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EAT WELL, SPEND LESS - January Feburary 2018

What’s Happening in January and February

Happy Hour at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff
From Sunday to Friday, between 3 – 5 p.m. and 8 – 9 p.m., the Sleeping Buffalo Lounge will be serving signature cocktails, Alberta craft and draft beers and domestic bottles all for just $6. Can’t beat that, and we love hanging in our mountains, so all the more reason to! AND, Cilantro Restaurant at Buffalo Mountain Lodge is now Buffalo Mountain Café, the perfect setting to stop in pre- or post-adventure for delicious, casual bites, like coffee, pastries, sandwiches, house-made desserts.

Learn About the Making of Japanese Knives
Springhammer, the award-winning Kevin Kossowan-directed documentary produced by Knifewear CEO Kevin Kent, about Japanese Blacksmiths and the culinary tools they create is streaming for free on In 2013, Kent, Kossowan and Knifewear’s cultural ambassador, Naoto Fujimoto, travelled across Japan to film their blacksmith partners. Now you can see how the popular Japanese knives are made. Visit to have a look.

Interactive Mexican Taco Kit
Native Tongues Taqueria just launched a new "catering" option called Home Taquero Kits, where you can order an interactive Mexican taco kit for a party at home or at the office. There's the option of pre-built kits or customizable kits. And Native Tongues will even throw it in an Uber to have it delivered. Visit for all the tasty details.

Great Events Rentals
Great Events Catering has a rental operation and you can find beautiful things and save money on your party or wedding décor, or find great, cheap fabric for Halloween costumes, and much more.  Visit for all the beautiful new products.


SAIT Cooking Classes
SAIT’s downtown Culinary Campus: Vegetarian, Jan. 23; France, Feb. 7; Winter Stews, Feb. 13; Intermediate Cooking, Feb. 26-Mar 19.  SAIT’s Main Campus: Cooking with Cheese, Jan. 31; Sushi, Feb. 2; Baking Cakes, Feb. 3; Bean to Bar, Feb. 10; Curry, Feb. 23; Butter Cream Basics, Feb. 24; Fish Cookery, Feb. 28; Cooking Boot Camp, May 29-June 1; Desserts and Confections Boot Camp, May 29-June 1.  The Tastemarket by SAIT: Cooking for Your Health, Jan. 17-31; Date Night at The Tastemarket, Feb. 14. Visit for details and more courses.

Reasons to visit River Café
Friends & Family Price Chef’s Tasting Menu; Early Bird Dinner available nightly from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., the flavours of the season for $29; Corkage-Free Sundays, pair your fave bottle with a seasonally inspired menu. Just a walk in the park, Prince’s Island Park. www.river-café.com

Now Open
Leading Canadian restaurant group Oliver & Bonacini has unveiled Hudson, a state-of-the-art event complex. Hudson marks the completion of Oliver & Bonacini’s foray into western Canada and is the restaurant group’s final concept in the historic Hudson’s Bay building, following the opening of The Guild and Sub Rosa. Spanning the sixth floor of the building, Hudson features stunning views of downtown Calgary and an open-concept layout that can accommodate up to 710 guests at one time, whether seated or as a standing reception for all sorts of events, from corporate conferences to elegant weddings and high-profile social gatherings. Visit for more information.

Now Open
When a growing group of cyclists routinely met at Cassis Bistro, owner and avid cyclist Gilles Brassart (owner of Cassis Bistro, Suzette Bistro and Market 17) saw the need to create Velo Café, a space dedicated to their lifestyle and sense of community. Velo Café is one of Calgary’s first true cycling cafés, a cozy meeting place for cyclists and food lovers to chat with other enthusiasts, sip great coffee and eat delicious café fare. Velo Café is nestled in Market 17, next door to Cassis.

Phil & Sebastian Events
Check out all the upcoming events at the Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters locations, like stand-up comedy, pizza night, local heroes at the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Friday nights live at Mission, and lots more.  Visit and click on “event calendar” for all the fun details.


