Downtown Dining Week Returns
Downtown Dining Week, which celebrates the range of cuisine available in Edmonton’s core, is back for its 16th incarnation for 10 days from March 8-17, 2019. This year, they have nearly 50 participating restaurants, all offering fixed-priced multi-course deals: 2-course lunch or brunch for $18, or 3-course dinners for $30 or $45.
In addition to the special menus, the Downtown Business Association has also put together some special events to consider, including a cookbook sale at Audrey’s, tours of the City Market, cooking classes, and even a community potluck.
- The Iconoclast in the Oliver Exchange Building at 103, 12021 102 Avenue is officially open.
- A second location of plant-based chain Copper Branch is now open in South Edmonton Common, at 2205 101 Street.
- A second Cinnaholic, the vegan cinnamon bun bakery chain, is now open in Old Strathcona at 10345 82 Avenue.
- Filistix shared a sneak peek of their new Downtown location, due to open in April 2019 at 10621 100 Avenue.
- Ramen Misoya, with locations in Toronto and Montreal, will be expanding to Edmonton’s 104 Street in the Icon II.
- Bru in Oliver is now closed.
- Food4Good is hosting another Fruit & Veggie Sale on February 26, 2019.
- The 2019 National Brewers Cup competition will take place March 1-3, 2019 at the Transcend in Ritchie Market.
- The next Northern Bites experience on March 5, 2019 features a visit to Barr Estate Winery and a cooking lesson and tea tasting at Formosa Bistro. Tickets are $70.
- Leftovers YEG is hosting a meet up on March 11, 2019 for those wanting to learn more about food waste and the organization.
- Tickets for Avenue Edmonton’s Best Restaurants event on March 18, 2019 are still available. Tickets are $50.
- Yellowhead Brewery will be celebrating the first anniversary of its Drag Brunch on March 24, 2019. Tickets are $30 and include an all-you-can-eat buffet.
- Eat North is bringing its pop-up Drags Benny event to Edmonton’s Fairmont Hotel Macdonald on March 30, 2019. Tickets are $70, and include a cocktail and brunch canape hour, and a 3-course brunch. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards Canadian Pride initiatives.
- The Journal enjoyed the fare at new-ish suburban restaurant Suda Thai Cuisine in Sherwood Park.
- Sharon shares her favourite items at Gangnam Street Food.
- Lydia posted a review of Golomein.
- Liane wrote a great piece about how certain restaurants, including Kanu and XIX Nineteen, have been able to snare a strong Head Chef.
- Also from Liane – she has more details behind Have Mercy’s change to a “recession-proof” menu.
- Giselle Courteau of Duchess Bake Shop shares her recipe for Spanish-style baked eggs in the latest Fast Food webisode. It’s a recipe that will appear in her second cookbook, Duchess at Home, due out in the fall.
- Chef Lasantha Mendis who works north of Fort McMurray competed in the fourth international bread baking competition Festival International du Pain 2019.
- Vancouver-based Chef David Hawksworth will be NAIT’s 11th Chef in Residence, from April 8-12, 2019.
- Eat North is a finalist in the Digital Presence category for this year’s Alberta Magazines Awards.
- Alberta set a monthly record on restaurant and bar spending in December 2018, totaling $810 million. The average Albertan spent almost $190 on dining out.
What I Ate
- It’s always a good day for soup in my books, and the bun bo Hue at King Noodle always hits the spot.
Bun bo Hue from King Noodle House