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featuring a multi-course tasting menu with perfectly paired wines. Book online now at river-café.com. Reservations are essential. n Find River Café and Deane House at The Bash (Calgary’s boutique wedding show), January 20 and 21, for full details on two of Calgary’s most spectacular wedding venues. Tickets available at thebash.ca. n The Deane House invites you to toast to love on Valentine’s Day with chef Jamie Harling’s seasonal multi-course tasting menu, $100, and optional wine pairings. Reserve at deanehouse.com. And check out the 2018 library series with local brewmasters, visiting winemakers, and Inglewood neighbours, for an intimate evening of food, drink and nightcaps. Dates and ticket details on the web site. Happy Hour at the Tenement bar, 4-6 p.m. daily, offers discounted wine and beer with bites from the bar menu and cocktails by mixologist, Jeff Savage. Sundays are corkage free, so bring your best bubbles for a morning mimosa or a Bordeaux to savour over supper. Fresh Bread Fridays offer freshly baked red fife sourdough and soudough baguettes available for purchase every Friday for $5 per loaf. Yum! n Scopa Neighbourhood Italian, Lina’s attached restaurant is now serving brunch on the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Go eat really good food and lots of it at the right time of day for lots of good food! drinks docket

n Mill Street Brewery’s Winter Mix Pack seduces beer lovers with all-time favourites Tankhouse Ale, Original Organic Lager, West Coast IPA, and 100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager, alongside the new Makani Pineapple IPA and a new, amped-up release of the beloved Imperial Coffee Porter, exclusive to the Winter Mix Pack. Mill Street brought back the Imperial Coffee Porter, a special collaboration with Distillery District neighbour Balzac’s Coffee Roasters, to help bring a taste of Toronto’s Distillery District to beer lovers across the country. Brewed with Balzac coffee beans, this coffee porter offers comforting flavours of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, roasted barley, and caramel undertones with a newly impressive 7.0 % ABV to help keep you warm during those long winter nights. Visit the Mill St. Brewpub at 219 -17

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Ave. SW and get your Winter Mix Pack – as well as Pineapple IPA on draught. Also found at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer, Safeway Liquor and Liquor Depot. n And, speaking of what beer lovers love to drink, there’s always Big Rock’s Traditional Ale (Trad), one of Big Rock Brewery’s first offerings when it opened over 30 years ago. The recipe hasn’t been altered since – for good reason. People love it exactly as it was originally made, with its base of prairiegrown barley, with a flavour profile of coppery English-style brown ale with toasty malt and sweet caramel flavours up front, finishing with a nutty taste, medium creamy carbonation and mild hop bitterness. Bring on the Trad! n Our backyard Eau Claire Distillery introduces Alberta’s first single malt whisky, a limited release, a farm to glass whisky that encapsulates the best of Alberta – blue skies, mountain fresh water, malted barley and entrepreneurial spirit! Check it out at eauclairedistillery.ca. n Get yourself some good Red Rooster wines to get you happily through the winter. The Red Rooster lives on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan, a great Canadian wine making area. n Ben Put, Monogram Coffee, won the 2017 Canadian Barista Championship for the fourth time and represented Canada in the World Barista Championship in Seoul, Korea in November. The newly formed Canadian chapter of the Specialty Coffee Association hosted the competition where Calgary baristas were awarded all top five spots – Monogram’s Jill Hoff placed 4th. cooking classes n SAIT’s downtown Culinary Campus: Introduction to Cooking, Jan. 8 Feb. 5; Date Night, Jan. 12; Pasta, Jan. 17; Vegetarian, Jan. 23; France, Feb. 7; Winter Stews, Feb. 13; Intermediate Cooking, Feb. 26 - Mar 19. SAIT’s Main Campus: Cooking with Cheese, Jan. 31; Sushi, Feb. 2; Baking Cakes, Feb. 3; Bean to Bar, Feb. 10; Curry, Feb. 23; Butter Cream Basics, Feb. 24; Fish Cookery, Feb. 28; Cooking Boot Camp, May 29 - June 1; Desserts and Confections Boot Camp, May 29 - June 1. The Tastemarket by SAIT: Cooking for Your Health, Jan. 17-31; Date Night at The Tastemarket, Feb. 14. Visit culinarycampus.ca for details and more courses.

