, visit www.bin905.com, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Metrovino
Tastings:  Visit www.metrovino.com 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! www.vinroom.com

The Light Cellar
Superfood/Superherb Classes. Details and register online at at www.thelightcellar.ca/teaching-kitchen or call 403-453-1343. 

 

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

 

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

 

Hotel Arts’ Restaurants
Daily 3- and 5-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings at Yellow Door Bistro; Every Friday at Raw Bar, 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. www.hotelarts.ca

Kensington Wine Market
Tastings details at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com 403-283-8000.

Willow Park Wines & Spirits
Fun stuff happening. Details and tickets at www.willowpark.net 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
Kid’s Cooking Camp in summer; hands-on classes: Flaky Viennoiserie, June 25; Perfect Pies and Tarts, June 27; Hors d’Oeuvres and Entertainment, July 1; 4 elements of summer, Grilling, Brining, Marinating, Smoking. France Tour dates for 2018 are available online: June 3 – 9 and June 10 – 16. More information and reservations at 403-764-2665 or check www.cuisineandchateau.com.  Class details and registration at www.cuisineandchateau.com or info@cuisineandchateau.com

 

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 www.whiterosekitchen.ca. The Coal Shed Smokehouse is right beside the White Rose offering house-smoked, grilled and braised meats for takeaway, learn more at www.whiterosekitchen.ca/coal-shed

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 www.theguildrestaurant.com

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! www.framboisebakery.ca

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 www.byollia.com/classes, 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.  Post-fire,  the farmers market, parking lot version, will be open starting May 6 to October 28, each Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., vendors will be onsite and open. Visit www.symonsvalleyranch.com for a listing of events and where to buy “support Local” T-shirts that support the vendors of the market.

The Cookbook Co. Cooks
Only 6 spaces left at the Kids ooking Camp, Ages 12+, July 31 to August 4, don’t miss out on having your son or daughter enjoy a week of cooking, eating, learning, laughing. Call 403-265-6066, ext. 1, to register today.
Seasons Harvest harvest boxes are back, bringing the best of British Columbia. Weekly deliveries  Phone 403-265-6066, ext. 1, to place your order -- get on the Seasons Harvest mailing list to receive updates at cook@cookbookcooks.com.  Classes: Saturday Morning Kids Baking, ages 8+; Off the pages of Oh She Glows Every Day, a vegan cooking class, hands-on class; Friday and Saturday Evenings, A Night Out: Couples Classes, hands-on. And much more.  Details at 403-265-6066, ext. 1 or visit www.cookbookcooks.com 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., visit www.philsebastian.com/mission for all the fun details.

 

At the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
Bow Valley Ranche Chef’s Pantry Sunday Night Dinner, every Sunday, 4-courses, $55; reservations 403-476-1310. All the tasty details at www.bvrrestaurant.com

High Tea Saturday and Sunday
What fun!  Brasserie Kensington serves 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 www.brasseriekensington.com or phone the restaurant at 403-457-4148.

Divine Cooking at Home
Chef Darren comes to your house for a group cooking class -- Grilling Classes, July 7, August 3, 11, 18 or 24. Email cafedivine@hotmail.com to book your evening. Classes fill quickly, so they are first-come, first-serve. Classes are $100 per participant, your group of 8 – 12 participants will learn all the best for the grilling season.

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
Whisky 101: National Scotch Whisky Day, July 27. Details at eauclairedistillery.ca/calendar, phone 403-933-5404.

Officially Open….
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.

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

 

Joy Road Catering Alfresco Vineyard Dinners
Tickets are now on sale for the Okanagan’s Joy Road Catering dinners at God’s Mountain; celebrate farmer Jordan and his new digs at Unearthed Farm. Visit www.joyroadcatering.com for details and more fun, tasty events.

At Heritage Park
River Forth Dining Car will return to the rails offering visitors a luxury dining experience on Tuesdays until August 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dine on a meal inspired by history as you circle Heritage Park behind a steam engine.  Fun! What a great way to entertain clients, out-of-town visitors or to celebrate a special occasion.  Lunch includes a glass of wine, appetizer, choice of main course, dessert and coffee or tea for $139.90 for two people. Book by calling 403-268-8500.  Visit www.heritagepark.ca and go to “event calendar” for details. July 1, Canada Day celebrations starting with a parade; Wednesday evenings, July 5 – August 30, Music in the Plaza featuring some of Alberta’s finest musical talent.

Laughing Stock Vineyards Barrel Room Tastings
Something exceptionally good to plan for when you’re tootling the Okanagan. Laughing Stock, near Penticton, makes some of the best of the Okanagan wines, so go taste them. Hosted by owners/winemaker David or Cynthia Enns, these tastings are held monthly on Sundays and include local artisan cheeses: June 25, July 30, August 13, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., $25 for preferred share wine club members and guests, $50 for non-members, and worth every penny for this exceptional wine.  Visit www.laughingstock.ca for details, or call 250-493-8466 for details and to register for a tasting.

