The Tomato

Feb 1 2017

spend an evening in alsace

Meet Bernard Sparr from Maison Pierre Sparr at the Evening in Alsace Dinner 6:30pm, Thursday, February 2 at the Glass Monkey (5842 111 Street, http://www.theglassmonkey.ca). This historic winery’s vineyards were completely destroyed during WWII and painstakingly brought back into production by Pierre Sparr and sons René and Charles. The winery also sources fruit from co-op growers who share their low-intervention philosophy. Dinner is five courses paired with five wonderful Pierre Sparr wines, including the Grand Cru Riesling 6:30pm, Thursday, February 2. Tix $75/p++, call 780-760-2228 or email janine@theglassmonkey.ca.

don’t miss the masakage sale at knifewear

Here’s a great opportunity to explore hand-forged Japanese knives. For the month of February, all Masakage knives are 15 per cent off at Knifewear. Owner Kevin Kent works closely with the blacksmiths to create knives that are not only excellent professional tools, but also suitable for home kitchens. Here’s the lineup. Kiri: Hand forged by Hiroshi Kato from high carbon VG10 stainless steel and laminated with Damascus stainless, $123-$355. Yuki: Hand forged by Hiroshi Kato) of hard Shirogami carbon steel and clad in a softer stainless. Yuki means snow and refers to the frosty Nashijjiki finish, $124-$294. Mizu: Kevin Kent calls these “thin blades that cut like lasers.” Hand forged by Katsushige Anryu with #2 Aogami (hard blue carbon) steel laminated between softer layers of carbon steel. Not stainless, does require more care to avoid tarnish and rust. The beautiful blue/black kurochi finish reminds of water (mizu), $101-$273. Koishi: Hand forged by Hiroshi Kato, Aogami Super blue carbon steel clad with stainless makes a gorgeous balanced knife with a hammered black finish, $184-$425. Kujira: Is it art or a knife? Made by Ken Kageura of #2 Aogami carbon steel clad with hand-folded Damascus steel with a stainless tang. A knife for a lifetime, $399-$601. Knifewear exclusive. Zero: Aogami super steel clad in a softer stainless by Takeshi Saji with rosewood handles. These high performance knives are Masakage’s top of the line and are available exclusively at Knifewear, $319-$686. Knifewear, 10820 82 Avenue, 587-521-2034, https://knifewear.com.

yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum

Warm up with a taste of the Caribbean at Aligra’s (Entrance 58, 8882 170 Street, #1423 780- 483-1083, http://www.aligrawineandspirits.com) Mid-Winter Rum Tasting, Tuesday, February 21, 7pm, $50/pp. Tix: http://aligrawineandspirits.com/Latest-News/mid-winter-rum-tasting

super bowl fried chicken

Falcons or Patriots? One thing we can all agree on (besides Lady Gaga’s awesome pipes) is that fried chicken makes for a tasty Super Bowl spread. Northern Chicken (10704 124 Street, 780-756-2239, http://www.northchickenyeg.com) makes it easy — 20 pieces original chicken with mac n’cheese, coleslaw, cornbread and gravy. Pre-order by 4pm Saturday, February 4, for pick up by 4pm Sunday. If oysters are more your thing, check out the Effing Seafood pop-up, Tuesday, February 7, 5pm.

sweet heart tea and tour at the castle

Visit the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald on Saturdays and Sundays in February to experience the Sweet Heart Tea, a lovely version of their classic high tea, $55/p. Or enjoy the lighter version, the Weekday High Tea, Monday – Wednesday, $29. Reservations required, 780-429-6424.

and now for something completely different

Ride the historic Battle River Railway on the Valentine Romance ride to the Kelsey Dinner Theatre. Enjoy a glass of bubble and chocolate-covered strawberries during the nostalgic ride, Sunday, February 12, 10:30– 4:30pm. Tix (includes dinner and play) $105/p, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/valentine-romance-tickets-27385879904

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