What’s happening in February and March

SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room
Spring reservations open Monday, January 26 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 most 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 sait.ca/highwood

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
Details and tickets at coopwinespiritsbeer.com/events
February/March event listings:  
·         Pacific Northwest Brews – Shawnessy – February 5, 7 to 9 pm - $25
·         Hearty Winter Dishes and Wines – Crowfoot – February 6, 7 to 9 pm - $70
·         Wine Down Wednesday – Value Wines – February 11, 7 to 9 pm - $15
·         Syrah – Smoky, Seductive and Simply Delicious – Crowfoot, February 12, $25
·         He Said She Said, Wine and Beer pairings – Oakridge – February 14, 7 – 9 pm - $45
·         Choose Your Own Adventure – Beddington, February 21, 7 to 9 pm - $25
·         Mature Whisky – 20 years and Older Whisky – Oakridge, February 26, 7 to 9 pm - $100
·         Aree Thai Kitchen and Wine – Shawnessy – February 26, 7 to 9 pm - $75
·         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

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.

Throughout January
Share your love of local food, take a photo of your favourite dish at BOXWOOD, post it on Twitter or Facebook with #LoveLocalFood for a chance to win Valentine’s Brunch for Two at River Café. Winner will be randomly selected February 10.

Throughout January and February
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. Valentine’s offers a special 3-course Valentine Rodizio with a complementary glass of bubbly! brazilianbbq.ca

Cuisine et Château Interactive Culinary Centre
February 4, Cheese Making Workshop, the basics about cheese making, including brined, aged, washed, milled; February 7, Hands-On Croissant Making, croissants, danishes, turnovers, puff pastry; February 14, Everything Chocolate, master the art of making chocolate mousse, truffles, ganache, sauces, and make a chocolate cake to take home;  L’Amour, a dinner that inspires love, a 4-course meal, learn and dine, for Valentines, wine samplings too; February 18, Gluten-Free Baking, breads, cookies, cakes and beautiful dessesrts, includes an apron, recipe book, light gluten-free meal; February 21, Cooking Method Fundamentals, like sautéing, poaching, pan braising, roasting, stewing, grilling and baking, includes apron, cooking method booklet, meal with wine samplings. For details about classes and registration, visit cuisineandchateau.com 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, atcoblueflamekitchen.com/classes

Bin 905
Tasting details at bin905.com, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
January 30, Emily Jill West Witching Wand album release; January 31, The Lee Taylor Band with Amelie Patterson; February 2, Tone Indbryn, Toni Vere, Carla Olive; February 5, Kate Melvina; February 6, Bar Named Sue Reunion featuring Erin Ross, Juanita Brandt & Country Reeves; February 7, Run Deer Run, Alexa Borden, Walden; 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 wine-ohs.com for upcoming live music.

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

The Light Cellar
Superfood/Superherb Classes. Details and register online at at thelightcellar.ca/teaching-kitchen  or call 403-453-1343.  

J. Webb Wine Merchant, Glenmore Landing
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 jwebb.net or call 403-253-9463.

Cellar Wine Store
Visit cellarwinestore.com 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. hotelarts.ca

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 testkitchenyyc.ca and @TestKitchenYYC. Reservations at info@testkitchenyyc.ca, 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 calgaryfoodtours.com

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

Through February 1
Dine Out Vancouver Festival, if you’re off to the west coast – 277 participating restaurants, special hotel packages, 84 special events and much more. Visit dineoutvancouver.com for all the delicious details.

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 poppyinnovations.ca/classes

Hotel Arts’ Restaurants
February 10, It’s Date Night, make heart-shapd chocolates, $30, Raw Bar by Duncan Ly; February 10, Wine Maker’s Dinner, Redback Wine Imports, Yellow Door Bistro, $99; Valentine’s Day dinner, 7 courses, $125, Chef’s Table, Kensington Riverside Inn; Valentine’s Day dinner, 5 courses, $85, Yellow Door Bistro; Valentine’s Day dinner, 5 courses, $75, Raw Bar by Duncan Ly. Visit hotelartsgroup.com for all the delicious details.

