Food Notes for October 22, 2012

I feel like I’ve been playing catch up for the last month, so thanks for bearing with me as I get back into a normal routine (which includes blogging on a more regular basis, of course!). Onto this week’s food notes:

  • Live Local has organized another Farm to Fork dinner to take place on October 28, 2012 at Accent Lounge.
  • Great to see some public events (outside of the conference) being offered at Power Up, the November 1-4, 2012 conference organized by the National Assembly of Food Secure Canada.
  • Chef Andrew Fung, who was most recently at the Blackhawk Golf Course, is opening his new restaurant in November, called XIX Nineteen. Looking forward to it!
  • Creole Envie has shifted from its tiny location in the Haven Social Club to a larger restaurant – the space that formerly housed Highlands Kitchen (6509 112 Avenue). Congrats on the new digs!
  • Sloppy Hogs Roed House (10406 118 Avenue) is the newest barbecue joint to open up in Edmonton. Great to see another restaurant addition to Alberta Avenue!
  • The new Kelly’s Pub on 104 Street downtown opened on Friday afternoon. It has been packed every night since!
  • Mark your calendars: the second of Knifewear’s pop-up shops is to take place November 20-December 31, 2012, next to Three Boars (8422 109 Avenue). Hopefully this leads to a more permanent storefront!
  • Congratulations to Gold Medal Plates winners Chefs Nathin Bye (of Wildflower Grill), Shane Chartrand (of Murietta’s) and Paul Shufelt (of Century Hospitality Group) on their gold, silver and bronze awards.
  • Did you hear that Justin Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez were spotted dining at Blue Plate Diner?
  • Canning courses really seem to be on the rise in Edmonton (something I still need to learn myself). Culina is offering a series of canning sessions at their Muttart location in late October and early November.
  • Great timing: while the City is contemplating the recently released Food and Agriculture strategy (which includes a recommendation on examining backyard chickens), a homeowner continues to be targeted with requests to remove her flock of hens.
  • The Walrus had an interesting piece about how food trucks can be used as a means of implementing “tactical urbanism”. Love it.
  • On the weekend, we finally checked out Duchess Provisions (10720 124 Street), the baking supply shop situated in the space next to the cafe. It is a lovely space to browse, with shelves of specialty ingredients, tools and books lining the walls. I especially liked their pre-packaged kits, which would make a fantastic gift for any aspiring baker. The shop hopes to remain open in this location for at least 8 months, then relocate to a larger location.

Duchess Provisions

Duchess Provisions

  • In the same neighbourhood is Smokehouse BBQ’s new Edmonton restaurant! Taking over the space that formerly housed Cosmos (10810 124 Street), Terry and Sherry have brightened the space with splashes of red, anchoring the room with a rustic wooden bar. We stopped by on Sunday for their soft opening (where all dishes on the menu could be had for a $10 donation to the Food Bank), and enjoyed the turkey gumbo and pulled pork poutine. It’s a great option for those who don’t want to venture out to their Leduc location.

Smokehouwe BBQ

Smokehouse BBQ

Smokehouwe BBQ

Turkey gumbo

Smokehouwe BBQ

Pulled pork poutine

  • I hate to admit it, but winter seems to be upon us. What better way to commemorate the change in seasons than with a bowl of pho?

Mama Pizza

Pho from Mama Pizza

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