What’s Happening in March and April
A New Tasty Gin Coming at You!
Eau Claire Distillery, the Turner Valley-based craft distillery, has launched its new Saskatoon Honey Gin as a seasonal product. Eau Claire Distillery’s Saskatoon Honey Gin was originally developed as a special edition release for Eat North’s Prairie Grid Dinner Series and was a sell-out success during its original launch. The infused spirit incorporates flavours of the Canadian prairies to pay homage to the distillery’s Alberta home. Eau Claire Distillery’s Saskatoon Honey Gin is an Alberta version of a British-style sloe gin and is infused with locally sourced honey, Saskatoon berries, rose hips and Alberta malted barley, in addition to classic gin botanicals. Find it at Kensington Wine Market, Bricks Wine Co, Craft Cellars, Vine Arts, Sobeys Millrise & Tuscany, Safeway Shawnessy, Highlander Liquor Stores and Co-op Tasting Centres liquor stores and soon to be Wine & Beyond!
Little Farm Winery New Releases
Located in Cawston, B.C. in the Similkameen Valley, Little Farm announes the releaase of some of their most popular small-batch wines – the second vintage of Pied de Cuve Orange from 2017, the 2017 Pied de Cuve Cabernet Franc and the micro-batch 2016 New-ish Oak Chardonnay. The Cuve Orange is orange-gold in colour and slightly cloudy, it shows intense and complex aromas of orange oil, bergamot, potpourri, peach skin, dried apricot, clove and floral notes. The palate is dry, crisp and textured with blood orange zest, spice and subtle grippy tannins with a long finish. Visit www.littlefarmwinery.ca for details about the wines and to order online. Also email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
Very Special Wines
Laughing Stock Vineyards is releasing Small Cap Pinot Noir & Chardonnay – Small Caps means low production wines that are specially hand crafted and available only from the winery. Pinot Noir 2016 is world class from the Naramata Bench with great structure, engaging tannins and superb potential for aging. Chardonnay 2017 is a well-balanced chardonnay that was barrel fermented and aged for 8 months in French oak barrels. Also, Pinot Gris 2017 and Viognier 2017. Laughing Stock is nearing the end of these wines, so don’t wait! Order online at www.ab.laughingstock.ca (ab means you’re ordering from Alberta) or call the winery at 250-493-8466 and it will be shipped right to your door.
Omakase nights at Sukiyaki House
Check into these, Wednesday to Friday nights, when sous chef Yuki Koyama brings in wild fish from Japan and guests sit at the sushi bar to experience Omakase, which means, “I’ll leave it up to you” (from Japanese “to entrust”). Chef Yuki prepares a variety of courses – mainly sushi – for guests to enjoy, interacting and explaining the different methods and techniques he uses to enhance or bring out the simplicity and purity of the ingredients. Sounds tasty and interesting to us, we’ll go, you should too.
Wake up in your happy place…
At Island Lake Lodge where early spring features gourmet lunches, spa treatments, nordic skiing and snowshoeing to help you relax and rejuvenate. Explore this beautiful place, give a toll-free call at 1-888-422-8754 or go to www.islandlakecatskiing.com. It’s next door to Fernie, B.C., just a short drive from Calgary!
Exceptional Nota Bene from Black Hills Winery
Black Hills Estate Winery says the release of the 2016 vintage Nota Bene is exceptional because 2016 was an exceptional growing year and an extended barrel aging gave the Nota Bene beautifully soft tannins with excellent depth and complexity. Perfect now and with good aging potential in your wine cellar for 10 years or longer. Limited quantities available now, order online at www.blackhillswinery.com/current-vintages or by phone at 250-498-0666 or email email@example.com. Black Hills Estate says there are just 55 cases of its signature Nota Bene 2016 left. Don’t wait, get your bottles at phone and email orders, 250-498-0666.
Wine Experience Centre in full swing……
Black Hills Estate Winery offers a personal tasting experience, the Vineyard Kitchen offers artisan pizza, charcuterie board or salad to enjoy with your wine tasting experience. Enjoy 2 for 1 portfolio flights, lounge vibes on the scenic vineyard patio and feature appearances from the house DJ. Fun! Visit www.blackhillswinery.com/visit-us for more information. Black Hills offers FREE shipping anywhere in Canada on 24 bottles or more and you can mix and match your cases.
New Wine Releases…..
