What’s happening in November and December

SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room
Bookings for lunch and dinner at SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room, November 1 to December 12 reservations may be made now. November 3, you can book for January 7 to February 27, with only 5 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 most Thursdays – dates are November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11 -- 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

October 25 to end January
Rocky Mountain Soap Company has opened a pop-up boutique store in Chinook Centre throughout the holidsy season. All of the great natural products the Canmore company is known for will be available at the pop-up location.

Cuisine et Chateau Interactive Culinary Centre
For details about classes and registration, visit or phone 403-764-2665..

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Classes
Lunch ‘n’ Learn Demonstrations, noon – 1 p.m.,  $20; November 27, Cooking for Company; December 4/5, Holiday Brunch; December 11/12, Holiday Hors d’oeuvres; December 18/19, Christmas Alternatives. Hands-on classes: November 29, Cooking for Company; December 18, Holiday Hors d’oeuvres; December 6, Chef’s Table Asian Fusion.  At ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Learning Centre, 909 -11th Avenue S.W., 403-245-7630,

Bin 905
Heavy Hitters Series: USA, November 27, $65 each or all 3 for $175; two new tastings, An Evening with Yves Cuilleron, November 14; The King of Spain, tempranillo, November 28. Tasting details at, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
November 24, Inkspot Poetry; November 25, Frank McShane; November 26, Open Stage/Broken Promises; November 27, Sarah Farthing with Sam Flynn; November 28, The Neutral States and Soft Option Christmas Show; December 13, Trinity Bradshaw; December 19, Highway 3 Roots Revue;  T. Buckley every Tuesday; Last Jazz Jam 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
November 27, Scotch Tasting; December 4, Rediscover Beaujolais.  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, Inc.
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


Heritage Park Activities
Weekends November 22 – December 21, Once Upon A Christmas; December 31, New Year’s Eve Dinner, Selkirk Grille. or call 403-268-8500.

Cooking at home with Chef Darren
Cooking at home Christmas entertaining cooking classes, groups of 8 – 12, 6 – 10:30 p.m., November 29, December dates, 9, 13, 16, register at  November 28, Christmas Entertaining Class at Diamond Willow Artisan Retreat, west of Turner Valley, to book, call Pat or Doug at 403-933-5755.

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

Big Rock Brewery
New Barn Burner variety pack with two Brewmaster’s limited edition beers – Thresher Wheat Lager with caramelized wheat malt and Steel Cut Oatmeal Raisin Stout, the kind of beer that happens when the brewmaster gets a craving for cookies! Plus Traditional Ale and Scottish Heavy Ale. In your fave beer store.

Saturday, November 29
Shop the Neighbourhood, November 29, nationwide campaign to promote shopping locally, details at Christmas in Inglewood, 5 – 9 p.m., with carollers, gingerbread cookies, warming stations, gift wrapping by donation, details at and there’s free parking Saturdays December 6, 13 & 20.

Tuesday, November 25
2004 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon tasting of 10 exceptional wines and dinner presented by Bin 905 at Cilantro, 338 – 17 Ave. SW, 6:30 p.m., $315, tickets and details at Bin 905, 2311 – 4
St. SW, 403-261-1600,

Wednesday, November 26
Frescobaldi Estates Wine Maker’s Dinner at Chef’s Table, Kensington Riverside Inn, with a 4-course menu paired with Frescobaldi wines, 6:30 p.m., $125. Tickets and details at

November 27 – 30
Festival of Crafts, BMO Centre Stampede Park featuring hand made products from more than 250 talented artisans. Details at

November 27 – December 18
In addition to our regular hours, Thursdays from November 27 to December 18, you can stop in and enjoy evening shopping at Chinook Honey Company until 8 pm.  Check out our awesome Christmas gift ideas, see what the bees are doing in the indoor observation hive and sample our variety of honey and mead.   We are located 20 min south of Calgary, just west of Okotoks on Hwy 7 & 16 St W. 

Friday, November 28
Chef’s Table dinner at Cilantro in the Mountains, Buffalo Mountain Lodge, a four-course dinner with wine pairings and a CRMR take-home gift. Tickets are  $130 and may be had at 1-800-661-1367 or email  Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts lodges invite you to celebrate Christmas and the New Year with gala dinners and buffet breakfasts, no clean up! Visit for all the details.

November 28/29
Top of the Mountain Beef fall sale of quarters and sides including gift certificates of $20 to every quarter buyer and $40 to every side buyer, valid at Crossroads Farmers’ Market. For details and to order, visit or email

December 7 – December 13
Don’t miss Bubble Week at Willow Park Wines & Spirits: December 7, Customer Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with wine and scotch tastings plus lots of champagne and other bubbles; December 11, Trip around Bubbles with sparkling wines and champagne, 7 p.m.; December 12, Champagne Festival, 7 p.m. with champagne and sparkling wines; December 13, Tête de Cuvée, 3 – 5 p.m., “the best of the lot” of champagnes accompanied by appropriate appetizers. To sign up email, details at

Wednesday, December 31
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with dinner and live music at Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant. Reserve at 403-476-1310 or email

Poppy Innovations presents 6-week Parent & Child Culinary Programs starting January 20 and running through to October 20. 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

Thu, Aug 28 : There have been lots of recent additions to Calgary's restaurant scene and news of a familiar one re-opening at a new location. Liz Thompkins from City Palate brings us up to speed.