Food Notes for November 2, 2015

  • The Organic Box is hosting a Harvest Festival on November 7, from 2-6pm. Tour the facility, meet some of the producers they work with, and enjoy some harvest snacks! RSVP to attend the free event.
  • This year’s Christmas Cookie Tweetup, benefiting the Christmas Bureau, will be held at Cookie’s By George on November 20, 2015. It’s a cookie swap, with only room for 30 attendees.
  • The Buddha Boys (aka Chefs Levi Biddlecombe and Daniel Huber) are hosting The Last Supper Club on November 22, 2015, a 5-course blindfolded dinner. For an added twist, the diners who are best able to guess the menu will win dinner and accommodations for two! Tickets are $78.75.
  • Alberta Hotel and Kitchen (which has taken over the space formerly occupied by Tavern 1903 at 9802 Jasper Avenue) had a soft opening, but is now officially open. Glad to see the space reanimated at last!
  • Rebecca checks out one of the city’s newest bubble tea spots – Purple Bubble Tea (10558 109 Street).
  • Chef Tony Krause is back at his old stomping grounds in St. Albert, heading up Privada Wine and Tapas.
  • Theme-driven food blogs can be a lot of fun. Case in point: Wingmenyeg, who are on a quest to find Edmonton’s best wings.
  • Knifewear has moved two doors down (10820 82 Avenue) to make room for a standalone Kent of Inglewood shave shop. They’re having a garage sale this week, from November 2-8, 2015, so it’s a good excuse as any to check them out!
  • Phil put together a list of his top 5 desserts in Edmonton.
  • Chef Paul Shufelt reminds food critics about the blood, sweat and tears that are behind every restaurant opening.
  • Congrats to the 2015 Top 40 under 40 class, including Chef Serge Belair of the Shaw Conference Centre, Saylish Haas of The Next Act and Meat and Chef Ryan O’Flynn of The Westin Hotel.
  • I missed linking to Vue’s recap of LitFest’s Food Matters event this year, which focused on food waste.
  • It might be a small thing, but I am glad to see that Save-On Foods on Jasper Avenue and 109 Street is expanding into the adjacent storefronts. I’m also curious to see what the new Shoppers Drug Mart in the Standard Life Building on Jasper and 104 Street will stock on its grocery shelves (it opens later this week).
  • Ever thought of writing a fake review for Yelp? In France, you might get fined $8,000.
  • Via Cibo, a Toronto-based Italian fast casual chain, opened up its first Edmonton-area location in Sherwood Park at 222 Baseline Road. They offer a selection of salads, paninis, Neopolitan-style pizzas, pastas, and their signature item, an Italian flatbread called piadina. We attended a media opening on the weekend, and sampled the prosciutto piadina ($12) – the bread was fresh and pliable, though I could have used a bit more meat to balance out the generous amount of arugula. The via poutine ($9) features shredded ossobucco, provolone and ragu; hearty, but I’m a poutine traditionalist at heart. Look for a second Via Cibo location to open in South Common as well.

Via Cibo

Prosciutto Padina from Via Cibo

  • Tres Carnales never disappoints – and though I always end up ordering the fish tacos, Mack and I found out that on Fridays, they offer a combo platter featuring six different tacos. Yum!

Tres Carnales

Combo platter at Tres Carnales

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s