Recession puts value high on the menu
Monday, April 20, 2009 | 12:41 PM ET
by Andree Lau, CBCnews.ca
Calgary's Stephen Avenue is right in the middle of the city's oil and gas towers. Several high-end restaurants thrive on corporate business lunches and boozy dinners, but even they aren't immune to what's going on in the economy.
All of the wine in Teatro's massive wine cellar is 50 per cent off on weekday afternoons. (Courtesy Teatro)
Teatro is promoting its cheeky "multi-level economic stimulus package." One of the features is a three-course lunch for two people — for the price of a barrel of Western Canada Select crude oil (which closed at $53.93 on Thursday).
If it goes above $60 per barrel, the restaurant promises to help you celebrate with a carafe of wine for the table.
Every weekday from 3 to 5 p.m., Teatro is also slashing the price of every beverage, and every bottle of wine in its impressive cellar by 50 per cent.
Several blocks away, Saint Germain has waived the corkage fee for people who bring their own wine, and is pushing a three-course dinner — available every night — for $39.
At the other end of the spectrum, sandwich chain Quiznos has launched a 13-inch sub for $4.99 to give customers "more sub for their dollar."
Available in pesto turkey, Italian, turkey club, tuna, and beef, bacon and cheddar on a ciabatta loaf, you can get more than a foot of sandwich for less than five bucks.
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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
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Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
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Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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