Meet the 2022 Dine Around Lineup
In the Glass: Alberta Craft Spirits  |  Bits 'N Bites
Restaurant Spotlight: D&A Gardens (Elnora)
Chef Profile: Shane Rutledge (Stone Peak, Jasper East/Hinton)
Featured Recipe: The Bees Knees
Meet a Producer: Tony Marshall (Highwood Crossing)
Featured Partner: Travel Special Areas

Meet the 2022 Dine Around Lineup

Registration has closed, and we're thrilled to reveal the 96 participating establishments taking part in Alberta on the Plate's 2022 Dine Around!  From Peace River to Lethbridge, Lake Louise to Acadia Valley, this province is coming alive with support of our local farms and producers.

To learn more about our participating establishments, visit

A1 Café
Bonterra Trattoria
Born Brewing Co.
Bow River Brewing
Bridgette Bar
Calcutta Cricket Club
Citizen Brewing Company
Cucina Market Bistro
Deane House
Diner Deluxe
Donna Mac
Eighty-Eight Brewing Company
Embarcadero Wine & Oyster Bar
Flower & Wolf
Foreign Concept
Fraser & Fig
Free House | Craft Beer Hall
Friends with Benedicts
Hi-5 Burgers, Shakes, Chicken
Holy Cow Gelato & Donuts
Lulu Bar
Model Milk
Our Daily Brett Market & Cafe
Paddy's Barbecue & Brewery
Posto Pizzeria & Bar
Rain Dog Bar
River Café
Roy's Korean Kitchen
Sage & Co.
Sky 360
The Chick Pea
The Coup
The Establishment Brewing
The Nash
Winebar Kensington
Yellow Door Bistro
Italian Table (Lethbridge)
Mocha Cabana (Lethbridge)
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden (Lethbridge)
Telegraph Taphouse (Lethbridge)
Theoretically Brewing Company (Lethbridge)
Water Tower Grill & Bar (Lethbridge)
By the Bourbon Brothers (Medicine Hat)
Clubhouse at Paradise Valley (Medicine Hat)
Medicine Hat Brewing Company (Medicine Hat)
The Sausage Shack (Medicine Hat)
Cattlemen's Chophouse (Picture Butte)
The Speakeasy at Eau Claire Distillery (Turner Valley)
Prairie Elevator Museum & Teahouse (Acadia Valley)
948 Brewing (Airdrie)
Daytona Beach Seafood Tacos (Airdrie)
Sorso Lounge (Airdrie)
Battle River Brewing (Camrose)
Hart House Wine & Tapa (Camrose)
Fence & Post (Cochrane)
The CCR Restaurant & Bar (Consort)
HomeRoom Diner (Devon)
D&A Gardens (Elnora)
Blindman Brewing (Lacombe)
Cilantro+Chive (Lacombe & Red Deer)
Moe's Pizza Co. (Lacombe)
Bo's Bar (Red Deer)
Memphis Blues BBQ House (Red Deer)
Occam's Razor (Red Deer)
Westlake Grill (Red Deer)
Lodge 43 (Sylvan Lake)
Sun of a Beach (Sylvan Lake)
The Glens Grill (Wetaskiwin)
Small World Café (Youngstown)
5th St Food Hall by JustCook Kitchens
Dalla Tavola Zenari
Highlevel Diner
Kindred Food + Drink
Lux Steakhouse + Bar 94
Three Vikings
Anohka Distillery (Parkland County)
Board 'n' Barrel (Peace River)
Twisted Fork (St Paul)

La Terrazza at Banff Park Lodge (Banff)
Wild Flour Bakery (Banff)
Stirling Grill (Canmore)
The Evergreen Restaurant & Lounge (Canmore)
The Grizzly Paw - Grizzly BBQ (Canmore)
The Old Grind (Hinton)
Stone Peak at Overlander Lodge (Jasper East/Hinton)
Evil Dave's Grill (Jasper)
Olive Bistro & Lounge (Jasper)
Tekarra (Jasper)
The Great Hall and Emerald Lounge (Jasper)
Banded Peak Base Camp (Lake Louise)
Lakeview Lounge at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Lake Louise)

In the Glass: Alberta Craft Spirits

Alongside the craft beer boom here in Alberta, another industry has also been ramping up - craft spirits.

In 2016, there were seven distilleries.  That's right - single digits.  Thanks to the changes in legislation that led to the surge in craft breweries, distilleries jumped to 47 in 2021.  Previously distilleries had to produce at least 250,000 litres a year in order to operate, making it almost impossible for small-scale producers to get started in the industry.

