Join chefs Blair Lebsack (Rge Rd), Sonny Sung (Sorrentino’s) Chris McMaster (Highlands G&CC) and Jake Pelletier (Duchess Bakeshop) Saturday November 28 at Ernest’s (NAIT) for a collaborative dinner to raise funds for the Edmonton chapter of the Canadian Culinary Federation (http://edmontonchefs.ca/). Proceeds promote culinary professionalism through educational activities, field trips, workshops, bursaries and scholarships. Call Tanya, 780 471-8685, or email@example.com for tickets, $199/person. Wines by Pacific Wines & Spirits.
The Italian Centre has a beautiful way to say grazie and te amo: an Italian Centre gift basket. Chose a basket on-line or call Gosia at 780-989-4869 for a custom look brimming with signature items and specialty foods. Or bring your own board and they will design a custom board with chunks of delicious cheeses, salumi, antipasti and fruit. Prices from $60, visit http://italiancentre.ca/store/gift-baskets/ Baskets must be ordered at least a day in advance and picked up at the south side store, 5028 104A Street.
|Fine Wines by Liquor Select (8924 149 Street, 780-481-6868, http://liquorselect.com) Annual Charity Christmas Open House December 2, 6:30-9:30pm. Grab your friends and come down to sample over 50 specialty wines, beers, and spirits. Donations at the door ($5+) will once again go to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.|
|Celebrate their first year in business and get ready for the upcoming holiday season at Hicks Fine Wines (109-150 Bellerose Drive, 780-569-5000, hicksfinewines.com) Christmas Open House December 3 from 5-8 pm.|
|Sage Restaurant at River Cree (300 East Lapotac Boulevard, Enoch, 780-484-2121, http://rivercreeresort.com/dining.php) has a new dinner menu, all locally sourced at very accessible price points. The chef Shane Chartrand has achieved this by being careful about sourcing cuts—lamb ribs instead of luxury lamb racks for example and by offering a medium-sized plate with a more reasonable portion size.|
|Here’s a great deal at Pampa (9929 109 Street, 780-756-7030, www.pampasteakhouse.com). Book your holiday party from January 11-31, 2016 and receive a $25 Pampa gift card per guest when booking a group of 20 or more.|
|Madison’s in the Union Bank Inn (10053 Jasper Avenue, 780-401-2222, http://www.unionbankinn.com) offers holiday lunches and dinner until December 23, and is now booking the sumptuous five- course Christmas Day and six-course NY Eve dinners, $99.50/guest. Book soon, they always sell out.|
|Knifewear (10816 82 Avenue, 587-521-2034, knifewear.com) has moved two doors down to make room for White Ave’s newest addition, Kent of Inglewood (10820 82 Avenue, kentofinglewood.com) Canada’s shave shop. Both are great spots for Christmas shopping and pop into the Silk Road Spice Merchant (10818 82 Avenue, 780-428-0224 next door www.silkroadspices.ca/ for fragrant gift ideas.|
|K&K Foodliner (9944 82 Avenue, 780-439-6913, http://kandkfoodliner.com) is not only the place for all the wunderbar German holiday delicacies. Check out the charming hand-painted wooden incense burners, traditional German wooden smokers, that look like little chimney sweeps and Mr. and Mrs. Claus, 6″ to 12″ in height, priced from $20 to $120.|