Friday, January 30
Pascal’s Patisserie has declared this day officially Croissant Day!  Get yours to take home and bake from Pascal’s fine French pastries you bake at home, 101, 5240 – 1A St. SE, pascals.ca

Divine Cooking at Home with Chef Darren
Cozy Winter Fare cooking classes celebrating stocks, soups and sauces in you home with 6 – 10 participants, hands-on, participation required. February 6, 7, 12 13, 21, 26, 27. Details and registration at cafedivine@hotmail.com.  Friday, February 20 at Diamond Willow Artisan Retreat, book through Pat & Doug @ 403-933-5755.

Tuesday, February 10
Place your order for a delish Valentine’s Day dinner at home prepared by The Cookbook Co Cooks – you set the mood, they provide the food. $120 per couple, add a bottle of prosecco for $145 per couple for dinner and wine.  Contact Jenni Neidhart at 403-265-6066, ext. 2 or jenni@cookbookcooks.com.

Wednesday, February 11
Join Jenni Evans of Vision Travel for a monthly Women’s Wine Wednesday (WWW) evening at the UnWined@3sisters wine store in Canmore. Email jenni.evans@visiontravel.ca for details.

CRMR Valentine’s Day Specials
Breakfast in Bed or Dinner at Home: His and Hers Sweetheart Breakfast package -- bison breakfast sausage, vison maple breakfast patties, bison bacon, grapefruit Marmalade, $40. President’s Steak package -- bison ribeye steaks, bison striploin New York steaks, bison sirloin steak and elk ribeye steak, Forty Creek Whiskey BBQ Sauce, $92. Call 403-256-1350 or email order@crmranch.com to order.

Thursday, February 12
FERI Fashion Show – Superstitious? – Your Lucky Day, Let’s Have Some Fun! Fashion Show and champagne reception at Zen 8 Grill, 421 – 12 Ave. SE, 7 p.m., $25. Register online at calgary2015ferifashionshow.eventbrite.com for a $300 gift certificate.

February 12 – 15
Enjoy a 6-course Valentine’s dinner at Vero Bistro Moderne, including a Negroni, burrata salad, pan-roasted scallops, ravioli, salmon or filet mignon and praline semifreddo with macarons and madeleines, $105, reserve at 403-283-8988.

February 13 & 14 
Celebrate Valentine’s in true fine dining fashion. The Belvedere offers a special 5-course contemporary French menu, with the option of wine pairings, on Friday February 13th and Saturday February 14th. Reservation can only be made by calling The Belvedere directly at 403-265-9595. The menu can be viewed at thebelvedere.ca.    

Saturday, February 14
Celebrate your love at The Living Room Restaurant, contemporary interactive cuisine,  514 – 17th Ave. SW, with a couple’s menu, 4 courses, created by chef Kevin Hill, $150 per couple. Visit livingroomrestaurant.com for details.

Saturday, February 14
The tasty Selkirk Grille at Heritage Park will help you celebrate your loved one with a Valentine’s Dinner, a 7-course tasting menu for $89.95 per person. Reservations at heritagepark.ca, and you can see the menu on the web site, too.

Saturday, February 14
Celebrate love day at ALLOY! Chef Rogelio creates a 5-course menu  for $75. And you can also express your love to your special someone with a romantic floral arrangment waiting at your table. Local floral designer, Catherina Blaker of "How Sweet" creates a gorgeous arrangments of orchids for $65. To customize your perfect arrangment contact Catherina at flowers@howsweet.ca or 403-463-4667.  Alloy is 220 42nd Avenue SE,  reserve at 403.287.9255.

February 20/21
Calgary’s annual Winefest returns, a perfect opportunity to “try before you buy” with every sip and sample included in the ticket price and experts on hand to share their knowledge, plus tasty bites of food, all served in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Also included in the ticket price are a festival guide and a complimentary wine glass.  Visit celebratewinefest.com for all the tasty details and tickets.

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 calgaryhgs.com for details and tickets.

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. February 3 & 17 is Spaghetti Western month; March 3 & 24 is Mob Movie Madness; April 14 & 28 is ‘80s Cult Classics. Dinner and a Movie is $44.95, or for just the movie, $9.95. heritagepark.ca for details.

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 culinarycampus.ca 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 nutritionandculinarysolutions.ca/upcoming-classes-events

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 braggcreekca.com .


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.