Food Notes for January 16, 2012

Winter has finally arrived – can’t say we haven’t been spoiled up until now, though, so I think we can get through it. Stay warm! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Fork Fest is on! It runs January 15-19 and 22-26, 2012. Ten restaurants are participating; check out their menus online.
  • On January 25, 2012, Nomad is serving up a Robbie Burns supper, complete with haggis of course! The three-course dinner is $40.
  • Save the date: the Slow Food National Conference will be hosted in Edmonton this year, and you know what that means – good food! The gala will be taking place on May 5, 2012 at the Enjoy Centre, with dinner being overseen by Chefs Blair Lebsack and Paul Schufelt. Tickets go on sale March 1 – for more information, e-mail Valerie.
  • Bernard Callebaut announced the location of their new flagship chocolaterie this week, at 124 Street and Jasper Avenue. Although I think it will complement what is already in the area, a part of me wanted it to be closer to Kerstin’s – chocolate district, anyone?
  • From CBC: a whisky bar is forthcoming to 104th Street, and a sneak peek inside the Mercer Warehouse, where Roast Coffeehouse and a restaurant will open this year.
  • I had no idea you could get hand-pulled pretzels in Edmonton – check out Schneckels Pretzels!
  • The Queen of Tarts is now officially Dauphine.
  • The Journal loved Cibo Bistro.
  • I missed this last week, but it’s worth checking out if you love Mediterranean food – Vue Weekly reviewed Cafe Amore Bistro.
  • Is the concept of a Sunday night family dinner coming back in style? D’Lish has started offering it, Sundays from 5-10pm, and the Next Act and Ruth’s Chris have been serving it up for some time.
  • Liane had a great story about the “rise” of knives – it’d be great to see a specialty knife store open up in Edmonton.
  • Food Network is in town to film segments for its newest show, You Gotta Eat Here. It’s always great to see Edmonton presented on television – look for the episodes some time in the spring. Check out this Global interview with host John Catucci.
  • Marlow Moo went macaron making!
  • A bowl of homemade wonton soup would be perfect for a night like this – get Ming’s recipe here.
  • Love pie? Karlynn does too – and she will be sharing a new pie recipe with her readers every Friday.
  • Maybe we could bring the idea of a “coffee common” to 104th one day, given all the coffee shops we have brewing.
  • Speaking of coffee, Tim Horton’s is jacking their sizes up – their new extra large holds 24 ounces of coffee.
  • Does Paula Deen have diabetes?
  • Though we’ve never tried Papa John’s before, it’s always great to have another food option close by – this location opened next to MRKT on Jasper Avenue and 105 Street recently.

Papa John's

Papa John’s

  • I attended the City Market AGM last week – it looks like a focus this next year will be on increasing the foot traffic to the winter portion of the market at City Hall. Although the street market attracts an average of 17,000 visitors every week, they’ve only averaged 4,000 shoppers this winter.

City Market

New City Market insulated tote bags

  • On Saturday, I tried the Red Piano for the first time, for a friend’s stagette dinner. It’s clear entertainment and drinks are the focus, and not the food, given the average price of an entree and the fact that our food took over an hour to arrive. The short rib sliders were all right, but definitely needed the flavour boost from the au jus.

Red Piano

Short rib sliders

  • One of my teams at work had a belated holiday lunch at Sorrentino’s in Little Italy today. I enjoyed my pollo parmigiano and soup, but even more noteworthy was the service. Our server was exceptional, and handled our large group with ease and charm to spare.


Pollo Parmigiano (the roll was excellent)


Happy with his burrito!

6 thoughts on “Food Notes for January 16, 2012

  1. Looks like a mighty fine burrito!
    Thank you for the SFC Gala shout out. If you could add my e-mail address to that part of your post, it would be great! I am keeping a list of those interested to send out as soon as tickets go on sale!
    SO much to catch up on!
    I don’t know how you do it!

  2. Thankyou for the Schneckel’s Pretzel’s shoutout 🙂 Love your pictures, and your seemingly endless knowledge about food and things happening in Edmonton!

    Would love to see a chocolate district.. Mmm!

  3. Regarding the proposed 7-11 on 104 st & Jasper, I think a convenience store will have a neutral affect on this street corner. It’ll probably add vibrancy to it. Whether or not it is more positive or negative is debatable. We can reflect on it 5 or 10 years from now on whether or not it was a good idea.

    Given a choice between a 7-11 or a Mac’s though, I would prefer a Mac’s. Of the very few times that I have gone to a 7-11 the past few years, I wasn’t very impressed. On the other hand, I think Mac’s stores have a way better business model- the store on 118 St. and Jasper is actually quite impressive.

  4. Buddha Pest – there is a Mac’s nearby – on 104 Street and 99 Avenue (though arguably there is also another 7-11 within walking distance also, at 109 Street and 102 Avenue). I will say in the summer it will be a welcome convenience for me – for slurpees :).

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