What’s happening in March and April

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 – March 19 and 26, April 2, 16 and 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

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest
From February 1 to 28, participating coffee shops, restaurants, chocolatiers and hotels will feature signature hot chocolate drinks created for this competition. Check out the web site, for participants, then go drink and vote for your faves – part of the proceeds from each drink will benefit Meals on Wheels.

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
Details and tickets at
March event listings:  

·         Women & Wine – It’s Ladies Night – February 27, 7 to 9 pm - $30
·         South American Food and Wine with the Empanada Queen – Beddington – Feb 28 - $70
·         Bins of Penfolds – Beddington – March 6, 7 to 9 pm - $35
·         French Kiss - A Whirlwind Tour – Beddington – March 6, Crowfoot – March 7, $25
·         Library Tasting – Vintage Wines – Shawnessy – March 7, 7 – 9 pm - $45
·         Exclusive Drams Whisky Tasting – Shawnessy – March 14, 5 – 7 pm, $65
·         Wine and Truffles – Oakridge – March 14, Crowfoot – March 27, 7 – 9 pm, $99
·         Brunello di Montalcino – Oakridge – March 21, 5 – 7 pm, $65
·         Guess the Expensive Wine California – Oakridge – March 26, 7 – 9 pm, $25
·         What Grape is that? – Crowfoot – March 28, 7 – 9 pm, $25

Throughout February/March
At Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue. Tuesday and Wednesday nights  is the annual “Festa Do Mar” where Gaucho includes it’s cilantro and lime shrimp as part of its rodizio offerings at no additional charge. Throughout March on Tuesday and Wednesday, you’ll find delish grilled pineapple.

Cuisine et Château Interactive Culinary Centre
February 27, Moroccan Flair, creating beet and cumin salad, apricot almond couscous with chicken tagine, spiced layered sweet meats with rose water syrup; March 5/April 8, Veggie Power; March 10, Cheese Making Level 1; March 19, cookig and preparing fish; March 21, Stocks & Sauces; Wine Pairing Workshops – March 13, Tuscan Sun; March 22, Bubbles; March 25, Knife Skills. 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,

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February 27, Bargain Bordeaux tasting, $35; March 5, Understanding Organics & Biodynamics, $45; March 12, Capone’s Gin Joint, $30; March 19, Mad About Riesling, $45; March 26, Farmer Fizz & Macarons, $55; April 2, 9, 16, 3 nights of Wine 101, $75; 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
February 27, Jesse Roper; March 2, Ralph Boyd Johson; March 5, Charlie A’Court; March 7 TBA; 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

Hotel Arts’ Restaurants
February 28, National Chocolate Soufflé Day, recipe and feature dessert at Yellow Door Bistro; March 6 – 15, Big Taste menus at all Hotel Arts restaurants;  March 19, Goût de France, a day dedicated to French Cuisine, $200, Chef’s Table.
Visit for all the delicious details.

Divine Cooking at Home with Chef Darren
Cozy Winter Fare cooking classes celebrating stocks, soups and sauces in your home with 6 – 10 participants, hands-on, participation required. Details and registration at Friday, March 20, Mexican cooking class with Chef Darren at Diamond Wilow Artisan Retreat, west of Turner Valley, plus one night’s stay at this beautiful B & B, book with Pat & Doug at 403-933-5755. Questions, contact

At River Café
The Big Taste, March 6 – 15, lunch and brunch, 3 courses $15, dinner, 3 courses, $35, tasting menu, 5 courses, $65. Lunch with John Gilchrist, March 10. Roots & Shoots collaborative dinner, April 12, Slow Food Calgary’s celebration of spring.

February 26 – March 1
The Calgary Home + Garden Show takes place at the BMO Centre and Corral, Stampede Park, featuring more thatn 650 exhibitors, new features and culinary demonstrations from Calgary’s top chefs.  Visit for details and tickets.

Monday, March 2
Tenuta di Collosorbo Wine Maker’s Dinner at Sugo Italian Food & Wine, 4 courses with wine pairings, $99, 6:30 p.m. Visit for details.

