Food Notes for May 21, 2018

I took a break from posting last week because we were away for a few days in Jasper. It’s been years since I’ve been in the mountains in the spring, but it was great to hike without a ton of layers, and of course, it was a pretty comfortable temperature for Emily! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Waste Free Edmonton and Boomerang Bags YEG is hosting a free screening of Bag It, a film about the plastic pollution problem, on May 23, 2018. The groups want to encourage the reduction of plastics, including bags and straws.
  • Get ready for the first What the Truck?! of the season this weekend on May 26, 2018 from 3-8pm on Capital Boulevard. The menus are up to help you plan your meals.
  • Parkallen is hosting a pop-up brunch on May 27, 2018. Tickets are $23 per person for adults and $10 for children aged 2-10.
  • I’m so happy Edgar Farms is bringing back the Asparagus Festival this year, with dates on May 27, June 3, and June 10, 2018. We attended several years ago – here’s what you can expect.
  • The next Swine & Dine is being hosted at The Common on May 31, 2018. Tickets are $40 for the four-course meal.
  • RGE RD is hosting Okanagan-based chef Aman Dosanj on June 5, 2018 for a pop-up dinner. Tickets are $89.
  • Tsujiri, a cafe offering all things matcha, is now open at 10173 109 Street.
  • Ontario-based The Captain’s Boil, a seafood restaurant that combines Cajun seafood boils with Asian spices, is now open in Edmonton at South Common (2051 98 Street). YEG Cravings has an early review.
  • It looks like the vegan trend is still going strong in Edmonton – Kanu, from American Chef Matthew Kenney, is opening up his first Canadian venture in July in the space currently occupied by Monument Cafe.
  • Vue Weekly has a preview of what to expect from Fumaca, the city’s next Brazilian steakhouse to open at 10143 Saskatchewan Drive.
  • Great to hear that the family behind Cafe Amore is opening up another restaurant in the core, a quick-serve Pasta Amore across from Joey’s Bell Tower (the piece also notes that the Crudo family is no longer involved with Bottega 104).
  • Sorry to see that Wild Earth Cafe has closed their 99 Street location.
  • Vue profiles Ohana Donuterie.
  • Leduc has one of the first reviews of Kanto, the new Filipino restaurant in Chinatown run by Chef Edgar Gutierrez of Tres Carnales and Rostizado fame.
  • Leduc and Sharon shared their experiences at Cinnaholic, the newly-opened vegan cinnamon bun shop.
  • The Journal had a positive experience at Why Not, but YEG Cravings was disappointed with their take-out lunch offerings.
  • Twyla recommends The Dirtbag Cafe, in spite of herself.
  • Crystal is the latest to review Bottega 104.
  • Graham continues to be impressed by Corso 32, and enjoyed his meals at Bodega’s new 124 Street location.
  • Vue paid a visit to Korean restaurant Pocha Seoul.
  • As always, it’s great to see local representatives on the Western Living Foodies of the Year list of finalists – including Chef Steven Brochu and Darren and Sylvie Cheverie of Chartier, From the Wild’s Kevin Kossowan, Chef Christine Sandford of Biera, John and Cindy Schneider of Gold Forest Grains and Chef Ben Staley of Alder Room.
  • Liane features a few of the new vendors you can find at local farmers’ markets this summer.
  • Original Redhead Condiments is hoping to crowdsource funding to expand their operations.
  • If you’ve got a pooch, this brilliant weather means it’s a good time to revisit Linda’s post about dog-friendly patios and markets.
  • Planet Organic will be opening up two new locations in the area – one in Ellerslie at the end of June and another in Sherwood Park in September.
  • Local nutritionist Loretta Friedrich just published a book containing over 100 national food stories and recipes, called Your Canadian Food Story.
  • Eat Alberta is recruiting new board members. The deadline to apply is May 23, 2018.
  • We didn’t eat out much in Jasper, but on the way home, stopped by Folding Mountain Brewery. Located just off the main highway, it’s a beautiful spot, with a ton of natural light and a crowd-pleasing menu. It was a great place to stretch our legs before the long drive home.

Folding Mountain Brewery

Folding Mountain Brewery

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