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THE WINE & BEER ISSUE -May June 2018



What’s Happening in April, May and June

Top Restaurant in Calgary!
Canada’s 100 Best announced the 2018 best restaurants in Canada and River Café was named 28th best restaurant in the country, taking top honors for Calgary and moving up one place from last year!  Well done Sal Howell and chef Matthias Fong!
ALSO, Shokunin placed in the top 50 of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants – number 35 -- for the second year in a row.  Way to go, chef/owner Darren Maclean.  Calgary does well in these “best of” things. Yay, the good guys are winning!

Calgary Poutine Week, April 20 – 28
Get your great poutine at Calgary’s great restaurants, including Anju, Blanco Cantina, Calcutta Cricket Club, Market, Home and Away, the Nationals, Royale, Aida’s Bistro, OEB Mission, Goro + Gun, Bank and Baron, Bite Grocer and Eatery, Briggs Kitchen and Bar, Yellow Door Bistro, Raw Bar, The Nash/Off Cut Bar, Cucina, One18Empire, Beltliner, Last Best Brewing, The Guild, Cluck N Cleaver, Gruman’s Deli, OEB Downtown, Brasserie Kensington, Modern Steak, Wine Bar Kensington, Kesington Pub, Midtown Café, Vendome, Lprohibition Freehouse, Diner Deluxe Aspen Landing and Edmonton Tr., Spot On Kitchen and Bar, Lady Bug Café, Cravings Market Restaurant, Naina’s Kitchen, Starbelly, The 4th Spot, The Block Kitchen & Lounge, Big T’s BBQ McMahon. And many serve vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free and vegan options, so just ask.
AND … every poutine sold during Poutine Week in the participating restaurants provides a free meal to someone in need thanks to partner Mealshare.  Poutine with purpose.  Visit www.poutinewithpurpose.com to find all the restaurants that are participating, then go out and eat lots of good poutine.

Eagle Creek Farms CSA registration
Eagle Creek Farms is accepting registration for its 2018 summer CSA season. The farm will be Certified Organic this year, though having been growing organically anyway! Visit www.eaglecreekfarms.ca for information and registration.

Joie Farm Winery’s Noble Blend
Heidi Noble, owner and wine maker at Joie Farm Winery says that we can now order 2017 Noble Blend online, it’s the 14th vintage of the winery’s flagship wine made from Germanic varietals in the Okanagan Valley, a classic blend of gewürztraminer, riesling , pinot auxerrois, pinot blanc and muscat --  an aromatic wine that opens up with unctuous flavours of lychee, coriander and guava carrying through to a grapefruit-fresh finish – oh, yes, bring it on!  Flavours and texture focussed and intense, love it that way. Visit www.joiefarm.com/collections/all  to find it and order it, then drink it!  Thank you, Heidi Noble, we know you make great wines.

Food Network Canada Chef School
Learn how to make great simple recipes by tuning into the Food Network channel and watching some the country’s great chefs – Lynn Crawford, Mark McEwan, Roger Mooking and Michael Smith – cooking  their favourite recipes and sharing must-know tips. Visit www.foodnetwork.ca/shows/food-network-canada-chef-school for 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 party 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
Main Campus Cooking Boot Camp, May 29-June 1; Desserts and Confections Boot Camp, May 29-June 1. Visit www.culinarycampus.ca for details and more courses.
Downtown Culinary Campus: Portuguese, April 25.  Main Campus: India, April 20; Cooking Boot Camp, May 29 – June 1; Desserts and Confections Boot Camp, May 29 – June 1.  The Tastemarket by SAIT: Date Night at The Tastemarket, April 20. 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. 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.

 

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
Warm up to the new spring menu with both lunch and dinner offerings refreshed and bursting with new flavours and ingredients while maintaining the classic Rocky Mountain cuisine that The Lake House is known for. Details and reservations at www.lakehousecalgary.com or 403-225-3939. 747 Lake Bonavista Dr, SE.

 

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

 

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

 

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
Fun stuff happening. Details and tickets at www.willowpark.net or 403-296-1640, ext. 277. Pick up the spring 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. Cuisine et Château hands-on classes: Knife Skills, April 25; Spanish Tapas, April 27; Cheese Making, Level 2, April 28; Table for Two, April 28; Artisan Bread, April 29, May 12; Easy Thai, April 20; Cheese Making Level 1, April 22; Moroccan Flair, April 21; Cooking 101, April 23/30; Indochine, May 4; Mother’s Day Brunch, May 13. Demonstration/Tasting Events: Wine & Food Series.  Details at www.cuisineandchateau.com or call 403-764-2665.

