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Neighbour Day 2019: A Review
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By Jessica Lajoie, CHCA President.

Neighbour Day 2019 started for me with putting up some barriers on 21st Ave to close down the block to traffic - a first for Capitol Hill Neighbour Day! Immediately I had some helpers decorating the road with side walk chalk, drawing hopscotch squares and stars. The weather was lovely. As the day went on I enjoyed live music, a yummy sausage, and chatting with local businesses. I even got my family's bikes tuned up for free! I wrapped up the day sipping a glass of sangria on the sunny deck of the community centre. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked hard to make it happen.

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By Mavis Sew, CHCA Vice President

The Capitol Hill Community's first Neighbour Day celebration wasn't planned as such.

In June of 2013, the Community Centre had organized a BBQ fundraiser for the Dinosaur playground. We had planned an evening of burgers and hot dogs, and some live musical entertainment. People attending would be charged at the door and all funds would go towards the new playground. Earlier, on the day of the event, Calgary started flooding, and our plans changed quickly from a fundraising event, to a free community BBQ with an invitation to anyone displaced by the floods to come up for a free meal and to escape the realities of the disaster for a brief moment. A few members of the Barberellas, a group of barbershop singers were unable to come due to living on the other side of the river, but the rest of them were eager and willing to contribute to our event. The event ended the evening with a lively and exuberant set by Aaron & the Cultivators, a Capitol Hill resident at the time.

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This coming together of neighbours, and community is the heart of Neighbour Day in Capitol Hill. Since 2013 we've continue to grow community through increasing opportunities for neighbours to meet at the Community Centre through recreational classes, social gatherings and clubs. By reaching out to the local business community, Neighbour Day found a partner, and has evolved to showcase the best that our community has to offer.

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My family spent the whole day at Neighbourday, eating lunch from the Dogfather while listening to the band on the stage. My children participated in the bicycle safety course & obstacle course offered by Safe Cycling Calgary. We caught up with the many local businesses, and had a free family portrait taken by Studio Lumen. We ended the day in awe by the musical talents showcased in the Talent Show organized by Bryan Buss of Leroux Studios. The family bands that performed were our favourite and has inspired our family to jam and perhaps enter into next year's talent show.

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On behalf of the CHCA, I hope you enjoyed the day, and thanks to you for coming and supporting our community! Many thanks to the vendors, Bryan Buss for organising the Talent Show, Abi Harker for organising everything on the ground, The Rockin’ Rebels, Scott Taekwondo and his students for putting on their demonstration, Velo Fix for coming out to treat everyone’s bikes, Pamela McHugh for organising the Bike Rodeo and Safety event, The Dog Father for the food, Happy Feet for providing the football, Brinna for manning the bar and mixing up her Sangria recipe, and all the volunteers who helped out on the day. Hoping to see you again next year!

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Citizens of Capitol Hill: Pistachio Bake Shop
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By Aarthie Fernando and Maria Castillo-Stone

Aarthie and myself were eager to welcome new kids on the block: Pistachio Bake Shop , so we were invited to have a chat with Ismah Souraya - the brain child behind Capitol Hill’s treat spot, and sample some of the goodies for ourselves.

What made you you decide to choose Capitol Hill to situate your business?

When we were looking for a location, this was a perfect place - next to the school, next to the church and the old folks home, and near SAIT which seemed like a great location. The people here are super friendly, family-orientated. You see a lot of demographics here - families, students and seniors.

What inspired your line of business?

I started baking pastries at SAIT (graduated in 2016). From there, I’ve worked as a cake decorator at Co-Op, and at Bridgeland Market as a baker.

I’ve always had a passion for baking, and I’ve always wanted to open up my own coffee shop and bakery. My dad has owned a few businesses  - we jumped at the opportunity for this place.

For a new customer, what do you recommend they try first?

Definitely something Middle Eastern because that’s what we’re about here at Pistachio. I would recommend the Raspberry cake slice or the Basbousa. (Author’s note: Basbousa is a traditional Middle Eastern sweet cake. It is made from a semolina batter and sweetened with orange flower water or rose water simple syrup.)

What was your favourite treat growing up?

My favourite dessert - it’s Lebanese, called Knafeh. It’s made with semolina flour, and cheese - it’s melted. It’s best served warm.

What are your three essentials for the kitchen?

Passion - a love for baking. Patience and butter!

Who inspired you growing up?

Definitely my mum -  she’s a part-time baker

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting a business in Capitol Hill?

If somebody found a place to start a business in Capitol Hill, I would say “Go for it!” Because the community is amazing and the people here are lovely.

