Get to know our Sponsors: International Avenue BRZ

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International Avenue is a vibrant business district with a diverse ethnic composition located on 17th Avenue S.E., from 26 to 61st streets, in Calgary. There is an interesting mix of business representative of the cosmopolitan neighbourhoods surrounding the Avenue.

It is an area of one-stop shopping with access to a selection of restaurants and grocery stores from around the world, as well as a wide range of other retail goods and services.

Over 425 businesses operate within the zone. Convenient free parking is available throughout the zone.

The Mission of the organization is to “promote, improve and create a more pleasant community in which to shop and live”.

The BRZ is achieving these goals by:

  • A maintenance program designed to clean the shopping district
  • Promotional/image initiatives
  • Special community events
  • The completion of an urban design plan and vision – approved at City Council, 2010
  • Plans for a sustainable community
  • A crime prevention safety plan – adopted
  • A pedestrian friendly approved comprehensive transportation policy – approved for funding 2014 and construction of the plan began in 2016. It will be completed in 2018.
  • An implementation strategy
  • A comprehensive community development plan
  • A variety of community partnerships
  • Land use changes
  • An incubation strategy and research for new business concepts
  • A development strategy
  • Arts and culture hub

International Avenue offers a very popular and long running “Around the World in 35 Blocks Food Tour” allowing guests to visit shops and food markets in over 5 continents in 35 blocks.

Registration is open for their Summer Tours. Visit their website at International Avenue to learn more about other events including Global Fest, the businesses, shopping, news and more!

Did you know International Avenue has an App?! It’s free and available on both iOS and Android. You can download it directly from the International Avenue website or search it up on your play store.

Making Your Mark

The date is set, you have registered your team with a great creative name and now its time to figure out how to make your mark on the race.

Obviously the biggest way to make your mark is to win but since only one team can actually win there are other great ways to make your mark during the race. Just think, you have already made your first mark with your team name, you have put thought and creativity into it so lets make the second mark you leave a costume!

A costume sounds kind of daunting I know especially with only one week to race day but it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few quick and easy tips:

  • Think comfort, remember you will be getting in and out of a vehicle for most of the day. You don’t want to be in something that impedes your movement or race progress
  • Think t-shirts, they are a cheap and affordable way to make your team stand out, add some craft paint and glue some items on the represent your team name
  • Iron on transfers offer many options

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  • wool strings and puff balls (spaghetti & meatballs)
  • corks or bottle caps

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  • sparkles or sequins (bubbles from drinks)
  • use paint to make plain t-shirts into jerseys, put numbers and food names on the back and your team name on the front (puff paint works great for this)

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  • Fabric cut out in shapes work great (last year the Dirty Martinis looked great!)

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  • Hats, hats are an excellent way to create a costume, they are easy to take off when traveling and can garner some excellent attention. Again don’t be afraid to glue items to cheap hats or headbands that represent your team name,
    • plastic cutlery (may the forks be with you)
    • empty boxes or packaging
    • Drink stir sticks (think olives from a martini)
    • Plastic food items or toys
    • Construction paper (shaped to a hat can make a great pot)
  • Look into coveralls, try to stay light so think painters coveralls. You can get them cheap and a little paint on the back can transform you into a fun and easy to spot team
  • Add accessories, cooking aprons, chef hats, whisks, wooden spoons etc. things that are light and safe to carry but make sure they are not too expensive incase you accidentally leave them at one your race locations

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  • Not the creative DYI type? Hit up the local party store you can pick up some great costume pieces like grass skirts, coconut bras, colour coordinated hats etc.

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  • Lastly and above all remember comfortable shoes, you never know how far you might decide to walk between locations so forgo fashion here for a pair of shoes that you love and will keep you going all day!

If costuming really isn’t your thing there are other fun ways to leave your mark on the race,

  • Be friendly, don’t be afraid to talk to other teams, if you see them on the race road say hi and help to point them in the right direction, see how they are doing and talk about how things are going
  • Take the time to enjoy the race experiences, talk with the vendors, enjoy the samples, learn more about where you are and what they offer
  • Don’t be afraid to tackle silly challenges and make sure your social media accounts are ready to go, post, post, post! Take silly pictures, make videos, post funny comments and even a little friendly smack talk can be fun. Remember, the race organizers will be following all your moves on social media so take advantage of it!

Most of all remember to have fun no matter what else you do!

Hoping to help you all make your mark I am,

Your Everyday Foodie!

Culinary Race Rules 2017

In your registration package will be the Culinary Race Rules 2017.

We are sharing them in advance to give you a head start on your reading!

  1. Waivers must be signed by entire team before beginning Race and handed back to a Culinary Race Team Member.
  2. No pets allowed.
  3. The Culinary Race is not responsible for any parking fees or tickets you may acquire during the race so please drive responsibly and do not use your devices while driving.
  4. Please ensure you are wearing your Culinary Race ID Badge at every destination.
  5. It is recommended you do not bring children as some destinations are not child friendly and several tasks are +18.
  6. All members of a team are required to be present at the food destination for all tasks. If there are dietary restrictions any member can sit out of the task as long as there is one person able to complete it.
  7. Passports are to be initialed at each destination by an employee once the task is completed.
  8. All passports must be turned in to the Culinary Race Organizing Team at Tool Shed Brewery no later than 5pm.
  9. Please be respectful at all destinations, they are excited to be a part of the race and may be busy when you arrive!
  10. Have a great day, lots of fun and Good Luck! (mandatory)

Tips & Tricks from Past Winners

Champions should always retire on a high note. As 2016 winners of not just Culinary Race but the Culinaire Treasure Hunt, Team Statler and Waldorf (the cantankerous and opinionated Muppet critics) are doing just that, opening the door for a new champion to emerge.

Many people wondered – how can you possibly win both events? I am sharing with you tips and tricks to take our place on the podium in 2017.

First and foremost, have a game plan. The key is to have a strategist and an executor on your team. Take the time to answer all the clues at the start location. Make sure to read all the foodie publications Calgary puts out every month year round to stay on top of the food news. Put Google to work to hammer out the details and write down location addresses. Write clearly!

After your list of stops is complete, organize your destinations into segments of the city. Choose a strategy of outskirts to inner city, busy areas in the morning or whatever works for you.  Just create your own organized map and hope that all of your answers and addresses are correct! Backtracking from the far NW to the SE is like a 10 second penalty in a 100 metre sprint – it will keep you off of the podium.

The next detail is to choose who is driver and who is navigator. It will help when one of you knows faster routes in case of construction delays and good (free!) parking spots. Do not speed or perform any other illegal traffic act – the cost will negate potential earnings.

It is also prudent to point out that it helps to have no fear. Confidence and a few kitchen skills come in handy when faced with tasks.  Be aware of your team’s individual skills – who is best with a knife and who knows their booze best.

Last but most important, embrace the day and appreciate the time and effort all of the vendors have put into participating. Have fun, stop for photo ops and remember to keep supporting these businesses long after the crumbs settle.

BJ

Follow BJ on twitter: @bjoudman

Photos from the Culinary Race 2016

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