SAIT Celebrates 100th Anniversary!
On Sunday Oct. 16 from noon to 7:30 p.m. at SAIT main campus, this free public event includes a barbecue lunch for 2,500 people. But wait, that’s not all. There’s also a car, truck and helicopter show, international food fair, performance by Juno award-winner Dan Mangan, time capsule reveal and, of course, spectacular fireworks! We don’t want to miss the best part – 500 hours worth of work from 40 volunteer bakers went into a seven-foot cake weighing more than 200 pounds. Cake-cutting will be cut at 3 p.m.! For more info, visit:

Nandos (Calgary and Edmonton)
Nandoes has spread its wings with two new hatchings of Portuguese-style flame-grilled chicken “casas” on 17 Ave S.W. in Calgary, and 50 Street N.W. in Edmonton. They’re community-focused, and the largest curator of South African artwork outside South Africa – the Calgary casa is worth a visit for the beautiful artwork alone. But stay for lunch or dinner, or take away the 24-hour marinated peri-peri chicken, and customize your sauce to your preferred heat level. There are kids’ Nandino meals too!

Dorinku Izakaya (Edmonton)
Meaning “drink” in Japanese, Dorinku is a new isakaya on 102 Street/Whyte Avenue. It’s a great place to go with a group and share dishes; the beautiful small plates and entrees taste as good as they look. Don’t miss pressed wild sockeye salmon and avocado sushi, or the pork shabu salad. Cocktails are inexpensive, and there’s an extensive sake and whisky list. Be prepared for yelling when you arrive, “irasshaimase” is the traditional welcome!

Cafe Linnea (Edmonton)
Duchess Bakeshop has opened an expanded Duchess Provisions on 119 Street N.W. as well as Café Linnea, which focuses on French and Scandinavian-inspired breakfast/brunch (open Thurs – Mon, and Sunday high tea). By reservation only at 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., high tea includes a welcome cocktail, amuse bouche, savouries, pastries and petit fours, and of course, tea. Everything is well executed here; we love the detail and the respect for the ingredients, along with the no tipping policy, Café Linnea proudly pay their staff a fair livingwage.

Have Mercy (Edmonton)
El Cortez has opened a new “southern table & bar,” Have Mercy, above the Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar. Come for a Kentucky whisky cocktail and southern diner food – arrive hungry and enjoy shrimp and grits or fried chicken and donuts – and make sure to stay for the Elvis impersonator, karaoke, and country, rock or bluegrass music.

Naina’s (Calgary)

Naina’s has moved into the old Villa Maria space on 17 Ave S.E. after six years in Odgen, and has grown from 28 to 82 seats! A local family business that supports other mom-and-pop shops, expect generous portions of home-style burgers, grilled cheese, poutine and now home-made ice cream, too. Choose an award-winning stuffed burger (1/2 lb of Alberta beef), pick from 19 stuffings or one of nine types of grilled cheese sandwiches. They also have a superb poutine with your choice of 14 toppings (the eggs benny poutine is to die for!). Parking grows to 50 spots after 5 p.m….with hockey season starting, have a burger and leave your car!

Yakima Social Kitchen + Bar (Calgary)
A happy surprise awaits you at Calgary’s new international terminal – Yakima is a destination restaurant with food you’ll want to devour before (or after) your flight, and an extensive local spirits selection (we love the creative drinks list on a bottle!). It’s a gorgeous space – bright and airy, with a wall of windows. The communal worktable with discreet electric power points will be a popular spot, and there’s a private dining room for 25 people, perfect for corporate gatherings.

Chef Jan-Kai Cromsfoth’s menu is all local; snack on spicy house made beef jerky, cheese sesame churros, or a hare sate skewer while you sip your Saskatoon Mule cocktail. You can also go all out with the pulled elk burger, lemongrassinfused karee burger, and excellent beef filet. This is not your regular airport dining!

Deane House (Calgary)
The long-awaited Deane House, sister to River Café and passion project of owner Sal Howell, has opened its doors – and it’s impressive. Chef Jamie Harling’s menu includes local longhorn beef tartare, ember roasted winter squash, local duck egg with roasted cauliflower, roasted rabbit saddle, and our favourite Red Fife sourdough. Expect thoughtful décor in all rooms, don’t miss the Garden Room, Library, Tenement Bar, elegant dining room and much more!

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