Food Notes for May 10, 2021

Northern Chicken Offers Vaccine Discount

Several local businesses have stepped up to create incentives to encourage Edmontonians to get the COVID-19 jab. This includes 10% off at Glass Bookshop for a “celebratory vaccine order”, and Fleisch, which is accepting vaccine selfies as entries for a chance to win a $100 gift card.

On May 7, Northern Chicken jumped into the fray, offering 5% off meals with proof, valid on the day of the vaccination. Co-owner Andrew Cowan credits his partner Matt Phillips with the idea. “It’s a small incentive to get people to get vaccinated,” said Cowan. “We talked about it, and it fits with who we are and what we do.”

Northern Chicken was an early adopter of voluntarily shifting to a take-out and delivery only model in November, prior to provincial restrictions limiting in-person dining introduced in early December. Even when indoor dining restrictions lifted in February, Northern Chicken chose to remain closed to in-person dining, citing a need to minimize risk to their staff.

Since introducing the incentive, over 30 people have claimed the discount. Cowan isn’t sure how long the promotion will be offered, but is optimistic that greater vaccination rates will help move things forward. He shared that nearly half his staff have already been vaccinated. “The quicker we can get people vaccinated, restaurants and businesses can get back to normal,” said Cowan.

Although they are doing a reasonable amount of take-out and delivery orders, Cowan is looking forward to the day when it is safe to welcome diners back again. “We’re itching to get people back into the restaurant,” said Cowan, without committing to a timeline or a trigger for when he would feel comfortable with in-person dining again. “It’s social with staff but it’s nice to have new people come in, having friends and family come by,” said Cowan. “I miss it.”

COVID-19-related News

Upcoming Events

  • Root 107, a pop-up park with seating at 107 Street and Jasper Avenue, has extended its run. They are continuing to host food trucks daily; check the schedule here. Even though outdoor gathering restrictions are now limited to 5 people between two households, the event can continue.

Local News

What I Ate

  • Tau Bay is offering $5 delivery within a 5km radius during their regular business hours. Of course we had to try it out, with Friday’s drizzly conditions making it the perfect day for soup. It tasted just like I remembered.
  • Tau Bay

Our usual orders from Tau Bay

  • The new feature Butter Chicken-zas from Love Pizza sounded so delicious, we had to try both versions! The shahi chicken and paneer were super tasty, and highly recommended. We were also able to redeem the gift card we received some months back from the ATB Financial and Linda’s #AdoptAShopYEG initiative, so it felt like a treat! The feature pizza is only available until the end of May.
  • Love Pizza

Butter chicken pizzas from Love Pizza

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