5 Things To Do in Calgary: February 9 to 13

This week, learn how to craft the perfect macaron, watch plays about power and understand the science behind aphrodisiacs.

Photograph courtesy of Ollia Macarons and Tea


Winemakers Dinner at Yellow Door Bistro

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with a fancy dinner and wine pairings at Hotel Arts’ Yellow Door Bistro. The dinner on February 10 is hosted by Thibaut Quemener, a third generation wine producer and the owner of Chateau Recougne, Chateau Tour Bayard and Chateau Boutisse. Enjoy a meal prepared by Chef Quinn Staple and pair each course with an exquisite wine from Bordeaux, including a 1966 Chateau Recougne. Tickets for the dinner and wine pairings are $99 per person. Visit eventbrite.ca to buy tickets. 

Yellow Door Bistro, 119 12 Ave. S.W., 403-206-9585, yellowdoorbistro.ca

Just Acts Play Festival

Urban Stories Theatre’s annual play festival begins on Tuesday, February 10 and running until Sunday, February 15. This year, the festival is made up of seven plays that all focus on the theme of power. The plays encourage the audience to think about the desire to obtain power, the power dynamics that are in play in our lives and the effect power can have on us. Tickets are $20.

Knox United Church, 506 4 St. S.W., urbanstoriestheatre.org

Macaron 101

Join in a couples baking class at Ollia Macarons and Tea on February 11, 13 or 14. Learn what it takes to craft the perfect macaron and make something delectable with your Valentine. The classes cost $90. 

Also special for Valentine’s Day, macaron-lovers can pre-order the café’s special Valentine’s Day box of macarons, which includes 2 heart-shaped macarons and 10 regular macarons, including Champagne flavour. 

Ollia Macarons and Tea, 810C 16 Ave. S.W., 403-457-9775, byollia.com

The Foods of Love

Get into the Valentine’s Day mood with an aphrodisiac workshop at Neal’s Yard Remedies. Neuro-nutritionist Orsha Magyar will explain what an aphrodisiac actually is and how the science works, she will reveal which foods are more likely to get you in the mood, and which foods can do more harm than good. Tickets for the evening are $25.

Neal’s Yard Remedies, 130, 2207 4 St. S.W., 403-460-8400, nealsyardremedies.ca

Impress Your Valentine: Mozart and Schuman

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra performs its most romantic concert of the year on Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14. The concert is conducted by Hans Graf, an esteemed CPO alumnus. Five soloists will perform symphonies by Mozart, Chaminade and Schumann. Tickets are from $20. 

Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons, 205 8 Ave. S.E., 403-571-0849, cpo-live.com

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