Parallel to the craft breweries, distilleries have been popping up in all corners of the province, using a variety of local ingredients to give them a distinct taste of Alberta in every libation.  From juniper berries to rosehips to haskap berries and more, the sky has been the limit for distillers come up with unique flavour profiles that you can't get anywhere else.

From vodka to gin to whisky and more, Alberta distilleries are pushing the boundaries of traditional spirits while producing award-winning, world class spirits.

Unique Alberta-made Spirits

Bridgeland Distillery Taber Corn Berbon

A bourbon-style spirit made from Taber corn and Penhold wheat and barley!  It's won a lot of awards too - two golds and a silver from the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition, and gold at the Alberta Spirit Awards.
Broken Oak Distilling Haskap Berry Liqueur

This liqueur is the perfect balance of sweet and tart, made from locally-grown Haskap Berries from our friends at Broken Tine Orchard in Beaverlodge. You can't get much more local than that!
Confluence Vinland Aquavit

Aquavit is a classic Nordic spirit that uses spices like caraway, dill and fennel. This one (named Vinland after what the Vikings called Canada) uses over 15 spices to create a super complex palate. Warning: you may turn into a Viking after consuming.
Epitaph Gin

Who doesn't love a blue gin? The stunning colour comes from the addition of butterfly pea blossom, and when you mix it with tonic or citrus, it turns a fashionable shade of lavender. Gold medal winner at San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Eau Claire Distillery Prickly Pear EquineOx

One of the original products to put Eau Claire on the map, the EquineOx highlights the flavour of the prickly pear cactus, which can be found right here in Alberta. A great replacement for both vodka and gin!
Rig Hand Sugar Beet Brum

So Alberta doesn't grow sugar cane, but you know what we do grow? Sugar beets! This "brum" (beet rum) is made from sugar beet molasses from Taber & Lethbridge, giving it the closest to a true Alberta rum you can get. 
The Alberta Craft Distillers Association is an industry association working towards turning Alberta into a world leader in quality craft spirit production. Working through advocacy, public awareness, and positive relationships with agricultural producers, other industry associations, businesses, media and the government, they are helping to ensure the long term viability of the craft distilling industry in Alberta.

Thinking about starting a distillery?  They even have white papers to help you through the process!

Alberta Craft Distillers Members

Calgary Area, Central AB & Southern AB
Back 40 Distillery Inc (Camrose)
Bridgeland Distillery (Calgary)
Broken Spirits Distillery (Calgary)
Burwood Distillery (Calgary)
Canadian Beaver Brewing & Distillery Company Ltd. (Brooks)
Confluence Distilling (Calgary)
Diony Distillery (Red Deer)
Eau Claire Distillery (Turner Valley)
Gnu Distillery and Spirits Ltd (Calgary)
Great Plains Craft Spirits (Calgary)
Greenwood Distillers (Sundre)
Krang Distillery (Cochrane)
Last Best Brewing and Distilling Co. (Calgary)
Long Shot Distilling Company (Winfield)
Minhas Micro Brewery (Calgary)
Park Distillery Restaurant & Bar (Banff)
Pivot Spirits (Rolling Hills)
Romero Distilling (Calgary)
Section 35 Farm Distillery (Viking)
Skunkworks Distillery (Calgary)
Stone Heart Distillery (Innisfail)
Tippa Distillery (Innisfail)
Troubled Monk (Red Deer)
Two Rivers Distillery (Calgary)
Whispering Dutchman Distillery (Cochrane)
Wild Life Distillery (Canmore)
Edmonton Area & Northern AB
Anohka Distillery (Parkland County)
Birds & Bees Winery Inc. (Brosseau)
Black Diamond Distilling (St Albert)
Broken Oak Distilling Co. (Grande Prairie)
Cold Lake Brewing & Distilling Co. (Cold Lake)
Copper Cork Distillery Ltd. (Vermilion)
Dark Sky Distillery (Sturgeon County)
Doege Distillery (Sherwood Park)
Elk Island Spirits Co. (Sherwood Park)
Hansen Distillery (Edmonton)
Kilini Creek Distillery (Parkland County)
Latitude 55 Distilleries (Grande Prairie)
Lone Pine Distilling Inc (Edmonton)
MD Distillery (St Albert)
Rig Hand Distillery (Nisku)
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Distillery (Yellowhead County)
Royce Distilleries (Slave Lake)
Strathcona Spirits (Edmonton)
The Crabbie Goat Distillery (Valleyview)
The Fort Distillery (Fort Saskatchewan)

