Made by Marcus to Open in Edmonton
First OEB brought its brunch stylings to Edmonton, and now Calgary-based ice cream purveyor Made by Marcus is heading north.
Made by Marcus branched out into a brick and mortar shop on 17th Avenue in 2016. They followed that success with a second location last year. Their product is currently available at some retailers in Edmonton, but a full-service parlour is a welcome addition to Old Strathcona. Look for it this summer, to be designed by local company Oliver Apt.
- It’s odd that they would choose April Fool’s Day to make this announcement, but Workshop Eatery shared that they’re behind the forthcoming burger shop The Woodshed, moving into the space formerly occupied by Solstice on 124 Street.
- Firecrust Pizzeria is opening another location, this time in the Meadows at 3820 17 Street.
- Culina is hosting a Ukrainian pop-up dinner in The Foundry Room, the second floor event space located above their forthcoming Culina To Go space in the Oliver Exchange building. The Mother’s Day event runs May 12, and tickets are priced at $45.
- Congratulations to Kevin Kossowan, who has been nominated for a James Beard Foundation award for Visual and Technical Excellence, alongside Parts Unknown and Chef’s Table.
- Spoiler alert for the first episode of Top Chef Canada season 7: Edmonton’s first local contender, Alexei Boldireff of Baijiu, failed to make it into the main competition.
- Katy Ingraham of Cartago shared her view that the increased minimum wage is good for business.
- As Solstice has now closed, the chefs have moved on to The Almanac.
- What the Truck?! shared an update that they will no longer be organizing events, but will continue to promote food trucks online.
- Sharman recapped the latest Swine & Dine that took place at London Local.
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What I Ate
- It was nice to catch up with a friend over pasta at Uccellino last week. Even better, we ended our meal sharing our go-to dessert: the olive oil cake and olive oil gelato.
Olive oil cake and gelato from Uccellino
Loblaws CityMarket to Open Downtown
The plans for Ice District have included a grocery store for some time, but the details were elusive until today. Loblaws announced that they will be opening an “urban concept” CityMarket in fall 2020, to be located at 103 Avenue and 103 Street.
The 22,000 square foot facility will feature “chef inspired grab ‘n’ go meal items for lunch and dinner; a wide selection of products to suit a variety of dietary needs, including organic and gluten-free choices and all the fresh food and grocery items customers will need to complete their weekly grocery shop.”
CityMarket opened its location in the Brewery District in 2016.
- Dorinku has applied for a development permit in the former Alder Room and Alta space at 10328 Jasper Avenue.
- One of the food vendors some may be familiar with from the City Market and 124 Grand Market is opening a storefront! Frida Urban Taqueria, from the folks behind Frida Antojitos Mexicanos, is coming soon to 12411 Stony Plain Road (formerly occupied by The Tea Girl).
- Vivo is adding a third location to its roster, this time in Windermere. Back in 2017, it added a second location downtown, but was forced to close it after six months. In 2018, they added a Sherwood Park branch.
- Another Ontario-based franchise is setting up shop in Edmonton: Loaded Pierogi is coming to The Mayfair, at 10815 Jasper Avenue.
- While it doesn’t explicitly refer to itself as a ghost kitchen, it seems like Tango Eatery, “now open” and serving south Edmonton is another example of this trend.
- Cafe Caribe on Rice Howard Way has shuttered, and will be replaced by Korean restaurant Cup Bap.
- Munch in the Milner Building on 104 Street has closed.
- Cafe Bicyclette’s annual Sugar Shack dinners have begun. They take place on Fridays and Saturdays until April 13. Tickets for the 7-course long-table dinner in a wood-heated tent are $75.
- The Journal was impressed by the food at Artisti Pizzeria. However, it’s disappointing that all three featured photos were supplied by the restaurant.
- Also on the pizza front, Graham sampled fare from Pink Gorilla, Rosso, Blaze Pizza and Love Pizza.
- Baijiu is now offering Sunday brunch once a month. The first took place on March 24.
- Normand’s is celebrating its 30th birthday with a special menu, running from now until the end of April.
- Pampa introduced a Lunch Club – diners can purchase a card for $25, which can be redeemed for 10 adult lunch rodizio experiences for $14 until the end of April.
