The Tomato

Sept 14 2016

Gold medal tickets

There are only a few tix left for the #yeg GMP competition October 20. Get yours now. Get to know the #yeg chef competitors here.


wcr comes to town

wcrCalgary chef Liana Robberecht, a long-time member of the Women’s Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR) organization, led the uber-successful conference in Calgary last year–the first time WCR held an event outside the USA. Edmonton restaurateur Bobbi Beeson was at the Calgary conference. Now, she is spearheading an info session Sunday, September 25 to launch WCR in Edmonton. The organization, started in 1993 by eight top American chefs and restaurateurs, is the place for every sort of culinary professional–line cooks, chefs, somms, food artisans and manufacturers, farmers, food writers, consultants and students –to find inspiration and support. Calgary hosts the 2017 WCR conference next fall and we would love to send a busload of #yeg members to it. WCR Plug-in 3pm-5pm at the Rocky Mountain Ice House, 10516 Jasper Avenue, RSVP bobbi@cheesecakecafe.

Chef Elizabeth Falkner leads group in sword fitness at WCR Calgary 2105

Chef Elizabeth Falkner leads group in sword fitness at WCR Calgary 2105

art + food & drink = fun

Come early for dinner or stay later for a drink and watch the city roll by at a SmashArt Painting Events at La Ronde (Chateau Lacombe Hotel, 10111 Bellamy Hill, 780-428-6611,, September 19, October 17 and November 21. Tickets,

henschke rules

Justine Henschke was in town for a quick visit – lunch at Characters followed by an industry tasting of the family wines. The iconic Eden Valley producer’s wine are highly sought after the world over. Keep on the lookout for the affordable and delicious Syrah Grenache blend called Henry’s Seven, perfect for autumn drinking.

Justine Henshcke (Henschke) signs Michael Lefebvre’s (Character’s wine director) bottle of Hill of Grace.

Justine Henshcke (Henschke) signs Michael Lefebvre’s (Character’s wine director) bottle of Hill of Grace.

meet jane ferrari two times

Two chances to experience a lively night of great wine and storytelling with Yalumba’s Jane Ferrari. On September 21 at The Continental Treat (10560 82 Avenue, 780-433-7432,, $100 all in. On September 22 dinner is at The Harvest Room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald (10065 100 Street, 780-429-6424, $95+gg.

last chance for chili

Cheer on your favourite team of first responders and raise money for the Kid’s with Cancer Society at the Pan Tree’s Chili Cook Off, September 17. This is the 4th annual event where teams from the Sherwood Park Fire Department and the RCMP battle it out for chili supremacy. Tix: $8 in advance, $10 at the door, or $30 per family of four.


gluten-free delights with chef lori grein

Chef Lori Grein offers some terrific gluten-free comfort foods and harvest recipes to try 10am-1pm on September 22, 23, 29, 30, 10am at Kinnikinnick Fresh (10940-120 Street, 780-424-2900, If you are new to a gluten-free diet, is the place for you for information and education.

music for literacy

Enjoy a concert by Brenna MacQuarrie, Jay Sparrow, Mohsin Zaman and Lindsay Walker in support of Afghan Women’s Literacy at the Red Piano, Sunday September 18. Dinner reservations and more info call 780-486-7722.


sugar and spice is nice

Everybody’s favourite #yeg cookie maker and cake baker Amy Nachtigall of Sugared and Spiced Baked Goods has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help them get into a store front. Good going Amy! To contribute, check out the details at:

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