Congratulations to Calgary’s Ali Asghari and Arash Hosseini on the success of their pitch for PilotsFriend on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. Having secured a deal with Manjit Minhas, Arlene Dickinson, and Jim Treliving, we expect to see this all-natural energy tonic, originally made for active duty jet pilots, propelled to great heights!

And congrats to the 16 Alberta restaurants in OpenTable Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, reflecting more than 550,000 reviews over 2,500 restaurants.

Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, judged by 97 chefs, restaurateurs, journalists, and gourmets, has also announced its winners (also 16 in Alberta) with just five in common: Ten Foot Henry, Biera, Model Milk, Pigeonhole, and Bridgette Bar! For full listings click here: culinairemagazine.ca

Congratulations to Poutine Week on such a successful result – 11,000 meals sold altogether which means 11,000 meals donated to Mealshare for people in need! Who were the top sellers and biggest donators? The Guild was first with 949 poutines sold, Mill Street Brewery were next with 416, and in third place was the Ship and Anchor with 349. Restaurants with multiple locations that sold, and therefore donated, the most were Leopold’s Tavern with 920 poutines sold, Hudson’s pub with 686, Montreal Hot Dogs with 679, and OEB with 588. What a great job!

Folding Mountain Brewing, between Hinton and Jasper, will be celebrating its first birthday by putting on a celebration with the help of Wild Heart Collective, the folks behind Edmonton’s 124 Grand Market and other city initiatives. Entry to this event is free, and the program will be filled with festivities for everyone to enjoy all day long or popping in on your way in or out of the park. Don’t miss this day-trip or an overnight to Hinton or Jasper with many accommodations near the brewery. Folding Mountain Brewing is located just off Highway 16 at the base of picturesque Folding Mountain between Hinton and Jasper.

This summer, Heritage Park will be celebrating East Coast cuisine, exploring the past, and getting down to the roots with the Selkirk Grille Field to Fork Series. East Coast Lobster Boil, June 27 and 28. The series kicks off when East coast meets West coast for a traditional family-style lobster boil on the exclusive Founder’s Lounge patio. The evening begins with a shucked oyster station followed by a family-style feast of lobster, various house-made salads, baby potatoes, asparagus and Heritage Park bakery brioche buns and sourdough bread. A dessert bar with a mouth watering selection rounds out the night. Tickets are $89.95 per person.

Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey is excited to announce their second anniversary celebrations on Thursday, June 28. You can fill out an exclusive Hayden Block ballot for a chance to win a FREE trip for two to Austin, Texas when you dine at the restaurant June 1 through June 28. The trip includes flights and hotels for two nights. The winner will be drawn at the Anniversary celebration at Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey on June 28 at 8:00 p.m.. The celebration will include complimentary bites of BBQ from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and drink specials all day: Lone Star beer and their signature Whiskey Cocktail. Guests are welcome to enjoy the sun on either of the two Whiskey patios, and indulge in Calgary’s best BBQ!

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