Food Notes for February 2, 2009

I’m taking a break from recapping this weekend’s conference for my regularly scheduled food notes, and to tell my readers that I likely won’t be continuing with my monthly post of Edmonton events. I didn’t put one together for January, and though I had some intentions to keep track of things for the month of February, it didn’t happen. My energies have converged into these weekly food notes, and between my other commitments, I don’t think I can do a good job. Luckily, in a few months, I think there will be a resource even better than my monthly posts. Keep your eyes open for ShareEdmonton!

On to this week’s notes:

  • The biggest news this week was Rob Feenie’s visit to Edmonton on Wednesday. He was in town to promote two things – his return February 11-13 to be NAIT’s first Hokanson Chef in Residence, and the mid-April opening of Edmonton’s first Cactus Club Cafe in West Edmonton Mall (I visited the Bentall 5 location last summer, and was blown away). The NAIT media team did an unprecedented job utilizing social media to engage the public, by live-Tweeting the event (answering questions live submitted via Twitter with the hashtag #naitchef), and taking behind the scenes video, which can be seen here. Be sure to enter NAIT’s Feast With Feenie contest on their website; deadline February 5.
  • My latest article about d’Lish, the newest meal assembly studio in Edmonton, was published in Vue Weekly this week. It’s one of my favourite pieces that I have written so far, if not only because Amanda gave me so much content to work with.
  • I came across a new-ish restaurant at the Taste of Alberta at the Today, Tomorrow, Together conference called Le Cafe Entre Amis (8627 91 Street, 780-395-0015), near the Faculte St. Jean.
  • The Hat will be offering brunch on Saturdays from 11am-3pm starting February 6.
  • I thought I might be able to write a full review of Michael Pollan’s In Defence of Food, but with the way things are going, I won’t. So in short: I didn’t find it as readable as The Omnivore’s Dilemma (mostly because it reads more like an essay as opposed to a narrative), though it is just as valuable a resource for those looking for facts to support a change in the way that they eat. It also surprised me that the end of the book was as prescriptive as it was – yes, he intended it to be a manifesto, but what I liked about Dilemma was that he left it up to the reader to shift perceptions on their own accord.
  • This is pretty cool: a printer that uses coffee grounds for ink!
  • Open Table, the online restaurant reservation site, filed for an Initial Public Offering today.

5 thoughts on “Food Notes for February 2, 2009

  1. I saw that printer on Inhabitat too, and immediately thought “WANT!” – such a cool idea.

    An IPO in this market is fairly gutsy. Hope it goes well for Open Table.

  2. Thanks for another great set of Food Notes. I’m sorry that you won’t be able to continue with them. I admire the frequency that you update and high quality of your blog.

    I’m not sure if this is old news for your site but a new Vietnamese- Japanese restaurant just opened off of Whyte ave. named Maki-Maki at the north east corner of 101 St. and 81 Ave.. They’re supposed to be offering take-out as well. I haven’t tried it yet but it replaced a German restaurant called The Mill.

  3. Hi Jim,

    Just to clarify – I will be able to continue with my weekly Food Notes, but not my monthly listing of Edmonton events. I am glad you enjoy them!

    I didn’t know about Maki-Maki (or The Mill closing). Thanks for the info!

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