 

Find Dwayne and Alberta Ennest at Bite in Inglewood
Though they closed their wonderful restaurants, they’ve joined up with Bite Grocer & Eatery in Inglewood, YAY! www.biteyyc.com.  Take yourself to Bite and check out what these great food people are doing these days.  It’ll always be delicioius and creative!

 

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. A new market is going to be built.  Keep checking www.symonsvalleyranch.com for updates on the new market’s progress. It was always a great market, we can’t wait to have it built and operational again.

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 cook@cookbookcooks.com. April and May classes include A Night Out: Couples Classes; Italian and French Farmhouse Menus; Food of the Sun: Brazilian Street Food; Rise & Shine: Yeasted Sweet Doughs (a two-day workshop); Hands-On Chocolate-Making Workshop with Cochu Chocolatier; Glen Manzer’s Cancer Research Fundraising Dinner; Bar Bridgette and Metrovino Specialty Dinner; Tuesdays on Ice: Whiskey-based Cocktails and Tappas; Fabulous Burgers, 4 Craft Beers; The Return of the Florentine: Allan Shewchuks Greatest Hits; Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk, the king of grilling and barbecue, comes to town for a number of hands-on classes, always fun and instructive and tasty -- and much more.! 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
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.

 

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.

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

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 www.poppyinnovations.ca/classes-events/kids-summer-day-camps for details and tickets -- $90 includes all supplies.

Taking Reservations into the Spring
SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room has been voted Diner’s Choice Best of Calgary by Open Table guests, and the Highwood is taking reservations. Book your table online at www.sait.ca/highwood .   The Highwood is taking reservations for the spring semester, bookings available until April 29, with the gourmet buffet offered April 26. Lunch buffet is in high demand always, but lots of room for regular lunch and to accommodate special occasions and group bookings.

The Lake House Prix-Fixe Menu now available
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 table at 403-225-3939 or visit www.lakehousecalgary.com .

 

Bin 905 Tastings
Austria Unveiled, April 26, $35; The Italian Insider, May 3, $45; Strange Brews, May 10, $35, an exploration of unusual beer styles; Vermouth, May 17, $35. Visit www.bin905.com and click on “events” for details and to book, or phone 403-261-1600.

 

Cilantro celebrates 30 years
After getting freshened up with renovations to the décor and the menu.  Tuesday is Classic Cocktails with a Twist, Wednesday Chef’s Feature Pasta, Thursday Charcuterie Boards & Wine, Friday Cellar Nights with a rare wine. Check it out at 338 – 17 Ave. SW, 403-229-1177.

Every Tuesday……
Every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to close at all National locations, you can take part in buck-a-shuck oysters paired with ½ price bottles of wine!

Dinner and a Movie at Heritage Park
Each evening begins with the themed 3-course dinner in the Selkirk Grille followed by the movie on the big screen in Gasoline Alley Museum, Reserve your table today, dinner and movie is $44.95 or $8 for the movie alone. Dinner reserves may be made between 5 – 6:45 p.m. with show time starting at 7:45. A popcorn and cash bar are open during the film. To view menus or reserve your table, visit www.heritagepark.ca or call 403-268-8607.

 

Starting, Sunday, April 8
The 6th season of Top Chef Canada on Food Network Canada kicks off with a lineup of 11 extraordinary chefs battling it out for Top Chef and great prizes, including $100,000, a Monogram kitchen valued at $25,000 and $5,000 worth of Cuisinart products.  These culinary elites include Calgary’s very own, very talented Jinhee Lee, executive chef at Foreign Concept.

April 16 - 22
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 April 16. 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. The Garage Sale is also an amazing opportunity for those looking for a beautiful one-of-a-kind gift for the chef in their lives. 

 

April 19 and 20
Bin 905 in partnership with Absolute Audio invites you to the best that wine, whiskey and music have to offer. April 19 is wine night, April 20 is whisky night, 6 – 9 p.m. at Absolute Audio/Video, 100, 6303 Bowness Rd. NW. Legendary amplifier maker Bryston will showcase its remarkable gear while Bin 905 showcases some of the best wines in Canada followed by a few select whiskies along with charcuterie and cheese, music and general good times. The event is FREE, but please RSVP to info@absoluteaudio.ca

Sunday, April 22, Earth Day
Foodora is taking action to help shape Calgary’s food sustainability efforts by introducing a focus on waste reduction, food transparenty and recyclable packaging including its commitment to providing zero emission delivery, which it tackles through its fleet of bicycle couriers. Foodora will work closely with industry leaders and it’s partner restaurants to tackle sustainability issues and ensure consumers have the resources to make informed food choices. Check www.foodora.ca for all the tasty details.

