Pull out your stretchy pants because Calgary’s seven day celebration of spuds, curds and gravy is back! Calgary’s Poutine Week kicks off April 21 and runs through April 29 across the city. To offset the indulgence, Calgary Poutine and participating restaurants have partnered up again with local non-for-profit, Mealshare. For every poutine sold during Poutine Week at any of the participating restaurants provides a free meal to someone in need. Last year over 5,000 poutines were sold, which means that 5,000 children received a free meal through Mealshare.
Our ask, and the ask of the organizers, during Poutine Week are:
- Find a poutine or restaurant that you want to try
- Eat poutine
- Provide a meal to someone in need
- Talk about it #PoutineWeekYYC
Downtown restaurants participating in this year’s Poutine Week are broken up into areas with a teaser of what you can start to plan how to get the most of the cheesy goodness into your body! To ensure you get your fill of poutine, visit Calgary Poutine’s website for a full list of participating restaurants around the city. Below are restaurants downtown and on Stephen Avenue.
Bank and Baron – Reuban Poutine; pastrami, smoked bacon and beer sauerkraut, house made sweet relish, spiced gravy, cheese curds, Russian dressing and grainy dijon.
Goro + Gun – Hamamatsu Unagi Poutine; unagi, potato tots, onsen, egg, kabayaki sauce, cheese curds, green onion, nori $10
Paper St – The Wurst Poutine; shoestring fries, bratwurst, mustard gravy, Quebec cheese curds and fancy curry sauce. $13
Pig and Duke Pub – Chipotle BBQ pulled pork, bacon, green peppercorns, curds, Pig Sauce, fried egg on steak cut fries with green onions. $13
one18empire – Duck Poutine; warm, fresh fries topped with green onions, crisp chicken skin, heaping pile of cheese curds, duck confit, and a drizzle of orange basil marmalade. $17
Ceilis Downtown – Curry Wurst Poutine: curry gravy, special sauce, bratwurst, Quebec cheese curds $12.95
Delta Downtown – Breakfast Anytime Poutine; Kennebec fries + duck fat, Valbella country style bacon, red wine demi glaze, Vital Green Farms organic curds, truffle cheese and cage free poached egg. $12
The Guild – The Guild is offering up six different versions of their take on the poutine.
- Maple Brisket Poutine; maple-glazed Beretta Farms beef brisket, fries, cheese curds, chicken gravy, fermented chili mayo, crunchy stuff $18
- Chili-glazed Pork Belly Poutine; chili caramel, fries, cheese curds, tomato, cashews, fresh herbs $18
- Onion Bhaji Poutine; coconut curry sauce, fries, cheese curds, onion chickpea fritter, pickled onion, coconut sour cream $18
- Smoked Duck Kimchi Poutine; smoked roast duck breast, fries, cheese curds, maple gochujang sauce, crispy chicken skin, housemade kimchi $18
- The Frenchie; Quebec-style poutine, pulled roast chicken, fries, cheese curds, green peas, bacon, chicken gravy $18
- Le Classic Poutine; fries, cheese curds, chicken gravy, crunchy stuff $18
As you ponder over which poutine to start and end with, here is a little ode to poutine from Wandering Woodchuck.
Two heaped up plates; wondering if we’ll be able.
Deep porcelain dishes piled with golden handcut fries
On the red checkered tablecloth between us lie.
Thick gravy and melted cheese smother potato spears
In this hearty dish that we’ve enjoyed for years.
Smiling, toasting each other with smooth white wine
Sated by the mounts of poutine on which we’ve dined.