“When did Calgary become a secret foodie paradise?” is something I’ve wondered to myself many times since I moved here.
I often travel for food, and Calgary wasn’t even a blip on my culinary radar until I arrived. Thankfully, if you’re a food lover in this town you’re in luck! The food scene here is exploding with so many exciting eats, events and people.
2011 was definitely a year to remember, as it saw several new and innovative restaurants pop up, two local chefs, Connie DeSousa of Charcut Roast House and Rebekah Pearse formerly of Nectar Desserts, compete for the title of Top Chef Canada, and the launch of the YYC Food Truck craze.
Step into 2012 and here we are with another contender for Top Chef Canada, Xavier Lacaze of Muse Restaurant and Lounge, and when Western Living Magazine announced their “40 Foodies Under 40: Class of 2012” six Calgarians were on that list.
While we’re on the topic of accolades, Where Magazine had their “Where to Dine” Awards recently, in celebration of Calgary’s top eats of 2011 and many of the winners and finalists will be participating in Calgary’s Dining Festival, The Big Taste from March 2-12, including:
“Best Overall” Charcut Roast House , who was also a Finalist in the “Canadian” category.
Vintage Chophouse won the “Alberta Beef” category.
Rush was the Staff Pick for “Dessert.”
The Old Spaghetti Factory was the Staff Pick for “Family Fare.”
“Indian” winner was Mango Shiva.
Double Zero was a Finalist in the “Pizza” category.
Vin Room was a Finalist for “Tapas/Small Plates.”
It’s going to be be an incredible line up for this year’s Big Taste, March 2-12, 2012! If you love food don’t miss out on your chance to indulge in this once a year opportunity.