What’s happening in December and January

Throughout the Holiday Season
Purchase gingerbread cookie families from Good Earth Cafés and help real families through Habitat for Humanity. For every cookie family purchased, Good Earth donates to the local Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for families.  It’s a good thing.

River Café Gift Certs
A super idea for Christmas gifts -- go online at and order gift cards to this fine restaurant or pick them up at the restaurant, 403-261-7670.  The recipients will be thrilled.

SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room
Bookings for lunch and dinner at SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room may be made now. 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 December 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

CRMR Gift Certs
For the foodie, the adventurer, the hard worker or the cultural explorer, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts makes gift giving easy – gift certificates are valid at the mountain lodges, Calgary restaurants or Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch.  Can’t miss with all this choice, and the recipients will love you even more! Visit to find all the tasty details.

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
Details and tickets at

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

Cuisine et Château 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; December 18/19, Christmas Alternatives. At ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Learning Centre, 909 -11th Avenue S.W., 403-245-7630,

Bin 905
Tasting details at, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
December 19, Highway 3 Roots Revue; December  20, Camie Leard Band’s Blue Christmas; December 22, Bryson Waind and C.D. Onofrio; December 24, Open Stage/Drunken Promises; closed December 25/26/27. December 31, New Year’s Eve show with Romi Mayes. 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, Glenmore Landing
January 15, Training Wheels Whisky, $65; January 22, Back to Basics, Wine 101; January 29, The Religion of Pinot Noir, $69; February 5, Stylish Boots, A Journey into the heart of Italy, $69; February 12, A night at the “hoPera”, beer tasting, $29; February 19, Warm Your Cockles with Beer, $29; January 24, Robbie Burns Night, at the Calgary Petroleum Club, $59. 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 until December 21, Once Upon A Christmas; December 31, New Year’s Eve Dinner, Selkirk Grille. or call 403-268-8500.

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.

Friday, December 19
Deanne Matley & Bruce Petherick at The Palliser Oak Room, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 31
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with dinner and live music at Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant. Enjoy a 5-course dinner, wine pairings and a 1990 Dom Perignon giveaway. Seatings at 5 and 8:30 p.m. Reserve at 403-476-1310 or email

Wednesday, December 31
The Gatsby Affair with Deanne Matley Quintet at LeVilla Chophouse on 4th, 9 p.m. Tickets include complimentary tapas and a glass of champagne at midnight plus lots of other goodies. Tickets at LeVilla Chophouse, 403-453-3670, 1800 4th St. SW.

Wednesday, December 31
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Hotel Arts Group – Chef’s Table at Kensington Riverside Inn at 5 p.m., five courses, $95, or 8 p.m., seven courses, $125; Yellow Door Bistro, five courses, $75; Raw Bar by Duncan Ly, Chef’s Collection, $75. Details at

Saturday, January 17
Vision Travel hosts a Day on the Water with major cruise lines: Viking River Cruises featuring wine cruises; Paul Gauguin for Tahiti with French cuisine; Oceania Cruises, themed culinary cruises and a cooking school; Uniworld River Cruises with wine-themed cruises; Un-Cruise featuring Alaska and cullinary seafood.  RSVP for details.

At SAIT’s Downtown Culinary Campus
Rush Hour every Tuesday after work, $40; Introduction to Cooking, Jan 5 – Feb 9, $400; Knife Skills, January 7, $60; Artisan Bread, January 10, $120; Cake Decorating, January 14 – February 11, $315; Herbs and Spices, January 14, $90; Cupcakes, January 17, $100; Soups and Stocks, January 21, $90; Pasta, January 22, $90; Date Night, January 23, $150; Vegetarian, January 29, $90; Chocolate, January 31, $120; Visit for all the details.

January 20 -- 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

Saturday, January 24
Willow Park Wines & Spirits presents a Robbie Burns Festival. For details and to find other events, visit

Wednesday, January 28
Il Sogno presents Tinhorn Creek Wine Maker’s Dinner with Sandra Oldfield to celebrate Tinhorn’s 20th Anniversary, 6:30 p.m. A four-course dinner with wine pairings. Guests will be entered in a draw to win a Tinhorn Guest House Stay for two. Reserve at 403-232-8901 or email .

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.