1. Success For Offcuts!
Congratulations to the Calgary chefs and foodies who bared nearly all on the pages of the Offcuts 2016 Charity Calendar, raising funds to help feed Calgary kids. Sales resulted in a donation of $33,000 for Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, providing lunches that give energy and nourishment to the 2,900 kids they feed each day.
2. Call for “Souper Kids” Entries
Soup Sisters are holding a nationwide call for favourite family soup recipes from creative budding chefs aged eight to 18 for their next cookbook, Souper Kids. The book is a tribute to youth philanthropy and leadership, with all royalties from sales going to support youth in crisis. Submit entries at soupsisters.org before June 30.
3. Celebrations for Good Earth
… on their silver anniversary! We love that they’ve stayed true to their original concept of great coffee and wholesome food in a community-orientated environment for 25 years, and have grown to over 45 locations – with more to come. That’s a real success story!
4. Two Awards for River Café!
Hats off to Sal Howell, who brought home the Laurey Masterton Golden Amulet Award from the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) “Women Who Inspire Awards,” exemplifying Masterton’s (culinary trailblazer and beekeeper) vibrant spirit and commitment. And a salute to her for donating the cash prize she received to the WCR Scholarship Program. More congrats go to River Café for its Hometown Hero Small Business Award in recognition of the restaurant’s support of environmental initiatives and sustainable practices.
5. One of 75 Best Restaurants for Brunch in Canada
The Lake House has been named one of the 75 Best Restaurants for Brunch in Canada, from more than 275,000 reviews for around 1,700 restaurants submitted by OpenTable diners across the country between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016. The restaurant was chosen for its ability “to create a culinary experience and atmosphere that leaves diners with memories they cherish all year,” said Ziv Schierau of OpenTable Canada. Congratulations!
6. Celebrating 40 years of Cheese making!
Alberta Cheese Company Ltd in southeast Calgary has been making cheeses following traditional manufacturing processes since 1976 for Alberta’s cheese lovers, retailers, and food service providers. You’ll recognise its “Franco’s Brand” of hard and soft cheeses. Happy birthday to Alberta Cheese, here’s to many more!
7. Seamus Dooley to represent Canada!
Congratulations to Seamus Dooley, sommelier at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, on winning the national trials for La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs International Jeunes Sommeliers Competition. Successful in the theory, service, and blind tasting tests, Dooley will now go on to represent Canada at the upcoming international contest for professionals between the ages of 21 and 30, held in Liechtenstein this August. Good luck Seamus!
8. Winners of the Alberta Burger Battle
Now in its fourth year, Alberta Burger Fest is celebrating the biggest burger battle to date with 105 restaurants serving up everything from fish burgers to dessert burgers – and plenty of Alberta beef too. Hearty congrats to $10 champ Burger 320’s Food Truck, Naina’s Kitchen for their second win of the $15 category, and to third time winners of the $20 category, NOtaBLE. And it’s all for such worthy causes – 10 per cent of all proceeds are being donated to five kids’ foundations. It’s a win, win, win!
9. Big Wins for Sea Cider!
Family-owned, organic cidery and orchard, Sea Cider of Saanich, BC, has been awarded seven medals at the world’s largest cider competition, the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, taking home three gold, two silver, and two bronze medals!
10. Welcome to Calgary, PZA Parlour!
This new restaurant at Southland Crossing is modern and lively with quirky, fun touches, yet draws on 40 years of family tradition and experience (think Stromboli Inn and Villa Firenze). Third generation Tony Nicastro is putting his own stamp on the menu, eschewing 00 flour for his own blend, and a three-day process to produce the fluffy and chewy pizza dough. Be sure to share some appie plates – the crunchy calamari and crispy zucchini are as promised, and come with very tasty dipping sauces.