Food Notes for December 9, 2019

Dine Under the Stars Coming to Edmonton

An international event series is coming to Edmonton in 2020. Dine Under the Stars organizes pop-up 4-course dinners that take place in unique locations, with diners seated inside weather-resistant Garden Domes. The events have taken place in cities across Canada, the United States, and Europe.

In Edmonton, the domes will be situated on the terrace of the Edmonton Convention Centre, with spring and fall event dates listed, from April 15-May 15, 2020, and September 10-October 11, 2020, respectively. Dome reservations run $110 without a promotional code, with food costs priced at an additional $92 per guest plus gratuity.

Dine Under the Stars held one successful event in Calgary this past May at Fish Creek Provincial Park, with another that was planned to take place at Deane House in September. Ultimately, the fall event was cancelled because the venue had been flooded, and prospective diners have been experiencing challenges acquiring full refunds.

It is also worth noting that the Riverside Bistro at the Courtyard Marriott has similar weather-resistant domes on their river valley terrace.



Upcoming Events

  • The Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market is hosting a series of gingerbread making workshops on December 14 and 21, 2019 led by Meat Street Pies. Each kit sells for $27 and includes $5 in market bucks.
  • For a taste of the holidays, The Associazione Giovani Italiani Di Edmonton will be roasting chestnuts on an open fire outside of the Italian Centre in Little Italy on December 15 and 22, 2019.


  • Lydia was invited to try new Japanese restaurant Tokeo Station.
  • The Journal’s wine columnist Juanita Roos paid Old Strathona’s Smokey Bear a visit.
  • Graham enjoyed the “French-inspired” fare at Brasserie Bardot.

Local News

Beyond Edmonton

  • A new report states that the average Canadian family will pay up to an additional $487 for food in 2020. The anticipated increase is mainly tied to climate change causing unpredictability with crops.
  • This Toronto-based article captures some prevailing threads in the food world related to the marginalization of certain cuisines based on conscious or unconscious racial bias.

What I Ate

  • In search of a cold remedy last week I ended up at King Noodle House for their comforting bun bo Hue.

King Noodle House

Bun Bo Hue from King Noodle House

  • Mack, Emily and I were invited to check out the Edmonton Christmas Market at ATB Place over the weekend. We loved the light installations and the beautifully-crafted vendor huts outside. While there weren’t as many warm food options as I was expecting, they did have a hot beverage menu reminiscent of European Christmas markets. Thanks again to Wild Heart for having us! The market takes place from Thursday to Saturday until December 21, 2019.

Edmonton Christmas Market

Mack and Emily at the Edmonton Christmas Market

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