Stirrings Around Calgary

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Happiness never tasted so good. The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival, sponsored by Sobeys and Safeway Liquor, features samples from some of Calgary’s best restaurants and sips of amazing wines, spirits and beers from across the world Oct. 18 and 19 at the Stampede Park BMO Centre. Craving more?Visit for tickets and info.

The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival,


The Culinary Campus at SAIT in the School of Hospitality and Tourism, has been selected as the site for the 43rd Concours International des Jeunes Chefs (Young Chefs) Rôtisseurs Competition Sept. 20, 2019. The campus will also host the Canadian National Jeunes Chefs competition on Sept. 21. The SAIT School of Hospitality and Tourism’s Culinary Campus is perfectly suited to holding an event of this type. Featuring a full commercial kitchen with more than 10,000 sq. ft., the facility can easily accommodate the 20-plus international competitors expected over two shifts during the day of the competition.


Eat North’s Prairie Grid Dinner Series returns for its third year in celebration of culinary and creative talent from across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. With a theme of “innovation,” the new line-up of chefs including Calgary’s own Scott Redekopp (Yellow Door Bistro) and Katelin Bland (Lulu Bar) along with Christine Sandford (Biera, Edmonton), Bryn Rawlyk (The Night Oven, Saskatoon) and Chris Gama (Clementine, Winnipeg) will create a five-course dinner that draws inspiration from the evolution of cooking techniques over the past century. Tickets and info at and Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Heritage Park, Gasoline Alley event hall. 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W.

Eat North’s Prairie Grid Dinner Series


Sucre Patisserie has introduced its new line of choux pastries. These delightful cream puffs are carefully crafted with flaky pastry dough, filled with a unique custard and adorned with delicate icing. Each of Sucre’s minipastries are topped with a decorative chocolate, hazelnut, colorful merinque or other artful designs. Rotating flavors include lemon strawberry, chocolate, hazelnut, mango, blackberry, strawberry & cream, pistachio, matcha, salted caramel, coconut and salted caramel or vanilla. 1007 8 St. S.W.


Cheese and Beer with A Match Made in Heaven! The Grizzly Paw invites you to join its brand ambassador on select Saturdays for a tour of the brewery followed by a beer-and-cheese pairing. An elevated version of the regular brewery tour, this event gives you the chance to discover unique cheeses paired specifically to bring out the flavours in a variety of brews. Upcoming dates include: Saturday, Sept 7; Saturday, Sept. 21; Saturday, October 12; Saturday, October 26. To reserve your place please call us 403.678.2487 ext #3 or visit 622 8 St., Canmore


Cococo had such a great time meeting Calgary’s chocolate lovers at last year’s Doors Open YYC, that they’re doing it again this year. Learn about chocolate, taste chocolate, and tour Cococo’s hardworking Mayland Heights chocolate factory in an hour-long behind-the-scenes tour. Tour dates are Sept. 28 – 29, 2019. Sign up at 2320 2 Ave. S.E.


Canada’s Great Kitchen Party takes over the Telus Convention Centre for a prestigious evening celebrating Canadian excellence and providing young Canadians the opportunity to be extraordinary through sport, music and food. The chefs selected to compete this year are: Adam Ryan, The Coup; Darnell Japp, Rouge; Evan Robertson, MARKET; Jenny M. Kang, Bow Valley Ranche; Kenny Kaechele, WORKSHOP kitchen+culture; Matthias Fong, River Café; Michel Nop, Buffo; Roy Oh, Anju; Ryan Blackwell, Elbow Room and Quinn Staple, Yellow Door Bistro. Who will follow in Hawthorn Dining Room’s Chef Dave Bohati’s footsteps this year, to be the gold medalist and move on to represent Calgary in the finals in Ottawa? We can’t wait to find out. Tickets $375 at


Sukiyaki House is hosting a special Kaiseki dinner on September 7. Koji Kobayashi will be collaborating with his good friend from Kyoto, Tadashi Takayama. Takayama has worked in several Michelin Star restaurants and has also cultivated a huge Instagram following. We are excited to have this eight-course dinner along with sake pairings from Sake Gami and That’s Life Gourmet, along with tea pairings with Matsu Kaze tea. Pricing is $300 per guest including gratuity. For reservations please email #130, 207 9 Ave. S.W.


