The Tomato

November 30 2016

urn envy

Do you look at everyone else’s front porch floral urn with envy? Those graceful pine boughs with just the right amount of bling to herald the season? Learn to make your own urn insert or a contemporary seasonal floral tablescape in a class at Zocalo. (10826 95 Street, 780-428-0754, http://www.zocalo.ca/). There may be a few spots in the seasonal urn-inset class December 1, or take the floral class December 8. Call 780-428-0754 to reserve your spot.

learn to make this festive urn at Zocalo

learn to make this festive urn at Zocalo

‘tis the season of the wine shop open house

Hicks Fine Wines (#109, 150 Bellerose Drive, St. Albert, 780-569-5000, http://hicksfinewines.com) Annual Christmas Open House is December 1, from 5-8pm. The Color de Vino Christmas Open House is on Saturday, December 3, from 1-5pm. Liquor Select’s (8924-149 Street, 780-481-6868 http://liquorselect.com) Annual Christmas Open House in Support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation is Wednesday 7, from 6:30-9:30pm. Aligra Wine & Spirits (8882 170 Street, Entrance 58, West Edmonton Mall, 780-483-1083, http://aligrawineandspirits.com) holds their Customer Appreciation Open House Thursday, December 15, from 4-8pm. And, if you think you may need a few cocktails to get through the holiday season, Bin 104 (5454 Calgary Trail, 780-436-8850, http://bin104.com) offers The Six Cocktails of the Season on December 7, 7:00pm, $40/pp.

Please don’t drink and drive. Take a cab or uber.

let’s brunch!

Learn the secret to hosting a fabulous brunch at The Ruby Apron (780-906-0509, http://therubyapron.ca) December 4, 10-1:30pm. The class is taught by Kaelin Whittaker, a graduate of Ireland’s legendary Ballymaloe cooking school. The Ruby Apron has a few catering dates still available; visit the website to book a class or enquire about catering.

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give the gift card that people actually love

X1X Nineteen has a special promo on right now for gift cards purchases, offering a cash back (gift card) based on the purchase amount. Between $1,000 and $3,000, receive a gift card valued at 5 per cent of the purchase; between $3,001 and $5,000, 10 per cent; over $5000, 15 per cent cash back.  Gift cards are available at both Terwillegar and St. Albert locations, http://dinenineteen.com.

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domaine carneros dinner

Meet T.J. Evans of Domaine Carneros Winery at a winemakers dinner Wednesday, December 7, 6:30pm at The Glass Monkey (5842 111 Street, Lendrum Shopping Centre, 780-760-2228, theglassmonkey.ca). Enjoy four courses paired with two sparkling and two Pinot Noirs from the prestigious California winery. Tix, $75/pp, call the resto, or send a note to janine@theglassmonkey.ca.

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pack rat’s rum world tour

Enjoy Packrat Louie’s Rum World Tour, 6pm, Wednesday, December 7. Taste five international rums paired with a five- course dinner. Tix, $65/pp, 780-433-0123 or email info@packratlouie.com.

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wine of the week

Dirty Laundry Woo Woo Gewurztraminer 2015 (British Columbia, $23)

This soft, fruity and slightly sweet wine displays classic Gew aromas and flavours of lychee, ginger spice, rose petal and melon along with lovely pear and pineapple. Have as an aperitif, while cooking dinner and with Asian food.

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