Calgary Food News: New Restaurants, Events and Deals
Chef Duncan Ly opens Foreign Concept in the Beltline, Provision opens in Boxwood's former space and a new local online company is delivering grocery orders to downtown homes and workplaces.
Foreign Concept opened in the Beltline this past December.
Photograph by Colin Way
Start your year off right with a visit to one of these new restaurants that opened just before the end of 2016. Here's what you need to know about the latest food-related openings, news and events in Calgary.
This California-based pizza chain opened its second Calgary location in Mission this past December. The menu features eight signature pizzas (meat lovers, veggie and cheese are all represented), or you can create your own pizza by choosing from the more than 30 available toppings, which range from crumbled meatballs to banana peppers. For the crust, Blaze Pizza offers thin crust, gluten-free crust and a thicker high-rise crust option. But the best part of all is the speed — the pizzas are cooked in around three minutes thanks to an approximately 700 degree open flame oven.
Concorde Group opened its latest eatery in Calgary's Design District on December 13th. This chef-driven bar has a bohemian, mid-century modern vibe thanks to some exposed brick, a suspended fireplace and hanging plants. Chef JP Pedhirney heads up the kitchen at Bridgette Bar, which offers a menu of salads, pasta, pizza, small plates like Wagyu beef carpaccio and charred bay scallops, and larger plates like slow grilled lamb saddle and maple barbecue Alberta rainbow trout. Bridgette Bar is also open for brunch on Sundays.
739 10 Ave. S.W., bridgettebar.com
If you find yourself craving a coffee while shopping at CF Market Market, swing by Deville Coffee's fourth and newest location. Drinks like cappuccinos, macchiatos and americanos are all available, or choose from the selection of "famous lattes" with flavours like nutella, chocolate, caramel, matcha and chai. The shop also has a selection of coffee products like French presses, coffee machines, coffee beans and takeaway coffee cups.
Foreign Concept was one of the last Calgary restaurants to open in 2016. Offering an "alternative Asian dining" experience, the restaurant is owned by popular local chef Duncan Ly, while executive chef Jinhee Lee leads the kitchen team. The Pan-Asian menu includes charcuterie, small plates like Vietnamese-style Scotch eggs with green onion and chili thread and larger plates like the Alberta trout cha ca la vong with dill, persimmon and rice noodles. Designed by Alykhan Velji Designs, the space features large, locally painted murals on the walls, terracotta tiles and pendant lighting.
If life keeps getting in the way of your grocery shopping plans, consider ordering them online instead. Shopless.ca, a local company that launched this past December, lets you order groceries, personal care products and some household items like lightbulbs through its website. Purchases will then be delivered to workplaces or homes that are located in Calgary's downtown area. Deliveries will be available in other areas of the city as well later in 2017. For more information, visit shopless.ca.
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Lounge XVIII, a new cocktail lounge inspired by the prohibition era, has opened on 17 Ave. S.W. While the lounge's name may allude to the amendment that banned people from making, selling and transfering alcohol for 13 years in the United States in the early 1900s, there are plenty of delicious cocktails available here like the Smoked Rosemary (with gin, tonic syrup, soda and smoked rosemary) and the Stuck on Skirts (with merlot, vanilla bean, lemon, orange, cinnamon, peppercorn, anise, cloves and honey). Food-wise, the menu features appetizers like carpaccio, daikon fries and golden beet gnocchi, while main dishes include stuffed dumplings and a sweet and savoury rice bowl.
In 2016, the beloved Boxwood in Central Memorial Park closed its doors. Now, another local eatery has made the space its own; Provision, a new restaurant by the owners of Avec Bistro, opened there in December. The restaurant offers a season-focused food and wine menu, with chef Daniel Pizarro heading up the kitchens at both Avec and Provision. Provision is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Diners will also notice some changes to the restaurant's decor, which was designed by Connie Young. Provision evokes a cozy lodge vibe with its leather chairs, banquette seating and blue glass tile underneath the bar.
340 13 Ave. S.W., 403-263-0766, provisionyyc.com
This past weekend, Seton's Starbelly launched its new market-style brunch service. Available on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the menu changes weekly but could feature anything from various egg dishes made to order, salads and desserts. One of the regular features will be a waffle station where you can choose your own fruits and syrups to go on top.
Calgary cyclists will be happy to hear of the recent opening of Vélo Café, a cycling cafe attached to Market 17. Ride over for some single origin coffee, then indulge in a pastry or some breakfast made by the head chef and pastry chef of Cassis Bistro.
102 2505 17 Ave. S.W., velocafeyyc.com