Food Notes for August 23, 2021

New Bakery Brings Baked Goods to Riverdale

The folks behind Riverdale’s Little Brick are set to open the doors to a new neighbouring business on August 26, 2021. Bread & Butter Bakery is the newest sibling establishment from the River Valley Company, who has participated in the operation of Little Brick since 2015.

Their vision for the river valley is bold, “to create an international tourist destination with beautifully unique buildings, and to provide world-class hospitality businesses and tourist-centric activities for people from all over the world to come to Edmonton to enjoy.” With the addition of the Umphreville Block at 10158 90 Street, which is home not only to Bread & Butter but also a forthcoming pub called Dogpatch, the River Valley Company is making strides towards creating a destination in Riverdale.

Ange Minor, the Bakery Manager at Bread & Butter is keen for people to finally taste the hard work she has put into developing the launch over the last year. “I always wanted to have more of savoury-focused shop, and the wonderful owners [at the River Valley Company] gave me complete free reign of how I wanted to do that,” said Minor. “All the recipes have been tested and tested until they became absolute perfection.”

She feels the savoury nature of the Bread & Butter sets it apart from others in Edmonton’s bakery scene. “We will have a beautiful bread wall stocked full of a variety of from scratch, baked fresh daily breads,” said Minor. “From focaccia, signature sourdough, brioche loaves, multigrain loaves, gluten-free focaccia, and savoury pastries like scones and croissants.”

Those hoping to find the shop’s namesake “butter” for sale will not be disappointed, either. “Our bakery cooler will be filled with signature butters, which are meant to be eaten together with our breads to make a perfect pair,” said Minor.

Bread & Butter will also satisfy those with a sweet tooth, with treats such as brioche Danishes and gluten-free fudgy brownies and granola bars.

Although Bread & Butter won’t have any seating, they will offer drip coffee and locally-sourced tea along with cold drinks, ideal for those looking to grab a snack to accompany a walk through the adjacent river valley paths. The bakery will be open 9am-5pm daily.

Complementing its sister establishments, Bread & Butter will also be supplying scones, cookies, and muffins to Little Brick, and when Dogpatch opens, they will be featuring Bread & Butter-made breads and pies.

Umphreville Block was first announced back in early 2019, so it has been a long time coming for Bread & Butter. “I know how long the neighbourhood has been waiting for a bakery, so my team & I are very excited to serve our neighbours,” said Minor. “But we are also excited to serve the whole city we love!”

Openings

  • Wilfred’s, which now also houses a Made by Marcus, has re-opened with a new menu focusing on “handhelds”.
  • China Marble Restaurant is now open in the former Pagolac storefront in Chinatown (10566 97 Street).
  • Eat Jamaican is now open at 9518 Ellerslie Road.
  • The Little Spot, located at 11907 Jasper Avenue, stocks a variety of locally-made products, including Battista’s Calzones, and Da Capo Coffee.
  • Lost Dogs is a ghost kitchen operating out of Campio Brewing, serving up hot dogs and sides, with 50 cents from each hot dog supporting the Edmonton Humane Society.
  • New York’s The Halal Guys will have franchise locations across Canada, including in Edmonton. A location already opened in Calgary in July.

Closures

  • The long-standing Starbucks at Jasper Avenue and 109 Street is now closed.

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What I Ate

  • Our neighbourhood burger joint Wayback Burgers had a great special on in conjunction with the Al Fresco Market on Saturday, so we picked up some take-out for a picnic at the Legislature Grounds with some friends.
  • Wayback Burgers

Wayback Burgers picnic

  • On Sunday, we ventured out in the drizzly conditions to take in an Edmonton Jazz Festival’s Jazz Around Town performance at The Backyard, and enjoyed a Korean BBQ pork wrap from Coast Lunch Box. It’s great to see this otherwise desolate corner animated, but it will be interesting to see how they transform it for the winter.
  • Coast Food Truck

Coast Lunch Box’s Korean BBQ pork wrap

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