There is life after Ferran: Upcoming events at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks


Our event with Ferran Adrià left our brains invigorated with the desire to learn, teach and evolve. Here in the shop, we value our capacity to strive towards understanding and design our events to entertain, educate and leave you with both a tasty memory and a desire to learn more.

In the next few weeks we hope to entice you to explore some of our exciting new events: share a feasting meal based on the Irish Pantry, discover the mysteries of Grappa, celebrate chocolate with one of our decadent events in early April or adventure into a cross-cultural dinner pairing Thai food and Scottish whisky. 


Share a St. Patrick's Day dinner with us on Monday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. from the Irish Pantry book prepared by Chef Adrienne O'Callaghan.

We will be celebrating the Emerald Isle and learning about Irish hospitality while we sup. More information may be found here.


Discover the mysteries of Grappa with GM/Wine Director Robert Stelmachuk and Executive Chef Faizal Kassam of Cibo Trattoria and Uva Wine Bar on Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

A selection of Grappas (an Italian spirit made from distilling the pomace- skin, pulp, seeds and stems- from winemaking) will be paired with scrumptious Italian bites. More information may be found here.


We welcome local writer Eagranie Yuh into the shop to celebrate her first book: The Chocolate Tasting Kit on Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Eagranie will teach about the subtle nuance of chocolate, how to select the best varieties, and of course, we will be tasting plenty. More information may be found here.


Celebrate chocolate again on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m. with a sumptuous chocolate lunch, cooked from The Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook.

We are thrilled that local chocolatier and owner of Chocolate Arts, Greg Hook will join us today to teach us all about chocolate. More information may be found here


Adventure into a cross-cultural dinner pairing Thai food and Scottish whisky on Wednesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Chef Angus An of Maenam Restaurant will cook a delicious Thai dinner that will be paired with whisky instead of wine. Brand educator, J. Wheelock from Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants in Calgary will join us as we explore the flavours of the whisky themselves as well as the way they interact with the flavours in Thai food. More information may be found here.