Stirrings Around Calgary
Pig & Pinot coming down the highway…..
For the past 8 years, talented local chefs and wine merchants have come together for the annual Pig and Pinot Culinary Fundraiser at Hotel Arts. Local chefs showcase their culinary creativity and genius resulting in a flavourful funfilled evening that will impress even the most sophisticated palate. This event began with City Palate’s desire to promote Calgary’s unique dining scene while raising funds and awareness for local causes. Since 2012 Calgary Meals on Wheels has been the recipient of the charity event and we are happy to share that City Palate has passed the torch, allowing Calgary Meals on Wheels to present the event as its own. MOW says, Thank you, City Palate! On Thursday, June 6, in the Hotel Arts ballroom, the annual Pig and Pinot Culinary Fundraiser will be in full swing AND full swine! Over 200 guests will have the opportunity to sample creative and delicious pork dishes paired with the perfect pinot, all while being entertained by musical guests and emcee of the evening, the talented Phoenix Phillips. The Pig and Pinot culinary fundraiser is guaranteed to make your taste buds dance! AND, one important thing, a couple of judges will decide which dish is the best and the chef will be awarded the Divine Swine! For event details please visit www.mealsonwheels.com/upcoming-events
The big news is River Café is OPEN! After an extended winter closure for necessary flood mitigation and building lifecycle maintenance work, River Café is open again beginning May 1. The team was busy researching and menu developing over the break and the refresh includes new menus for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and cocktails. New summer Picnics are available beginning on June 1st. To welcome diners back, River Café is offering their “friends and family” pricing for the early spring chef’s tasting menu for the month of May, check out the new website for menu and pricing details and reservations. www.river-cafe.com. Book now for Mothers day brunch, your Stampede breakfast party, or drop in for drinks on the glorious patio – it’s just a walk in the park.
The wildly popular Live Jazz Sunday Supper at Deane House continues into RESTAURANT RAMBLINGS the spring and summer season and will move out into the stunning garden patio as soon as the weather permits. Deane House is hosting its first annual Rosé and Croquet summer garden party to welcome The YW (former YWCA) to the neighbourhood.
Wedensaday, June 19th. Tickets at www.deanehouse.com and proceeds to support YW’s new Inglewood home. The garden and grounds at Deane House are available for weddings, garden parties, stampede breakfasts and long table dining. Deane’s winemaker’s dinner series continues in May with the famed Ridge Vineyards from California on Thursday, May 2nd. Details on this event and all others at www.deanehouse.com
Newly opened is a great Vintage Group restaurant, Allora Everyday Italian, starring two pretty well recognized chefs – chef Thipp is the executive chef and Chef Justin Labossiere is the head honcho chef overall. Their philosophy is simple – everything they do is local and handmade, or directly imported from Italy. From pasta forming to salumi shaving, experience your meal being prepared right before your eyes inside the glass enclosed pasta bar! You can taste the love in every bite of the simple, scratchmade food, where every ingredient is the best quality possible. Located in Aspen Glen Landing, visit www.allorarestaurant.com for all the tasty details. Thanks Vintage Group, you do good restaurants!
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. 6455 MacLeod Trail SW (located next to Saks Fifth Avenue at CF Chinook Centre). The evening will feature a three-course dinner served family style with additional wine pairings. To reserve, call (403) 351-2316 or go online www.buffocalgary.com/
Cilantro’s Spring Dinner Series is back in action bringing you the best flavours of the season complete with fantastic wine pairings – May 22 and June 26 at 6:30 p.m. AND don’t miss these other tasty events: May 1, Casamigos Tequila and June 5, – The Botanist Gin. Visit www.cilantrocalgary.com for details and tickets.
Heritage Park invites you to the Selkirk Grille’s Lobster Boil, Thursday, June 27. East coast meets west coast with a traditional family-style lobster boil on the exclusive Founders’ Lounge patio. Reservations and tickets (403) 268-8607 or www.SelkirkGrille.ca
Ice Age Glacial Water brings a rare level of purity – a taste of the glaciers – to all of us. Ice Age Glacial, an ultra-pure water sourced from Ancient glaciers in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. What sets it apart from spring water is its purity, smoothness and low mineral content. Ice Age Glacial is nitrate free, sodium-free and chlorinefree. Ice Age is available on shelves in health food and grocery stores in select markets across North America. Visit www.iceageglacial.com
For the months of May and June, Sukiyaki House will be presenting a new sake every week, available by the glass or the bottle. Judith Wong and her talented and well-informed team will take you through the fascinating backgrounds, histories and regions of each sake. This is an excellent opportunity to try several different sakes in ideal surroundings, paired with the perfect dishes. Sukiyaki House will also be re-creating some classic cocktails (like Manhattan, Negroni, Old fashioned, to name just a few), giving them a decidedly Japanese twist using premium sake, Japanese whisky, yuzu, sudachi and shisho. We’re looking forward to a Japanese-influenced Bee’s Knees!
