Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Edmonton Foodie Meetup 2: Recap

Environment Canada had pegged the chance of rain at 40% for tonight, so I was crossing my fingers looking up at the sky, which had been oscillating dangerously between overcast and sunny all day. While the rain held out for our second Edmonton Foodie Meetup, it was definitely more brisk than it should have been for an outdoor picnic – we were all chilled to the bone by the end of the night.

Local foodies

In spite of the weather, a dozen people showed up for the planned potluck, and as Kevin predicted, the mix of food was perfect: Chris brought several of his trademark loaves of bread; Hanne and Carlo provided two salads; Kevin, Maki, Grace and Brooke made savoury dishes; and Courtney, Béné, Chris and I supplied desserts. (Unfortunately, we didn’t get a good photo of Grace’s chicken curry dish.)

Chris’s loaves of bread

Hanne and Carlo’s Smoked Paprika Potato Salad

Hanne and Carlo’s Green (from their garden) Salad

Maki’s Black Bean Crostini

Kevin’s Calf Moose

Brooke’s Meatballs

Courtney’s Peanut Butter and Butterscotch Marshmallow Squares

Béné and Chris’s Macarons

My (very run of the mill) Panna Cotta

It still amazes me how great the local food blogging/eating community is, though it shouldn’t surprise me – food brings people together.

Potluck mix

We all agreed that we would have a third meetup – watch for details on the wiki. Thanks everyone for a great night!

  • Grace

    I had a great time and was very pleased to meet everyone – thanks!! 🙂

  • It looks like you guys had a great time, and the food looks wonderful! Sorry I couldn’t make it, I would definitely love to be at the next one.

  • Grace

    Now why can’t I take pictures as clear as Mack?? Sheesh … 🙂

    http://twitpic.com/8jvbf

  • It is a little shocking that it’s such a nice group of people, no? Thanks for organizing it – I will look forward to seeing everyone again.

  • Wow!
    Brilliant food.
    Ecxcellent idea.

  • Those look like macarons, not macaroons, non?

  • Lea

    That looks lovely. So sad I couldn’t make it but was barraged by client emails and changes. ;_; Yum! Edmonton’s food scene rocks.

  • It was freezing. My teeth were chattering but the food was great!

    Hey.. how come Mack didn’t get a picture of Chris in his cat suit??? meoooow. 🙂

  • Thanks for organizing the meetup. It was really nice to meet you all and to put faces on your blogs!

    Kelly – You are right, those are macarons 🙂

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  • It was a good time! I’m not surprised that everyone’s food was so good, but it was impressive how well the bring-whatever-you-want format worked out. We really ended up with a well-rounded meal. And the conversation was just as good.

  • Amanda

    wow I totally regret not coming 😉 the food looks wonderful!

  • Hi!
    Thank you for the fabulous pics! It looks like it was a blast! Potluck is the only way to go for foodies! I can see I really missed out on the food, and the friendships… by the time I get there, you will all be old friends.
    Anyone interested in macaron lessons? I am! I have been trying to bake those, and trying to learn how for ages, and now that we actually have a pro in our midst, do you think I could entice her to teach me, or us? I found Bene on Twitter, but can’t find any connection to her to let her know about this request, and interest. Anyone else have her e-mail?
    I volunteer my kitchen for the lesson!
    Cheers,
    Valerie

  • A fantastic time. Looking forward to round 3. Maybe an outdoor winter version….see how strong skinned we are!! 🙂

  • Hi Valerie,

    I am about to send you an email. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

  • “Macarons” have been edited, thanks. Glad everyone had a good time!

  • The panna cotta wasn’t run of the mill, I had two and licked them clean since my fork wouldn’t get it all 🙂

  • Okay now that I’ve seen the food, it really, really, really sucks that I couldn’t find you all!!

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  • Sorry you weren’t able to find the park. We will definitely post directions next time; it was my fault for not making the location more explicit with guided instructions.

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