Pistachio Bake Shop is located at 1104 20 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2M 1E8. At time of print, their opening hours are 9am-6pm (except Mondays - they are closed) but I recommend calling ahead at: 403-475-1104 to confirm their opening hours.

Do you have an interesting story to tell? Do you have a hobby, talent or a sustainable way of living? Are you a business (big or small) owner in Capitol Hill and you want people to know about what you do - please get in touch at: communication@capitolhillcommunity.ca and you could be featured here!

Neighbour Day 2019: What To Expect
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By Abi Harker, Facilities and Rental Manager.

It's that time again where we celebrate all things community!

Our annual neighbour day and business fair is on June 15th this year. I have been very fortunate to lead this shindig for the past 4 years. Luckily, I have a great team who makes this work like a well-oiled clock.


Each year, our Neighbour Day has grown in activities, ideas and people enjoying the event. We strive to offer the locals and people from all over, a fun afternoon filled with music, displays of our rentals we have such as Tae Kwon Do and Salsa to name a couple, food trucks, bouncy castle, free events, music  and our ever fabulous bar and bar manager Brina to pour a beer or two. It's a great way for people to see what we have to offer during the week. 

The idea for this started 3 years ago, a fantastic local business fair incorporated into Neighbour Day was hatched between myself, Bryan Buss owner/operator Leroux Music and Dr. Laura Vandertogt,  Chiropractor of the Wellness Studio. One rainy day at Weeds Cafe, we met and thrashed out an idea to bring local businesses together to share who they are and what they do to help grow this wonderful community. Both Bryan and Laura were instrumental in reaching out to the other businesses that each year, grew in size and wanted very much to be back in the fold of our special day. 

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Our vision is to provide a day where all are inclusive and engagement of the community is key. Each year we hope to make our event bigger and better. Without the support we have of the community board, the city and all the countless volunteers and their time, none of this could happen. We are very grateful!


Please come and join us on June 15th at 11am. We expect the fun to start around 11.30-noonish as we start to get everyone in place around that time. The bar will be open - bring cash for this and the food. The Dog Father food truck will be serving food, hot coffee and tea - this was our biggest request from last year!

Events to look forward to: a fantastic bike clinic and bicycle obstacle event for kids - Bike Rodeo. Fun free interactive events such as Happy Feet soccer for little ones, a great bouncy castle and as mentioned displays from our great renters for martial arts.  All the local businesses that come to join the day will be very excited for you to visit their table and found out who they are - don't be shy!

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We also have a local band playing tunes of yesteryear, so dance your face off! To top the day, there l be  a super talent show starting around 3pm, that showcases local kids and adults. We promise no Simon Cowell though!

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We can guarantee fun, laughter and mingling with familiar faces, but not the weather. Just come prepared for rain/shine or pollen  as we plan to enjoy regardless :-)






Neighbour Day 2019
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By Bryan Buss

Neighbour Day is taking place Saturday, June 15th.
To celebrate, the CHCA and Capitol Hill Business Community are organizing an event which will celebrate our vibrant and diverse community.

As with any successful community event, there will be live music, food trucks, demonstrations and opportunities for neighbours to get to know one another. In 2017, we had hundreds of attendees throughout the day, as well as in 2018 (an even much larger production!). We expect a much higher volume this year.

The business fair which will be similar to a mini-trade show or mini-lilac festival, and will feature our community’s local independent businesses. Participating businesses will be set up as vendors, with tents and tables covered by the registration payment.

This is a fantastic opportunity to:

  • Showcase and market your business

    1. Create community presence and awareness of what your business has to offer

    2. Interact with people living in the community & meet new clientele

    3. Show off and sell products

    4. Educate the public about your services

    5. Network with other local businesses


We connected with dozens of new leads during the business fair last year, with many becoming weekly customers!
-Leroux Music School

 

Click Here to Register your business now!
 

Go to the Capitol Hill Community Association Website: 

  1. Become a Capitol Hill Community Association corporate member (if you haven't already, current memberships expire June 30th 2019)

  2. Pay registration fee of $100 (for the neighbour day event)

  3. Fill out the registration form at the link below.  Someone will be in touch shortly to confirm your registration.  https://www.capitolhillcommunity.ca/new-page

  • $100 Fee includes: a vendor space in the business fair, rental of tent, table & 2 chairs, an on-stage pitch at the event to promote your business, and guaranteed visitors to your booth on event day (wow, what a deal!)
     

  • Decide on how you want to showcase your business – featuring/selling products, providing information, an interactive display or activity for people to do...

  • Help create community and support the Capitol Hill Community Association – decide on how your business can reward members and encouraging membership.