Pond Project Sauce Company
A collaboration of chef Paul McGreevy and Chris Grabill, has launched its first sauce, Atlantic No. 3 Blowout Spicy BBQ Sauce, a blend of grilled Alberta onions, Alberta tomatoes and hot peppers, Alberta-made apple cider vinegar and other ingredients from across the province. It’s named after the largest oilwell fire in Alberta history. Check, @pondprojectsaus and Instagram at pondprojectsauceco to find out where you can get Pond Project sauces. The web site, is under construction.


Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
All kinds of tasty tastings and events at the Co-op tasting centres – Midtown, Crowfoot, Shawnessy, Beddington and Oakridge.  For example – Boxed, Bottled or Canned, can you tell the difference? Wine Down Wednesday-Value Wines Under $20; Wine & Cheese – Classic Pairings; Hit List – Wine Spectator’s Top 100; An Afternoon Stroll Through the South of France; Wine Aligned with the Stars – Astrology and Wine! AND much more.  Dates, details and tickets at

Tinhorn Creek Tours and Tastings
When you’re in the Okanagan, check into the private tour and tasting options that offer a unique opportunity to sample top-tier Oldfield Series wines, sip award-winning wines while discovering innovative winemaking techniques and leading viticultural practices. Tinhorn’s tasty Miradoro restaurant is open for the season, closed ONLY in Jan and Feb. Visit for more information.


The Lake House
Indulge in cocktails and eats to warm your soul in the dog days of winter, new flavours to the table, go get some!   You need a Pear Martini that mixes Absolut pear vodka, pear nectar and fresh lime juice with a hint of cinnamon that ensures good cheer. And try the Spinach, Radicchio and Frisée salad with charred orange and a light coating of gruyere cheese….yum!  AND PEI Mussels in a delicious classic version with creamy flavours complemented by salty frites, a great dish to share or enjoy yourself with a complimentary glass of wine! Details and reservations at or 403-225-3939. 747 Lake Bonavista Dr, SE.


Who doesn’t love bacon?
Atco Blue Flame Kitchen offers 10 of the best bacon recipes ever that you can download free from -- a digital bacon cookbook you can download for free, then make your Caramel Bacon Popcorn or Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam.  Mmmmmm, bacon!

Wednesdays Year Round
The Parkdale Farmers’ Market is open all year on Wednesdays, 2 – 6:30 p.m. at the Parkdale Community Centre, 3512 5th Ave. NW featuring more than 20 local vendors selling fresh food and produce, hand-made crafts, housewares and more. For vendor information, contact Brenda at 403-837-3640,


Bricks Wine Store Tastings
Get on the email list at and stay tuned for the tastings activities.


ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Classes
Lunch ‘n’ Learn Demonstrations, noon – 1 p.m., $20.  At ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Learning Centre, 909 -11th Avenue S.W., 403-245-7630,


Tastings:  Visit or phone (403) 205-3356 for info or to register.

Truffles and Bubbles
Treat Yo’Self Tuesdays Truffle Popcorn and Bubbles at Vin Room West and Vin Room Mission, from open to close, $5 truffle popcorn and $5 glass of bubbles.  A perfect match!

The Light Cellar
Superfood/Superherb Classes. Details and register online at at or call 403-453-1343. 


J. Webb Wine Merchant, Glenmore Landing
Tasting details at or call 403-253-9463.


The Cellar Wine Store
Tasting details at or phone 403-503-0730.


Hotel Arts’ Restaurants
Daily 3- and 5-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings at Yellow Door Bistro; Every Friday at Raw Bar, happy hour specials -- $.99 oysters, $4.99 prosecco, $4.99 pints; live music at Hotel Arts every Thursday in Raw Bar as local artist Amy Thiessen curates weekly sets featuring Calgary-based musicians. Enjoy great tunes as you enjoy Vietmodern cuisine and award-winning cocktails.

Kensington Wine Market
Tastings details at 403-283-8000.