- The newest episode of CBC’s Fast Food features a simple pasta recipe from Chef Daniel Costa.
- Where Edmonton lists six independent cafes worth checking out.
- Sharman recapped the latest Prairie on a Plate held at Cafe Linnea.
- Avenue Edmonton now has a companion podcast to their magazine called Sidebar Edmonton. The first episode covers their latest Best Restaurants issue, and includes Chef Christine Sanford from Biera.
- Another podcast from Shift Workplace features Teresa Spinelli of the Italian Centre.
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What I Ate
- Now that I’m back at work, I’ll definitely be frequenting El Fogon more often again! Their beef and gouda arepa is so good.
Beef and gouda arepa from El Fogon
- The crowds at OEB show no sign of slowing down; I’m finding that even on a weekday, reservations are absolutely essential. Their breakfast poutine hit the spot for me today.
Confit de canard from OEB
City Market Relocating to the Quarters
On Tuesday last week, Taproot Edmonton broke the story that the City Market will not be returning to 104 Street this summer. Instead, they’ll be relocating to the former Great Western Garment building on 97 Street, with plans to operate a year-round indoor market on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to vendors, the building will provide the opportunity to operate a “Food Fair” with outdoor seating. Some on street presence will be maintained on 103 Avenue.
Reaction has been mixed so far, and only time will tell whether this iteration of the market will attract the same type of crowds as it did on 104 Street.
- It looks like a burger restaurant called The Woodshed will be moving into the space formerly occupied by Solstice on 124 Street.
- Mill Woods bakery Reinette Cafe will be opening a location in West Edmonton Mall.
- The floor plan for the JW Marriott in the Ice District indicates that an Oliver and Bonacini restaurant is still forthcoming.
- Aarde on 104 Street closed over the weekend, despite only opening its doors back in November 2018. It’s perhaps even more unusual given they received a positive review from the Journal at the end of January; typically restaurants will see a bump in business after such coverage.
- It’s not a restaurant, but will be sad news for some home cooks: Williams Sonoma is closing their West Edmonton Mall location.
- The 14th annual Edmonton International Beer Festival takes place on March 22-23, 2019 at the Edmonton Convention Centre. It’s the biggest year yet, with 120 vendors and 300 beers to sample! General admission tickets start at $19 plus fees.
- The City of Edmonton is hosting an information session on March 25, 2019 for restaurant and pubs wishing to add a patio or sidewalk cafe to their business.
- The next Passion for Pork dinner will take place at London Local on March 27, 2019. Tickets for the four-course meal are $50.
- It’s interesting to see that the Edmonton Expo Centre, led by their their recently appointed Executive Chef Jiju Paul, will be offering their first Winery Spotlight Dinner on March 27, 2019. Tickets for the seven-course meal are $125.
- The Ritchie Community League is hosting its 6th annual Chili Cook-off on April 20, 2019. Tickets are $20.
- The Edmonton Food Council is hosting a free unconference called Let’s Talk Food on May 25, 2019. They invite attendees to discuss the following question, “What is required to achieve an exemplary food system in the next 10 years in Edmonton?”
- Graham applauds the marketing behind this year’s expanded Downtown Dining Week. It seemed to be pretty busy at the restaurants we visited, and some, like Hardware Grill, have decided to hold over their special menu for a few days due to popular demand.
- Some people were quite upset when the Hotel Macdonald revealed their plans to update the Confederation Lounge.
- Elise had a great opinion piece about liberalizing Alberta’s public drinking laws.
- Speaking of alcohol, liquor store separation distances are among the topics discussed on the latest episode of the Speaking Municipally podcast.
What I Ate
- Mack and I fit in one more Downtown Dining Week visit before the end of the week with a lunch at XO Bistro. They had a great $18 special, so it was a good reason to finally try them out. I enjoyed the flavours of the pho beef dip, but I’ll have to return for soup some time.
Pho beef dip and parmesan fries from XO Bistro
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Chef Has the Chance to Become the First Edmonton-based Top Chef Canada Contestant
The new season of Top Chef Canada debuts on Food Network Canada on April 1, 2019, and Edmonton might finally have some local content to cheer for. Chef Alexei Boldireff of Baijiu will be competing alongside two other chefs for the chance to join the 11 other finalists. In the six previous seasons of the show, there has never been any Edmonton-based chefs selected for the program.
