word of mouth 2018 May/June
Pig & Pinot 2018
We are so pleased to be collaborating for the 7th year with Calgary Meals on Wheels (CMOW) for our very fun Pig & Pinot event at Hotel Arts, 119 – 12th Ave. SW, June 15, 6-10 p.m. 12 talented chef teams compete for the coveted “Divine Swine” as they create delicious and original pork dishes with free-range pork from Spragg’s Meat Shop. And nothing pairs so well with the porcine than great pinot wines. And good music and super items at a silent auction that benefits CMOW and a wine raffle and lots of good company! Fun! Participating food venues include Smokehouse at Symons Valley Ranch, Meals on Wheels, Bow Valley Ranche, Yellow Door Bistro, Urban Grub/Indulge Catering, The Guild, Elwood & The Rabbit and Starbelly, just to name a few. Wine participants include Bin 905, The Promo Syndicate Importer Miranda Lambert Wines/Red 55 Winery, Spirits West Bragg Creek, Latitude Wine Imports, Vintage West Wine Marketing, Co-op Wine Spirits Beer and Bricks Wine Co.
Toast & Jam
The Wednesday Room on the 8th Ave. mall downtown hosts a unique brunch series, Toast & Jam, the last Sunday of every month. Dates for upcoming brunches are May 27, June 24, July 29, with seatings at 12 noon and 3 p.m. The delicious brunch menu will be curated by Chef Derek Wilkins and will include sweet, savoury and all options that pair perfectly with a glass (or bottle) of champagne. When we were there we ate so well and for long enough that we called it dinner, too.
New owner/chef for old tasty places
The Main Dish, a place we like hanging out in, has been sold to a chef, Saravanan Senniappan, who has extensive experience in hotels and restaurants and who also owns Big Fish and Open Range as well as Main Dish. You can bet he’s busy! We recently tried the new menu there and loved what we had – a burger on a brioche bun with a side of butternut squash wild rice and a cashew and herb crusted Arctic char, one of the best fish dishes we’ve ever had. And for dessert, a perfect citrus crème brûlée and bourbon pecan pie. The menu will continue to change a bit, but the food is very good, so you’ll want to have some! We also tried his menu at Open Range and the lamb dish was just incredible!
Much more than worthy….
We found this super good jam at the amazing Empire Provisions and were delighted to read that it’s made in Priddis, Alberta! WORTHY Earl Grey Lavender Peach Jam, small batch jams and preserves worthy of your palate, the web site says. Visit enjoyworthy.com so that you can see what WORTHY makes, like jams, salsas, pickles and peppers. This jam is the kind you just spoon out of the jar into your mouth – though it is delish on toast, where we usually eat it at breakfast! Total yum!
8 Cakes dessert shop has recently opened in the heart of Marda Loop. It specializes in 3D flower cakes and cupcakes, new to Calgary, and customers are loving them. Check it out at 109, 3411- 20th St. SW, 403-455-2253 and visit 8cakes.com to see the elevated classics, elegant desserts to wow your guests and serve at very special occasions.
A free trip to Italy – maybe…
Uncommon Flavors of Europe launches a “learn & earn” study trip to Italy contest to visit the production areas of the campaign partners: Asiago PDO, Speck Alto Adige PDI and Pecorino Romano PDO. PDO and PDI are European quality certifications. Seven winners will be chosen on May 31, 2019 and the trip will take place in the fall of 2019. Flights, hotels, meals and transportation are included in the trip. To register for the contest, visit uncommoneurope.eu/learn-earn.
Longtime City Palate contributor, Holly Quan, has published her first novel, The Sow’s Ear Café. This adult contemporary romance, set in the foothills of
southwestern Alberta, is about love, trust, and the transformative nature of gorgeous landscape. The story unfolds through lively dialogue and lyrical description. The café featured in the book is modeled on Route 40 Soup Company, a terrific café in Turner Valley (now closed), named by John Gilchrist as the top new Calgary restaurant of 2006 (though NOT in Calgary!). And the “sow’s ear” reference? The fictional chef creates wonderful dishes from offal and offcuts – silk purses from
sow’s ears – though the sow’s ear itself is not on the menu. The Sow’s Ear Café is self-published by FriesenPress. For more information, go to hollyquan.ca or books.friesenpress.com/store. Well done, Holly, it’s a great read!
Pancake Inventor’s Notebook, A Photographer’s Cookbook is a visual and epicurian feast for the eyes and palate. It launched at the Imageseekers Urban Concept Gallery, 2104 – 23 Ave. SW, where we sampled pancake inventions while authors David Leech (the photographer) and Lizzy Davies signed books (published in Calgary, $35, paper cover). This has been 15 years in the making – bursts of hungry inspiration in-between life, travel and work! Find it there, or online at urbanconceptgallery.ca/ product/pancake-inventors-notebook.
The Donut King by Ted Ngoy is the rags to riches story of a poor immigrant who changed the world – donuts and all! (Smith Publicity, $14.95, paper cover) A Cambodian refugee, Ngoy arrived penniless in southern California with his family. He worked at the church that was sponsoring his family’s stay, then took another job as a gas station attendant. Less than a decade later, he was a multimillionaire at the helm of an unlikely empire of independent donut shops and became widely known as The Donut King. But then he became addicted to gambling in Las Vegas, struggled with it for years, then it cost him his empire and family. Such an interesting story! Available from Amazon and in book stores.