Food Notes for February 17, 2020

Forthcoming Forest Heights deli launches crowdfunding campaign

The owners of Fleish Delikatessen, a forthcoming deli and coffee shop in the Forest Heights neighbourhood, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help them reach “the finish line”.

Cartago owner Katy Ingraham and business partner Kimberly Der plan to open Fleish in the spring of 2020, and have a goal of raising $30,000 towards the project. Located adjacent to Cartago, Fleish will provide “hearty and fresh food made from local ingredients, locally roasted coffee, tasty ice-cream and the best locally sourced deli meats and cheeses”, and offer hot breakfasts, lunches and coffee.

Crowdfunding campaigns are becoming a go-to source of revenue for local restaurant owners. The new iteration of Zenari’s, called Dalla Tavola Zenari, successfully reached their goal of $35,000 after relaunching their campaign late last year, and in 2018, the Black Box Hospitality Group surpassed its $100,000 goal for The Gibbard Block. Not all recent campaigns have been as fruitful; Culina’s push to raise funds for their Hawrelak Park lakeside cafe has been quiet.

Openings

  • Edmonton is home to the first branch of Burger Village outside of the US. The quick-serve restaurant is located at 6187 Currents Drive in Windermere, and prides itself on “exotic & grass-fed meats which is humanely raised and organic produce which does not contain any preservatives or chemicals.”
  • The Uproot Food Collective shop (10552 114 Street) is now open, featuring products from several local vendors, including Irvings Farm Fresh, Boocha, MoJoJo Pickles, and of course (as it is run by them), South Island Pie and Honest Dumplings. They’re offering 20% off on pies and dumplings until February 21.
  • Local chain Oodle Noodle has added a location in Terwillegar (#3, 2305 Rabbit Hill Road).

Closures

  • The Barking Buffalo Cafe will close its doors on March 23, 2020. The owners have decided to “move onto new areas of our lives and new creative endeavours.”
  • Arcadia will be relocating from their 124 Street digs to a new brewpub location. Their last day at their current space is March 21, 2020.

Upcoming Events

  • Alley Kat is hosting an opportunity to meet the new owners of Alley Kat on February 20.
  • The Expo Centre is hosting another of their winemakers’ dinners on March 3, 2020. Tickets for the 5-course meal (including wine pairings) are $85.

Reviews

Local News

  • Chef Jeremy Charles, based in Newfoundland, will be this year’s Hokanson Chef in Residence in March. Tickets are available for lunch and dinners with the chef on March 12, 2020; tickets are $39 and $65, respectively.
  • Highlevel Diner partnered with a non-profit to help them estimate the carbon footprint of all of the dishes on their menu, as a means to start conversations about sustainability and climate change.
  • Congratulations to Coffee Bureau and Lock Stock for reaching their five year milestones!
  • The Journal outlines what to expect from Guru’s new Ice District restaurant.
  • Also from The Journal – more details on the family behind Popowich Meat Company.
  • CJSR launched a new podcast called That’s Food, which will provide the “backstory to food in Edmonton, one meal at a time.” The first two podcasts feature stories about Kind Ice Cream and the 1986 Gainers meatpacking strike.
  • Stadium Yards announced their finalists for The Cut, a competition that will offer the winner funding and entrepreneurial support to build their business in the area. Finalists include Jack’s Burger Shack, The Grizzlar, Caribe Community Bar & Restaurant, Coffeecito, and Luna & Leo.
  • There’s a new coffee roaster based in Beaumont, called Brave Fox. Find their product at the Sobeys in Beaumont.
  • Coal Lake Honey Farm (a vendor at the Downtown Edmonton Farmers’ Market) announced the passing of Joseph Kent last week.

What I Ate

  • It was a privilege to be a part of the judging panel at Silver Skate’s Battle of the Neighbourhoods last week. We sampled a variety of stews, bread, and brews to determine the winners: Biera (representing Ritchie) won best stew; Brio (representing Oliver) won best bread; and Alley Kat (representing Old Strathcona) won best brew. Downtown will have to get ‘em next time!

Silver Skate

Let the judging commence!

  • Linda and I always have great lunches around Alberta Avenue, and last week was no different. This time, we dined at Mama Asha; I love their chicken suqaar sabayad wrap. Can you believe it’s just $10?

Mama Asha

Chicken suqaar sabayad wrap from Mama Asha

  • I met up with the Chinatown Dining Week crew at Noodleholic. It was my first time there, and we found the service to be fast and very pleasant. They feature infinite possible combinations through a build-your-own soup menu, so what we tried was just the tip of the iceberg. I enjoyed my choice of Little Sheep broth with tofu and wontons.

Noodleholic

Build-your-own-soup at Noodleholic

  • Mack, Emily, and I celebrated Valentine’s Day at home, a day made much sweeter with Bloom Cookie Co.’s annual Cookiegrams! It’s also great that $5 from every box went to the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton. Emily loved chocolate chip cookies.

Bloom Cookie Co.

Cookiegram from Bloom Cookie Co.

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