Bonus Clue Advantage: Roving Foodie Friends

We’re excited to be offering up pre-registered participants one more set of Bonus Clues on Race Day!

We have enlisted the help of four well known food friends in Calgary to be Bonus Clues during the Race. Full details will be released to participants tomorrow morning.

These four will be roving through one or more of our food destinations at different times throughout the day. If you spot one of them your task is to identify them, ask for a photo with them, share it and have them sign their bonus clue spot on your passport. Easy peasy!

Our Roving Bonus Clue Food Friends are:

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John writes about restaurants for the Calgary Herald and reviews restaurants for CBC Radio in Calgary. He’s authored eleven National Best-Sellers and three apps on dining in southern Alberta, contributes regularly to magazines such as Swerve, enRoute, Where, Avenue, and Harry and is the Calgary judge for the Canadian Culinary Championships. He’s a member of San Pellegrino’s World’s Top Restaurants judging panel and leads culinary travel programs around the world for the University of Calgary.

But mostly he’s a hungry guy with a broad appreciation – and appetite – for well prepared food. @GilchristJohn


Julie Van Rosendaal

JulieJulie is the author of 7 best-selling cookbooks, with an eighth, Out of the Orchard, recently released. She’s one of the new generation of Best of Bridge (along with Sue Duncan and Elizabeth Chorney-Booth), with their collective first title coming out this fall. Julie has been the food columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One for 10 years, is the food editor of Parents Canada magazine and has regular columns in and writes for numerous publications, including SwerveAvenueWestern Living and City Palate. She co-hosted three seasons of the TV series It’s Just Food with chef Ned Bell, does food styling, and is perhaps best known for her award-winning food blog,, which documents real life in her home kitchen in Calgary with her husband, Mike, and 10 year old son, Willem. @dinnerwithjulie


Naddine Madell-Morgan

NaddineCalgary/Alberta Food Tours Leader and Owner of Quirk Girl Productions

Naddine is an actor, writer, director and producer when she is not being passionate about food. She wrote, produced and hosted the popular CJSW show “Spooning and Forking” and has accompanied Karen Anderson to India three times. Naddine shares a passion for local no matter where she might be globally positioned. @albertafoodtour @quirkgirl



DSC_7539Pierre Lamielle

Chef & Designer

Pierre is an award winning illustrator and a celebrated cook. He trained for food at the French Culinary Institute in New York City and is the author/illustrator of Kitchen Scraps: A Humorous Illustrated Cookbook, and Alice Eats: A Wonderland Cookbook – both of which took home Best Illustrated Cookbook in the World trophies at the World Gourmand Awards.

Look close, you might recognize him (without his beard) as a Chopped Canada Champion and the witty, but fierce contestant on Top Chef Canada Season 4. Combing his talents, he adds his visual sensibilities with his food knowledge and some bits of wit to create the original art for the shirts at  @foodonyourshirt


Bonus Clue Advantage: Calgary Food Bank

The Culinary Race has teamed up with the Calgary Food Bank and is happy to offer up a bonus clue advantage to all pre-registered teams.


Each participant can bring in a minimum donation of any 3 items you wish (or more) for the Calgary Food Bank the morning of the Race and hand them in to the Culinary Race Organizers during check in.

All team members within each team must participate to get the points. So if you are a team of two, 6 items. Once the Culinary Race Organizers have confirmed you have your items they will initial your team passport (found in registration package) and you will receive 2 additional bonus points for your team!

Emails with additional information went out today. Check your emails teams!

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May Bonus Clue’s Week 4



We finished off an amazing month of bonus clues with Craft Cellars Beer, Wine and Spirits store in Vista Heights.

Participants had to locate a local Alberta craft beer in the store and then if they were interested sample some beers at the growler bar.

Craft Cellars hosts events and tastings regularly at their unique 24 foot tasting bar. They believe product education is the key to growing customer knowledge and creating passion and awareness for the products in store.

They have an 8 tap growler bar with a strong focus on fresh, local beers and over 900 different craft beers with plans to bring in more.

Craft Cellars also has an excellent selection of collector and specialty wines and spirits, including a fantastic assortments of scotches and whiskeys. Check them out on 32nd Avenue NE.


May Bonus Clue’s Week 3

AmaranthGeneric_YLHFS_CMYKAmaranth Foods joined us for May Bonus Clue Week 3. Participants were given a lesson in fermented foods. Their task was to find one in the store, any fermented food and take a picture of it. If they didn’t know about fermented foods before, they sure do now!

Amaranth Whole Foods Market is proud to be a local Alberta-grown company! Founded in 1995 by Ken Klatt, Amaranth is dedicated to promoting healthy foods, nutritional awareness, and environmental responsibility through the products sold and the services provided.

At Amaranth, they respectfully support each customer’s unique wellness journey by offering the healthiest selections, wellness and preventative education, and knowledgeable service.

An eco-conscious, organically-rooted, sustainably-sourced company, they offer the finest in premium vitamins, foods-based supplements, specialty items, natural and gluten-free groceries and quality body care.


May Bonus Clue’s Week 2


May Bonus Clue Week #2 saw participants performing random acts of kindness at Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt on 17th Avenue SW in Calgary. The task at hand was to hand out samples of frozen yogurt to people on the street. Rain or shine, our teams got the task done!

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt is a self serve frozen yogurt shop offering over 80 frozen yogurt flavours and 100s of different toppings. Each location is independently owned and they are constantly creating new and unique tastes using their very own brand of cutting-edge machinery.

They offer Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Halal Certified, No Added Sugar, plus exclusive soy-based froyo options.

The frozen yogurt contains active probiotic cultures which helps to strengthen the immune system, improve the digestive tract, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Fun and delicious, Tutti Frutti has become the new healthy dessert option for many.