Food Notes for December 7, 2009

Sigh. Winter has arrived with a vengeance. I suppose the only bright side of it all is that we will have a really white Christmas. If you’re looking for things to do this month, you may have noticed that I didn’t post my events round-up this month. I hope to do it in January, but for the time being, I encourage you to check out ShareEdmonton! Mack is continuously updating the calendar. On to this week’s food notes:

  • As seen on Twitter – Vinomania (10108 101 Street) is offering free wine tastings every Saturday in December from 1-5pm. Plus, Paddy’s cheese as an accompaniment as well!
  • We Eat Together, which launched at d’Lish two weeks ago, will have another launch at Audreys Books on December 10 (where the book is now available). You can also pick up the book at Carbon Environmental Boutique, Earth’s General Store, Red Ribbon, Blue Plate Diner and Paddy’s International Cheese Market.
  • Nate passed along the fact that he spied an “open” sign in the window of The Bothy, the wine & whisky bar on Calgary Trail. I called today to confirm, and yes, they are open! Tuesdays they open at 5pm, while every other day they will be open for lunch and dinner from 11:30am onward. Their house made pies look delicious, and yay, they have charcuterie!
  • Here’s a thread on the Connect 2 Edmonton forum about the new L2 Grill at the Fantasyland Hotel. The poster says that the lounge will be renovated as a high end wine/scotch bar.
  • Mack said that Credo Coffee is now equipped with reloadable cards. Such a convenience, and would make a great gift!
  • Isabelle posted about a lovely meal she had at Refresh Organic Bistro. Looks delicious!
  • Sweet Lollapalooza, the new chocolate shop located in Commerce Place (I visited it myself last week), was featured in a lovely spread in the Journal over the weekend.
  • Vue Weekly published an interview with Dee Bateman and Greta Sieben, the owners of the always-bustling Wild Earth Bakery last week.
  • Marginally related to food (but something I would post anyway because it’s about my favourite festival) – the Edmonton Fringe released the name of next year’s festival. I would never have guessed: It’s All Gravy. At least the Die-Nasty folks will have some good material to go on…
  • Speaking of names, City Palate publisher Mary Bailey has chosen to rebrand the magazine as “The Tomato”.
  • Jennifer Cockrall-King will be cooking up a storm in the month of December. She will be pitting recipes from Canadian books up against those from celebrity chefs. So far? Gordon Ramsay lost out to local cookbook author Debra Anzinger.
  • I just saw a commercial on Global for Gordon Ramsay’s Cookalong Live, a television special where viewers at home can reproduce the same 3-course meal alongside Ramsay. The timing seems late (though I understand the news hour takes precedent), but it’s a little gimmicky regardless. Anyone going to watch it?

7 thoughts on “Food Notes for December 7, 2009

  1. “The Tomato”? Hmmm…not sure I love the new name but I do adore the publication so I’ll get over it. 🙂

  2. I watched the original UK version of the cookalong when I was in Scotland last year. It was very funny actually! Some people really botched the recipes (he skypes people in so you can watch them try to keep up).

  3. Dajana – I think like the name of the next year’s Fringe, it’ll grow on me too.

    Sarah – I could see how Ramsay could pull off something like that. It’s like Rachael Ray’s talk show I guess (she posts the shopping list of groceries needed for the next day’s recipes) – it does have some appeal.

  4. I am just gonna say it Sharon. I came, back and back the first few days looking for your monthly update. I totally appreciate the work you put in. I will have a look over at ShareEdmonton though.

  5. Jennifer – let me know how it goes if you do cookalong with him!

    Chris – yeah, I had every intention to do it, but after a few days of falling behind, just thought I’d shoot for January instead. Thanks for the vote of confidence – nice to know people are reading. ShareEdmonton is a great complement to any events listing though (and I’m not just saying that because it’s Mack’s project :).

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