word of mouth: 2019 Sep/Oct issue

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Canadian wine world mourns wine and industry icon

Harry McWatters

Photo courtesy of Town Hall Brands

City Palate offers our most sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Harry McWatters who died July 23 at the age of 74. Perhaps best known as the founder of Sumac Ridge, McWatters became a Canadian wine icon over his 50-year career. He was a member of the Order of British Columbia, inductee to the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame, two-time Jubilee Medal winner from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree

-with files from Leann Froese

MMMMarda Loop

Marda Loop Mercantile food

[M]eatery charcuterie board

What happens when a rancher decides to open a restaurant? Beautiful, fresh, quality food in a literal farm-totable experience; that’s what. Brant Lake Wagyu’s Michelle Ball saw an opportunity when the restaurant space at the Marda Loop Mercantile became available. With some of the world’s best beef at her fingertips and some past experience in hospitality she jumped at the chance to create [m]Eatery – a casual, café-style eatery offering all-day dining from delectable daily “toasts” through to lunchtime delights (try the burger!). You can even stay late for dinner (open until 8 p.m. on Fridays) to enjoy a Brant Lake charcuterie board and Chef Andrew Lowery’s excellent carbonara.

Calling Local Food Lovers

Alberta Food Tours’

Photo courtesy of Alberta Food Tours

If you’ve ever been on one of Alberta Food Tours’ Calgary tours, you know the thought, care and craft that goes into creating an excellent culinary experience. Now, Karen Anderson and her team have put together an exciting new series called #EatAlbertaFirst. The first dinner, a beautiful honey-themed event at Rouge sold out. Next on the roster is an immersive four-day, three-night jam-packed road trip to all the best places in Southern Alberta to Eat Alberta First! This stay and play Alberta “eatcation” will see you discovering the makers behind some of the province’s most delicious foods. You’ll meet cheesemakers, charcuteries, farmers, ranchers, chefs, and tourism’s most creative entrepreneurs. Learn more at indus.travel/tour/eat-alberta-first-road-trip/.

New Kid on the Block

Hayden Block

Hot Chicken at Comery Block. You can have it mild, medium, hot, crazy or XXX

If you’re taking in 17th Ave. this fall, you may find your nose leads you to the corner of 17th and sixth where you’ll find Calgary’s latest barbecue hot spot in Comery Block. Jared Kichula, owner of Hayden Block in Kensington, brought his magic south of the Bow with Comery Block offering west-Tennessee-inspired barbecue and a whiskey menu of 150 that will have you calling an Uber to get home. Not only is the barbecue top notch (smoked 10-14 hours daily), but the trays round out the experience nicely – we loved the mac and cheese…we may have dreamed about that mac and cheese.

Cheers to these Sunnysiders

Sunny Cider, staff

Tim Kitchen (l), Darlene Kitchen and Dennis Scanland of Sunny Cider

Sunny Cider

Sunny Cider in apple, saskatoon and sour cherry

Some people love building community. Other people love drinking. Thankfully, the founders of Sunny Cider, Sunnysiders (see what they did there?) Tim Kitchen, Darlene Kitchen and Dennis Scanland love both. Born from a desire to share the apple bounty falling on Sunnyside’s lawns each autumn, the team bought a small juicer to make cider and loan it to their neighbours to do the same. Tim says the neighbours didn’t take them up on it, but the three of them were hooked. One thing led to another and now Sunny Cider is serving crisp, locally-sourced cider from its location near Sunridge Mall (no space for those giant fermenting tanks in Sunnyside!). As a bonus, they’ll trade your fruit for cider so don’t let your crabapples languish unloved on your sidewalk this fall! Learn more about Sunny Cider’s fruit donation program at sunnycider.ca. Oh, and try the sour cherry apple cider – it’s exceptional.

Read These

Calgary Eats: Signature Recipes from the City’s Best Restaurants and Bars.

Calgary culinary luminaries Karen Ralph and Gail Norton are preparing for the release of their new cookbook, Calgary Eats: Signature Recipes from the City’s Best Restaurants and Bars. The official launch party is at The Cookbook Company Cooks Sept. 17 where you can try the various dishes and speak with the chefs who created them. Tickets available at Cookbook Co. Cooks by calling (403) 265-6066. Then, find the book at fine bookstores everywhere.

Recipes and Ramblings by a Girl From the Prairies. cover

Local landscape architect and University of Calgary professor Bev Sandalack has put her passion for food and travel into a self-published book called Recipes and Ramblings by a Girl From the Prairies. Filled with beautiful photos, drawings, stories and recipes, the publication goes way beyond the usual cookbook. Look for it at Owl’s Nest, Shelf Life Books, The Last Page, Knifewear and other local retailers.