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The Entertaining Issue - November December 2017



What’s Happening in December and January

‘Tis the season …
Santa makes his holidiay debut today at Southcentre Mall through December 24 at 3 p.m., so get the wish lists ready and head to Southcentre’s Enchanted Forest in the Inner Circle.  Visit www.southcentremall.com for all the fun details.

‘Tis the Season to give ...
The gift of Big Rock to the beer lovers on your list – special edition gift pack including a Rye Barrel Aged Ale, Scotch Barrel Aged Ale and Flemish Red, specialty barrel-aged brews, whether it’s a gift to someone else, or to yourself. Limited quantities available in Alberta at select retailers, so don’t wait to scoop this!  And look for Winter Spice holiday cans, the perfect stocking stuffer, if you can hang onto it that long!

Inspired by Tradition….
New seasonal treats from The Loft Bakery include Christmas stollen and European Christmas cookies to help you celebrate the buzz of Christmas cheer at the Granary Road Market and in your homes with your families. Stop by The Loft Bakery this holiday season to snack on a piece of Europe and start a new tradition. Also, the cookies are made with gluten-free flour.

Calgary gets enRoute Best New Restaurant
Good for you, Bar Von Der Fels, you hit number 3 in the top 10 of Air Canada’s enRoute magazine’s Best New Restaurants for 2017. You’ll keep up the good work for sure!

Meet foodora
Calgary’s newest on-demand food delivery service that, until December 31, will celebrate its expansion by offering free delivery on all orders placed in the Calgary delivery zone – north to 27th Ave., east to Deerfoot Tr, west to Crowchild Tr., and south to 26th Ave. Some of the top restaurant partners that you can order or pick up from include Po-ke, Meat & Bread, Freshii and Würst. Foodora’s service has grown to more than 9, 000 partner restaurants in more than 65 cities across 10 countries -- Austria, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Australia and, Canada. For more information, visit www.foodora.ca

Woot! Woot! More good doughnuts!
Mountain Rhino Donuts has now moved into the Market on Macleod full-time, 7711 Macleod Trail SE, Thursday through Sunday 9a.m. to 5p.m. The celiac community is apparently going nuts over the gluten-free donuts. They are the best in the world at the moment, Mountain Rhino says! Guess we just have to get ourselves to Market on Macleod and give them a go. Such a hardship!

Nota Bene Magnums Now Available!
Black Hills Estate Winery offers its 2015 Nota Bene Single and Double Magnums that you can order online now. Limited quantities, so don’t wait, they’re perfect for all your holiday entertaining ‘cause they’ll serve LOTS of people!  For more information, phone 250-498-0666 or info@blackhillswinery.com.  Visit www.blackhillswinery.com for details and to order.  Free shipping in Canada on orders of 24 bottles or more.

Holidays are Indulging in Dessert – yes!  New Ideas…..
The finest New Zealand Manuka Honey Chocolate is available from importer Pacific Resources International – www.shoppri.com -- and it all natural, gluten free, dairy free and kosher with no artificial anything.  Also, Let’s Do…Gluten Free Ice Cream Cones and Dessert Bowls that are delicious from vegan and vegetarian innovator Edward & Sons – www.edwardandsons.com -- who first introduced Miso-Cup soup to North American consumers 40 years ago.  Check all of this online and order for the holidays.

Now Open – Yay!
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) opened The Loft at the Market in late June. It’s The Loft Bakery, Kitchen and Lounge, which pretty well says it all.  Visit www.theloftcalgary.ca to learn all the tasty details.

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 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! AND, Cilantro Restaurant at Buffalo Mountain Lodge is now Buffalo Mountain Café, the perfect setting to stop in pre- or post-adventure for delicious, casual bites, like coffee, pastries, sandwiches, house-made desserts.

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.

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 and save money on your holiday or wedding décor, or find great, cheap fabric for Halloween costumes, and much more.  Visit www.greateventsrentals.ca for all the beautiful new products.

 

SAIT Cooking Classes
SAIT’s downtown Culinary Campus: Introduction to Cooking, Jan. 8-Feb. 5; Date Night, Jan. 12; Pasta, Jan. 17; Vegetarian, Jan. 23; France, Feb. 7; Winter Stews, Feb. 13; Intermediate Cooking, Feb. 26-Mar 19.  SAIT’s Main Campus: Cooking with Cheese, Jan. 31; Sushi, Feb. 2; Baking Cakes, Feb. 3; Bean to Bar, Feb. 10; Curry, Feb. 23; Butter Cream Basics, Feb. 24; Fish Cookery, Feb. 28; Cooking Boot Camp, May 29-June 1; Desserts and Confections Boot Camp, May 29-June 1.  The Tastemarket by SAIT: Cooking for Your Health, Jan. 17-31; Date Night at The Tastemarket, Feb. 14. 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. 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.

