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City Palate, guide to the good life in Calgary Stockpot 2019 01 02 Murrieta Restaurant

Murrieta’s general manager, Sabrina, and exec chef, Dave Bohati, who won the top position at the Gold Medal Plates 2018, now called Canada’s Great Kitchen Party. That means he’ll be off to the Canadian Culinary Championships in February competing with the gold medal winners from all over Canada. He’s very good with food and has a very good chance of winning! Good for you Dave, City Palate was one of the judges and loved your dish! And chef Bohati teamed up with a SAIT student at the SAIT Chef To Be competition to help raise money to support the student chefs. Another gold medal for Dave and his student chef-to-be and a $5,000 scholarship was awarded on Murrieta’s behalf to a SAIT student

River Café closes in January each year for annual repairs and maintenance, but this year necessary flood mitigation work and some building life-cycle maintenance will keep the doors closed for three more months. Check for updates, or to make spring and summer bookings, and expect the doors to reopen in late April. In the meanwhile, you can join the River Café team on culinary vacation in Punta Mita Mexico. Proprietor Sal Howell, Chef Matthias Fong, River Café’s Chef de Cuisine Eric Um and Pastry Chef Kevin Yang lead an interactive exploration of coastal Pacific Mexico’s terroir. Packages include a fishing trip, local markets, cooking demonstrations and dinners on the beach – January 23rd to 27th. Check river-café.com for more details.

Calgary has welcomed its first Chronic Tacos location at the Deerfoot City Shopping Centre at 901 – 64th Ave. NE. Chronic Tacos is a California-inspired Mexican grill that celebrates authenticity and the individuality of its guests through fresh, made-to-order Mexican food. Chronic Tacos offers a wide variety of traditional Mexican foods, including tacos, burritos, bowl-ritos and much more. The menu also features kid’s meals and a breakfast menu available all day. Customers can choose from vegetarian and gluten-free options as well as choices of: carneasada, carnitas, al pastor, pollo asado and variations of fish or shrimp. Each restaurant
incorporates original artistic designs inspired by traditional “Day of the Dead” art, creating a unique “Taco Life” experience at each location For more information,

Cilantro invites you to “Tempt Your Taste Buds At Our Winter Dinner Series,” January 23, February 27 and March 20. Cilantro will feed you such good food and perfect wines paired with the courses. The evening will be hosted by CRMR’s wine director, Brad Royale, who will walk you through hand-picked wines that have been carefully paired with three courses and one amuse-bouche prepared by Cilantro’s hugely talented culinary team led by chef Lancelot Monteiro. Tickets are just $99 inclusive of tax and gratuity, an incredibly affordable price. Visit for all the details and ticket ordering.

Deane House Chef Matthias Fong, now the executive chef for Deane House as well as River Café, is bringing the property’s rich history back to life through a dining experience steeped in culinary history. Inspirations from indigenous prairie ingredients and traditions, and a nod to the earliest imported foods, expect the best locally sourced contemporary cuisine with a fascinating historic twist. Traditional or adventurous tasting menus available with curated cellar selections.

Yellow Door Bistro welcomes a new chef de cuisine, Scott Redekopp. Known for surprising and playful twists on classics, chef Redekopp just launched an enticing new winter menu. Sample the menu during the happiest of hours – Monday to Saturday from 4pm to 6pm, enjoy $5 wine, beer and cocktail features as well as 1/2 price à la carte flatbreads. Reserve your table:

SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room…
With winter here, the students at the Highwood know that you want to escape the cold with a dining experience that will warm your soul. The Highwood is accepting reservations for January 9 – February 28. The gourmet buffets will be open for online bookings only and will be offered on:
• January 17, 24, 31
• February 7, 14, 28
Visit to view the menus, to find lunch and dinner parking details, campus map and to book online. Support student learning in the Highwood, 1301 – 16th Ave. NW, 403-284-8615, ext. 2,

Open Table posts Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants from coast to coast and this year, Calgary has 16 restaurants featured, which is the second most of any Canadian city. Recognized restaurants: Anju, Pigeonhole, Ten Foot Henry, Royale, Cucina Market Bistro, Bridgette Bar, Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar, Hy’s Steakhouse, Klein/Harris, La Chaumière, The Nash, Posto Pizzeria and Bar, Q Haute Cuisine, Sukiyaki House, Vero Bistro Moderne, WORKSHOP kitchen + culture.

Deane House launches a new weekly Live Jazz Sunday Supper night starting on Sunday January 6th. Jazz trio Haven Vanguard, the house favourite band that played at Sunday Brunch through the summer in the garden, makes its return for a weekly appearance at the family style menu, family friendly and corkage free Sunday Supper. It’s a great way to meet Deane.

