Food Notes for September 2, 2019

Duchess to open second bakery in Ritchie Market

Ten years after Duchess Bake Shop popularized the macaron in Edmonton, they will be opening a second location south of the river later this fall.

Located in Ritchie Market next to Transcend Coffee, Little Duchess will be offering a condensed menu and selected Duchess Provisions products.


  • If one new bakery wasn’t enough, Doughnut Party will also be opening a second location in Ritchie at 9610 76 Avenue.
  • RGE RD will be opening a standalone location of The Butchery next door to their restaurant, offering a new “one-stop-shop featuring whole animal butchery and all things meat”.
  • Smokey Bear, a “wood-fired eatery”, is expected in the Old Strathcona space formerly occupied by Accent Lounge at 8223 104 Street.
  • A cocktail lounge is slated to open this fall at 10432 Jasper Avenue called Pablo.
  • OEB’s second location will be opening over the next few weeks in the former North 53 space (10240 124 Street).


  • Rush Bowls was short-lived; their Edmonton location in Old Strathcona has closed.

Upcoming Events

  • Some of Edmonton’s finest Filipino chefs, including Chefs Edgar Gutierrez of Kanto and Ailynn Santos and Jason Wong of Yelo’d, are collaborating on an 8-course dinner at Filistix on September 18, 2019. Tickets are $85.
  • Bacon Day, an annual fundraiser hosted by Chef Paul Shufelt, is celebrating its 10th anniversary on September 21, 2019. This year’s event will raise money for In the Weeds, a charity founded to support positive mental health in the hospitality industry. Tickets are $95.
  • LitFest has some great food-related events in October, including Food Matters with authors Twyla Campbell and Ann Hui, and a chat with Chef Shane Chartrand, whose cookbook is being released this fall.


  • Graham published an early review of Lyon Restaurant, helmed by former Packrat Louie alumni Chef Jan Trittenbach and manager Jodh Singh.
  • Sharon posted an early review of Country Coco, Edmonton’s newest Korean fried chicken restaurant.
  • Also from Sharon, she reviewed her experience at Ramen Misoya, and wasn’t a fan of their broth style.
  • Leduc paid a visit to Made by Marcus.

Local News

Urban Agriculture and Farming

  • The City of Edmonton put together a Local Food Map containing links to one place about community gardens, urban bees and hens, farmers’ markets, edible yards and trees, and urban agriculture development permits.

What I Ate

  • I was fighting a cold for most of this week, so it’s always super handy to have T and D Noodle House just down the street from my office for a pick-me-up lunch.

T and D Noodle House

Bun bo Hue from T and D Noodle House

  • When I’m craving pastries in the morning, it’s a blessing to be just a block away from Lockstock Coffee. Nothing beats a kouign amann with my coffee to start the day.


Kouign amann and herb and cheddar scone from Lockstock Coffee

  • On the weekend, I met up with some friends for lunch at Blowers and Grafton, which offers “Halifax street food”. I had to order their OG Halifax donair to see what the fuss was about (the donair was apparently invented in Halifax). It was pretty tasty, particularly because the meat had been thoroughly topped with their B&G sweet sauce. I’d come back to have it again!

Blowers and Grafton

The OG Halifax Donair from Blowers and Grafton

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