 

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 open for the season, closed ONLY in Jan and Feb. Visit www.tinhorn.com for more information.

 

The Lake House
Indulge in cocktails and eats to warm your soul in the dog days of winter, new flavours to the table, go get some!   You need a Pear Martini that mixes Absolut pear vodka, pear nectar and fresh lime juice with a hint of cinnamon that ensures Christmas cheer like no other. And try the Spinach, Radicchio and Frisée salad with charred orange and a light coating of gruyere cheese….yum!  AND PEI Mussels in a delicious classic version with creamy flavours complemented by salty frites, a great dish to share or enjoy yourself with a complimentary glass of wine! Details and reservations at www.lakehousecalgary.com or 403-225-3939. 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 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

 

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

 

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
Wine!Wine! And Food! A wine and food pairing series; demonstration classes/special events; Winemaker’s dinner with a guest speaker; Kids Program, ages 8 – 13. France Tour dates for 2018 are available online: June 3 – 9 and June 10 – 16. More information 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

 

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 sample 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. The outdoor market is now closed for the season.  Keep checking in regard to the potential for a winter market store … 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
Seasons Harvest harvest boxes bring the best of the Okanagan. For the December 22 box, place your order on or before Sunday, December 17 at 403-265-6066, ext. 1, or email cook@cookbookcooks.com. Get on the Seasons Harvest mailing list to receive updates at cook@cookbookcooks.com. 3-Day Winter Break Kids Camp, ages 8 – 11, December 27 – 29. Check www.cookbookcooks.com for all the classes, register at 403-265-6066, ext. 1.

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.

 

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, canapés, 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.  Email cafedivine@hotmail.com to book your evening. Classes fill quickly, so they are first-come, first-serve. Classes are $100 per participant for groups of 8 – 12 participants.  It’s very fun and chef Darren is very good.

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.

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, 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.

Kensington Wine Market celebrates Canada 150
With Canadian beer, whisky and wine at tastings, starting with the finest Canadian craft beer. Details and purchase tasting tickets online at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com/tastings or by phone at 403-283-8000.

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. www.bluemountainwinery.com

Celebrate Canada’s 150 when Cooking…..
Le Creuset launched a limited-edition Maple Leaf Round French Oven in recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary – really attractive. The 5.3 litre French oven is enamelled in Le Creuset’s iconic hue, cherry. Only 1,867 have been produced, the year Canada was born! Each one is emblazoned with a maple leaf on the top and packaged in a limited edition box with an accompanying booklet, certificate of authenticity, and a frame-worthy commemorative map of Canada. Available today for $500 in your fave kitchenware shop and the Le Creuset store in Chinook mall.

Out of school Culinary Day Camps
Poppy Innovations Edible Education Program invites your youngsters to participate in a culinary day camp at the South Health Campus, Wellness Centre, 4448 Front St. SE, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., no need to pack a lunch!  Ages 6 – 12 years. Sounds like lotsa fun for the kids, and good eats too. Visit www.poppyinnovations.ca/classes-events/kids-summer-day-camps for details and tickets -- $90 includes all supplies.

Now open ……
South St. Burger, a fast-casual restaurant that offers best-in-class burgers, has opened its newest Calgary location at Market Mall. Beef that’s raised without antibiotics or hormones, no MSG, fillers or preservatives. Guests get a fresh 100% pure beef patty, grilled to perfection, or choose from grilled chicken breasts, turkey and soy-based veggie burgers.  Visit www.southstreetburger.com

 

November and December at Vin Room West
Sundays and Mondays, Family Style Dinner includes salad and soup, roast beef au jus with seasonal vegetables and potatoes, available for dine-in or take-out, adults $25, children 12 and under, $10. Reserve at www.vinroom.com.  For the month of December, enjoy Bollinger champagne for only $10 a glass from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.

 

Celebrate the Holidays in the Rockies!
Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts invites you to stay in Banff, Lake Louise or Emerald Lake for the holidays, the mountain lodges transformed into winter wonderlands for children and adults alike. From caroling around an open fire to gingerbread decorating or sipping eggnog and cider, enjoy all the special events happening at the lodges over the holidays. Check the Christmas and New Year’s Eve packages at Emerald Lake Lodge, Buffalo Mountain Lodge and Deer Lodge. Visit www.crmr.com for all the details!

