Food Notes for May 18, 2015

It was perfect timing for a long weekend – hope you enjoyed yours as well! We’re also gearing up for our first What the Truck?! of the season, this Saturday, May 23, from 4-8pm. Hope to see you there! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Cravings Gelato is hosting an event showcasing their product on May 20 at Zocalo (10826 95 Street).
  • Night Market Edmonton kicks off its season May 22 and runs every Friday night from 7-11pm in Beaver Hills House Park (Jasper Ave & 105 Street).
  • I missed the first Dark MEÆT event, where diners were served a dinner blindfolded to highlight the other senses. I’m happy that I snagged some tickets to the second event, taking place on May 27 – there are still a few more up for grabs if you’re interested!
  • Want a bit of fashion with your brunch? Manor Bistro is serving up brunch alongside a Thread Hill fashion show on May 31, 2015. Tickets are $40.
  • The Chilean Canadian Cultural Society of Edmonton is hosting a Taste of Chile Food, Wine and Culture on June 12 at the Old Timers Cabin (9430 99 Street). Tickets are $65.
  • There’s a new café coming soon to the south side – Woodrack Café (7603 109 Street).
  • Cindy is the latest to review Cerdos Tacos in St. Albert.
  • Linda’s starting an ambitious project to review restaurants or types of food in the order of the alphabet. Looking forward to reading about her quest!
  • Cathy shares her experience participating in a three-day Glow Juicery cleanse.
  • Curious about the origins of Edmonton Food Fight, the popular series that pits two local chefs against one another? Vue interviews co-founder and host Kathryn Joel for what inspired the events and what to expect in the future.
  • The Journal has a few more details about the newest farmers’ market in Edmonton in Miller Crossing, opening June 2 in the parking lot of the Royal Canadian Kingsway Legion (14339 50 Street).
  • Congratulations to Alley Kat on their twentieth year in business! They are now brewing 4 million bottles per year.
  • If you haven’t seen the beautiful simplicity of 98 cubes of raw food – check it out.
  • The weather didn’t exactly co-operate for the City Market’s first day on 104 Street on Saturday, but it can only get better from here! It was nice to see some new vendor additions (Four Whistle Farms, familiar to Old Strathcona Market shoppers, for one), but given the Fork & Spoon Brigade is no longer operating, the lack of new food trucks is going to hurt the market. While the product vendors may be the initial attraction for some, it’s the prepared food that keeps visitors there – I just hope the City Market recognizes this sooner rather than later.

City Market

City Market on 104 Street now open!

  • If the line-up at Credo is too long on market Saturdays, there are now two other great coffee options just a block away – Coffee Bureau and Lock Stock! I’d never been to Lock Stock before, so Mack and I headed there after picking up our groceries at the City Market. It’s a beautiful spot, all dark wood and brick. And they make great lattes, too!

Lock Stock Coffee

Lock Stock Coffee

  • A few friends and I met up at Tao Garden this week for dinner. The service was a bit brisk this time, but I really enjoy the idea of customizing my noodle soup.

Tao Garden

Satay soup with tofu puffs, beef balls and wontons

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