Food Notes for October 5, 2020

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.

Upcoming Events

  • 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.

Local News

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.

Cafe Versailles

The view from the Cafe Versailles patio

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