It’s also interesting to note that many of the competitors over the last few seasons have represented some of the same restaurants: Ayden Kitchen & Bar in Saskatoon, Fable in Vancouver, and Richmond Station in Toronto (opened by a previous Top Chef Canada champion). I’m sure the pool is limited to those who apply, but I’d like to think the talent in this country is deeper than the show has portrayed.
- Food4Good announced the dates of their next several discounted Fruit & Veggie Sales: March 28, April 25, and May 16.
- To commemorate Earth Hour on March 30, seven local restaurants have developed climate-friendly menus (read: vegetarian and locally-sourced options).
- This year’s Chef in Residence at NAIT will be hosting a lunch on April 11, 2019. Enter here for your chance to win tickets.
- Gangnam Street Food received a mostly positive review from the Journal, who praised its value and portion sizes.
- Rat Creek Press reviewed La Bodeguita de Cuba, the restaurant that moved into the Alberta Avenue space formerly occupied by El Rancho.
- Graham revisited 104 Street gem Tzin, and finds that the excellent food and service has not changed.
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What I Ate
- I definitely need a pick-me-up over the weekend, and Mack had great timing when he was able to snag the last two donuts from Farrow that day. The cereal milk icing paired nicely with a coffee from DOSC.
Cereal milk glazed Lucky Charms donut from Farrow
- I was fortunate to attend the kick-off to the 15th annual Downtown Dining Week last week. This year, they have a record 50 participating restaurants (14 of them new), and for the first time, are offering weekend brunch menus alongside the lunch and dinner offerings. The event runs March 8-17, 2019. The best bite we ate that evening was the poached pear and lemon ricotta cake from the Hotel Macdonald – beautiful presentation and just the right amount of sweet.
Dessert from Hotel Macdonald’s Downtown Dining Week menu
- My friend Su and I also met up for a Downtown Dining Week brunch at Central Social Hall. Neither of us had been for brunch before, and agreed that the ample windows made it an ideal daytime space. I enjoyed their take on a breakfast poutine (the kitchen was very generous with the cheese curds), but had only wished that the eggs had been soft poached. The doughnuts, on the other hand, had a great chew and subtle cinnamon flavour. For more brunch options during Downtown Dining Week, check out Andrea’s sponsored post.
The Cure from Central Social Hall
Honouring Edmonton’s Best in Food
March is the season of food lists in Edmonton, with both the food issue of Avenue Edmonton and The Tomato’s Top 100 Best Things to Eat or Drink dropping on the same day.
Avenue’s “Best Overall” category saw Biera take the top spot, followed by RGE RD, Cibo Bistro, Bundok, and Uccellino. It’s also worth noting that a couple of ethnic eateries – Kanto 98 St. and An Chay – are included in the “Best New” category.
The Tomato’s list placed RGE RD’s blood sausage as their top item, followed by dishes from Uccellino, The Butternut Tree, Corso 32, and Cibo Bistro.
- Melt Sandwiches is set for their soft opening on March 5, 2019. From the folks behind Cookie Love, their newest venture in the former Daily Planet space on the second floor of the Bell Tower is all about gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and soups.
- There’s a crowdfunding campaign underway for Glass Bookshop, which hopes to be Edmonton’s newest bookstore and wine bar in the Quarters.
- The folks behind the Little Brick Cafe development are adding a “cousin” in Riverdale called Umphreville Block, promising a bistro pub, among other things.
- Knosh Catering hosts semi-regular afternoon teas at their Crestwood Curling Club location. Their next event is a Dr. Who-themed tea on March 17, 2019. The cost is $35 per person, and reservations are required.
- Kind Ice Cream, a small-batch ice cream shop that hopes to open in Ritchie in the spring, has launched a Kickstarter campaign. They aim to raise $15,000.
- This Postmedia piece highlights Shane Chartrand’s restaurant in the River Cree Resort, along with some details about his forthcoming cookbook called Tawaw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine.
- Where Edmonton recommends new-ish restaurant Three Vikings.
