Food Notes for September 13, 2021

Third Edmonton Hospitality Business to Require Proof of Vaccination

Arcadia Brewing Co. is the third Edmonton hospitality business to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter. Fleisch was the first to require proof for guests seeking to dine indoors back in August, and bar EvoWonderLounge mandated proof of vaccination last week.

Arcadia made the announcement on September 7, 2021:

“As of September 20th 2021 customers entering Arcadia Brewing Co will require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test result within 48 hours of entering Arcadia…This decision was not made easily and we ask you to please be kind to our staff and please respect our decision.”

Since sharing the policy, Arcadia has received some negative feedback online, but noted that the majority of feedback has been positive. Arcadia co-owner Darren McGeown said:

“Generally, the support has been incredible from people either coming in or messaging me…The past few days people have come in – especially front line workers – have reached out and showed their appreciation, which means a lot to me.”

Venues Metro Cinema, The Starlite Room, and the Winspear Centre also announced similar proof of vaccine requirements.

The Alberta Hospitality Association is currently surveying its members before releasing a stance on vaccine passports.

COVID-19-related News


  • Brokin Yolk’s first Edmonton location is now open at 1641 102 Street in South Edmonton Common.
  • Catch of the Week, a fish market, will be opening up in the former Bateman’s IGA at 5120 122 Street.
  • Love Pizza will be opening up their first Leduc location at #110, 5411 Discovery Way.
  • Sorrentino’s will be opening in the former Bistecca location in Century Park (2345 111 Street).
  • Another location of Chachi’s is now open at MacEwan University.
  • Secret Pizza opened up earlier this summer in the former Artisti Pizzeria location in Holland Plaza (11998 109A Avenue).


Upcoming Events

  • Sorrentino’s annual Mushroom Harvest event runs the month of September, with mushroom dishes featured on the menu and wine dinners.
  • The Festa Dell’uva, or the Little Italy Grape Festival, is returning to Giovanni Caboto Park on September 19, 2021 from 1-5pm. Expect grape stomping, food, and a wine garden, among other activities.
  • JustCook is hosting their opening VIP event at the 5th St Food Hall on October 2, 2021. Tickets are $100 per person.

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Beyond Edmonton

What I Ate

  • We had a great time in Jasper last week! One of our highlights was visiting the Jasper Farmers’ Market. Only the early birds snagged eggs from Stonepost Farms, but we picked up some bagels from Coco’s Cafe and coffee from Vale Coffee Roasters.
  • Jasper Farmers’ Market

Emily loves bagels!

  • As with our other staycations during the pandemic, we brought most of our own food, but did allow ourselves one patio meal at Jasper Brewing Co. We really appreciated the protected patios set up by the municipality, with concrete barricades carving out additional space in the roadways.
  • Jasper Brewing Co.

Fish and chips from Jasper Brewing Co.

  • Mack and I also lunched at Craft Beer Market’s refreshed rooftop patio – it’s hard to say how many fair weather days remain for outdoor dining, so it was nice to take advantage of a sunny afternoon. The half-price Monday pizza special was a nice bonus!
  • Craft Beer Market

Pizzas from Craft Beer Market

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