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The Entertaining Issue - November December 2017



What’s Happening in November and December

Looking for “Chefs in the Making”
Poppy Innovations has partnered with Calgary Health Trust and Southcentre Mall to present the Kids Cooking for Kids fundraising event that showcases the talents of 12 up-and-coming chefs and raises money for pediatric emergency care at South Health Campus. Looking for “chefs in the making” ages 9 – 14 to submit their favourite original chicken soup recipe. Call for entries closes November 22, so don’t wait – do it now!  Judges will choose their fave on February 3 at Southcentre Mall and the public can purchase sample tickets to taste the culinary delights of the young cooks! The recipes will be featured in Kids Cooking for Kids Recipe Book, which will be available for sale. For details, go to www.calgaryhealthtrust.ca/kidscookingforkids and submit your original recipe for the ultimate chicken soup.

 

Calgary gets enRoute Best New Restaurant
Good for you, Bar Von Der Fels, you hit number 3 in the top 10 of Air Canada’s enRoute magazine’s Best New Restaurants for 2017. You’ll keep up the good work for sure!

Meet foodora
Calgary’s newest on-demand food delivery service that, until December 31, will celebrate its expansion by offering free delivery on all orders placed in the Calgary delivery zone – north to 27th Ave., east to Deerfoot Tr, west to Crowchild Tr., and south to 26th Ave. Some of the top restaurant partners that you can order or pick up from include Po-ke, Meat & Bread, Freshii and Würst. Foodora’s service has grown to more than 9, 000 partner restaurants in more than 65 cities across 10 countries -- Austria, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Australia and, Canada. For more information, visit www.foodora.ca

Woot! Woot! More good doughnuts!
Mountain Rhino Donuts has now moved into the Market on Macleod full-time, 7711 Macleod Trail SE, Thursday through Sunday 9a.m. to 5p.m. The celiac community is apparently going nuts over the gluten-free donuts. They are the best in the world at the moment, Mountain Rhino says! Guess we just have to get ourselves to Market on Macleod and give them a go. Such a hardship!

Nota Bene Magnums Now Available!
Black Hills Estate Winery offers its 2015 Nota Bene Single and Double Magnums that you can order online now. Limited quantities, so don’t wait, they’re perfect for all your holiday entertaining ‘cause they’ll serve LOTS of people!  For more information, phone 250-498-0666 or info@blackhillswinery.com.  Visit www.blackhillswinery.com for details and to order.  Free shipping in Canada on orders of 24 bottles or more.

Now Open – Yay!
This just sounds too good! The opening of the Granary Road Market that’s an active learning park for kids, a public market, a bakery and a bistro that’s fast-casual food during the day and a more sophisticated menu in the evening, with wine, beer and cocktails while viewing the vista of the surrounding foothils from the bar on the roof above the bistro. Plus field trips and special events, and the market is located in the Foothills MD, southwest of the city on 112th St. Visit www.granaryroad.com for all the fun details.  AND Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR) opened The Loft at the Market in late June. It’s The Loft Bakery, Kitchen and Lounge, which pretty well says it all.  Visit www.theloftcalgary.ca to learn all the tasty details.

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 knifewear.com. 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 www.knifewear.com/springhammer 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 www.nativetongues.ca/catering 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 holiday or wedding décor, or find great, cheap fabric for Halloween costumes, and much more.  Visit www.greateventsrentals.ca for all the beautiful new products.

 

SAIT Cooking Classes
SAIT’s classes: Downtown Culinary Campus: East Coast, November 9; Knife Skills: Butchery, November 16; South Africa, November 22; Christmas Cookie Exchange, December 2/9; Desserts, December 6. Main Campus: Introduction to Cooking, November 2 – 30; Assorted Buns, November 4; Baking Cakes, November 4; Curry, November 17; Artisan Bread, November 18; Introduction to Baking, November 18/25; Cooking with Cheese, November 28; Butchery for Hunters, December 9; Bean to Bar, December 9; Italian, December 12. The Tastemarket by SAIT: Going Gluten Free, November 22; Date Night at The Tastemarket, December 1; Cooking for Your Health, January 17 – 31, 2018.   Visit www.culinarycampus.ca 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 last year. 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 www.hudsonevents.ca 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 www.philsebastian.com 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 www.facebook.com/pondprojectsauceco, @pondprojectsaus and Instagram at pondprojectsauceco to find out where you can get Pond Project sauces. The web site, www.pondprojectsauceco.com 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 www.coopwinespiritsbeer.com/events

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 www.tinhorn.com for more information.

