Chef Jinhee Lee of Calgary (Gold) with Chef Eric Hanson of Edmonton (Bronze) and Chef Joe Thottungal of Ottawa (Silver) – photo courtesy of #CCC2017
I am thrilled for my friend chef Jinhee Lee. She just won the Gold Medal at Gold Medal Plates – the Canadian Culinary Championships.
I’ve known Jinhee a few years now. She was Executive Chef at Raw Bar by Duncan Ly at The Hotel Arts in Calgary and has moved with chef Ly to be his Executive Chef at the first restaurant where he is chef/owner. Continue reading
It’s a pleasure to share news of this global food tourism offering with my fellow food lovers. My company Calgary Food Tours is a member of Food Tour Pros which is a certification program with over 190 members in 20 countries. I’ve joined with 22 of my colleagues to offer this fun and very brief sale on our collective offerings.
For clickable links that will take you directly to the websites of this list of World’s Best Food Tours please visit here. You’ll find the index of all the tours and the promo code for 20% off in that Cowtown to Chowtown blog post. Sale ends May 7. Continue reading
Food tours coming to Edmonton. Here’s the article from The Edmonton Examiner Source: Food tour entrepreneur eyes Edmonton eateries
Fresh pakoras – photo credit – Karen Anderson
Shopping for Indian ingredients in Canada can be challenging even in today’s world of global markets and overnight air freight. In India, an array of vegetables and fruits are picked fresh and brought to market daily. The distance between Canada and India means we don’t have that level of freshness but nonetheless, I still have some favourite grocers where I can find the authentic ingredients I crave.
I’ll share the grocers that make up my “little India” in Calgary as well as some of my favourite Indian restaurants. Once you start shopping for, making and eating great Indian food, you might even be curious enough to travel to this magical place yourself. Food was the key that opened the door to this ancient culture for me. Maybe it will be for you too. Continue reading
Rouge takes first place (for the second year in a row) in the Best Tried and True category in the Avenue Magazine’s 13th Annual Best Restaurants Awards. Rouge uses local ingredients and consistently serves sophisticated and creative dishes.
Here’s Dan Clapson’s write up as well as the complete Top Ten list from the source:
Congratulations – No 1. Rouge
chef Matthias Fong – photo credit – Avenue Magazine
Known for its sustainable menu, delectable dishes and warm, welcoming environment, River Café wins seventh place in the Best Tried and True category in the Avenue Magazine 13th Annual Best Restaurants Awards.
Here’s my write-up from the source: 7. River Café
photo credit – Avenue Magazine
The fourth place winner in the Best New category in Avenue Magazine’s 13th Annual Best Restaurants Awards. The menu has galettes, steak frites and dessert crepes just like those you’d find in Brittany, France.
Here’s my article from the source: 4. Suzette Brittany Bistro
The full list of Bests and the many, many categories beyond Best New and Best Tried and True will be unveiled this week along with the Avenue Dinner Series. Going out to eat is one of my favourite ways to savour it all and I’m very fortunate that my business Calgary Food Tours Inc. requires me to eat out a lot and call it research. To be honest though, I like less expensive “hole in the wall” ethnic joints the best.
I know eating out is something most of us have to budget for but how about you? Do you make it a budget priority to eat out regularly and if you do, what’s your favourite place right now?