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A little history of #ChineseCanadians and #Calgary ‘s #Chinatown plus 6 #CalgaryChinatownRestaurants to enjoy

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The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre – photo credit – Karen Anderson

Calgary is home to Canada’s fourth largest Chinatown after Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. It celebrated its 100th year in 2010. The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre ( 197 First Street, SW, 403-262-5071) is the beating heart of the neighbourhood. It cost 10 million dollars to construct in 1992 and is credited with keeping the historic area alive when it was threatened by Bow Trail extension through downtown in the 80’s.

This post will share what you can find if you explore the cultural centre as well as more about the history and current state of affairs of this not well known part of Calgary. There’s also a list of six restaurants that are definitely worth a visit. Continue reading

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#beer is big theme in 10 New Calgary Restaurants Opening in 2016 via @AvenueMagazine

There’s lots of good news in this Avenue Magazine piece by Alana Willerton. For the most part, beer is da bomb but if you are going to be flying from our sparkling new international terminal at the Calgary International Airport, plan to get there early and enjoy pre-flight wine and tapas at Vin Room Airport. Knowing owner, Phoebe Fung, it will be tres chic and tres fun.

Chef Darren Maclean’s long awaited Japanese Yakatori place called Shokunin will open this month, Village Ice Cream is expanding and the most exciting of all – for me – Nicole Gomes’s Cluck and Cleaver fried chicken place will open soon. I predict line-ups for this heavenly bit of taste bud orgasma. She doesn’t need to grow a white goatee or be called “the kernel”, for those of us that have been hooked on her fried chicken for years, she’s already the Queen of Cluck!

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Source: 10 New Calgary Restaurants Opening in 2016

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40 New #Restaurants That Opened in #Calgary in 2015 via @avenuemagazine

We love to eat out in Calgary –  photo – Karen Anderson

I’ve had the pleasure of being a restaurant judge for Calgary’s  Avenue Magazine for several years now. It may surprise you if you’ve not visited Calgary in awhile, but our city is filled with talented chefs and great produce to inspire them.

One of our newest restaurants, Pigeonhole, was even voted Canada’s best new restaurant by Air Canada’s Enroute magazine this year.

While our oil sector is not as slick as it could be right now Alberta’s agriculture and tourism sectors are flourishing and according to this recent Avenue article, Calgary’s dining scene got even stronger in 2015.

Here’s that detailed piece from Avenue with something for every taste in the  40 New Restaurants That Opened in Calgary in 2015

Kudos to writer Allan Willerton for researching and writing this piece.

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W5 – a series of questions about @cookitraw @albertaculinary – WHO are the chefs for #rawAlberta ?

Alessandro Porcelli, the founder of Cook It Raw in the garden at Rouge Calgary - photo - Karen Anderson

Alessandro Porcelli, the founder of Cook It Raw in the garden at Rouge Calgary – photo – Karen Anderson

In the previous post I answered the question, WHAT is Cook it Raw? This post looks at WHO is involved in Cook it Raw. Future posts will answer the other W’s in W5.

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beefing up for my @AlbertaatNoon food column with a little help from @GauchoBBQ

This post is a roundup of inspiration to utilize more than just expensive cuts of beef. The Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence and Organic Alberta have the perfect workshop to get you thinking outside the burger box. The “beef connoisseurs” workshop will be Saturday, September 26, 2015. Attendees will learn lots of tips and recipes and have a chance to ask true experts for advice.

Since not all of us can make it to the workshop, this post shares some inspiring recipes from a couple of my favourite cooks – Ede Rogrigues of Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue and Noorbanu Nimji of A Spicy Touch cookbooks. While Canadian cooks are still learning about using more affordable cuts of meat, industry chefs and other cultures have made it their practice to be frugal.

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last day to get tix for @citypalate REALLY REALLY Long Table Dinner – Monday, September 14, 2015

City Palate magazine's 3rd Annual REALLY REALLY Long Table Dinner - illustration by Pierre Lamielle - used with permission

City Palate magazine’s 3rd Annual REALLY REALLY Long Table Dinner – illustration by Pierre Lamielle – used with permission

I’ve written about Long Table Dinners for CBC Radio One’s Alberta at Noon. I’ve written about Alberta Long Table Dinners for Calgary’s City Palate magazine.

I love them. They’re a joyous occasion. Have you been to one?

Now’s your chance. You’ve got about 19 hours left to get tickets here. You can never have too much joy.

There’s really really nothing quite like a long table dinner when it comes to the chance to savour it all.

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Join some Monday baking madness with @duchessbakeshop in Calgary @cookbookcooks at 6:30pm tonight

The organizers of this lovely event tell me that Duchess Bakeshop owner, Giselle Courteau and her team, have baked lots of treats so pop by tonight on your way home from work or take a break from home and come in for some freshly made goodies and freshly shaken cocktails from Calgary’s newest cocktail bar Proof.
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