- Club House for Chefs interviewed a number of local chefs, including The Marc’s Spencer Thompson, Baijiu’s Alexei Boldireff, SC at River Cree’s Shane Chartrand, and Wishbone’s Brayden Kozak.
- It was great news to hear City Council went ahead with funding for the Wild Heart Collective Program today. Taproot Edmonton has a summary about the program in their latest Council Roundup – they have plans for a 15,000 square foot food incubation hub called The Public, located at 10560 107 Street. The space includes commercial kitchens to support small food businesses, and they hope to open in October 2019. There is an option to build a year-round, multi-day public market in the future as well. The Journal also covered the story.
- There’s some fascinating oat-based products coming out of NAIT’s research kitchens, such as ice cream, yogurt, pastas, and even cheese.
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- Seedy Sunday is returning on March 17, 2019, from 11am-4pm at the Central Lions Seniors’ Centre at 11113 113 Street. There will be presentations on a variety of topics, including soil health, mushroom growing, and yes, cannabis cultivation, and lots of vendors for those already planning their gardens for the year.
Downtown Dining Week Returns
Downtown Dining Week, which celebrates the range of cuisine available in Edmonton’s core, is back for its 16th incarnation for 10 days from March 8-17, 2019. This year, they have nearly 50 participating restaurants, all offering fixed-priced multi-course deals: 2-course lunch or brunch for $18, or 3-course dinners for $30 or $45.
In addition to the special menus, the Downtown Business Association has also put together some special events to consider, including a cookbook sale at Audrey’s, tours of the City Market, cooking classes, and even a community potluck.
- The Iconoclast in the Oliver Exchange Building at 103, 12021 102 Avenue is officially open.
- A second location of plant-based chain Copper Branch is now open in South Edmonton Common, at 2205 101 Street.
- A second Cinnaholic, the vegan cinnamon bun bakery chain, is now open in Old Strathcona at 10345 82 Avenue.
- Filistix shared a sneak peek of their new Downtown location, due to open in April 2019 at 10621 100 Avenue.
- Ramen Misoya, with locations in Toronto and Montreal, will be expanding to Edmonton’s 104 Street in the Icon II.
- Bru in Oliver is now closed.
- Food4Good is hosting another Fruit & Veggie Sale on February 26, 2019.
- The 2019 National Brewers Cup competition will take place March 1-3, 2019 at the Transcend in Ritchie Market.
- The next Northern Bites experience on March 5, 2019 features a visit to Barr Estate Winery and a cooking lesson and tea tasting at Formosa Bistro. Tickets are $70.
- Leftovers YEG is hosting a meet up on March 11, 2019 for those wanting to learn more about food waste and the organization.
- Tickets for Avenue Edmonton’s Best Restaurants event on March 18, 2019 are still available. Tickets are $50.
- Yellowhead Brewery will be celebrating the first anniversary of its Drag Brunch on March 24, 2019. Tickets are $30 and include an all-you-can-eat buffet.
- Eat North is bringing its pop-up Drags Benny event to Edmonton’s Fairmont Hotel Macdonald on March 30, 2019. Tickets are $70, and include a cocktail and brunch canape hour, and a 3-course brunch. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards Canadian Pride initiatives.
- Liane wrote a great piece about how certain restaurants, including Kanu and XIX Nineteen, have been able to snare a strong Head Chef.
- Also from Liane – she has more details behind Have Mercy’s change to a “recession-proof” menu.
- Giselle Courteau of Duchess Bake Shop shares her recipe for Spanish-style baked eggs in the latest Fast Food webisode. It’s a recipe that will appear in her second cookbook, Duchess at Home, due out in the fall.
- Chef Lasantha Mendis who works north of Fort McMurray competed in the fourth international bread baking competition Festival International du Pain 2019.
- Vancouver-based Chef David Hawksworth will be NAIT’s 11th Chef in Residence, from April 8-12, 2019.
- Eat North is a finalist in the Digital Presence category for this year’s Alberta Magazines Awards.
- Alberta set a monthly record on restaurant and bar spending in December 2018, totaling $810 million. The average Albertan spent almost $190 on dining out.
What I Ate
- It’s always a good day for soup in my books, and the bun bo Hue at King Noodle always hits the spot.