Both River Café and Deane House teams are in the Deane House for Valentine’s Day. Bookings now available for a romantic dinner for two, or purchase a seat (or two) for the Annual Valentine’s Champagne Dinner in the library. Visit for details

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The world of wine awaits. Winefest invites you to indulge in hundreds of wines in all styles and flavours! One ticket includes an all-inclusive sampling of wines, hors d’oeuvres and a take-home wine glass. Guests will enjoy a variety of red, white, rosé, port, sparkling, and dessert wines from the world’s most celebrated wine regions, and a selection of sweet and savoury decadent bites. This year, Winefest is proud to present Rioja as 2019’s feature wine region. This premiere wine region in Spain is known for its tempranillo, but with a total vineyard area of 64,000 hectares, Rioja truly offers a style of wine for every wine lover. Explore and discover Rioja’s remarkable wine, along with many others at this year’s event. Early Bird prices available until Friday, January 11. Winefest takes place February 22 and 23 at Stampede Park BMO Centre, Hall E. Visit for details and tickets.

City Palate, guide to the good life in Calgary Stockpot 2019 01 02 Beer Guys YYC Local Craft Beer

BeerGuysYYC announces Calgary’s first and only Beer Guys Craft Club. The Club, which launched officially on December 1, is designed specifically to provide local craft breweries with a platform to promote their establishment, while providing its members with exclusive discounts and unparalleled opportunities
to explore Calgary’s ever-growing craft beer scene. Sticking with the BeerGuysYYC mission, this program is at no cost to the participating breweries, in an effort to continually promote and assist Calgary business owners. And while there is a nominal cost to the member, a portion of their membership dues will go directly to supporting local charities. So members can feel good about their nominal monthly fee of $7.95. Deals and special offers change often and are left up to the establishment. The idea for the Club came from friends, colleagues and even complete strangers inquiring as to how they too could become a “BeerGuy” and often, “BeerGal.” After a quick brainstorm, the team realized the potential for a club that not only brought people together, but also encouraged Calgarians to try something new and support local start-ups. As time goes on members can also expect exclusive member-only events and social gatherings that will truly unite craft beer enthusiasts. For more information visit and check out BeerGuysYYC on Instagram and Twitter @beerguysyyc.

City Palate, guide to the good life in Calgary Stockpot 2019 01 02 Chaîne des Rôtisseurs

Do you know a sommelier between the ages of 21-31 who would like an opportunity to compete locally and internationally for great travel and cash prizes
in the upcoming Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Jeunes Sommeliers Competition 2019! The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest and largest wine and food society, welcomes all sommeliers between the ages of 21 and 31 to participate in the annual regional sommelier competition. The mission is to promote the enjoyment,knowledge and understanding of fine wines and crafted beverages, with one of the goals being to provide help, encouragement and support for the young professionals who are to be the best sommeliers of the future. There is no cost to compete. Calgary will be the site of the second annual regional Jeunes Sommeliers competition in Canada. This event will be held annually with the intention of recommending our regional winner to advance to the International Competition in South Korea (September 2019) provided the standards of international competition are met. Registration Deadline: March 15. First Round Written Test: Saturday, March 30 at 1 pm in Calgary. Second Round Final Competition (Theory, Service and Blind Tasting): Saturday, April 13 at 1 pm in Calgary. Details and registration forms can be found at:

Heidi Noble, JoieFarm’s owner and winemaker and apprentice winemaker Alyssa Hubert have introduced the Chic Fille label, a fun, experimental wine inspired by Heidi’s desire to revisit techniques that she had used when first teaching herself how to make wine. The Chic Fille label revisits each one of the techniques singularly with the goal of making fun, textural, eminently drinkable and interesting wines. They – 2017 Pinot Blanc and Rosé – will help improve the already great JoieFarm portfolio. Visit for more information.

Found another interesting wine: Back from the Dead Red, vinted and bottled by The Buccaneer, King City, California. Another tasty red blend, who cares what they call it, and they’re having fun! Actually love the label, catches your eye in a liquor store!

City Palate, guide to the good life in Calgary Stockpot 2019 01 02 Back from the Dead Red


SAIT Downtown Culinary Campus: January 10, Vegetarian; January 14 to February 11, Introduction to Cooking; January 17, Fish Cookery; January 18, Date Night; January 19, Artisan Bread; January 24. Thailand; January 31, West Coast; February 2, Viennoiserie; February 7, Chinese Stir Fry; February 8, Date Night; February 9, Date Night; February 14, Date Night; February 21, France; February 23, Artisan Bread; February 25 to March 18, Intermediate Cooking;
February 28, Pasta.

