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Summer in the City Palate - July August 2017



What’s Happening in July and August

We all have stuff that needs sharpening, do it now …..
Knifewear and Kent of Inglewood are donating 100% of sharpening proceeds to help victims of B.C. Wildfires.  EVERY CENT GIVEN TO KNIFEWEAR AND KENT OF INGLEWOOD STORES FOR SHARPENING SERVICES WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THE RED CROSS B.C. FIRES APPEAL.   Anyone with anything that needs sharpening and wants to contribute – knife, axe, razor, scissors -- the entire month of July, at all Knifewear and Kent of Inglewood locations.

Wedding Season Fully Here
Great Events Rentals has everything you need for your summer wedding, including dishes, glassware and flatware, and you don’t have to wash it before you return it! And Great Events has joined Event Core, well-vetted professionals that will help you event be flawless.  Visit www.greateventsrentals.ca and www.event-core.ca for all the details.

Vin Room Loves its Dogs
Vin Room Mission and Vin Room West invite you to bring your pooch to their patios every day, where they can use complimentary beds, amenities station and house-made treats. And for those who prefer the company of humans, the Vin Room Mission rooftop patio is open for humans only.

Culinary Elite Wanted for Top Chef Canada
Until August 18, the nation-wide search carries on to recruit Canada’s best chefs to compete in the 6th season of Top Chef Canada. Interested applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and be at least 19 years old as of June 1, 2017. Information on how to apply is at www.topchefcanadacasting.ca.  To catch up on the latest season of Top Chef Canada: All-Stars, visit www.foodnetwork.ca/shows/top-chef-canada/video

Buy Tickets NOW
For the Toast to the Coast supporting Ocean Wise at the Vancouver Aquarium, October 20, 7:30 p.m. It’s always a sell-out event, so get tickets now. Gourmet food prepared by Ocean Wise restaurants and signature B.C. wines will be poured. Proceeds support the Vancouver Aquarium’s important research, education and direct action programs that benefit ocean conversation. Visit www.vanaqua.org for details and tickets, $150.

Woot! Woot! More good doughnuts!
Mountain Rhino Donuts, a gourmet doughnut maker, sells at the Marda Loop Farmers’ Market, the Parkdale Farmers’ Market and Okotoks Farmers’ Market. Ain’t nuthin’ like a good doughnut to get your day started right….visit www.mountainrhinodonuts.com for all the tasty details.

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 will be The Loft Bakery, Kitchen and Lounge, which pretty well says it all.  Visit www.theloftcalgary.ca to learn all the tasty details.

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 until August 7, participants are encouraged to share photos of their favourite Alberta foods on instagram using the hashtag #EatAlberta150. Visit www.albertafoodtours.ca for details. There will be 150 prizes from more than 30 Alberta Food Tours partners, plus a cupcake from Crave Cookies and 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!

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 and Patio 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!

Tickets now on sale….
The Women Chefs and Restaurateurs conference in Calgary on September 16 – People, Passion, Purpose…The Pathway to Success, at WinSport. Inspiring guest speakers and panelists include our very own Top Chef Canada, Nicole Gomes, Betty Vasquez, a Mexican chef, and Meeru Dhalwala, co-owner of Vancouver’s fabulous Vij’s and Rangoli, and more!  Tickets at www.eventbrite.com, details at www.womenchefs.org/calgary-2017

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 www.tinyurl.com/naramatatailgate2017. Visit www.naramatabench.com 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 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.

Spend a Lazy, Tasty Afternoon in the Park!
Summer in the city means Prince’s Island Park is calling you to bring a friend and a beautiful picnic basket from River Café filled with handmade seasonal treats. Baskets include a meal for two including linens and cutlery, and should be ordered at least a day in advance before 6 p.m.  Check www.river-café.com/food_wine/picnic_baskets for all the tasty details.

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

SAIT Cooking Classes
SAIT’s downtown Culinary Campus: Date Night, July 21 and August 18; Canning July 22; Thrill of the Grill, July 28 and August 11; Artisan Bread, July 29; Viennoiserie, August 19; Curry, August 25. 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. Your Stampede visitors and friends will find authentic western hospitality at River Café as well as an oasis from Stampede madness on the beautiful patio enjoying the best of Canadian seasonal cuisine. 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.

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 www.farmersmarket.hsca.ca

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 now open for the season. Visit www.tinhorn.com for more information.

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

The Lake House
Spend summer sipping summery libations on a sun-drenched patio overlooking the lake, including a coconut mojito and a bourbon vanilla lemonade while enjoying a delicious summer menu featuring pan-seared diver scallops, butter-roasted black cod and an heirloom tomato and peach salad.  And lots more!  The Prix Fixe menu offers 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 www.lakehousecalgary.com or 403-225-3939.
747 Lake Bonavista Dr, SE, www.lakehousecalgary.com

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
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
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
Kid’s Cooking Camp in summer; Wine!Wine! And Food! a wine and food pairing series; Hands-on classes; Cocina Mexicana, July 22; Hands-off 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 and reservations 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.  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 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
Only 4 spaces left at the Kids Cooking Camp, Ages 12+, July 31 to August 4, don’t miss out on having your son or daughter enjoy a week of cooking, eating, learning, laughing. Call 403-265-6066, ext. 1, to register today.
Seasons Harvest harvest boxes are back, bringing the best of British Columbia. Weekly deliveries  Phone 403-265-6066, ext. 1, to place your order -- get on the Seasons Harvest mailing list to receive updates at cook@cookbookcooks.com. Classes: Saturday Morning Kids Baking, ages 8+; Off the pages of Oh She Glows Every Day, a vegan cooking hands-on class; Friday and Saturday Evenings, A Night Out: Couples Classes, hands-on. The fall calendar of classes is available, so have a look at upcoming knife skills class, the art of bento boxes for lunch, making macarons, Thai cooking, mixed grill and craft beer, fermentation workshop, off the menu of Anju, and MUCH MORE.  Details at 403-265-6066, ext. 1 or visit www.cookbookcooks.com 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 www.philsebastian.com/mission for all the fun details.

