Food Notes for February 4, 2019

Campus Food Delivery Now Available

As a testament to the age we live in now – food delivery is now available at MacEwan University and the University of Alberta. StudentsEat, a company founded by MacEwan students, offers delivery to people on campus from partner restaurants on-site and from those within a one kilometer radius. They will soon be expanding to NAIT and NorQuest College.


  • The Downtown location of Nello’s is now open at 11520 100 Avenue.
  • Iconoclast Coffee’s branch in the Oliver Exchange building at 12019A 102 Avenue is opening this week.
  • Also in the Oliver Exchange building, Brio Bakery has announced that they will open their doors on February 14, 2019.
  • Cartago’s sister deli in Forest Heights has a name: Fleisch.
  • American chain Church’s Chicken is coming to Edmonton.



Local News

  • 24-carat gold rose sparkling wine lollipops from Fort Saskatchewan-based Sumptuous Lollies will be included in the swag bags at the Grammy Awards.
  • At Ice on Whyte this weekend, the Hotel Macdonald and Ampersand 27 took home the judges’ and people’s choice awards for their stew creations.
  • Chef Paul Shufelt continues to be worried about the challenges restaurant face in this economy.
  • SPUD has launched the Be Fresh Marketplace, a “digital platform for local artisans, small shops and independent grocers to sell online with consolidated delivery.” At present, in Edmonton, only some products from the Italian Centre are available on the website.
  • Ian Gladue, who some may know from his Native Delights food truck, also sells traditional Indigenous dry meat under the name Pȃnsȃwȃn. It is available at all Sobeys and Safeway stores.
  • Food delivery has even spread to MacEwan University through a delivery service called Students Eat, and will soon be available at NAIT and NorQuest College.
  • How did Drift come to reach the success they’ve achieved to date? A piece in The Business Link blog tracks their ups and down since they launched the food truck.

Urban Agriculture and Farming

Beyond Edmonton

  • In Calgary, the food scene is shifting to fast casual establishments, including meals served in food halls, such as the newly-opened Avenida Food Hall and Fresh Market.
  • Tim Horton’s will start selling a double-double coffee bar this fall (it contains no actual chocolate).

What I Ate

  • I was invited to the launch of Local Public Eatery’s new burger last week. The company’s chefs brainstormed their favourite qualities in a burger, and The Local Burger was the result. It is made up of a brioche bun, two grilled, hand-pressed patties, American cheese, caramelized onions, tomato, lettuce, and sexy sauce (with the key ingredient being liquid smoke). It was a satisfying burger to be sure – thanks to Local Jasper Avenue for hosting me!

Local Jasper Avenue

The Local Burger at Local Public Eatery

  • Padmanadi is becoming one of my go-to places to take Emily for lunch – the staff are always welcoming, and the space easily accommodates a stroller. I met up with some friends there last week and warmed up over some curry vermicelli soup.


Curry vermicelli soup from Padmanadi

  • Over the weekend, Mack and I took Emily to RGE RD, one of our favourite restaurants. We were delighted to learn that they are more baby-friendly now, offering high chairs and a change table. The food and hospitality was top-rate, as always, and Emily enjoyed herself too!


Kitchen board from RGE RD

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