    • Benefits exclusively for members –for example, member only discounts/promotions, voucher for free item or complementary service, buy one-get one coupons...
       

Registration also includes business owner meetups to be hosted by Leroux Studios and the Capitol Hill Community Association throughout  2019 and 2020. A fun way to meet your fellow business owners and build cross-promotion.
 

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to market your business and make new connections with members of the community! $100 reserves your spot - Register today!
 

Questions? Email Bryan Buss and Jean-Marc Robin at: capitolhillbusinessfair@gmail.com
 



Citizens of Capitol Hill: The Friendly Edit
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By Maria Castillo-Stone

Last Friday, I was lucky to spend a lovely afternoon at the home of Jess Voykin, one half of the blog: The Friendly Edit. Little did I know we were neighbours on the same block! (U.K me would say street but I wanted you to get my drift!)

As well as getting a peek at her lovely home, and getting my belly filled with delicious treats (mentioned below), I got to make a new friend. And that’s what I love about this little Citizens of Capitol Hill project - I get to meet all sorts of people in our community and make connections.


What makes Capitol Hill a great place to live?

It’s awesome! There’s such a good mix of people of all ages and stages of life. I believe that’s what makes an asset to our community.


How would you describe the community of Capitol Hill and it’s people to an outsider?

It’s something you have to experience! Before we came to live here, we were invited to the Pub Night by some of our friends that live in the area. It was great seeing kids running around, how safe it was, everyone knowing each other - that has been really special. Our life has been made better by living here. We are always trying to convince our friends to move here by telling them about our experiences here.

We are so lucky, we are so close to everything and it feels like a community.


What inspired your journey to becoming a blogger and starting The Friendly Edit?

My best friend is a registered dietician and I suggested that she should start a blog. After a few glasses of wine at a Wine Festival,  she said: “I’ll only do it, if you’ll do it with me” and that’s what started it all.

Since then, I’ve found it to be a passion of mine - food has always been something that we shared within our friendship, and cooking - cooking together. We don’t live in the same place, so this was another way to keep us connected, especially at different points in our life: getting married and kids, it was nice to tie our lives together.

I don’t think I would have done this on my own but because we were doing the blog together, it pushed us forward - you’d do anything for your best friend, despite our own fears.

When driving the blog, what’s your inspiration and influence, when you’re creating a post or cooking a recipe?

I try to think of it as a family recipe. A couple of years ago, my mum and dad brought us a recipe book with all our family recipes for Christmas. It’s those things that are so good - you have to share them with your family or your friends. It’s great when you’ve made something excellent and to be able to share it. It’s not about the fanciest food, it’s about things that everyone has in their house, that’s quick and tasty!. My passion lies in making food accessible to people.


Do you have a favourite family recipe?

It’s less about the recipe and more about the time when we have it. Before Christmas morning, my family does these Overnight Cinnamon Rolls, where you put everything in the Bundt pan the night before  - it’s a wife-saver cinnamon roll. It’s super tasty and it’s become a part of the holiday for me. It’s not a fancy recipe but because I have all those Christmas morning memories tied to it, and now I have my family, that’s why that’s my favourite family recipe.

What’s a favourite memory - travel or food related?

I grew up in Medicine Hat, and at the time I grew up, there weren’t a lot of diverse restaurants for example, there wasn’t a sushi restaurant until I was in Middle school. Also, my mum didn’t love cooking - she’ll admit that she needed to cook to serve us something healthy and good. It’s funny because I’m one of three sisters and we love to cook! Food in our household wasn’t a huge emphasis  - it was more about bringing people together.

When I went travelling in Middle school, I remember not liking the food, yet when I went back as an adult (just this last year), I went to London and to Austria, I was so passionate about the food!


So the part about bringing people together is part of the force behind your blog…

Yes for sure! The way I show love and care for people is making food and feeding them, which my husband really likes - it’s one of his love languages! But yes, it’s about bringing people together.

I’ve seen a lot of healthy eating recipes on your blog, what’s one healthy eating tip you would dispense?

Full disclosure, I’m not a healthy eating expert - my blog partner is the registered dietician, so she is really good! I’m more of a “cook with butter” girl, but we try to eat less meat - that’s an easy way to cut down on less fat and calories. We did try one month without meat and what I liked about doing that was that it challenged me to try out different recipes. Before I was in a rut: meat, veggie, side. So going meat-free for a month, made me think about food differently, and it therefore expands your palette.


What’s one recommended tool everyone should have in their kitchen?