 

It’s that time of year!
The Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant and Great Events Group offer December Holiday Bookings, save the facility fee on side room bookings and receive low season rates on Grand Salon or whole house bookings. For more information or to book your event, visit www.bvrrestaurant.com or phone the eent coordinators at 403-476-1310 or email events@bvrrestaurant.com

 

Taking Reservations now for the New Year
SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room has been voted Diner’s Choice Best of Calgary by Open Table guests, and the Highwood is taking reservations for the new year, January 10 through February 28, with the lunch buffet January 18 and 25, February 1, 8 and 15. Though the lunch buffet is hugely popular, there’s lots of room throughout the semester to accommodate special occasions and group bookings.  Book yur table onine at www.sait.ca/highwood

 

Until December 23
Don’t miss the terrific Calgary Farmers’ Market Christmas Market, a perfect destination to find everything for on the table and under the tree this upcoming holiday season. Find the very best from your fave market vendors, plus seasonal vendors offering Yuletide gifts, food, jewelry, décor and much more. Plenty of activities, too, from Santa and cookie decorating, tea with Mrs. Claus, ice carving, a Canadian maple shack, and MUCH MORE!  Fun!  Plus no admission and free parking – so get yourself to the CFM Christmas Market at 510 – 77 Ave. SE. Visit www.calgaryfarmersmarket.ca for all the lowdown!

Until December 23 at River Café
In the spirit of giving, purchase a $100 gift card and receive a $25 bonus. Purchase online at www.river-café.com or over the phone at 403-264-0595. E-gift cards are sent instantly to the recipient and River will send the bonus card to you.  AND, make the holidays merry and bright, let River handle the party planning so you can focus on celebrating with family and friends.  River will make your party special for you and your guests be it at the restaurant or in your home.

Christmas Parties at Vero Bistro
Vero Bistro Moderne in Kensington on 10th St. NW is a great place to book your holiday party. Let chef Jenny create a menu that works for you. Visit www.verobistro.ca for menu ideas and for booking, contact Michael at 403-283-8988 or at verobistro@yahoo.ca

Saturday, December 16 or 23
Pasu Farm invites you to its elegant eight-course English Victorian Christmas Dinner with a choice of roast leg of lamb or prime rib as your entrée with a plum pudding dessert that will be flamed for all to see!  Fun! Part of the entertainment is a carol sing-along accompanied by guitar.  Seating and cocktails from 5:30 p.m., first course served at 6:30, tickets just $85.  Reservations essential as only 44 places will be set.  Call 403-337-2800 or 1-800-679-7999.

December 8 until Christmas and December 19
Great local jazz singer, Ellen Doty, is teaming up with Monogram Coffee to make the “Favourite Sweater” roast when $5 from every bag of this coffee sold goes to the Calgary Drop In Centre to help those in need. Each bag will also come with a code to a free early bird download of the new version of “Favourite Sweater.” Ellen’s friend and Dudes frontman, Danny Vacon, will be on her new album set for release on March 2, 2018.  Danny and Ellen are performing a concert for the Drop In Centre clients on December 19, 3 – 4 p.m., and they will be serving Monogram coffee.

Saturday, December 16
Don’t miss Bin 905’s Annual Sparkling Sale at the Mission location, 2311 – 4 St. SW,  10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Take advantage of 15% off the large selection of marquee names, to smaller grower champagnes, and even the rarities such as Moutard, Jacquesson, Agrapart and Vilmart. The 15% off also applies to Bin 905’s great selection of sparkling wines from around the globe. The sale will not be at the new Granary Road location.

Wednesday, December 20
The Elegant Vegan, Lisa Jordan Krasnow, and Kawa Espresso Bar invite you to enjoy a 4-course vegan winter solstice feast, $45, at Kawa, to welcome the holiday season, from 5:30 p.m. onwards, reservations essential, at 403-452-5233, becaues seating is limited.

December 21 – 23
Meat & Bread, downtown in the Grain Exchange building, will launch its seasonal Turducken sandwich topped with cranberry apple mostarda, pumpkin seed crumble and radicchio red cabbage slaw. Available each day while supplies last, $12.50 per sandwich. It replaces the regular Porchetta Carve sandwich while other sandwiches and sides are still available.  Stop in for an early turducken sandwich lunch, as it sells out quickly: 821 – 1 St. SW, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

December 22 – 24
Christmas at Vero Bistro Moderne, in Kensington, invites you to a La Panarda Multi-Course Feast, $75, two seatings, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., space is limited and reservations are required at 403-283-8988.  Visit www.verobistro.ca for all the tasty details.

