I’m still getting back into the groove of things after an amazing tour through some of Calgary’s best restaurants over the weekend – hence this late post. I hope to write more about the trip soon! On to this week’s food notes:
- Noorish is hosting a speed dating night for vegetarians and vegans! Check it out on February 9, 2012.
- I had heard that The Common would be hosting a series of guest chefs, and it sounds like their first will be the fine folks behind Filistix. $30 will get you a seat at the table on February 18, 2012 for a five-course family-style dinner of Filipino favourites. There will be a seating at 6pm and another at 8:30pm.
- It might still be winter, but spring really is just around the corner, and the time is ripe to think about farm tours – such as this one of four local farms being organized by Slow Food Edmonton in May.
- Valerie and Karlynn attended Brittney Watt’s most recent pop-up dinner at the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market. She held another one tonight, themed around raw food – did anyone attend?
- Nello’s, a St. Albert Italian favourite, opened a location in south Edmonton back in December (2820 Calgary Trail).
- Famoso continues its Neapolitan reign over the local pizza scene, with another location at West Edmonton Mall.
- Liv reviewed the java and food at Cafe Tiramisu – looking forward to checking it out myself.
- Good luck to Jan Trittenbach of Packrat Louie at the upcoming Gold Medal Plates competition. Represent!
- Speaking of representation, I was sad to see that there is only one competitor from Alberta on the second season of Top Chef Canada (and from Calgary, at that). If one of the ten chefs who work in Ontario isn’t crowned the winner, it’ll be an upset. The show debuts on March 12.
- This “food truck court” in the World Financial Centre in New York seems to be a little more exciting than the semi-permanent pods in Portland. I love that the carts change on a daily basis – isn’t that the point of mobile vendors?
- Mercer Tavern just put up a “coming soon” sign in the window (they will be one of the ground floor tenants in the Mercer Warehouse on 104 Street and 104 Avenue). Make sure to follow their progress on Twitter.
- Mack checked out Public House last week, the latest offering from the Oil City Hospitality Group. He appreciated the local beer options of Aprikat and Yellowhead on draft, though ultimately chose to try Labatt’s “local” brew of 780 Lager. In terms of the interior, he found it to be pleasing, if not predictable – the usual dark wood and standard bookcases (remarking that it must be big business to furnish the “pub look”). Mack commented that the music selection of Top 40 didn’t quite seem to match the decor, however.
- As soon as we heard that the next Pecha Kucha would be held at the Garneau, we knew where we’d be heading for our pre-show dinner: La Poutine.
Quebecois and pizza poutines
- Jill and I took in Asani at the Blue Chair Cafe over the weekend (great show; such amazing harmonies). It was a good excuse to try out some of their specials, given their new-ish head chef has been encouraged to make the Mexican food so near and dear to her heart. Jill really enjoyed her fish tacos (the salsa verde in particular was great), while my pulled chicken enchiladas were flavourful and comforting. We shared the pavlova for dessert, and though the accompanying fruit was colourful and visually appealing, it was far from “seasonal”, as claimed on the menu. The meringue itself was great though, not too sweet and with a lovely, crumbly texture.
Pulled chicken enchiladas
- I was Mack’s lucky guest at the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Ball, which took place at the Shaw Conference Centre last Friday. It was one of the swankiest events I’ve ever attended (though a full-length gown was optional!). The standout dish was the beef tenderloin (cooked to a medium rare perfection – amazing considering the number of plates turned out), with a smoky, sultry mole sauce. The entertainment was also great – the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra was en pointe, as usual, and though we missed Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway” finale, he managed to get people boogying out on the dance floor!
Beef tenderloin with mole sauce
With the symphony (even though we look like we were photoshopped in)
Have a great week!