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The Wine and Beer Issue - May June 2017

What’s Happening in May, June and July

Alberta Food Tours has launched its #EatAlberta150 contest – a province-wide Instagram contest to increase awareness of Alberta as a food destination and showcase the food community throughout the province and engage Alberta food lovers in building the province’s bountiful food story celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. Running June 1 – August 7, participants are encouraged to share photos of their favourite Alberta foods on instagram using the hashtag #EatAlberta150. Visit for details. There will be 150 prizes from more than 30 Alberta Food Tours partners, plus a cupcake from Crave Cookies an Cupcakes for every winner, plus 5 grand prize draws that include packages from Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Canmore’s Paintbox Lodge, CRMR’s Buffalo Mountain Lodge and the Hotel Arts Group.  Do it, do it!

Tickets now on Sale…..
The Naramata Bench Wineries Association is throwing its annual Naramata Tailgate Party September 9 that includes wine tastings from 28 Naramata wineries, local chefs’ cuisine and live music. Saluting Canada’s 150th with a “back to our roots” theme. Tickets are now on sale at Visit for details.

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.

Dog Jog Registration Now Open!
A fundraising walk and festival for you and your furry friend from the Calgary Humane Society, June 3, South Glenmore Park. Fundraise for the animals and stay for the party. Register at for all the details and to register to Dog Jog.

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 like linens for tables, harvest benches to be paired with beautiful harvest tables, and outdoor metal candle lanterns, and much more.  Visit for all the beautiful new products.


SAIT Cooking Classes
SAIT’s downtown Culinary Campus: Vegetarian, June 7; Thrill of the Grill, June 10 or 17;  France, June 19. SAIT’s main campus: Cooking Boot Camp, May 30-June 2; Desserts and Confections Boot Camp, May 30-June 2; Herbs and Spices, June 13; Cupcakes, June 24. 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.

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.

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market
Runs from 3-7 on Wednesdays and 9:30 – 1:30 on Saturdays.  There’s live music most days and anywhere from 20-40 vendors at any given time who sell a unique array of products. Details at

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? Hearty Red Wines for the Winter Months; 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 now open for the season. Visit for more information.

Black Hills Estate Winery Wine Releases
2015 Chardonnay in limited supply and 2015 Cellar Hand Punch Down Red. Visit to order yours. Free shipping within Canada on orders of 24 bottles or more, and you can mix and match.


Bar C Food & Drink Happy Hour
Where, as with most places, you don’t have to choose from the “happy hour” wines, but you get to sip your way through the entire wine list at half the price during happy hour, 4 – 7 p.m., Tuesday to Friday. And Bar C’s wine list is a collection of unique wines from all over the world. For details, visit  @BarCFoodDrink, #barchappyhour

The Lake House
The Prix Fixe menu is back, 3 courses for $45, Monday to Thursday evening beginning at 5 p.m. for a limited time. Tasty dishes from exec chef Thomas Neukom and sous chef Gareth Colville.  Menu will change regularly. Details and reservations at or 403-225-3939.
Fresh and exciting new menu items are part of small menu changes at The Lake House to reflect the season and the chefs’ creativity. Steak Tartare with truffled potato salad, fried quail egg, cherry emulsion, salsa verde; Steamed PEI Mussels with smoked salmon and dill cream, grilled cucumber & citrus slaw, herb ciabatta; Lake House-Made Egg Pappardelle with seared prawns, dried chorizo sausage, assorted mushrooms, kale, roasted garlic and tomato cream sauce. 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,


Thursdays at Catch/Oyster Bar
Flight Night, a Thursday feature menu at Catch & the Oyster Bar. Look for tasting–sized wine pours and shareable plates ideal for casual and social patio-season dining to be eaten in the Oyster Bar and on the Patio. Look for the likes of crispy roasted pork belly tacos with pickled carrot and cucumber, and warm cheddar hush puppies drizzled with smoked honey. View menus at

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,

Canada 150 Coast to Coast Plates …
Rouge Restaurant launches a showcase of Canada’s rich culinary history, diversity and modern evolution celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. Rouge will do nine month-long features inspired by each of Canada’s provinces, combining New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia as one region, as well as Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest Territories. Each feature will be available both lunch and dinner and are the Mealshare dish for each month. A wine, beer or cocktail pairing inspired by each province will showcase the diversity of our artisan producers. Check out the history and diversity of each province’s food culture while Rouge adds its own creative spin.  Look for the details on

Bin 905 Tastings
Vietti, a tasting not to be missed, May 27, $60;  For details, visit, tickets at 403-261-1600.

