What’s happening in April and May

SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room
You can book now for lunch and dinner to April 24. The Highwood serves some of the best food you’ll eat in this culinary classroom/dining room. A la carte lunch prices vary, set-menus for dinner are $46. Book at or call 403-284-8615.

April 4 – May 7
Bar C launches its No Name Yet Cocktail contest. Made from Dos Maderas 5+5 rum, Frangelico, Cynar and a large chunk of ice, the No Name Yet cocktail is lean and herbal with no muss, no fuss, no nonsense and name!  To enter, you must submit your idea for a name and a reason why you chose that name. Go to
for all the details about submitting and voting for your favourite name. The submission with the most votes wins bragging rights and a grand prize. The grand prize consists of two nights’ accommodation, dinner for two and breakfast at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, Deer Lodge in Lake Louise, or Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park.  Do it now!
Name that cocktail!

April 17 - 19
Easter at the Kingsland Farmers’ Market, Easter Eggstravaganza, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Egg Ty-Dyeing, on Saturday April 19 for all kids! Market is closed Easter Sunday.

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
Tastings: Check the web site for all the fun things happening in April and May:, email or call 403-2238-0446, ext. 205.

Cuisine et Chateau Interactive Culinary Centre
Family Chocolate Class, April 18; Kids’ Cooking Camp this summer, for kids 8 – 13; A Week in a French Kitchen, summer program for teens 14 – 19; For details about classes and registration, visit or phone 403-764-2665.

Cooking Classes at SAIT’s downtown Culinary Campus
For a complete listing of classes and to register, visit or call 403-774-4694 for all the tasty details.

Bin 905
Tastings: details at, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
April 19, Lumine; April 23, Joe Nolan Residency; April 25, J.P. Hoe with Lorrie Matheson; April 26, Heebser; T. Buckley Tuesdays 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:  From the Ground Up, Burgundy for Beginners, April 24;  . Visit or phone (403) 205-3356  for info or to register.

The Light Cellar
Superfood/Superherb Classes. Register online at at  or call 403-453-1343.  

J. Webb Wine Merchant
At Casel Marché, Details at

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. April 20, Easter Sunday at Yellow Door Bistro, buffet brunch; Mother’s Day, May 11, Yellow Door Bistro; Hockey Night at Yellow Door, NHL Flames home game nights, 2-course meal for $29.

 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,

Salsita Mexican Cooking Classes
May 31, June 13, make empanadas, paella, ceviche, enchiladas, green mole, guacamole and more.  Visit for dates and timed or call 403-289-2202.

Cooking at Home with Chef Darren
Join Chef Darren for Cooking at Home: Indian Cooking Classes, in your own home. May 1, 2, 15, 22, 23. For this class, you need 6 – 8 friends, and the cookig is hands-on and participation is required. Details and registration at

Sunday, April 20
Open Range invites you to Easter dinner – a 3-course menu of smoked maple roasted ham or roasted prime rib plus appetizer and dessert – for $50, regular menu also available. And/or have Easter Sunday brunch at Big Fish, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Easter Monday brunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Don’t forget Mother’s Day brunch, May 11 at Big Fish and Open Range, plus a Mother’s Day Sunday supper menu –


Sunday, April 20
Enjoy Easter Sunday brunch at Yellow Door Bistro – fun for the family with Easter bunny cream puffs, banana chocolate chip pancakes with toasted coconut and a seriously delish apple and fennel glazed ham, plus  much more!  Three seatings, to reserve, call 403-206-9585.


Sunday, April 20
Hotel Blackfoot invites you to enjoy Easter Brunch & Dinner Buffet inside Green’s Restaurant. Check for buffet times and prices, then reserve at 403-259-1705.  Live music in the Lobby Lounge is in full swing every Thursday starting at 7 p.m.


Sunday, April 20
Enjoy Easter Brunch at Cravings Market Restaurant with an array of traditional breakfast favourites, seatings at 10 a.m. and 12 noon. Reservations at 403-252-2083, 7207 Fairmount Dr. SE,

Sunday, April 20
At CRMR lodges – Buffalo Mountain, Deer Lodge and Emerald Lake Lodge – Easter egg hunt, colouring contest, a room drop and Easter breakfast. Visits by the Easter Bunny and the elusive Easter Elk – take the kids!  Visit for all the rabbity details!

Kensington Wine Market
Tastings: What’s Next, Beer & Cheese, $35, April 22; The Speyside Whisky Trail, $60, April 24; Cheese Please with Peasant Cheese and wine, $35, April 25; Classic Single Malts, $35, April 29;

Tuesday, April 22
California Wine Dinner at downtownfood, 6 p.m., 5 courses with wine pairings, $95, tickets at, 628 – 8th Ave. SW.

Wednesday, April 23
Jelly Modern Doughnuts hosts a Girls Night Out, 7 p.m. with an exclusive advance screening of “The Other Woman”  with Cameron Diaz. If you want to win tickets for yourself or the significant women in your life, email by 2 p.m. with the subject Four Tickets Please and say what store you want to pick up your tickets from, flagship or Suncor, by Monday April 21. You will be notified if you are a winner!

Wednesday, April 30
The Wines of British Columbia host the Discover BC VQA Spring Release Tasting Event with more than 40 BC VQA wineries for industry, trade and media. Stampede Park, Palomino Room E & F, 2 – 5 p.m. Trade/industry/media people can RSVP at by April 23.  Trade/industry/media only.

May 2/3
10th Annual Calgary International Beerfest, BMO Centre Stampede Park, features brew master saminars with brew masters from around the world, cooking-with-beer seminars with Calgary chefs, more than 750 beers to sample, food from Calgary’s restaurants, live music and special beer brewed by the Brew Master Program at Olds College. Tickets ad

Monday, May 5
Application deadline for the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship regional heat in Calgary on June 22.  There’s a $10,000 grand prize and the opportunity to work at a leading international restaurant.  Open to all young Canadian chefs under age 28 with a completed Red Seal certification – apply and get details at

Wednesday, May 7
City Palate 20 for 20 Chefly Screen Shots: Raw Footage. Food, film, music, fun with the Calgary Folk Music Festival and Calgary Underground Film Festival, Festival Hall, Inglewood, 6:30, tickets, $60 at and

Sunday, May 11
Enjoy a 3-course Mother’s Day brunch at Vin Room with wine pairings and fashion show by Apt 22. All guests will receive a gift bag with products from Sante Spa, Momentum Health, Blue Door Oil & Vinegar and Apt 22. Brunch is 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Vin Room West and Vin Room Mission, $65, tickets at both locations.

Friday, May 23
The Calgary Academy of Chefs and Cooks celebrates its annual President's Gala and Awards at Hotel Arts. Executive Chef Duncan Ly has created an outstanding multi-course menu. View the menu at For tickets, contact . Association members and guests $100 + GST. Non-members $110 + GST.

Sunday, May 25
Jazz Brunches featuring The Deanne Matley Trio at NOtaBLE, noon  - 2 p.m., reservations at 403-288-4372.

Saturday, May 31
Calgary Food Tours Inc. launches its touring season with 5 tours per week (most weeks) in Calgary. 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 the newly updated

Thursday, June 5
Lina’s Italian Market invites you to celebrate its 20th Anniversary with cake, door prizes and more!  Check in-store for details, 2202 Centre St. NE,