Bun bo Hue from King Noodle House
“Restaurant Realities” Campaign Backlash
Last Tuesday, Restaurants Canada, led by Board Chair Patrick Saurette (from The Marc), held a media conference to launch their Restaurant Realities campaign. Speakers shared statistics about the loss of hospitality jobs, increase in operational costs, and decline in foodservice sales in Alberta, attributing these to some of the policy changes made by the current provincial government, such as minimum wage and holiday pay increases, and the carbon tax. They released a promotional video featuring many local restaurant operators who share the hardships they have faced. Italian Centre Shop President Teresa Spinelli, who mentions in the video how challenging it is to employ people with disabilities with the current minimum wage, faced immediate criticism on social media, and has since tried to clarify her company’s stance on fair and equal pay.
The event was further politicized when United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney delivered a policy statement about decreasing the minimum wage for youth workers and alcohol servers should he win the election. Garner Beggs, co-owner of Duchess Bakeshop and Cafe Linnea, publicly stated that he would support a reduction in pay for younger staff. However, two days later, the company posted a statement clarifying that Garner was not speaking on behalf of the businesses.
- Congratulations to Brio Bakery for the opening of their brick and mortar location in Oliver Exchange (12021 – 102 Avenue) last week!
- The latest type of plant-based establishment to open is the Sly Fox Vegan Butcher at 10722 124 Street, offering plant-based meat alternatives. The business is run by the same folks behind The Clever Rabbit (and is in the same divided space).
- A new butcher shop called Meat Head is on the verge of opening, located at 7664 156 Street.
- Aditya (Addie) Raghavan is back from India! He will be sharing many of the delicious flavours and foods he discovered through his extensive travels in India at a pop-up dinner at Get Cooking on March 4, 2019. Tickets for the 8-course meal are $90.
- The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Taste of the Chamber on March 6, 2019 at the Jubilee Auditorium. General admission tickets are $30, and sampling tickets are $1 each.
- The Roundhouse is hosting a free information and networking session for those running food businesses that “address food security, income, and other social issues". It is taking place on March 6, 2019.
- The next Prairie on a Plate dinner will be held at Cafe Linnea on March 7, 2019. Tickets for the 3-course dinner are $55.
- The Canadian Agri-Marketing Association is sponsoring a free movie screening on March 11, 2019 of Before the Plate, a 2016 production that captures 8 different farm operations to showcase how food is produced. Pre-registration for the event at MacEwan University is required.
- Save the date: the annual Culinary Cook-off at Mount Royal is taking place on April 13, 2019.
- Have Mercy’s revamped menu features dishes that are all priced at $7.95.
- Liane shared the sad news that Bistro Praha co-owner Sharka Svajgr has passed away from cancer.
- The Cove Tea is hoping to crowdfund $5,000 through ATB BoostR to help open a tea shop.
- Hansen Distillery has started their one year countdown to the end of the three-year aging process required for whisky. It will be the first Canadian whisky made in Edmonton.
- Chartier is recruiting a new head chef to replace the departing Steven Brochu. They have put together a beautiful recruitment video.
- Sharman recaps the recent Swine and Dine dinner held at Salz.
- Inspired by Sugared and Spiced’s popular Cake Club, Culina is offering a Catering Club. It includes three 4-course dinners for 8 people. It is priced at $999, with 30 memberships available.
- The local bloggers behind Sugar Loves Spices offer private cooking classes.
What I Ate
- My first day back at work after my maternity leave coincided nicely with a team lunch at The Moth. I tried their tofu clubhouse and enjoyed it well enough; I found the avocado to be a nice addition.
Tofu clubhouse and garlic hash from The Moth
Peters’ Drive-In Coming to Edmonton
There will be no need to head to Calgary for your burger and milkshake fix – the family favourite Peters’ Drive-In will be opening an Edmonton outpost between Calgary Trail and Gateway Boulevard at 51st Avenue some time later this year or early 2020. Peters’ Drive-In added a Red Deer location back in 2015.
- Keep an eye out on Iconoclast Coffee’s Twitter account – they’re set to soft open this week. Their new location is in the Oliver Exchange building at #103, 12021 102 Avenue.
- Cinnaholic is adding a second Edmonton location in Old Strathcona at 10345 Whyte Avenue. They plan to open February 22, 2019, and as they did with their downtown shop, will again be offering $1 cinnamon rolls from 10am-2pm that day.