 

December 28 – 31
Enjoy a festive Holiday Tea in the Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women at Heritage Park Historical Village, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tea includes finger sandwiches and fresh-from-the-oven holiday baking from Heritage Park’s bakery, like buttery chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies, gingerbread men, mincemeat tarts and buttermilk and cranberry scones with butter and preserves.  A great way to ring in the holidays with family and friends. Tickets are $28.95 adults and $20.95 children and include admission to the Winter Carnival event in Gasoline Alley Museum as well as a coupon for shopping in Heritage Park’s Haskayne Mercantile Block. Call 403-268-8500 to reserve your table in advance. Visit www.heritagepark.ca for details.

Now until December 31
You can help Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria partnering with MealShare for the 5th year to end youth hunger by purchasing Famoso’s  Campanis Tomato Sauce -- $8 for a 500mL jar, available for purchase in-store. On meal will be provided to a Canadian youth in need for eery jar of Campania sauce purchased, right in th ecommunity in which eh sauce was sold. Made from the finest vine-ripened plum tomatoes picked from the rich soils of Mount Vesuvius in Naples, this tomato sauce is really tasty, so get yourself some and help support this fine, essential holiday Mealshare program.  Visit www.famoso.ca for more information.

Now until December 31
Good Earth’s annual Gingerbread Family campaign is a tradition that has run for more than 20 years to help those in need.  For every package of Gingerbread Family cookies sold, Good Earth wil donate money to local food banks.  Good Earth wants to sell more than 10,000 Gingerbread Families, now for sale in Good Earth Coffeehouse locations until December 31.  They’re tasty cookies and a really good thing to do – go buy some and help support a good cause. Visit www.goodearthcoffeehouse.com for all the tasty details.

 

New Year’s Eve 2018, Sunday, December 31
The Lake House overlooking Lake Bonavista invites you to celebrate the close of the year, the opening of a new year with a five-course chef’s tasting menu dinner from chef Gareth Colville – it will make your last dinner of the year one to remember. CRMR wine director, Brad Royale, will pair wines for each course.  Reservations are now being accepted, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., call 403-225-3939 to book your table.

Sunday, December 31
New chef, Mandy Leighton, at Mount Engadine Lodge just outside of Canmore in the Spray Valley, will be serving a New Year’s Eve Brunch, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., including house-made salmon lox, eggs benedict and huevos rancheros for $25, including a feature cocktail and some of the most beautiful surrounding landscape you can ever see! For details and reservations, contact mountengadine@castleavery.ca or call 403-678-4080.

Sunday, December 31
Toscana Italian Grill invites you and your family to celebrate the New Year with them: three-course menu for $49, four-course menu for $59, kids eat for $20. Good food and good people, reserve at 403-255-1212, 8330 Macleod Tr. SE.  Visit www.toscanagrill.ca for details.

New Year’s Eve, Sunday December 31
Without Papers Pizza, 1216 9 Ave. SE, invites you to it’s New Year’s Eve Burlesque Ball as local burlesque troupe The Garter Girls perform a fun and risque show that’ll bring the house down. Each ticket includes a pizza of your choice and bubbles to ring in the New year. Starts at 10 p.m. followed by celebrations at midnight.  Tickets and information at www.eventbrite.ca

December 31, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
The Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Bragg Creek invites you to Ring in the New Year, 2018, with tapas and canapés, happy hour all night, oyster bar, 25% off wine, midnight prosecco, local transportation home, 50/50 raffle to help rebuild the Banded Peak playground, music and dancing, celebration, games, community!  And lots of fun – reserve now at 302-949-3611. Tickets $85 before December 15, then $105. Reserve now! Visit www.thebavarianinn.com for details.

January 12 – 14
Calgary Renovation Show returns to the BMO Centre, Stampede Park – your projects, their experts, led by HGTV Canada’s Sarah Richerdson and Sabrina Smelko on The Main Stage, along wit more than 200 trusted home improvement companies to choose from.  For details and tickets, visit www.calgaryrenovationshow.com and save $3 by buying your tickets online.

January 20 and 21
The Bash returns with its third annual wedding showcase, not a traditional bridal show, but a boutique-wedding event that features a curated lineup of trendsetting and innovative wedding creatives and trends and it will take place in The Hudson downtown.  There will also be canapés and cocktails provided to all guests, plus a Village Ice Cream “social” and a door prize that includes Dinner for two at River Café, a cookware set from The Bay and Jewelry from Joanna Bisley.  Details and tickets at www.thebash.ca

February 2 – 4
Alberta Beer Festivals presents the inaugural Jasper Beer & Barley Summit at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Beer geeks will find themselves immersed in an all-inclusive craft beer, craft spirit and top chef festival. Details and ticket packages available at www.albertabeerfestivals.com/events-services/jasper-summit

 

web site current event listings for December 15

What’s Happening in December and January

 

‘Tis the season …
Santa makes his holidiay debut today at Southcentre Mall through December 24 at 3 p.m., so get the wish lists ready and head to Southcentre’s Enchanted Forest in the Inner Circle.  Visit www.southcentremall.com for all the fun details.