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; Monday – Wednesday, 3-course tasting menu, Thursday – Saturday, 5-course tasting menu at Chef’s Table; complimentary corkage on Mondays and half-price bottles of wine every Wednesday at dinner at Chef’s Table; Every Friday at Raw Bar and Chef’s Table, 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
Kid’s Cooking Camp in summer; Wine Series, Pinot Noir, May 28.  France Tour dates for 2018 are available online: June 3 – 9 and June 10 – 16. More information and reservations at 403-764-2665 or check  Class details and registration at or


Cuisine Concepts New Restaurants Now Open
Dwayne and Alberta Ennest of Open Range and Big Fish delish have opened two new places, White Rose Vegetarian Kitchen and The Coal Shed Smoke House. White Rose is at 6512 Bowness Rd. NW, and offers chef Dwayne’s innovative vegetarian cuisine. Learn more at The Coal Shed Smokehouse is right beside the White Rose offering house-smoked, grilled and braised meats for takeaway, learn more at

Now Open
Oliver & Bonacini’s long-anticipated new restaurant in Calgary – The Guild – is officially open in the Hudson’s Bay building on Stephen Ave. downtown, spanning two floors, including Sub Rosa, a sexy “speakeasy” bar/lounge underneath The Guild. The Guild will offer an ingredient-driven and meat-centric dining experience with local dude Ryan O’Flynn as exec chef. For more information, visit

Now Open
Framboise Bakery/Café, a locally-owned bakery and coffee shop that produces and sells fine quality artisanal viennoiserie and pastry, located at 1104 – 20th Ave. NW, corner of 10th St. Look for specialty croissants, pain au chocolat, Kouign-amann, German pretzels, fresh fruit danishes as well as cookies, squares, tarts and cakes, salted caramel squares, almond and pistachio nougat, almond butter toffee crunch, chocolate bark, granola and caramel bourbon popcorn!

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 semple 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.  Post-fire,  the farmers market, parking lot version, will be open starting May 6 to October 28, each Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., vendors will be onsite and open. 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 are back, bringing the best of British Columbia produce to keep us going until OUR spring springs. Weekly deliveries, get on the Seasons Harvest mailing list to receive updates at  Classes: A Vegetarian Night Out: Couples Class, May 27; Chocolate-Making Workshop with Cochu Chocolatier, May 27; Confident Grilling II, June 1, hands-on; A Night Out: Grilling! A Couples Class, June 2, hands-on; Thai Classics with Ching Li, June 3, hands-on; A Night at River Café with Matthias Fong, June 5; Vietnamese Cooking with Ching Li, June 6, hands-on; Girls’ Night Out: Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres, June 8, hands-on; Saturday Morning Kids Baking, ages 8+, June 10, hands-on; Happy Father’s Day! Father & Kids Cooking Class, June 18, hands-on; Friday and Saturday Evenings, A Night Out: Couples Classes, hands-on. And much more.  Details at 403-265-6066, ext. 1 or visit for a complete schedule of classes.


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.


At the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
Bow Valley Ranche has been nominated for “Where to Dine Calgary,” Chef’s Pantry Sunday Night Dinner, every Sunday, 4-courses, $55; Winter Palate Lunch, express lunch menu, 3-courses, $25; 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, canapes, scones and compotes, pastries and desserts. Reservations required online at or phone the restaurant at 403-457-4148.

Divine Cooking at Home
Chef Darren comes to your house for a group cooking class -- “Thai by a White Guy” cooking classes, May 27, 6 -10 p.m.; Grilling Classes, June 9, July 7, 14, 21, August 3, 11, 18 or 24. Email to book your evening. Classes fill quickly, so they are first-come, first-serve. Classes are $100 per participant, your group of 8 – 12 participants will prepare a fun Thai-inspired dinner with chef Darren, or learn all the best for the grilling season.

