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Women Chefs and Restaurateurs – Saturday, September 16 in Calgary. Got tickets?

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Whether you just need a little battery charge or a bonfire under your butt – The WCR – Women Chefs and Restaurateurs conference could light the inspirational spark you seek.

I attended two years ago here in Calgary and enjoyed the camaraderie and humour. Turns out women that excel in hugely demanding food enterprises are funny as H – E – double hockey sticks – on top of all their other talents.

This year’s symposium features a woman I’ve wanted to meet for a very long time – Meeru Dhalwala. Meeru is Vikram Vij’s former life partner and enduring business partner. While Vikram is the best “front of house” restaurateur I’ve ever met, I suspect she’s the reason their restaurant kitchens are filled with women dedicatedly making their incredibly delicious food.

I’ll also enjoy the vivacious Elizabeth Faulkner and my friend, Italian winemaker, Angela Maculan. Hometown favourites Liana Robberecht and Top Chef Canada all-star Nicole Gomes will be there. Tickets are $225.– at women chefs.org/calgary-2017

See you there. These people with purpose and passion really know how to savour it all.

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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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