 

The Lake House
Indulge in the new fall menu. Cozy up to the fireplace while feasting on wild boar tenderloin, seared red spring salmon or sous-vide bison striploin, all best served with a glass of wine from the award-winning wine list and the beautiful lake views and fall colours. The feature fall entrée is Brome Lake duck breast adorned with fregola, black olive and tomato pilaf, salsify purée, apricot and red cabbage chutney and a saffron and honey glaze….yum!  Details and reservations at www.lakehousecalgary.com 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 www.atcoblueflamekitchen.com/bacon -- 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, brendalea7@yahoo.ca

 

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 www.catchrestaurant.ca

Bricks Wine Store Tastings
Get on the email list at www.brickswine.ca 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, www.atcoblueflamekitchen.com/classes

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 www.rougecalgary.com

Bin 905 Tastings
Wines from Piedmonte, November 9, $45;  Vegan & Vino, Nibbles & Tipples, November 23, $45; Discover Whiskey, November 30, $40; Wines to Chocolate With, Part 11, December 7, $50. For details, visit www.bin905.com, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Metrovino
Tastings:  Visit www.metrovino.com 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! www.vinroom.com

The Light Cellar
Superfood/Superherb Classes. Details and register online at at www.thelightcellar.ca/teaching-kitchen or call 403-453-1343. 

 

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

 

The Cellar Wine Store
Tasting details at www.cellarwinestore.com 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. www.hotelarts.ca

Kensington Wine Market
Tastings details at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com 403-283-8000.

Willow Park Wines & Spirits – Charity Wine Auction
The 24th Willow Park Wines & Spirits Charity Wine Auction “Welcome to the Jungle” takes place this Saturday, November 4 and bidding is now open, go to www.wpwa.ca and have a look at all the great bidding goodies. Fun stuff happening. Details and tickets at www.willowpark.net 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 www.cuisineandchateau.com.  Class details and registration at www.cuisineandchateau.com or info@cuisineandchateau.com

 

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 www.whiterosekitchen.ca. The Coal Shed Smokehouse is right beside the White Rose offering house-smoked, grilled and braised meats for takeaway, learn more at www.whiterosekitchen.ca/coal-shed

 

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 www.byollia.com/classes, 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 eseason.  Keep checking in regard to the potential for a winter market store … visit www.symonsvalleyranch.com 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. For the November 10 box, place your order on or before Sunday, November 5 at 403-265-6066, ext. 1, or email cook@cookbookcooks.com. Get on the Seasons Harvest mailing list to receive updates at cook@cookbookcooks.com. Classes: Korean Cooking with Ching Li, November 1; A Night Out: Couples Class, November 3 or 4, hands-on; A Turkish Feast with Matthew Altizer, November 5, hands-on; Real-Life Entertaining, An All-In Menu from Cocktails to Dessert, with Chris Halpin, November 6, hands-on; Vietnamese Cooking with Ching Li, November 7, hands-on; The Simple Bites Kitchen cookbook launch, November 8, includes a copy of the book; On the Bone: Braisig, Roasting & More with Luis Obregon, November 8, hands-on. Check www.cookbookcooks.com 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 www.philsebastian.com/mission 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 www.bvrrestaurant.com

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 www.brasseriekensington.com or phone the restaurant at 403-457-4148.

Divine Cooking at Home
Christmas Entertaining cooking classes with Chef Darrren to prepare a selection of appetizers and sweet treats: November 17, November 18, December 9. Chef Darren comes to your house for a group cooking class.  Email cafedivine@hotmail.com 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.

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.

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.

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 www.laughingstock.ca for details, or call 250-493-8466 for details and to register for a tasting.

Kensington Wine Market celebrates Canada 150
With Canadian beer, whisky and wine at tastings, starting with the finest Canadian craft beer. Details and purchase tasting tickets online at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com/tastings or by phone at 403-283-8000.