- Whimsical Cupcakes has relocated from Garneau to Old Strathcona, doubling their store size at 8211 102 Street.
- A new fish and chips chain called C-Lovers Fish and Chips opened at 4121 139 Avenue in January.
- Some of you may know that Manor Cafe will be closing in April – but it seems not without a bang. They’re offering some great deals on their way out – $12 schnitzel on Tuesdays, $19 charcuterie for 2 on Wednesdays, $12 burgers on Thursdays, and their famous nasi goreng for $18 on Sundays.
- Nomiya is collaborating with Calgary restaurant Eats of Asia to present a 5-course dinner on February 26, 2019. Tickets are $80, and include a sake pairing.
- The annual potluck celebration of Chef Gail Hall’s life is taking place on March 13, 2019 (her birthday). The $20 collected per ticket goes towards the Chef Gail Fund.
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What I Ate
- Mack and I had breakfast at Lockstock Coffee early in the week. We don’t go often, but when we do, I’m reminded of just how much I enjoy their breakfast sandwich.
Lockstock sandwich with egg, bacon, on a house-made English muffin
- We were also able to get away for a lunch date at Pho Tau Bay. Nothing calls for soup like a cold snap.
My usual at Tau Bay
- We took Emily to the Silver Skate Festival for the first time! Thanks to Bottom Line Productions, we were provided with some tickets to sample the fare offered at Spirits on Ice. Among the food we tried was the pork belly on rice from Formosa Bistro. Although Spirits on Ice ran just this past weekend, Silver Skate goes until February 18, 2019.
Pork belly on rice from Formosa Bistro
Campus Food Delivery Now Available
As a testament to the age we live in now – food delivery is now available at MacEwan University and the University of Alberta. StudentsEat, a company founded by MacEwan students, offers delivery to people on campus from partner restaurants on-site and from those within a one kilometer radius. They will soon be expanding to NAIT and NorQuest College.
- The Downtown location of Nello’s is now open at 11520 100 Avenue.
- Iconoclast Coffee’s branch in the Oliver Exchange building at 12019A 102 Avenue is opening this week.
- Also in the Oliver Exchange building, Brio Bakery has announced that they will open their doors on February 14, 2019.
- Cartago’s sister deli in Forest Heights has a name: Fleisch.
- American chain Church’s Chicken is coming to Edmonton.
- 24-carat gold rose sparkling wine lollipops from Fort Saskatchewan-based Sumptuous Lollies will be included in the swag bags at the Grammy Awards.
- At Ice on Whyte this weekend, the Hotel Macdonald and Ampersand 27 took home the judges’ and people’s choice awards for their stew creations.
- Chef Paul Shufelt continues to be worried about the challenges restaurant face in this economy.
- SPUD has launched the Be Fresh Marketplace, a “digital platform for local artisans, small shops and independent grocers to sell online with consolidated delivery.” At present, in Edmonton, only some products from the Italian Centre are available on the website.
- Ian Gladue, who some may know from his Native Delights food truck, also sells traditional Indigenous dry meat under the name Pȃnsȃwȃn. It is available at all Sobeys and Safeway stores.
- Food delivery has even spread to MacEwan University through a delivery service called Students Eat, and will soon be available at NAIT and NorQuest College.
- How did Drift come to reach the success they’ve achieved to date? A piece in The Business Link blog tracks their ups and down since they launched the food truck.
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- In Calgary, the food scene is shifting to fast casual establishments, including meals served in food halls, such as the newly-opened Avenida Food Hall and Fresh Market.
- Tim Horton’s will start selling a double-double coffee bar this fall (it contains no actual chocolate).
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- I was invited to the launch of Local Public Eatery’s new burger last week. The company’s chefs brainstormed their favourite qualities in a burger, and The Local Burger was the result. It is made up of a brioche bun, two grilled, hand-pressed patties, American cheese, caramelized onions, tomato, lettuce, and sexy sauce (with the key ingredient being liquid smoke). It was a satisfying burger to be sure – thanks to Local Jasper Avenue for hosting me!
