Food Notes for November 27, 2017

It’s less than a month away to Christmas! We’ve put up our external winter lights, but have yet to deck the halls indoors – I’m looking forward to doing so this weekend! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Effing Seafoods is hosting a Movember fundraiser at Northern Chicken on November 29, 2017 from 5-10pm (or until sold out). Menu items include crispy haddock sandwiches and mussels with Mill St. beer broth served alongside fresh baked bread.
  • Why Not Cafe & Bar (the new restaurant from Chef Levi Biddlecombe) will be hosting tasting menus on December 1 and 2, 2017. Tickets for the 6 course menu with custom cocktails are available for $95.
  • Northern Lands is organizing a Prairie Collective Gourmet Holiday Market in partnership with Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm on December 3, 2017. Expect holiday fare, whiskey tastings, and activities for the kids. Family admission is $10.
  • There are a lot of holiday markets to choose from at this time of year – including The Holiday Bazaar, which will be taking place on December 8 and 9, 2017 in the former ReUse Centre space. Organized by the folks behind the 124 Grand Market, expect a beverage garden, local food pop-ups, and vendors.
  • A dozen of Edmonton’s chefs are raising funds for the Bissell Centre on December 10, 2017 in a dinner titled Too Many Cooks. Tickets for the 12-course meal are $200.
  • Ragazzi Bistro in Bonnie Doon is back open today after being closed for renovations.
  • Mercato Foods, a grocery store/deli from the folks behind Edmonton’s popular Italian Bakery, is now open in St. Albert.
  • Calgary-based OEB will open in the Kelly Ramsey Building in Spring 2018 – check out a rendering of what to expect.
  • Mikado is celebrating 45 years of business, offering 20% off food items December 4-7 and 11-14.
  • Linda is the latest to review Avila Arepa in Old Strathcona.
  • Also from Linda, she shares her lunch and brunch experiences at Bundok.
  • Graham was very impressed with the food at The Butternut Tree.
  • Twyla reviewed the set-course meal at Alder Room.
  • Jonny was disappointed with the bistro fare at Juniper Cafe.
  • Lydia at YEGCravings offers a review of takeout from Tang Bistro.
  • Crystal checked out the Brewery District location of Nando’s.
  • I hope Calico Bakery bounces back soon after a fire over the weekend damaged their building.
  • Will Church Street be the home to more frequent farmers’ markets? A pharmacy owner in the area hopes that will be the case.
  • Just in time for the holiday season, the Kitchen Magpie is giving away a “foodie edition” of #YEGBox. Contest closes December 1, 2017.
  • How has the provincial government’s changes to Alberta’s beer laws impacted the local brew scene? Jason Foster shares his take.
  • Also from Jason – more suggested itineraries for brewery road trips, this time off-the-beaten QEII path.
  • A trademark dispute between Calgary food blogger Julie van Rosendaal and Ottawa-based Beaver Tails had a happy ending, resulting in a $3,000 donation to Calgary’s Food Bank.
  • I really should sample more of the menu, but I can’t ever pass up the New York Mama on visits to Battista’s Calzones.

Battista's Calzones

My usual at Battista’s Calzones

  • There’s just something about the poutine at Route 99 that makes it our go-to comfort food.

Route 99

Gluttony at its finest

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