Food Notes for March 5, 2012

I’ve been in Toronto for most of the last week – though I was in town for a work conference, it has been nice to get away from Edmonton for a while, and spend some time with my sister! There’s also something about being in a larger city that feels so rejuvenating to me. Here are this week’s food notes:

  • Downtown Dining Week continues until March 11, 2012. The Downtown Business Association website has been updated with pictures videos.
  • The 5th Annual High School Culinary Challenge, organized by the Canadian Culinary Federation, took place on February 4, 2012, but the winners won’t be announced until March 7, 2012. Tickets to the public luncheon to be held at the Shaw Conference Centre are $30, and funds raised go towards the Canadian Culinary Fund, which contributes to scholarships for talented students to pursue their food careers.
  • Also from the Canadian Culinary Federation, “Hot Chefs, Cool Beats,” a fundraiser on April 21, 2012, also at the Shaw Conference Centre, that brings together chefs from some of the most popular restaurants and food trucks in Edmonton. Tickets are $150 and support Culinary Team Canada and their quest for gold in Germany in October.
  • To gear up for the second season of Top Chef Canada, join Connie DeSousa at Appliance Unlimited on March 11, 2012 for cooking demos at 1 and 3pm.
  • Jennifer Cockrall-King’s much-anticipated book, Food and the City, was published last week. Her main book launch is taking place at Hardware Grill on March 22, 2012, from 4:30-6:30pm.
  • Local food/urban farmland preservation advocate Michael Walters is running to become the MLA for Edmonton-Rutherford. Join him for a fundraising dinner featuring a meal prepared by Chefs Rose Scavuzzo of Culina and Jackie Ryan of Cooks Corner made with local food.
  • Need a reason to attend the Slow Food Canada National Conference, being hosted in Edmonton from May 3-6, 2012? Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food himself, will be attending!
  • Oliver is the home of Edmonton’s newest neighbourhood cafe – Fresh Cafe & Espresso Bar (10038 – 116th Street). They even serve brunch on Sundays!
  • From the March/April issue of The Tomato: Brad Smoliak’s new venture, Kitchen, is set to open in “mid-March”.
  • The March issue of Avenue Edmonton is all about food! You can see the list here.
  • In case you missed it: Western Living released their 2012 list of “Top 40 Foodies Under 40” last week. Congrats to the Edmontonians that made the list: Ariel del Rosario and Roel Canafranca of Filistix; Annie Dam of Cake Couture; Deependra Singh of Guru; and Daniel Braun, Chris Sills, and Edgar Gutierrez, of Tres Carnales.
  • Maki and Caroline posted about the second Edmonton Dishcrawl that focused on restaurants on 124 Street. For more about Dishcrawl, and some other on-trend events in Edmonton, check out Linda Hoang’s blog.
  • Marianne shared some thoughts about Public House’s selection of “craft beers”.
  • I loved this peek into Doef’s Greenhouse, courtesy of Kevin.
  • Mack sent this to me: do you want to eat for a living? Tourism Richmond can make that happen, as they are hiring a full-time food blogger position. The salary is $50,000 per year, plus a daily dining-out stipend for two.  
  • Mack also attended Avenue Edmonton’s launch of their 2012 list of the “25 Best Things to Eat” at the Appliance Gallery and Lightform on 124 Street tonight. Check out his full photoset here.

Avenue Edmonton's 25 Best Things to Eat 2012


Avenue Edmonton's 25 Best Things to Eat 2012

Laura Rogerson with her bread – look for her at the St. Albert Farmers’ Market this summer

Avenue Edmonton's 25 Best Things to Eat 2012

Coxinha from Transcend Coffee

Avenue Edmonton's 25 Best Things to Eat 2012

Pistachio macaron from Duchess

5 thoughts on “Food Notes for March 5, 2012

  1. Lucky Mack regarding the last invitation. Are you still away? Great notes, as always!

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