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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 –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
March event listings:  
·         What Grape is that? – Crowfoot – March 28, 7 – 9 pm, $25

Throughout March
At Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue,Tuesday and Wednesday nights, you’ll find delish grilled pineapple, mmmmmm. we love grilled pineapple.  brazilianbbq.ca

Cuisine et Château Interactive Culinary Centre
April 8, Veggie Power; March 19, cooking and preparing fish; March 21, Stocks & Sauces; April 15, Cooking Method Fundamentals; April 12, Flaky Viennoiserie; April 25, Intro to Bread Baking; Kid’s Camps, Summer, 8 – 14-year-olds; For details 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
April 2, 9, 16, Three Nights of Wine 101, $75, not sold separately; April 23, Pairings for the People, $40; April 30, Bourbon, $55; May 7 & 8, Cinco de Mao, Tequila & Mezcal Fiesta, $45. Tasting details at bin905.com, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
March 27, Ben Sures with Ryan Sande and Corynn Wylie; March 28, Run Deer Run and We Were Friends; April 3, J.J. Shiplett; April 11, Jess Reimer; April 23, Leaf Rapids vs. Slow Leaves; 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.

Metrovino
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
April 14, Olé to Sherry, 7 – 9 p.m., $59. Tasting 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
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 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
April 5, Easter Sunday Brunch at Yellow Door Bistro, $35. Visit hotelartsgroup.com 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 cafedivine@hotmail.com.

At River Café
Roots & Shoots collaborative dinner, April 12, Slow Food Calgary’s celebration of spring. river-cafe.com

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. April 14 & 28, ‘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; Advanced Cooking, June 3 – 24, $500;  Cake Decorating, March 24-April 21, $315;  Introduction to Cooking, March 25-April 22/May 7 – June 4, $400; Chocolate, March 28/ May 9, $120; Marinades and Rubs, April 9, $90;  Baking Cakes, April 18, $120; Sushi, April 10/May 1, $90;  Fondant, April 11, $90;  Intermediate Cooking, May 6 – 27, $450;  Advanced Knife Skills, April 22, $90; Introduction to Baking, May 7 – June 4, $500; Thrill of the Grill, June 20, $110; Date Night, May 22, $75, Cheese Appreciation, May 21, $90.  Visit culinarycampus.ca for all the details.

April 8 and 14
The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West presents Le Delizie del Palato, 100% Italian Food and Wine Itinerary, 4 nights at different restaurants dining on different Italian foods: March 17 at Q Haute Cuisine for cheese and deli; March 25, at DaGuido for primi piatti; April 8 at Franca’s for secondi piatti; April 14 at Pulcinella for desserts. Partial proceeds to Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary. Full 4 night ticket, $180; rsvp Giorgia at calgary@iccbc.com or 403-283-0453. Details at iccbc.com

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: 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 poppyinnovations.ca

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. Participating merchants include Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bragg Creek Oil & Vinegar Market, Eau Claire Distillery, Italian Farmhouse Restaurant, Papa Chocolat, Pacific Wines & Spirits, Sugar Shake Bakery, Wild Rose Brewery ... and MORE!  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 tasteofbraggcreek.ca or braggcreekca.com .

March 28 & 29
Bee Kingdom Glass spring open house and glass blowing demonstrations and sale, 12 – 5 p.m., 427 – 22 Ave. NW.  Great stuff for your kitchen and dining room table, fun stuff for the rest of your house. Support your local glass blowers. Free and children welcome. beekingdom.ca

March 31
Culinary Bootcamp: 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, 6 – 7:30 pm Register at nutritionandculinarysolutions.ca/upcoming-classes-events

Sunday, April 5
CRMR’s The Lake House Restaurant will open for Easter Sunday brunch at 9:30 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. Book your family into one of the Rocky Mountain Lodges – Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Deer Lodge, Emerald Lake Lodge – and enjoy an Easter egg hunt, a colouring contest and a special Easter breakfast buffets Easter Sunday.

Tuesday, April 7
Catch Restaurant hosts an exclusive Catalan cava evening with Agusti Torello Mata winery featuring a 4-course dinner prepared by exec chef Daniel Norcott, including oysters, risotto carbonara, halibut, braised pork cheeks and strawberries with vanilla sorbet, $145, reserve at 403-206-0000 ext. 252 or email catchinfo@hyatt.com

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 canmoreuncorked.com

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 easterseals.ab.ca, go to “events.”

April 11 & 12
Aggie Days, celebrating 30 years of bringing the farm to the city, Stampede Park, where children can learn where their food comes from. Chef Pierre Lamielle will show kids how to make pancakes, they can learn how to milk a cow, make cheese from goat’s millk and plant a vegetable seed to take home.

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 slowfoodcalgary.ca

Monday, April 13
Canada’s #1 Women’s Leadership Conference, The Art of Leadership for Women, at the Telus Convention Centre, brings together internationally renowned best-selling authors and visionaries – including Martha Stewart – to help leaders  adapt to the rapidly changing businesss environment. Register now and save $50 per person with promo-code CP32.  Details at theartof.com

Tuesday, April 14
Cakebread Cellars Wine Maker’s Dinner at River Café. Enjoy the first of spring ingredients gathered from local farms in a menu designed to highlight the exceptional wines of the Napa Valley’s Cakebread Cellars, 6 p.m., 5-course dinner, $160, tickets at river-cafe.com

Wednesday, April 15
A Celebration of Spring with Veuve Clicquot at Il Sogno Restaurant, 6:30 p.m., champagne reception followed by a 4-course dinner with champagne pairings, $99, tickets, manager@ilsogno.org, ilsogno.org

April 17 – 19
The Sunshine Skillet Food Festival in Medicine Hat, a culinary event featuring a gourmet dinner, live cooking competition and a farmers’ market style food festival. A celebration of the growers, retailers and chefs in the region. Check sunshineskillet.com, @mhskillet or facebook.com/mhskillet for all the details.

Friday, April 24
California Wine Fair, a fund raiser for Calgary Opera features more than 400 premium wines from 150 of California’s top producers, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, at BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 7 – 10 p.m., $65 - $75, calgaryopera.com/winefair

April 24 – 26
Inspire Whole Food Culinary Retreat at the Delta Kananaskis Resort featuring chef Chad Sarno, author of Crazy, Sexy Kitchen. Learn about cooking foods that are good for you in delicious ways. For all the details and to register, go to gogoddessretreats.com

April 30 – May 10
The Spring Okanagan “Bud Break” Wine Festival at more than 120 member wineries inviting you to indulge in more than 90 culinary and wine activities from Osoyoos to Oyama. All the tasty details at thewinefestivals.com

May 1 & 2
Calgary International Beer Festival, presented by Sobeys Liquor, is the biggest beer festival in Western Canada! Everyone will find a new favorite amongst the hundreds of local, national and international craft beers while sampling tasty food from Calgary’s best restaurants, pubs and eateries.  BMO Centre Stampede Park. Tickets at albertabeerfestivals.com

May 26 & 27
The Ingredients for Success, the Conference on Food Innovation 2015, is sure to give all participants one and a half days of information and perspectives on innovation in the food sector, latest information in food safety, and how innovation can improve profitability. This is an opportunity to network with food sector leaders, and learn new knowledge from high profile speakers, Deerfoot Inn & Casino,1000, 11500 – 35 St., SE. This conference is designed for food processors, food researchers, government stakeholders and decision makers in the agri-food industry, academia and government. Details at http://imcievents.ca/IFS_SITE/index.html