Laughing Stock Vineyards has released two new tasty red wines, Blind Trust Red 2016 and Syrah 2016, order online or call the winery at 250-493-8466 and get them shipped to your door. Order online at www.ab.laughingstock.ca/our-wines. Interestingly, the ab in the web address is for ordering in Alberta only! That’s cool.
Puppies and Prosecco
Dogs of all sizes and ages are welcome at Vin Room West and Vin Room Mission to the Puppies and Prosecco Classes in support of the Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation. Visit www.vinroom.com for all the furry details!
The Happiest of Hours….
Cilantro’s secluded patio on 17th Ave. SW offers a happy hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Friday. But now that it’s starting to be spring, you can indulge in the beautiful indoor space. Indulge in a 9 oz. pour of wine for the price of a 6 oz. pour on all of Cilantro’s award-winning glass pours. Also look for the feature of $5 prosecco. Brad Royale, CRMR wine director, says about the wine: “We focus on global selections from boutique producers that we believe showcase the unique personalities of wine.” Go drink good wine and eat good food.
JoieFarm Winery’s En Famille Collection
Heidi Noble, owner and wine maker at JoieFarm Winery says that Joie Farm’s “En Famille” Reserve Collection wines are made in limited quantities and are grown on select, single vineyard sites. The two estate varietals are muscat and gewürztraminer planted by Heidi and her brother and hand picked by family members. The riesling and reserve chardonnay are two projects close to Heidi’s heart and the reserve pinot noir is a clonal selection with pretty floral aromas, bright cherry fruit, juicy acidity and sophisticated fine tannins, ideal for autumn mushrooms and other rich, savoury flavours of cold weather dishes. Shop the JoieFarm En Famille wine by visiting www.joiefarm.com
Food Network Canada Chef School
Learn how to make great simple recipes by tuning into the Food Network channel and watching some of the country’s great chefs – Lynn Crawford, Mark McEwan, Roger Mooking and Michael Smith, for example – cooking their favourite recipes and sharing must-know tips. Visit www.foodnetwork.ca/shows/food-network-canada-chef-school for all the tasty details.
Happy Hour at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff
From Sunday to Friday, between 3 – 5 p.m. and 8 – 9 p.m., the Sleeping Buffalo Lounge serves signature cocktails, Alberta craft and draft beers and domestic bottles all for just $6. Can’t beat that, and we love hanging in our mountains, so all the more reason to! AND, Cilantro Restaurant at Buffalo Mountain Lodge is now Buffalo Mountain Café, the perfect setting to stop in pre- or post-adventure for delicious, casual bites, like coffee, pastries, sandwiches, house-made desserts.
Learn About the Making of Japanese Knives
Springhammer, the award-winning Kevin Kossowan-directed documentary produced by Knifewear CEO Kevin Kent, about Japanese Blacksmiths and the culinary tools they create is streaming for free on knifewear.com. In 2013, Kent, Kossowan and Knifewear’s cultural ambassador, Naoto Fujimoto, travelled across Japan to film their blacksmith partners. Now you can see how the popular Japanese knives are made. Visit www.knifewear.com/springhammer to have a look.
Interactive Mexican Taco Kit
Native Tongues Taqueria offers a “catering” option called Home Taquero Kits, where you can order an interactive Mexican taco kit for a party at home or at the office. There’s the option of pre-built kits or customizable kits. And Native Tongues will even throw it in an Uber to have it delivered. Visit www.nativetongues.ca/catering for all the tasty details.
Great Events Rentals
Great Events Catering has a rental operation and you can find beautiful things and save money on your party or wedding décor, and much more. Visit www.greateventsrentals.ca for all the beautiful new products.
Reasons to visit River Café
Friends & Family Price Chef’s Tasting Menu; Early Bird Dinner available nightly from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., the flavours of the season for $29; Corkage-Free Sundays, pair your fave bottle with a seasonally inspired menu. Just a walk in the park, Prince’s Island Park, www.river-café.com
Leading Canadian restaurant group Oliver & Bonacini has unveiled Hudson, a state-of-the-art event complex. Hudson marks the completion of Oliver & Bonacini’s foray into western Canada and is the restaurant group’s final concept in the historic Hudson’s Bay building, following the opening of The Guild and Sub Rosa. Spanning the sixth floor of the building, Hudson features an open-concept layout that can accommodate up to 710 guests at one time, whether seated or as a standing reception for all sorts of events, from corporate conferences to elegant weddings and high-profile social gatherings. Visit www.hudsonevents.ca for more information.