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n At The Cookbook Co. Cooks: A Night Out Couples Class, hands-on, January 12; Grown-Up & Kids Class, hands-on, children 8+, January 13, 10 a.m. 12:30 p.m.; Thai Classics, hands-on, January 13, 2 4:30 p.m.; A Bowl of Goodness Soups and Stews, hands-on, January 14, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Tagines Stews from Morocco, hands-on, January 14, 2-4:30 p.m.; Handmade Pasta Linguine, Tagliatelle and More, hands-on, January 17; Make & Take Perogies, Sweet and Savoury, hands-on, January 20, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Risotto and Prosecco Fast Foods, Fast Friends, hands-on, January 20, 2-4:30 p.m.; Get Them in the Kitchen! Kids’ Cooking (8+), hands-on, January 21; Italian Comfort Food From Cotto, demonstration class with Giuseppe Di Gennaro, Cotto owner and chef, January 22; Food & Wine from our Travels to the South of France (the Languedoc) with Karen Ralph on the wine front and Gail Norton and Judy Wood on the food front, demonstration class, January 24. Visit cookbookcooks. com for more classes and registration. n The Light Cellar offers educational experiences to enlighten culinary abilities and expand perceptions about food and nutrition. Learn the art and craft of fermentation, chocolate making, elixirs, gluten-free and more – a variety of classes to help you upgrade your health and nutrition know-how in fun and easy ways. Check thelightcellar.ca for class listings and registration. general stirrings n Cappuccino King is opening its first caffè in the northwest Crowfoot Co-op store. Drop in to find authentic Italian snacks and aromatic Cappuccino King coffee pulled on an Elektra Indie espresso machine. Chef Richard Bywater has created foods reminiscent of the quality bites you might find in the great caffès of Italy. Or recharge with CK’s Peter Izzo’s nitro cold brew, as it’s one of the few places in town you can sample this satisfyingly textured beverage. If Crowfoot isn’t your Co-op store, other caffès will be opening in other Co-op stores. n If you ever get an invite for one of the Secret Suppers at Forage Foods in Marda Loop, clear your calendar and go! It’s an opportunity to unplug from your smartphone (no tweeting, photos or using your phone in any way is allowed) and meet some interesting people while indulging in some amazing food and wine. Wade Sirois, chef and owner, has been bringing people together at his long table for a few years now and, trust us, it’s a great experience. If you know someone who has been, be really nice to them and maybe they will bring you as their guest next time! foragefoods.com n Le Creuset introduces its new product that will be available March 1st

– Toughened Nonstick Cookware that features elegant design in a line that is safe and easy to use. There are 26 pieces and two sets available exclusively at Le Creuset Boutiques. Check it out at LeCreuset.ca. n Piece on Peace Boutique, at Spruce Centre on Spruce Drive, is a very cool place with lots of perfect products, such as beautiful Japanese dishcloths. Kaya Dishcloths are traditionally used to wipe tables and bench tops in Japanese homes. They are made of coloured rayon using a traditional weaving technique and measure 12”x12”. The multilayer weave increases water absorbency and durability. The textured surface allows for better cleaning and it dries really quickly so it doesn’t get stinky. n The newly opened Horse Creek Heritage Candy and Gifts in Cochrane, next to MacKays Ice Cream, is a great concept with hundreds of different types of candy, as much as possible Alberta-sourced. The owner also has a section dedicated to the candy of many people’s youth – from wartime to present day. Plus, Alberta-made artisanal crafts, too, like hand-carved scarf rings and wooden cutting boards, and much more. Visit horsecreek.ca to see it all, then go check it out in person! n Mountain Rhino Donuts has now moved into the Market on Macleod full-time, Thursday to Sunday 9 a.m.5 p.m. The celiac community is going nuts over the gluten-free donuts. They are the best in the world at the moment, Mountain Rhino thinks! Guess it’s time to check it out. n Canada’s largest foodservice trade event returns to the Enercare Centre in Toronto, February 25-27. It’s all about the new ideas, products and services that are changing Canada and the world’s culinary landscape.This year’s theme is Innovation Unleashed, focusing on the best of what’s new in taste, trends and technology with content that encapsulates everything from where and how we source ingredients to what the future of food will look like. Details and attendance information at rcshow.com n Don’t miss the Calgary Renovation Show, January 12-14 at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park. Check in with HGTV Canada’s Sarah Richardson on The Main Stage, and the stunning 1,000 sq. ft. Renovation Home by Wicket Blue Interriors, plus more than 200 home improvement companies – everything to make your home goals happen. More information and tickets at calgaryrenovationshow.com and save $3 on regular adult admission when ordering online.

City Palate January February 2018  

The Flavour of Calgary's Food Scene - Eat Well, Spend Less

City Palate January February 2018  

The Flavour of Calgary's Food Scene - Eat Well, Spend Less