 

Thursday, April 26
Toscana Italian Grill invites you to a wine pairing dinner at Next Door Wine Bar, but with limited tickets, $85, that includes a four-course tapas menu and a glass of wine paired with each course. Email Toscana at info@nextdoorwinebara.ca for more information and to reserve.

 

April 27 – 29
Local fashion and lifestyle non-profit, PARKFAMILY, celebrates 10-year anniversary with a fashion show and pop-up shop at Southcentre Mall – a weekend of retro-style programming for the whole family in the Lounge, an opportunity to purchase from Canadian designers, including Preshrunk, Young Fam, OLE Design, Adesso Accessories and PARK’s own PARKSHOP. Visit www.ourparkonline.com/parkfamily-2018 for details and tickets.

Saturday, April 28
Cochon555 comes to the Canadian Rockies to the Fairmont Banff Springs, the first Canadian destination to host the signature culinary event. Tickets are now on sale to take part in the elaborate experience where attendees will witness five Alberts chefs participate in an epic nose-to-tail competition, showcasing love and respect for heritage-breed pigs to Banff. Ticket holders feast all Saturday afternoon on heritage-breed pork and more local culinary creations along with wine, local craft beer and spirits.  Fun! A portion of event sales benefit two charities – Piggy Bank and the Banff Food Bank. Visit www.cochon555.com/us-tour/2018-banff for more information and tickets.

Sunday, April 29
Wednesday Room’s next Toast & Jam brunch, 12 noon and 3 p.m., 100, 818 – 8th  Ave. SW.  Great food, champagne, fun people, such a good way to do a brunch!

Sunday, April 29
The Deane House invites you to another of its Sunday Supper Series – A Family Affair – where chef Jamie Harling share the kitchen with his sister, Andrea Harling, VP & exec chef of Made Foods. Dinner will feature some key ingredients from Annex Ale Project, owned and operated by the Harlings’ cousin, Andrew Bullied. And since Sundays are corkage-free, you’re invited to bring your fave bottle of wine. Dinner at 6 p.m., $90, some seats left, reserve at www.deanehouse.com/reservations

Until April 30……
Save 20% on tickets to the Calgary International Beerfest takin gplace May 4 and 5 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. Visit www.showpass.com/2018-calgary-international-beerfest for tickets and more informaiton. Visit www.albertabeerfestivals.com to find a listing of the breweries, distilleries and ciders that will be there!

Tuesday, May 1
The Deane House invites you to a Small Lot Farmer Wines winemakers dinner featuring small B.C. wineries and their unique wines – Bella Wines, Nichol Cellars Lock & Worth Winery.  Unique, indeed! 6 p.m., $150 includes five 2.5 oz. glasses of wine to match perfectly with the five-course dinner. Limited seating so reserve now at 403-264-0595.

Wednesday, May 2
Starting today, The Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Bragg Creek will be open for lunch on weekdays starting at noon, except for Tuesdays, when it’s closed. Weekend lunch starts at 11:30. AND, take mom for a Mother’s Day lunch or dinner on May 13 to treat your mom to a speial meal with the people she loves. Visit www.thebavarianinn.com for details and phone 403-949-3611 to reserve.
Thursday, May 3
River Café invites you to a Common Ground dinner with Enoch Cree Nation chef Shane Chartrand and winemaker Randy Picton of Nk’Mip Cellars, North America’s first aboriginal-owned winery.  An excellent opportunity to gain insight from the unique perspectives of Shane and Rancy in a dinner that celebrates a deep respect for the land and a proud cultural legacy. Starts 6 p.m., $150, limited seating, reserve now at 403-261-7670 or events@river-café.com. Included in the price of the dinner is five 2.5 oz. glasses of wine.  Prince’s Island Park.

Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5
Calgary International Beerfest, May 4 (3 – 10 p.m.) and 5 (2 – 10 p.m.), at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. Don’t miss it, it’s fun – increase your beer knowledge and find a new favourite by sampling some of the more than 500 different types of beer on site. Take in beer seminars, vote for the People’s Choice awards, sample delicious foods, enjoy the atmosphere and have a great time! Information and tickets at www.albertabeerfestivals.com, go to the Calgary International Beerfest page. Canadian International Beer Awards are presented to the best breweries and beers of the Calgary International Beer Festival.  AND, the first-ever Beerfest After Party features a live concert at the newly renovated Big 4 Roadhouse at Stampede Park. On Friday, May 4, rising star J.J.Shiplett will perform hits such as, “Something to Believe In.” On Saturday, May 5, The Dudes will take the stage to perform hit songs like, “Do the Right Thing.”  Tickets can be had with your ticket to the Beerfest at www.albertabeerfestivals.com and available to the public at www.showpass.com/afterparty-cibf

