What’s Happening in October and November

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!

Starts July 2
Flight Night, a Thursday feature menu at Catch & the Oyster Bar launches. Look for tasting –sized wine pours and shareable plated 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 now reserve your table for November 2 to December 18. You’ll have some of the best food you’ll eat in in this culinary classroom. The Highwood serves lunch, Monday to Friday, including a Thursday lunch buffet – November 5, 19, 26 and December 3, 10, 17 -- 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 .  PLUS – reserve your table before October 29, and you could win a second dinner for two!  All you have to do is share your experience with the Highwood on twitter or Instagram using #myhighwood.

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
GERMAN FOOD & GERMAN BEER, Beddington, October 3;  AROUND THE WORLD IN A WHISKY GLASS, From Scotland to Japan and Back Again, Oakridge, October 2; HIGH AND MIGHTY, Mountain Vineyards of Napa, Premium Event, Oakridge, October 15; MINDFUL TASTING WITH WORTHY & WELL, Premium Event, Shawnessy, October 17; “IF IT GROWS TOGETHER IT GOES TOGETHER” (Pairings), Get to Know SOUTH AMERICAN FOOD AND WINE, Oakridge: October 23; MODERN SPAIN, an Epicurean’s Delight,  Crowfoot, October 24; SATURDAY AFTERNOON SCOTCH SESSION, Beddington, October 24; BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, An Afternoon of Tuscan Nobles, Signature Event, Shawnessy, October 24.  Details and tickets at

Cuisine et Château Interactive Culinary Centre
Best of Brunch hands-on classes, October 24. For details and registration, visit or phone 403-764-2665..

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Classes
Lunch ‘n’ Learn Demonstrations, noon – 1 p.m., $20 – Sunday Roast Dinner, November 5/6; New Wave Brunch, November 12/13; Holiday Collection, November 19; Northern Italian, November 26/27; Evening, Weekend, Family Hands-On – Family Supper Menu, November 14, $70; Chef’s Table, Wild Game, November 14, $95; Hands-on FODMAP, November 21, $70; Chef’s Table, Modena, Italy, November 28, $95; Special Event, Noble Ridge Wine Maker Reception, November 6, $65.  At ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Learning Centre, 909 -11th Avenue S.W., 403-245-7630,

Bin 905 Tastings
October 1/8/15, Fall Annual Wine 101, $85 for all three nights, nights not sold separately; Ocotber 22, Bourbon, $55; October 29, Scary Monsters of Beer, $30., tickets at 403-261-1600.

Wine-Ohs Bistro and Cellar
October 2, Ben Kunder with guest Danny Vacon; October 3, Steph MacPherson and Noah Edwards; 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
Visit for tastings details and to register.

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.

Calgary Food Tours
Wednesdays, September 9 – October 7, Inglewood Edibles, $100; Thursdays, September 10 – October 8; Craving Kensington, a 2-block walk of history, architecture and food, $100; Fridays, September 4 – October 9, Palette to Palate, art and food walking tour of the Designer District, $100; Saturday mornings, September 12 – October 3, chef guided tour of the Calgary Farmers’ Market, $30; Saturday afternoons, September 12 – October 3, Savour 17th Ave SW Progressive Lunch at CIBO, Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, Itza Bakeshop, Parc Calgary, Ox & Angela and Bar-C, $100.  Details and tickets at

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

Through October 20
Poppy Innovations presents 6-week Parent & Child Culinary Programs. Prices include all food and supplies. Poppy Innovations also teams up with the Calgary Farmers’ Market to offer cooking classes throughout the year, and also offers “Canning & Preserving with a Twist” and “Edible Planters” and “Straw Bale Veggie Garden” classes.  All the tasty details can be found at

Divine Cooking at Home with Chef Darren
In your home with 6 – 10 participants, hands-on, participation required. Celebrate the harvest with a Farm to Table cooking class, October 8, 16, 22, 23. Details and registration at

At SAIT’s Downtown Culinary Campus
Intermediate Cooking, October 19 -- November 9/November 28 – December 5, $450; Date Night, October 2, $75;  Knife Skills, October 7, $60;  France, October 29, $90;  Artisan Bread, October 31, $120; Date Night, November 6, $75; Thailand, November 12, $90; Introduction to Cooking, November 16 – December 14, $400; Soups and Stocks, November 18, $90; Desserts, November 24, $90; Holiday Hors D’oeuvres, December 2, $90; Christmas Cookie Exchange, December 5, $100.        At SAIT’s Main Campus: Fondant, October 3, $90;  Vietnamese, October 20, $90; Indian, October 23, $90; Cupcakes, October 24, $100; Pasta, November 10, $90; Gluten Free Sweet, November 16, $110; Baking Cakes, November 21, $120; Knife Skills, November 17, $60; 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.

