Calgary Eats

Our culinary road trip takes us to cowboy town with its own stampede If you’re heading to Calgary this summer, pick up Calgary Eats: Signature Recipes from the City’s Best Restaurants and Bars by Gail Norton and Karen Ralph…a culinary treasure trove that brilliantly captures the vibrant food scene of this fun town. The cookbook, a sequel to the acclaimed Calgary Cooks, brings together a diverse array of recipes from some of the city’s top chefs and mixologists, making it a must-have for food enthusiasts and home cooks alike.

The book is beautifully curated, with each recipe reflecting the unique flavors and innovative techniques that define Calgary’s dining establishments. From appetizers to desserts, and even cocktails, the range of offerings is impressive. Whether you’re looking to recreate the sophisticated dishes of River Café or the inspiring fare of Bridgette Bar, Calgary Eats provides clear, step-by-step instructions that make even the most complex recipes approachable.

One of the important features of this cookbook is its focus on local ingredients. Norton and Ralph emphasize the importance of fresh, regional produce, and many recipes include tips on sourcing these ingredients within Calgary. This not only supports local farmers and producers but also ensures that the dishes are bursting with the freshest flavors possible. To highlight this feature, we provide you Eau Claire Parlour Gin Cocktails with their Grande G and T and Pergeron Negroni drinks in our Recipe section. We met the fine people of this distillery during our culinary travel through Alberta at

The photography in Calgary Eats by Chris Amat is stunning, with each dish captured in vivid detail. The visuals not only serve as an inspiration but also as a helpful guide for presentation. The stories behind each restaurant and chef add a personal touch, giving readers a glimpse into the passion and creativity that drive Calgary’s culinary scene.

The authors are to be commended for bringing the best of Calgary’s culinary world to the pages of this cookbook. Gail Norton, co-owner of Calgary’s renowned culinary destination The Cookbook Co. Cooks, brings a wealth of experience to the city’s food scene. A dedicated lifelong Calgarian, Norton has deep ties to the local food community. Her impressive resume includes roles as a former publisher of City Palate magazine, a judge for Taste Canada, and co-author of notable works such as Calgary Cooks, Dishing, Double Dishing, and Cooks in My Kitchen. Gail Norton continues to live and inspire in Calgary.

Karen Ralph, a seasoned culinary expert, has called Calgary home since 1979. She earned her BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) and has since built a diverse career. As a freelance writer and food and wine instructor at The Cookbook Co. Cooks, Karen brings her passion for gastronomy to life. She also organizes the wine tours for the company’s annual food and wine camps in the south of France, having visited the region 22 times and counting. Additionally, Karen is a long-time contributor to City Palate, serves as a roving ambassador for Metrovino, and co-authored the book Calgary Cooks. With her deep love for food, wine, and cooking, Karen continues to enrich Calgary’s culinary scene.

Heading to Calgary for the Stampede next week? First, pick up Calgary Eats at or win a copy in our Giveaway section. Pick some of your favourite dishes, chefs or restaurants and start exploring the culinary delights each one provides!

Contents and images used with permission by Calgary Eats: Signature Recipes from the City’s Best Restaurants and Bars by Gail Norton and Karen Ralph. Photographs by Chris Amat. Copyright 2019 by Eau Claire Distillery – David Farran. Excerpted with permission from Figure 1 Publishing. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.