DIN­ING

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A new food fes­ti­val comes to Cal­gary; a place for pie lovers.

Our long-time Hot Din­ing con­trib­u­tor—and one of the most well-known and re­spected food crit­ics in Cal­gary—John Gilchrist is re­tir­ing. So, we bring you a fi­nal rec­om­men­da­tion from John: his pick for the best res­tau­rant in Cal­gary is Rouge for its “his­toric set­ting, huge yard, fine ser­vice, and fab­u­lous, con­tem­po­rary lo­calsea­sonal cui­sine.” It’s es­pe­cially de­light­ful to visit in the sum­mer when the yard is in full bloom and in­gre­di­ents are picked right from the gar­den (page 61).

Savoury pie for din­ner, or sweet pie for dessert? At Pie Cloud, the an­swer is a re­sound­ing “both.” The savoury menu list in­cludes mas­ter­pieces such as the Tur­key Din­ner Pie, with a bot­tom crust of stuff­ing lay­ered with veg­gies, gravy, and chunks of tur­key topped with mashed pota­toes, or the gooey, creamy Mac and Cheese Pie, baked into a flaky pas­try crust and gar­nished with a ba­con lat­tice. On the sweet side you’ll find clas­sic favourites with a few sur­prises. Try the Lus­cious Lime Pie with a gin­ger­snap crust, or the sublime Marsh­mal­low Mer­maid Pie with tart or­ange curd, blue Cu­ra­cao liqueur, and topped with marsh­mal­low whip. If you’re not in the mood for pie there’s a “Not Pie” menu with com­fort food in­clud­ing Meat­loaf Mash, Chicken ‘n Waf­fles, and a full break­fast (page 60). —R.F.

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