A good chef’s knife - is really key. We got given one three moves ago by our realtor. When we got it I thought: “This is such a weird gift! Why would he give us a knife?” Yet here it is, the thing that I use every day. You can do things faster and easier - I remember once thinking “This is hard on my wrists, why can’t I chop this yam?” and it was down to a bad knife! I really love Le Creuset’s spatulas and they last forever. I especially like the Spatula Spoon  - it has this cut out that makes it handy for cooking.

Tell me 3-5 things you can’t live without?

My iPhone, my Dyson, my car, Borage Seed Oil by The Ordinary - it’s made my skin so much better! And sunglasses. I’m an Optician by trade so that’s something I really value.


Name your Desert Island books and/or music?

The Acoustic Covers playlist on Spotify, it has become the soundtrack of our house. We’ve played it so much, I know every song! I sew - it promotes a busy-hands-clear-mind thing, and so I quilt specifically, so the quilt you’re sitting on, and the pillow - I made those! I also like listening to podcasts: The Stuff You Missed In History Class - that’s up my alley.


Lastly, What, as a community member, would you like to see in the future?

I think the community is heading in totally the right direction. It’s very inclusive and family-focused. The community centre is so awesome! For example on Tuesdays I was going there three times in one day: preschool, Tae kwon do and the dance classes. There are so many things happening at the centre, we’re very lucky, so adding more to the agenda would be great. I’m also excited to check out the Fibre Arts Club. Things like these are good to connect people and get you out of the house.


Now you may be curious (and hungry) about the treats Jess made prior to her interview. Thankfully, I also have the recipes courtesy of Jess and am sure you will find them amazingly tasty (the Blondies lasted two days in our household!).

Again, many thanks to Jess for inviting me in her home! If you would like to be featured in Citizen’s of Capitol Hill, contact me at: communication@capitolhillcommunity.ca




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Smoothie Bowl and Dijon and Parmesan Crusted Chicken (Stay tuned for the chicken recipe post - will be published on Friday!)






Brewfest 2019

By Jarvis Schmidt

Craft beer is exploding in Alberta.  A few short years ago, the first microbreweries were popping up and trying to make it work in a market that didn’t really know what they were offering.  Now in 2019 things are expanding at breakneck speed and it would be tough to even visit every brewer in Calgary.  

To make this experience easier for you - whether you love your beer or would like to dip your toes into the craft beer universe, Capitol Hill is hosting our first brew festival, providing a family-friendly event for people to try out some of the province’s best beer.  

More details and purchasing tickets can be found at the bottom of this page, in the meantime, please read ahead for what Brewfest 2019 will have to offer. (Details are subject to change in unforeseen events)

Introducing our brewers who will be providing at this years event:


These guys hail from Lacombe, 25km north of Red Deer, and are always on the cutting edge of new popular styles. They believe in supporting the places they live and in the people that live there, by sourcing their products locally.

My favourite beer from them is their New England Pale Ale, which is a great style that is full of citrus and hoppy notes.



The legend goes something like this: three high school friends reunite bringing their outside knowledge of chemistry, cooking and education, and join forces with a business expert. After building and nurturing their idea, The Dandy Brewing Company was born as a fully fledged company in January 2014.

Every time you walk into their tap room in Renfrew, there is always a style you haven’t heard from. They pride themselves on being unique, and do a great job at it.  Every summer I look forward to their sub-4% India Session Ale, the Cosmic Dancer.


While this brewery doesn’t appear intent on pushing the boundaries, they instead focus on a high-quality, consistent product.  And it works.  

Last summer, I took many cans of Plainsbreaker as I could - a perfect accompaniment for a trip to the cottage, as there’s nothing like a pleasant, slightly hoppy wheat beer, that can appeal to almost everyone.  

An aromatic, style bending approach to the pale ale. The PlainsBreaker is bursting with late addition hops, boasting a huge tropical flavour and aroma. Well balanced, interesting and very approachable, this beer is for every adventure.


A relative newcomer onto the scene, they have been able to impress with their ability to make craft beer lovers reach for their classic styles.  Founded in 2016 by two friends, Freehold sought to encapsulate friendship and conversation, over good food and beer.

They aim to bring pride to the province of Alberta and start the conversation #albertabychoice?

Freehold is founded on the thought that Albertans choose to carve their own way. A choice made because there is a finally a place that reflects an internal resiliency and the celebration of earnest hard work. Every Albertan in their own way is in their own pursuit of building a better place. A simple question, “How do we tip our caps to this place?”, to remind us of the importance of this question.

My favourite recommendation is their Big Chutes, a beer that is rich in body and full of flavour.