The Local Burger at Local Public Eatery
- Padmanadi is becoming one of my go-to places to take Emily for lunch – the staff are always welcoming, and the space easily accommodates a stroller. I met up with some friends there last week and warmed up over some curry vermicelli soup.
Curry vermicelli soup from Padmanadi
- Over the weekend, Mack and I took Emily to RGE RD, one of our favourite restaurants. We were delighted to learn that they are more baby-friendly now, offering high chairs and a change table. The food and hospitality was top-rate, as always, and Emily enjoyed herself too!
Kitchen board from RGE RD
Two Food Halls Opening Soon in Edmonton
Beljan Development, the company behind the Crawford Block (home of Holy Roller, El Cortez, and Have Mercy), and Oliver Exchange (soon to house Brio Bakery, Culina Grab and Go, and Iconoclast Coffee), is working on bringing the trendy food hall concept to Edmonton. They’re planning to include food halls in the redevelopment of the Strathcona Hotel and the YMCA building downtown, with the latter, called Williams Hall, set to open in Fall 2019.
- The next Swine and Dine will be held at Salz on February 11, 2019. Tickets for the three-course menu are $40.
- The annual Winefest returns to the Shaw Conference Centre on February 15-16, 2019. Tickets to the all-inclusive event start at $87.
- NAIT is hosting their inaugural Cook, Butcher & Baker Food Competition Showcase on February 23, 2019, featuring the top students from the Department of Culinary Arts & Professional Food Studies. Tickets are $50.
- The wildly popular medicinal plant walks with herbalist Robert Rogers always sell out – tickets for his events on July 9 and August 7, 2019 are available on EventBrite through The Local Good for $60.
- Chef Steven Brochu is leaving Chartier in February to helm his own cafeteria and catering operation.
- There’s a new brewery tour in town: Canadian Craft Tours, who leads tours in BC and Calgary, is launching brewery tours in Edmonton.
- Speaking of beer, The Local Good has a great resource mapping out establishments who have at least 40% of their taps devoted to Alberta beers.
- Star Metro published a piece about a ghost kitchen operating in Edmonton, though I’m not sure it’s the first – after it closes its doors to public in mid-February, Solstice Seasonal Cuisine will still be offering food through delivery apps.
- The latest webisode of Fast Food features The Commodore’s Chef Megan Gee and her kimchi fried rice.
- Send a sweet gift that will also benefit charity: Bloom Cookies will be offering Cookie-Grams for Valentine’s Day, with $5 from each $28 box going towards the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton. On a related note the Local Good recently profiled Bloom.
- The most recent NextGen vlog highlights Cafe Linnea.
- Sylvia Cheverie from Chartier is interviewed on this week’s episode of Let’s Do Coffee, a podcast about entrepreneurship.
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- The Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association is offering an Introductory Fruit Production workshop, all about fruit production and its economics in Alberta. Tickets are $50.
- The new Canada Food Guide has finally been released. For the most part, the reviews have been positive, and I’m a fan of the healthy eating habits included along with the food guidelines (here’s one opinion, from Food Network chef Laura Caulder).
- CBC’s Great Canadian Baking Show is accepting applications for their third season. The deadline to apply is March 10, 2019.
What I Ate
- Congratulations to Cora’s who officially opened their downtown Edmonton location on Wednesday, located at 10041 106 Street (in the Days Inn). Emily and I were happy to be part of the festivities!
Enjoying our Cora’s breakfast
- I’m always happy to see more ramen options available in the core, so I had to try Jang’s version, available on their lunch menu. I loved the miso beef broth, and of course, the house-made noodles were perfect, as would be expected from the sister restaurant to Nudoru.
Gyu ramen from Jang
- Mack and I found ourselves near the University of Alberta today, and took advantage of this proximity to check out the (no longer new) digs of Filistix in the Students’ Union Building. Their food always hits the spot, and I’m looking forward to their downtown location opening later this year (they’re hoping for April).
Comfort food from Filistix
- Chinatown Dining Week came to a close over the weekend. Mack and I snuck in one more meal at Padmanadi – it was a happy coincidence that my favourite dish (the ginger beef) made it onto the menu! If you attended Chinatown Dining Week this year, please consider filling in this survey – the results will help with the planning of future events. Thank you!
Curry chicken and ginger beef at Padmanadi