Food Notes for February 7, 2011

Mack was nice enough to add a “subscribe by e-mail” button to my site (which you will find on the right). Subscribing means you will get an e-mail alert any time a new post goes live. Thanks, Mack! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Mark your calendars – the 2011 edition of Seedy Sunday is taking place on March 20.
  • Kerstin’s Chocolates will be releasing two limited edition Chocophilia bars for Valentine’s Day, Salt and Pepper and Chipotle Bacon Bars, available from February 5 – 12, 2011. They also announced the date for their third anniversary party: March 5. Just sign up for a ticket to attend!
  • A new hyperlocal website just launched yesterday, focusing on Edmonton’s west end.
  • It’s difficult to keep up with all of the local food blogs sprouting up, but I’m doing my best – welcome, Jeremiah of Food Don’t Lie!
  • Chris had a great Q & A with Owen of Prairie Mill last week.
  • Jennifer Cockrall-King wrote a very timely post about Bill C-474, which calls for a “waiting period to assess the potential economic harm to Canadian farm export markets to allowing commercial sale of any new genetically modified food seed.” It is a private members bill that will be up for discussion on February 8, 2011. This is on the heels of the USDA approving the Monsanto’s GMO sugar beet, which means half of America’s sugar crop will be GMO this year (need a primer on the risks of GMO crops? Read David Suzuki’s take here).
  • Also worth reading is Mark Bittman’s Food Manifesto for the Future (my favourite point: “Break up the U.S. Department of Agriculture and empower the Food and Drug Administration. Currently, the U.S.D.A. counts among its missions both expanding markets for agricultural products (like corn and soy!) and providing nutrition education. These goals are at odds with each other; you can’t sell garbage while telling people not to eat it, and we need an agency devoted to encouraging sane eating.”
  • Mary Bailey sent along a clip from a new show starring Fred Armisen (of SNL fame) called Portlandia. This clip pokes fun at locavores – pretty funny.
  • Eric Ripert was in Calgary early last week. See a recap of his talk here.
  • You know veganism has gone mainstream when Oprah tried it. At the very least, I’m sure she’s gotten millions of Americans to talk about it.
  • If this doesn’t scare food bloggers, nothing will: a food blogger in Kuwait is being sued for $18,000 for writing a negative review.
  • It’s just for publicity purposes, but Kraft’s machine that uses facial scans to determine what type of meal you’d like (made from Kraft products, of course) is just another in the trend of technology trying to help the consumer with dinner.
  • Happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrate it – all the best for the year of the rabbit (or cat)! We missed the firecrackers in Chinatown, but thankfully, not the excuse to have good food with family! My Mom suggested that I make barbecue duck salad rolls, and who am I to not listen to my mother?

Chinese New Year

Ready to roll!

  • The table was absolutely laden with good food – our annual potluck never disappoints!

Chinese New Year

So much food

  • And as tradition dictates, we started the meal with yusheng, a dish comprised of raw seafood, condiments and shredded vegetables, which we tossed together as a group – all in the name of good fortune for the coming year.

Chinese New Year

Happy New Year!

5 thoughts on “Food Notes for February 7, 2011

  1. Just want to add that Slow Food Edmonton is having a locavore-fest event in conjunction with Seedy Sunday on March 20th. ‘Beyond the Supermarket’. Details coming…

  2. This is all going to take me some time. So much here…. and I already knew half of it! I really appreciate these updates, Sharon. Such important notes. Particularly, of course, the frightening GMO situation. My stomach goes into a turmoil just reading about the state of politics on this one.
    AND!!! I am so excited to say I subscribed! Thank you!

  3. Just thought you might want to help get the word out, there’s a new farmers’ market up here in the North end. The Castledowns Farmers’ Market will be running 4-7pm every Wednesday inside the Moose Family Lodge.

    I’m so glad to have a good foodie blog here in Edmonton. (To Kevin, your blog makes me jealous in so many ways, I’m hoping to go on my first deer hunt this fall, but I’m still ages away from your level of locavorism)

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