Food Notes for February 8, 2016

  • Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Jacek has joined in on the subscription trend – for your sweetheart with a sweet tooth, Jacek is offering a Valentine’s Chocolate Subscription with a half dozen deliveries over the next 11 months. The cost is $200.
  • The next COMAL Mexican Table Dinner is taking place February 24 and 25, 2016, but it looks like tickets are only available for one of the dates. 6 courses for $86.
  • The latest Friends of the Royal Alberta Museum dinner celebrates Persian New Year with the Ismaili Council for Edmonton on February 28, 2016. Tickets are $49 and include a feast, music and dance.
  • Mark your calendars – the Local Good’s annual Green Drinks centering on local food will be taking place on March 2, 2016 at 7pm.
  • NAIT announced today that Vikram Vij is this year’s Chef in Residence. The annual luncheon, prepared by Chef Vij and NAIT Culinary students, is taking place on March 11, 2016. Win one of four pairs of tickets to the luncheon here. Also, this is the eighth year of the Chef in Residence program – relive the past seven years of guest chefs here.
  • Most beer and wine tastings rarely focus just on locally-produced labels, so it’s great to see that 7degrees Beer School on March 18, 2016 is choosing to highlight 13 different beers from 13 Alberta breweries.
  • I’m so glad to hear that the Edmonton Journal has reversed their decision about Liane Faulder. She’s back in a full time position, but will write about food part-time.
  • Cindy has the jump on Seoul Fried Chicken, the newest Korean fried chicken purveyor in Edmonton. It’s located in the former Lee House space in Old Strathcona (7904b 104 Street).
  • Thanks to Wendy, I received the news that Bubba’s has since moved from their Osman Auction location to a new temporary shop at 97 Street and 58 Avenue.
  • It looks like Coco Deep Fried Chicken has opened a second location on the north side, at 12620E 132 Avenue in Kensington.
  • Andrea checked out Washoku Bistro on 124 Street.
  • Congratulations to Yvan Chartrand of Bonjour Bakery for winning the Bakers Journal Business Innovation Award. I was also interested to learn that he’ll be launching a line of house-cured charcuterie.
  • Rebecca shared the news last week that B’s Diner will be closing down due to the steep rent prices in Old Strathcona. She’s subsequently started a crowdfunding campaign to help owner Brenda Der continue B’s Diner in the form of a food truck.
  • Did you know that Press’d, since opening in 2010, has grown to a dozen locations in Alberta through the franchise model? They’re also considering expansion into neighbouring BC.
  • The popular Whyte Avenue cafe Block 1912 is closing from February 15 – March 15 for renovations.
  • If you’re looking for a local meat supplier, you may want to investigate 12 Acres Farm, which supplies the restaurant of the same name in St. Albert.
  • I know I’ll be watching Michael Pollan’s new series, Cooked, when it drops on Netflix February 19, 2016. Check out the trailer here.
  • The downtown branch of State & Main located at First & Jasper (10065 Jasper Avenue) will be opening its doors on February 10, 2016.

State & Main

State & Main

  • It was great to see the products of Untamed Feast, an Edmonton-based company, on the shelves of the Italian Centre this weekend! The product line includes an assortment of dried wild mushrooms, as well as risotto and soup mixes.

Untamed Feast

Untamed Feast

  • A few friends and I headed to NongBu for dinner on Friday night. Service was spotty, and though I enjoyed the 3 mushroom japchae, I think I do prefer Lee House’s version.


3 mushroom japchae from NongBu

  • We had a weekend of Chinese New Year celebrations, with more to come. Happy Lunar New Year to those celebrating!

Chinese New Year

Our Chinese New Year Eve dinner

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