What’s happening in April and May

What’s Happening in April and May

SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room
Spring reservations are in full force, with lunch buffets that book quickly.  You’ll have some of the best food you’ll eat in in this culinary classroom. The Highwood serves lunch, Monday to Friday, lunch buffet is Thursdays – April 23 -- dinner is Monday to Thursday. Prices vary for the lunch menu, Thursday buffet is $25, dinner is a set menu, $46. Menus are posted on the web site. Book at

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
Details and tickets at

Cuisine et Château Interactive Culinary Centre
April 18, Wine Series, Bubbles; April 25, Intro to Bread Baking; April 28, special Spanish Tapas Dinner; May 10, Mother’s Day Celebration, an interactive dinner with wine pairing; May 29, Around the Mediterranean, classic dishes; Kid’s Camps, Summer, 8 – 14-year-olds; For details and registration, visit or phone 403-764-2665..

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,

Bin 905
April 23, Pairings for the People, $40; April 30, Bourbon, $55; May 7 & 8, Cinco de Mao, Tequila & Mezcal Fiesta, $45. Tasting details at, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
April 23, Leaf Rapids vs. Slow Leaves; April 17 & 18, INFUSIÓN Fiona Malena Flamenco;  April 24, Matt Patershuk; April 25, Patrick Kinch, Subarctic, Blair Marsden; Mondays with Miesha;  T. Buckley every Tuesday; Wine-Ohs Open Stage/Drunken Promises every Wednesday; every Thursday with Curtis Glas and friends; every Friday with Tom Phillips & Friends; 811 – 1st St. SW.  Visit for upcoming live music.

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

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.

Cellar Wine Store
Visit for tastings details and to register.

Hotel Arts
Live music at Hotel Arts every Thursday in Raw Bar by Duncan Ly as local artist Amy Thiessen curates weekly sets featuring Calgary-based musicians. Enjoy great tunes as you enjoy Vietmodern cuisine and award-winning cocktails. AND, on hockey nights, parking is free when you join chef Ly for a pre-game meal.

Test Kitchen Restaurant and Bar “pop-up” dining series
An innovative take on dining out – each evening diners are treated to a 3-course meal created by the feature “chef of the evening” for $30, $50 with wine pairings.. Details at and @TestKitchenYYC. Reservations at, seating is limited.

Calgary Food Tours
Wednesdays - Inglewood’s Edible Enticements; Thursdays - Craving Kensington; Fridays - Palette to Palate food and wine appreciation in the Designer District; Saturday mornings, chef Judy Wood leads tasting tours of the Calgary Farmers’ Market; Saturday afternoons - Meet, Eat and Repeat on 17th Ave SW. Prices range from $30 - $90 for 2 - 3.5 hour tours. Tickets, calendar and detailed descriptions of each tour can be found at

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

Through October 20
Poppy Innovations presents 6-week Parent & Child Culinary Programs. Prices include all food and supplies. Poppy Innovations also teams up with the Calgary Farmers’ Market to offer cooking classes throughout the year, and also offers “Canning & Preserving with a Twist” and “Edible Planters” and “Straw Bale Veggie Garden” classes.  All the tasty details can be found at

Divine Cooking at Home with Chef Darren
In your home with 6 – 10 participants, hands-on, participation required. Grilling for the barbecue season coming up in June: June 4, 5, 12, 18, Friday June 19 or 26 at Diamond Willow Artisan Retreat, call Pat or Doug at 403-933-5755 to book the class that includes a night at the B & B. Also cook at home classes July 2, 17, 23, 24, 30. Details and registration at

At River Café
Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch, May 10; Ocean Wise Collaborative Dinner, May 27. Details at

Dinner and a Movie at Heritage Park
Let the fun begin! Have dinner at Selkirk Grille followed by a showing of a movie in the Gasoline Alley Museum, with cash bar and popcorn. April 28, ‘80s Cult Classics. Dinner and a Movie is $44.95, or for just the movie, $9.95. for details.

At SAIT’s Downtown Culinary Campus
Rush Hour every Tuesday after work, $40; Advanced Cooking, June 3 – 24, $500; Introduction to Cooking, May 7 – June 4, $400; Chocolate, May 9, $120; Baking Cakes, April 18, $120; Sushi, May 1, $90; Intermediate Cooking, May 6 – 27, $450;  Advanced Knife Skills, April 22, $90; Introduction to Baking, May 7 – June 4, $500; Thrill of the Grill, June 20, $110; Date Night, May 22, $75, Cheese Appreciation, May 21, $90.  Visit for all the details.

