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The Harvest Issue - September October 2017



What’s Happening in October and November

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

Vin Room Loves its Dogs
Vin Room Mission and Vin Room West invite you to bring your pooch to their patios every day, where they can use complimentary beds, amenities station and house-made treats. And for those who prefer the company of humans, the Vin Room Mission rooftop patio is open for humans only.

 

Buy Tickets NOW
For the Toast to the Coast supporting Ocean Wise at the Vancouver Aquarium, October 20, 7:30 p.m. It’s always a sell-out event, so get tickets now. Gourmet food prepared by Ocean Wise restaurants and signature B.C. wines will be poured. Proceeds support the Vancouver Aquarium’s important research, education and direct action programs that benefit ocean conversation. Visit www.vanaqua.org for details and tickets, $150.

 

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

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 and Patio will be serving signature cocktails, Alberta craft and draft beers and domestic bottles all for just $6. Can’t beat that, and we love hanging in our mountains, so all the more reason to! 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 like linens for tables, harvest benches to be paired with beautiful harvest tables, and outdoor metal candle lanterns, and much more.  Visit www.greateventsrentals.ca for all the beautiful new products.

 

SAIT Cooking Classes
SAIT’s downtown Culinary Campus: Date Night, October 27; Intermediate Cooking, Oct 16-Nov 6. SAIT’s Main Campus: Cake Decorating, Oct 6-Nov 3; Assorted Buns, Oct 7; Sushi, Oct 13; Cupcakes, Oct 14; Sausage Making, Oct 14; Bar Mixology, Oct 16-Nov 2. 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.

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market
Runs from 3-7 on Wednesdays and 9:30 – 1:30 on Saturdays.  There’s live music most days and anywhere from 20-40 vendors at any given time who sell a unique array of products. Details at www.farmersmarket.hsca.ca

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
All kinds of tasty tastings and events at the Co-op tasting centres – Midtown, Crowfoot, Shawnessy, Beddington and Oakridge.  For example – Boxed, Bottled or Canned, can you tell the difference? Wine Down Wednesday-Value Wines Under $20; Wine & Cheese – Classic Pairings; Hit List – Wine Spectator’s Top 100; An Afternoon Stroll Through the South of France; Wine Aligned with the Stars – Astrology and Wine! AND much more.  Dates, details and tickets at www.coopwinespiritsbeer.com/events

Tinhorn Creek Tours and Tastings
When you’re in the Okanagan, check into the private tour and tasting options that offer a unique opportunity to sample top-tier Oldfield Series wines, sip award-winning wines while discovering innovative winemaking techniques and leading viticultural practices. Tinhorn’s tasty Miradoro restaurant is open for the season, closed ONLY in Jan and Feb. Visit www.tinhorn.com for more information.

 

The Lake House
The Prix Fixe menu offers 3 courses for $45, Monday to Thursday evening beginning at 5 p.m. for a limited time. Tasty dishes from exec chef Thomas Neukom and sous chef Gareth Colville.  Menu will change regularly. Details and reservations at www.lakehousecalgary.com or 403-225-3939.
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
Copper & Theory, notable beer importers, Sipping Sessions, October 19, $25; Sensing the Superhero, October 26, $25. For details, visit www.bin905.com, tickets at 403-261-1600.  Bin 905 is now open at the new Granary Road Market, Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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

The Cookbook Co. Cooks
Seasons Harvest harvest boxes bring the best of the Okanagan. The October 20 box, look for pears, grapes, arugula, squash, garlic, leeks  AND MORE. Place your order on or before Sunday, October 15 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. Classes: October classes offer a class for every taste – cozy cuisine, specialized skills, classic techniques and international favourites are all on the menu -- as in French and Italian Farmhouse classes; Night Out, Couples Classes on Friday and Saturday evenings; What the Pho!Noodle Soups; Authentic Mexican Feast; Thai Classics; Girls Night Out, Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres. Vietnamese Cooking, October 14; Turkish Feast, October 15; Confident Cooking 1, October 18, Confident Cooking 11, October 25; Brunch It! Food to Wake Up For, October 21; Some Like it Hot!  Cast Iron Workshop, October 21; Fermentation Workshop, October 22; 4 Steakhouse Favourites, 6 Craft Beer, October 22; 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.

Every Saturday Night
Double Zero invites you to the late night Double Zero parties at the Core -- 00 After Dark -- every Saturday night! Party like it’s New Year’s Eve every weekend with a great deal on bubbles, $5 prosecco by the glass, funky beats and soul-filled tunes from local DJ talents, including personality Chad LaTulippe.

