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Calgary restaurants

Where to Dine Awards: Les Clefs d’Or Silver Service Awards 2017

By RACHAEL FREY

Photo courtesy Rouge.

ROUGE IN CALGARY

One of Calgary’s Top 12 Restaurants in our Where to Dine AwardsRouge is located in the historic former home of prominent businessman A.E. Cross. Rouge is a mainstay of Calgary’s dining scene that’s well known for elegant and innovative Canadian cuisine. (more…)

Q+A: The Dining Empire of Lance Hurtubise

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Much has changed in Calgary since Lance Hurtubise made his first foray into our city’s culinary scene—as a dishwasher at the age of 12, making $2.10 an hour. From his days serving as a bus boy, waiter, bouncer and manager, to now as President and CEO of the Vintage Group, Hurtubise has seen it all in Calgary’s kitchens over the last four decades. (more…)

5 cocktails we loved in 2017 (and what to eat with them)

By SILVIA PIKAL

Here are five cocktails we ordered again and again in 2017, and the dishes we like to enjoy with them. This is part of our bi-monthly food and drink series, which rounds up eats, drinks and food news!

Mimosas at Buttermilk Fine Waffles

Mimosas at Buttermilk Fine Waffles/Photo by Silvia Pikal.

Freshly squeezed orange juice is a must for breakfast and brunch. The team at Buttermilk Fine Waffles go through about 800 pounds of California navel oranges a week! They’ve recently stepped up their orange game by adding mimosas to the menu, which make use of those oranges and 3 oz of Prosecco. Pair your sweet drink with a savoury waffle like the green eggs and ham (poached eggs, maple smoked ham and aged cheddar).

Buttermilk Fine Waffles, 330 – 17 Ave SW, buttermilkfinewaffles.com (more…)

6 things to do in Calgary this week: Dec 18 – 24

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo by Silvia Pikal.

A LIFE-SIZE GINGERBREAD HOUSE 

If you’ve been hoping to see what a giant gingerbread house looks like, you’re in luck. The Fairmont Palliser is displaying a life-size one in its main lobby. You can even step inside the house with a cash or non-perishable food donation, benefiting the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre and Calgary Food Bank. The giant donation box was so full of non-perishable goods last weekend, it had to be emptied! Help Fairmont Palliser fill it up again until January 2.

Main Lobby, Fairmont Palliser, 133 – 9 Ave SW, Fairmont.com/Palliser-Calgary (more…)

Giving Back at 3 Calgary Restaurants

By MICHAELA RITCHIE and SILVIA PIKAL

Calgarians aren’t the only ones getting into the spirit of giving this season—many Calgary businesses have launched programs this December that give their customers a chance to give back. Consider supporting one of these local charitable diners the next time you step out. (more…)

5 new restaurants – and what to order at them

By SILVIA PIKAL

We’re lucky with the variety of restaurants that have opened in Calgary and area in the last few months, from French and Italian cuisine to a charcuterie and butchery shop you can stop at for lunch. Check out our favourite dishes from 5 new restaurants, the first post in our new bi-monthly food and drink series.

CARDINALE: MODERN ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Mezze maniche pasta at Cardinale/Photo by Silvia Pikal.

Housed in the historic Dafoe building in Victoria Park, Cardinale is a refresh and rebrand of La Vita é Bella restaurant. The new restaurant focuses on fresh pasta made in-house, hand-crafted cocktails and fine Italian wine. The space is beautiful; exposed brick, green velvet booths and a large bar greet you when you walk in. A short walk away from the Saddledome, it’s a favourite hang-out when the Flames play. (more…)

3 Must-Try Eats in YYC: Gwendolyn Richards

By GWENDOLYN RICHARDS

(Photo courtesy of Without Papers Pizza.)

The weather outside is frightful, but Calgary’s hot plates are so delightful! As the coldest months of the year approach, our favourite local dining destinations are turning up the heat—everything from cozy comfort foods to a hearty helping of spice. If you need to banish the chill, we recommend you peruse these menus. (more…)

Dark Table brings blind dining trend to Calgary

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Surprise cocktail, appetizer, entrée and desert options lend an extra hint of mystery to an already ominous concept at Dark Table. The dining room is completely dark… so you’ll just have to trust us that the dish pictured here was delicious. (Photo by Michaela Ritchie.)

Marveling over the artistry of a dish is usually half the fun when you go out to dine at an upscale downtown restaurant—just ask anyone with an Instagram account! But there’s a new dark horse saddling up in Calgary’s culinary scene with plans to turn the tables on local diners: Dark Table. It’s the first restaurant of its kind in our city, where the table (as well as everything on and around it) is shrouded in complete darkness for the duration of your meal. (more…)

Quick Lunch in Calgary: Top 6 Spots for Grab n’ Go Grub

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Want to throw a feast back at the office? The Happy Chicken Dinner from The Nash and NOtaBLE is now available to order out. (Photo courtesy of NOtaBLE.)

We’ve all been there—seeking out a delicious mid-day meal, but pressed for time in the middle of the workday or between errands and meetings. It’s easy enough to hunt down the nearest McDonald’s or Tim Horton’s for a quick lunch fix, but if you’re in the mood for something a little more hearty or healthy, finding a quality meal on-the-go can certainly be a challenge. Whether you’re looking for take-out or dine-in, a solo meal or a speedy spot that is sure to impress, these local eateries are sure to feed you right! (more…)

Where Canada’s 10 Best New Restaurants

Canada’s best new restaurants of 2014, chosen by the editors of Where

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Where Canada’s Best New Restaurants is an annual award program that recognizes the top new dining destinations across the country. Where magazine’s editors deliberate at the end of each year to nominate an outstanding restaurant from their region.

This year’s selection celebrates cozy cuisine—like Prairie 360, Where Winnipeg’s pick, offering a curated mix of wild game and locally-sourced ingredients; or Tavern 1883, nominated by Where Canadian Rockies, that serves up “proper Canadian comfort food” in a charming mountain cabin atmosphere. Creative Italian fare is also in the spotlight—Bufala, selected by Where Vancouver, serves up down-to-earth rustic fare while Bar Buca, Where Toronto’s pick, showcases around 30 perfect-for-grazing small plates. Together, these restaurants and 6 more, represent the top 10 new restaurants in Canada in 2014.

Click on the slideshow to see all of Where’s Best New Restaurants of 2014.

Where’s Best New Restaurants 2013

Canada’s best new restaurants of 2013, chosen by the editors of Where

Where’s Best New Restaurants 2013

Where Canada’s Best New Restaurants is an annual award program recognizing the nation’s top chefs and outstanding restaurants. Editors from each of the following Where magazine regions select an exceptional restaurant to be honoured: Calgary, Canadian Rockies, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler and Winnipeg.

In this year’s selection, a tie is declared in Calgary with two bistros claiming the prize, while an eclectic mix of cuisine is highlighted including Spanish fare in Toronto, Mediterranean dishes in Victoria, market menus in Winnipeg and much more.

Click on the slideshow to see all of Where’s Best New Restaurants of 2013.

Family Helping Family: YYC for the Philippines

By RACHAEL FREY

Early in November, Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, killing thousands and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without food, water, shelter or medical supplies. Calgary’s Filipino community has been doing everything in its power to get urgently needed aid to those who are suffering and in need of help.

Family Helping Family: YYC for the Philippines is a fund-raising event that will give 100 per cent of money collected to UNICEF Canada for typhoon relief. The government of Canadian will match the amount raised. (more…)