What’s happening in October and November

Visit our Farms this Fall  
Fall is harvest season, a good time to visit our farms and take advantage of the bounteous bounty at our farmers’ markets.  Go to  to find out who is opening their farm gates!


SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room
Bookings for lunch and dinner at SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room can be made through October 31. November 1 to December 12 reservations may be made now.  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 except for Thursday buffet which is booked on the reservation line, 403-284-8615, ext. 2.

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
Scotch Whisky Battle – Blends vs Single Malt, October 25 & 30,  $40; The Vixen Named Vodka, October 24, $35; Wines with Bling, Award-Winning Wines of the World, October 17 & 18, $25. Details and tickets at

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; October 30, Hors d’oeuvres; October 18, Chef’s Table Seafood.  November 6/7, Mains and Grains; November 13/14, Holiday Collection; November 20, Baking with Whole Grains; November 27, Cooking for Company. Hands-on classes: November 8/9, Mains and Grains; November 22, Christmas Baking and Bread; November 29, Cooking for Company; November 8, Chef’s Table, Charlie Trotter;  November 15, Chef’s Table Wild Game. At ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Learning Centre, 909 -11th Avenue S.W., 403-245-7630,

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A Wicked Halloween Beer Tasting BOO!, October 30; Heavy Hitters Series: France, November 13, Italy, November 20, USA, November 27, $65 each or all 3 for $175. Tasting details at, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
October 24, Scott MacLeod CD Release; October 25, Rubin de Toledo & Meta-Mofo; October 27, Inkspot Poetry Collective, The Calgary SLAM; October 29, Drunken Promises; October 30, The Doll Sisters C Release; November 1, Wandering Vs & Lance Loree birthday bash.  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 5, Italian Food & Italian Grapes; November 13, Rhone Renaissance; November 20, Booty-licious Italian Wines; 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..


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. November 3, Chad Taylor’s All American Tailgate, 6:30 p.m.; November 5, 6:30 p.m., Colin Pedersen, A German “Fest”, $40, with wine/cocktail pairings, $60. Details at and @TestKitchenYYC. Reservations and details 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
Big Rock Brewing Course, November  20. Learn about, and participate in, the brewing process from start to finish. A small snack and samples of the type of beer that you are brewing will be provided at the event. Eight weeks later, you’re invited to return to Heritage Park and pick up a bottle of your very own beer creation. $89.95, 6:30 – 9 pm, Heritage Park Historical Village, Big Rock Interpretive Brewery. October 29/30/31, Ghosts & Gourmet features dinner at the Wainwright Hotel and a ghastly ghost tour through the dark and deserted streets of the Historical Village; 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 dates, 13, 15, 18, 21, 22, 27, 29, December dates, 5, 9, 12, 16, 17, register at  November 7 and 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
October 24, Spanish Wine Festival; October 31, Brewster’s Trick or Treat. 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.

Vin Room
Saturday, October 25, South African Wine Dinner at Vin Room West with Spier Winery from Stellenbosch, 5-course dinner with wine pairings. Details at

LeVilla Chophouse Fourth
Deanne Matley and Bruce Petherick, October 28; November 4, 18, 25; December 2, 9, 16, 23, half-price wine.

Until October 26
Bar C hosts a Cocktails for Charity week to celebrate its 2nd birthday, donating the proceeds from the daily feature cocktail to a local charity chosen by the customer from six options.  Charities include Making Changes, The Mustard Seed, Inn from the Cold, Calgary Humane Society, CUPS and Big Brothers & Big Sisters Calgary.  The feature cocktail will change each day of the week, including the likes of Cherry Bourbon, Smoked Buffalo and Long Ginger Dress.  Go drink great cocktails and support a charity and celebrate a birthday!  Fun!


Wednesday, October 29
The Cookbook Co. Cooks and MetroVino host Glen Manzer Dinner with Friends: Annual Fundraising Diinner for Cancer Research, 6:30 p.m., minimum $150 by donation. Chef Glen Manzer – Cibo, Bonterra, Posto – will be joined by other chefs to prepare a delicious dinner with proceeds to The Alberta Cancer Foundation. Reserve at 403-265-6066.

Saturday, November 1
Last day to get your bid in to Alloy for your own private party.... Alloy is auctioning ONE Christmas party for 20 guests in your home with everyting – food, wine,  service staff -- and of course Rogelio and Uri. You supply the guests! Plus - a signed copy of Calgary Cooks for each of your guest.  Proceeds of this event will be donated to Make A Wish Foundation. Accepting bids until November 1 - the highest bid gets the Christmas Party! There’s already a bid of $3,000 so let the auction begin!  Register your bid at


Saturday, November 1
Save the date!  The Calgary Humane Society invites you to Cocktails for Critters, a fundraiser for our furry friends at Hotel Arts, 119 – 12 Ave. SW.  Visit for all the details and tickets.

