It’s our fifth anniversary – and this is my 51st letter to you! Gosh, when I think back to November 2011 when we started our journey, and to May 2012 when our first issue came out, just how far we’ve come, how much we’ve learned, and how much we’ve grown in the last five years.

Three of those years have been some of the toughest in Alberta – but we’re still here and thriving. I can’t say it’s been smooth sailing, the publishing business is notoriously difficult, and the chances of success are about as good as opening a new restaurant, in other words not very high. But as people who know me realise to their benefit or detriment, my best trait and my worst trait are both tenacity!

I’m thrilled at our achievements over the last five years; excuse me while I blow Culinaire’s trumpet, but I’m so proud that since our fourth birthday we’re provincewide, and grateful that we have been so warmly welcomed in Edmonton and the mountains. We’re preparing for our fifth Alberta Beverage Awards, which has been hugely successful and also grown every year. Our third annual Culinaire Calgary Treasure Hunt was an enormous day again for Calgary, and we’re eagerly anticipating our second Hunt in Edmonton on September 9th.

And now I can share our big news that we’re launching Alberta’s Finest Drinks Lists Awards for the best restaurant wine, beer and spirits lists in our province! It’s free for every establishment to enter and you’ll find more details on page 13. We wouldn’t still be here without the support of so many people, and I can’t thank you enough for your complimentary messages and feedback.

And humungous thanks go to the people who make Culinaire possible – our team of editors, writers, photographers, and sales people, past and present; our printers, and our advertisers who provide the means for us to continue to celebrate Alberta’s vibrant and exciting culinary scene. Please thank them by supporting them too.

Linda Garson, Editor-in-Chief

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