I hope this has piqued your interest and look forward to welcoming you, your family (minors are welcome!) and friends to our first ever Brewfest at Capitol Hill. Until then, I leave you with this quote from Canadian essayist and professor Hugh Hood:

“Nothing ever tasted better than a cold beer on a beautiful afternoon with nothing to look forward to than more of the same.”


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Citizens of Capitol Hill: Banzai Sushi & Teriyaki House
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by Maria Castillo Stone

For our very first “Citizens of Capitol Hill” interview, we’re featuring Banzai Sushi and Teriyaki House. If you’ve been in Calgary longer than I have (I’m still five years or so young in this sunny city), you’re probably familiar with Banzai Sushi when it was situated downtown on 4th Ave, until it’s move to Elbow Drive.

I had moved to Calgary in 2013, fresh from two years spent living and working in Tokyo. My husband and I were out and about, and craving Japanese food. He took me to Banzai and I had a hot bowl of Udon tempura that I had been missing.

Since then, Banzai Sushi has been going on strong and blessing the community of Capitol Hill with their second location since last October.

During their busy schedule, I had the privilege to meet the team, get a glimpse behind the scenes, and interview the manager Soo Cheol Jung.

Why did you choose Capitol Hill for your business?

I already have a Banzai restaurant in the SW - I used to have one downtown, so I wanted to have another one somewhere in the NW community. Capitol Hill has a great location, it’s safe, and I like the busy traffic on 10th Street and 20th Ave, which is great for me!

In the 3 months that you’ve been open, what do you like about running a business here?

Firstly, the neighbours, there are good neighbours here. Since I’ve been open, they’ve been very interested in my business, have said positive things, and given great feedback. Secondly, the commute from here is easy to travel in all directions.

For someone who’s never been to Banzai Sushi, what would you recommend for their first visit?

For their first visit, if they like sushi, I would recommend the Poke bowl. (Author’s note: Poke bowl: pronounced PO-KAY, originates from Hawaii where native Hawaiians feasted on freshly caught fish massaged with sea salt, seaweed and crushed inamona or kukui nuts. Later on, immigrants from China and Japan introduced soy sauce and sesame oil.). The great thing about our Poke bowl, is that you can customise it your own way - the base, protein, sauce, toppings, the overall taste. (Author’s note: You can also customise the bowl if you have dietary requirements)

If people don’t like the sound of raw fish, the beef or chicken-don (Japanese rice bowl topped with beef or chicken) is also good too!

How about you, what’s your favourite dish here?

My favourite dish here is the beef rice bowl.

What’s your biggest influence in running Banzai Sushi?

My inspiration are the customers - cooking for them. I’m cook for them, give them the food and to see them enjoy it, that makes me happy. It’s all about the customers.


What inspired you to get started in the food industry?

I studied Food and Science in South Korea - it’s not just about the cooking, it’s also about the ingredients, the chemical reactions, and the nutrients. Afterwards I came to Canada in 2006, and started my career as a chef in Japanese Village (10 Ave SW). After 10 years, I became the head chef, and then we had a couple of sister restaurants - Banzai Sushi and I became the General Manager and the owner.

What are your favourite ingredients to work with?

Beef. Steak! Especially good steak - makes everyone happy! Marbling and the content of fat makes good steak. More fat=more flavour.

What’s the one essential tool everyone should have in their kitchen

A good knife. The thing to remember is: a well sharpened knife - you cannot cut your finger, yet a dull knife - you will cut your finger. A sharpened knife will cut smooth and won’t take a lot of effort to cut through ingredients, unlike with a dull knife where you’ll use more force and be more likely to injure yourself.

What was your favourite dish as a child?

Everyone always says their mum’s cooking is the best! So for me, it’s fried rice made with garlic, egg, soy sauce, ham, vegetables and green onions. I still like it!

What’s your favourite place to eat in Calgary?

I like Han Corea. I enjoy eating there as they make a pretty good stir-fry pork with spices.

Do you have a favourite movie or book that you recommend to people?

It’s a Japanese book: 400 En No Mug Cup De 4000 Man En No Mono Wo Uru Hoho (400円のマグカップで4000万円のモノを売る方法 - 高井洋子/著) by Yoko Takai (which translates as: Making 400 Million Yen From a 4000 yen cup)

What’s your favourite part of Calgary?

I like to spend time with my kids, walking in the park behind my house in Rocky Ridge.

Many thanks to Soo Cheol Jung, Yeong Gwang Kim and Yeong Ran Kim for allowing me to visit their lovely restaurant!

Banzai Sushi and Teriyaki House are open Monday - Saturday 11-9pm and Sunday 12-8pm.