World Fair Trade Day
A cause close to our hearts, Calgary’s first World Fair Trade Day festival is taking place at Eau Claire Market, May 13, 10-4 pm. There are fairtrade vendors, store specials, fairtrade roses for Mother’s Day, day-long entertainment, giveaways, raffles, and lots more. Free admission, and fun for the whole family. Spot the fairtrade banana!
Local Calgary company, Primal Stone, is bringing back the ancient practice of stone cooking, with its slabs of Canadian soapstone for grilling on the BBQ or chilling to keep your appies fresh. With outstanding thermal properties, soapstone evenly radiates heat for hours, and prevents food from falling through the grates. We loved our steaks cooked on the stone, they were super tender and flavourful, and you can use it for fish, pizza, veggies too. Available in Standard or XL, with free shipping in Canada!
YYC Burger Battle
Supporting Kids Up Front and Grow Calgary, YYC Burger Battle is Calgary’s latest burger fest celebrating local culinary talent and ingredients. From May 26 -June 4, each participating restaurant will feature a unique burger that isn’t on their menu.
Visitors to Calgary’s Telus Spark can now enjoy the interactive, family-friendly, Social Eatery, created by Culinary Director, Food Network’s Chef Roger Mooking, and led by Chef De Cuisine, Alison MacNeil. It’s a well thought out concept of healthy, globally inspired dishes starring fresh, local ingredients cooked from scratch, with a multitude of choices, especially when you get to the condiment bar. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, as well as for allergy sufferers, a Phil and Seb coffee bar, and catering by Charcut for functions and corporate events.
Canadian Food Championships
Canadian Food Championships is welcoming competitors of any skill level, from home cooks to professional chefs, to compete July 21-23, in Edmonton. The top two of the 20 competitors in each category will represent Team Canada at the World Food Championships.
With the opening of the latest Calgary location in Mahogany at the Village Market, fast casual, Nando’s, now have seven restaurants in Alberta! Dine in or take out the well-loved flame-grilled peri-peri chicken, and check out the colourful, contemporary South African art and afro-luso beats.
Blowers & Grafton
Blowers & Grafton is named after two Halifax streets known for their food, and they’re serving up generous ribsticking portions of it. Josh Robinson had a pizza and donair shop before moving to Calgary to work in the oil patch, but he couldn’t find his classic comfort food, so he opened his own eatery! There’s a great vibe in this little room on the Edmonton Trail where Carino was. Enjoy a maritime beer or a classic, but clever, cocktail like Peggy’s Coke and Maritime Mule with your garlic fingers and Brother’s Fried Pepperoni.
Calgary’s only Relais & Chateaux property, Kensington Riverside Inn, now has a brand new restaurant, Oxbow. The lobby, lounge and restaurant have been completely refreshed by Sarah Ward Interiors, and are stylish, cosy and intimate, yet welcoming and approachable. The same can be said for Chef de Cuisine, Sean Cutler’s menu, under the direction of Hotel Arts Group Executive Chef Jan Hansen; it is creative, but familiar and uncomplicated. We loved the smokeless tuna using lapsang souchong tea, the hummus, the pea risotto… there are 50 wines under $50, and all the knowledgeable service staff have level 3 WSET! Come for breakfast, lunch/ brunch, and dinner. We’ll see you there!
New on 9th Avenue SE, Calgary is 1912 Inglewood. The ex-Carmichael space is completely refurbished with black and white décor, and artwork by local artists and photographers on the walls. Vancouver chef, Michael Marko’s menu is simple and very tasty, and the 8-seat upstairs lounge is ideal for private parties and watching hockey games on the comfy couches. And there’s a piano player on Saturdays!
Grate & Barrel
Welcome back Grate & Barrel! Finally open in Bridgeland after a long wait, Calgary’s grilled cheese spot is back in business and easy to find in its little pink house. Bright and cheerful, with orange, red and yellow stripes, there’s nothing over $10 on this small, music-themed menu, and lots to love. Cowpuncher has Korean-style pulled pork, kimchi, gochujang, provolone and jalapeno jack, and is memorable – eat with swigs of tomato soup and dip it in house-made ketchup. The large, wraparound patio will soon be open, and there’s a rumour of fondue on Sunday nights!
Congrats to Monki’s new owners, Kaushik and Adi, on seamlessly taking over one of Calgary’s best loved breakfast spots. Fear not, many of our faves are still on the menu, like brisket and Monki sausage hash, but they’ve introduced fresh new dishes such as wild mushroom fricassee with rosemary, fried egg and bacon. Don’t miss the superb mimosas – fresh pressed grapefruit and mint lemonade is a star!