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.
My usual at Battista’s Calzones
- There’s just something about the poutine at Route 99 that makes it our go-to comfort food.
Gluttony at its finest