Food Notes for September 21, 2020

City of Edmonton To Consider Extension to Patio Program

At present, the City of Edmonton’s relaxing of rules around outdoor patios and sidewalk cafes expires on December 31, 2020. With some restaurant owners pushing for extensions to support the local hospitality industry, the City is exploring an extension to the program.

City spokesman Anthony Toderian said, “We have been hearing from businesses and associations that they would like to continue to operate their temporary patios into the colder months…Administration is investigating options for winter patios but a decision has not been finalized.”

The current guidelines allow for electric and propane heaters and one tent.

COVID-19-related News


  • Love Pizza quietly opened their southwest location at 5011 Mullen Road on Friday to “overwhelming” response. They had to restock over the weekend and will re-open on September 22, 2020.
  • It looks like Mood Cafe in Belgravia (7601 115 Street) is gearing up to open on September 25, 2020.
  • Old Strathcona’s newest cafe La Bosco Cafe is hosting their grand opening on September 29, 2020. They are located at 10413 79 Avenue.
  • Julia’s Cafe is coming soon to the Standard Life building Downtown at 10405 Jasper Avenue.
  • Back in the spring, Sneaky Pete’s on Alberta Avenue was rebranded High Note Bar and Grill under new ownership. Find them at 12315 118 Avenue.


Upcoming Events

  • The Westin has been offering “experiential date nights” in the form of a 3-course dinner, chocolate tasting presentation with Colleen Heidecker of Colleen’s Chocolates, and a one night accommodation. The next date is October 3, 2020; tickets are $303.

Local News

Beyond Edmonton

  • The Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye by Alberta Distillers took top honours in this year’s Whisky Bible as the “World Whisky of the Year”.
  • An agri-food industrial park is being planned for Vegreville, to be completed by 2022.

Urban Agriculture and Farming

  • Shirley Ross, co-founder of the University of Alberta’s Green and Gold Community Garden passed away on September 3, 2020.
  • Producers, including those from Reclaim Organics, share their experiences of farming during the pandemic.

What I Ate

  • We hit up Rosewood Foods for another Friday night picnic. Mack, Emily, and I shared their katsu chicken sandwich and patty melt – so delicious.

Rosewood Foods

Patty melt from Rosewood Foods

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