Food Notes for January 9, 2017

  • Nipsis Cafe, located outside of Edmonton in Maskwacis, hosts a monthly supper club. Their first dinner in 2017 is this Friday, January 13, from 5-9pm. The 3-course meal costs $30.
  • The potluck celebration of life for Gail Hall is scheduled for January 14, from 5-9pm; guests should RSVP through Eventbrite. Related, a lovely illustration of Gail graces the January/February issue of The Tomato, and inside, her husband Jon Hall remembers her through the Proust questionnaire.
  • The City Market is launching seasonal cooking demos in partnership with Kids in the Hall Bistro. The first event will take place on January 14, 2016 at 12:30pm with Chef Daniel Letourneau. The $30 ticket will include $5 in City Market bucks to spend after the demo.
  • The Italian Centre has started the Chef’s Inspiration Dinner Series, a monthly event from February to June 2017 that will showcase local talent and the shop’s ingredients. Tickets for the dinner (including wine pairings) will be $65-75, and sold three weeks before each dinner.
  • The Tomato is again compiling their top 100 best things to eat in Edmonton – nominate your favourites until January 27, 2017.
  • Where Edmonton named Uccellino Edmonton’s best new restaurant for 2016.
  • Three Boars announced they are finally opening up a branch north of the river, taking over the former MRKT space at Jasper Avenue and 105 Street (they faked us out back in 2015).
  • It was only a matter of time before the poke trend landed in Edmonton: Splash Poke is set to open at 10079 109 Street some time this spring.
  • We’ll also be welcoming another local brewery to town – Town Square Brewing (2919 Ellwood Drive). After all, Alberta’s in the midst of a craft beer boom.
  • Casa Doce’s brick and mortar restaurant La Patrona opened on January 4 in Sherwood Park (Unit 8, 2 Athabascan Avenue).
  • The Don Wheaton YMCA Downtown (10211 102 Avenue) has a new cafe called Maka Eatery, and Liane enjoyed the food.
  • Open less than a month, Otto already has its first review from Twyla.
  • Cindy tells you why you should check out the pan-fried dumplings at Golden Dumpling.
  • Sharman visited Dogwood Cafe (located inside the Riverside Golf Course) for Sunday brunch.
  • The Journal enjoyed their visits to Northern Chicken.
  • It’s going to be a great year for bakeries in Edmonton. Liane profiles two of the newest: Old Strathcona’s La Boule and Central McDougall’s Macarons and Goodies.
  • I neglected to link to Liane’s great roundup of Edmonton food in 2016.
  • Lillian reflected on whether she met her food goals in 2016, and shares what she’s looking forward to in 2017.
  • Here’s Julie van Rosendaal’s take on trends in 2017.
  • Vue Weekly featured Alexis Hillyard and her great video series Stump Kitchen last week.
  • Michael Kalmanovitch, owner of Earth’s General Store, posted an open letter indicating that the Downtown location is on its last legs unless something changes.
  • I’m not too heartbroken about Whole Foods not following through with plans to expand to Alberta, but others may be.
  • I prefer when grocery stores display local products alongside other similar products (as opposed to being segregated to a “locally sourced” shelf). So it was a nice surprise to see Confetti Sweets cookies available in the bakery at Save-On Foods.


Confetti Sweets

Thanh Thanh Oriental Noodle House

Special vermicelli bowl from Thanh Thanh

  • Though I actually never need an excuse to indulge in soup, the weekend’s cold snap made bun bo hue from King Noodle House even more comforting.

King Noodle House

Bun bo hue from King Noodle House

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