Food Notes for June 19, 2017

I hope you’ve been able to take advantage of the weather (and the long days) as much as possible! On to this week’s food notes:

  • The first Prairie on the Plate Taste Alberta dinner of the year will be hosted at Bundok. Four courses for $60. Reservations are necessary.
  • The Grand Taste Tour is back with two events this summer – July 23 and August 19, 2017, with visits to local farms, breweries, distilleries and epic meals to look forward to. Tickets for the all-inclusive tours are $115.
  • Culinaire Magazine’s 2nd Annual Edmonton Treasure Hunt will take place on September 9, 2017. A pair of tickets cost $65, while individual tickets are on for $45. We participated last year, and hope they make some changes to improve the event.
  • The Shaw Conference Centre is hosting the FEASTival of Fine Chefs on September 20, 2017. Early bird tickets are available for $137 until July 1, 2017.
  • Knifewear is offering a 2-for-1 special on their Cut Like a Chef classes from June to August.
  • K-Days has released their new food menu for this year’s festival (which runs July 21-30, 2017). There’s really nothing too shocking or out of the box – examples include jalapeno lemonade, deep fried chicken feet, and mashed potato fingers.
  • Tickets for Taste of Edmonton (on July 20-29, 2017) are now on sale – $50 for sheets of 40 tickets, a savings of $10 until July 19. Menus are also up for your perusal.
  • Edmonton will soon be getting a location of Regrub, a Calgary-based burger joint, in Old Strathcona (thanks Su for the heads up!).
  • Congratulations to Arno’s French Pastry, one of the vendors at the City Market and Old Strathcona Market, which moved into a brick and mortar space located at 10038 116 Street.
  • Buono Pizza on the west end (8764 149 Street) is now open.
  • Urbano Pizza Co.’s second location at 10326 124 Street is now open.
  • Packrat Louie’s soft opening (following their renovations) took place on June 16, 2017.
  • Smokehouse BBQ is closing their 124 Street location this week, so they’ll be going out in style with a party on June 24, 2017. They hope to be re-open in their new location at 17820 107 Avenue by June 29.
  • Edmonton can add another cafe to its roster – Awake Cafe is open at 11029 9 Avenue.
  • Twyla was very impressed with Ono Poke.
  • Graham thinks Tang Bistro is a great addition to Edmonton’s food scene.
  • Crystal checked out vegan darling KB & Company, as well as Have Mercy.
  • The Journal visited 50s-style Rockin’ Robyn’s Diner.
  • I hadn’t heard of Branches, located in the Greenland Garden Centre, until this post on YEG Date Night.
  • Twyla put together a great round up of some of the bakeries that have opened up in Edmonton over the last six months.
  • It’s great when local businesses partner with one another: Confetti Sweets and Pinocchio Ice Cream teamed up to make cookie dough ice cream (one of my favourite flavours!).
  • Fort Saskatchewan’s Downtown Diner is now offering a special “diner after dark” food and retro cocktails menu from 8:30pm-1:30am.
  • Did you know St. Albert is finalizing its food forest, which will offer free organic food for the community?
  • We won’t know the ultimate results of Amazon’s deal to purchase Whole Foods for some time, but brace yourselves.
  • Mack and I tried Blaze Pizza in the Brewery District for the first time over the weekend. The crust was better than I anticipated (chewy and fairly thin, but able to support the toppings) and the service was good (they automatically offered to remake our pizza when realized it had burnt, and threw in dessert). I’d consider returning again in the future to try out a different pie.

Blaze Pizza

Green stripe from Blaze Pizza

  • We’d be planning our next visit to Cafe Amore for a while – and my usual truffle chicken did not disappoint.

Cafe Amore

Truffle chicken from Cafe Amore

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