Willow Park Wines & Spirits
Fun stuff happening. Details and tickets at or 403-296-1640, ext. 277. Pick up the fall calender of great events in-store at 10801 Bonaventure Dr. SE, Willow Park Village.


Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro
Has launched a happy hour program offering a new red and white wine glass-pour selection chosen each Monday and featured all week accompanied by a feature cheese plate and small plate crafted by chef John Donovan. The wines from the copiously stocked cellar are wines you might not otherwise consider.  All wine pours during happy hour are $9, the small plates and cheese plates range from $5 to $9. Good deal!  Keep tabs on what’s happening during happy hour, 3 – 6 p.m., at #divinohappyhour

Cuisine et Château Culinary Centre Classes
Wine! Wine! And Food! A wine and food pairing series; demonstration classes/special events; Winemaker’s dinner with a guest speaker; Kids Program, ages 8 – 13. France Tour dates for 2018 are available online: June 3 – 9 and June 10 – 16. More information at 403-764-2665 or check  Class details and registration at or


Cuisine Concepts Restaurants Closed…..
Too sad to report that Dwayne and Alberta Ennest’s White Rose Vegetarian Kitchen and The Coal Shed Smoke House in Bowness have closed. And they have sold Open Range and Big Fish and are out of the restaurant business after 16 years of being big-time in the business and totally well-respected restaurant people and food people.  We’re very unhappy they’re not doing their restaurant thing, since we love their places and the food.  UGH!


Ollia Macarons & Tea
Macarons Baking Classes. Classes are hands-on, 12 participants max. Participants get about 30 macarons and a recipe booket. There’s a break where participants sample macarons and tea. Details at, register at 403-457-9775. Accompanied children 10 – 15 are welcome, private class option available.

Symons Valley Ranch Farmers Market
Located at 14555 Symons Valley Rd., NW, just off the north end of Shaganappi Tr. NW. The outdoor market is now closed for the season.  Keep checking in regard to the potential for a winter market store … visit for a listing of events and where to buy “support Local” T-shirts that support the vendors of the market.

The Cookbook Co. Cooks
Seasons Harvest harvest boxes bring the best of the Okanagan. Get on the Seasons Harvest mailing list to receive updates at January, February classes include A Night Out: Couples Classes, Vietnamese Cooking, Italian and French Farmhouse Menus, Clean Eating Full of Flavour, Perfecting Paella, Get Them in the Kitchen! Kids’ Cooking (8+), and much more.  Check for all the classes, register at 403-265-6066, ext. 1.

One Saturday a month……
Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters launches a new monthly event series called Good Neighbours at their Mission café. In partnership with pals Sugar Water Cocktail Lounge and DJ Carl Cassidy, the Mission café becomes a vintage cocktail lounge with a cocktail menu, beer and wine list, an evening food menu and hand-picked records. One Saturday a month, 7 – 11 p.m., visit for all the fun details.


Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
Bow Valley Ranche Chef’s Pantry Sunday Night Dinner, every Sunday, 4-courses, $55; reservations 403-476-1310. All the tasty details at


High Tea Saturday and Sunday
What fun!  Brasserie Kensington serves High Tea every Saturday and Sunday from 2:15 to 4:30, 1131 Kensington Rd. NW, $35, includes a selection of teas with finger sandwiches, canapés, scones and compotes, pastries and desserts. Reservations required online at or phone the restaurant at 403-457-4148.

Divine Cooking at Home
The Classly Carnivore with Chef Darren, February 8, 9, 16; March 2, 9, 6 – 10 p.m. Chef Darren comes to your house for a group cooking class.  Email to book your evening. Classes fill quickly, so they are first-come, first-serve. Classes are $100 per participant for groups of 8 – 12 participants.  It’s very fun and chef Darren is very good.


Laughing Stock Vineyards Barrel Room Tastings
Something exceptionally good to plan for when you’re tootling the Okanagan. Laughing Stock, near Penticton, makes some of the best of the Okanagan wines, so go taste them. Hosted by owners/winemaker David or Cynthia Enns, these tastings are held monthly on Sundays and include local artisan cheeses, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., $25 for preferred share wine club members and guests, $50 for non-members, and worth every penny for this exceptional wine.  Visit for details, or call 250-493-8466 for details and to register for a tasting.

