Food Notes for April 18, 2016

I’ve been looking forward to some time off from work for a while, and it’s finally here! While it’s not a long break, it should be some good down time with my sister in Toronto. On to this week’s food notes:

  • A reminder that the annual Culinary Cook Off at Mount Royal School is taking place on April 23, 2016, from 11am-2pm. Tastes of the nine competing restaurant dishes are just a toonie, with all donations collected going towards arts programming at the school! I was fortunate enough to be a judge last year, and had a blast.
  • The next Honest Dumplings pop-up is taking place at Dovetail Deli on April 24, 2016 from 5-8pm.
  • It’s hard to believe the first outdoor farmers’ market is already upon us: Salisbury moves outside on April 21, 2016.
  • The Almanac is hosting a pig roast pop-up on May 1, 2016. Tickets are $30 and include pork, sides and dessert.
  • Mark your calendars: the first 124 Street Grand Market of 2016 debuts a new location at 124 Street and 102 Avenue on May 12 from 4-8pm. The location is just temporary to accommodate neighbourhood renewal construction this year.
  • It’s finally confirmed: Edmonton will be home to its first Chipotle, in South Edmonton Common.
  • The Fox Tower will be home to a third food-related business, called Bundok. It is a 40-seat eatery run by Chef Ryan Hotchkiss, formerly of Jack’s Grill, Bar Bricco and Red Star. They’re aiming for a July opening.
  • Avenue Magazine checked out the Stuffed Gourmet Sausage Company, the sister restaurant to Smokehouse BBQ on 124 Street.
  • The Journal reviewed Tofu House, one of the several Korean establishments that opened up in the city in the past year.
  • Learn more about Rob Tryon, the man behind supplier Effing Seafoods and his quest to educate Edmontonians about seafood.
  • Karlynn’s first cookbook, Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky, is now available for pre-order! It will be released on October 25, 2016.
  • Calgary-based Culinaire Magazine will be expanding its coverage to include the entire province. The first Alberta-based issue will be released on May 5.
  • Phil’s latest Off Menu podcast features an interview with Robert de Groot of Vegreville’s Red Cup Distillery.
  • Mack sent me this story on the “farm to fable” tale that some Tampa Bay area restaurants tell. The local food critic followed up with menu claims and found many of them to be false or stretching the truth.
  • I attended a lovely work lunch at Parkallen Restaurant’s west end location (10804 170 Street), a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it building. Inside, it’s very welcoming, and based on the beautiful family-style spread of food they had prepared, I’ll be hankering for a reason to head back on my own soon.

Parkallen Restaurant

Appetizers at Parkallen Restaurant

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