When a growing group of cyclists routinely met at Cassis Bistro, owner and avid cyclist Gilles Brassart (owner of Cassis Bistro, Suzette Bistro and Market 17) saw the need to create Velo Café, a space dedicated to their lifestyle and sense of community. Velo Café is one of Calgary’s first true cycling cafés, a cozy meeting place for cyclists and food lovers to chat with other enthusiasts, sip great coffee and eat delicious café fare. Velo Café is nestled in Market 17, next door to Cassis.
Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
All kinds of tasty tastings and events at the Co-op tasting centres – Midtown, Crowfoot, Shawnessy, Beddington and Oakridge. For example – Boxed, Bottled or Canned, can you tell the difference? Wine Down Wednesday — Value Wines Under $20; Wine & Cheese – Classic Pairings; Hit List – Wine Spectator’s Top 100; An Afternoon Stroll Through the South of France; Wine Aligned with the Stars – Astrology and Wine! AND much more. Dates, details and tickets at www.coopwinespiritsbeer.com/events
Tinhorn Creek Tours and Tastings
When you’re in the Okanagan, check into the private tour and tasting options that offer a unique opportunity to sample top-tier Oldfield Series wines, sip award-winning wines while discovering innovative winemaking techniques and leading viticultural practices. Tinhorn’s tasty Miradoro restaurant is open for the season. Visit www.tinhorn.com for more information.
The Lake House
Come taste the local/seasonal menu with both lunch and dinner offerings refreshed and bursting with new flavours and ingredients while maintaining the classic Rocky Mountain cuisine that The Lake House is known for. Details and reservations at www.lakehousecalgary.com or 403-225-3939, 747 Lake Bonavista Dr, SE.
Wednesdays Year Round
The Parkdale Farmers’ Market is open all year on Wednesdays, 2 – 6:30 p.m. at the Parkdale Community Centre, 3512 5th Ave. NW featuring more than 20 local vendors selling fresh food and produce, hand-made crafts, housewares and more. For vendor information, contact Brenda at 403-837-3640, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bricks Wine Store Tastings
Get on the email list at www.brickswine.ca and stay tuned for the tastings activities. And Bricks offers private tastings focused on the education and enjoyment of wine, beer and spirits. Check it all out on the web site and sign up for the monthly newsletter
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, www.atcoblueflamekitchen.com/classes
Tastings: Visit www.metrovino.com or phone (403) 205-3356 for info or to register.
Truffles and Bubbles
Treat Yo’Self Tuesdays Truffle Popcorn and Bubbles at Vin Room West and Vin Room Mission, from open to close, $5 truffle popcorn and $5 glass of bubbles. A perfect match! www.vinroom.com
The Light Cellar
Superfood/Superherb Classes. Details and register online at at www.thelightcellar.ca/teaching-kitchen or call 403-453-1343.
J. Webb Wine Merchant, Glenmore Landing
Tasting details at www.jwebb.net or call 403-253-9463.
The Cellar Wine Store
Tasting details at www.cellarwinestore.com or phone 403-503-0730.
Hotel Arts’ Restaurants
Daily 3- and 5-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings at Yellow Door Bistro; Every Friday at Raw Bar, happy hour specials — $.99 oysters, $4.99 prosecco, $4.99 pints; live music at Hotel Arts every Thursday in Raw Bar as local artist Amy Thiessen curates weekly sets featuring Calgary-based musicians. Enjoy great tunes as you enjoy Vietmodern cuisine and award-winning cocktails. www.hotelarts.ca
Kensington Wine Market
Tastings details at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com 403-283-8000.
Willow Park Wines & Spirits
Fun stuff happening. Details and tickets at www.willowpark.net or 403-296-1640, ext. 277. Pick up the calender of great events in-store at 10801 Bonaventure Dr. SE, Willow Park Village.
Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro
Has launched a happy hour program offering a new red and white wine glass-pour selection chosen each Monday and featured all week accompanied by a feature cheese plate and small plate crafted by chef John Donovan. The wines from the copiously stocked cellar are wines you might not otherwise consider. All wine pours during happy hour are $9, the small plates and cheese plates range from $5 to $9. Good deal! Keep tabs on what’s happening during happy hour, 3 – 6 p.m., at #divinohappyhour
Cuisine et Château Culinary Centre Classes
Wine! Wine! And Food! A wine and food pairing series; demonstration classes/special events; Winemaker’s dinner with a guest speaker. Culinary tours to the Périgord region of France in 2019: June 9 – 15; June 16 – 22. Book now at 403-764-2665. Details and information about classes at www.cuisineandchateau.com or call 403-764-2665.
Ollia Macarons & Tea
Macarons Baking Classes. Classes are hands-on, 12 participants max. Participants get about 30 macarons and a recipe booket. There’s a break where participants sample macarons and tea. Details at www.byollia.com/classes, register at 403-457-9775. Accompanied children 10 – 15 are welcome, private class option available.
Symons Valley Ranch Farmers Market
Located at 14555 Symons Valley Rd., NW, just off the north end of Shaganappi Tr. NW. A new market is going to be built. Keep checking www.symonsvalleyranch.com for updates on the new market’s progress. It was always a great market, we can’t wait to have it built and operational again.
Downtown Culinary Campus: Artisan Bread, March 30, April 27, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Advanced Cooking, March 25 – April 15 (Mondays), 5:30 – 8:30; Portuguese, March 28, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Desserts, April 4, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Date Night, April 5, 6 – 9 p.m.: Knife Skills, April 11, 5:30 – 7:30; Assorted Buns, April 13, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Mexican, May 2, 5:30 – 8:30;
Main Campus: Viennoiserie, March 23, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Bean to Bar, March 23, 10a.m. – 3 p.m.; Vegetarian, March 26, 6 – 9 p.m.; Introduction to Cooking, March 27 – April 24 (Wednesdays), 6 – 9 p.m.; Date Night, March 29, 6 – 9 p.m.; Sausage Making, March 30, 8 – 12 p.m.; Herbs and Spices, April 2, 6 – 9 p.m.; India, April 5, 6 – 9 p.m.; Viennoiserie, April 6, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Baking Cakes, April 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Chocolate, April 6 & May 4, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sushi, April 12, 6 – 9 p.m.; Fondant Basics, April 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Savoury Brunch April 16, 6 – 9 p.m.; Thailand, April 30, 6 – 9 p.m.
The Tastemarket by SAIT: Date Night, April 12, May 31, 6 – 8:30 p.m.Visit www.culinarycampus.ca for details and more courses.
The Cookbook Co. Cooks:
French Pastry Workshop: Ways with Pâte à Choux, March 24, morning and afternoon; 3-Day Spring Break Kids Camp, ages 8-11, March 26-28; Handmade Asian Dumplings, March 30, morning; A Culinary Bootcamp Just For Men!, March 31; Chicken 101 With Charcut!, April 3, evening. Visit www.cookbookcooks.com for all the tasty classes and booking instruction, or email at email@example.com
One Saturday a month……
Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters launches a new monthly event series called Good Neighbours at their Mission café. In partnership with pals Sugar Water Cocktail Lounge and DJ Carl Cassidy, the Mission café becomes a vintage cocktail lounge with a cocktail menu, beer and wine list, an evening food menu and hand picked records. One Saturday a month, 7 – 11 p.m., visit www.philsebastian.com/mission for all the fun details.
Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
Bow Valley Ranche Chef’s Pantry Sunday Night Dinner, every Sunday, 4-courses, $55; reservations 403-476-1310. All the tasty details at www.bvrrestaurant.com
High Tea Saturday and Sunday
What fun! Brasserie Kensington serves High Tea every Saturday and Sunday from 2:15 to 4:30, 1131 Kensington Rd. NW, $35, includes a selection of teas with finger sandwiches, canapés, scones and compotes, pastries and desserts. Reservations required online at www.brasseriekensington.com or phone the restaurant at 403-457-4148.
Divine Cooking at Home
Chef Darren comes to your house for a group cooking class. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your evening. Classes fill quickly, so they are first-come, first-serve. Classes are $100 per participant for groups of 8 – 12 participants. It’s very fun and chef Darren is very good.
Laughing Stock Vineyards Barrel Room Tastings
Something exceptionally good to plan for when you’re tootling the Okanagan. Laughing Stock, near Penticton, makes some of the best of the Okanagan wines, so go taste them. Hosted by owners/winemaker David or Cynthia Enns, these tastings are held monthly on Sundays and include local artisan cheeses, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., $25 for preferred share wine club members and guests, $50 for non-members, and worth every penny for this exceptional wine. Visit www.laughingstock.ca for details, or call 250-493-8466 for details and to register for a tasting.
