Food Notes for September 5, 2016

The weather held out for most of the long weekend – I hoped you managed to make the most if it, too! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Sorrentino’s is hosting their annual Mushroom Harvest in the month of September, which features special dishes on their menus, mushroom cooking classes, a mushroom walk, and wine dinner.
  • The annual Kaleido Festival takes place on Alberta Avenue from September 9-11, 2016. In addition to 17 venues hosting a variety of artists, dancers and musicians, they’ll also have a full line-up of food vendors!
  • The Italian Centre is celebrating ten years of their southside Edmonton location on September 10, 2016 from 11am-3pm. They’ll have food samples and demonstrations and activities for the kids.
  • A reminder that the Red Shoe Crawl is taking place on 124 Street on September 10, 2016 from 1-5pm. Adult tickets are $35 and all proceeds go towards the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northern Alberta.
  • The 7th annual Bacon Day fundraiser, headed by Chef Paul Shufelt, is taking place on September 10, 2016. Tickets are $90 and include food and some drinks. 100% of the ticket price will go to Youth Empowerment and Support Services.
  • Nomiya is taking their downtown noodle bar for a spin on September 23 and 24, 2016. Tickets for their soft launch are $20.
  • Vignettes Does Dining is a collaboration between restaurants on 104 Street and local designers. They’re creating 4 pop-up restaurants on September 24, 2016. Tickets for the dining experience are $200 each.
  • Thanks to Stephanie for the heads up about a new Japanese restaurant in the south side – Me 2 Japanese Sizzling Restaurant at 9314 34 Avenue.
  • Little Brick is experimenting with evening hours – check them out on September 21 from 5-9pm for a taste of their fall plates and mulled wine.
  • Hundred Bar and Kitchen is currently under renovations and will be rebranded as McLeod’s Tavern.
  • The Mongolie Grill at 10104 109 Street has now closed.
  • The Journal had a great time at Have Mercy.
  • Phil’s latest Community Table Project is a recipe for vegetarian Greek perogies.
  • The “ugly food” movement is finally hitting Alberta on a larger scale, with Medicine Hat-based RedHat Cooperative’s The Misfits being introduced into 35 Save-On Foods stores on September 24.
  • Mack and I finally had the chance to visit the new location of Duchess Provisions. It’s a beautiful store, as you would expect, and with the increased square footage, they’re able to carry even more products.

Duchess Provisions

Duchess Provisions

  • I’m excited Pho Tau Bay is back from vacation tomorrow! A few coworkers and I headed to Pho Hoan Pasteur last week, which is our go-to when Tau Bay is closed.

Pho Hoan Pasteur

Pho from Pho Hoan Pasteur

  • I met up with a few friends at Rostizado, sharing a platter for two. It meant we had more than enough room to spring for the churros.

Rostizado

Chicken and pork platter for two from Rostizado

  • Over the weekend, Mack, Grandma Male and I had lunch at Chutney’s Indian Grill, a new quick serve Indian restaurant at 4316 17 Street. They’re similar to Mucho Burrito or Chipotle that you can build a bowl or burrito, except the flavours and ingredients are Indian-inspired. Which meant our burroti had a base of rice and chutneys, to which you add proteins and sauces. We liked it well enough, and service was stellar – you can sample the sauces and chutneys before deciding. It’s healthier than other nearby fast food options, so it’s worth considering if you’re in the neighbourhood.

Chutney's Indian Grill

Chutney’s Indian Grill

  • Next Saturday, September 10 will be a loaded day on the Edmonton calendar, with a ton of activities to choose from. One of them is the fifth annual Strathearn Art Walk, a community league-run event that will feature more than 120 artists, entertainment, and of course, food. Volunteers help develop and prep the menu which features their signature pulled pork sandwich, vegetarian curry, and local beer. Mack and I were invited to taste some of the food options last week – you won’t be disappointed; a lot of love has gone into the food. The Strathearn Art Walk takes place on September 10 from 12-7pm on Strathearn Drive from 89 to 91 Street. Thanks again to Linda for the invitation – you can see her own preview of the Art Walk here.

Strathearn Art Walk Food Preview

The signature Strathearn pulled pork sandwich

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