Calgary Giveaway for Rush Restaurant Gift Certificate

This is our third day in celebrating S. Pellegrino® Almost Famous Chef® Competition that will be taking place at Cirillo’s Culinary Academy in Toronto on Monday, February 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET. The winner announcement will be made at 8:45 pm. ET. Culinary students from seven participating schools across Canada are competing for a chance to become the next star of the gastronomic world at this event. The students are given just two hours to create their unique signature dish. A panel of judges critiques them on every meticulous detail from taste, texture and aroma of the dish, to presentation. The assembled judging panel, local media, chefs and invited guests will have the opportunity to sample all of these dishes during the tasting reception. The winner will go on to compete at the 11th annual Finals Competition in Napa Valley in March, with competitors from 75 schools across North America.

Here is the gorgeous chef jacket the I received for being involved with this competition. I am so thrilled to have received this!! I will model it for you at a later date when I make a cocktail using S. Pelegrino.


Being involved with this competition I have been given a dinner for two, $200 gift card to Rush Restaurant, 100, 207 9th Ave. SW, Calgary, AB. What a fabulous prize for my local readers. How excited I am to offer you this giveaway!!! Rush Restaurant offers a modern Canadian cuisine in an elegant, but yet approachable and inviting dining room. Executive Chef Ray Bear has developed a fabulously creative and innovative menu for a wonderful night of dining. Here are the easy ways to enter. Open to local Canadian residents only. Please leave a separate comment for each entry. If you put everything in one comment you will only get one entry. A winner will be selected on February 28th at noon MST, 2013.

1. Go to the Rush Restaurant Menu and come back and tell me what you might like to have if you win this gift certificate by leaving me a comment here.

For extra entries follow the instructions below.

2. Follow Almost Famous Friends on Pinterest and come back to leave me a comment that you have done so.

3. Follow Noshing With The Nolands on Pinterest and come back to leave me a comment that you have done so.

4. Follow Almost Famous Chef on Twitter and come back to leave me a comment that you have done so.

5. Follow Noshing With The Nolands on Twitter and come back to leave a comment that you have done so.

6. Follow Noshing With The Nolands on Facebook and come back to leave a comment to tell me that you have done so.

That’s it, very easy entries, good luck everyone!!



  1. Marie Aitken says

    I love crab cakes so I think that’s my choice from the menu but it all looks good. Hope I win….

  2. Nan Levesque says

    I would start with the petite lettuce leaves followed by the “foie” stuffed scallops……….then I would totally order the Lobster Agnolotti…………….then I would fall to the floor very full but extremely happy!!!!!!

  3. Nan Levesque says

    I am following Almost Famous Friends on Pinterest, and have followed “Noshing with the Nolands:” for some time now……because it is a fabulous site!

  4. Kari says

    I would try the ceviche and crab cakes and am now following the competition on Pinterest. Very exciting

  5. Rina Palin says

    definitely would do the chef’s menu. we tried that the last time and it was fabulous. always something different and delicious!

  6. Tammy Cochet says

    It all looks wonderful. I would go with the Chef’s Tasting Menu along with the Premium Wine Pairings:) Excellent restaurant, food and service!

  7. Cheryl Voelk says

    I checked out the menu and I would have the Lobster Bisque and the 45 day aged Beef Tenderloin!!!!!!

  8. Navid says

    I have heard great things about the aged beef tenderloin at Rush and have wanted to try it for quite some time. I am also pretty interested in trying the foie stuffed scallops.

  9. Sean says

    Having only heard great reviews, I’ve been wanting to try Rush for a long time. As I haven’t been yet, I would definitely have the Chef’s tasting menu if I win.

    Also following the Noland’s on twitter and FB.

  10. says

    I would start with the oysters and then follow it with the BC trout. I would absolutely love to give this restaurant a try, deciding was almost too hard! I may just have to order a bunch of small plates for the whole table so I can try all of it.

  11. Linda says

    I have eaten here for lunch and it was wonderful. It all looks so good but I would have to try the tasting menu

  12. Nicole McCourt says


    If I were to win this gift certificate to Rush my husband and I would start off with the rush ceviche, he would probably have the 45 day aged heritage angus beef tenderloin and I would love to try the lobster agnolotti. Is there dessert!???

  13. Candy Chou says

    I would love to eat a truffle potato veloute, crab cake, 45 day aged heritage angus beef tenderloin and a wonderful dessert to finish :)

  14. Angela F says

    So many choices, but I would have the crab cakes for sure, following the scrumptious beef tenderloin!!

  15. Colleen says

    Lamb is always a winner with me so that would definitely be my main course. Crab cakes would be my starter for sure.

  16. StephanieW says

    Wow, thanks for the fantastic giveaway!! I’ve never been to Rush before but the menu looks absolutely fantastic.

    I would definitely try the Ricotta-Spinach Ravioli if I was lucky enough to win a gift card… it sounds amazing (pancetta and pomegranate!) so I really hope I win! :) Fingers crossed!!

  17. StephanieW says

    I followed Noshing With The Nolands on Facebook!
    Name: Stephanie Warthe

    Thanks again, fingers crossed!!

  18. Michael says

    If I won this giveaway I would have to splurge on the 45 day aged heritage angus beef tenderloin. I think properly aged beef is one of the most delicious things you can eat and I would love to try it at Rush!

    Fingers crossed.