- The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival takes place November 4-5, 2016 at the Shaw Conference Centre. Lillian is giving away 2 tickets if you’re hoping to attend!
- Sandwich & Sons has re-opened on 104 Street with more seating.
- The folks behind Jack’s Burger Shack are currently running a pop-up in MacEwan University, and is working on a third restaurant in St. Albert called Ong, which will serve Hanoi-style fried chicken.
- Gluten Free Diner announced that although the bakery/store will re-open on October 27, they’re still in the process of working with interested parties to take over and re-open the restaurant.
- Everyone seemed to be excited about an article regarding Alberta’s food scene that appeared in Vogue this week.
- The Globe & Mail has a profile of Canova Pasticceria, a bakery that is making panettone using traditional Italian methods.
- Vue Weekly reminds readers about Breadland, a gem in Oliver that produces mostly yeast-free, natural breads.
- Vue Weekly is the latest to turn in a review of Washoku Bistro on 124 Street.
- Bodega Highlands gets top marks from Twyla of CBC Edmonton.
- Graham was more than satisfied with his visit to Sloppy Hoggs, which changed ownership earlier this year.
- Jonny sampled Alberta Hotel Bar & Kitchen’s 3-course prix fixe menu available on Mondays.
- Crystal checks out TapaVino downtown.
- Is it too early to think about Christmas? Jacek’s very popular advent calendar is up for pre-order now, to be shipped on November 18.
- Phil’s Community Table Project features a banana bundt cake this week.
- I’m happy to hear that another season of Top Chef Canada is in the works for 2017!
- The former Joey’s on Jasper Avenue and 112 Street has been taken over by Local Public Eatery.
Local Public Eatery
- Mack and I were invited to dine as guests at the Old Spaghetti Factory, which has been open downtown for more than 45 years. One of the objectives of the gathering was to remind diners that they’re continuing to offer the same value priced meals that they’re known for, in spite of some of the changes in the neighbourhood. They’ve only needed to raise prices about $1 to accommodate the minimum wage hike, but many of their long-standing patrons have not returned to the restaurant since the opening of Rogers Place primarily due to parking increases. Although its early days yet for the Ice District, the Old Spaghetti Factory is hoping it can attract some new guests and retain their regular clientele – I wish them the best of luck in these shifting tides.
Vegetarian lasagna and broccoli with Mizithra cheese from the Old Spaghetti Factory
- We received our last Sugared & Spiced Cake Club delivery for the year, a belated anniversary cake. It was our favourite one yet!
Cake for days