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summer patios

The Staff Meal collective is having a patio party! Start with a glass of BC cider and enjoy the spectacular view of the river valley from the roof of the CKUA building. It’s a casual event; roam through the five food stations at your own pace, stopping for a beverage along the way. Wine, beer and cocktails are available from $7-$12.

One night only, Saturday, July 16, 7:30pm, on the CKUA Radio Network’s rooftop patio, 9804 Jasper Avenue. Tickets, $75,


Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse (9929 109 Street, 780-756-7030 offers a Brazilian summer patio menu with small plates and grilled meat skewers from $6; fresh salads from $7; as well as special happy hour prices: caipirinhas $8; wines by the glass $6 and $5 beer on tap.

Check out the patio at The Glass Monkey (5842 111 Street, 780-760-2228, in Lendrum. It’s private and secluded, all the better to enjoy the casual mix and match menu, well-priced wine list and Pinocchio ice cream for dessert.

summer closures

The Hardware Grill (9698 Jasper Avenue, 780-423-0969, will be closed for summer holidays Sunday, July 3, reopening Wednesday July 13.

Cibo Bistro (11244 104 Avenue, 780 757-2426, will be closed for summer holidays Friday July 1, reopening Wednesday July 20.

welcome back julia

Chef Julia Kundera is back at the Holt’s Café (2nd floor Holt Renfrew, 10180 101 Street, 780-425-5300) Her summer menu features Oceanwise seafood, Gull Valley tomatoes Four Whistle lamb (for the lamb burger) and burrata and fior di latte from Calgary’s White Gold Cheese Factory. We follow this chef wherever she’s cooking and are thrilled Julia is back downtown.

cat café!

Experience a pop-up cat cafe July 2 and July 3 at Latitude 53 (10242 106 Street) The two-day pip-up features adoptable cats from ZOE’s Animal Rescue Society. Coffee by Iconoclast Koffiehuis. Visit for details and to reserve your spot. Generously sponsored by Homes Alive Pet Centre, Tail Blazers South Edmonton, Kitty Kitty Yum Yum, Edmonton Pet Photography and the Pet Sounds Podcast.

wine of the week

Umani Ronchi Pecorino Vellodoro (Golden Fleece) LeMarche, Italy, $23This attractive Italian is bright yellow, dry and medium-bodied with refreshing acidity. The well-balanced flavours of stone fruit, fresh herbs, roses and a hint of tropical fruit will keep this wine in your fridge door all summer long. Drink while making dinner; think chicken, cheese, grilled fish. The grape was essentially rediscovered in the 1980s growing on a hillside where sheep liked to graze. Smart sheep.



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