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


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


  • 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)


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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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!


What’s In A Name

Plans are made and you have decided to join the adventure that is the Culinary Race. Next comes one of the most daunting tasks, what to name your team?

Coming up with a creative name for your team is completely personal but here are a few tip that might help set you on the path:

  • Don’t be afraid to do an Internet search to see what interesting team names people have used and use those as a starting point,
  • Use something you really like as your name base (a hotel, a drink, a movie, foods etc.) and manipulate it to include something culinary (think, May The Fork Be With You),
  • Rattle through your kitchen for strange or interesting utensils that you could base a name from,
  • Don’t be afraid that the name you are thinking of will be too silly, the funnier the better,
  • If the name makes you laugh it will most likely make other people laugh too, after all we are all fun like-minded people racing together.

There are so many fun options out there. Talk with your family and friends about it, having a brain storm session can produce great ideas you may never have thought of. Be creative and remember that a great team name can make you stand out during the race and can be the starting point for great race day costumes!

As a side note, last year we were team Tequila Mockingbird and this year plan to be team Half Corked!

Sending out creative juices to all the racers this year I am,

Your Everyday Foodie


What’s In A Race?

You have seen the posts and the tweets and maybe now you are wondering what exactly this Culinary Race thing is? Or maybe you are curious but think you don’t know enough about Calgary’s culinary scene to get involved? That’s the best thing about this race, there is no experience required!

I signed my husband and I up for this race for the first time last year when I was just starting to get involved in Calgary’s food scene. After signing up I started to re-think and worry……oh no what have I done? We don’t know anything about Calgary’s food scene……what kind of crazy things are we going to have to do….is this really a good idea…but race day came and we were off on a great adventure.

Ready for our adventure

We arrived at registration along with the many other excited teams, and with our clue list in hand we were off to discover new and interesting local businesses across the city.

We experienced things like shucking an oyster and identifying the sex of a lobster.

Identifying the sex of a lobster

We tossed pizza dough

Tossing pizza dough

and made a water jug sing.

Making a water jug sing

We found the cities smallest coffee shop, identified what fruit was in a drink

Identifying what fruit is in a drink

and learned to fill gourmet chocolates! 

Filling gourmet chocolates

Without a doubt when you choose to run this race you will taste all manner of great food and drinks as well as discover all sorts of culinary delights.  You will find fantastic local businesses while searching across the city making great memories, new friends and taking home all kinds of delicious treats.

Since we ran the race last year we have returned to and visited many of the locations we discovered including new restaurants, shops and liquor stores! Regardless if you are new to the city or have been in the City forever this race is for you.

So what do you need in order to run this race?

A sense of fun & adventure, a phone, a car and of course your tickets (which I would buy right now before they are all gone)!

Keep watching here for more posts and ideas for the race like coming up with a team name, creating a costume, what to bring on the race and more!

Looking forward to racing with you all this year. I am,

Your Everyday Foodie!

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