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. www.bluemountainwinery.com

Celebrate Canada’s 150 when Cooking…..
Le Creuset launched a limited-edition Maple Leaf Round French Oven in recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary – really attractive. The 5.3 litre French oven is enamelled in Le Creuset’s iconic hue, cherry. Only 1,867 have been produced, the year Canada was born! Each one is emblazoned with a maple leaf on the top and packaged in a limited edition box with an accompanying booklet, certificate of authenticity, and a frame-worthy commemorative map of Canada. Available today for $500 in your fave kitchenware shop and the Le Creuset store in Chinook mall.

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. November 17, Chia fruit smoothie, cheesy broccoli and quinoa casserole with seasonal salad, handmade whole wheat pretzels with dipping sauce.  Sounds like lotsa fun for the kids, and good eats too. Visit www.poppyinnovations.ca/classes-events/kids-summer-day-camps for details and tickets -- $90 includes all supplies.

Now open, as of October 25
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 www.southstreetburger.com

 

November and December at Vin Room West
Sundays and Mondays, Family Style Dinner includes salad and soup, roast beef au jus with seasonal vegetables and potatoes, available for dine-in or take-out, adults $25, children 12 and under, $10. Reserve at www.vinroom.com

 

It’s that time of year!
The Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant and Great Events Group offer November Holiday Bookings, save the faciity fee; December Holiday Bookings, save the facility fee on side room bookings and receive low season rates on Grand Salon or whole house bookings. For more information or to book your event, visit www.bvrrestaurant.com or phone the eent coordinators at 403-476-1310 or email events@bvrrestaurant.com

 

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, January 10 through February 28, with the lunch buffet January 18 and 25, February 1, 8 and 15. Though the lunch buffet is hugely popular, there’s lots of room throughout the semester to accommodate special occasios and group bookings.  Book yur table onine at www.sait.ca/highwood

 

November 6 – 12
Knifewear Garage Sale:  twice a year Kevin Kent, CEO and owner of Knifewear, travels to Japan on a buying frenzy. He buys up blacksmith’s experiments, knives from apprentice blacksmiths, prototypes, one-of-a-kind knives and cool stuff that he finds entertaining. These items, along with some retired sample knives and scratch/dent items are thrown into the mix to make things even more interesting. Then, it’s all priced to move. The Garage Sale starts when doors open at 10 a.m. on November 6. Kent says there’s often a line of chefs and aficionados out front of each location by 9:30 that first day. While it’s true that the sale runs for a week, many people want their pick of the full selection as many items are in limited quantities. A great opportunity for those looking for a beautiful Christmas gift for the chef/cook in their lives. The Garage Sale happens at all locations and online at knifewear.com/garage-sale.

November 9 – 12
The Millarville Christmas Market opens its doors again for the 29th year.  This market is renowned for its breathtaking location, atmosphere and large selection of make it, bake it, grow it vendors from Alberta. Decorate your home with handmade, unique decorations, wreaths, stockings and ornaments or find one-of-a-kind gifts from our many artists and crafts people for the impossible-to-buy-for person on your list! The market is also partnered with Okotoks Market Square, Olde Towne Okotoks and Travel Alberta in the annual Foothills Holiday Roadshow again this year! Visit www.foothillsroadshow.com for more information or to pre-purchase tickets for this event.

November 18
The Daraja Foundation invites you to its A Brighter Future Gala, 6 p.m., St. Louis Hotel, 430 – 8 Ave. SE. The Daraja Foundation raises funds for ongoing and new initiatives in Zanzibar that promote youth education, working with a local school and orphanage to empower young adults by providing tools that support life skills training, business entrepreneurship and relational building. Daraja also funds projects that improve access to clean water, health care and medical equipment.  Learn more about the good things this foundation does. The gala includes a buffet dinner, live entertainment, fundraising activities – including paintings at silent auction by student artists from Zanzibar Learning for Life Foundation -- and more.  Tickets at www.bit.ly/daraja17

Until November 12
Pizza 73 Slices for Smiles campaign is back for its 10th year! Customers can purchase a 9” smile pizza for $5.50 where a portion of the proceeds is donated to Children’s Miracle Network. People can also choose to donate with any purchase in store, by phone, online or through the Pizza 73 moible app.

