Food Notes for January 20, 2020

Eat Local Magazine Announces New Editor

Eat Local just celebrated its one year publication anniversary, having launched their first print issue in December 2018. Within that short time, they tripled their print run from 3,000 to 10,000 copies.

This week, they announced that local freelance writer and CBC Food Explorer Twyla Campbell has joined the team as the new editor.

As she described to Eat North, “My role is to help tell the stories behind the pictures and to connect the reader to the good, conscientious chefs and producers who feed us all."

Her first issue will land in March 2020.


Upcoming Events

  • Starting January 22, 2020, Food4Good’s low-cost produce markets are relocating to Salvage Reclaimed Furniture (15308 Stony Plain Road) and will happen regularly every other Wednesday.
  • Culina Chef Brad Lazarenko has organized Pe Mitso, a collaboration dinner on February 9, 2020 celebrating the Indigenous roots of Brad, and Chefs Shane Chartrand and Scott Iserhoff. Tickets for the 5-course dinner are $85.
  • Winefest returns to the Edmonton Convention Centre on February 14-15, 2020. Tickets start at $87.
  • Join Avenue at their annual Best Restaurants event on March 16, 2020 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Tickets are $60 and includes food and beverage tickets.


  • Graham opines that the food at Calle Mexico’s new south side restaurant is “very good”, but “conventional”.
  • Jonny offers some photologs on Korean restaurant Machef, China Burger BBQ in Old Strathcona, and old favourite Sunbake Pita.

Local News

  • The Tomato is accepting nominations for their annual Top 100 Best Things to Eat in Edmonton. Nominations close January 31.
  • Culina will be opening up an outpost called Culina on the Lake at Hawrelak Park. They’ve started a crowdfunding campaign with the hopes of raising $35,000 to help with expenses.
  • Cafe Linnea, along with some partner businesses, is sponsoring a free wedding, valued at up to $10,000. Interested couples have until February 17, 2020 to enter.
  • Bloom’s Valentine’s Day Cookie-Grams are back! They will deliver a box of their egg and dairy-free cookies for $35, with $5 from each box going towards the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton. Orders will be accepted until February 7, or until sold out.
  • Speaking of Valentine’s Day, Linda has some great food-related ideas to help you celebrate this year.
  • The Journal offers some background on Chef Ben Staley’s new venture, Restaurant Yarrow.
  • Smokey Bear had received many positive reviews over the past few weeks, but its reputation may have taken a hit after well-known LGBTQ academic and advocate Dr. Kristopher Wells shared his negative experience dining out at the restaurant this weekend.
  • It was reported that Planet Organic has racked up thousands of dollars of unpaid bills with some local vendors, including Honest Dumplings.
  • CTV’s series Josh Eats Edmonton finally has its own landing page – catch up on segments featuring Nello’s.
  • The University of Alberta’s podcast What the Job? interviewed restauranteur Nate Box (of District, Fox Burger, and June’s Delicatessen).
  • In case you’re on the hunt for cheap eats Downtown, The Yards has you covered.

What I Ate

  • It was definitely a soup kind of week, though I never need an excuse to return to Tau Bay for my pho fix.

Pho Tau Bay

My usual at Tau Bay

  • In the middle of the deep freeze, I met up with Su for dinner at another participating Chinatown Dining Week restaurant Youth BBQ. We didn’t end up ordering off the set menu as it was easy enough to put together our own sampling of their charcoal-grilled skewers (most only $2 each – it might possibly be one of the best deals in town). We both found their spicy and slightly sweet seasoning salt addictive, whether sprinkled on beef skewers or fried potato chips. We’ll be back!

Youth BBQ

Beef skewer from Youth BBQ


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