April 22nd, 2019

Food Notes for April 22, 2019

Local Chefs Vie for “Fire Masters” Title

A new show on Food Network Canada called Fire Masters will features some local talent in upcoming episodes.

From the Food Network website description: “In each episode, three chefs push their grilling talents to the limit as they do battle in fiery culinary challenges, cooking up creative, mouthwatering, flame-kissed dishes. One chef is eliminated in each of the first two rounds. The last chef standing then goes head-to-head with a Fire Masters judge in an epic third and final round, vying for $10,000 cash and the coveted title of Fire Masters Champion!”

Chef Lindsay Porter of London Local is up on the April 25, 2019 episode (they will be hosting a viewing party that night at the restaurant). Lindsay already has a competitive title to her name, having previously won Guy’s Grocery Games.

Chef Steven Brochu, formerly of Chartier, stars in the episode airing May 9, 2019.

Two other local participants include Chef Serge Belair of the Edmonton Convention Centre and Steve Buzak of the Royal Glenora Club.


  • A franchise location of Eat Clean is opening up in the Mayfair building on Jasper Avenue and 108 Street. There are already locations in Sherwood Park and Spruce Grove.


  • Old Strathcona chocolatier Francois Le Roi is now closed.

Upcoming Events

  • Rogue Wave will be hosting regular free public coffee cupping events, starting on April 28, 2019. RSVPs are necessary, and are limited to 10 people each time.
  • The next Dinner with Canada’s Top Chefs at the Shaw Conference Centre is taking place on May 11, 2019. Chef Levi Biddlecomb of Why Not? will be joining Executive Chef Serge Belair to prepare an 8-course meal. Tickets are $150.
  • The Stony Plain Road and Area Business Association is organizing another Taste of Stony Plain Road on May 23, 2019. Tickets are $10.


Local News

  • E-Town Eats is a new-ish YouTube channel launched by the some folks behind Re/Max Real Estate. So far, they’ve highlighted some local restaurants, cafes, and microbreweries, including Baijiu, Awake Coffee House, and Sea Change Brewing.
  • Open Table released a list of the 100 best restaurants for a “big night out”, which included 4 Edmonton entries: Biera, Sabor, Pampa, and The Melting Pot.

What I Ate

  • Mack, Emily, and I were in Calgary for part of last week, which meant indulging in some old favourites and discovering new ones. We usually stay in the East Village, meaning we’re within walking distance of Village Ice Cream. I love their salted caramel.

Village Ice Cream

Salted caramel from Village Ice Cream

  • We also checked out Mari Bakeshop near our flat, which had the cutest bread display. The sourdough we brought home was pretty good!


Bread display from Mari Bakeshop

  • We ordered from POW Pizza, opened by the same folks behind Without Papers Pizza. POW serves “Detroit-spirited” pizza. The braised pork on the Crime Wave was so tasty.

POW Pizza

Crime wave from POW Pizza

April 15th, 2019

Food Notes for April 15, 2019

Edmonton Jollibee Location Under Construction

Back in January 2018, rumours about an Edmonton location of the popular Filipino international fast food chain Jollibee were confirmed, but with no set opening date.

While that date hasn’t yet been announced, the location is now under construction at 3803 Calgary Trail. South Park will very soon become a hub of Asian cuisine/staples, with the forthcoming Korean grocery store H-Mart joining the existing T & T Supermarket next door.


  • Another Downtown location of Remedy is forthcoming, in the space formerly occupied by La Prep in the Bell Tower.
  • Rush Bowls, a Colorado-based franchise that sells smoothie bowls, opened in the space vacated by Remedy on Whyte at 10404 82 Avenue.
  • Spotlight Cabaret, offering cocktails, food, and stage programming, opened today in Old Strathcona at 8217 104 Street. Check out the menu here.
  • The Writer’s Room opened at 11113 87 Avenue with the tagline, “A bar with surprisingly good food.”


  • The South St. Burger located in the Brewery District closed at the end of February.

Upcoming Events

  • The Edmonton Resilience Festival posted its schedule for the event on April 27, 2019. Workshops include sauerkrauting 101, mead making, and apple cider making. Tickets for sessions range from $5-25, depending on the session and the sliding scale.


Local News

Urban Agriculture and Farming

  • Since grocery delivery is all the rage these days, it’s not a surprise to learn about a monthly meat delivery service called TruLocal. They promise clean, locally-sourced meat; in Alberta, their suppliers include TK Ranch and Effing Seafoods.

