Food Notes for October 1, 2012

Thrown back into work today, I realize I have quite a bit of catching up to do! And though we just got back from a holiday in Portland, we’re already preparing for another short vacation – a few days in the Okanagan as a tagalong to a conference in Kamloops. I am really fortunate to have these opportunities to travel, but it’s all a bit much for me, I’ll admit. On to this week’s food notes:

  • Dreading the end of food truck season? Then head over to Azimuth Theatre on October 6, 2012 for a taste of Drift and Nomad in celebration of Oktoberfest.
  • This is the last week the Green & Gold Garden will be open for regular market hours. Go check out this volunteer-run garden for one last fall hurrah!
  • Culina Mill Creek is hosting harvest dinners on October 23 and 24, 2012. The five-course dinner with wine pairings is $95.
  • Sturgeon County is hosting its first ever Food & Wine Festival on October 27, 2012 at the Enjoy Centre. Admission is $25 and food and wine tasting tickets are $0.50 each.
  • Duchess Provisions is now open! Check out Liane’s preview for an idea of what you can expect on the shelves.
  • Great news: the Italian Centre is set to open a location in the city’s west end, in the former Ethan Allan storefront.
  • Congrats to Corso 32 and Tres Carnales for their inclusion on Macleans’ 50 Best Restaurants list. Hopefully next time around we’ll beat out Calgary in numbers.
  • Great piece about Bully Food Truck in the Edmonton Sun.
  • Missing Kerstin’s Chocolates? Well you’re in luck – Kerstin’s sister Angie has brought the brand back, and will be selling the line at farmers’ markets in Edmonton, including the City Market indoors at City Hall.
  • We missed the opening of Williams Sonoma in West Edmonton Mall, but it received so much coverage I felt like I was there! Check out write-ups from Liane, Karlynn, Michelle and Lillian.
  • Also new to WEM is another location of Tutti Frutti, a chain that seems to be quite aggressively expanding.
  • The City released its long-awaited Food and Agriculture strategy today, entitled Fresh. I haven’t had a chance to page through it myself, but here are some thoughts from Liane and Jennifer.
  • The City also released its report on outdoor patios last week.
  • I’m sure you’ve heard of the supposed bacon shortage forecasted for next year. But should you really be panicking? Maybe not.
  • 104 Street played host to another rockin’ street fest on Friday night, as the kick off to the annual Alberta Culture Days. There was an on-stage cooking demonstration, street food, and of course, music. Hope you enjoyed the festivities this weekend as well!

Alberta Culture Days

Liane hosts a cooking demonstration where second year NAIT students prepared flank steak


My DECL colleagues heart yegdt too!


My braised beef sandwich from Drift

Alberta Culture Days

The stage (right below our building, and so loud things were vibrating on our kitchen counter)

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