- A reminder that Chinatown Dining Week kicks off January 20 and runs until January 28, 2018. 5 restaurants are offering 2-course menus for just $15.
- Prairie Noodle Shop is hosting a Taste Alberta dinner on January 21, 2018 featuring local ingredients. Tickets are $70 plus tax.
- The first Dining with Friends event of the year, organized by the Friends of the Royal Alberta Museum Society, will be taking place at Wheat Garden Bazaar on January 25, 2018. Limited tickets are available for $37.
- Those interested to learn about how to grow our own microgreens and sprouts may want to consider attending a workshop by Wild Green Garden Consulting on January 25, 2018. Tickets are $35.
- Tickets are already available for Ice on Whyte’s 4th annual Whiskey Stew Off on February 4, 2018 – taste 4 versions and vote for your favourite at El Cortez. Tickets are $8.
- Always great to see when farmers’ market vendors expand to brick and mortar locations – congratulations to Golomein on their grand opening at 2976 Ellwood Drive SW today.
- Let’s Grill Sushi and Izakaya is now open downtown at 10709 Jasper Avenue.
- Splash Poke is expanding to the south side, with a second location in the works on Calgary Trail near Whitemud Drive.
- Graham enjoyed his savoury dishes at Pip, but was disappointed with dessert.
- Vue Weekly had a positive experience at An Chay.
- Linda puts the spotlight on a delightful family-run eatery called El Fogon (I also love their arepas!).
- Twyla was happy with her visit to London Local.
- The Journal was hoping the food would match the excellent decor of Holy Roller.
- Jonny checked out Hanjan for dessert.
- Linda partnered with The Rec Room to promote their Make My Donut contest – contribute your doughnut creation for your treat’s chance to be featured at one of their two locations.
- It’s a little early to plan for summer, but I couldn’t resist linking to these too-cute t-shirts available at Tix on the Square featuring Edmonton’s unofficial culinary mascot – green onion cakes.
- NAIT has announced that Chef Rod Butters of Kelowna will be the 10th Hokanson Chef in Residence, and will be sharing his expertise with culinary program students in March.
- This week’s Monacle’s Menu podcast mentions Edmonton’s online edible food map.
- Culinare Magazine offers up 8 food and drink trends for 2018.
- It looks like a new restaurant will be trying their hand at turning over a space that has proven difficult – look for Drunken Ox/Sober Cat to open some time at the corner of 104 Street and 102 Avenue.
Drunken Ox/Sober Cat
- District Cafe debuted a new dinner menu in December featuring sourdough-based pizzas. I met up with Su last week to try one, and can report back that it was delicious! The sausage pizza wasn’t my first choice (they were out of pepperoni and mushroom), but after tasting it, it might just become my favourite – I loved the crumbled Salz bratwurst on top of the chewy, tangy crust.
Sausage pizza at District
It’s been some time since I’ve been to Cafe Amore, so I couldn’t think of a better place to have my last work lunch of the year.
My usual order of truffle chicken pasta at Cafe Amore
- The Vatican City burger from Burger’s Priest is our go-to when we’re looking for something gluttonous (they use two grilled cheese sandwiches in place of a usual burger bun). It always hits the spot.
Vatican City from Burger’s Priest