5 Dishes to Order During Summer Feast
The new food festival takes place August 11 to 20 and includes prix fixe meals for $15, $25 or $35 at 13 Calgary restaurants.
The Nash is offering a $25 lunch and a $35 family style dinner as part of Summer Feast.
Photograph by Jared Sych
It’s hard to keep up with Calgary’s hot and happening restaurants — many of us are adding more places to our “to try” lists than we’re checking off. Which is why prix fixe dining festivals are so handy: all of those restaurants that you’ve been meaning to try develop fixed menus at an affordable price, giving curious eaters an excuse to come in and try things out. We’ve already got the Big Taste festival in March, and this month, Calgarians will get a chance to test out the new Summer Feast prix fixe event.
Thirteen restaurant will be offering three-course lunch and/or dinner deals for $15 to $35 from August 11 to 20. All of the participating restaurants qualify as “buzz-worthy,” but even at those prices, unless you have a bottomless stomach, it’s going to be hard to hit all 13 in 10 days. All of the restaurants are worthwhile (many Avenue Best Restaurant Award recipients are on the list), but if you need some help navigating, here are some must-try dishes offered as part of the Summer Feast deals:
Deviled Eggs at The Guild
Part of the $25 lunch menu
Since opening last year The Guild has developed a couple of dishes that could be considered “signature,” but chef Ryan O’Flynn’s Smokey Deviled Eggs are probably the most Instagrammable of the bunch. Dressed with smoked paprika and “crunchy stuff,” they’re a nice first course bite.
200 8 Ave SW, 403-770-2313, theguildrestaurant.com
Braised Oxtail with Collard Kimchi Fried Rice at Anju
Part of the $35 dinner menu
Kimchi is a staple at Chef Roy Oh’s modern Korean restaurant and he also knows his way around oxtail, so you know that this dish is going to be a good one.
344 17 Ave SW, 403-460-3341, anju.ca
Garden Mesclun Salad with Hand-picked Greens, Fine Herbs, Edible Flowers, and Honey Vinaigrette at Rouge
Part of the $25 lunch menu
If you’ve strolled by Rouge in Inglewood you’ve probably taken a gander at its massive garden, which provides some of the restaurant’s seasonal veg. Rouge’s entire Summer Feast menu is inspired by what’s growing in that garden, as best exhibited by this hyper-local salad.
1240 8 Ave SE, 403-531-2767, rougecalgary.com
Heirloom Tomatoes and Charred Cabbage at Pigeonhole
Both as part of the $35 dinner menu
Pigeonhole is much beloved for it’s meaty small plates (the tartare has been the subject of much fanfare) but Pigeonhole has always also paid special attention to its vegetable dishes. The restaurant’s dinner prix fixe offers a fresh heirloom tomato salad with peaches, shiso, and sesame as a starter and a charred cabbage with mimolette and Japanese salad cream as a second. If that’s too much veg, you can opt for the charcoal grilled scallops or beef bavette instead.
306 17 Ave SW, 403-452-4694, pigeonholeyyc.ca
Josper Oven Roasted Taber Corn on the Cob at The Nash
Part of either the $25 lunch or $35 dinner menu
The words “Josper oven” usually appear before the name of some kind of meat, but the prestigious oven also can do a number on an ear of corn, served with spicy garlic butter and queso fresco. Drop in to see what new Chef de Cuisine Paul McGreevy does with the rest of the menu.
925 11 St SE, 403-984-3365, thenashyyc.com
To see the rest of the Summer Feast menus and reserve tables at all 13 restaurants, visit summerfeast.ca.