Every Saturday Night
Double Zero invites you to the late night Double Zero parties at the Core -- 00 After Dark -- every Saturday night! Party like it’s New Year’s Eve every weekend with a great deal on bubbles, $5 prosecco by the glass, funky beats and soul-filled tunes from local DJ talents, including personality Chad LaTulippe.

Eau Claire Distillery Events
Mojito Making Master Class, June 10; Father’s Day at the Distillery, June 18; Whisky 101: National Scotch Whisky Day, July 27. Details at, phone 403-933-5404.

Officially Open….
TELUS Spark launches its new market concept – Social Eatery by Roger Mooking. As Culinary Director for the new food services at TELUS Spark, international celebrity Chef Roger Mooking is bringing his food philosophy back home to Alberta. Expect menu items such as southeast grilled chicken, stacked Alberta Beef sandwiches, and in-house made smoothies.  The new dining space, featuring “home cooking with a global twist,” will highlight healthy local ingredients and feature the internationally influenced creativity of Chef Mooking. With a focus on fresh ingredients cooked from scratch, the new culinary direction of TELUS Spark also includes local chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, of CHARCUT Roast house and Charbar, now providing all in-house catering services. Patrons’ taste buds won’t be the only ones to receive a sensory thrill, as Social Eatery showcases a playfully modern aesthetic in an interactive family-friendly environment.

Every Thursday night …
Deanne Matley Duo at UNTITLED Champagne Lounge, downtown, 7-10 p.m., no cover charge.  104, 620 - 8th Ave. SW. #jazzandbubbles


Poppy Innovations’ Classes
May 27, Fermented bevvies, how to make kombucha, a popular class, sign up early.  Details and sign up at


Joy Road Catering Alfresco Vineyard Dinners
Tickets are now on sale for the Okanagan’s Joy Road Catering dinners at God’s Mountain; the Upper Bench Winery and Creamery cheese and wine, May 28; BC wild prawns and other ocean delights from  Codfather’s fish shop in Kelowna, June 4; celebrate farmer Jordan an dhis new digs at Unearthed Farm. Visit for details and more fun, tasty events.


At Heritage Park
River Forth Dining Car will return to the rails offering visitors a luxury dining experience on Tuesdays until August 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dine on a meal inspired by history as you circle Heritage Park behind a steam engine.  Fun! What a great way to entertain clients, out-of-town visitors or to celebrate a special occasion.  Lunch includes a glass of wine, appetizer, choice of main course, dessert and coffee or tea for $139.90 for two people. Book by calling 403-268-8500.  Visit and go to “event calendar” for details.  May 27 & 28, Annual Festival of Quilts; June 18, Celebration of Indigenous cultures with live demonstrations and activities; July 1, Canada Day celebrations starting with a parade; Wednesday evenings, July 5 – August 30, Music in the Plaza featuring some of Alberta’s finest musical talent.

May 26 – June 4
YYC Burger Battle Coming Down the Road:  Calgary’s latest burger festival celebrating culinary talent, fresh local ingredients and Alberta’s excellent beef.  To date, 47 restaurants are signed up to make a feature burger unique to the menu that features local ingredients, a burger battle for supremacy and bragging rights. Outside of that, Bob’s your uncle! What fun, burgers on the go … visit, @YYCBurgerBattle and facebook YYCBurgerBattle to keep tuned to updates and events.

Saturday, May 27
Via Cibo at 1520 – 14th St. SW hosts a Grand Opening event, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. with special promotions and giveaways that you won’t want to miss, plus $10 for any item on the menu, free samples of home-style Italian food, a $3 draft of Peroni.  Don’t miss it!

May 27 and 28
Calling all food truck lovers to a Spring Frenzy Picnic in the Park with more than 15 food trucks, live music, Village Brewery beer, performances by 10 at 10 entertainment, lots of family friendly activities at Murdock Park at the Bridgeland Community Association (919 McDougall Rd), 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. More information on this event at or check out @yycfoodtrucks.


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: May 28, June 25, July 30, August 13, 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.

Deane House Winemaker Dinners
June 1, Thörle Weingut with North by Northwest, new-wave organic German wines from the Rheinhessen that are super good, 6 p.m., $150, limited seating.  And, the delightful David and Cynthia Enns or Laughing Stock Vineyards on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan, considered one of the best producers of BC wine, June 6, 6 p.m., $150, limited seating. Reserve now at 403-264-0595.