Tasting Room Open
Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars in Okanagan Falls has opened its tasting room for the season for when you’re tootling the Okanagan Valley, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 2385 Allendale Rd. www.bluemountainwinery.com
Kid’s Cooking Bootcamps
Poppy Innovations Edible Education Program invites your youngsters to participate in a culinary day camp at the South Health Campus, Wellness Centre, 4448 Front St. SE, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., no need to pack a lunch! Ages 8 – 12 years. Sounds like lotsa fun for the kids, and good eats too: at the Parkdale Community Association, 9 a.m. Visit www.poppyinnovations.ca/classes-events/kids-summer-day-camps for details and tickets — $90 includes all supplies.
The Lake House Prix-Fixe Menu now available
The return of The Lake House’s annual prix-fixe menu offered at dinner Monday to Thursday for $50 per person for a limited time. The menu will change regularly and feature CRMR’s distinctive Rocky Mountain Cuisine in a delicious three-course menu crafted by chef Gareth Colville and his culinary team. Due to the nature of a feature menu and its limited ingredients, there will be a finite number of prix-fixe menus available each evening, so reserve your table at 403-225-3939 or visit www.lakehousecalgary.com .
Bin 905 Tastings
New Tasting Lineup: Visit www.bin905.com for all the tasty details.
Cilantro celebrates 30 years
After getting freshened up with renovations to the décor and the menu. Tuesday is Classic Cocktails with a Twist, Wednesday Chef’s Feature Pasta, Thursday Charcuterie Boards & Wine, Friday Cellar Nights with a rare wine. Check it out at 338 – 17 Ave. SW, 403-229-1177.
Every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to close at all National locations, you can take part in buck-a-shuck oysters paired with ½ price bottles of wine!
Dinner and a Movie at Heritage Park
Each evening begins with the themed 3-course dinner in the Selkirk Grille followed by the movie on the big screen in Gasoline Alley Museum, Reserve your table today, dinner and movie is $44.95 or $8 for the movie alone. Dinner reserves may be made between 5 – 6:45 p.m. with show time starting at 7:45. A popcorn and cash bar are open during the film. To view menus or reserve your table, visit www.heritagepark.ca or call 403-268-8607.
NOtaBLE, one of the city’s favourite restaurants, has introduced NOtaBLE Hour, which features drink and food specials that let people, who want to, escape the hustle-and-bustle of downtown but still enjoy after-work leisure before heading home. Offered every Tuesday to Thursday, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., NOtaBLE Hour offers $8 drinks, including the Moscow Mule, Grilled Grapefruit Swizzle, a pint of Village Brewery ‘No Bull’ beer or a glass of wine. Also, NOtaBLE Hour offers a chicken dinner for two for $30, featuring a half a wood-fired rotisserie Happy Chicken with a NOtaBLE signature salad and bottomless fries on the side. Such a NOtaBLE hour!
Cilantro Dinner Events
Cilantro calls all foodies, wine lovers and friends. Don’t miss this lineup of dinners, be the first to know when tickets go on sale as dinners sell out quickly – sign up for the pre-sale list at www.cilantrocalgary.com/2017/08/28/register-pre-sale-event-list . Only 22 tickets for each dinner, so don’t wait!
Buffo Ristorante has made some changes to its programming and part of this is the monthly Sunday Supper series. Every month a different chef partners with Buffo’s chef, Michel Nop, to create a family-style dinner. The first dinner features Daniel Pizzaro from Teatro and will be held on April 28th.
- What: Sunday Suppers at Buffo featuring Chef Daniel Pizarro from Teatro
- Where: 6455 MacLeod Trail SW (located next to Saks Fifth Avenue at CF Chinook Centre)
- Date: April 28th
- Time: 5 pm to 9 pm
- Cost: $35 — $9 for children 12 and under
Incredibly talented chef Michel Nop and his good friend Daniel Pizarro from Teatro are getting together to host a dinner that even Nonna would approve of! The evening will feature a three- course dinner served family style with wine pairings (it’s a Sunday, but what’s a meal without a little vino right?). To make reservations you can call (403) 351-2316 or go online www.buffocalgary.com/