Grow ‘n’ Learn Educational Classes
Poppy Innovations and Alberta Health Services classes Grow ‘n’ Learn educational series held at the South Health Campus, each session $25: April 21, how to make the most of Calgary’s unique growing season and why eat and support local; details at

April 7 – 19
Canmore Uncorked, a great food festival for 13 days of special set-price menus from 30 restaurants, culinary events, cooking courses and a long table dinner.  Details at

New Vendors coming to Market on Macleod
Saigon sugar cane juices; April 16, Burnt to Order crème brûlée, Happy Kitchen; April 23, Bauer Meats; April 30, Hipster Nonsense and a coffee and salt grinder artisan who does custom grinding.

April 17 – 19
The Sunshine Skillet Food Festival in Medicine Hat, a culinary event featuring a gourmet dinner, live cooking competition and a farmers’ market style food festival. A celebration of the growers, retailers and chefs in the region. Check, @mhskillet or for all the details.

Saturday, April 18
RawMilk Cheese Appreciation Day, a celebration of raw-milk cheeses, Janice Beaton Fine Cheese. All raw-milk cheeses on sale at 15% off.

April 18 – 25
Poutine Week launches with 50 participating restaurants – each poutine sold during the week will provide a Calgarian in need with a free meal through Mealshare.  Poutine Crawl is Saturday, April 25, and this year it’s a walking tour through Calgary’s downtown. This year, there’s one crawler, a guy, taking on the Poutine Challenge of eating 50 poutines in 7 days, one at each participating restaurant.  Visit for all the delicious details.  And eat poutine! You’ll find smoked chicken poutine at Yellow Door Bistro – yum!

Thursday, April 23
Alloy Restaurant hosts the Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. charity dinner in support of alzheimer’s research.  Chef Rogelio Herrera has created a delish 5-course menu paired with wines from Somerston and Priest Ranch Vineyards in the Napa Valey.  Tickest $150, dinner at 6:30, 220 – 42nd Ave. SE. Reserve at Open Table or phone 403-287-9255.

Friday, April 24
California Wine Fair, a fund raiser for Calgary Opera features more than 400 premium wines from 150 of California’s top producers, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, at BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 7 – 10 p.m., $75,

April 24 – 26
Inspire Whole Food Culinary Retreat at the Delta Kananaskis Resort featuring chef Chad Sarno, author of Crazy, Sexy Kitchen. Learn about cooking foods that are good for you in delicious ways. For all the details and to register, go to

Saturday, April 25
Join the Cerebral Palsy Association at Spruce Meadows for an exciting evening, the Life without Limits Gala: An Evening at Royal Ascot. When you purchase tickets or make a donation to the Gala, you support the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta and persons living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.  Great Events will do the catering. Details at 

April 30 – May 10
The Spring Okanagan “Bud Break” Wine Festival at more than 120 member wineries inviting you to indulge in more than 90 culinary and wine activities from Osoyoos to Oyama. All the tasty details at

Sunday, April 26
Get yourself gussied up and don’t miss Carnival Cocktails for Cancer, a fund raiser at Hotel Arts organized by Vine Arts Wine and Spirits’ owner Jessie Willis as a tribute to a friend who died from cancer. Tickets $125 at include entrance, food and cocktails. They won’t be available at the door.

Wednesday, April 29
Winemaker’s Dinner with Woodward Canyon, Walla Walla Washington’s second oldest winery, at The Lake House. Four courses plus hors d’oeuvres, 6:30 p.m., $185; Mother’s Day Sunday, May 10, brunch or dinner. Details at, “events.”

Thursday, April 30
Il Sogno, one of Calgary’s most acclaimed and award-winning Italian restaurants, will serve its “last supper.”  Owner, Patricia Koyich, is a full-time instructor in the SAIT Hospitality and Tourisim program. Don’t miss the last supper – reservations at 403-232-8901 or online at  We will miss you, Il Sogno, we could always count on your for a great meal!

