Local Filmmaker Kevin Kossowan Debuts Show on PBS
Edmonton-based filmmaker Kevin Kossowan, known for his series From the Wild, debuted a new show which began airing on PBS last week.
Les Stroud’s Wild Harvest follows host Les Stroud and Calgary-based chef Paul Rogalski as they cook with ingredients they’ve foraged themselves.
Experience breathtaking landscapes, discover unexpected wild edibles, and witness the wild harvest become extraordinary and delicious cuisine. Outdoor and culinary enthusiasts will learn how to harvest and cook with ingredients like Cattail, Wild Radish, Walking Stick Kelp, Milkweed, Wild Turkey, Wild Mint, Pine Mushrooms & Mussels.
Much of the series was filmed in Canada, with four of the thirteen episodes featuring Alberta locations.
- Mood Cafe opened in Belgravia last week. They are located at 7601 115 Street.
- Intent Coffee opened back in September in Southgate Centre.
- Typ Top Bakery is a new social enterprise run by the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton. Youth gain paid work experience under direction of Chef Kelsey Johnson (of Cafe Linnea). They launched subscription boxes but their goods can also be found at markets and local cafes.
- A location of Browns Craft House (an offshoot of the Browns Social House chain) is coming soon to 124 Street and 102 Avenue.
- Downtown pub Rose and Crown has closed.
- Prairie Noodle, which announced that its last day will be October 24, 2020, has some parting words of thanks for its customers and the community.
- Atco’s Blue Flame Kitchen has transitioned their in-person classes to an online format. Unfortunately, the ingredient kits sold separately to help attendees cook alongside the chef are only offered out of their Calgary location. Classes are $25 each.
- Ernest’s at NAIT is offering a take-home high tea package, at $40 per person, for pick up on October 24, 2020.
- Congratulations to Kristina Botelho of KB & Co for winning the Alberta Women Entrepreneurs emerging entrepreneur award.
- Yes, some are already looking forward to Christmas, if not only for the possibility of the return of Christmas markets. Wild Heart Collective announced that their Christmas Market is coming back for a second year, to run from November 27 – December 20, 2020.
- Narcity offers listicles featuring all-you-can-eat restaurants and 10 foods to try for under $10.
- Prairie North Cider Co. has launched their Cider Schoolhouse, a collection of blog posts, resources and links to their online cidermaking classes.
- TechLife rounds up the opinions of a local chef, baker, and brewer of whether or not they’re on board with the pumpkin spice trend.
- NAIT has also jumped on the virtual cooking class bandwagon.
- Explore Edmonton featured a number of local companies, including Get Cooking and Love Pizza, who have given back to the community.
- A lawyer and the vice-chair of the Edmonton Food Bank started a “Pandemic Planting Project” this year in support of those in need. In total, the 7 acres they planted yielded nearly 100,000 pounds of potatoes, all harvested by volunteers.
Urban Agriculture and Farming
- The City of Edmonton’s City Farm had a successful first year, so far yielding 9,000kg of vegetables that have been distributed to families in need. The five acre farm is located at Old Man Creek Nursery in northeast Edmonton.
What I Ate
- What glorious weather we had over the weekend! We continued our Friday picnic series with take-out from Otto (who had a great seasonal Oktoberfest menu) – the schnitzel burger was delicious, and well, I can never turn down their garlic fries.
A selection of our order from Otto
- I met up with a friend on the super sunny Cafe Versailles patio on High Street. Friendly service, and I was pleasantly surprised by the mushroom garlic danish.
The view from the Cafe Versailles patio