June 1 & 2
The 3rd annual Dinner by Design celebrates design, cuisine, art and culture at the Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 – 1st St. SW.   Thursday, June 1, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., you’re invited to Cocktail Art that features PRLR custom cocktails and gourmet canapés by Duncan Ly, owner/chef of Foreign Concept, plus wine and beer.  Friday, June 2, you’re invited to a Gala Dinner, 6:30 p.m. to midnight, an elegant evening of cocktails and table hopping followed by a seated dinner, created by Charcut/Charbar chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, with wine pairings. Coctail Art tickets, $75, Gala Dinner tickets, $300, partial proceeds to benefit ACAD and Contemporary Calgary.  Order tickets ad

Until June 2
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only, the restaurant at the Lougheed  House offers a spring special -- $15 per person lunch followed by a 30-minute guided encounter with the House’s hidden secrets. Normally this is a $30 value! Reservations are required and must be booked through

June 5 – 9
All hail the first annual YYCBeerWeek presented by Beer Guys YYC and sponsor JustBeer that will feature a collaboration of more than 30 local restaurants, breweries and retailers, all with a strong focus on craft beer. Look for beer-related menu item, deal or event, with a dollar from every item sold going towards a charity of their choice.  Visit to see the full list of participants and their exclusive offers. Updates are made often. To kick off, Beer Guys will kick the week off at a VIP event at National on 10th, Monday, June 5, 4 – 7 p.m. To get your invitation, sign up on the web site. Invites are sent out on a first-come-first-served basis and are limited.

Tuesday, June 6
Ox Bar de Tapas, formerly Ox & Angela, invites you to experience its revamped full Tapas Bar experience at Baby Got Basque, tickets $75 includes unlimited tapas and drinks. Eat and drink like a Spaniard as Ox immerses you in the most authentic and educational tapas bar experience, just as if you were in Spain. Event website with all the details at, visit it and see what this is fun and delish all about.


Thursday, June 15
Don’t miss the 7th Annual City Palate Pig & Pinot Festival at Hotel Arts, 7 – 10 p.m. Fun for everyone in support of Meals on Wheels.  Talented chef teams cook up original and delicious pork dishes with free-range pork from Spragg’s Meat while wine stores pour pinot wines from around the world. Silent auction, fine wine raffle, gourmet coffee cart and live music.  Tickets $130 available at

June 16 - 18
Island Lake Lodge in Fernie, BC, is calling all foodies to its first annual Untamed Kootenays Culinary Event. Chef Keith Farkas has invited two fave Calgary chefs to join him in the kitchen – Justin Leboe of Model Milk and Pigeonhole and John Paul Pedhirney of Bridgette Bar.  The three chefs will create an unforgettable weekend showcasing the culinary wealth found in the region, plus exploring the beautiful landscape. Limited places, visit for all the tasty details and book the weekend at 1-888-422-8754.

Saturday, June 17
Alberta hosts the Calgary Regionals’ collaborative fundraising dinner of the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship 2017 search to find Canada’s top chef under 28 . There are 10 finalists in each regional final, and Alberta’s fundraising dinner will feature chefs Connie DeSousa, David Hawksworth and Paul Rogalski held at CHARCUT.  The fundraiser dinner supports the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship foundation to support, mentor and inspire young chefs working in professional kitchens across the country.  Tickets are available online a


Saturday, June 17
Nota Bene Release Party at Black Hills Winery in the Okanagan featuring Canadian icon Barney Bentall.  Also, Sunset Happy Hour extends regular hours to 7 p.m. every day in July and August and includes 2 for 1 tastings. AND, the release of new wines, the roussanne and a rosé.   Midsummer Night’s Dream party August 12 and Fall Harvest Party, September 30. Visit for all the details.

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. August 5 the winery hosts a pick-up social that includes food and live music and you can pick up your wine that you purchased online. If you would like to attend, RSVP to or 250-497-8244.

July 20 – 29
Head to Edmonton for Taste of Edmonton, one of the largest food festivals in Canada, celebrating local cuisine and drinks in the downtown core, with western Canada’s largest free music festival at Churchill Square. Visit for details.