Congrats to Pascal’s Patisserie!
Our local artisanal French take-and-bake pastry maker has won the Globe and Mail’s Small Business Challenge Award for the region, from a record 3,300+ applicants. Having eaten far more than our fair share of his fabulous croissants, we know why!
And to The Nash’s Matt Batey
… Gold Medal Plate Champion, who will now compete in the gruelling national event in Kelowna. Jinhee Lee, of Hotel Arts’ Raw Bar, took silver, and for the very first time, there was a tie for bronze between Workshop’s Kenny Kaechele and Shaun Desaulniers of ChefBar.
Major Milestone for Mealshare!
In November, Mealshare provided their 500,000th meal to someone in need – halfway on their “Road to 1 Million”! To celebrate, 10 Calgary restaurants joined the program, making a total of 48 local restaurants offering the opportunity to turn dining out into helping out.
Welcome Ace Coffee & Diner
Now open in West Springs, this 45 seat, all-day breakfast upscale café from seasoned Calgary restaurateurs, Kam and Raj Dhillon, has the vibe of a cool downtown diner but in the ’burbs!
Expect an elevated diner and coffee experience, with trained baristas serving up Phil & Sebastian coffee seven days a week. Ace is family-orientated – on Tuesdays, kids eat for $5 all day, and
drip coffee is $1 all day Mondays. Stay and enjoy some of the home-style baked goodies or grab ‘em and go.
And to Home and Away
… a food focused/sports inspired restaurant in the old Moxie’s spot on 17 Avenue SW, from the minds behind CRAFT Beer Market. Enjoy Exec Chef Mike Pigot’s menu of classic feel-good cuisine, with all antibiotic- and hormone-free meat and veggies from within 30K of Calgary, and admire designer Sara Ward’s wall of skateboards from ‘50s and ‘60s, and the reclaimed gym floor
from a local elementary school. Eat, drink, but don’t leave without trying your hand at one of the vintage Skee Ball and Pop-a-Shot machines!
Neil’s Yard Remedies
… have opened a new store in Southcentre, where you can find their new range of 100% organic and Soil Association certified herbal teas. This could be a good month for the Echinacea Plus Tea to keep your immune system healthy and stave off winter colds!
Fine and Dandy
Alberta’s smallest brewery, the multi-award–winning Dandy Brewing Company has opened their brand new tasting room. Tours, beers, and special events are now available for craft beer fans at the source. Eight taps feature Dandy mainstays and seasonals, and also limited releases and one-off brewery only beers.
New Addictive Snacks!
Eccentric English vegetable chip producers Tyrrells have introduced three new flavours to our stores. Look for Beetroot, Parsnip & Potato; and Sweet Potato, Carrot & Potato, both with Sea Salt; and our faves – Sweet Potato with Smoked Chili. We can’t stop popping these completely moreish crunchy snacks – be warned!
New Ocean Wise phone app
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program has launched a slick new app for you to check which seafood options are Ocean Wise recommended, and access a database of 3,000+ Ocean Wise partners.
A gift that keeps on growing!
Provide a hungry family with fresh fruit to eat and sell at market – five fruit trees are only $30, and an Agricultural Pack for three families, of seeds, animal feed, tools, fertilizers, pest control and
training, is $35 – which is then doubled because of donations from the World Food Programme!
Vancouver-based Left Coast Naturals have also introduced new flavours of their delicious Hippie Foods’ Coconut Chips snacks – Tamari & Cracked Pepper, and Coconut Bacon (meatfree!).
Tasty, crunchy, gluten-free, and vegan – we can’t keep our hands out of the bags!