What’s happening in April and May

SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room
You can book now for lunch and dinner to April 24. The popular Thursday lunch buffet date is April 17, the price $24. The Highwood serves some of the best food you’ll eat in this culinary classroom/dining room. A la carte lunch prices vary, set-menus for dinner are $46. Book the lunch buffet by phone, all other bookings may be made online at or call 403-284-8615.

April 4 – May 7
Bar C launches its No Name Yet Cocktail contest. Made from Dos Maderas 5+5 rum, Frangelico, Cynar and a large chunk of ice, the No Name Yet cocktail is lean and herbal with no muss, no fuss, no nonsense and name!  To enter, you must submit your idea for a name and a reason why you chose that name. Go to
for all the details about submitting and voting for your favourite name. The submission with the most votes wins bragging rights and a grand prize. The grand prize consists of two nights’ accommodation, dinner for two and breakfast at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, Deer Lodge in Lake Louise, or Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park.  Do it now!
Name that cocktail!

April 17 - 19
Easter at the Kingsland Farmers’ Market, Easter Eggstravaganza, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Egg Ty-Dyeing, on Saturday April 19 for all kids! Market is closed Easter Sunday.

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
Tastings: Check the web site for all the fun things happening in April and May:, email or call 403-2238-0446, ext. 205.

Cuisine et Chateau Interactive Culinary Centre
Family Chocolate Class, April 18; Gluten-Free Baking, April 12; Table for Two, April 12, 5:30 p.m.; Kids’ Cooking Camp this summer, for kids 8 – 13; A Week in a French Kitchen, summer program for teens 14 – 19; For details about classes and registration, visit or phone 403-764-2665.

Cooking Classes at SAIT’s downtown Culinary Campus
For a complete listing of classes and to register, visit or call 403-774-4694 for all the tasty details.

Bin 905
Tastings: details at, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
April 11, T. Buckley Band; April 12, Derek Miller with Jay Bowcott and the Elderly Boys; April 14, Carrie’d Away; April 16, Joe Nolan Residency; April 17, Curtis Glas, Eliana Cuevas; April 19, Lumine; April 25, J.P. Hoe; T. Buckley Tuesdays every Tuesday; Last Jazz Jam every Wednesday; every Thursday with Curtis Glas and friends; every Friday with Tom Phillips & Friends; 811 – 1st St. SW.  Visit for upcoming live music.

Tastings:  The Other Cabernet, April 17; From the Ground Up, Burgundy for Beginners, April 24;  . Visit or phone (403) 205-3356  for info or to register.

The Light Cellar
Superfood/Superherb Classes. Love Your Liver: The Prometheus Recipes, April 12, 1-4 p.m., $45; Raw Chocolate Making: The Alchemy of Cacao, April 17, 6 – 9 p.m., $65. Register online at at  or call 403-453-1343.  

J. Webb Wine Merchant
At Casel Marché, Details at

Cellar Wine Store
Visit for tastings details and to register.

Hotel Arts
Live music at Hotel Arts every Thursday in Raw Bar by Duncan Ly as local artist Amy Thiessen curates weekly sets featuring Calgary-based musicians. Enjoy great tunes as you enjoy Vietmodern cuisine and award-winning cocktails. April 20, Easter Sunday at Yellow Door Bistro, buffet brunch; Mother’s Day, May 11, Yellow Door Bistro; Hockey Night at Yellow Door, NHL Flames home game nights, 2-course meal for $29.

 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,

Salsita Mexican Cooking Classes
April 12, May 31, June 13, make empanadas, paella, ceviche, enchiladas, green mole, guacamole and more.  Visit for dates and timed or call 403-289-2202.

Cooking at Home with Chef Darren
Join Chef Darren for Cooking at Home: Indian Cooking Classes, in your own home. May 1, 2, 15, 22, 23. For this class, you need 6 – 8 friends, and the cookig is hands-on and participation is required. Details and registration at

April 3 – 12
Canmore Uncorked, Canmore’s first food and drink festival – 26 restaurants with set-price menus, 3 progressive dinners, $4,000 in prizes, 3 incredible ticketed events, gourmet cooking school – don’t miss it! There’s a wine festival and a beer festival and a long table dinner – 10 days of delicious and fun! For all the tasty details and how to get tickets, go to

Friday, April 11
Willow Park Wines &  Spirits and the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant host a wine maker’s dinner with Thomas Sichta from the Chehalem Winery in Oregon for a four-course meal paired with the winery’s delicious wines.  Visit

Friday, April 11
The 28th Annual We Care Ball “Glamping!”, in support of Easter Seals, will take placein the Palomino Room, BMO Centre, Stampede park, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m., including a champagne reception, dinner prepared by the Calgary Academy of Chefs, silent auction, dessert buffet and dancing. Easter Seals supports children and adults with disabilities and special needs to enhance quality of life. Tickets are $175 or $1500 for a table of 10. Visit and go to “events” for all the details and getting tickets.

