Zero Issue Brewing, 8 Cakes and Dellor Ice Cream All Recently Opened in Calgary

All this and more in our bi-monthly round-up of local restaurant openings, food news and events.

Zero Issue Brewing is a new comic and sci-fi themed brewery in northeast Calgary. PHOTOGRAPH BY ALANA WILLERTON

From new breweries to on-trend dessert shops, here’s what you need to know about the latest food-related openings, news and events in Calgary.


8 Cakes opens in Marda Loop

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Satisfy your sweet tooth at this new dessert shop in Marda Loop. The nearly 600-square-foot shop offers small batches of French and North American desserts like cupcakes, macarons, choux pastries and cakes. Order a cup of organic tea or fair trade coffee to go with your favourite treat.

109, 3411 20 St. S.W., 403-455-2253,


Dellor Ice Cream opens in northeast Calgary

Dellor Ice Cream made its debut at the Stephen Avenue Farmers’ Market last year and was the first to offer rolled ice cream in Calgary. A little more than a year later, they’ve opened their own brick and mortar shop in northeast Calgary. Dellor offers six regular and two seasonal flavours, including the mango monsoon (with mango ice cream, fresh mangoes, whipped cream, a made-in-house waffle chip and lychee jelly) and S’mores Dellor (with hot chocolate ice cream, toasted marshmallow, graham crackers, whipped cream and chocolate drizzle). You can also add toppings like Pocky sticks, lychee jelly, Oreo cookies and more for an extra cost.

1309 Edmonton Tr. N.E.,, @delloricecream

The Living Room and Hotel Arts welcome new chefs

There have been a few changes in Calgary’s restaurant kitchens lately. At The Living Room, Cody Fummerton has replaced Stuart Kirton as head chef. Meanwhile, Quinn Staple has taken on the role of executive chef at Hotel Arts. Staple has previously worked at local eateries like Crazyweed Cafe, Raw Bar and Yellow Door Bistro.


The Prairie Grid Dinner Series starts in Calgary this month

An exciting new dinner series is coming to the Canadian prairies this month. Organized by Eat North, the Prairie Grid Dinner Series will take place in four Canadian cities: Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. Each night features a five-course, prairie-inspired dinner prepared by local chefs and a silent auction to support four local athletes training for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The first dinner in the series will take place at Calgary’s Southern Alberta Pioneers Building on September 29th. Click here for more information.


Zero Issue Brewing opens in northeast Calgary

Brothers Mark and Kirk MacDonald have turned their love of beer, sci-fi and comic books into Zero Issue Brewing, one of Calgary’s newest microbreweries. Open since July, the 52-seat taproom is decked out with a Donkey Kong-inspired wall behind the bar, framed comic books on the wall and stacks of comics to peruse while you drink. Even the brewery’s name is comic-related, referring to the #0 comic book issue that provides the back story for a series. Each of the brewery’s four canned beers (which have a cool sci-fi design courtesy of Winnipeg artist Scott Ford) have their own subsequent issue numbers. Stop by the taproom to try a pint or flight of the four brews on tap: Cryostasis Pils, Multiverse Pale Ale, Nemesis IPA or Dystopia White IPA.

4210 12 St. N.E.,, @zeroissuebeer

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