Calgary Food News: New Restaurants, Events and Deals

Vancouver-based Meat & Bread opens in downtown Calgary, a meatball restaurant opens in Kensington and River Cafe is offering picnic basket meals again.

Vancouver-based Meat & Bread opened its fourth location in Calgary this month.

Photograph by Alana Willerton


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


Cru Juice becomes Jusu Bar

If you've been searching for Cru Juice lately but haven't been able to find it, don't worry. You're not going crazy. The Calgary juice company was acquired (along with Vancouver-based Krokodile Pear) by Jusu Bar, a Victoria-based organic health bar. As a result, all of the Calgary Cru Juice locations were turned into Jusu Bar locations earlier this year. You can still get your cold-pressed juice fix here. Jusu Bar offers 14 different kinds of juice, which range from the Brazilian Java that features cold-brew coffee to the Emerald City juice, which is packed with veggies like bell pepper, celery, cucumber, spinach and more. There's also a food menu that's full of organic eats, including smoothie bowls, soups, salads, sandwiches, toasts, baked goods and more. Jusu Bar now has locations in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and, most recently, Lake Louise at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Various locations,, @jusubar

Get some lunch and help a good cause through the Fairmont Palliser's new Side Door Series

The Fairmont Palliser is offering a new lunch option in downtown Calgary. The historic hotel recently launched a new program called the Side Door Series, which will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At those times, guests can head to the hotel's Oak Room side door to order lunch — tacos and a pop on Tuesdays and a burger and a pop on Thursdays. The whole meal only costs $14, with a portion of that going towards The Mustard Seed.

133 9 Ave. S.W., 403-262-1234,


Meat & Bread opens downtown

Vancouver-based Meat & Bread recently opened its fourth sandwich shop location (and the first one in Alberta) in Calgary. Located downtown in the Grain Exchange Building, the 1,100-square-foot eatery was designed by Nam Dang-Mitchell Design. Meat & Bread offers a porchetta, buffalo chicken and Alberta beef sandwich (plus a daily special), which are served up on wooden serving boards with dollops of sauce and mustard. Add a side of soup or salad and a bottle of beer to complete your lunch.

821 1 St. S.W.,, @1meatandbread


Parm opens in Victoria Park

If you're looking for Parm, just look for the newly painted, bright yellow building (in the space that used to be Amantea Italian Restaurant and Market) in Victoria Park. The new restaurant, which opened in late May with around 50 seats and an upstairs event space, offers many Italian favourites. There are six different kinds of wood-fired pizza made in a 800-degree forno pizza oven, plus entrees like meatball or chicken parmesan, gnocchi, spaghetti carbonara, New York steak and more. At the front of the restaurant, there's also an Italian market where you can pick up breakfast, lunch and dinner items (think sandwiches, salads, lasagna and Italian food products) to go. 

1207 1 St. S.W., 403-232-6230,


Prohibition Freehouse opens in Kensington

Located in the space formerly occupied by Molly Malone's in Kensington, Prohibition Freehouse is focused around one main item: meatballs. There are four different kinds of meatballs to choose from (classic, chicken and apple, pork or veggie), which can be served with your choice of "bedding" (spaghetti, mashed potatos, polenta or portobello mushrooms) and sauce (tomato, pesto, gorgonzola cream or mushroom). You can also get meatballs on a baguette or eat them naked with your choice of sauce and some cheese. Prohibition also has an impressive list of beer, wine and cocktails, plus a fantastic rooftop patio to enjoy them on. Stop by on Wednesdays starting at 4 p.m. to take advantage of Buck-a-Ball, where you can get as many pork balls with tomato sauce as you want for only $1 each. The restaurant will also be opening a sidewalk meatball take-out window in the next week.

1153 Kensington Cres. N.W., 403-453-8549,, @prohobar


River Cafe is offering summer picnic baskets again

What could be more idyllic than a summer picnic in Prince's Island Park. This summer, River Cafe is once again offering picnic baskets ($35) filled with linens, cutlery, food and drinks for two people. Once you've ordered one, the baskets can be picked up from the restaurant and taken to where ever you'd like to enjoy them. The basket menus feature items like seasonal fruit, red lentil hummus, gouda cheese, crackers, cookies and squares for dessert and your choice of sandwich flavours like Juniper smoked trout lox, Heart Rock ranch chicken and forno roasted eggplant. The baskets are available until September. Click here for more information and to order.

25 Prince's Island Park, 403-261-7670,, @rivercafeyyc


Spragg's Meat Shop opens in Haysboro​

Spragg's Meat Shop celebrated the grand opening of its new storefront in Calgary's Haysboro neighbourhood on June 3. While Spragg's does have a shop in Rosemary, Alberta (where it's based) and products in various markets and grocery stores around Calgary, this is its first Calgary storefront. Along with Spragg's signature free-range pork products, shoppers will find meats like beef, chicken, lamb and fish here.

9675 Macleod Tr. S., 403-255-1232,, @spraggsmeat

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