Friday, April 11
Metrovino teams up with Model Milk to present a wine-maker’s dinner with Oliver Müller of Weingut Wagner-Stempel, crafters of some of Europe’s greatest dry white wines. A 4-course meal with wine pairings, 7 p.m., $130, limited tickets available through Metrovino at 403-205-3356 or email for more information.

April 12/13
Medicine Hat’s premier culinary event, the Sunshine Skillet and Food Festival.Watch chefs battle it out during exciting amateur and professional culinary competitions. Snack on food samples from throughout the Canadian Badlands at the farmer’s market-style food festival.  Enjoy all the activities with the Sunshine Culinary Hotel Package; tickets, samples and souvenir included! Come see Southern Alberta’s newest hidden gem, visit for all the tasty details!

Monday, April 14
Roots and Shoots at River Café, Slow Food Calgary’s Annual Celebration of the much-anticipated arrival of Spring, with Andrew Winfield and guest chefs Jamie Harling, Rouge, Dave Bohati, Market, Dan Labutes, Chef’s Table. All the tasty details at

Tuesday, April 15
Exclusive Spanish Wine Dinner at Vero Bistro Moderne, 6:30 p.m., 5 courses paired with the wines of Spain, $120, space is limited, purchase tickets with  Mike at Vero Bistro, 403-283-8988 or

Sunday, April 20
Hotel Blackfoot invites you to enjoy Easter Brunch & Dinner Buffet inside Green’s Restaurant. Check for buffet times and prices, then reserve at 403-259-1705.  Live music in the Lobby Lounge is in full swing every Thursday starting at 7 p.m.


Sunday, April 20
Enjoy Easter Brunch at Cravings Market Restaurant with an array of traditional breakfast favourites, seatings at 10 a.m. and 12 noon. Reservations at 403-252-2083, 7207 Fairmount Dr. SE,

Sunday, April 20
At CRMR lodges – Buffalo Mountain, Deer Lodge and Emerald Lake Lodge – Easter egg hunt, colouring contest, a room drop and Easter breakfast. Visits by the Easter Bunny and the elusive Easter Elk – take the kids!  Visit for all the rabbity details!

Kensington Wine Market
Tastings: Barolo, Brunello, Amarone with bits and bites, $45, April 15; Whisky Women and Chocolate, yummy pairings for you and your girlfriends, $60, April 17; What’s Next, Beer & Cheese, $35, April 22; The Speyside Whisky Trail, $60, April 24; Cheese Please with Peasant Cheese and wine, $35, April 25; Classic Single Malts, $35, April 29;

Tuesday, April 22
California Wine Dinner at downtownfood, 6 p.m., 5 courses with wine pairings, $95, tickets at, 628 – 8th Ave. SW.

Wednesday, April 30
The Wines of British Columbia host the Discover BC VQA Spring Release Tasting Event with more than 40 BC VQA wineries for industry, trade and media. Stampede Park, Palomino Room E & F, 2 – 5 p.m. Trade/industry/media people can RSVP at by April 23.  Trade/industry/media only.

May 2/3
10th Annual Calgary International Beerfest, BMO Centre Stampede Park, features brew master saminars with brew masters from around the world, cooking-with-beer seminars with Calgary chefs, more than 750 beers to sample, food from Calgary’s restaurants, live music and special beer brewed by the Brew Master Program at Olds College. Tickets ad

Monday, May 5
Application deadline for the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship regional heat in Calgary on June 22.  There’s a $10,000 grand prize and the opportunity to work at a leading international restaurant.  Open to all young Canadian chefs under age 28 with a completed Red Seal certification – apply and get details at

Wednesday, May 7
City Palate 20 for 20 Chefly Screen Shots: Raw Footage. Food, film, music, fun with the Calgary Folk Music Festival and Calgary Underground Film Festival, Festival Hall, Inglewood, 6:30, tickets, $60 at and

Friday, May 23
The Calgary Academy of Chefs and Cooks celebrates its annual President's Gala and Awards at Hotel Arts. Executive Chef Duncan Ly has created an outstanding multi-course menu. View the menu at For tickets, contact . Association members and guests $100 + GST. Non-members $110 + GST.

Sunday, May 25
Jazz Brunches featuring The Deanne Matley Trio at NOtaBLE, noon  - 2 p.m., reservations at 403-288-4372.

Saturday, May 31
Calgary Food Tours Inc. launches its touring season with 5 tours per week (most weeks) in Calgary. Wednesdays - Inglewood’s Edible Enticements; Thursdays - Craving Kensington; Fridays - Palette to Palate food and wine appreciation in the Designer District; Saturday mornings, chef Judy Wood leads tasting tours of the Calgary Farmers’ Market; Saturday afternoons - Meet, Eat and Repeat on 17th Ave SW. Prices range from $30 - $90 for 2 - 3.5 hour tours. Tickets, calendar and detailed descriptions of each tour can be found at the newly updated

Thursday, June 5
Lina’s Italian Market invites you to celebrate its 20th Anniversary with cake, door prizes and more!  Check in-store for details, 2202 Centre St. NE,