Food Notes for February 24, 2020

City of Edmonton Chooses Local for Golf Courses

Last week, the City of Edmonton announced that local company Robert Spencer Hospitality Group has been chosen to run food operations at municipal golf courses, including Riverside, Rundle, and Victoria Golf Courses. They are expected to open in April, and will be run under the name The Greenhouse.

Robert Spencer Hospitality Group also operates Workshop Eatery and Woodshed Burgers. Chef Paul Shufelt said, “We aim to continue the work we have done with Workshop Eatery and Woodshed Burgers to highlight great local ingredients and the flavours of the season while providing warm and genuine hospitality to our guests. In the months ahead we look forward to turning these venues into year-round dining and event destinations.”

Back in 2018, the City chose to award the contract for food services at Victoria Golf Course to multinational company Civeo, after local restauranteur Brad Lazarenko had run the successful Dogwood Cafe at that location for three years. That decision was widely panned.


  • Oliver gem Breadland Bakery has announced that they will be relocating to Garneau (the space formerly occupied by Noorish, 8440 109 Street).
  • Kari spotted a new cafe to open in the High Street space that once housed a Starbucks – Cafe Versailles is coming soon to 12507 102 Avenue.

Upcoming Events

  • West Edmonton Mall is hosting a Taste of WEM on February 25, 2020.
  • Filistix is hosting its second Kamayan Feast on February 29, 2020 (“kamayan” means “eat with your hands”). Tickets are $56.75 per person.
  • The Taste Alberta Brunch will take place at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald on March 8, 2020. Tickets are $65 for access to the buffet.
  • The High School Culinary Challenge Awards Dinner takes place on March 9, 2020 at the Edmonton Convention Centre. The top three teams will receive special recognition, and the 3-course meal will be based on the competition menu. Tickets are $35 each.
  • Start making your reservations for the annual Downtown Dining Week, which runs March 11-22, 2020 this year. 48 participating restaurants are offering two-course lunch and brunch menus for $20, or multi-course dinners for $35 or $50.


Local News

  • Graham recaps the recent Pe Misto Indigenous event.
  • Both Kanto and Filistix made the list of Big 7 Travel’s list of 25 Best Filipino Restaurants in Canada.
  • Skip the Dishes now offers liquor delivery in Edmonton.
  • Nick Lees has an update on Chef Brad Smoliak’s heart condition.
  • While he didn’t officially make the podium, SC Restaurant’s Chef JP Dublado won the People’s Choice at the Canadian Culinary Championships earlier this month.
  • Congratulations to Team NAIT which brought home a bronze from the Culinary Olympics held in Stuttgart, Germany last week.
  • Edmontonian Moirae Choquette won a scholarship that will enable her to cook with acclaimed chef David Chang in Italy later this summer.
  • Co-authors Shane Chartrand and Jennifer Cockrall-King chat on Semi-Prose, a podcast from the publishing house behind their book Tawâw.
  • Jacek Chocolate Couture is receiving government funding to “expand production and reduce environmental impact through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.”

Urban Agriculture and Farming

Beyond Edmonton

  • One of the five Planet Organic stores in Calgary abruptly shut its doors last week, with officials claiming it to be just temporary.

What I Ate

  • We had a lunch with my colleagues at Sorrentino’s in Little Italy last week. While the menu isn’t the most exciting, I find comfort in their pastas, and never stray far from my order of veal canelloni.


Veal cannelloni from Sorrentino’s

  • It’s been a while since we’ve had pizzas from the Italian Centre, but we ordered a couple pies for take-out over the weekend. It was pretty convenient; they were ready by the time we were done our grocery run!

Italian Centre

Margherita pizza from the Italian Centre

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