Italian Centre Shop is celebrating its 60th anniversary serving Albertans (and the Calgary store’s fourth year in Willow Park) on September 7. Join the team at the Willow Park location for samples, demos, entertainment and fundraiser BBQ on behalf of Brown Bagging 4 Calgary’s Kids. #120, 9919 Fairmount Dr. S.E.

Italian Centre Shop


Adila Saeed, of Adila Chocolaterie in Avenida Food Hall, recently won a silver award for best flavor combination at the International White Chocolate Awards in San Francisco. Saeed  says she was delighted to have the opportunity to share her talents in the competition, open to chocolate makers from around the globe and adjudicated by 10 judges. The challenge was to create artisanal chocolate flavours using only white chocolate. Saeed’s winning combination was entitled Morning Burst and was made with orange, Kalansi lime ganache and rose petals. Her now internationally renowned Morning Burst chocolates can be purchased from her storefront in Avenida Food Hall or

Adila Chocolaterie


Eau Claire Distillery launched its limited-edition Ploughman’s Rye this summer to the delight of whisky lovers everywhere. The first of its kind from Eau Claire, the Ploughman’s Rye Whisky is a nod to Alberta farm pioneers that has shaped the province’s agriculture. It’s an approachable, smooth sipping rye that can be enjoyed on its own or in your favourite brown-spirit cocktail. Find Ploughman’s Rye at the Eau Claire Distillery in Turner Valley, the Eau Claire Distillery booth at the Calgary Farmer’s Market and at select retailers throughout Alberta, including select Sobeys and Safeway’s, Calgary Coop Wine & Spirits, Kensington Wine Market, Bricks Wine Company, Willow Park, Highlander and others.

Ploughman’s Rye


SnoDay launched its gin this summer and it’s awesome! SnoDay gin is crafted using select Canadian premium grain, citrus and a distinctive mix of botanicals. Distilling in small batches assures you of the highest purity and balance of flavors. This premium gin has pronounced citrus notes to compliment your favorite tonic or on-the-rocks. Celebrate this refreshing GIN and enjoy our “Find SnoDay gin wherever fine spirits are sold” at home or wherever fine spirits are sold.

SnoDay Gin

Cooking Classes

Downtown Culinary Campus:

  • September 5 to October 5, Introduction to Cooking;
  • September 14,Canning;
  • September 20, Date Night;
  • September 28, Artisan Bread;
  • October 5, Viennoiserie;
  • October 10, East Coast;
  • October 17, Alsatian;
  • October 19, Viennoiserie;
  • October 21 to November 18, Intermediate Cooking;
  • October 26, Artisan Bread;
  • October 31, France.

The Tastemarket by SAIT,

  • October 4, Date Night.

Main Campus:

  • September 6, Date Night;
  • September 7, Baking Cakes;
  • September 10, Fish Cookery;
  • September 11 to October 9, Introduction to Cooking;
  • September 14, Viennoiserie;
  • September 17, Vietnamese;
  • September 17 to November 5: Introduction to Baking (Gr. 7-12), Introduction to Cooking (Gr. 7-12);
  • September 21: Assorted Buns, Butter Cream Basics;
  • September 24, Knife Skills;
  • September 27, Sushi;
  • October 1, Turkey Dinner;
  • October 5, Cupcakes;
  • October 8, Vegetarian;
  • October 15, Herbs and Spices;
  • October 15 to 31, Bar Mixology;
  • October 18 to November 15, Cake Decorating;
  • October 18, Date Night;
  • October 19, Sausage Making;
  • October 19 and 26, Introduction to Baking;
  • October 22, Pasta;
  • October 25, India,
  • October 29, Cooking with Cheese.