Tourism Calgary Upcoming Events
September 23 – October 4, Calgary International Film Festival. Details at

Willow Park Wines & Spirits
October 2, Bordeaux Festival; November 7, The Moulin Rouge Gala, 22nd Charity Wine Auction in support of the Vintage Fund; 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.

Through October 8
At the Canmore Farmers’ Market, Crush & Cork Wine Beer  & Spirits conducts tastings on Thursdays from 2 – 6 p.m., #117, 1000 – 7th Ave, Canmore.

Deanne Matley Trio Jazz Entertainment
October 2/3, December 11/12,  Bears Den Lounge; September 10, October 15, Hotel Blackfoot; September 13, NOtaBLE; September 18/19, Good Earth Cafe Cranston; December 13, The Nash. Details at

Riverfront Wine & Spirits
Tastings: September 25, Pacific Northwest Wine 101, $20; September 30, Wine and Junk Food, $20; October 31, Halloween, $20; November 16, C.G.D’Arie portfolio, $20.  Details at

Illuminasia at the Zoo
The Zoo’s debut of Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival, September 17 – November 1, presents food programs to celebrate the three Asian cultures featured at Illuminasia. September 18, Chinese Culinary Night invites you to make Chinese dishes with chef John Leung of River Café and enjoy entertainment and more Chinese food and Big Rock beer; October 2, Japan Culinary Night invites you to make sushi with the Zoo’s chef James Neilson and enjoy entertainment and more Japanese food, including a sake tasting; October 16, India Culinary Night invites you to make spicy Indian dishes with chef Jony Sharma of Green Chili’s Indian Food restaurant, enjoy Indian Bollywood entertainment, Big Rock beer and chai tea.  Tickets for each evening are $147, details at

September 25 – October 3
Alberta Beer Week celebrates great beer brewed across Alberta launching at the official pre-party at Willow Park Wine & Spirits on September 24 followed by Big Rock Brewery’s 30th Birthday Bash on September 26 and a total Alberta tap-takeover for the week at Beer Revolution.  Watch #AlbertaBeerWeek and visit for all the updates and events.  Drink Alberta beer – it’s good for you!

September 25 – October 4
Back again – we all love good pizza, so this week is highly anticipated – YYC Pizza Week launches, so you’ll have to just go out and eat lotsa pizza and vote for best thick, best thin and most unique. Visit for participating restaurants.  YYC Pizza Week benefits Calgary Meals on Wheels – it’s a good thing.  EAT PIZZA.

Friday, October 2
Let Meez Cuisine & Catering take care of Thanksgiving dinner this year. Fresh turkey (from Winter's Turkeys) and pork loin, vegetables, including roasted acorn squash, garlicky green beans, and potatoes, and desserts -- all made from scratch in our kitchen. Order online, phone, or drop into the retail shop in Willow Park Village to place your order. Simply go to to check out the full menu. Place your order by Friday, Oct. 2 to guarantee your order.

October 1 – 11
35th Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival features more than 120 events throughout the Valley,          including farmers’ markets, wine tastings, dinners and much more. Fun!  Event and ticket    information available at

Sunday, October 4
The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival celebrates the apples – and food – of Salt Spring Island, connecting with the farms and farmers. For details on the apples and other fun Victoria fall festivals, visit

Monday, October 5
Signature Dishes: Off the Menu of Posto, with chef Glen Manzer, at The Cookbook Co. Cooks, 6:30 – 9 p.m., demonstration class, $90. Details at

October 5 – 9 and way beyond
Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro has launched a happy hour program of a new red and white wine glass-pour selection chosen each Monday and feature all week accompanied by a feature cheese plate and small plate crafted by chef John Donovan. All wine pours during happy hour will be $9, the small plates and cheese plates will range from $5 to $9. Good deal!  Keep tabs on what’s happening during happy hour, 3 – 6 p.m., at #divinohappyhour

Thursday, October 8
Order your take-home Thanksgiving dinner at The Main Dish and spend more time with your family/guests. Choose from a turkey dinner with stuffing, mash ‘taters, green beans, orange cinnamon cranberry sauce and more, or a pork loin dinner with stuffing, sweet potato gratin, roast root veg, orange cinnamon cranberry sauce and more. Both include curried butternut squash soup and pumpkin pie!  Yum!.  Order in-store at 403-265-3474 or email

Vin Room
Lunch and Learn Series, October 6, How to be a Productivity Ninja to deal with information overload, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Vin Room West, $35, tickets at or 587-353-8812; South American Wine and Canapés Evening, October 21, 6 – 9 p.m., Vin Room West, southern hemisphere wines and cheeses from the Italian Centre Shop, $65, tickets at 587-353-8812 or

