Food Notes for September 16, 2019

Two Local Butchers to Represent Team Canada at World Butchers’ Challenge

For the first time, Canada will be sending a team to compete in the World Butchers’ Challenge in September 2020, taking place in Sacramento, California.

Two Edmonton-based butchers are on the team, selected after a “rigorous try-out process”: Corey Meyer of ACME Meat Market and Elyse Chatterton, currently a freelance butcher.

Over the next year, the team will be coming together to practice as a group, as well as gathering funds for uniforms, props, and practice proteins. They have launched a crowdfunding campaign in the hopes of raising $45,000 that will go towards expenses.


  • Greta, the rebranded Hudson’s at 10141 109 Street, opens September 20, 2019.
  • Midway Bar, featuring music, an arcade, and food, also opens September 20, 2019 at 6107 104 Street.
  • It looks like Campio Brewing (the new brew pub taking over the space formerly occupied by Characters) might be open by October 4, 2019.
  • Dalla Tavola Zenari (opened by the family behind the former Zenari’s in Manulife Place), revealed their floor plans for their forthcoming Enbridge Centre location. It will open in winter 2020.

Upcoming Events

  • Kitchen by Brad is hosting a pop-up brunch by Chef Tracy Zizek (formerly of Cafe deVille) on September 21, 2019. Tickets are $18.
  • The second annual Wein, Schwein & Dine, in support of the Edmonton Food Bank, takes place on September 29, 2019, featuring wine and spirits served alongside pork-based dishes from Ono Poke and Say Uncle. Tickets are $35.
  • The next Prairie on the Plate dinner will be hosted at Northern Chicken on September 30, 2019. Tickets for the family-style meal will be $65.
  • If you want a sneak peek of what Dalla Tavola Zenari has in store food-wise, they’ll be supplying the lunches for the Edmonton International Film Festival’s Lunchbox Shorts, on September 30-October 4, 2019. Tickets for the films and lunch are just $15!
  • LitFest’s Food Matters event on October 26, 2019 has added an additional speaker: Giselle Courteau of Duchess will be on the panel, and will be serving up treats from her new cookbook, Duchess at Home.


Local News

  • The NAIT Culinary Team is hoping to crowdfund $5,000 that will go towards uniforms and food costs in preparation for the IKA Culinary Olympics in Germany in February 2020. Their campaign runs until September 18, 2019.
  • Filistix’s Downtown restaurant was featured in both The Tomato and The Yards this month.
  • Following Calgary’s lead, Edmonton is getting its first mobile grocery store that will bring affordable food to communities in need. The first location is the Clareview Community Recreation Centre on Wednesday evenings.
  • Food4Good is hosting its second annual Bowling4Good on October 20, 2019 at Plaza Bowl. Teams of 4 need to raise $1,000 to participate.

Urban Agriculture and Farming

  • The weather conditions haven’t been ideal this summer, and have had a particularly negative impact on local farmers. The Tomato interviewed Jenny and James Berkenbosch of Sundog Organics about the challenges they faced this year.

What I Ate

  • It seemed like a shame not to take advantage of the beautiful conditions last week for some time on a patio. Mack, Emily, and I hit up Say Uncle on Thursday for their $10 pizza special, made with dough fermented for 36-48 hours. The chorizo, roast peppers, corn, and cheese curds was our favourite.

Say Uncle

Pizzas from Say Uncle

  • We also took in our first Kaleido Festival over the weekend. There was so much to see all along the Avenue, but we also grabbed a bite to eat from Paraiso Tropical – the flautas were the perfect street food (and Emily loved them too!).

Paraiso Tropical

Flautas from Paraiso Tropical

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