Don't worry, a party at a butcher shop isn't as gory as you might think. Although, it sure is delicious! Recently, although I'm not writing this as recently as I would like, I was invited to a social bash hosted by the soon to be Charcut Roast House along with Fresh Kitchen, Big Rock, Jackson Triggs, Caffee Umbria, Okanagan Spirits, and Rocky Mountain Game Meats. And so, in the back of the butcher shop, we tasted once forbidden treats with nose to tail eats. We munched on livers, snouts, shoulders, marrow, belly, and even ears. The beverages were the previously forbidden treats including beer, wine, coffee, and absinthe. Did you know that promoting wine in any way on the internet is still illegal in France? And absinthe is still forbidden or limited in a few Canadian provinces? The pigs head was stuff to the brim with a pate-like consistency, of deliciousness. It's what I dream mortadella should be. Blackened flat iron steak sandwich with 24-hour caramelized wweet onion and wild mushroom bruschetta on brioche, was packed full of flavour. Below, is liverwurst and pigs belly croquettes, sauce gribiche with fennel. This was absolutely addicting, as the smooth tang of the gribiche made the crunchy croquettes irresistible. I normally don't drool over chicken, but after one bite, I wanted the whole platter. Perfect chicken. Why party at a butcher shop? For a fascinating butcher and meat tenderizing demonstration. I'm still wishing I caught it on video. But we did eat some of the results! Beautiful marbling. After all, it is what's on the inside that counts. Connie and John of the soon to be CHARCUT. The steaks off the grill; so juicy, so very good. 60% and taboo! Food in Calgary will only change as a communal effort to really put this city on the map. I think things are certainly on their way.