It’s a rare occasion to get all of the cities best restaurants and their chefs into the same room at the same time all preparing delicious food to sample. But, that occasion happened on February 27 as it does every year to celebrate the launch of Avenue Calgary’s March issue and its annual Best Restaurants Awards.
This year, the issue celebrates the 20 best overall restaurants in the city and the three best new restaurants, along with a handful of other categories.
More than 500 food-lovers spread themselves over four levels of Willow Park Wines & Spirits to stop at 20 stations serving food samples and chat with the chefs and owners of the top restaurants. There was also wine samples carefully chosen to pair with the food.
From miso-cured salmon on a crispy coconut rice cake to the butterscotch pudding we can’t stop talking about, we ate our way through the best restaurants in the city. Each bite and each conversation was a reminder of how talented Calgary’s restaurateurs are and how vibrant our food scene is. The party is really a kickoff celebration to another good year of dining out.
Here are some snapshots from the night.