What I Ate

  • It took me long enough to finally hit up Bloom’s brick and mortar location, but I was rewarded with the choice of their full slate of cookies. Their London Fog cookie was delicious, but the oatmeal stout special was also great! I hope I’m in the area again soon.


I shamelessly stole Linda’s staged photo idea

  • Mack and I took Emily for a pretzel date at Zwick’s over the weekend too, to make the most of the beautiful spring conditions. Though really, the pretzels really are an all-weather food…

Zwick's Pretzels

The cheddar black pepper pretzel from Zwick’s

April 8th, 2019

Food Notes for April 8, 2019

The Wired Cup Announces Closure

It’s the neighbourhood gems that are the hardest to lose, and The Wired Cup fits that description. Dave and Ann Jackson, owners of the Strathearn mainstay, shared on Facebook last week that they will be closing their doors effective June 1, 2019.

The post reads, “This decision hasn’t been made lightly and there have been many factors (yes, the LRT construction is one of them), but what it comes down to is we’re not getting younger and we’ve still got things we’d like to do with our lives.”

The owners were interviewed in early February when TransEd’s proposal to close a stretch of 95 Avenue came up. At the time, Dave Jackson was quoted as preferring the annoyances of piecemeal closures compared to a total closure.


  • Toast Culture seems to be Edmonton’s first establishment built around “fancy toast”, a trend seen in other cities. Expected to open in late spring, it’s taking over the space formerly occupied by Bru at 11965 Jasper Avenue.


  • The Downtown location of Montreal Hot Dogs at 10503 104 Avenue has closed.

Upcoming Events

  • Cafe Linnea is hosting a Cabane A Sucre (Sugar Shack) on April 13, 2019. Tickets are $48 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under.
  • Indulgence returns on June 10, 2019. Tickets go on sale May 1.
  • Early bird tickets for the annual Feast on the Field on August 14, 2019 are now available. Tickets are priced at $175.


Local News

What I Ate

  • One of the benefits of returning to work is being surrounded by some great food options, such as Battista’s Calzones.

Battista's Calzones

The New York Mama from Battista’s Calzones

  • Now that we’ve limited our dining out experiences, I find more and more that I’m just drawn to familiar restaurants (either that, or this is a sign of age, haha). Over the weekend, Mack and I returned to Tau Bay with Emily to satisfy our pho craving.

Pho Tau Bay

My usual at Tau Bay

April 1st, 2019

Food Notes for April 1, 2019

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.


Upcoming Events

  • 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.


Local News

  • 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.

Urban Agriculture and Farming

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

March 25th, 2019

Food Notes for March 25, 2019

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.



  • 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.

Upcoming Events

  • 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.

Local News

  • 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.

Urban Agriculture and Farming

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.

El Fogon

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

March 18th, 2019

Food Notes for March 18, 2019

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.

Upcoming Events

  • 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?”


  • Stephanie shared the photos from her visit to Dauphine’s new space in Montrose.
  • Crystal was impressed by the quantity and quality of the ramen at Tokiwa.
  • Also from Crystal, she tried the pastries ordered from a relatively new business called Glaze Dessert Bar.
  • Twyla was reminded of her trip to Vietnam after a recent visit to XO Bistro downtown.

Local News

  • 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.

XO Bistro

Pho beef dip and parmesan fries from XO Bistro

March 11th, 2019

Food Notes for March 11, 2019

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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.


Upcoming Events

  • 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.

Local News

  • Frozen dumplings by Mai Nguyen (she has held several dumpling pop-ups at Prairie Noodle in the past) are now available at the restaurant.
  • People seem to love lists, and this one from Big Seven Travel on the 50 Best Burgers in Canada features 4 local entries: YEG Burger, 1st RND, Burger Baron, and The Burger Joint.
  • The latest Fast Food webisode features Langano Skies chef/co-owner Amsale Sumamo’s recipe for fül, a fava bean-based breakfast dish.
  • Linda shares a sponsored post on how to have a date night at The Rec Room.

Urban Agriculture and Farming

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.

Hotel MacDonald

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.

Central Social Hall

The Cure from Central Social Hall

March 4th, 2019

Food Notes for March 4, 2019

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.

Upcoming Events

  • 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.


Local News

  • 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.

Urban Agriculture and Farming

  • 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.

February 25th, 2019

Food Notes for February 25, 2019

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.

Upcoming Events

  • 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.


Local News

  • 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.

King Noodle

Bun bo Hue from King Noodle House

February 18th, 2019

Food Notes for February 18, 2019

“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.

Restaurants Canada

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.

Upcoming Events

  • 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.


Local News

  • 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.

The Moth

Tofu clubhouse and garlic hash from The Moth