Food Notes for September 11, 2017

I’m not quite ready to bid adieu to summer, even if the days are getting noticeably shorter already. All we can hope for now is a glorious fall! On to this week’s food notes:

  • The Vignettes Dining Series continues this week until September 24, 2017 with a Farrow pop-up, and dinners by Three Boars, Wishbone, and, Alder Room, and Alta.
  • Do you want to have a say on the national food policy? A community-organized consultation is taking place at the Edmonton Food Bank on September 13,2017 from 6-9pm.
  • Honest Dumplings and Prairie Pigeon are back with a pop-up at Culina Cafe at the Muttart on September 14, 2017. Tickets for the 3-course dinner are $45 per person.
  • Arts on the Avenue’s annual Kaleido Festival is back September 15-17, 2017 with an Iron Heart mystery box cook-off and 10 food trucks serving up eats alongside the arts and cultural performances.
  • The Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts is hosting Route of Our Roots, a Ukrainian food fair, on September 15, 2017 at the Old Timers Cabin. Admission is free, but food tickets are required to taste the samples.
  • Sustainable Food Edmonton will be hosting their first ever Fall Fair on September 16, 2017 in conjunction with Riverdale Community League Day. They’ll be accepting entries for bragging rights for the best pie, jam, pickling, and even the ugliest vegetable grown.
  • Northlands is offering their final free Urban Farm Tour for the season on September 17, 2017. Just make sure you register online!
  • To help celebrate National Chicken Month, consider the next Prairie on the Plate dinner at Northern Chicken on September 26, 2017. The 5-course meal is on for $50.
  • Little Brick is hosting a New England-style crab boil on September 30, 2017. Tickets are $40 each.
  • Viva Italia is hosting a Harvest Market in Giovanni Caboto Park on September 30, from 12-7pm. Expect grape stomping, among other activities.
  • Those who knew Ernesto Rizzi and his Dolce and Banana food truck might be interested in a fundraiser that will help establish a memorial fund in his name. An prime rib dinner and opera/comedic performance from The PreTenors is taking place on October 28, 2017 at Century Casino. Tickets are $55.
  • LitFest has released their line-up, and their Food Matters event returns on October 21, 2017 with Toronto restauranteur Jen Agg, science writer Bob Holmes, chef David Wolfman, and Jennifer Cockrall-King. Tickets are $45.
  • Those who were looking forward to this year’s Diner en Blanc will be disappointed – the new team of organizers have decided to postpone the event until 2018.
  • Liane confirmed the closure of Vivo’s downtown location.
  • Remedy opened its sixth location in Southgate Centre back in August.
  • Town Square Brewing in south Edmonton is very close to opening.
  • It looks like a location of Tsujiri, offering matcha-based desserts and drinks, is opening downtown at 10173 109 Street.
  • If you’ve been waiting to try Alta, now might be the perfect opportunity: they’ve introduced a $30 3-course prix fixe lunch from 11am-2pm.
  • Sharon didn’t enjoy her first experience at newly-opened Ripe Tomato Pizza.
  • Cindy reviews the Taiwanese desserts at ZenQ.
  • Jonny sampled several dishes from Biera and had a positive meal overall.
  • Bundok’s brunch is endorsed by the Edmonton Journal.
  • Crystal is the latest to check out Pho Boy.
  • Graham has a rundown on Edmonton’s newest patisseries.
  • Vue Weekly reminds us that Sunbake Pita is worth a visit.
  • Valerie’s latest Cooking in the Kitchen post is all about making a sourdough starter with instructions from The Ruby Apron’s Kaelin Whittaker.
  • It’s about time the Canadian Food Guide is updated – it’s not ready, but some major changes are coming, including recommendations about decreasing intake of red meat, fatty meats, whole-fat dairy, and processed foods.
  • My sister Amanda was in town last week, so I had to show her some of the good eats she’s been missing. One of the many stops: Zwick’s Pretzels.

Zwick's Pretzels

Pretzel trifecta from Zwick’s

  • Thanks to the Downtown Edmonton Community League for hosting their annual Corn Fest over the weekend, coinciding with the opening our Downtown’s newest green space, Alex Decouteau Park at 105 Street and 102 Avenue.

Corn Fest

It’s corn season

  • The final What the Truck?! event of the season took place on Saturday. This poutine burger from Northlands’ 1879 was certainly an eye catcher.

1879 Food Truck

Poutine burger with duck fat fries

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