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Hot Dining: Tomato Festival at Murrieta’s Bar & Grill

The contemporary dining room at Murietta’s. Photo: Courtesy Murrieta’s Bar and Grill.

The upscale Murrieta’s Bar & Grill hosts its annual Tomato Festival until September 4. While the downtown culinary hotspot is known for its West Coast-influenced fare, the Tomato Festival highlights a favourite seasonal ingredient—the tomato.

Featuring an expertly crafted menu by chefs Mike Preston, Shane Chartrand and Chris Grafton, the festival includes sumptuous and inventive dishes including Gouda grilled cheese with a tomato mac and cheese and sumptuous Caesar oyster shooters. Each festival menu item is given a suggested pairing with a wine by Jackson Family Estates. 

Where recommends: The smoked pork belly ($30) braised in tomato with a mustard and sundried tomato crust, paired with the La Crema Pinot Noir.  For reservations, call 403-269-7707. 

– Sarah Sussman

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