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7 Reasons to Celebrate Alberta Food & Drink

7 Reasons to Celebrate Alberta Food & Drink

Spirit Hills Congratulations to Foothills winery, Spirit Hills, whose award winning honey wines are on their way to Japan to be sold in top department stores and served in 5-star hotels and restaurants. To celebrate the success, Premier Notley toasted with Spirit...

Celebrating Historic Alberta Food Spots

Celebrating Historic Alberta Food Spots

It’s a big month for Canada. After all, it’s not everyday you turn 150! And while Alberta’s restaurant scene isn’t quite that old (yet…), we figured of all months, June would be the most appropriate to celebrate some important provincial meal milestones as well. The...

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Edmonton Treasure Hunt!

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Edmonton Treasure Hunt!

It's back! Our sold out inaugural Culinaire Edmonton Treasure Hunt was so popular last year, we’re starting early to prepare for it again this year. This great Edmonton culinary race will challenge you, test your speed and ability at solving trivia questions, and may...

Open That Bottle: Martin Gunson

Open That Bottle: Martin Gunson

“Working with Big Rock I was exposed to the brave new world of craft and artisanal, though we didn’t call it that then as those words weren’t invented yet,” says Martin Gunson, Eau Claire Distillery’s Vice President of Sales. Gunson was born in Stettler, and spent his...

Five Sweet Spots for Custom Birthday Cakes

Five Sweet Spots for Custom Birthday Cakes

This month marks our fifth birthday, and what better way to celebrate than to eat all the cake? And we’re not talking about the grocery store variety you pick up last minute on your way home from work. This is a special occasion after all, and deserves some proper...

Giddy Up! Five Alberta Ranches

Giddy Up! Five Alberta Ranches

Calgary isn’t known as Cowtown for nothing. While oil and gas seems to dominate Albertarelated news, the agriculture industry is a major economic driver and source of pride for the province. The largest cattle-producing province in Canada, Alberta makes up for 44...

Book Review: Inspired Cooking

Book Review: Inspired Cooking

20 Of Canada’s Greatest Chefs Present: Inspired Cooking Fresh Air Publishing 2016 It’s very hard not to get inspired by this book. The heartfelt survivor stories of each individual’s struggles with cancer invoke compassion and respect. These stories reinforce that...

Wines of the Week: Bench 1775 & Joel Delaunay

Wines of the Week: Bench 1775 & Joel Delaunay

Bench 1775 Malbec, Okanagan Valley, BC Yes - you read that right! Malbec from the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley! And it’s a fruity beauty (try saying that after a couple of glasses). It’s no wallflower at 14.7% ABV but as a tribute to the winemaking skills at...

A Guide to Alberta’s Kombucha Makers

A Guide to Alberta’s Kombucha Makers

It wasn’t that long ago when buying a health-conscious drink commercially in Alberta meant a blended juice or smoothie. Quietly but quickly over the past few years, retailers have started stocking their shelves with another tasty option – kombucha, a fermented sweet...

Chefs’ Tips: Working with Smoked Foods

Chefs’ Tips: Working with Smoked Foods

No greeting beats the sound of crackling wood and the smell of savoury smoke when you walk into one of those special eateries dedicated to smoked foods. Normally we associate fire and smoke with campfires, a pitched tent and stretching out under the stars, but smoking...

Hot Okanagan: The Classics Edition

Hot Okanagan: The Classics Edition

The British Columbia wine world is old enough to have produced a handful of veterans, and young enough for us to still welcome new faces each year. While it’s all well and good to point out the shiny and new, growth in the B.C. wine community owes thanks to wineries...

5 Ways to Prep Like a Chef

5 Ways to Prep Like a Chef

Long before you arrive at a restaurant, the chefs have already been in the kitchen for hours preparing your meal. They’ve made lists, tested recipes, ensured all their ingredients are sized and cut properly, and ensured the kitchen is ready to flawlessly produce...

Cocktail Corner: Five Ingredient Spirit Specialties

Cocktail Corner: Five Ingredient Spirit Specialties

When we’re making cocktails at home, we’re always looking for creative and delicious recipes, but ones that are relatively simple without too many hard to find ingredients. As we’re all about ‘5’ this month, we asked two Alberta mixologists for recipes that involved...

Eats of the Week: Cactus Club, Tango & Pizza Brew

Eats of the Week: Cactus Club, Tango & Pizza Brew

Cactus Club Café Definitely worth mentioning again – we just love the Tuna Stack at Cactus Club! The Albacore tuna and avocado are meltingly soft, and perfect partners for the umami flavour of sesame as well as a great foil to the citrus tamari vinaigrette. The crispy...

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