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Mayor Naheed Nenshi on Supporting Calgary’s Food Scene

Mayor Naheed Nenshi on Supporting Calgary’s Food Scene

As he heads into election day, hoping to be elected for a third term, Naheed Nenshi has been faced with a lot of tough questions to answer. It's hard not to follow along with this particular civic election, as the race has been a most fiery one. Ever a supporter of...

Chefs’ Tips and Tricks: Working With Brassicas

Chefs’ Tips and Tricks: Working With Brassicas

Remember all those vegetables you hated as a kid? Brussels sprouts, cabbage, radishes… often fed to the dog or perhaps under a napkin on the side of your plate? Bringing back any memories? Brassicas (no, it’s not a type of musical instrument) are a group of healthy...

Learn to Spatchcock Poultry Easily

Learn to Spatchcock Poultry Easily

Don’t think you have time after work to roast a chicken for the family on a weeknight? Think again! Learn to master this easy technique and you’ll not only be more time-efficient in the kitchen, but feel a little more chef-y too! The French coined the term...

All About the 2017 Alberta Beverage Awards

All About the 2017 Alberta Beverage Awards

by TOM FIRTH, COMPETITION DIRECTOR photography by JASON DZIVER Whenever I talk about the Alberta Beverage Awards - whether with the trade, consumers, or even friends and family, I always talk about why we did it. Launching the competition means that summers are my...

2017 Alberta Beverage Awards Results

2017 Alberta Beverage Awards Results

About the 2017 Alberta Beverage Awards  Brown Ales Fruit Beers Rosé Gewürztraminer Mead Wheat Beers Rum Rye and Canadian Whisky Red Blends Cream Liqueurs Irish Whiskey Pinot Gris/Grigio Ciders Pale Ales Saisons Pinot Noir Malbec Brandy Red Single Varietals Wine...

Alberta Grocers’ Tips on Shopping Local

Alberta Grocers’ Tips on Shopping Local

Gone are the days of one-stop shopping for groceries at the nearest supermarket.   With an ever-increasing interest in supporting local producers, it has become quite common to seek out specialty grocers for your ingredients.   Whether this means picking up fresh...

Off The Menu: 4th Spot’s Moderno Bruschetta

Off The Menu: 4th Spot’s Moderno Bruschetta

Once tasted, never forgotten – this bruschetta is one of the best in Calgary. Everyone who tries it wants the recipe! Many thanks to 4th Spot and Spot On Executive Chef Trent Bochek for sharing his recipe for this super delicious and easy to prepare dish. ...

Book Review: ICON Flagship Wines

Book Review: ICON Flagship Wines

There is no doubt that British Columbia’s wines have come a very long way in a very short time, and John Schreiner has been there talking, writing about, and tasting B.C.’s wines since the 1980s. In ICON Flagship Wines from British Columbia’s Best Wineries, John...

Open That Bottle: Paul Rogalski

Open That Bottle: Paul Rogalski

"As far as being a chef goes, I just liked to eat! But everyone thought it was a good idea as they didn’t know what else to do with me,” says Chef Paul Rogalski of Calgary’s Rouge Restaurant. Food was always a large part of Rogalski’s family; his maternal grandfather...

5 Alberta beers to try at Oktoberfest

5 Alberta beers to try at Oktoberfest

5 must-try beers from Alberta breweries at Oktoberfest While my days are usually spent saturated in wine, there is something magical and almost exotic about Oktoberfest. Who doesn’t want to spend a day (experiencing culture of course) in a crowded beerhall while being...

A Renaissance in the making: 6 Must-Try Craft Ciders

A Renaissance in the making: 6 Must-Try Craft Ciders

Craft cider growing in popularity  by MARGAUX BURGESS Does it seem like cider is everywhere all of a sudden? You are not alone in thinking so – and with good reason! While we have not reached the pint per day pre-prohibition consumption of those who lived in...

September Spirits: 5 Must-Try Drinks

September Spirits: 5 Must-Try Drinks

by TOM FIRTH with LINDA GARSON While summer in southern Alberta often trickles into September – and if we are lucky, October – we love the warm days and long, slightly cooler evenings. The perfect sort of weather for a G&T, or even to start sipping on a little...

Making the case: American wine

Making the case: American wine

12 Must-Try American Wines Most wine produced in the United States comes from the state of California – which should be no surprise to most wine drinkers. What might be more surprising is that pretty well every state in the union is making wine, although not all...

Canada 150 Beers

Canada 150 Beers

Celebrate all year with Canada 150 beers By the time you read this, you will be over your Canada Day hangover. However, since Canada 150 is a year-long celebration, there are still numerous occasions to honour Canada by enjoying one of its favourite beverages –...

Organic Okanagan by 2020

Organic Okanagan by 2020

There’s new growth in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley; a passionate group of community leaders are hoping to transition the entire valley to organic practices by 2020. We wine lovers automatically think of grapes and vineyards, but Organic Okanagan’s vision is much...

Chefs’ Tips and Tricks: Cooking With Tomatoes

Chefs’ Tips and Tricks: Cooking With Tomatoes

  There’s nothing quite like a plump vine-ripened tomato, bursting in your mouth with the flavour of pure sunshine. While immensely versatile, and celebrated in a wide variety of cuisines, there’s one thing that holds true across all interpretations: less is...

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