Food Notes for October 26, 2020

Premier Kenney Pledges That Restaurants Will Remain Open

Premier Jason Kenney spoke at the United Conservative Party’s annual general meeting on October 24, 2020, and is adamant that current information does not warrant shutting down indoor dining. He said,

"We have [NDP Leader] Rachel Notley calling for new restrictions on restaurants and bars. That’s based on politics and not public health data. I give my absolute commitment to that sector that is struggling, that, barring some absolute catastrophe, which we do not see, there is no likelihood of restrictions on their ability to operate like we had in the spring, and I do not see any data to support that."

An update on October 26, 2020 provided by Chief Medical Officer of Health indicated that there has been one outbreak linked to a restaurant in the past two weeks, and less than one percent of active cases in Edmonton and Calgary are linked to exposures in restaurants.

ATB’s The Owl paints a dire picture for the hospitality industry, in spite of a lack of indoor dining restrictions. While sales in Alberta’s restaurants and bars were up in August from July, year-over-year sales are still significantly down.

COVID-19-related News

  • Remedy Cafe’s Jasper Avenue location is temporarily closed for deep cleaning due to a link to a positive COVID-19 case.
  • Rosewood Foods is re-opening on October 27, 2020 after all staff tested negative and sanitization procedures have been undertaken.
  • Health Canada recalls more than 50 hand sanitizers, including those produced at Blindman Brewing.


  • Breadland Organic Bakery has completed their move to Garneau – find them at their new location at 8440 109 Street.
  • Syphay’s southside location opened earlier this month, at 4428 Calgary Trail.
  • RGE RD’s sister space The Butchery is opening in “about two weeks”. In the meantime – they’re offering a sneak peek of the interior!
  • Flava Cafe, offering quick-service Jamaican Jerk food is opening soon at 8307 118 Avenue, next to Battista’s Calzones.


Upcoming Events

  • The latest Swine and Dine event is nearly a week-long affair from October 26-31, 2020 at both Woodshed Burger locations. Chef Paul Shufelt has created a trio of pork-based dishes to choose from.
  • Restaurants and curbside options continue to be added to Downtown Dining Week, running October 28-November 8, 2020. At present, 40 restaurants are participating.
  • The second annual Pizza Pig-Out fundraiser has been adapted to a pop-up drive-in format this year. It takes place on October 30, 2020 at the Expo Centre, at the cost of $125 per vehicle. The event supports KidSport.
  • La Cite Francophone’s patio series has been extended until December 11, 2020. Special menus will be offered by Cafe Bicyclette during the occasions.


Local News

What I Ate

  • Through Taproot Edmonton, Mack and I were gifted a Bessie Box. They deliver seafood and Alberta-raised beef, chicken, and pork to your door. Like many other services that have flourished this year, they offer convenience coupled with the ability to support local farmers.

Bessie Box

Classic Bessie Box (with chicken add-on)

  • I’ve been itching to try the tocino burrito from Filistix for some time. It didn’t disappoint – I loved the combination of ‘salt and sugar’ cured pork loin, garlic fried rice, Filistix ailoi, and pico de gallo. It was definitely worth the chilly walk over to pick up our order!


Tocino burrito from Filistix

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