Gino and winning bidders crack open wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano

Each year, we work with the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation to create an auction package on behalf of the Italian Centre Shop Calgary to donate to the Building Hope for Kids Gala. The event has a special theme and this year – it was Italy. Top Chef Canada S4 finalist Vittorio Colacitti made the trek from Toronto to prepare an Italian feast for 10 with help from our friend Chef Roy Oh from ANJU. $4,000 was raised for sick kids and we were absolutely thrilled to be a part of such a special evening.

A very special thanks to Mark Bata from BONVIDA Wines for their generous donation and partnership.


sea bream crudo, chills, pine nuts, meyer lemon
Donnafugata Lighea, Zibibbo, IGP Sicilia, 2014, Sicily

chicken liver parfait, roasted anjou pears, brioche
Donnafugata Ben Rye, Passito di Pantelleria, (Zibibbo), DOP,

wild mushroom ravioli, ricotta, grana padano
Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo, DOC, 2014

pan-seared piedmontese striploin, creamy polenta, spicy rapini
Aia Vecchia Sor Ugo, Bolgheri DOC, 2013

vanilla bean gelato, pears and walnut brittle
Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino