Food Notes for June 26, 2017

  • MacEwan University is offering free noon hour tours of their urban beehives over the next month (June 30, July 14, and July 28).
  • Tickets for REDx on July 6, 2017, an international indigenous speaker series (which will also feature a showcase of indigenous foods) are now on sale.
  • There are so many Canada Day (or Canada Day week, as it were) festivities to choose from. Here’s another: the Shaw Conference Centre is holding its annual summer patio party on July 6 from 4-7pm with a Canada Day theme. Admission is free, but food tickets will be required to taste their regionally-inspired appetizers.
  • The next Fresh MEAET was postponed until July 11, 2017 – this iteration will focus on food and urban agriculture ideas. Tickets to the micro-funding event are $15.
  • Chef Brad Smoliak is returning to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village to host another long table dinner on July 15, 2017. Tickets are $130 for the dinner, cooking demonstration, and tour of the village.
  • YEG Anthology is organizing a hands-on event inspired by Edmonton Cooks involving a chef, mixologist and a florist. The evening takes place at Cafe Linnea on July 18, 2017. Tickets are $80.
  • Chefs Paul Shufelt and Andrew Fung are collaborating to put on a garden party fundraiser for the High School Culinary Challenge on August 24, 2017 at Workshop Eatery. Tickets are $100.
  • The second Culinary Lab is a special Canada 150 dinner that will bring together chefs from across Canada to serve dinner on the Manulife Place rooftop garden. Tickets for the multi-course dinner are $150 per person and must be purchased in pairs.
  • So great to see so many local restaurant companies flourishing – the latest to add to their rosters are the El Cortez/Have Mercy group, with Holy Roller Cafe & Restaurant opening this summer, and the Next Act/Meat duo who will expand into a third with Pip, a wine bar with food.
  • Cindy spotted a forthcoming Thai chicken eatery on Jasper and 109 Street called Chix Shack.
  • Good Stock Restaurant is a new vegan option on the south side at 11409 40 Avenue, offering a whole food plant-based menu.
  • Sumo Sumo’s second location is now open at 3975 Calgary Trail (the former Plates Buffet).
  • Just in time for summer, Get Cooking has opened up their patio from Tuesday to Saturday for bar snacks from 3-5pm and brunch on Saturday from 11am-3pm.
  • You may have heard that the AGA offers free admission on Tuesdays and Wednesdays evenings, but did you know Zinc has a special Tapas Tuesday menu, with dishes as low as $4? Linda has the details.
  • If you’re looking for another brunch option, Bodega’s Highlands branch has you covered – they’re now open for brunch on weekends at 11am.
  • Need a primer on poke, appearing everywhere on menus at quick-serve to casual upscale restaurants? Here’s one from Chef Lawrence Hui of ‘Ono Poke.
  • Vue Weekly was impressed with El Mariachi’s reincarnation as a Mexican restaurant.
  • Jonny checked out a new-ish Indian restaurant Get Curried 12413 118 Avenue.
  • Also from Jonny – a visit to South Silk Road, the newest Northern Chinese restaurant in Edmonton at 5552 Calgary Trail.
  • Graham is the latest to review Vaticano Cucina.
  • Chris has high praise for Tokiwa Ramen in his photolog.
  • If you’re hungry, do not click on Cindy’s photolog of brunch at Bundok. You’ve been warned.
  • The folks behind Secret Meat Club are expanding to a retail outlet called Meuwly’s, to open downstairs from Northern Chicken.
  • Congratulations to all of the 2017 Foodies of the Year on Western Living’s list, but especially to Edmonton’s own Kevin Cam (of North 53 and Baijiu), who cracked the top 10.
  • So great to learn about Hope Mission’s non-profit food truck hitting the streets.
  • Mack and I had the privilege of attending a tasting organized by Honest Dumplings last week. They were looking for feedback as they plan to expand their operations. Our favourites were their traditional and maple pork belly dumplings, but it’s great to see that they’re continuing to experiment with flavours.

Honest Dumplings

Honest Dumplings tasting!

  • There’s nothing quite like a hot, fresh calzone from Battista’s. The New York Mama was just as good as I remembered.

Battista's Calzones

New York Mama calzone from Battista’s

  • We made the most of a beautiful Friday evening with a birthday dinner out at Tres Carnales. I was missing their guacamole.

Tres Carnales

Guacamole from Tres Carnales


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