A round up of what’s new and happening with our TASTEairdrie partners
Sorso Espresso & Wine Bar is harvesting the best of fall with chef-prepared flatbreads, soups and salads with locally sourced products that will pair quite nicely with their wine selection. Or be sure to sample their famous homemade pumpkin-spice latte. (Another reason why fall is the favourite season for foodies.) Early fall still offers good patio weather to take advantage of Sorso’s southwest exposure. If you’re on the run, you can also get most of their menu items via drive-thru.
Need a new venue for your meetings or parties of up to 35 people? Why not book out the entire Abe’s Restaurant for a change of pace? Abe’s would love to host your staff or friends and create a custom event just for you. Great for the office – instead of being stuck in a meeting room with four beige walls, think of all the natural light and natural goodness of team bonding over kale power salads and slow-roasted pulled-chicken sandwiches or throw your own birthday party and order up Naan grilled cheese with smoked bacon for everyone!
Chef Michael Frayne loves brunch food so First & Vine is now serving up a decadent brunch menu featuring eggs benedict with a fresh-herb hollandaise, Alberta potato hash and your choice of back bacon, avocado or house-smoked trout. The lunch and dinner menu is always evolving with the seasons so expect Frayne to whip up his eclectic flatbreads and shareable dishes that will pair perfectly with the wine menu.
A nomination for best new restaurant by enRoute magazine is just another of the feathers in Chef Jason Barton-Browne’s cap over at Hayloft. Airdrie foodies know why this nomination is so deserved. The menu changes often in keeping with what is available, and is sourced as locally as possible. For fall think handmade pastas, rustic and hearty chicken and beef dishes and fall’s best vegetable harvest creatively prepared for your plate.
Thumbprint Craft Beer Market, the first of its kind in Alberta, is a boutique beer store with 400 varieties of beer, from IPAs to stouts, all sourced from small breweries, many of which are situated in the region.
Right next door to Thumbprint is another great sipping experience. On Tap Oil & Vinegar is a new addition to the TASTE scene and thank goodness! On Tap has an exceptional inventory of the freshest 100 per cent extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars that you can sip and sample before purchasing. Row upon row of shiny steel canisters hold the magic elixirs that add flavour to everything from salads to pastas. Pick your flavours (we love the Champagne Balsamic) and get them bottled in your choice of sizes; you’ll become addicted. This is a great spot to grab a hostess gift or two while shopping for your own kitchen.
The Woods is famous for their Sunday brunch buffet and the new waffle station is making everyone smile, with a crazy amount of topping options from savoury to sweet. And speaking of savoury – why not let the crew at The Woods do all the heavy lifting for Thanksgiving dinner? Turkey and all the trimmings and your favourite side dishes plus a table laden with dessert? Yep, you don’t have to do a thing except make a reservation.
Two-Wheel Taste Tour 2.0
Get on your bicycle for a gourmet tour around Airdrie. We sold out the very first one in August so we are planning the next one for Sept. 23. Guide James Ash of Bike Airdrie will take you for stops for sips and sampling at some of our favourite places including Hayloft, Sorso, First & Vine, Thumbprint and On Tap. There are only 20 tickets available so don’t delay – order yours at airdrielife.com.