November 1-8/ 21-23
Here’s something you don’t run into very often -- Azuridge Estate Hotel offers one of Canada’s first modern-day butler and nanny training programs, The Bouteillier Series, the art of exceptional service. Butler Program (November 1 – 8) offers lessons on the history of the butler, proper communication, review of the service philosophy and more. Each day of lectures will end with dinner prepared by chef Chubachi and accompanied by thought-provoking roundtable discussion. Nanny Program (November 21 – 23, 2014) offers lectures focusing on attributes of an effective nanny, proper etiquette and hygiene, demonstrations on the preparation of nutritious suppers and more for an interactive and hands-on experience. Professionals interested in these programs can learn more and register at

Tuesday, November 4
What Women Want Lunch and Learn series at Vin Room West, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Naturopathic doctor Frances Wang and physiotherapist Jason Douglas from Momentum Health discuss how to prevent and treat colds and flu naturally and fighting fatigue. Tickets $35 include lunch and wine, or 587-353-8812.

Wednesday, November 5
Downtownfood Restaurant, 628 – 8th Ave. SW,  hosts a wine maker’s dinner with Tom Leonardini, owner of Napa Valley’s Whitehall Lane Winery, five courses with wine pairings, 6 p.m., $100 per person, space is limited. Tickets at 587-353-3474 or  Saturday, November 8, British Consulate General, Tony Kay, collaborates with chef Darren on a 6-course tasting menu – The #GREAT British Tasty Tasting Menu -- starting at 6 p.m. Reservations at 587-353-3474 or

Thursday, November 6
Toscana Italian Grill hosts a winemaker’s dinner featuring Umani Ronchi, 7 p.m., 8330 Macleod Tr. SE. The dinner features 4 Umani Ronchi wines and Berta Amaretto with a 5-course dinner. Tickets are $85 and limited quantities, reserve at 403-255-1212 or email

Thursday, November 7
Food Lovers Urban Market  For the people…by the peopleThe Ugly Christmas Sweater Spectacular 6-10 pm     For every ticket sold a meal will be provided to someone who needs it through And when you wear your ugliest holiday sweater you'll be eligible to win some great door prizes and we'll donate a second meal. Tickets are $7 in advance and, if available, at the door.

November 7 – 16
Christmas in November takes place at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge celebrating great food, wine, entertainment and seasonal inspiration in fun and interactive classes. Cook with Food Network Canada chefs, learn the art of Christmas crafts and decorating, learn mixology and sample champagn in the Veuve Clicquot sessions. Visit for all the fun details.

Saturday, November 8
Don’t miss Willow Park Wines & Spirits’ 21st Charity Wine Auction, Arabian Nights, in support of the Vintage Fund, raising money for local charities, 7 p.m. An outstanding wine and food event featuring the likes of Azuridge, Bow Valley Ranche, Great Events, Raw Bar by Duncan Ly, Rush, Worldwide Specialty Foods, and some of the best wineries in the world. And auction week events: November 5, Whisky in the Warehouse; November 6, Beer Bash; November 7, California Dreamin’. Details at

Saturday, November 8
Join the Artym Gallery in Invermere for “The BIG Show of little Paintings” on Saturday November 8th. Featuring a wide selection of their artists, the show continues until Christmas and will be full of perfect little paintings for the perfect gift! You can see the whole show on the web at, and the Artym can giftwrap and ship your present anywhere you need it to go. Talk about easy Christmas shopping! And don’t forget about the original jewellery – opening a box to something sparkly is always a special treat.

Wednesday, November 12
River Café presents a Canadian Winemakers’ Dinner with Benjamin Bridge, Laughing Stock  Vineyards, Charles Baker Wines and Stratus Winery, 6:30 p.m., $160, book at or phone 403-261-7670.

Thursday, November 13
Celebrate Argentina with Alberta Theatre Projects, sample more than 75 wines, enjoy great food and Latin music, 7 p.m., silent wine auction, tickets $75.  Martha Cohen Theater, 215 – 8th Ave. SE. Tickets at 403-294-7402 or

Friday, November 14
Ladies’ Night Out at Il Sogno, the Little Black Dress Party, 6:30 p.m., three-course menu, $50, wine pairings available, feature martinis, DJ Scottie Clarke. Call your girlfriends and book your table today – email or call 403-232-8901.

November 15 – 22
Join River Café owner Sal Howell who will be a guest educator at Rancho La Puerta, famous for its health and wellness programs. Sal will step into the Rancho organic gardens and demonstrate her culinary talents and passion for food. Go to for details and book soon to take advantage of special pricing and the limited spaces available. Book at 1-800-443-7565.

Wednesday, November 19
The 2nd Annual Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown takes place on at the Hyatt Regency. Ocean Wise chefs – 13 of them – create their chowders to vie for the title of 2014 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champ.  Guests get to try all of these inventive and delicious chowders and vote for a people’s choice. A panel of judges decide who takes top honours. It’s tasty and fun, get tickets 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.


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.