June 30

light-the-bridgeLa Ronde is the place to be Tuesday July 1 for the Light the Bridge celebration. The regular menu, plus a special prix fixe menu and the Tieless Tuesday celebration with live jazz and half price bottles of wine are available while you watch the dramatic light up from the best vantage spot in the city. Executive chef Stephen Chung launches summer lunch and dinner menus for La Ronde July 4. Join @ChateauLacombe and @La Ronde on twitter and Facebook for their summer scavenger hunt with weekly prizes and a grand prize draw on September 15; and look for their pop-up lemonade stand in Churchill Square throughout the summer, Chateau Lacombe, 10111 Bellamy Hill, 780-428-6611.

Love to cook? Want to improve your knife work and other culinary skills? Curious to work in a professional kitchen? Consider NAIT Continuing Education Boot Camps. In the Culinary Boot Camps, Tuesday-Friday, July 8-11 and July 15-18, learn professional planning and prep skills. New this year is For the Love of Chocolate Camp, Tuesday-Friday, July 15-18. To enlist.


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 — loved the confit duck cassoulet and beautiful house-made coppa, elk pastrami and duck prosciutto. Farrow (8422 109 Street, 780-757-2600).


On June 21, from 12pm – 3pm, support The Pan Tree’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off: Strathcona County’s RCMP vs Firefighters. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Call The Pan Tree (#550, 220 Lakeland Drive, Sherwood Park) for tickets, 780-464-4631, proceeds to Kids with Cancer.

We’re looking forward to the opening of Rostizado the new project in Mercer Warehouse by the Tres Carnales folks, 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 cuisines of Mexico. Now he’ll get to explore them and we’ll get to enjoy the results. Opening mid-summer-ish.

The tents are packed, the smokers have cooled and the delicious ribs and pulled pork? All gone. Missing Porkaplooza already? Check out these fab pork recipes right here.

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Check out the new ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen cookbook From the Grill featuring delicious recipes for the grill, including sides — we loved the kale and mango slaw — and a really great barbecue sauce, along with simple instructions and cooking tips from the Blue Flame Kitchen. Buy the book, $15 online, or at Save-On-Foods, Safeway and Chapters/Indigo stores.


Something new at La Ronde (10111 Bellamy Hill, 780-428-6611); Tieless Tuesdays, a more casual way to enjoy the view. Enjoy live jazz, specialty cocktails and half-priced wines on Tuesdays from 5pm.