Bites: Top Chef kickoff at Foreign Concept, lunch collab at Donna Mac, and breaking bread at Urban Butcher

Winning no foreign concept to Calgary’s Jinhee Lee

Calgary’s culinary scene will be well represented on the next season of Top Chef Canada, which hits Food Network Canada in a week.

Among the competitors is Jinhee Lee, the award-winning executive chef at Foreign Concept, whose knowledge of flavours and skill set has seen her take the top prize at Gold Medal Plates and the Garland Canada International Chef Challenge in PEI, among other events.

Her meticulous nature and keen palate should show off well on the 6th season of the culinary competition show.

(Not to mention her speed: watch her compete in a 15-second, egg-cracking challenge.)

Tune in while sitting on the sofa at home or, better yet, join the team at Foreign Concept to cheer her on in person when the show premieres on Monday, April 9.

For a $10 donation, you’ll get a welcome cocktail from stellar mixologist Christina Mah, as well as small plates and light snacks to nibble as you watch Lee go up against chefs from across the country.

The entry donation will go to Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, an organization that ensures the thousands of hungry children attending city schools get a nutritious and filling lunch to fuel them as they learn.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., while the show will begin at 8.

Can’t make it? You can still show Lee the love by using the hashtag #TeamJinhee on social media, which will also give you a chance to win two seats at a special post-show dinner prepared by her.

For more information or to register for one of the spots, head over to Eventbrite.

Good food in the hood

A good neighbour makes life so much better.

Donna Mac is taking that to heart with their series of collaboration meals featuring favourites from the ’hood. 

Next up is a lunch version that will see chefs from Holy Grill joining forces with Tino Longpre in the Donna Mac kitchen.

Four dishes, three courses — there are far worse ways to spend a Monday lunch.

Set for April 9th, the lunch will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is $35 per person, with $5 from every diner going to CUPS, the Calgary organization helping adults and families dealing with poverty and trauma.

At the last event, featuring Roy Oh from Anju, the Good Hood Feast raised more than $500 for the organization.

Contact Donna Mac for more information or to make a reservation for this delicious collaboration.

Make good bread a Mission

Meat and bread — two very fine things.

A stop at the Urban Butcher in Mission now means a chance to pick up fresh bread from CRMR’s The Loft Bakery.

Whole-grain sourdough, rye, pumpernickel, focaccia and crostini made at The Loft Bakery in Granary Road will be available at Urban Butcher on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Along with the bread, Urban Butcher carries locally-sourced meats (including those from CRMR’s own ranch), produce, condiments and preserves, making it a one-stop shop for a delicious meal.

(Photo of Jinhee Lee courtesy Food Network Canada.)

Gwendolyn Richards is a Calgary-based food writer and the author of Pucker: A Cookbook for Citrus Lovers. She regularly contributes to Avenue Magazine and Food Network Canada. She shares her cooking and eating adventures – and occasionally some of her shoes – on Twitter and Instagram as @gwendolynmr.