Officially Open….
TELUS Spark launches its new market concept – Social Eatery by Roger Mooking. As Culinary Director for the new food services at TELUS Spark, international celebrity Chef Roger Mooking is bringing his food philosophy back home to Alberta. Expect menu items such as southeast grilled chicken, stacked Alberta Beef sandwiches, and in-house made smoothies.  The new dining space, featuring “home cooking with a global twist,” will highlight healthy local ingredients and feature the internationally influenced creativity of Chef Mooking. With a focus on fresh ingredients cooked from scratch, the new culinary direction of TELUS Spark also includes local chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, of CHARCUT Roast house and Charbar, now providing all in-house catering services. Patrons’ taste buds won’t be the only ones to receive a sensory thrill, as Social Eatery showcases a playfully modern aesthetic in an interactive family-friendly environment.

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

Burger Week Winners….
We love good burgers, so this looks like a great plan….Le Burger Week, an annual weeklong burger festival where restaurant in many cities create a unique burger at a special “burger price” where burger aficionados are encouraged to eat and vote on the website. These are the winners -- The People’s Choice award: Veg-In YYC Café, the Double Decker; Judges’ Choice award: Anju’s The Steamed Bun Pork Burger; Most Creative Burger award: The Kitchen Table’s Blue Cheese Stuffed Prime Rib Burger; Healthiest Burger Award: The Dog and Duck Pub’s Ahi Tuna Poke Burger. Visit www.leburgerweek.com for lots more details.

 

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. November 17: Chia fruit smoothie, cheesy broccoli and quinoa casserole with seasonal salad, handmade whole wheat pretzels with dipping sauce.  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.

Spice Chica at Raw Canvas
Learn how to make Napoletana Pizza, Saturday October 21, 11 a.m.; Learn how to make Greek food from scratch, Saturday, October 21, 7 p.m., all classes at The Spice Chica at Raw Canvas, 1130 Kensington Rd. NW, 403-667-9811. Visit www.app.getoccasion.com for calendar details.

 

Cardinale Winemaker Dinners
Cardinale, Calgary’s new Italian restaurant presents a series of exclusive winemaker dinners in October. Guests will experience a 4-course dinner prepared by chef Steven Dowdell, thoughtfully paired with exquisite Italian wine by a visiting winery representative. Cardinale cultivates an entertaining learning experience while guests swirl, sip and savour. October 17, Umani Ronchi. Tickets are $100.  The event takes place at Cardinale in Victoria Park - 401 12 Ave SE. , info@cardinale.ca

October 13 & 14
Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival – Cheers to 20 Years! The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is turning 20, aging tastefully, and celebrating big time at the Stampede Park BMO Centre. Get your taste buds ready to swirl, sip and savour distinguished wines, premium spirits, downright delicious beers, and gourmet food samples from some of Calgary’s best restaurants at this must-attend festival. There’s something for everyone in the Grand Tasting Hall! Grab a glass, gather the gang, and get ready to party like it’s 1997!

Saturday, October 14
The Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship’s top young chefs – all under 28 and working full-time in a professional kitchen -- will compete for the Scholarship’s grand prize of $10,000 in Toronto at George Bown College. This year’s contendors include, from Calgary, Garrett Martin, Bridgette Bar, and Julia Gindra, Fairmont Hotels. They all receive a “black box” of unknown ingredients and a pantry selection of common ingredients to creat a unique and flavourful dish in two hours to wow the panel of judges.  Good luck to Garrett and Julia!

 

Tuesday, October 17
Co-op Wine Spirits Beer invites you to a really tasty Trolley No. 5 Beer Dinner at Trolley 5 Brewpub, 728 – 17 Ave. SW, 6:30 p.m., tickets $65 at your local Co-op Wine Spirits Beer location or www.coopwinespiritsbeer.com

Tuesday, October 17
Willow Park Wines & Spirits, 10801 Bonaventure Dr. SE, invites you to a Hess Family Estates Wine Tasting, 7 – 9 p.m., $25, featuring wines from California and South America with guest host Martin Coscia. Seating is very limited, so book early at www.willowpark.net/product/hess-family-estates

 

Wednesday, October 18
Save the date to dine out and do good.  The 4th annual Restaurants for Change brings together 75 restaurants in Canada on October 18 to feed you very well and donate the proceeds from the day’s dinner service to Community Food Centres Canada and local Community Food Centres that support healthy food programs in low-income communities.  So dine out at Alforno Bakery & Café, Bonterra Trattoria, CHARCUT Roast House, Cibo, Cucina Bistro, Deane House, Foreign Concept, Mill Street Brewpub, NOtaBLE and The Nash, Posto Pizzeria, River Café, Royale Brasserie, Scopa Neighbourhood Italian, Teatro and Vendome Café, to both eat well and do good.  And, check www.restaurantsforchange.ca for updates on participating restaurants and find more information on the event at #restaurantsforchange.

