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THE WINE & BEER ISSUE -May June 2018

What’s Happening in June and July

New Wine Releases…..
Laughing Stock Vineyards has released two new tasty red wines, Blind Trust Red 2016 and Syrah 2016, order online or call the winery at 250-493-8466 and get them shipped to your door in time for the upcoming Canada Day weekend.  Order online at Interestingly, the ab in the web address if for ordering in Alberta only!  That’s cool.

Throughout the month of June….
Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey approaches its second birthday by offering a gift to its patrons. Restaurant diners will receive a ballot to enter to win a trip for two to Austin, Texas, the home of the whiskey and barbecue joint!  More information at or @haydenblockyyc.

Puppies and Prosecco
Dogs of all sizes and ages are welcome at Vin Room West and Vin Room Mission to the Puppies and Prosecco Classes in support of the Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation. Visit for all the furry details!

Spring is that you?
Plantshop invites all you greenthumbs to check out the goings-on of the growing season.
May and June workshops, such as the Succulent Terrarium Workshop; Hand-Tied Floral Workshop; Plant Journal Entry No. 3, Air Purifiers; Seeds & Seed Kits; Recess Workshops with paper people.  Check out for all the springy details!

The Happiest of Hours….
Cilantro’s secluded patio on 17th Ave. SW is now open and Cilantro has launched a happy hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Friday. Indulge in a 9 oz. pour of wine for the price of a 6 oz. pour on all of Cilantro’s award-winning glass pours. Also look for the feature of $5 prosecco.  Brad Royale, CRMR  wine director, says about the wine:  “We focus on global selections from boutique producers that we believe showcase the unique personalities of wine.” Go drink wine and eat good food.

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 for information and registration.

Exceptional Nota Bene from Black Hills Winery
Black Hills Estate Winery says the release of the 2016 vintage Nota Bene is exceptional because 2016 was an exceptional growing year and an extended barrel aging gave the Nota Bene beautifully soft tannins with excellent depth and complexity. Perfect now and with good aging potential in your wine cellar for 10 years or longer. Limited quantities available now, order online at or by phone at 250-498-0666 or email

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  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 of the country’s great chefs – Lynn Crawford, Mark McEwan, Roger Mooking and Michael Smith, for example – cooking their favourite recipes and sharing must-know tips. Visit 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 In 2013, Kent, Kossowan and Knifewear’s cultural ambassador, Naoto Fujimoto, travelled across Japan to film their blacksmith partners. Now you can see how the popular Japanese knives are made. Visit to have a look.

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

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

SAIT Cooking Classes
SAIT’s downtown Culinary Campus: Thrill of the Grill, July 12 or August 16; Date Night, July 20 or August 10; Curry, August 17, Canning, August 18. The Tastemarkaet by SAIT: Date Night at The Tastemarket, July 27 or August 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. Just a walk in the park, Prince’s Island Park. www.river-café.com

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

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

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

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

The Lake House
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 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,

Bricks Wine Store Tastings
Get on the email list at and stay tuned for the tastings activities, such as, May 24, Italian Whites You’ve (probably) Never Heard of; May 31, Got Brett? (A Beer Tasting); June 7, #YesWayRosé, why rosé is so popular; June 14, Oh Oh Ontario!, amazing world-class wines. And Bricks offers private tastings focused on the education and enjoyment of wine, beer and spirits. Check it all out on the web site and sign up for the monthly newsletter

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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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

Willow Park Wines & Spirits
Fun stuff happening. Details and tickets at or 403-296-1640, ext. 277. Pick up the 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. Demonstration/Tasting Events: Wine & Food Series.  Details at 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!  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, 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 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.

SAIT’s downtown Culinary Campus: Thrill of the Grill, July 12 or August 16; Date Night, July 20 or August 10; Curry, August 17, Canning, August 18. The Tastemarkaet by SAIT: Date Night at The Tastemarket, July 27 or August 24. Visit for details and more courses.

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 June and July 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 Shewchuk’s Greatest Hits; Jamaican Reggae Party!; Tagines: Stews from Morocco; Grown-Up & Kid Class (8+). Week-long Kids Camps, ages 8 – 11 and ages 12+ with Pierre Lamielle, cookbook author, Chopped Canada champion and culinary instructor. And much more.  Check for all the classes, register at 403-265-6066, ext. 1.

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


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


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

Divine Cooking at Home
Chef Darren comes to your house for a group cooking class.  Email to book your evening. Classes fill quickly, so they are first-come, first-serve. Classes are $100 per participant for groups of 8 – 12 participants.  It’s very fun and chef Darren is very good.


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

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

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

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 .

Bin 905 Tastings
Visit 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 or call 403-268-8607.

NOtaBLE Hour……
NOtaBLE, one of the city’s favourite restaurants, has introduced NOtaBLE Hour, which features drink and food specials that let people, who want to, escape the hustle-and-bustle of downtown but still enjoy after-work leisure before heading home. Offered every Tuesday to Thursday, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., NOtaBLE Hour offers $8 drinks, including the Moscow Mule, Grilled Grapefruit Swizzle, a pint of Village Brewery ‘No Bull’ beer or a glass of wine. Also, NOtaBLE Hour offers a chicken dinner for two for $30, featuring a half a wood-fired rotisserie Happy Chicken with a NOtaBLE signature salad and bottomless fries on the side. Such a NOtaBLE hour!

