What’s Happening in November and December

Eau Claire Distillery Seasonal Releases
Gin Rummy is back and Christmas Gin Debuts at our Turner Valley distillery. Christmas Gin combines the flavourful botanicals of frankincense and myrrh in a classic dry gin. Gin Rummy returns as the tribute to two traditional spiritd, juniper gin and special rum, with winter spices.  Find a Holiday Spirits gift box featuring Eau Claire’s signatures spirits, Three Point Vodka and Parlour Gin. Visit for details.

Reserve your Craft Beer Advent Calendar NOW
Craft Beer Advent Calendars will be available in the next couple of weeks, but they go quickly, so get in touch with your fave beer retailer and reserve your calendar – to give to a beer lover in your life, and/or for yourself, if you’re a beer lover. For details on where to get your calendar, visit this facebook page:  

Who doesn’t love bacon?
Atco Blue Flame Kitchen offers 10 of the best bacon recipes ever that you can download free from -- 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,

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

SAIT’s Highwood Dining Room
You can reserve your table up to December 18 and reservations for January and February open November 30. You’ll have some of the best food you’ll eat in this culinary classroom. The Highwood serves lunch, Monday to Friday, including a Thursday lunch buffet – December 3, 10, 17, January 21, 28 and February 4, 11, 25, to be booked online -- dinner is Monday to Thursday. Prices vary for the lunch menu, dinner is a set menu, $46. Menus are posted on the web site. Book at . The Highwood also offers cozy, intimate events to celebrate the season with family, friends ad fine food. To learn how SAIT creates custome culinary experiences, contact

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
All kinds of tasty tastings and events at the Co-op tasting centres.  Details and tickets at

Cuisine et Château Interactive Culinary Centre
Holiday Baking & Dessert, November 29; Holiday Appetizers, December 1; Chocolatey Christmas, December 6; A French Christmas, December 18 or 19, 6-course dinner demonstration with wine pairing; Holiday Brunch, December 20. For details and registration, visit or phone 403-764-2665..

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Classes
Lunch ‘n’ Learn Demonstrations, noon – 1 p.m., $20 – Portuguese, December 3; Holiday Hors d’oeuvres, December 10/11; Contemporary Christmas Dinner, December 17/18.
Chef’s Table, Modena, Italy, November 28, $95; Chef’s Table, East Coast, December 5, $95; Hands-on Holiday Baking, December 19, $70; At ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Learning Centre, 909 -11th Avenue S.W., 403-245-7630,

Bin 905 Tastings
December 17, Christmas Pairings for the People, $40;, tickets at 403-261-1600.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
November 27, Billie Zizi with Fever Feel; November 28, Rick Poltaruk with Mitch Belot; T. Buckley every Tuesday; Open Mic/Drunken Promises with Lee Taylor 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:  Visit or phone (403) 205-3356  for info or to register.

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.

Cellar Wine Store
Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles, December 2, $60; Port, Cheese & Chocolate, December 16, $65; Visit for tastings details and to register, or phone 403-503-0730 or email

Hotel Arts’ Restaurants
Daily 3- and 5-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings at Yellow Door Bistro; Monday – Wednesday, 3-course tasting menu, Thursday – Saturday, 5-course tasting menu at Chef’s Table; complimentary corkage on Mondays and half-price bottles of wine every Wednesday at dinner at Chef’s Table; Every Friday at Raw Bar and Chef’s Table, 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.

Test Kitchen Restaurant and Bar “pop-up” dining series
An innovative take on dining out – each evening diners are treated to a 3-course meal created by the feature “chef of the evening” for $30, $50 with wine pairings.. Details at and @TestKitchenYYC. Reservations at, seating is limited.

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

Divine Cooking at Home with Chef Darren
In your home with 8 - 12 participants, hands-on, participation required. Christmas Entertaining preparing a selection of appetizers and sweet treats, December 10, 17.  Details and registration at

At SAIT’s Downtown Culinary Campus
Intermediate Cooking, November 28 – December 5, $450; Holiday Hors D’oeuvres, December 2, $90; Christmas Cookie Exchange, December 5, $100.        At SAIT’s Main Campus: Chocolate, November 28, $120; Indian, December 4, $90.   Visit  for details and for more courses.

New Vendors at Market on Macleod
Saigon sugar cane juices, Burnt to Order crème brûlée, Happy Kitchen, Bauer Meats, Hipster Nonsense and a coffee and salt grinder artisan who does custom grinding.

Willow Park Wines & Spirits
November 24, Bubbles & Popcorn. Details and tickets at or 403-296-1640, ext. 277. Pick up the fall calender of great events in-store at 10801 Bonaventure Dr. SE. in Willow Park Village.