SAIT Main Campus: January 8, Knife Skills; January 12, Viennoiserie; January 15 to March 5, Intro to Cooking (Gr. 7-12); January 22, Vietnamese; January 25,
Date Night; January 26, Baking Cakes; February 1, Sushi; February 2, Assorted Buns; February 5, Cooking with Cheese; February 6 to March 6, Introduction to
Cooking; February 9, Chocolate; February 9, Buttercream Basics; February 19, Winter Stews; February 22, Curry; February 22, Date Night; February 23,  iennoiserie; February 23, Cupcakes; February 25 to March 14, Bar Mixology.

The Tastemarket by SAIT: January 11, Date Night; January 16 to 31, Cooking for Your Health; February 1, Date Night; February 14, Date Night. Visit for details and more courses.

The Cookbook Co. Cooks: January 11/12, A Night Out: Couples Class; January 12, morning, Grown-Up & Kid Class (8+); afternoon, Handmade Pasta; January 13, Tagines: Stews from Morocco; January 16, Thai Classics; January 18/19, A Night Out: Couples Class; January 19 morning, Make & Take Perogies Workshop;
afternoon, Vietnamese Cooking – and much more in January. February 3, Crepe-Making Workshop, Sweet & Savoury; February 5, Tuesday on Ice: Gin & Tapas; February 10, Get Them in the Kitchen! Teen Bootcamp Edition (ages 13-16); February 19, Around the Alberta Table: Eat Local; February 20, Around the World with Riesling; February 23, Mastering Fermentation; February 28, Weeknight Vegan: Comfort Food, Fast. And much more! Visit for details and register at The Cookbook Co. Cooks, 722 – 11th Ave. SW, 403-265- 6066, ext. 1.


Support thousands of Calgary men and their families dealing with mental health issues, through the Women for Men’s Health’s The Big Ball Gala on Friday,
February 1st. The biggest party of the year, held at Hotel Arts, is an evening of dance, drink, food and fun. This powerful initiative acts to increase awareness in
areas impacting men, including mental health. Get your tickets here:

Your Project. Their Experts. Bring them together at the Calgary Renovation Show, January 11-13 at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park. Featuring HGTV Canada star Bryan Baeumler and more than 200 home improvement companies to choose from, we have everything you need to make your home goals happen. Visit to buy your tickets and save $3 on regular adult admission. Satisfaction guaranteed – or the price of admission is on us! And visit the web site for exhibitors and all the details about what’s going on. For example, as RUST-OLEUM says, “Kitchen, spotless. Bourbon, neat.” Sounds good to us!

Avenida Food Hall & Fresh Market isn’t a typical food court, nor is it a standard farmers’ market. In fact, they’re bringing to Calgary something the city has never seen before: an upscale urban food hall incorporating the elements of farmers’ markets, which Calgarians know and love.

So what exactly is a food hall?

A staple in both historical European cities such as London, Paris and Lisbon, and in vibrant North American metropolises such as New York, Boston and Montreal, food halls offer diners a unique opportunity to experiment, enjoy and discover. They give visitors the chance to affordably and conveniently explore diverse tastes from vendors specializing in cuisine preparation and production methods spanning the globe. All with a local slant.

Unlike food courts, which are designed and operated to serve as many people as quickly as possible, food halls are intended to serve as culinary gathering places, facilitating memorable social experiences for the people who visit them. Originating more than one-hundred years ago within European department stores, the food hall concept has spread to major cities all over the world in recent years.

Avenida Food Hall & Fresh Market will let your taste buds travel while you enjoy an open, inviting and social market atmosphere. It is the first of its kind in Calgary.

The 41 vendor booths at the market include: Teff ’N’ Greens, Sunworks Farms, Touch of India, Bangkok Street Food, Pizzeria, Project 196 Ice Cream, Bumbu Grill, Takori, TEAmo Fruit Tea, Herbal Healing, Grainz Bread Shop, Latin Foods Specialties, Planet Wrap, Expat Asia, Arepas Ranch, Yummy Churros, Holy Cannoli, Juice Because, Shirley’s Greenhouse, Walkers Own Produce, So Fresh Produce, Irving’s Pork, Fantasy Pretzels & Donuts, Miss P’s Gluten Free, Mestizo Mexican Street Food, to name a few. Oh, and everything you love about local farmers’ markets is there too!