Starting Sunday, June 10
The Deane House Sunday Summer Jazz Series starts today in the Deane’s garden for live jazz and brunch on Sundays all summer long. Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., live music 12 noon – 3 p.m.

Starting 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 cSPACE’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 15 – 24
All things burger in Calgary during the YYC Burger Battle, a food festival celebrating all things burger whether it be Alberta Beef, vegetarian, vegan or dessert, the competition has it all!  Consume whatever burgers tickle your fancy and vote for your favourite. A champion will be crowned at the end! Each burger in the festival is a unique creation meant to show off the best of Calgary’s culinary minds and local food fare. YYC Burger Battle is partnered with the Alex Community Wellness Centre, investing in the health, housing and food programs it brings to the most vulnerable Calgary citizens. Plenty more information can be found at including team details and a full list of participating.


June 22 and 23
Black Hills Estate Winery invites you to an exciting weekend in the South Okanagan with these two events:  Winemaker’s Invitational Dinner, June 22, 6:30 – 10 p.m. at Spirit Ridge Resort. A four-course dinner paired with all-star wines from throughout the Okanagan, tickets $149 with discounts for wine club members; Nota Bene Release Party, June 23 at Black Hills Estate Winery, 5 – 8 p.m., a winery party celebrating the 18th vintage of the Black Hills signature Nota Bene with live music, dancing, guest DJs, delicious food by chef Lee Humphries and his tema from Vintage Hospitality, and much more fun!  Tickets $199 with discounts for wine club members. Purchase online at or phone 250-498-0666. Tickets are selling fast to these great events, so get yours now!

Saturday, June 23
BC wines are set to shine alongside celebrity chefs at Chef Meets BC Grape Taste of the Okanagan, a one-day wine and food outdoor festival of iconic BC wines, celebrity chefs and interactive experiences.  At the See Ya Later Ranch Winery, there will be chefs from all over Canada. Joining Mark McEwan will be other Food Network stars, including Trevor Bird, Matthew Stowe and Jinhee Lee and 11 top BC winery chefs and three notable chefs from the winning restaurants of Calgary’s Chef Meets BC Grape 2018. Event details and tickets at

Sunday, June 24
Rodney’s  Oyster House invites you, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., to eat, drink and watch some of Canada’s fastest shuckers compete at the Alberta Oyster Festival. Tickets now on sale and registration is open for the shucking competition with the winner going to Tyne Valley Oyster Festival in PEI to compete for Canada’s top shucker award! Tickets are $25 and include two beverages, one food item and tunes by Devo from Cabcity. Visit to get all the details or call 403-460-0026. The festival includes a silent auction in support of Mealshare.

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 and reserve your place at the table.

June 27 & 28
The Heritage Park Selkirk Grille’s Field to Fork Series of dinners invites you to its East Coast Lobster Boil, a family-style lobster boil on Founders Lounge patio. It features a shucked oyster station followed by a family-style feast of lobster, house-made salads, baby potatoes, asparagus and Heritage Park bakery brioche buns and sourdough bread. A dessert bar rounds out the night to perfection, tickets are $89.95 available at or 403-268-8500.

Calgary Stampede
Coming down the highway pretty quickly, beginning July. Teatro Group invites you to enjoy your Stampede festivities at any of their properties, whether you need a venue for your annual Stampede party, a great bottle of half-price wine before a show, or a delicious meal you can count on, the Teatro Group has got you covered! For example, Cucina downtown can host your corporate Stampede party, from small groups to parties of 100, and Monday through Friday, from 3 – 6 for Happy Hour, all bottles of wine are half price, and $5 for a highball or beer. Cucina is the optimal spot to start stampedin’. Email for all event enquiries, and visit for more Stampede information on all the other properties.

July 20/August 17
Heritage Park invites you to a Prince House Garden Party Dinner, an Edwardian-era inspired party that features tours of the Prince House, croquet on the front lawn, live music, hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine followed by dinner of great food that includes wine pairings. Tickets are $89.95 and you are encouraged to dress the part. Visit or phone 403-268-8500 for tickets and information.

July 5, August 2, September 6
Heritage Park invites you to an immersive and educational walking tour of Heritage Park’s heriloom gardens, complete with samples and hands-on activities, followed by a four-course dinner with wine pairings in the Selkirk Grille Gallery Room that celebrates  Western Canada’s history, including bannock, roasted pork loin and creamed Taber corn. Tickets are $79.95 ordered online at or 403-268-8500.

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 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 to get all the details and make reservations.

Saturday, July 28
The Sukiyaki House is presenting a third Kaiseki event, a summer celebration dinner. If it's anything like the Winter Kaiseki we attended, you won't want to miss it. Chef Koji creates eight courses, all paired with unique sake and tea, designed to honour the summer season. Also in attendance will be the delightful Yasuhiro Washiyama from Sake Gami and the lovely Michiko Ono from Matsu Kaze Tea. Seating is limited; make your reservations at