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THE TRAVEL ISSUE -March April 2018

What’s Happening in March, April and May

Eagle Creek Farms CSA registration
Eagle Creek Farms is accepting registration for its 2018 summer CSA season. The farm will be Certified Organic this year, though having been growing organically anyway! Visit for information and registration.

Hawksworth young chef scholarship 2018
This is the sixth year of the search to find Canada’s future stars of the culinary scene where aspiring young chefs showcase their cooking skills in front of a panel of the country’s esteemed chefs and critics.  The winner takes home a $10,000 grand prize and a stage at one of the top restaurants in the world. The nationwide search begins May 5 in Calgary followed by Vancouver, then moving east and finishing in Toronto on May 26. The final competition is held in October. Deadline for applications is Monday, April 2. Details and applications at

Food Network Canada Chef School
Learn how to make great simple recipes by tuning into the Food Network channel and watching some the country’s great chefs – Lynn Crawford, Mark McEwan, Roger Mooking and Michael Smith – cooking  their favourite recipes and sharing must-know tips. Visit for 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 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 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 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 party or wedding décor, or find great, cheap fabric for Halloween costumes, and much more.  Visit for all the beautiful new products.


SAIT Cooking Classes
Main Campus Cooking Boot Camp, May 29-June 1; Desserts and Confections Boot Camp, May 29-June 1. Visit for details and more courses.
Downtown Culinary Campus: Introduction to Cooking, March 24; Avanced Cooking, March 26 – April 23; Desserts, April 4; West Coast, April 18; Portuguese, April 25.  Main Campus: Introduction to Baking, March 24; Sushi, April 13; India, April 20; Cooking Boot Camp, May 29 – June 1; Desserts and Confections Boot Camp, May 29 – June 1.  The Tastemarket by SAIT: Date Night at The Tastemarket, April 20. Visit for details and more courses.

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


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

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 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. Try the Spinach, Radicchio and Frisée salad with charred orange and a light coating of gruyère cheese.  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 or 403-225-3939. 747 Lake Bonavista Dr, SE.


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,


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


Hotel Arts’ Restaurants
Daily 3- and 5-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings at Yellow Door Bistro; 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.

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

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


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


Cuisine et Château Culinary Centre Classes
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. Cuisine et Château hands-on classes: Spanish Tapas, April 4/27; Cheese Making, Level 2, April 28; Cocina Mexicana, April 5; Table for Two, March 9, April 6/28; Knife Skills, March 10, April 25; Simply Italian, April 14; Best of Brunch, April 8; Artisan Bread, March 25, April 29, May 12; Made in France, April 19; Around the Mediterranean, April 11; Easy Thai, April 20; Cheese Making Level 1, March 24, April 22; Classic French Bistro, March 24, April 13; Moroccan Flair, March 29, April 21; Family Chocolate Class, March 30; A Fish Tale, March 31; A Taste of Spain, April 7; Cooking 101, April 9/16/23/30; A Wok Through Asia, April 12. School’s Out 3-Day Kids Camp, March 26 – 28.  Demonstration/Tasting Events: Wine & Food Series, Champagne, April 8.  Details at or call 403-764-2665.


Find Dwayne and Alberta Ennest at Bite in Inglewood
Though they closed their wonderful restaurants, they’ve joined up with Bite Grocer & Eatery in Inglewood, YAY!  Take yourself to Bite and check out what these great food people are doing these days.  It’ll always be delicioius and creative!


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, 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. A new market is going to be built.  Keep checking for updates on the new market’s progress. It was always a great market, we can’t wait to have it built and operational again.

The Cookbook Co. Cooks
Seasons Harvest harvest boxes bring the best of the Okanagan. Get on the Seasons Harvest mailing list to receive updates at March and April classes include A Night Out: Couples Classes, Italian and French Farmhouse Menus, The French Standards: 4 Essential Dishes, Guerilla Tacos: Delicious Wraps, Basic Cake Decorating, Sunday Projects: Essentials of Roasting and Baking, World Kitchen: An Ethiopian Menu, Naturally Gluten-Free: Cooking without Gluten, Fermentation Workshop, Rise & Shine: Yeasted Sweet Doughs, Hands-On Chocolate-Making Workshop with Cochu Chocoatier, Spring Break Kids Camp (ages 8 – 11), and much more.  Check 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 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


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 or phone the restaurant at 403-457-4148.

Divine Cooking at Home
Chef Darren comes to your house for a group cooking class.  Email 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.


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 for details, or call 250-493-8466 for details and to register for a tasting.

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.

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 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


Taking Reservations for the New Year and into the Spring
SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room has been voted Diner’s Choice Best of Calgary by Open Table guests, and the Highwood is taking reservations. Book your table online at .   The Highwood is taking reservations for the spring semester, bookings available until April 29, with the gourmet buffet offered March 29, April 12, 19 and 26. Lunch buffet is in high demand always, but lots of room for regular lunch and to accommodate special occasions and group bookings.

