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The Wine and Beer Issue - May June 2017



 

What’s Happening in April and May

Pizza 73 Fundraiser for Children’s Hospitals
April 17 to May 14 Pizza 73 Slices for Smiles fundraiser returns. Purchase a special pepperoni smile pizza and a portion of the proceeds is donated to Children’s Miracle Network and the member chidren’s hospital in Calgary. In 2016, Pizza 73, with its parent brand Pizza Pizza, raised $500,000 for children’s hospitals – you can help increase that amount in 2017 by eating the 9” smiling pizzas for $4.99 during the fundraiser.  And who doesn’t love a tasty pizza?  We all do. The purchase of a pie helps fund critical care, research, training and equipment purchases at local children’s hospitals.

Dog Jog Registration Now Open!
A fundraising walk and festival for you and your furry friend from the Calgary Humane Society, June 3, South Glenmore Park. Fundraise for the animals and stay for the party. Register at www.calgaryhumane.ca for all the details and to register to Dog Jog.

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.

SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room is serving its always delicious new lunch and dinner menus. Visit www.sait.ca and “search” for the Highwood, you can book online or phone 403-284-8615 x2. Reserve now for up to April 28. The Thursday lunch buffet is offered April 27. The buffet must be booked online only. Reserve your table at www.sait.ca/highwood

SAIT Cooking Classes
SAIT’s downtown Culinary Campus: Introduction to Cooking, May 1-June 5; Knife Skills, May 2; Date Night, May 6; Sweet Brunch, May 10; Vegetarian, June 7; Thrill of the Grill, June 10 or 17;  France, June 19. SAIT’s main campus: Curry, May 5; Sushi, May 5; Baking Cakes, May 6; Assorted Buns, May 6; Cooking Boot Camp, May 30-June 2; Desserts and Confections Boot Camp, May 30-June 2; Herbs and Spices, June 13; 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.

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? Hearty Red Wines for the Winter Months; Wine Down Wednesday-Value Wines Under $20; Wine & Cheese – Classic Pairings; Hit List – Wine Spectator’s Top 100; An Afternoon Stroll Through the South of France; Wine Aligned with the Stars – Astrology and Wine! AND much more.  Dates, details and tickets at 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 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
Wines by the Signs –pairing wines with astrological signs, find out which wines rule your signs, $35; For details, visit www.bin905.com, tickets at 403-261-1600.

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

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