Sunday, October 11
Cook it Raw’s gathering of internationally renowned chefs with Calgary’s renowned chefs gather at Rouge restaurant to create 7 iconic dishes based on locally sourced ingredients, traditions and techniques, exploring the possibilities of cuisine. Albertans can win a spot at this prestigious dinner by sharing what they think is unique to Alberta food culture – by answering weekly questions posed by Cook it Raw to Facebook and Instagram through @cookitraw. You could be there!  You can also buy a $125 ticket to the dinner at

October 11 & 12
Celebrate Thanksgiving at Thomsons at the Hyatt Regency, downtown, with a holiday feast showcasing locally harvested, sustainably farmed ingredients in such tasty dishes as roast pumpkin soup, butternut squash ravioli, traditional roast turkey, roast Alberta prime rib, bacon-roasted Brussels sprouts, Yorkshire pudding. Indulge in Thomsons’ Sunday brunch with a turkey carving station on October 11.  Details and reservations at or phone 403-537-4449.

Monday, October 12
Thanksgiving at Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant starts with brunch, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., à la carte menu, and finishes with dinner, 5 – 9 p.m., à la carte menu and a special 3-course holiday menu available. Visit for details.

October 13, 14, 15
Tango Bistro hosts a Seafood Boil featuring crawfish, crab legs, Valbella sausage, mussels, red potato, corn on the cob, fresh herbs and artisan bread to accompany. Yum!  $25 per person or $40 for two.  Reserve at 403-252-4365.

Wednesday, October 14
Bar C Food & Drink has teamed up wiht Eau Claire Distillery to host a cocktail and spirits dinner featuring a feast of signature share plates to enjoy alongside hand-crafted cocktails using Eau Claire’s fine spirits, 6:30 p.m. 340 – 17th Ave. SW, $65. Details at

October 16 & 17
The Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival returns to Stampede Park BMO Centre.   The Grand Tasting Hall will overflow with the latest beverage products, a diverse collection of wine, premium spirits, liqueurs, and beer, as well as delicious food samples from local restaurants. For details and tickets, visit

October 16 & 17
The Light Cellar Presents: Friendly Ferments - A Festival of Fermentation and Culture       featuring Sandor Ellix Katz, author of Wild Fermentation & The Art of Fermentation. Bubbles        ‘n Brine: The Flavours and Function of Fermentation, Oct 16. A Fermentation Revival:      Get   Innoculated Into the Culture of Fermentation, Oct 17. Bowness Community Centre , 7904 -          43 Ave NW, Calgary. Details and tickets at

Wednesday, October 21
The second Restaurants for Change fund-raising event to support Community Food Centres across Canada takes place. Participating Calgary restaurants include River Café, Boxwood, FARM, NOtaBLE, Rouge and The Nash. In 2014, Community Food Centres Canada and The Alex Community Health Centre built Calgary’s Community Food Centre that strives to improve people’s health and well-being. Go eat at one of these restaurants on the 21st – total food sales from the dinner service supports our Community Food Centre.

Wednesday, October 28
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, 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, and Calgalry Farmers’ Market, Nov. 14, 15 and 28, 29.

Tuesday, November 3
Every year chefs across Canada compete in Gold Medal Plates to raise money in support of Canadian Olympic athletes. In Calgary, it happens on November 3 at the Telus Convention Centre, a combo cocktail party for guests and a high stakes, winner-takes-all, culinary competition. Competing chefs are: Christopher Dewling, Blink; Jamie Harling, Rouge; Jinhee Lee, Raw Bar; J.W. Foster, Banff Springs Hotel; Kenny Kaechele, Workshop Kitchen + Culture; Matthew Batey, The Nash  & Off Cut Bar; Nick Dobberthien, Black Pig Bistro; Rogelio Herrera, Alloy; Shaun Desaulniers, ChefBar; Zavier Lacaze, BRIGGS Kitchen and Bar.  Wooooo-hooooo, lots of great talent in Calgary. The winner heads to Kelowna in February for an intense showdown against the winners from across the country.  Very exciting! Visit for all the tasty details and to get tickets to this worthwhile and very exciting culinary event. Click on “more information” or email

Friday, November 6
Cocktails for Critters at Hotel Arts to raise money for the Calgary Humane Society. Details and tickets at and click on “events.”

Saturday, November 14
It’s a Sausage Party at the Calgary Farmers’ Market where more than 100 different kinds of sausage are available – gotta celebrate sausages! Meat up at the Calgary Farmers’ Market for sausage samples, cooking demos, music, and more. It will be the best wurst party ever! Follow this link for all the Sausage Party details.