Deanne Matley Trio Jazz Entertainment
December 11/12,  Bears Den Lounge; December 13, The Nash. Details at

Riverfront Wine & Spirits
December 3, Dessert Wine Showcase; December 9, Scotch tasting; December 18, Chateau Musar portfolio tasting; December 19, Asian Spirits Showcase. Details at

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

At the Calgary Farmers’ Market, November 28/29
Get your Offcuts 2016 YYC Food Crew Stripped Down charity calendar that features Calgary’s food scene men who have devoted their lives to the best food and drink the world has to offer ... with their shirts off! The calendars are $20 with proceeds going to Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids. The calendar team: Aviv Fried, Sidewalk Citizen Bakery; Phil and Sebastian, Phil and Sebastian Coffee; Jean Francois Beeroo, Charcut/Charbar; Pierre Lamielle, cookbook author, illustrator, Food On Your Shirt; Jesse Willis, Vine Arts/Proof Cocktail Lounge; Michael Allemeier, chef/SAIT instructor; Cam Dobranski, Winebar Kensington/Brasserie Kensington; Kevin Kent, Knifewear/ Kent of Inglewood; Graham Sherman, Tool Shed Brewing; Duncan Ly, former chef Raw Bar/Hotel Arts; Rogelio Herrera, chef Alloy/Candela; Dwayne Ennest, chef Big Fish/Open Range. Calendars available at calendar men locations, except for Hotel Arts and SAIT.

November 27 – 29
Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market, starting at 10 a.m. each day, running until 8 p.m. on Friday, 7 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Great Events Catering invites you for delish hot drinks and to snack on something special.

Saturday, November 28
Don’t miss this – Petits Tresors, a French designer of personalized jewellery at Inspirati Fine Linens, 2207 – 4 St. SW, 12 noon to 5 p.m. Your purchase of Petits Tresors supports the Children’s Hospital Aid Society.

Saturday, November 28
Kids’ Christmas Baking at the Cookbook Co. Cooks, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $50 per child. Call 403-265-6066, ext. 1 to register. To see what else is going on, visit

November 27/28
Alberta Beer Festivals presents the first Banff Craft Beer Festival at the Cave and Basin in Banff NationL Park. Sample Alberta made craft beers and spirits and local food. Details and tickets at  Hotel and event ticket packages at

Friday, November 27
Willow Park Wines & Spirits has opened a new online store with Black Friday specials that are good through Monday, November 30.  Shop from the comfort of your home at

Monday, November 30
Community Night at Tango Bistro featuring the work of feature artist Darrren MxKeage & Thicket Grove Designs, the tunes of a DJ complimented by a special tapas meny from chef Trevor Hopper,  The fun starts at 7 p.m..

Monday, November 30
And every Monday night, Global Vegetarian Night, celebrating the art of vegan cuisine, presented by Anahata Foods and Kawa Wine & Espresso Bar, $30, reserve at 403-452-5233. This Monday, it’s Latin American evening,  5 – 10 p.m. Each week will feature a different ethnic theme.

Pascal’s Patisserie
Extended December hours so you can scoop lots of croissants to bake on Christmas morning:
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, closed, December 24, open 9 a.m. to noon.  Closed December 25 to January 4.

Tuesday, December 1
Poppy  Innovations classes: Throwback to Summer. Just in time for Christmas, this canning class will have participants making three recipes to impress family and friends over the holiday season.  Preserves make wonderful gifts.  No experience in canning required.  To register  or for more info, go to

Tuesday, December 1
Ticket sales start today for events taking place at the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, January 15 – 31, an annual event of Tourism Vancouver that’s a feast for the foodie in all of us, with events, special hotel packages and special restaurant offerings.  Visit for all the tasty details.

Thursday, December 3
Actor, singer, activist, Tom Jackson brings a new twist to his nationwide tour The Huron Carole with a gala performance at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino.  The show is a state-of-the-art, multi-media magical journey featuring enchanting songs of Christmas and plenty of TomFoolery. Tickets on sale at  Proceeds benefit the Calgary Food Bank.

Sunday, December 6
Wildflower Arts Centre, 5th annual art salon and sale, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 3363 Spruce Dr. SW, free parking, free entry, complimentary tea and cookies, cash, Visa, Mastercard accepted – ceramics, paintings, printmaking, photography and more.

Monday, December 7
Don’t miss the launch of  A Spicy Touch: Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen by Noorbanu Nimi and Karen Anderson.  At The Cookbook Co., attendance gets you food, beverage and a copy of the book, so you need to register in advance at 403-265-6066. On December 12 at  Inspirati Fine Linens, Karen Anderson will talk about Indian spices and sign books, Noorbanu Nimji will also be present.

Friday, December 25
Join Thomsons Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency downtown for a Christmas Day Buffet, noon until 7 p.m. It’s a feast of holiday favourites, including a carving station of Alberta beef, ham and turkey, plus salmon, cabbage rolls, vegetable lasagna, potatoes, rice, carrots and bacon-roasted brussels sprouts, lots of salad choices, charcuterie, breads and rolls, a seafood station and a dessert station.  Yum!  Reservations at 403-717-1234.

New Year’s Eve
Feature dinners at Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse: 1st seating starting at 4 p.m., Flames Package, wear your Flames jersey and enjoy a Braziian signature cocktail on the house, complimentary shuttle to the Saddledome for game vs. L.A.Kings; 2nd seating starting at 6:30 p.m., 3rd seating starting at 9:30 p.m. includes a glass of Brazilian sparkling wine to ring in the New Year and party favours.  For details, visit