 

‘Tis the Season to give ...
The gift of Big Rock to the beer lovers on your list – special edition gift pack including a Rye Barrel Aged Ale, Scotch Barrel Aged Ale and Flemish Red, specialty barrel-aged brews, whether it’s a gift to someone else, or to yourself. Limited quantities available in Alberta at select retailers, so don’t wait to scoop this!  And look for Winter Spice holiday cans, the perfect stocking stuffer, if you can hang onto it that long!

 

Inspired by Tradition….
New seasonal treats from The Loft Bakery include Christmas stollen and European Christmas cookies to help you celebrate the buzz of Christmas cheer at the Granary Road Market and in your homes with your families. Stop by The Loft Bakery this holiday season to snack on a piece of Europe and start a new tradition. Also, the cookies are made with gluten-free flour.

 

Calgary gets enRoute Best New Restaurant
Good for you, Bar Von Der Fels, you hit number 3 in the top 10 of Air Canada’s enRoute magazine’s Best New Restaurants for 2017. You’ll keep up the good work for sure!

Meet foodora
Calgary’s newest on-demand food delivery service that, until December 31, will celebrate its expansion by offering free delivery on all orders placed in the Calgary delivery zone – north to 27th Ave., east to Deerfoot Tr, west to Crowchild Tr., and south to 26th Ave. Some of the top restaurant partners that you can order or pick up from include Po-ke, Meat & Bread, Freshii and Würst. Foodora’s service has grown to more than 9, 000 partner restaurants in more than 65 cities across 10 countries -- Austria, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Australia and, Canada. For more information, visit www.foodora.ca

Woot! Woot! More good doughnuts!
Mountain Rhino Donuts has now moved into the Market on Macleod full-time, 7711 Macleod Trail SE, Thursday through Sunday 9a.m. to 5p.m. The celiac community is apparently going nuts over the gluten-free donuts. They are the best in the world at the moment, Mountain Rhino says! Guess we just have to get ourselves to Market on Macleod and give them a go. Such a hardship!

Nota Bene Magnums Now Available!
Black Hills Estate Winery offers its 2015 Nota Bene Single and Double Magnums that you can order online now. Limited quantities, so don’t wait, they’re perfect for all your holiday entertaining ‘cause they’ll serve LOTS of people!  For more information, phone 250-498-0666 or info@blackhillswinery.com.  Visit www.blackhillswinery.com for details and to order.  Free shipping in Canada on orders of 24 bottles or more.

 

Holidays are Indulging in Dessert – yes!  New Ideas…..
The finest New Zealand Manuka Honey Chocolate is available from importer Pacific Resources International – www.shoppri.com -- and it all natural, gluten free, dairy free and kosher with no artificial anything.  Also, Let’s Do…Gluten Free Ice Cream Cones and Dessert Bowls that are delicious from vegan and vegetarian innovator Edward & Sons – www.edwardandsons.com -- who first introduced Miso-Cup soup to North American consumers 40 years ago.  Check all of this online and order for the holidays.

 

Now Open – Yay!
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) opened The Loft at the Market in late June. It’s The Loft Bakery, Kitchen and Lounge, which pretty well says it all.  Visit www.theloftcalgary.ca to learn all the tasty details.

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 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! AND, Cilantro Restaurant at Buffalo Mountain Lodge is now Buffalo Mountain Café, the perfect setting to stop in pre- or post-adventure for delicious, casual bites, like coffee, pastries, sandwiches, house-made desserts.

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.

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 and save money on your holiday or wedding décor, or find great, cheap fabric for Halloween costumes, and much more.  Visit www.greateventsrentals.ca for all the beautiful new products.

 

SAIT Cooking Classes
SAIT’s downtown Culinary Campus: Introduction to Cooking, Jan. 8-Feb. 5; Date Night, Jan. 12; Pasta, Jan. 17; Vegetarian, Jan. 23; France, Feb. 7; Winter Stews, Feb. 13; Intermediate Cooking, Feb. 26-Mar 19.  SAIT’s Main Campus: Cooking with Cheese, Jan. 31; Sushi, Feb. 2; Baking Cakes, Feb. 3; Bean to Bar, Feb. 10; Curry, Feb. 23; Butter Cream Basics, Feb. 24; Fish Cookery, Feb. 28; Cooking Boot Camp, May 29-June 1; Desserts and Confections Boot Camp, May 29-June 1.  The Tastemarket by SAIT: Cooking for Your Health, Jan. 17-31; Date Night at The Tastemarket, Feb. 14. 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. 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.

