Food Notes for August 14, 2017

  • Festival season in the city continues, with the Fringe this week of course, but also the Edmonton Latin Festival on August 19-20, 2017 at Churchill Square.
  • The Edmonton Horticultural Society is hosting a Tomato Extravaganza on August 29, 2017 from 2-8pm at the Enjoy Centre. The event will include a greenhouse tour, cooking demonstrations, tastings, and tomato growing tips and tricks. Adult admission is $5.
  • Mark your calendar for the 8th annual Bacon Day, a fundraiser for Youth Empowerment and Support Services. Hosted at Workshop Eatery, guests will be treated to several swine-inspired items, a bacon dessert cook-off, and drinks. Tickets are $90.
  • Eat North is hosting its inaugural Prairie Grid Dinner Series, taking place in four cities across three provinces. It hits Edmonton on October 1, 2017. Tickets for the five-course dinner are $140.
  • Chef Lindsay Porter is leaving Woodwork to open up her own “English-inspired” restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Cured (2307 Ellwood Drive). She’s aiming to open by October 2017.
  • Die Pie, which claims to be Alberta’s first plant-based pizzeria, officially opens on August 18, 2017. They’re located at 11215 Jasper Avenue.
  • The Downtown Edmonton Community League is stoking the rumour mill that Japanese BBQ chain Gyu-Kaku will be taking over a portion of the former Sobeys space on Jasper Avenue & 104 Street.
  • The Century Hospitality-branded restaurant that will take over the former Piccolino Bistro now has a name: Rebel Food and Drink.
  • Farrow, the popular sandwich shop, has opened up a second location in Ritchie at 9855 76 Avenue.
  • Cartago, a new bar and cocktail lounge, is now open in Forest Heights at 8204 106 Avenue. It’s really great to see these additions made to Edmonton’s mature neighbourhoods.
  • The Nook Cafe (which has since replaced Massawa Cafe at 10153 97 Street) is now open.
  • Twyla loved the food at Biera, the new brewpub located in Ritchie Market’s Blind Enthusiasm.
  • Jonny is one of the first to review El Fogon Latino on 118 Avenue.
  • The Journal had a positive experience at Calle Mexico.
  • Crystal enjoyed some aspects of her cook-it-yourself meal at Lava Rock Grille Sushi more than others.
  • Graham ponders the eternal debate, surf or turf, as he contrasts Sabor Divino and Pampa.
  • Vue Weekly enjoyed Prairie Noodle’s version of ramen.
  • St. Viateur fans will be happy to know that Cafe Bicyclette now stocks a few of their bagel varieties. $12.60 a bag.
  • Congratulations to the four Edmonton and area restaurants that made it onto EnRoute’s Best New Restaurants shortlist: Alder Room, Bar Clementine, Cafe Linnea and Chartier.
  • Calgary-based blogger Julie Van Rosendaal came through Edmonton for a weekend, and has plenty of recommendations from her visit.
  • Duchess Atelier just released their Fall class schedule. Classes will go on sale on August 21, 2017.
  • Valerie’s latest Cooking With post features a recipe for a Newfoundland specialty – fried cod tongues.
  • Liane introduces a new cookbook by a local food writer and NAIT professor Kristine Kowalchuk that provides a glimpse of 17th century recipes and techniques.
  • Monument, Block 1912’s sister café north of the river is now open at 10803 Jasper Avenue! It’s always great to have more independent coffee shops around, especially ones that are open later into the evening. It’s great that they serve locally-made products, including Meat Street Pies and Moonshine Donuts. They’ll be hosting their grand opening on August 15, 2017 from 11am-3pm.



  • Mack and I finally made it to Dorinku in Old Strathcona on Friday night. It’s a lively place that reminded me a little of Guu in Toronto. We only sampled a handful of dishes, but our favourite by far was the torokeru chashu, a braised pork cheek that did melt in our mouth, as advertised!


Chashu at Dorinku

King Noodle House

#33 at King Noodle

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