Wednesday, October 18
The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre hosts the Concert for Kindness at the Grace Presbyterian Church, 7 – 9:30 p.m.  For this event, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Grace Presbyterian Church, Steinway Pianos and world-renown Tiawanese-American pianist, Gwhyneth Chen have all waived their fees in order to come together to raise awareness of Homelessness in Calgary and to fundraise for over 50 programs offered by the Drop-In & Rehab Centre. Tickets are $40 purchased at www.eventbrite.com and the proceeds from the ticket sales go directly to the Drop-In & Rehab Centre in support of the more than 50 programs they offer the homeless population in Calgary.  A good event to attend…the whole world can use more kindness!

Friday, October 20
The Cookbook Co. Cooks invites you to A Vegetarian Night Out: Couples Class with Alex Hamilton, chef and culinary instructor, hands-on class, $95. Master new recipes and cooking techniques, then enjoy the great food that everyone has made, a four-couse meal with two glasses of wine. Call 403-265-6066, ext. 1 to register, and don’t wait, space is limited.

Saturday, October 21
The Sukiyaki House invites you to the debut of Aki No Kaiseki with a “taste of autum” presented by chef Koji Kobayashi, prefessionally trained in “kaiseki,” the highest form of Japanese dining, October 21. It will feature an eight-course menu along with Japanese sake, wine and tea pairings, prepared alongside with sake sommelier, Yasuhiro Washiyama. $200, seating is limited and reservations are essential at info@sukiyakihouse.com

Tuesday, October 24
The very first Kitten Swish Dinner ever, at the Deane House library. Calgary-based importer Mark Kuspira and sommelier Brad Royale lead a guided tour of their most recent releases. Kitten Swish is a delilcious collection of unique wines, each with intense personality, sourced from renowned estates around the world. Limited seating, reserve now at 403-264-0595, 6 p.m., $150, five wines including a never-before released selection with a five-course seasonal meal from chef Jamie Harling.

 

October 25 – November 9
Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts invites you to Taste for Adventure Dine & Stay in Banff and Lake Louise. Savour three courses of CRMR’s signature Rocky Mountain Cuisine then retire back to your cozy room at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. Save 40% off your room rate when you book this package or the Chef’s Table Dine & Stay that includes a Chef’s Table four-course dinner at the Sleeping Buffalo Restaurant with wine pairings on November 3. Visit www.crmr.com/specials for details.  Fun and tasty!

Thursday, October 26
River Café invites you to a special evening with Canadian wine legend, Don Triggs, who presents the acclaimed wines from his latest venture, Culmina Family Estate Winery in the Okanagan, paired with a multi-course menu from chef Matthias Fong, 6 p.m., $150, limited seating.  Reserve online at www.river-café.com or phone 403-261-7870.

Saturday, October 28
A winemaker’s dinner at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Culmina Estate with owner Don Triggs, is a five-course dinner with wines in the Fairview Dining Room, 7:30 reception, 8 p.m. dinner, $145. Phone 403-522-1817 for reservations or email cll.diningreservations@fairmont.com and ask about overnight packages as well.

Monday, October 30
Taste Canada Awards gala at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto Hotel, 5:30 – 10 p.m., $125, includes reception, red carpet, awards presentation, gastronomic celebration. Taste Canada Awards celebrates Canada’s diverse food culture and world-class culinary writers of books and blogs in Engilsh and French.  Details and tickets at www.tastecanada.org/gala

Wednesday, November 1
Alloy Restaurant turns 10 and serves a “birthday dinner” tasting menu from chef Rogelio on Novermber 1, as well as 50% off the wine list. Details and menu online at www.alloydining.com and reservations through Open Table.

Beau's Tap Takeover
National on 10th,  October 19th, Straight outta Ottawa, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. is bringing some of its most unique beers to National 17th for a tap takeover on October 19th! Try classics like LugTread Lagered Ale or uncommon brews like Tom Green Cherry Milk Stout, on their own, or in a specially curated Beau’s Flight for $12. Join for happy hour and you’ll be able to get the flight for just $8.50!  In the mood for a bite with your beers? Get a Clive burger with your choice of beer for $17.  http://ntnl.ca/beau-s-tap-takeover

Halloween House Party
National on 10th, October 28th.  They’re having a Halloween house party on October 28th, and everyone is invited! Whether your costume is spooky, sexy, traditional or a last-minute type, National 10th will be full of treats and probably a few tricks, too. DJs & Good Times on all floors, no cover charge. For guest list, email Lclark@ntnl.cahttp://ntnl.ca/halloween-house-party

Pumpkin Carving Contest
National at Westhills, October 29th - October 31st.  Returning for its 3rd year at National Westhills is the family-friendly Pumpkin Carving Contest! Come in anytime from Sunday, Oct 29 to Tuesday, Oct 31 and carve your way to fame. $15 gets you a pumpkin and all the tools needed, but feel free to bring your own gear! Take a pic of your masterpiece and post on Instagram using the hashtag #ntnlpumpkins - photos will be judged on October 31st, and the winner will be notified! While supplies last!   http://ntnl.ca/ntnl-pumpkin-carving

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