 

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 open for the season, closed ONLY in Jan and Feb. Visit www.tinhorn.com for more information.

 

The Lake House
Indulge in cocktails and eats to warm your soul in the dog days of winter, new flavours to the table, go get some!   You need a Pear Martini that mixes Absolut pear vodka, pear nectar and fresh lime juice with a hint of cinnamon that ensures Christmas cheer like no other. And try the Spinach, Radicchio and Frisée salad with charred orange and a light coating of gruyere cheese….yum!  AND PEI Mussels in a delicious classic version with creamy flavours complemented by salty frites, a great dish to share or enjoy yourself with a complimentary glass of wine! Details and reservations at www.lakehousecalgary.com or 403-225-3939. 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 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

 

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

 

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
Wine!Wine! And Food! A wine and food pairing series; demonstration classes/special events; Winemaker’s dinner with a guest speaker; Kids Program, ages 8 – 13. France Tour dates for 2018 are available online: June 3 – 9 and June 10 – 16. More information 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

 

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 sample 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. The outdoor market is now closed for the season.  Keep checking in regard to the potential for a winter market store … 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
Seasons Harvest harvest boxes bring the best of the Okanagan. For the December 22 box, place your order on or before Sunday, December 17 at 403-265-6066, ext. 1, or email cook@cookbookcooks.com. Get on the Seasons Harvest mailing list to receive updates at cook@cookbookcooks.com. 3-Day Winter Break Kids Camp, ages 8 – 11, December 27 – 29. Check www.cookbookcooks.com for all the classes, register at 403-265-6066, ext. 1.

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.

 

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, canapés, 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.  Email cafedivine@hotmail.com to book your evening. Classes fill quickly, so they are first-come, first-serve. Classes are $100 per participant for groups of 8 – 12 participants.  It’s very fun and chef Darren is very good.

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.

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, 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.

Kensington Wine Market celebrates Canada 150
With Canadian beer, whisky and wine at tastings, starting with the finest Canadian craft beer. Details and purchase tasting tickets online at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com/tastings or by phone at 403-283-8000.

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. www.bluemountainwinery.com

Celebrate Canada’s 150 when Cooking…..
Le Creuset launched a limited-edition Maple Leaf Round French Oven in recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary – really attractive. The 5.3 litre French oven is enamelled in Le Creuset’s iconic hue, cherry. Only 1,867 have been produced, the year Canada was born! Each one is emblazoned with a maple leaf on the top and packaged in a limited edition box with an accompanying booklet, certificate of authenticity, and a frame-worthy commemorative map of Canada. Available today for $500 in your fave kitchenware shop and the Le Creuset store in Chinook mall.

Out of school Culinary Day Camps
Poppy Innovations Edible Education Program invites your youngsters to participate in a culinary day camp at the South Health Campus, Wellness Centre, 4448 Front St. SE, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., no need to pack a lunch!  Ages 6 – 12 years. Sounds like lotsa fun for the kids, and good eats too. Visit www.poppyinnovations.ca/classes-events/kids-summer-day-camps for details and tickets -- $90 includes all supplies.

Now open ……
South St. Burger, a fast-casual restaurant that offers best-in-class burgers, has opened its newest Calgary location at Market Mall. Beef that’s raised without antibiotics or hormones, no MSG, fillers or preservatives. Guests get a fresh 100% pure beef patty, grilled to perfection, or choose from grilled chicken breasts, turkey and soy-based veggie burgers.  Visit www.southstreetburger.com

 

November and December at Vin Room West
Sundays and Mondays, Family Style Dinner includes salad and soup, roast beef au jus with seasonal vegetables and potatoes, available for dine-in or take-out, adults $25, children 12 and under, $10. Reserve at www.vinroom.com.  For the month of December, enjoy Bollinger champagne for only $10 a glass from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.

 

Celebrate the Holidays in the Rockies!
Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts invites you to stay in Banff, Lake Louise or Emerald Lake for the holidays, the mountain lodges transformed into winter wonderlands for children and adults alike. From caroling around an open fire to gingerbread decorating or sipping eggnog and cider, enjoy all the special events happening at the lodges over the holidays. Check the Christmas and New Year’s Eve packages at Emerald Lake Lodge, Buffalo Mountain Lodge and Deer Lodge. Visit www.crmr.com for all the details!