Wednesday, November 15
Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise chowder chowdown -- don’t miss the most delicious evening of chowing down on top Calgary chefs’ best recipes for sustainable chowders, and cast your vote on which one is best, 7 p.m., Hotel Arts, 119 – 12 Ave. SW. And craft beer, too.  Tickets $60. Visit www.vanaqua.org/chowder for details and tickets.  This is always amazingly tasty -- don’t miss it.

November 16 – December 23
Don’t miss the teriffic Calgary Farmers’ Market Christmas Market, a perfect destination to find everything for on the table and under the tree this upcoming holiday season. Find the very best from your fave market vendors, plus seasonal vendors offering Yuletide gifts, food, jewelry, décor and much more. Plenty of activities, too, from Santa and cookie decorating, tea with Mrs. Claus, ice carving, a Canadian maple shack, and MUCH MORE!  Fun!  Plus no admission and free parking – so get yourself to the CFM Christmas Market at 510 – 77 Ave. SE. Visit www.calgaryfarmersmarket.ca for all the lowdown!

Thursday, November 23
Gather Dinner Series celebrates the culinary friendship between Mexico and Canada at Pigeonhole, presented by the Mexican Tourism Board. Mexican chefs Jair Tellez and Hugo Duran will collaborate with Justin Leboe to create a five-course dinner that brings together the flavours, indigenous ingredients, local produce and techniques of the two countries, 6:30 – 10 p.m. Also present will be dudes from the Bichi, Baja California, winery, with a selection of wines to pair with dinner. Tickets are $76 inclusive of gratuity but not taxes, and can be purchased on www.eventbrite.ca

Friday, November 24
The Cookbook Co. Cooks invites you to a specialty dinner with chef, cookbook author and fish fanatic Ned Bell as he talks sustainable seafood and cooks from his latest cookbook, Lure: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the West Coast, 6:30 p.m., $135 includes a copy of the book. Phone 403-265-6066, ext. 1, to register today.

Christmas Parties at Vero Bistro
Vero Bistro Moderne in Kensington on 10th St. NW is a great place to book your holiday party. Let chef Jenny create a menu that works for you. Visit www.verobistro.ca for menu ideas and for booking, contact Michael at 403-283-8988 or at verobistro@yahoo.ca

Saturday, December 2
Truvé Wines invites you to the “whole store is on sale” sale with wine tasting and wine and cheese tasting – a vertical tasting of Burgundy and nibble on cheese and charcuterie from Peasat Cheese Shop, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., “whole store sale” is 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. with up to 50% off on select items, at 104, 422 – 11 Ave. SE in Victoria Park.  Visit www.truvewines.com for more info.

Saturday, December 2
YYC Holiday Vegan Bake Sale presented by the Vegan Baking Team at the Meadowlark Park Community Association, 623 – 58th Ave. SW, noon to 2:30 p.m., featuring a variety of seasonal vegan treats a wel las bake sale classics, such as brownies, cookies, cupcakes, cinnamon buns, pizza buns and more! Plus a selectio of gluten-free items.  All proceeds from the sale are donated to Robins Refuge Farm Sanctuary, a no-profit organization that provides sanctuary to exploited and abused farm animals. Learn more at www.robinsrefuge.org

Saturday, December 2, 9, 16 or 23
Pasu Farm invites you to its elegant eight-course English Victorian Christmas Dinner with a choice of roast leg of lamb or prime rib as your entrée with a plum pudding dessert that will be flamed for all to see!  Fun! Part of the entertainment is a carol sing-along accompanied by guitar.  Seating and cocktails from 5:30 p.m., first course served at 6:30, tickets just $85.  Reservations essential as only 44 places will be set.  Call 403-337-2800 or 1-800-679-7999.

Sunday, December 3
Wildflower Arts Centre invites you to its annual holiday art salon and sale showcasing artworks created by the professionally trained practicing instructors of Wildflower Arts Centre. From ceramics and fiber arts to paintings and drawings, there’s something for everyone on your Christmas list.  3363 Spruce Drive SW, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with free entry and parking, refreshments and enter to win door prizes. A portion of all sales go to support Footprints Dance Project Society programs. Any questions, phone, the Wildflower Arts Centre, 403-249-3773.