October 16 to 20

The Hardware Grill (9698 Jasper, 780-423-0969) celebrates 15 years of feeding people in October

Plans for the birthday party are still under wraps but it’ll be pulled off with the usual Hardware style and generosity. Also new this fall; Hardware Grill joins restos such as Calgary’s Rouge in installing a Q water system, the environmental way to serve bottled water, qwater.ca, and will have a revamped lunch menu.

Chief cook and bottle washer. Think you have what it takes to open a resto? Or do you just love beating the pants off your friends over a board game?

Either way, Duck Soup, The Restaurant Game is for you. We first heard about it when TOMATO contributor Karen Virag (freelance writer/editor, and half of CBC Radio’s Grammar Gals) finished editing over 1100 questions for the Trivial Pursuit-style board game about food, drink and the restaurant industry. The game’s developers, Edmontonians Greg and Martin Thompson, had owned and operated a restaurant in their younger days and used that experience to create this fun, informative and competitive board game. Available at select Indigo and Chapters, River City Games, Zenari’s and ducksoupgame.com.

Help Everything Cheese celebrate their first birthday

Drop in for samples and store specials during the week of October 23-29. Enter to win the big gift crate; every $10 purchase garners one raffle ticket. Free Everything Cheese cheese slicer with every purchase of $50 or more
Tuesday October 23 is customer appreciation night— drop in for wine and cheese. 14912 45 Avenue, 780 757 8532

The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival rolls into town October 21-22

Taste Alberta’s largest collection of wine, spirits, beer and sample gourmet food offerings at, Shaw Conference Centre. Visit rockymountainwine.com for tickets and festival details.

Madison’s Macallan Scotch Dinner, Wednesday, October 26

Visit unionbankinn.com for the menu and reservations. Thinking holiday parties? Madison’s Vintage room seats 14 for private dinners. Dining room can be booked for larger office or social events. Christmas feature and Christmas Day menus will be available soon. Enjoy fine dining and spectacular theatre with Dine & Play citadeltheatre.com.

Have a French Fling and benefit Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Friday, October 28, 7pm-10pm at La Cité Francophone (8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury). Tickets: frenchfling.eventbrite.com, $60; after October 14: $65.

Good food at Good Earth

Edmonton research chef Brad Smoliak has been working with Good Earth Coffeehouse and Bakery to create a new line of paninis, soups and sandwiches. You can try them soon at every Good Earth location, including the brand new Scotia Place location opening in late September.

Hush, your wine is here

If your Thanksgiving runs more to various rellys, kids and both sets of grands balancing paper plates on knees, you may want to reach for Summerland’s Dirty Laundry Winery rosé called Hush. The label is a conversation starter; the wine is congenially off-dry, able to please both the bone dry and fully sweet camps; the flavours are berry-rich and delicious. It’s predominately food friendly Cab Franc with Pinot Noir, Cab and Merlot creating a slightly darker-coloured, fuller-flavoured-than-usual rosé. Perfect to drink on warmish fall days. $24

Everything you wanted to know about turducken; and probably a few things you didn’t

Everything will be illuminated during cooking demos with Sunterra’s Red Seal chefs. They provide a delicious edible education as they demonstrate themed meals enjoyed with wine, $49.99 plus tax/person; Tuesday, October 4, The Art of Entertaining: Turducken and Turkey Classics; Tuesday, November 29, The Art of Entertaining: Hors d’oeuvres. Classes begin at 6:30 pm at Sunterra Market, second floor Commerce Place, 10150 Jasper Avenue. Call 780-426-3791 to register.

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