Thursday, April 30
Here’s a very good cause to support – Mealshare. Eat a Mealshare meal at your fave restaurant and provide a meal for someone in need through Mealshare.  You can also attend HUSTLE, a fund raiser for Mealshare that will bring together all its partner restaurants for a night of music, drinks and great food from our great chefs. Go find out who has newly signed up with Mealshare, 6:30 p.m., at the Standard Modern Speakeasy, 111 – 7th Ave. SW.  Details at

Thursday, April 30
If you’re going to be in Vancouver on this day, you might want to sign up for the Canadian Flavours Gala at Terminal City Club.  Guests will sample delicious Canadian cuisine prepared by 15 chefs, including River Café’s Andrew Winfield and CHARCUT’s Connie DeSousa, paired with the spring releases from th Naramata Bech Wineries Association. Tickets $125 at

Friday, May 1
Early Bird pricing for the Calgary Humane Society’s Dog Jog ends. You can sign up now for the fund-raising Dog Jog on June 14 at South Glenmore Park. Details at

May 1 & 2
Calgary International Beer Festival, presented by Sobeys Liquor, is the biggest beer festival in Western Canada! Everyone will find a new favourite among the hundreds of local, national and international craft beers while sampling tasty food from more than 30 of Calgary’s best restaurants, pubs and eateries.  There’s even a Brew Master Seminar hosted by Craft Beer Market and a Rickard’s Cooking with Beer Seminar with some of our top chefs, Best Beer awards, live music, “Beer University” to help you increase your “Beer-Q” – and more than 100 breweries and 500 beers to sample BMO Centre Stampede Park. The festival supports Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary and Kids Up Front. Get tickets at

Wild & Raw Wellness Workshop Series
May 3, Superfoods for Super Brains, the 5 top superfoods to super charge your brain; May 31, Mommy Brain, for new mothers and seasoned mothers, stocking fridge and pantry to nourish family’s mind and body; June 14, Superfuel For Athletes, fuelling for fitness with whole foods and natural stimulants. Wild & Raw, 1119 Kensington Rd. NW, $50 for one, $125 for all three; details at register at

Saturday, May 2
The Visa Infinite Dining Series presents Dinner with Duncan Ly, Joël Watanabe, Roy Oh and Nick Liu at the Hotel Arts’ Raw Bar by Duncan Ly. Immerse yourself in contemporary Asian cuisine, 6:30 p.m., $155, includes wine, food and gratuity. Reserve at 1-888-711-9399,

Saturday, May 2
The Big Tomato Giveaway – taste samples throughout Market on Macleod, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., for a chance to win $250. May long weekend is the launch of the outdoor market.

Monday, May 4
Alberta is on stage at Edible Canada’s Coast to Coast dinner series in Vancouver, featuring MARKET’s Dave Bohati, Crazyweed Kitchen’s Eden Hrabec and Rdg Rd’s Blair Lebsack. If you’ll be in Vancouver, you might want to do this – fun and tasty and Alberta! Don’t miss it! Price is a reasonable $99, tickets at 604-558-0040 or

Visa Infinite Dining Series
May 6: Vikram Vij, Vancouver’s Vij’s, at The Cookbook Co. Cooks, demonstrating  styles and techniques of Indian Cuisine, 6:30 p.m., $135. May 17: Brunch with Keith Luce, Corbeaux Bakehouse, 11 a.m., $85. May 31: Brunch with Andrew Moore at Ox and Angela, a country brunch of Spanish tapas and wine also with Alison Bieber and John MacNeil of Black Pig Bistro, 11 a.m., $85. June 2: Dinner with Dilan Draper, Avec Bistro, with champagne, 6:30 p.m., $145. Reserve at 1-888-711-9399,

Wednesday, May 20
Heal Your Body Through Food by discovering about raw milk cheese and how raw milk can help with everything from digestion to weight loss with holistic nutritionist Jaime Sword, Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, 6:30 – 8 p.m., $35, book at 403-229-0900.

Saturday, May 23
Don’t miss the 9th Annual Main Dish Celebrity Burger Cook-Off from noon til 4pm. Four celebrity teams compete to not only create the best-tasting burger but also sell the most and help raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta. Celebrity Teams include an Olympian Team featuring many of The Main Dish’s sponsored amateur athletes such as Kaillie Humphries and Denny Morrison, The Calgary Stampeders Team, The Media Team from CJAY 92 and another Athlete Team made up of friends from hockey and lacrosse, etc. Village Brewery brings its beer truck to pour fine local suds that go perfectly with the burgers, with part of the proceeds also going to RMHSA. At the end of the fun day a celebrity judging panel picks the winning burger from the criteria of taste and most sold.

May 26 & 27
The Ingredients for Success, the Conference on Food Innovation 2015, is sure to give all participants one and a half days of information and perspectives on innovation in the food sector, latest information in food safety, and how innovation can improve profitability. This is an opportunity to network with food sector leaders, and learn new knowledge from high profile speakers, Deerfoot Inn & Casino,1000, 11500 – 35 St., SE. This conference is designed for food processors, food researchers, government stakeholders and decision makers in the agri-food industry, academia and government. Details at