Calgary Food News: New Restaurants, Events and Deals

A new microbrewery tasting room opens in Inglewood, Red's Diner opens its third location in Kensington and YYC Hot Chocolate Fest begins with more than 80 drink offerings.

Cold Garden Beverage Company, a new microbrewery in Inglewood, recently opened its tasting room.

Photograph by Alana Willerton


Here's what you need to know about the latest food-related openings, news and events in Calgary.


Blue Star Diner launches weekly specials

Bridgeland's Blue Star Diner is giving Calgarians yet another reason to come for dinner with the launch of its new weekly specials. Stop by on Taco Tuesdays (featuring $3 tacos, $5 draft or bottle beer and $8 margaritas from 4:30 p.m. to close), Wednesdays for Burger + Beer (featuring any burger/sandwich with a draft or bottled beer for $20, and $5 draft and bottled beer) or during One for One Thursdays (featuring $1 per ounce wine glass pours from 4:30 p.m. to close).


Cold Garden Beverage Company opens tasting room in Inglewood


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You may have already tasted the beers of Calgary microbrewery Cold Garden Beverage Company on tap at local eateries like National on 10th and Home & Away, but now, you can also drink them in the brewery's new tasting room. The approximately 2,000-square-foot tasting room is located within Cold Garden's brewery in Inglewood (just look for the building with the turquoise roof behind the Smithbilt Hats building), and the team has definitely had some fun putting their own stamp on it. Colourful pool noodles cover the glycol lines and one of the bars, gold chains support the taplines and the tap handles are covered in astroturf. The beers are just as unique as the space, with selections like the East Calgary Lager, a Vanilla Cappuccino Porter and an Irish red ale called Red Smashed in Buffalo Jump. Stop by for a brewery tour, to fill up a growler or order a flight-ski (four small glasses of beer served on piece of a ski).

1100 11 St. S.E., 403-603-8656,, @cold_garden


Drink local beers during FeBREWary at National on 17th

​Alberta's brewing scene is getting better and more diverse all the time, and this month, you can taste it firsthand at National on 17th. The restaurant will be holding FeBREWary throughout the month of February, featuring a different local beer every day. Some of the featured breweries include Calgary's Banded Peak Brewing, Edmonton's Alley Kat and Lethbridge's Coulee Brew Co. (click here to see the full calendar). From Sunday to Thursday, beers from the featured brewery will be on special, and you'll be entered to win a prize if you order a pint from the featured brewery on Friday and Saturday.


Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise's lower-level lounge gets a top-to-bottom makeover

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise's former Glacier Saloon certainly had its charms, but the dive-bar decor and pub-grub menu was a bit out of step with the rest of the elegant hotel. The space recently got a top-to-bottom update and re-opened for the winter season as Alpine Social. The makeover includes a new menu, which takes a more elevated approach to bar food with items such as slow-braised pork belly, confit duck and smoked chicken wings with house-made barbecue sauce. You can also get cheese and charcuterie boards, family-style meat cuts served with ancient grains and chimichurri and, for dessert, hot apple fritters with a dip of crème anglaise.


Jinya Ramen Bar opens in Mission

Los Angeles-based Jinya Ramen Bar opened its first Calgary location on January 12th in Mission. Order a hot bowl of chicken, tonkotsu or vegetable ramen, or choose from a long list of toppings to create your own ramen bowl. The eatery also serves pork-filled steamed buns, octopus balls, mini tacos and mochi ice cream for dessert.

Suite 180, 1800 4 St. S.W., 587-356-0721,


Market introduces new executive chef and menus

On January 22nd, Market celebrated the arrival of its new executive chef, Evan Robertson, and the launch of its new menu. The new menu includes dishes like duck and waffles, sour cream and onion pork belly skins, tacos, truffle popcorn and more. There's also a new brunch menu that features waffles, frittatas and stuffed French toast.


Red's Diner opens third location in Kensington

Red's Diner already has a location on 4th Street and in Ramsay, and on January 23rd, it opened its third location at the base of the new LIDO by Battistella building in Kensington. The menu is full of favourites like Red's Big Breakfast plate, eggs Benedict and blueberry pancakes just like the other locations, while the space features red brick, a glass fireplace and table and bar seating.

286 10 St. N.W., 587-356-1808,, @redskensington


Rodney's Oyster House celebrates its second birthday

On January 31st, you can join the team at Rodney's Oyster House as they celebrate their two year anniversary. The anniversary event runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will feature an oyster shucking competition, prizes and food and drinks that are included in the cost of the ticket. Click here for information on the event and tickets.


YYC Hot Chocolate Fest takes over the city during the month of Feburary

Now in its sixth year, the 2017 YYC Hot Chocolate Fest officially launched at the Calgary Farmers' Market on January 28th. This year's festival has more than 80 participating restaurants and cafes that have come up with tasty and unique hot chocolate drinks. For each drink that is purchased, some of the money will go towards Calgary Meals on Wheels. At the end of the month, two of the drinks will be named the best hot chocolate and best spirited hot chocolate in Calgary. Some of this year's hot chocolate drinks include a citrus ginger orange hot chocolate from Monogram, a lavendar white hot chocolate from Wild & Raw and Blanco's Chocoloca (which features tequila) from Blanco Cantina.

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