Food Notes for October 1, 2018

  • Those of you looking for a fully-prepared Thanksgiving meal are in luck: you can purchase a feast from several different vendors in Edmonton, including the Shaw Conference Centre and Sorrentino’s.
  • The Downtown Business Association is hosting the first annual Harvest Fest, with 17 restaurants offering menus featuring seasonally inspired ingredients. Harvest Fest runs October 11-14, 2018.
  • The next Dinner with Friends meal, hosted by the Friends of the Royal Alberta Museum Society, is taking place on October 25, 2018 at Tiffin Fresh Kitchen.
  • Click Dishes, an app that allows customers to pre-order food, has partnered with West Edmonton Mall to offer in-mall delivery services starting in mid-October.
  • Crema Espresso Bar will be opening up in Edmonton City Centre Mall.
  • New Neapolitan pizza chain Firecrust opened its first Edmonton-area branch in Sherwood Park this week, located at 210, 410 Baseline Road.
  • Congratulations to Little HK who made En Route’s list of Canada’s Best New Bars!
  • Great to see Chef Jiju Paul back in Edmonton, now leading the kitchens at the Edmonton Expo Centre.
  • The Star Edmonton published a feature on Siu To’s new green onion cake shop on 118 Avenue.
  • Have you been to Meuwly’s yet? Sharman provides an overview of what to expect.
  • Lydia offers a snapshot of new wine bar Partake.
  • The Globe posted a positive review of Kanto.
  • Crystal shared her experiences with four Edmonton delivery services – Skip the Dishes, Door Dash, Foodora, and Uber Eats.
  • Twyla recapped the second annual Prairie Grid dinner held in Edmonton last week.
  • Timothy Fu, the youngest contestant on The Great Canadian Baking Show from Edmonton, is still in the running.
  • The Bissell Centre is looking for votes to earn an Aviva grant to start a community kitchen.
  • I learned more about the vision behind Black Box Hospitality’s ambitious Gibbard Block project in Highlands. The Kickstarter campaign went live 10 days ago and has already reached 30% of its goal, but Nate Box and his team are hoping to raise $100,000 to help with financing costs. The three concepts include:
    • June’s Delicatessen, inspired by the Jewish delis encountered in the team’s travels to Toronto, Montreal, and New York. Scratch-made bagels will be on offer (and in fact, are already being served up at District).
    • Fox Burger, which will be helmed by Chef Sean O’Connor (formerly of Red Ox Inn). They will aim to be a family-friendly destination for great burgers of all types (vegetarian included!), and overindulgent, greasy spoon brunch on the weekends. The beer program will highlight great local craft breweries. Watch for “secret menu” items that those in the know can request. Chef O’Connor will be testing out the menu for the first time at a pop-up to be held at Salz on October 15, 2018. Follow their Instagram page for updates on how to snag a reservation!
    • Highlands Liquor, will be a fun and approachable liquor shop. As it will be the smallest of the three spaces, expect a highly curated selection.

Black Box Hospitality

Gibbard Block project by Black Box Hospitality

  • Mack, Emily, and I finally made it to the 124 Grand Market on Thursday! The weather was dreary but poutine from Drift helped to lift our spirits. With the imminent end of food truck season, Drift will be serving up their food at the Shamrock Curling Club in the winter.


Poutine from Drift

  • Mack and I celebrated our anniversary this weekend with a meal at The Marc. Everything was on point – the food was superb, and the service exceptional.

The Marc

Mushrooms on toast from The Marc

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