Food Notes for April 22, 2019

Local Chefs Vie for “Fire Masters” Title

A new show on Food Network Canada called Fire Masters will features some local talent in upcoming episodes.

From the Food Network website description: “In each episode, three chefs push their grilling talents to the limit as they do battle in fiery culinary challenges, cooking up creative, mouthwatering, flame-kissed dishes. One chef is eliminated in each of the first two rounds. The last chef standing then goes head-to-head with a Fire Masters judge in an epic third and final round, vying for $10,000 cash and the coveted title of Fire Masters Champion!”

Chef Lindsay Porter of London Local is up on the April 25, 2019 episode (they will be hosting a viewing party that night at the restaurant). Lindsay already has a competitive title to her name, having previously won Guy’s Grocery Games.

Chef Steven Brochu, formerly of Chartier, stars in the episode airing May 9, 2019.

Two other local participants include Chef Serge Belair of the Edmonton Convention Centre and Steve Buzak of the Royal Glenora Club.


  • A franchise location of Eat Clean is opening up in the Mayfair building on Jasper Avenue and 108 Street. There are already locations in Sherwood Park and Spruce Grove.


  • Old Strathcona chocolatier Francois Le Roi is now closed.

Upcoming Events

  • Rogue Wave will be hosting regular free public coffee cupping events, starting on April 28, 2019. RSVPs are necessary, and are limited to 10 people each time.
  • The next Dinner with Canada’s Top Chefs at the Shaw Conference Centre is taking place on May 11, 2019. Chef Levi Biddlecomb of Why Not? will be joining Executive Chef Serge Belair to prepare an 8-course meal. Tickets are $150.
  • The Stony Plain Road and Area Business Association is organizing another Taste of Stony Plain Road on May 23, 2019. Tickets are $10.


Local News

  • E-Town Eats is a new-ish YouTube channel launched by the some folks behind Re/Max Real Estate. So far, they’ve highlighted some local restaurants, cafes, and microbreweries, including Baijiu, Awake Coffee House, and Sea Change Brewing.
  • Open Table released a list of the 100 best restaurants for a “big night out”, which included 4 Edmonton entries: Biera, Sabor, Pampa, and The Melting Pot.

What I Ate

  • Mack, Emily, and I were in Calgary for part of last week, which meant indulging in some old favourites and discovering new ones. We usually stay in the East Village, meaning we’re within walking distance of Village Ice Cream. I love their salted caramel.

Village Ice Cream

Salted caramel from Village Ice Cream

  • We also checked out Mari Bakeshop near our flat, which had the cutest bread display. The sourdough we brought home was pretty good!


Bread display from Mari Bakeshop

  • We ordered from POW Pizza, opened by the same folks behind Without Papers Pizza. POW serves “Detroit-spirited” pizza. The braised pork on the Crime Wave was so tasty.

POW Pizza

Crime wave from POW Pizza

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