At the 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, canapes, 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 -- Grilling Classes, August 3, 11, 18, 24. Email cafedivine@hotmail.com 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 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
Whisky 101: National Scotch Whisky Day, July 27. Details at eauclairedistillery.ca/calendar, 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. www.untitledyyc.com #jazzandbubbles

Joy Road Catering Alfresco Vineyard Dinners
Tickets are now on sale for the Okanagan’s Joy Road Catering dinners at God’s Mountain; celebrate farmer Jordan and his new digs at Unearthed Farm. Visit www.joyroadcatering.com 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 www.heritagepark.ca and go to “event calendar” for details. Wednesday evenings, July 5 – August 30, Music in the Plaza featuring some of Alberta’s finest musical talent.

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

Starts June 9
Summer season at Island Lake Lodge begins so you can explore your happy place – the canoes are out, the chefs are prepping and the beer fridge is stocked. Visit www.islandlakecatskiing.com/summer to learn all that’s going on by way of new menus, guided hikes, special packages and lots more.  A beautiful place to hang out – we all need this, for sure!

Canmore’s New Fun Restaurant
Canmore’s newest restaurant – Devil’s Table -- is an upscale Euro-Caribbean fusion, pirate-themed restaurant  that operates from the decks of Creekside Villa, 709 Benchlands Trail. Look for a bounty of fine food and drink in a nautical setting. Devil serves dinner, hours are from 3 p.m to closing, visit www.creeksidevilla.ca/restaurant for all the tasty details.

Deane House Jazz Series
Deane House has kicked off its Summer Jazz Series with live music in Deane’s Garden – a perfect place to have a great brunch and great music! Brunch is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., live music from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Reserve online at www.deanehouse.com or call 403-264-0595.

Black Hills Estate WInery
When you’re tootling the Okanagan wine country, Sunset Happy Hour extends regular hours to 7 p.m. every day in July and August and includes 2 for 1 tastings. Also…if you’re staying at an Osoyoos hotel, there’s a convenient shuttle service from Osoyoos hotels to Black Hills.  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 www.blackhillswinery.com/visit-us/events for all the details.

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

Beginning June 29
The Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Bragg Creek starts its themed dinner nights, 6 p.m., $75, purchased in advance since space is limited. Tickets at 403-949-3611 or eric.thebavarianinn@gmail.com, 75 White Ave.

July 20 – 23
Savour Fine Foods and Kitchenware in Inglewood  is increasing the size of the store and doesn’t want to move everything, so it’s offering 40% off all kitchenware, except existing sale items, and select food products. Find Savour at 1331 9th Ave. SE and online at www.savourfinefoods.com

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 www.eventsedmonton.ca for details.

Saturday, July 22
Join Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant for the Seafood Bake, as the chefs present a bountiful spread of all-you-can-eat seafood, served family style on paper-lined harvest tables with drawn butter and inspired side dishes, 6-9 p.m., Meadow Muse Pavilion, $73.  Phone 403-476-1310 or email info@meadowmuse.ca to purchase tickets.

Thursday, July 27
Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey Celebrates One Year Anniversary and invites you to come celebrate with them, 2 – 6 p.m., 1136 Kensington Rd. NW. One lucky winner and a gues will be selected for a trip to Austin, Texas, showcasing the inspiration behind this great BBQ joint. Enjoy southern-inspired menu bites, hand-crafted cocktails and whiskey options.  Fun!

Monday, July 31
Made With Love, the largest mixology competition in Canada, takes place at the Fairmont Palliser when 16 of Calgary great bartenders will present exclusive cocktail recipes to impress a jury and guests. The two crowned winners from each category will represent Calgary at the National Finals in May 2018 to win the title of best BarChef in the country. Visit www.eventbrite.ca and go to Regional Final Calgary to find out all the great bartenders who are in the competition and to buy tickets.  Don’t want to miss this!

Monday, July 31
Anahata Foods invites you to its Raw Vegan Cuisine dinner at Kawa Wine and Espresso Bar, 5:30 – 9 p.m., $35, reservations at 403-452-5233. Menu is vegan and gluten free. The dinners tend to sell out, so book your table soon.

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 bluemountain@bluemountainwinery.com or 250-497-8244.

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.

Thursday, August 10
Lisa Krasnow, Anahata Foods, hosts a vegan cooking class at Heavens Fitness, 6 p.m., $75, prepaid tickets only, call 403-860-8024 to register.  Look forward to learning to make the likes of roasted red pepper “cheese” spread, summer gazpacho, zucchini risotto and black bean brownies.