Food Notes for April 4, 2016

It’s hard to believe it’s already April, but perhaps even harder to believe is that spring came early this year! I hope you’re out and about enjoying the weather as much as possible! On to this week’s food notes:

  • The 25th annual Garlic Festival at Sorrentino’s kicked off today, and runs until April 30.
  • Mark your calendars: the 2016 season schedule of What the Truck?! is now up! The first event is now a two-day extravaganza, on Saturday May 28 and Sunday, May 29.
  • Jennifer Cockrall-King is launching her new book, Food Artisans of the Okanagan, on April 13 at Audreys. She’ll have sips and snacks on hand, too.
  • The next COMAL Mexican Dinner is taking place on April 17 & 18. Tickets for the 6-course meal (including drinks) are $120.
  • The second annual Edmonton Resilience Festival runs April 29 – May 1, 2016. I picked up my ticket for a workshop all about naturally leavened biscuits, waffles and muffins, led by Owen Petervine from Prairie Mill. It sounds like a great follow-up to his sourdough workshop last year.
  • This year’s Indulgence tickets go on sale May 1 at 9am. They go fast, so make sure you’re on it if you’re planning on attending!
  • Cindy tweeted that the space above El Cortez will soon be home to Have Mercy.
  • It’s interesting to hear that Karen Anderson of Calgary Food Tours is expanding north to include Edmonton and Canmore on her roster. She’s started a crowdfunding campaign to help them with this growth.
  • Nando’s scores a positive review from the Journal.
  • Crystal posted another lukewarm review of The Almanac.
  • Jonny didn’t get on the Love Pizza love train.
  • Cheryl checked out the gluten-sensitive offerings at Kazoku Ramen.
  • Just in time for food truck season, The Local Good spotlights the men behind S’wich.
  • I love the title of Phil’s most recent odyssey, called Game of Scones, a quest for the city’s best scone.
  • Speaking of Phil, his latest podcast features Chef Dale MacKay, of Top Chef Canada fame.
  • Food is a 24 hour business – learn more about some of Edmonton’s night owls in Addie’s Avenue Edmonton article.
  • Liv’s latest piece in the Globe highlights chefs who’ve returned home after stints abroad.
  • Lillian is one of the most inspiring local bloggers, sharing her food knowledge learned through her own personal experimentation. Her newest lesson is all about hand rolling noodles.
  • Have you already seeded your garden? Travis from Lactuca encourages you to start with lettuce.
  • I love innovative ideas to curb hunger. Here are two this week about fridges open to the public: one in a Montreal alley, where people can drop off and/or take what they need, and another in India, where patrons can leave their restaurant leftovers in a fridge outside for anyone to take.
  • I loved Bru’s tower of focaccia served alongside their feta dip! The dip was a bit salty, but I appreciated that it had been warmed through.

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Feta dip with focaccia

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One piece haddock and chips

One thought on “Food Notes for April 4, 2016

  1. Always love the food notes and keeping up to date with festivals that are happening in and around edmonton Sharon! 🙂 Thanks for mentioning our post in the notes!

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