Vancouver’s Main Street Brewing is celebrating the release of its newest beer, the Brut Moscato, a collaboration with Kanazawa Wines. It’s a dry and effervescent base beer combined with 400L of orange Muscat juice. Saison yeast and low mash temps combine to minimize residual sugars, while a generous dose of Mandarina Bavaria hops added in whirlpool provide lots of orangey hop flavour with little bitterness. Rich Kanazawa says: “I always want the process of making something to be fun, and the result to be unique and delicious. The collaboration between Main Street Brewing and Kanazawa Wines gives me the opportunitiy to experience all of that.”
Nikka whisky is a delicious Japanese scotch, fragrance of peat and smoke with a hint of sweetness. Japanese whisky has developed a firm following around the world in recent years, and you can find it throughout Calgary liquor stores.
Blackbird Vineyards announces the arrival of the 2016 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration, Paramour and Contrarian Wines, a stellar vintage from Napa Valley.
“The stars aligned in 2016 to produce wines of wonderful concentration and balance. The wines have depth and will age beautifully. These wines are crafted with finesse, all the while showing incredible complexity. As providence would have it we have been blessed with a string of wonderful vintages from 2012 to 2018, surely 2016 will be remembered as one of the best.”
Eight Ounce Coffee invites you to come by for a fun and informative class or coffee tasting! For the month of April, you can taste coffee from a variety of amazing Calgary roasters (April 24). In May, learn how to pour latte art in a hands-on 5-week latte art course! Head over to www.eightouncecoffee.ca for more details.
Eau Claire Distillery, the Turner Valleybased 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!
SAIT: Downtown Culinary Campus: May 2, Mexican; May 10, Date Night; May 11/June 15, Artisan Bread; May 16/June 13/25, Thrill of the Grill; May 27 to June 24, June 15 & 22, Introduction to Cooking; May 30, Thailand; June 1, Viennoiserie; June 7, Date Night; June 27, Pasta.
Main Campus: May 3, Date Night; May 4, Chocolate; May 7, Herbs and Spices; May 8 to June 5, Introduction to Cooking; May 11/June 22 Viennoiserie; May 14, Fish Cookery; May 25, Sausage Making and Assorted Buns; May 27 to 31, Cooking Boot Camp; May 27 to 31, Desserts and Confections Boot Camp; May 28, Vietnamese; June 4, Knife Skills; June 8, Cupcakes; June 11, Italian; June 14, Curry.
The Tastemarket by SAIT: May 31/June 21, Date Night; June 12 to 26, Cooking for Your Health.
The Cookbook Co. Cooks: Indian meets Wine: Curry some Favour with these Modern Flavours, April 29; Rise, Dine & Shine! The Best of Brunch, May 4, morning, hands-on; Beyond “Zoodles,” a Twisty, Turny Spiralizing Workshop, May 4, handson; A Good Day to Brülée: Sweet & Savoury Excuses to use a Blowtorch in the Kitchen, May 5; Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!A Mexican Feast, May 5 handson; Vietnamese Cooking, May 11, hands-on; Risotto and Prosecco: Fast Foods, Fast Friends, May 11, hands-on; Frutti di Mare: Mediterranean Seafood Dishes, May 16, hands-on; Thai Classics, May 22, hands-on; griller and smoker, Rockin’ Ron Shewchuk’s classes: Grilling Essentials: Beginner to Intermediate, May 29, demonstration and hands-on; Beyond Barbecue Basics: Intermediate to Expert, May 30, demonstration and hands-on; A Night Out: Grilling Class for Couples, May 31, demonstration and hands-on; A Culinary Bootcamp Just for Men!, June 2, hands-on; Girls’ Night Out: Cocktails & Hors D’Oeuvres, June 6, hands-on; Perfecting Paella, June 10, hands-on and includes a paella pan. To register, phone 403-265-6066, ext. 1 and visit www.cookbookcooks.com/ cooking-classes for more details and classes.
With June fast approaching, Amato Gelato Café located in West Hillhurst at 2104 Kensington Rd NW will be celebrating its 15th Year Anniversary. Just having completed a full renovation in February, Calgary’s original Italian gelato destination has added a few new elements to the café’s menu. With imported pastries and cakes direct from Italy, expanded food menu, extensive Italian specialty coffees and just in time for spring Imported Italian craft beers, vino, liqueurs and soft serve gelato.