Bits 'N Bites

Carstairs Beef & Barley Days coming July 15-17

Help Carstairs Ag Society celebrate 75 years at Beef & Barley Days. 2022 Highlights include the "Year of the Garden" parade, Smokin' BBQ at the Curling Rink, rodeo, art shows, pancake breakfasts, car shows, fireworks and more!  Learn more...
Culinaire's YYC Treasure Hunt returns August 14
On August 14, park once and discover all of the flavours 17th Ave SW has to offer.  Answer questions to learn and enjoy different foods at each stop, and use your new knowledge and skill to complete the 17th Avenue SW culinary puzzle to win fabulous prizes!   Learn more...
Taste of Edmonton back in full force at Churchill Square
The vibrant and lively Churchill Square serves as the backdrop to one of the country’s most talked about food festivals. The eleven day event boasts live performances of all genres, daily entertainment, and of course, features the best of Edmonton’s culinary scene.  
Learn more...
Westerner Days returns to
Red Deer

Westerner Days is Central Alberta's largest summer celebration with five days of top quality, truly authentic, action-packed entertainment! This event has everything that people are looking for in summer festivities – live entertainment, midway rides, free entertainment, nightly Pony Chuckwagon Races, good food and great company!  Learn more...

D&A Gardens (Elnora)

35344 Range Road 230, Elnora  |  403.773.2489

D&A Gardens is a local berry farm/u-pick, we grow 19 varieties of Saskatoons and are the oldest commercial grower of saskatoons in the world. Dave and Arden Delidais, the D and the A in D&A Gardens, have been fruit farming for over 40 years. 

In 2020 we opened our winery and have a delicious wine and spirit list from berries we harvest from our orchard. Each bottle tells a unique story of the Delidais family and the homestead we are located on. You can find our wines at our farm store, the Gasoline Alley Farmers Market, Old Strathcona Farmers Market, or at select liquor stores. 


MEET A CHEF: Shane Rutledge
(Stone Peak, Jasper East/Hinton)

Born and raised in Calgary, Shane attended SAIT in 2006 following his career as a chef for the past 15 years. While working and learning from some of the best chefs in Canada, he competed in multiple competitions including the Jeunes Chaine de Rotisseurs Competition, winning the regional competition and competing in Halifax for nationals. Shane also won the Chef To Be competition in Calgary. Shane has assisted competing chef in the Gold Medal Plates competition and also the Canadian Bocuse d’Or. 

Shane has traveled extensively including Europe, Thailand, New Zealand, Chile and Hawaii. While travelling, he experienced dining out at Micheline star restaurants. As a red seal journeyman chef, Shane is taking the next step of accreditation and is working on getting his Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC).

Shane has a great passion for the outdoors, healthy lifestyle and farm to table vision for the Stone Peak Restaurant.

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The Bees Knees

 This cocktail is perfect any time of year. Easy to make, and always delicious. Try it with different Alberta honeys to see the flavour change with the seasons!

Get the recipe

MEET A PRODUCER: Tony Marshall
(Highwood Crossing Foods) 

Highwood Crossing is an organic grain farm and processor.  Their flours, grains and oils are used across Alberta by some of the top chefs in the province.

AOTP: How did you get into grain farming?
TM: Highwood Crossing Farm has been in our family for over 120 years. Highwood Crossing refers to a shallow portion of the Highwood River that runs beside our heritage family farm. In the early days, before there were bridges or paved roads, travelers would cross at this narrow portion of the river… hence the name “Highwood Crossing”.

When we switched to sustainable organic farming methods in 1989, we were actually returning to agricultural practices that were similar in many ways, to those used on this same farm by my great-grandfather nearly 100 years earlier. This meant no toxic chemicals or pesticides; a small carbon footprint; crop rotations to help control weeds and pests; and growing our own “green-manure” legume crops that fix nitrogen and are then ploughed-down to improve soil health and fertility.

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FEATURED PARTNER: Travel Special Areas

Breathe the fresh air. See the stars, Take a road trip (heck, take a back road!) in our wide open spaces. Discover the beauty of the Canadian Badlands. You’ll find friendly faces and a cheerful welcome in any of our special area communities.

Elevate your adventurous spirit in the Alberta’s Special Area. We are home to numerous beautifully groomed golf courses, both provincial and privately owned spectacular campgrounds. Which feature high energy water sports and fishing opportunities. We have a diverse natural and cultural landscape where you can explore our regions wildlife and hunting prospects. History plays a large role in our communities where you can stop in at one of our numerous local museums. Artisans and local unique shopping centres are unlike any other you have experienced. Our unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities feature high action impact Rodeos and Bullaramas. The opportunities are endless…dig a little deeper and see what we have to offer.

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