The Tomato

January 25 2017

opening this week!

Bündok opens Thursday and Baijiu Friday. Yaay!

emiliana wine dinner at normands

Meet Noelia Orts, the talented winemaker of Chile’s Emiliana Vineyards at a wine dinner at Normands. Reception starts at 6:30pm with Emiliana Organic Sparkling and bison carpaccio followed by four courses and four wines, including the flagship Coyam. Emiliana, the largest grower of organic grapes in the world, was Chile’s Winery of the Year in 2015. The vineyards are situated in Chile’s best growing areas, Casablanca, Maipo, Colchuagua, Bio Bio and Limari. Call 780-482-2600 to book your seat. Normand’s, 11639 Jasper Avenue,, Tuesday, January 31, 6:30pm, $95/p.

explore regional french cuisine at the marc

Le Tour de Burgundy runs Thursday, February 9 to Saturday, February 18. Enjoy classic Burgundian fare, three courses, $49/p++. What to drink? Deliciously good value Brut Crémant de Bourgone by Marie Pierre-Manciat, ($10 by the glass, $45 bottle), and a red by Quebec-born Pascal Marchand (Marchand Tawse Bourgogne Pinot Noir, $65). The Marc (9940 106 Street, 780-429-2828,

could drinking wine be even more fun?

Yes! The Chirpy Top wine pourer makes a charming little chirp while you pour wine. Well constructed of stainless steel and silicone, the drip-free spout (bird beak) fits standard cork-finished and screw-cap bottles; brought to us by the folks who make the Gurgle Pot. Hand wash, in black/chrome, blue/aqua, red/orange, white/white and brown/copper colour combos, $30. Available at Modern Eyes (St Albert), the Wired Cup (Strathearn) and Harlow’s (Crestwood) and other fine retailers.

winter wine and beer tasting to support refugees

The Bonnie Doon Refugee Sponsorship Group is having a fundraiser, the Winter Wine and Beer Tasting and Silent Auction with tastings of wine, beer, chocolate and cheese provided by Hicks Fine Wines, Alley Kat, Chocolate Haven and Paddy’s International Cheese Market. Music by the Strawflowers, 7pm, Saturday, February 11, at the Bonnie Doon Hall, 9240 93 Street. All proceeds support the sponsorship of a refugee family. Tix:

be my valentine

The special Valentine’s menu at Pampa. Tuesday, February 14, features salmon ceviche, beef carpaccio and a seafood risotto on the sumptuous salad bar; Pampa gauchos carving 10 different cuts of beef, pork, poultry and lamb and three feature desserts, tres leches cake, orange roulade with a dark chocolate ganache and a dulce de leche cheesecake. Wow! $69/p++. Reservations essential, call 780-756-7030 to book. Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse, 9929 109 Street,

swine and dine latin style at the dogwood cafe

There are a few spots left for the Dogwood Cafe Swine & Dine, February 8. Chef Stuart Whyte has created a four-course Latin inspired menu featuring Alberta pork, $59/p. The price includes gratuity, tax and a bottle of Chef Whyte’s fabulous Original Redhead Hot Sauce. Tix:

be the brewer contest

Every year the folks at the Edmonton and Calgary Beer Festivals ask the Olds College brew master program to brew a beer for the festivals. This year it’s a witbeir (wheat beer) and you can name it. Enter the #BeTheBrewer contest, to name the beer, design the label and shoot the commercial. Fabulous prizes, including the chance to take part in the actual brewing. Enter at by January 31.

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