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Sunset Soiree poster

Sunset Soiree poster

Sunset Soirée Sunday, July 5, 8pm, French Quarter Grand Marché, La Cité Francophone and Relish Food on Film Festival present an outdoor screening of the adorable Amélie. Make it a romantic date night; bring a blanket to enjoy a magical evening en plein air. There will be Café Bicyclette’s delicious food, French beverages from Color de Vino and live music. Tickets are $22, include a glass of wine and canapes, available at, the 124 Grand Market, the French Quarter Grand Marché and Color de Vino. Doors open at 8pm, film at 10pm.

The Italian Centre’s new Calgary store (9919 Fairmount Drive, SE, Willow Park) is open now. We can’t wait to see it, especially the cathedral of cheese, a 13 foot high x 40 foot wide temperature- controlled glass showcase chock full of wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano, Piave Vecchio and the like. The new 12,000 square feet store features western Canada’s largest deli with more than 600 types of meat, cheese and antipasti, including that delicious truffled Pecorino from Sardinia. Store manger is Gino Marghella, who many will remember as a tyke working the deli counter at the Little Italy store.


Who doesn’t love bacon? The Blue Flame Kitchen has launched a free digital bacon cookbook with 10 of the Best Bacon Recipes Ever! Mmmmm Bacon. 10 of our best bacon recipes ever bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with chorizo and bacon cheddar brioche. Download the cookbook for free from the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen website,
Expect camera crews and gaffer tape around Battista’s Calzone Company (11745-84 Street, 780 458-1808, on July 6, when the Food Network Canada’s You Gotta Eat Here tapes an episode. Co-owners Liv Vors and Battista Vecchio’s excellent calzones are now available frozen at Italian Centre Shops.
Cibo Bistro (11244 104 Avenue, 780-757-2426, is closed for holidays June 28-July 14. It’s not just any holiday, owners Lisa and Rosario will be married in Jasper on July 4. Cibo reopens for regular lunch and dinner service July 15.
The Hardware Grill (9698 Jasper Avenue, 780-423-0969, is closed for their annual summer holiday until July 7, reopening for dinner July 8 at 5pm.
K&K Foodliner (9944 – 82 Avenue, 780-439-6913 offers a variety of fresh, house-made soups, salads and casseroles such as Shepard’s pie, lasagna and potpies. Some are gluten-free and available in both individual portions and larger sizes, from $5-20.
The lovely secluded patio at The Glass Monkey (5842 111 Street, 780-760-2228, is now open, all the better to enjoy their Monday wine specials, half-price wings on Wednesday and beer and pizza specials on Thirsty Thursday. Check it out!
Check out the Wildflower Grill (10009 107 Street, 780-990-1938, new summer menu of lighter fare to enjoy on their lovely patio. We are big fans of the green goddess salad with quinoa on Boston bibb and the Atlantic lobster rolls.
Culina Mill Creek (9914 89 Avenue, 780-466-1181, is having some fun with their menu this summer, adding several daily and weekly dishes as the spirit moves them based on what comes to their door from their local suppliers. The new menu also features the house-cured meats chef Steven Furgieule has been developing into a line of charcuterie called FUGE Fine Meats. There is a new slate of cocktails to enjoy as well along with cocktail, wine, and beer specials offered Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm-7 p.m. Let’s not forget that Culina Mill Creek has one of the sweetest patios in town. Giddy-up!
Normand’s (11639 Jasper Avenue, 780-482-2600, is now serving breakfast seven days a week from 8am-3pm. Hooray!


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