Chomping through the province: Eat Alberta
The fifth-annual Eat Alberta is on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The non-profit, volunteer-run, one-day conference unites Albertan food eaters and makers through seminars and hands-on sessions. This year’s Eat Alberta features keynote speaker Takota Coen of Grass Roots Family Farm along with 15 other presenters hosting 14 different sessions. Learn how to make dumplings, bread, miso soup, corn tortillas, pie and jam, how to properly cook eggs, garden indoors year-round, mix up Alberta-inspired cocktails and learn why offal is actually delicious. Tickets are $150 but they include the entire day’s events, plus food: keynote and lightning talks, four sessions, breakfast, lunch and the concluding wine down tasting.
Have your cake and eat it too at the EPL’s Books2Eat Gala
Come support the Edmonton Public Library in style at the Books2Eat Gala fundraiser this Saturday, April 18. The gala features dinner, cakes created by the city’s top pastry chefs, a silent and live auction, and a cocktail party afterwards. Tickets are $250 each (which nets you a $200 tax receipt); after-party tickets are $50 to $100 (also with tax receipts). All proceeds support the EPL’s Welcome Baby and Literacy Van projects.
Discover Edmonton’s beer history on BrewCurious
The Edmonton City as Museum Project is hosting a Brew-Curious tour this Saturday, April 18 that will explore the city’s brewing and malting history. Hop on board a (chartered) ETS bus and visit past and present spots in our beer culture, including visits to the historic Molson’s and Bohemian Maid breweries, a tour and tasting at Yellowhead Brewery, Alley Kat and Brewsters. There will also be beer swag, prizes from Keg and Cork, and a special ECAMP heritage beer, the timely-named Girder Bender, which was brewed by Alley Kat and Vue’s very own beer columnist, Jason Foster.
Going for the gold: local chefs at the Canadian Food Championships
The Canadian Food Championships (CFC) has announced the first round of Wild Card competitors, the only Canadian qualifying event to get to the World Food Championships. A handful of local chefs have already been , including Edmonton’s Valerie Bielenda will compete in the burger category, while the competition’s youngest entrant is 16-year old Alicia Hallonquist from Bruderheim, AB, competing in the pasta category. The CFC is still accepting applications for the Wild Card; no prior experience is required and any Canadian resident over 16 can apply. The first-place prize in each category is $2500 cash and a trip to Florida to compete in the World Food Championships, which has prizes of over $300 000 and is being held right here in Edmonton from July 21 to 25 in conjunction with Taste of Edmonton.
Arr, matey: Black Pearl Seafood Bar docks on 104 Street
Vue got a sneak peek at the Black Pearl, a brand-new seafood bar on the 104 Street promenade in the space formerly occupied by Lit Wine Bar. The Black Pearl is the newest venture by Cristo and Nick Crudo, the duo behind Café Amore Bistro. The Black Pearl’s homey nautical décor (all authentic gear supplied from Nova Scotia fishermen) alone is worth a peek inside, but their delicious and surprisingly fresh seafood will keep you there. The restaurant opens official on April 17; stay tuned for a full story on the newest addition to the Edmonton downtown dining landscape.
Spring cleansing: Glow Juicery Opening
Curious about the juice cleanse or raw food trend but weren’t sure how to go about it? Stop by the newly opened Glow Juicery in Old Strathcona, which offers a selection of eight individual fresh-pressed juices, three different juice cleanse programs and a selection of raw foods.
Out of the truck: Dovetail Delicatessen
Spring has brought a wealth of restaurant openings to Edmonton; another one is Dovetail Delicatessen on 124 Street, headed by Kara and Nevin Fenske of Drift Food Truck. Dovetail will offer a rotating menu of made-daily hot sandwiches and a stocked cooler of salads, pâtés, veggie tarts, samosas and other grab-and-go items.