 

It’s that time of year!
The Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant and Great Events Group offer December Holiday Bookings, save the facility fee on side room bookings and receive low season rates on Grand Salon or whole house bookings. For more information or to book your event, visit www.bvrrestaurant.com or phone the eent coordinators at 403-476-1310 or email events@bvrrestaurant.com

 

Taking Reservations now for the New Year
SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room has been voted Diner’s Choice Best of Calgary by Open Table guests, and the Highwood is taking reservations for the new year, January 10 through February 28, with the lunch buffet January 18 and 25, February 1, 8 and 15. Though the lunch buffet is hugely popular, there’s lots of room throughout the semester to accommodate special occasions and group bookings.  Book yur table onine at www.sait.ca/highwood

 

Until December 23
Don’t miss the terrific Calgary Farmers’ Market Christmas Market, a perfect destination to find everything for on the table and under the tree this upcoming holiday season. Find the very best from your fave market vendors, plus seasonal vendors offering Yuletide gifts, food, jewelry, décor and much more. Plenty of activities, too, from Santa and cookie decorating, tea with Mrs. Claus, ice carving, a Canadian maple shack, and MUCH MORE!  Fun!  Plus no admission and free parking – so get yourself to the CFM Christmas Market at 510 – 77 Ave. SE. Visit www.calgaryfarmersmarket.ca for all the lowdown!

Until December 23 at River Café
In the spirit of giving, purchase a $100 gift card and receive a $25 bonus. Purchase online at www.river-café.com or over the phone at 403-264-0595. E-gift cards are sent instantly to the recipient and River will send the bonus card to you.  AND, make the holidays merry and bright, let River handle the party planning so you can focus on celebrating with family and friends.  River will make your party special for you and your guests be it at the restaurant or in your home.

Christmas Parties at Vero Bistro
Vero Bistro Moderne in Kensington on 10th St. NW is a great place to book your holiday party. Let chef Jenny create a menu that works for you. Visit www.verobistro.ca for menu ideas and for booking, contact Michael at 403-283-8988 or at verobistro@yahoo.ca

Saturday, December 16 or 23
Pasu Farm invites you to its elegant eight-course English Victorian Christmas Dinner with a choice of roast leg of lamb or prime rib as your entrée with a plum pudding dessert that will be flamed for all to see!  Fun! Part of the entertainment is a carol sing-along accompanied by guitar.  Seating and cocktails from 5:30 p.m., first course served at 6:30, tickets just $85.  Reservations essential as only 44 places will be set.  Call 403-337-2800 or 1-800-679-7999.

December 8 until Christmas and December 19
Great local jazz singer, Ellen Doty, is teaming up with Monogram Coffee to make the “Favourite Sweater” roast when $5 from every bag of this coffee sold goes to the Calgary Drop In Centre to help those in need. Each bag will also come with a code to a free early bird download of the new version of “Favourite Sweater.” Ellen’s friend and Dudes frontman, Danny Vacon, will be on her new album set for release on March 2, 2018.  Danny and Ellen are performing a concert for the Drop In Centre clients on December 19, 3 – 4 p.m., and they will be serving Monogram coffee.

Saturday, December 16
Don’t miss Bin 905’s Annual Sparkling Sale at the Mission location, 2311 – 4 St. SW,  10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Take advantage of 15% off the large selection of marquee names, to smaller grower champagnes, and even the rarities such as Moutard, Jacquesson, Agrapart and Vilmart. The 15% off also applies to Bin 905’s great selection of sparkling wines from around the globe. The sale will not be at the new Granary Road location.

Wednesday, December 20
The Elegant Vegan, Lisa Jordan Krasnow, and Kawa Espresso Bar invite you to enjoy a 4-course vegan winter solstice feast, $45, at Kawa, to welcome the holiday season, from 5:30 p.m. onwards, reservations essential, at 403-452-5233, becaues seating is limited.

December 21 – 23
Meat & Bread, downtown in the Grain Exchange building, will launch its seasonal Turducken sandwich topped with cranberry apple mostarda, pumpkin seed crumble and radicchio red cabbage slaw. Available each day while supplies last, $12.50 per sandwich. It replaces the regular Porchetta Carve sandwich while other sandwiches and sides are still available.  Stop in for an early turducken sandwich lunch, as it sells out quickly: 821 – 1 St. SW, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

December 22 – 24
Christmas at Vero Bistro Moderne, in Kensington, invites you to a La Panarda Multi-Course Feast, $75, two seatings, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., space is limited and reservations are required at 403-283-8988.  Visit www.verobistro.ca for all the tasty details.

