Calgary Gold Metal Plates

Congratulations to Jinhee Lee of Vintage Chophouse, who won Calgary Gold Medal Plates against stiff competition, and will now compete at the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna next year. And to John Michael MacNeil from The Belvedere who took the silver award, and Michel Nop of Redwater Grille for taking home bronze.

Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance

Awards go out to Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance (ACTA) and partners in Raw Alberta, who won the Alto Award for Collaborative Tourism at the 2016 Travel Alberta Industry Conference. Congrats also go to Cindy Sidhu, who is celebrating a 20-year milestone for Northmount Liquor Store!

Starbelly Open Kitchen + Lounge

And finally, a warm welcome to Chef Paul McGreevy in his new role as Executive Chef at Starbelly Open Kitchen + Lounge. Having opened three locations and established the food program as CRAFT Beer Market Corporate Chef, we’re excited for his new local producer-focused menu!

Lagavulin

2016 marks the 200th anniversary of Islay Distillery, Lagavulin, famous for the Hebridean peat smoke of its single malt Scotch whisky. In Canada the occasion is celebrated with the launch of a one-time, eight year-old bottling.

Belvedere Vodka

Belvedere Vodka has launched 2016 (BELVEDERE)RED in partnership with philanthropist and musician John Legend, marking 10 years since Bono and Bobby Shriver founded (RED) to fight against HIV/ AIDS in Africa. Over five years, Belvedere has provided 30,000 HIV-positive women with life-saving treatments that stop the transmission of HIV to their babies.

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From The Wild

From The Wild is a different sort of pop up – an outdoors outfitter with a passion for cooking wild food. Created by filmmaker Kevin Kossowan and Knifewear’s Kevin Kent, the shop focuses on everything you need to enjoy outdoor fishing, hunting and foraging, all field tested and approved by the Kevins to help you enjoy the wilderness and its delicious bounty, especially if you cook the food over a wood fire. Open December and January at 10816 Whyte Avenue, Edmonton.

LUX Steakhouse + Bar94

In the heart of Edmonton’s financial district, Century Hospitality Group‘s Chris Lachance has opened LUX Steakhouse + Bar94, with former Oiler and longtime friend, Ryan Smyth. Memories from Smyth’s hockey career cover the walls of this elegant restaurant, voted one of Edmonton’s Best Designed Rooms. Offering classic AAA cuts and Prime Alberta Beef, LUX has also partnered with Heritage Angus Beef, for 100% antibiotic- and hormone-free meat. Enjoy Wagyu Carpaccio or STK Tartare before indulging in share plates of Lobster & Artichoke Dip and Truffle Perogies, or head straight for the Lap of LUXury, a 24 oz prime ribeye with prawns, asparagus, cabernet demi glace, truffle lobster mac n’ cheese, and twice baked potato.

JOEY Barlow

17 years after opening in Calgary, Joeys Barlow has undergone a complete refurbishment for a new warm and inviting industrial feel, with brick walls, locally made chandeliers, a new wine wall, and a large, copper clad, wood burning forno oven. New menu items include night market curry dip and house-made naan bread, spicy chicken banh mi, and Hawaiian tuna tacos, while faves such as Spanish paella are still on offer, as well as the daily changing free range rotisserie chicken, roasted hourly so it’s always fresh. Check out the pressed juices, squeezed every morning, on their own or in cocktails like Al Presidente and The Leading Lady. Happy hour specials include $3.50 sliders, sushi cones, and tuna tacos, and $4 drinks.

First & Vine

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Airdrie’s oldest house, built in 1905, has undergone extensive renovations and is now First & Vine. Chef Mike Frayne, of Notable and The Nash, is in the kitchen cooking up a small gourmet menu of sharing plates and tapas, such as the popular gnocchi with whipped Fairwinds Farm goat cheese and roasted squash; duck confit with apple dressing, arugula, and candied almonds; and boquerones of white anchovies, basil, and chorizo vinaigrette. This warm and cosy little eaterie opens lunch and dinner.

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