word of mouth: 2019 Jul/Aug issue

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Le Jacquard Français Partners with Calgary’s Inspirati for Tap-s-tri Tea Towels

Calgary’s Inspirati has partnered with one of the world’s leading weavers of quality cotton and linen tea towels to bring unique marketing, gift-giving and fundraising opportunities to Calgary through its Tap-s-tri collection. Organizations and individuals can put their name, brand or any image on Jaquard Français towels and receive great discount pricing through Inspirati. Then, it’s up to you what to do with them – sell them, give them away, or raise money for your charity with them. Inspirati will even donate 10 per cent of the purchase price back to your non-profit cause. Email wendy@inspirati.ca for more information.

The Coup Launches #petitcoup Tasting Series

Local, seasonal, plant-forward ingredients are the stars of The Coup’s new #petitcoup tasting menu and beverage pairing. We participated in a beautiful tasting featuring 15 creative courses, including wild leek perogies and popcorn fiddleheads with Poprocks candy (yep) served on a 45 RPM record. Thanks to Chef Adam Ryan for such an epic effort. Tastings happen at the chef’s bar, so seating is limited. Reservations only. Email General Manager Katie Gallupe at gm@thecoup.ca to reserve for your group.

Coming Together for Food’s Sake

If you find yourself out and about in Marda Loop this summer (and you should, because it’s a great food neighbourhood), be sure to stop in to visit the Marda Loop Mercantile. This boutique farmer’s market is home to The Farmer’s House eatery, Pie Cloud and Brant Lake Wagyu as well as Latte Love Art Luxury Espresso Bar and the products of more than a dozen other fine food merchants.

Eat Your Way Through Heritage Park this Summer

Calgary’s favourite historical park is bringing it this summer with a variety of culinary offerings on the SS Moyie and around the park. Head to Heritage Park early on Monday mornings May 20 – Aug. 26 for a continental breakfast on the dock before the first sail of the week. The park has added a country cruise with troubadour Matt Masters on July 9 to its traditional Thursday-night captain’s cruise lineup. If trains are more your speed, savour a taste of the golden age of luxury rail travel with River Forth dining car lunches offered every Tuesday, June through August. There’s also the afternoon tea, served from 11:30 -3:30 p.m. every Sunday. Enjoy a three-tiered tea tray of dainty finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones served with clotted cream, and an assortment of pastries from Heritage Park’s own bakery. New this year are special teas on Canada Day, Heritage Day and Labour Day. You might also consider dressing up and attending one of two Edwardian garden party dinners, on July 19 and August 23. The new Night at the Midway offers a cash bar, old-fashioned rides and, of course, food. Visit heritagepark.ca for information.

Wet Your Whistle

City Palate, guide to the good life in Calgary - word of mouth - 2019-07-08 - Eau Claire Distillery

Two new local products have caught our eye and you’ll find them in our coolers all summer long. Eau Claire Distillery’s Cherry Gin Collins is so delicious, your kids might want to drink it. Don’t let them, of course – it packs a kick, and you’ll want it all for yourself. And it comes in a can, so you can hide it in your purse when you go to the movies. Second on our to-drink list is Lekker Cider’s new Pippin’s Bru. This cider is subtle, fresh and tasty-butunobtrusive, and will complement any of your summer eats.

New on the Culinary Scene

City Palate, guide to the good life in Calgary - word of mouth - 2019-07-08 - Lulu's bar
City Palate, guide to the good life in Calgary - word of mouth - 2019-07-08 - Lulu's bar

You’ll want to check out three new additions to Calgary’s food scene before the summer’s out. Get yourself to Lulu Bar’s patio at 510 17th Ave. S.W. and have a fancy tiki cocktail and a bao hotdog. If you’re hosting guests, impress them with brunch at the Hawthorne Dining Room in the Fairmont Palliser. The desserts alone are worth the trip, but also try the Croque Madame. For a night on the town, shine up your Oxfords and head to Westman Village and the Chairman’s Steakhouse. Chairman’s embodies the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood. Head Chef Cedric Truchon (Sky 360 and Vintage Chophouse) will serve the best cuts of Canadian prime beef and mixologist Justin “JD” Darnes will serve drinks aligning with this classic era.

Photos by Camie Leard