The Lake House Prix-Fixe Menu now available
The return of The Lake House’s annual prix-fixe menu offered at dinner Monday to Thursday for $50 per person for a limited time. The menu will change regularly and feature CRMR’s distinctive Rocky Mountain Cuisine in a delicious three-course menu crafted by chef Gareth Colville and his culinary team. Due to the nature of a feature menu and its limited ingredients, there will be a finite number of prix-fixe menus available each evening, so reserve your table at 403-225-3939 or visit .


Bin 905 Tastings
Roses Aren’t Red, April 5, $35; Premium Wines of California, April 12, $60; Whiskey as Wine, April 19, $75; Austria Unveiled, April 26, $35; Visit and click on “events” for details and to book, or phone 403-261-1600.


Cilantro celebrates 30 years
After getting freshened up with renovations to the décor and the menu.  Tuesday is Classic Cocktails with a Twist, Wednesday Chef’s Feature Pasta, Thursday Charcuterie Boards & Wine, Friday Cellar Nights with a rare wine. Check it out at 338 – 17 Ave. SW, 403-229-1177.

Every Tuesday……
Every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to close at all National locations, you can take part in buck-a-shuck oysters paired with ½ price bottles of wine!

Starting March 5
CoolWay, the low calorie, Canadian-made ice cream, is launching 7 delicious flavours across Canada.  Each scoop of CoolWay delivers the same taste as regular ice cream, but with less sugar and more protein. Every 500ml container contains 28 grams of protein and has 50% less sugar than traditional ice cream, and less than 360 calories per container!  Look for flavours like Salted Caramel, Toasted Coconut, Vanilla Bean, Cookies & Cream, Blueberry Waffle Crisp and Chocolate Chip, and find it at Co-op stores, Walmart, Sobeys, IGA and Safeway stores and independent health food stores.

Starting March 5
Look for Halo Top ice cream in Loblaw, Whole Foods, Save on Foods and Co-op stores – it’s the best-selling ice cream in the U.S. last year.  Available in 12 flavours, such as Sea Salt Caramel, Pancakes & Waffles, Peanut Butter Swirl and Vanilla Bean, it’s a truly indulgent taste experience at only 80 – 100 calories and 6 – 8 grams of sugar per serving.  Visit for more info.

Sunday, March 25
The Deane House invites you to a Sustainable Seafood dinner, the next event in the Sunday Supper Series. Chef Jamie Harling shares the kitchen with guest chef Matthew Batey, executive chef with the Teatro Group. A fun and delicious dinner featuring Ocean Wise recommended sustainable seafood.  And, since Sundays are corkage-free, if you want to, bring a special bottle and a friend to share it with. Dinner 6 p.m., $90, BYOB optional.  Limited seating, reserve now at and more information.


March 25, April 8 & 11
WSET 2, Award In Wines & Spirits, earn your wine and spirit qualification with the trusted experts at Willow Park Wines & Spirits, on 3 Sunday classes, $799. A beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines and spirits for those working in the industry or wine and spirit enthusiasts. Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.  Visit for details and to buy a ticket.

March 30 and 31
Pur a little spirng in your step and join the Calgary Farmers’ Market’s Easter festivities, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get your picture taken with Mr. Easter Bunny and decorate an Easter cookie, too.  Cash or food donations for the Calgary Food Bank. The market is ope all Easter weekend, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., 510 – 77 Ave. SE. Free parking, all ages, free! Visit for more information.

March 30 – April 2
This Easter, take a trip to The Banff Gondola to kick off the Soar into Spring festival.  Easter egg hunt at the top of Suphur Mountain, spring brunch at Sky Bistro, sweet treat at the Sugar Shack! Lots of fun activities including anumal origami, taffy making, storytelling and face painting, surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountain-scape. For more information, visit

March 31 to April 2
River Café invites you to join them on the Easter Long Weekend for brunch and dinner, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Visit www.river-café.com for a look at the menus.

Easter Doughnuts
Jelly Modern Doughnuts has Easter 3bite doughnuts in vanilla buttercream, vanilla buttercream nest, chocolate buttercream and chocolate buttercream nest. Holiday Tray 16 3bite doughnuts in vanilla ring doughnut with sprinking sugar, vanilla buttercream, coconut cream nest and marshmallow bunny.  Visit for the tasty details.


Sunday, April 8
The 6th season of Top Chef Canada on Food Network Canada kicks off with a lineup of 11 extraordinary chefs battling it out for Top Chef and great prizes, including $100,000, a Monogram kitchen valued at $25,000 and $5,000 worth of Cuisinart products.  These culinary elites include Calgary’s very own, very talented Jinhee Lee, executive chef at Foreign Concept.

Tuesday, April 10
Vero Bistro Moderne invites you to a Piemonte Wine Dinner with Mark Bata of Bonvida Wines to showcase chef Jeny’s fabulous cuisine and some exciting wines of Piedmonte, Italy. Cocktails at 6:30, dinner at 7. Reserve well ahead of time as space is limited. Tickets $125, to purchase contact Michael at Vero Bistro, 403-283-8988.