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. March 3 & 24, Mob Movie Madness; April 14 & 28, ‘80s Cult Classics. Dinner and a Movie is $44.95, or for just the movie, $9.95. for details.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Cork & Canvas events
March 3, Wine and Brunello Fest, Willow Park Wines & Spirits; March 10, La Chaumière Luncheon, La Chaumière restaurant; March 14, Wine Maker’s Dinner and Auction, Hotel Arts; March 19, Craft Beer Fest, Willlow Park Wines & Spirits; March 21, High Tea, Fairmont Palliser; March 26, Whisky Fest, Willow Park Wines & Spirits. Visit for details about Art & Wine in Perfect Harmony.

Friday, March 6
Girls Night Out at Il Sogno celebrates International Women’s Day with a night of cocktails and a 3-course dinner menu, 6:30 pm. Tickets $50 + gst + 18% gratuity. For more info call 403-232-8901 or email .

At SAIT’s Downtown Culinary Campus
Rush Hour every Tuesday after work, $40;  Herbs and Spices, March 11, $90; Soups and Stocks, March 18, $90; Butter Cream, March 21, $90;  Advanced Cooking, March 23-April 20, $500;  Cake Decorating, March 24-April 21, $315;  Introduction to Cooking, March 25-April 22, $400;  Pasta, March 26, $90;  Chocolate, March 28, $120;  Marinades and Rubs, April 9, $90;  Baking Cakes, April 18, $120; Sushi, April 10, $90;  Fondant, April 11, $90;  Intermediate Cooking, April 11&18, $450;  Advanced Knife Skills, April 22, $90. Visit for all the details.
March 10 & 31
Culinary Bootcamp: Gluten-Free Baking During, hands-on class, work with gluten-free flours & lentils, share recipes, ideas and tips for gluten-free baking, March 10, 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Gluten-Free Whole Foods Cooking, demonstration-style cooking session work with unique and nutrient-packed foods, discuss strategies for eating gluten-free in less time, learn to identify hidden sources of gluten, March 31, 6 – 7:30 pm Register at

Saturday, March 14
Joy Road Catering, nose-to-tail butchering at the Cookbook Co., $135, hands-on class; Joy Road Catering specialty dinner at the Cookbook Co, 6:30 p.m., $125, with wine pairing; March 15, Joy Road Catering charcuterie making class, $100, hands-on class. Details at

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: March 18, starting seeds in Calgary and gardening for kids; April 1, organic composting and how to build a sustainable food network; April 21, how to make the most of Calgary’s unique growing season and why eat and support local; details at

Saturday, March 21
This sounds like fun!  HWKRS MRKT at Hotel Arts – eat, drink, dance.  Details and tickets at, @hawkersmarket.

Thursday, March 26
Garagiste Wine Makers Dinner at FARM Restaurant with wines from Okanagan’s smaller producers, 6:30 p.m., 5 courses, 5 wines, $125. Limited space, reserve at 403-245-2276.

March 27
3rd Annual Taste of Bragg Creek gives Bragg Creek and area restaurants, personal chefs, and food and liquor merchants the opportunity to serve delicious food and beverage samples.  A fund raiser for the Bragg Creek Community Association in support of purchasing and updating equipment for Children’s Programming..  At the Bragg Creek Community Centre, 5 – 9 p.m., 23 White Ave.  To purchase tickets in advance and for details, visit .

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

Friday, April 10
Easter Seals We Care Masquerade Ball, 6 p.m., Palominio Room, BMO Centre, Stampede Park, $175, $1,500 for a table of 10, masquerade costume or semi-formal. Venetian menu prepared by the Calgary Academy of Chefs and Cooks, dancing to Fun in the Front Seat, details and tickets at, go to “events.”

Sunday, April 12
Slow Food’s annual celebration of spring returns to River Café with chef Andrew Winfield hosting 3 guest chefs to collaborate on a local, seasonal menu. Tickets