Chef Michael Noble has launched his third culinary venture in Calgary, Noble Fare – Catering & Events. Offering customizable menus for any size of event, from corporate celebrations and Stampede events to weddings and cocktail parties, Noble Fare is providing both drop-off and full-service catering options. And with all the food and beverages prepared in the kitchens of The Nash and NOtaBLE, we’re sure Chef Noble will score his hat-trick!

Splash Poke, Edmonton’s first Hawaiian Poke Restaurant, have opened their second location on Calgary Trail NW, after just 10 months in business. Last May, Edmontonians braved the cold in a 3-hour line up down Jasper Avenue, to try Edmonton’s first Hawaiian Poke restaurant, and the community has embraced Splash Poke as a healthy alternative to quick service food. Some regulars stop in for a Splash bowl every day, and order delivery when they can’t make it into the store!

The only restaurant in Alberta to have Kobe beef brought directly from Japan, OMO is now open on Macleod Trail in Calgary. Winnie Sit ran A Touch of Szechuan followed by Home Food Inn, and has come out of retirement to work with son Eric in this brand new 160-seat teppanyaki restaurant. Special backlit teppanyaki tables have been airlifted in, so you can watch Head Chef Tetsu Tsuboi juggling knives and making the famous flaming volcano onion while your food is cooked in front of you. And the tables have built-in exhausts so you won’t leave smelling like a grill! OMOtenashi is hospitality, OMOshiroi means entertaining, and OMOide is memorable – yep, that’s OMO!

Espresso Cafe was 2 years in the making, and is now open in Kensington. Using organic produce from farmers’ markets, and 100% organic, fair-trade coffee and teas, Chef Tajdeen Ali (ex- Lina’s Market) serves up healthy breakfasts and light meals all day, and there’s a French bakery with baguettes, croissant, and pastries, to eat in or take home. There’s a vegan menu too, and kids under 6 eat free if parents order a meal. Look for the beautiful handcrafted wallpaper, the spiral Swarovski chandelier over the grand piano, and look up as you enter for the Party All Night chandelier, of mimosa, martini and wine glasses! There’s live music at weekends – and discounted pricing for our local heroes: Calgary Police, on-duty paramedics, and fire fighters!

And Calgary has a brand new French crêperie on 17 Avenue SW – Breizh Bistrot (Breizh means Brittany in Breton, the region’s local language). While visiting family, Stephane Le Berre fell in love with the city, and brought over Gilles, a chef who ran his own crêperie in France for 25 years. Now these two passionate men are working together, making us traditional sweet crepes and savoury galettes, 7 days a week.

Visual artist, Jonara Oliveira, has created a modern urban/music scene mural around the huge stage at the new Junction, on Calgary’s 8 Avenue SW. Junction is not only an events centre for live bands, flamenco, burlesque, but a restaurant too with Chef Siva Ramamoorthy, of Banff Springs, Belgo, and Chefs Café, in the kitchen Monday-Friday. Weekends are for private events.

Butter Block is now open in the Devenish Building on Calgary’s 17th Avenue SW. Baker Karen Kong has worked at Teatro Group restaurants Alforno, EAT Trattoria, and Teatro too, as well as having held Butter Block pop-ups, but now she has her own space to bake and sell her pastries, croissants, puddings, and cookies.

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