Thursday, April 12
Visa Infinite Dining Series invites you to dinner at Cotto Italian Comfort food where owner/chef Giuseppe Di Gennaro teams up with Keith Luce, owner/chef Tavernetta, to create some of the tastiese food in the city. You don’t want to miss it.  Tickets are $125 and include food, wine and gratuity.  Tickets go on sale April 2 at 1-888-711-9399 and, reserve your place at the table!

Friday, April 13
Yay!  The annual Taste of Bragg Creek takes place at the Bragg Creek Community Centre and participating local store-front vendors, 23 White Ave, 5 – 9 p.m. More than 30 restaurateurs, caterers and food and liquor merchants will prepare and serve unique “tastes” at booths at the Community Centre, and you can wander around to other store front businesses for more tasty delights! Free admission and parking at the Community Centre, tasting tickets are $1.50 each, available at the door and at participating merchants. The event will help raise funds for programming at the Bragg Creek Community Centre. Visit for more information and participating food/drink people.

Friday , April 13
Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR) invites you to an interactive and deicious four-course Chef’s Table with wine pairings and then cozying up in front of your own wood-burning fireplace in your room at Buffalo Mountain Lodge’s Sleeping Buffalo’s Lounge and save 40% on your room when you dine and stay.  Ony 20 tickets available for this dinner and they sell quickly, so get yours early at and scroll down to the Chef’s Table special.

April 18 – 22
Celebrate spring at the Osoyoos Oyster Festival, delectable oysters alongside local beers, wines and the joy of winter’s end! The 5-day lineup consists of three big parties organized by Destination Osoyoos. A ticket bundle for all three signature events is available for $198, and each package includesa ticket to these events: Beach BBQ& Brews, Deep Sea Garden Party, Art of the Pearl Gala.  Osoyoos resorts offer special rates for the duration of the festival. For more information, visit

Thursday, April 19
The Deane House invites you to join them  for a winemaker’s dinner with Bodegas López de Heredia. Four generations of the family have devoted themselves to producing some of Rioja’s finest and most distinctive wines. There are few wineries in Spain, or in the world, whose name conjures the prestige of this winery. Limited seating, reserve now at 403-264-0595. Dinner includes wine selections and five courses, $165.


Thursday, April 26
Toscana Italian Grill invites you to a wine pairing dinner at Next Door Wine Bar, but with limited tickets, $85, that includes a four-course tapas menu and a glass of wine paired with each course. Email Toscana at for more information and to reserve.


April 27 – 29
Local fashion and lifestyle non-profit, PARKFAMILY, celebrates 10-year anniversary with a fashion show and pop-up shop at Southcentre Mall – a weekend of retro-style programming for the whole family in the Lounge, an opportunity  to  purchase from Canadain designers, including Preshrunk, Young Fam, OLE Design, Adesso Accessories and PARK’s own PARKSHOP. Visit for details and ticets.


Saturday, April 28
Cochon555 comes to the Canadian Rockies to the Fairmont Banff Springs, the first Canadian destination to host the signature culinary event. Tickets are now on sale to take part in the elaborate experience where attendees will witness five Alberts chefs participate in an epic nose-to-tail competition, showcasing love and respect for heritage-breed pigs to Banff. Ticket holders feast all Saturday afternoon on heritage-breed pork and more local culinary creations along with wine, local craft beer and spirits.  Fun! A portion of event sales benefit two charities – Piggy Bank and the Banff Food Bank. Visit for more information and tickets.


Sunday, April 29
Wednesday Room’s next Toast & Jam brunch, 12 noon and 3 p.m., 100 – 118  8th Ave. SW.  Great food, champagne, fun people, such a good way to do a brunch!

Wednesday, May 9
Fuel the Future helps create new opportunities for Calgary’s public school students. Students in the culinary program at Lester B. Pearson High School will cater a reception celebrating public education in our city. Accomplished guests, including 2016 Olympic gold medalist Erica Wiebe, CBC health and medicine columnist Dr. Raj Bhardwaj, and business trailblazer Bonnie DuPont will participate in a panel discussion about what fuels them and how we can prepare the next generation to achieve more. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Calgary Board of Education Centre, 1221 8 St. SW, $125.  For more information, visit

Thursday, May 31
Visa Infinite Dining Series invites you to dinner at Teatro where chefs Matthew Batey and Dave Bohati treat you to an indulgence of caviar, truffles and fine Italian wine, an elegant evening with a delectable meal in this historic grand space.  Tickets $200 includes food, wine and gratuity. Get them at 1-888-711-9399 or and reserve your seat at the table. Tickets on sale now.

Tuesday, June 26
Visa Infinite Dining Series invites you to dinner at Deane House where chef Jamie Harling invites Mandel Hitzer of Winnipeg’s deer + almond, plus Calgary’s Eric Hendry of Bar Von Der Fels and Matthias Fong of River Café to make the most of the early summer season – a garden of delights at Deane House.  Tickest $160 includes food, wine and gratuity. Get them at 1-888-711-9399 or and reserve your place at the table. Tickets go on sale April 30.