Edmonton’s best-known urban homesteader, Kevin Kossowan, has been issued a bylaw infraction ticket for keeping chickens in his backyard. It is illegal to have urban chickens, although the city is talking about a controlled study. Many cities allow backyard chickens, Red Deer for example, and many don’t. Nothing seems to polarize citizens more than the subject of chickens in the backyard. Here’s what we think; illustrations by Amanda Schutz
cibobistro_webCelebrate the summer Italian-style with Cibo Bistro’s Ferragosto cocktail and beer tastings, music, prizes, face painting and, of course, delicious food. Sunday August 17, 3pm-7pm,  $45pp, kids under 12 free.

Italy produces fabulous sparkling wine — yes, of course, Prosecco, but also traditional method Franciacorta that rival the best of Champagne, moscato and rose. Join Nicole Weinkauf and Daniel Costa at the next Prova, August 24, 7pm-10pm, to taste and compare.

The evening includes a tasting of five sparkling wines from across Italy, a selection of salumi, cheeses and a delicious pasta dish.

Tickets $80, reserve.

the-wine-roomCraving bubbles? Look no further. The Wine Room (10525 Jasper Avenue 780-756-7666) is now using the unique Perlage system which keeps sparkling wines at peak drinking after opening. Bubbles ranging from San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Brut, California’s Thomas George Pinot Noir Brut Rosé, Agusti Torello Mata Kripta Gran Reserva Cava, and from Champagne, Pommery Brut Royal and Krug Grande Cuvee are now available by the glass. Woo hoo!
rostizadoWe’re looking forward to the opening of Rostizado the new project in the Mercer Warehouse by the Tres Carnales dudes, especially because one of our favourite cooks, Jesse Chalmers, will be behind the stoves. Jesse, brother of Ben (corso 32) has had a long-standing interest, let’s say love affair, with the diverse cuisine of Mexico. Now he’ll get to explore them and we’ll get to enjoy the results.
St Albert residents have been keeping a secret: Privada wine and tapas (100-21 Perron Street, St. Albert, 780-569-5479), open Wednesday through Sunday for wine and delicious small plates. Love the tasty house-made coppa, elk pastrami and duck prosciutto on the charcuterie plate, and the smoky charred mackerel with romesco sauce is just right with a glass of Portuguese vinho verde, bone dry, slightly fizzy, and refreshingly low in alcohol— a perfect hot weather wine.
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