October 22

omybaoAt 9:30 pm, Saturday, October 26 where are you going to be? In the alley! Wild Tangerine’s alley to be precise. The resto takes a riff on Calgary’s Charcut back-door burger phenom by offering the O’my Bao. Part Chinese steamed bun, part sandwich and all deliciousness, the pancake-like bun (they use Camrose’s Sunny Boy for all their breads and buns) is stuffed with braised Spring Creek Ranch beef cheeks, lavished with an Asian-style slaw and melty Sylvan Star gouda, $5 each. Giddy up! Wild Tangerine, 10383–112 Street, 780-429-3131, wildtangerine.com

Wow! Here’s a screaming deal: The Unheard Of (9602-82 Avenue, 780 433-0480) celebrates 33 years in business (which IS actually quite unheardof) by offering a 33 per cent discount on food throughout November. Small print: Available Tuesday to Friday, four people per table max. That’s a very good reason to go out mid-week.

Don’t miss the Co-op World of Whiskey and Cognac Gala, November 2 at Northlands, a spectacular tasting featuring a dazzling array of cognac, whiskies and a gourmet dinner. Tickets are $100/person for general admission. The VIP ticket ($150/person) includes a guided tasting, exclusive products and early entry, 4-9pm. Call 780-432-2258 ext. 460, or email wsevents@calgarycoop.com.

Northlands celebrates Farmfair International’s 40 anniversary.  Although it is primarily a top-quality stock show and sale, Farmfair is also an entertaining window into rural life. Not in the market for a prize bull? See beautiful horses, watch stock dogs during penning trials; or visit the Home Grown Alberta Market at the Edmonton EXPO Centre, November 4, 5. Visit farmfairinternational.com for full schedules and information.

Mid-November openings

attachmentYes! Mike Scorgie and Andrew Borley’s Woodwork in the McLeod Building, and North 53 (10240 124 Street) expect to be open mid-Novemberish. In the meantime, their twitter feeds are fun, @north_53 and @woodworkyeg.

Former wine guy (Cristall‚Äôs Wine Market) Rob¬†Filipchuk opens the Glass Monkey Gastropub in the former Jack‚Äôs Grill space in Lendrum Mall in mid-November. There are 85 seats with a variety of seating (hardwood tables, banquettes and a curvy long bar seating 10) an eight wine Enomatic, six beers on tap, and modern cocktails. ‚ÄúWe want to create a casual relaxed atmosphere that promises a fresh restaurant experience,” says Rob. Chef Darcy Radies (formerly Blue Pear) heads up the kitchen so you know the food will be good.

One of Daniel Costa’s new spots on Jasper Avenue will be open mid-December barring any unforeseen delays. The other? Spring 2014.

AMA Travel’s package for the Clayoquot Oyster Festival in Tofino, November 13–17, includes four nights at the beachfront Best Western Tin Wis, a ticket to the Oyster Gala and a visit to an oyster farm. From $549 per person. Call AMA Travel 1-866-667-4777 or book online.

Chef Vinod Lohtia is your guide on the Culinary Tour To Rajasthan, February 1-February 16, exploring the culture of culinary India. Deluxe hotels, Mughal palaces and Hindu temples, camel safaris, bazaars, and gastronomic extravaganzas including hands-on cooking, parathas, kebabs, spice markets, roti and Indian sweets. This trip looks spectacular. For more information call chef
Lohtia, 780-484-9332, or visit www.industravels.ca.