Wednesday, May 9
Fuel the Future helps create new opportunities for Calgary’s public school students. Students in the culinary program at Lester B. Pearson High School will cater a reception celebrating public education in our city. Accomplished guests, including 2016 Olympic gold medalist Erica Wiebe, CBC health and medicine columnist Dr. Raj Bhardwaj, and business trailblazer Bonnie DuPont will participate in a panel discussion about what fuels them and how we can prepare the next generation to achieve more. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Calgary Board of Education Centre, 1221 8 St. SW, $125.  For more information, visit www.educationmatters.ca/fuel-the-future

Sunday, May 13
Alora Boutique and Brasserie Kensington, 1131 Kensington Road NW, will be collaborating to provide a wonderful afternoon full of tasty treats and inspiration for you and your mother on Mother's Day. They will donate $10 from every ticket sold to the Louise Dean School that helps young or expecting mothers earn an education and be amazing mothers. Not only that, but Colleen Shepherd will talk about her journey as a young mother and how she was able to build a successful career with the help of the Louise Dean School. Ticket Link:
www.eventbrite.ca/e/mothers-day-high-tea-in-support-of-louise-dean-tickets-44046597559

Thursday, May 31
Cibo’s 6th Anniversary party,  $25 to enjoy samples of wine, beer and cocktails with tasty bites from the Cibo kitchen and from some of the other Creative Restaurants. Visit www.cibocalgary.com for tickets and more information.   Also, for those who live in the north of the city, Cibo is moving up north and will be like its cousin in the south with great daily specials, the same look and feel inside and everyone’s favourite $5 pizza happy hour. Cibo plans to launch June 1 with a big party in the neighbourhood on June 16 for Neighbour Day.

Thursday, May 31
Visa Infinite Dining Series invites you to dinner at Teatro where chefs Matthew Batey and Dave Bohati treat you to an indulgence of caviar, truffles and fine Italian wine, an elegant evening with a delectable meal in this beautiful historic space.  Tickets $200 includes food, wine and gratuity. Get them at 1-888-711-9399 or www.visainfinite.ca/dining and reserve your seat at the table. Tickets on sale now.

Saturday, June 2
A new Farmers & Makers Market launches at cSPACE King Edward, a creative hub located near Marda Loop at 1721 – 29 Ave. SW.  Until October 6, more than 40 local and ultra-local farm, food and artisa vendors will join dSPACE’s thriving community of artista, makers, gallelries and arts organizations for an exceptionally dynamic outdoor market, every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Look for an incredible selection of fresh produce, locally made, baked and grown goods, food trucks, live music, children’s activities and more! (An Alberta Approved Farmers Market.)

June 8 – 10
Don’t miss the second annual Untamed Kootenays Summer Chef Showcase at Fernie’s Island Lake Lodge. Throughout the weekend, the Tamarack Dining Room will welcome food lovers to dine on Lodge-made gourmet food created with ingredients sourced and foraged from the surrounding Elk Valley. A Winemaker’s Dinner on Friday with select wine pairings, and the Chef’s Showcase features Calgary chefs, John Paul Pedhirney of Bridgette Bar and Model Milk’s chef de cuisine, Blair Clemis, joining up with the Lodge’s chef Keith Farkas to create an unforgettable weekend dining experience that highlights the culinary wealth found in the region. Two impressive dinners, the opportunity to forage with the chefs on a guided hike, and more. Spots are limited for this unique event, so don’t wait, sign up now with Island Lake Lodge, www.islandlakecatskiing.com

Saturday, June 9
Eight Ounce Coffee Garage Sale invites you to go and give all the "less than pristine" coffee gear a home for a sweet price! Visit www.eightouncecoffee.ca

Tuesday, June 26
Visa Infinite Dining Series invites you to dinner at Deane House where chef Jamie Harling invites Mandel Hitzer of Winnipeg’s deer + almond, plus Calgary’s Eric Hendry of Bar Von Der Fels and Matthias Fong of River Café to make the most of the early summer season – a garden of delights at Deane House.  Tickets $160 include food, wine and gratuity. Get them at 1-888-711-9399 or www.visainfinite.ca/dining and reserve your place at the table. Tickets go on sale April 30.

Okanagan Spring Celebration
Road 13 Vineyards Celebrates Spring and the 50th Anniversary of its Chenin Vines with Road 13 Dinners in the executive lounge that pairs Road 13 artisan wines with a four-course meal prepared by chef Chris Van Hooydonk of Backyard Farm. Dates are May 4, July 21, August 18, September 29 and October 6 at 6:15 p.m. Many other fun activities, too, like Class in a Glass: paint pARTy, plus tastings and tours.  Visit www.road13vineyards.com to get all the details and make reservations.