Tasting Room Now Open
Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars in Okanagan Falls has opened its tasting room for the season for when you’re tootling the Okanagan Valley, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 2385 Allendale Rd.

Out of school Culinary Day Camps
Poppy Innovations Edible Education Program invites your youngsters to participate in a culinary day camp at the South Health Campus, Wellness Centre, 4448 Front St. SE, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., no need to pack a lunch!  Ages 6 – 12 years. Sounds like lotsa fun for the kids, and good eats too. Visit for details and tickets -- $90 includes all supplies.

Now open ……
South St. Burger, a fast-casual restaurant that offers best-in-class burgers, has opened its newest Calgary location at Market Mall. Beef that’s raised without antibiotics or hormones, no MSG, fillers or preservatives. Guests get a fresh 100% pure beef patty, grilled to perfection, or choose from grilled chicken breasts, turkey and soy-based veggie burgers.  Visit


Taking Reservations now for the New Year
SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room has been voted Diner’s Choice Best of Calgary by Open Table guests, and the Highwood is taking reservations for the new year through February 28, with the lunch buffet January 25, February 1, 8 and 15. Though the lunch buffet is hugely popular, there’s lots of room throughout the semester to accommodate special occasions and group bookings.  Book yur table onine at

Starting Monday, January 15
The return of The Lake House’s annual prix-fixe menu offered at dinner Monday to Thursday for $50 per person for a limited time. The menu will change regularly and feature CRMR’s distinctive Rocky Mountain Cuisine in a delicious three-course menu crafted by chef Gareth Colville and his culinary team. Due to the nature of a feature menu and its limited ingredients, there will be a finite number of prix-fixe menus available each evening, so reserve your seat at 403-225-3939 or visit .


Friday, January 19
Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts invites you to save 40% off your room rate when you book the Chefs Table Dine & Stay package at Deer Lodge in Lake Louise. The Chef’s Table features three courses plus an amuse bouche, all complementd by unique wine pairings and one night accommodation. Only 30 tickets available, so book now at “specials.”

January 20 and 21
The Bash returns with its third annual wedding showcase, not a traditional bridal show, but a boutique-wedding event that features a curated lineup of trendsetting and innovative wedding creatives and trends and it will take place in The Hudson downtown.  There will also be canapés and cocktails provided to all guests, plus a Village Ice Cream “social” and a door prize that includes Dinner for two at River Café, a cookware set from The Bay and Jewelry from Joanna Bisley.  Details and tickets at

Starts Sunday, January 21
Wine Basics with trusted expert Michael Bigattini, Willow Park Wines & Spirits. 6 Sunday classes – January 21, 28, February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 2 – 5:30 p.m., $250 plus textbook. Take a wine adveture that covers the basics in a fun, interactive and inspiring series. Visit for all the tasty details and to buy a ticket.

Monday, January 22
Today is National Hot Sauce Day. Get yourself some Nando’s Peri-Peri hot sauce, it’s one of the best of the hot sauces, and use it to liven up your dinner.

Thursday, January 25; January 26 – 28
Shokunin celebrates two years with the launch of all-day ramen and Calgary’s first sustainable Oceanwise sushi list with a new menu I celebration of its two-year anniversary. Owner and chef Daren MacLean invites you to join him and his team Friday, January 26 to Sunday, January 28 to celebrate with him and enjoy a selection of exclusive new menu items, including all-day ramen and the first sustainable Oceanwise sushi list. For all the tasty details, visit and don’t miss this great anniversary!

Thursday, January 25
The Little French Market, invites you to an evening of The French Way…How to live like the French! An interactive evening including wine and food tastings with Astrid and Gaëlle as they walk you through the essentials of living like the French, 6:30 – 9 p.m., tickets $25, 2505 – 17 Ave. SW.  A bientôt!

