Food Notes for August 15, 2016

Has anyone else fallen into the Olympic hole? It sneaks up on me every two years like clockwork, even when I try to avoid it. But only a week left – let’s hope Canada finishes up strong! Onto this week’s food notes:

  • A reminder that What the Truck?! is taking place this Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Edmonton Ballpark. It’ll be a great chance to check out some relative newcomers to the Edmonton food truck scene, including satay vendor Sizzling Stick, St. Albert favourite Jack’s Mobile Burger Shack, and the city’s very own steamed bun truck, KaBao. Start planning with the menus here.
  • Alberta Open Farm Days runs all weekend, August 20-21, 2016. It’s your chance to connect with food producers all over the province. Linda has some helpful tips on how to plan your visits.
  • Sustainable Food Edmonton is hosting its 5th annual Community Garden Bike Tour on August 20, 2016. Learn about the stories behind the gardens, and discover how community gardens can impact a neighbourhood.
  • Help the Harvest Room at the Hotel Mac commemorate 101 years with a 6-course meal priced at, you guessed it, $101. The dinner takes place on August 29, 2016.
  • Packrat Louie’s tenth annual Pig Roast is scheduled for August 31, 2016. Tickets are $60.
  • This year’s Red Shoe Crawl on 124 Street will happen on September 10, 2016. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for kids, and proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Northern Alberta.
  • Have you ever been curious about the culinary gems on Alberta Avenue but didn’t know where to start? Eats on 118 can help point you in the right direction – four food crawls in September will showcase some of the diversity in the area. Tickets are just $30.
  • In support of the High School Culinary Challenge, the Shaw Conference Centre is hosting a dinner out on their Hall D balcony on September 15, 2016. Tickets are $100.
  • The forth Browns Social House is opening up in the Edmonton area, this time in Sherwood Park (55 Salisbury Way).
  • It looks like Cobs Bread is adding a location in Oliver, in the Brewery District.
  • Liv raved about Ikki Izakaya in The Globe and Mail last week.
  • Liane previews what you can expect at Cafe Linnea, the breakfast and brunch spot brought to you by the folks behind Duchess.
  • If you’re looking for a different bubble tea joint to sample (or Coco’s is lined up around the block), check out The Purple Bubble, as Vue did.
  • Twyla shares why she loves Have Mercy in Old Strathcona.
  • Enroute’s list of Best New Restaurant nominees has been released, and Edmonton has one spot on the list: Daniel Costa’s Uccellino. Make sure to vote for your favourite!
  • After similar editions in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg, Edmonton finally gets its own version of Edmonton Cooks, written by Leanne Brown and Tina Faiz. It hits shelves September 2, 2016.
  • I had to make the following salad at least once this week: at home, I call it “Olympic salad”, so-named because I remember hiding in my office at work over the lunch hour two years ago, munching on it while listening to the radio feed of the women’s gold medal hockey game, and stifling screams when we tied, then won it in overtime. It’s the salad I’ll be eating tomorrow during the women’s soccer semifinal. Go Canada!

Olympic Salad

Olympic salad (actually, a lentil and farro salad adapted from Julie van Rosendaal’s Spilling the Beans)

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