Starts June 9
Summer season at Island Lake Lodge begins so you can explore your happy place – the canoes are out, the chefs are prepping and the beer fridge is stocked. Visit www.islandlakecatskiing.com/summer to learn all that’s going on by way of new menus, guided hikes, special packages and lots more.  A beautiful place to hang out – we all need this, for sure!

Canmore’s New Fun Restaurant
Canmore’s newest restaurant – Devil’s Table -- is an upscale Euro-Caribbean fusion, pirate-themed restaurant  that operates from the decks of Creekside Villa, 709 Benchlands Trail. Look for a bounty of fine food and drink in a nautical setting. Devil serves dinner, hours are from 3 p.m to closing, visit www.creeksidevilla.ca/restaurant for all the tasty details.

 

Deane House Jazz Series
Deane House has kicked off its Summer Jazz Series with live music in Deane’s Garden – a perfect place to have a great brunch and great music! Brunch is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., live music from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Reserve online at www.deanehouse.com or call 403-264-0595.

 

Black Hills Estate WInery
When you’re tootling the Okanagan wine country, Sunset Happy Hour extends regular hours to 7 p.m. every day in July and August and includes 2 for 1 tastings. And, the release of new wines, the roussanne and a rosé.   Midsummer Night’s Dream party, August 12 and Fall Harvest Party, September 30. Visit www.blackhillswinery.com/visit-us/events for all the details.

Tuesday, June 27
Kensington Wine Market celebrates Canada 150 with Canadian beer, whisky and wine at tastings, starting today with the finest Canadian craft beer. The newest releases of Canadian whisky will be tasted June 29; the final tasting on June 30 features Canadian wines paired with Canadian cheeses by Peasant Cheese. Tastings start at 7 p.m. July 1 celebrates Canada Day with a sale on all Canadian wine, whisky, beer and spirits in-store and online. Purchase tasting tickets online at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com/tastings or by phone at 403-283-8000.

Wednesday, June 28
4 chefs. 4 wines. 4 dishes.  CRMR’s The Lake House invites you to a tasty winemaker’s dinner featuring wines from Germany’s Mosel River and Oregon’s Willamette Valley, 6:30 p.m., and dinner created by The Lake House chef Gareth Colville joined by his counter parts from Divino, Cilantro and The Loft for the third edition of the CRMR Four Chefs’ Dinner. Dishes paired with wines from J. Christopher Winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and from Dr. Loosen in Germany’s Mosel River.  Tickets $120, including tax and gratuity, at www.lakehousecalgary.com

Wednesday, June 28
La Vita Bella invites you to its Friuli Wine Dinner that includes a four-course dinner with wine pairings, 6:30, $100, limited seating.  Reservations at 403-264-6046. Visit www.lavitabella.ca for all the tasty details.

Thursday, June 29
The Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Bragg Creek starts its themed dinner nights with a savoury four-course seafood dinner, 6 p.m., $75, purchased in advance since space is limited. Tickets at 403-949-3611 or eric.thebavarianinn@gmail.com, 75 White Ave.

Thursday, June 29
President’s Choice has declared this day Eat Together Day to remind us of the joys and importance of eating together in an effort to start to reverse the reality of eating alone. So celebrate by eating with the people you like/love/live with!

Saturday, July 1
Say Happy Birthday Canada with a preorder of Canada-themed Jelly Modern Doughnuts, most locations are open on Canada Day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with tasty, pretty Canadian doughnuts! Both tasty and celebratory! Visit www.jellymoderndoughnuts.com for details.

Saturday, July 1
Join the Calgary Farmers’ market for patriotic fun celebrating Canada’s 150th with local food, music and beer that also gives back to the community. Big T’s Smokehouse is hosting a beer garden in support of the Calgary Food Bank with beer from Trolley 5, Common Crown, Half Hitch and Meadjito from Fallentimber Meadery, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the SE patio.

Thursday, July 6
Stampede Pancake Breakfast at Vin Room Mission, 9 – 11 a.m. served with Caffe Umbria coffee in support of the Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation, 2320 – 4th St. SW.

Tuesday, July 11
Modern Steak invites you to the official Jack Daniels Stampede Dinner featuring 150-day Jack Daniels dry-aged beef. This is the first of its kind in Canada, where the finest grade tomahawk beef is aged in Jack Daniels. Each course will be accompanied by a Jack Daniels cocktail. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.modernsteak.ca

Saturday, July 15
Rodney’s Oyster House invites you to its first Stampede breakfast, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., starting off with a flight of 3 customized Caesars and finishing with a traditional Stampede breakfast “Rodney style” to help you get back up on that (sea)horse again.  Tickets $30 at www.eventbrite.ca

July 20 – 29
Head to Edmonton for Taste of Edmonton, one of the largest food festivals in Canada. Celebrating local cuisine and drinks in the downtown core, with western Canada’s largest free music festival at Churchill Square. Visit www.eventsedmonton.ca for details.

Tasting Room Now Open
Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars in Okanagan Falls has opened its tasting room for the season for when you’re tootling the Okanagan Valley, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 2385 Allendale Rd. August 5, the winery hosts a pick-up social that includes food and live music and you can pick up your wine that you purchased online. If you would like to attend, RSVP to bluemountain@bluemountainwinery.com or 250-497-8244.