Bin 905 Tastings
February 1, Value Vino, Bin’s best-buy beverage bonanza extravaganza, $30; February 8, Intro Into Odd Beer, a night of unusual beers, $30; February 15, A Champagne Soirée, Valentine’s Day may be over, but love can still be had, one bubble at a time, $75; February 22, Classic French Ferments from classic French wine regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Loire and Champagne, so you can taste the difference, $45; March 1, Pretzels, Sausage & Riesling, oh Yeah!, Bin 905 has the finest selection of top riesling producers in Canada, explore the range, $45; March 8, Chips & Sips, potato meets grape, one fried, one fermented, combined fantastic, the Crunch Time experience, $35;   March 15, The Super Premier Crus of Burgundy, an opportunity to have a Grand Cru experience with Premier Cru wines, not to be missed, $50. Visit and click on “events” for details and to book.

February 1 – 7
This is Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer. Official launch, 6:30 p.m., in Edmonton at City Hall; February 3, Workshop for Fitness Professionals, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., University of Alberta Campus; February 4, Eating Disorders Across Cultures, Panel Discussion, 1 – 2:50 p.m., Edmonton Health Clinic Academy, University of Alberta; February 6, ShameLess Cabaret, 7 p.m., The Mercury Room, Edmonton; February 7, Fluevog Shoes FUNdraiser for EDSNA, 5 – 8 p.m., Fluevog Shoes, Edmonton. Visit for all the details.

February 2 – 4
Alberta Beer Festivals presents the inaugural Jasper Beer & Barley Summit at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Beer geeks will find themselves immersed in an all-inclusive craft beer, craft spirit and top chef festival. Details and ticket packages available at

Saturday, February 3
Poppy Innovations is hosting its first-ever Kids Cooking for Kids fundraiser to support the Emergency Pediatric Pod at South Health Campus, at the Southcenter Mall Inner Circle, starting at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by judging, then the public Soup Tasting is open from 1 – 3 p.m.  The fun of it is that 12 kids, between the ages of 9 – 14, will cook their very own chicken soup recipes to be judged by a panel of local personalities. And you can purchase the Kids Cooking for Kids recipe book containing the recipes from all the kids who entered to be part of the cook-off.  Fun!  More information at

Wednesday, February 14
Enjoy Sainte Valentine at Cassis Bistro with a delicious 4-course dinner, live music and beaucoup d’amour, $90 includes gratuity and tax. Sainte Valentine offers two seatings, so be sure to reserve at , 2505 17 Ave. SW.  Who does romance better than the  French?????


Wednesday, February 14
Celebrate your Valentine’s Day enjoying a Vegan Valentine’s Day Dinner with Anahata Foods at Kawa Coffee and Wine. Seating is limited, so reservations are a must, call Kawa at 403-452-5233 to reserve your table.

Friday, February 23
Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts invites you to save 40% off your room rate when you book the Chefs Table Dine & Stay package at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff. The Chef’s Table features three courses plus an amuse bouche, all complementd by unique wine pairings and one night accommodation. Only 20 tickets available, so book now at “specials.”

March 9
The Calgary Produce Marketing Association announces the Half Your Plate Chef's Dinner is back again on at Winsport featuring a collective of local, internationally renown, talented and creative chefs including Canada's third designated Master Chef.  This scrumptious five-course dinner was SOLD OUT in it's inaugural year and features "half your plate" filled with fruits and vegetables but don't worry, there are both protein and vegetarian options available.  Live entertainment, an interactive reception, guest appearances and Chef's Culinary bags for each guest complete the evening.  Tickets are $80 each and available at

March 25, April 8 & 11
WSET 2, Award In Wines & Spirits, earn your wine and spirit qualification with the trusted experts at Willow Park Wines & Spirits, on 3 Sunday classes, $799. A beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines and spirits for those working in the industry or wine and spirit enthusiasts. Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.  Visit for all the tasty details and to buy a ticket.