 

December 28 – 31
Enjoy a festive Holiday Tea in the Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women at Heritage Park Historical Village, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tea includes finger sandwiches and fresh-from-the-oven holiday baking from Heritage Park’s bakery, like buttery chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies, gingerbread men, mincemeat tarts and buttermilk and cranberry scones with butter and preserves.  A great way to ring in the holidays with family and friends. Tickets are $28.95 adults and $20.95 children and include admission to the Winter Carnival event in Gasoline Alley Museum as well as a coupon for shopping in Heritage Park’s Haskayne Mercantile Block. Call 403-268-8500 to reserve your table in advance. Visit www.heritagepark.ca for details.

Now until December 31
You can help Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria partnering with MealShare for the 5th year to end youth hunger by purchasing Famoso’s  Campanis Tomato Sauce -- $8 for a 500mL jar, available for purchase in-store. On meal will be provided to a Canadian youth in need for eery jar of Campania sauce purchased, right in th ecommunity in which eh sauce was sold. Made from the finest vine-ripened plum tomatoes picked from the rich soils of Mount Vesuvius in Naples, this tomato sauce is really tasty, so get yourself some and help support this fine, essential holiday Mealshare program.  Visit www.famoso.ca for more information.

Now until December 31
Good Earth’s annual Gingerbread Family campaign is a tradition that has run for more than 20 years to help those in need.  For every package of Gingerbread Family cookies sold, Good Earth wil donate money to local food banks.  Good Earth wants to sell more than 10,000 Gingerbread Families, now for sale in Good Earth Coffeehouse locations until December 31.  They’re tasty cookies and a really good thing to do – go buy some and help support a good cause. Visit www.goodearthcoffeehouse.com for all the tasty details.

 

New Year’s Eve 2018, Sunday, December 31
The Lake House overlooking Lake Bonavista invites you to celebrate the close of the year, the opening of a new year with a five-course chef’s tasting menu dinner from chef Gareth Colville – it will make your last dinner of the year one to remember. CRMR wine director, Brad Royale, will pair wines for each course.  Reservations are now being accepted, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., call 403-225-3939 to book your table.

Sunday, December 31
New chef, Mandy Leighton, at Mount Engadine Lodge just outside of Canmore in the Spray Valley, will be serving a New Year’s Eve Brunch, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., including house-made salmon lox, eggs benedict and huevos rancheros for $25, including a feature cocktail and some of the most beautiful surrounding landscape you can ever see! For details and reservations, contact mountengadine@castleavery.ca or call 403-678-4080.

Sunday, December 31
Toscana Italian Grill invites you and your family to celebrate the New Year with them: three-course menu for $49, four-course menu for $59, kids eat for $20. Good food and good people, reserve at 403-255-1212, 8330 Macleod Tr. SE.  Visit www.toscanagrill.ca for details.

New Year’s Eve, Sunday December 31
Without Papers Pizza, 1216 9 Ave. SE, invites you to it’s New Year’s Eve Burlesque Ball as local burlesque troupe The Garter Girls perform a fun and risque show that’ll bring the house down. Each ticket includes a pizza of your choice and bubbles to ring in the New year. Starts at 10 p.m. followed by celebrations at midnight.  Tickets and information at www.eventbrite.ca

December 31, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
The Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Bragg Creek invites you to Ring in the New Year, 2018, with tapas and canapés, happy hour all night, oyster bar, 25% off wine, midnight prosecco, local transportation home, 50/50 raffle to help rebuild the Banded Peak playground, music and dancing, celebration, games, community!  And lots of fun – reserve now at 302-949-3611. Tickets $85 before December 15, then $105. Reserve now! Visit www.thebavarianinn.com for details.

January 12 – 14
Calgary Renovation Show returns to the BMO Centre, Stampede Park – your projects, their experts, led by HGTV Canada’s Sarah Richerdson and Sabrina Smelko on The Main Stage, along wit more than 200 trusted home improvement companies to choose from.  For details and tickets, visit www.calgaryrenovationshow.com and save $3 by buying your tickets online.

January 20 and 21
The Bash returns with its third annual wedding showcase, not a traditional bridal show, but a boutique-wedding event that features a curated lineup of trendsetting and innovative wedding creatives and trends and it will take place in The Hudson downtown.  There will also be canapés and cocktails provided to all guests, plus a Village Ice Cream “social” and a door prize that includes Dinner for two at River Café, a cookware set from The Bay and Jewelry from Joanna Bisley.  Details and tickets at www.thebash.ca

February 2 – 4
Alberta Beer Festivals presents the inaugural Jasper Beer & Barley Summit at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Beer geeks will find themselves immersed in an all-inclusive craft beer, craft spirit and top chef festival. Details and ticket packages available at www.albertabeerfestivals.com/events-services/jasper-summit