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Downtown Dining Week Runs March 8 to 17

Downtown Dining Week Runs March 8 to 17

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Edmonton foodies. Downtown Edmonton’s culinary scene will once again be in the spotlight for the 15th annual Downtown Dining Week, March 8 – March 17, 2019.  

Downtown Dining Week

Presented by the Downtown Business Association, Downtown Dining Week gives local foodies an opportunity to enjoy special prix fixe menus from participating restaurants. For 10 days, diners can enjoy dining deals across Downtown and Downtown’s rich, culinary diversity.  Downtown Dining Week menus start at $18 for a two-course lunch or brunch, and $30 and/or $45 for dinner. (Prices exclude beverages, tax and gratuity.)  

“Downtown Edmonton’s restaurant scene continues to grow with an incredible assortment of exciting new concepts, but also our longstanding establishments,” says Ian O’Donnell, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Association. 

This year, a record number of 50 restaurants will take part in this year’s 10-day event, up from last year’s 37 eateries. The 10-day celebration welcomes back notable restaurants and long- standing participants such as – Hardware Grill, The Marc, Madison’s Grill, TZIN, Sabor, and Ruth’s Chris.  Restaurants new to Downtown Dining Week this year, include BUCO Pizzeria + Vino Bar, Craft Beer Market, DOSC, District Café & Bakery, XO Bistro, River City Revival House, and Oil Lamp.  

Also new this year, participating restaurants are offering a two-course brunch on the two weekends – March 9, 10 and March 16 & 17. Special culinary events such as cocktail tours and cooking classes also round out this year’s new offerings.  

Diners are encouraged to make their reservations early through participating restaurants.  

For a list of participating restaurants and multi-course menu offerings, please go to edmontondowntown.com

Valentine’s Dinner Experience by Chef Mikael Charlton

Valentine’s Dinner Experience by Chef Mikael Charlton

A friend of a friend…

I have had the pleasure of being a Facebook friend with Chef Mikael for a while now. A mutual friend used to always post his creations on her feed. Everything looked and sounded delicious. Being the foodie that I am, I sent a friend request and have been able to watch such delightful creations being posted all the time.

There are many Chefs out there, and many people that like to cook. There are few that have that passion, that fire to create, the delight when someone enjoys their creation. I am delighted to report Chef Mikael has that passion and fire.

Being a Chef is hard work

The average person that sits down in a restaurant to enjoy a meal has no idea how much is going on in the background to make sure that the plate in front of you is perfect.  There is recipe research and development, gathering the perfect ingredients, practicing until you have it right and then making the plating a work of art.  Hours of prep time go into the menu.  Just like a musician or painter, Chefs are also artists.

Let them shine!

My best restaurant experiences have been at the invitation of the Chef for a “not on the menu” tasting.  I have been fortunate enough to experience some world-class food in my time.  When a Chef is given no limitations and just allowed to let their creativity shine, this is when you will see, feel and taste those masterpieces.  This is not just food.  This is an experience.

The delicate balancing of flavours and textures, making sure everything is cooked to perfection, served at the perfect temperature.  The artists do this.

Chef Mikael is currently working with Cask and Barrel located on 100 ave and 104 street in downtown Edmonton.  It is a smaller, cozy high-end cocktail lounge that has eats and sometimes live music.  I quickly glanced at the regular menu and there are some tasty looking things on there, but I was focused on the evening at hand.  Let your light shine Chef!

Valentine's Menu

Let’s start with the Drunken Prawn Bisque.

Drunken Prawn Bisque

Not only is it beautiful, but it was spicy and delicious.  The cream on top and the crunch of the (I think it was green onion, I forgot to ask) made this the perfect, warm cup of love on a very brutally cold winter night.  It was like a hug in a bowl.  This was perfect to wake up those tastebuds for the main.

The next beauty to grace our table was the Spinach and double creme brie stuffed chicken breast wrapped in puff pastry with a Sambuca cream reduction.  It was accompanied by seasonal veggies and brown butter sage gnocchi.

Spinach and Brie Stuffed Chicken Breast

This was perfection on a plate.  It was a large portion, and I just couldn’t stop eating it!  The chicken breast was tender and juicy with the delicately balanced tender/crispy textures and the slightly sweet taste of the Sambuca cream sauce with the spinach and brie.  The gnocchi was addictive, I could have eaten it all night.  Perfectly simple and delicious.  The seasonal vegetables were also cooked to perfection texture wise, and the eggplant that they were served on had a slightly smoky flavour to it.  We both ended up tapping out about half way through because we knew we needed to save room for dessert.

Red Velvet Rose

This was a rose made from red velvet cake topped with creme fraiche, drizzled with creme de cacao hot fudge and salted caramel sauce.  Not too sweet, moist, chocolatey goodness.  So many flavours to mix in different ways, and beautiful!  My only complaint from the entire experience was that the creme fraiche covered up the rose, it could have been that much prettier.

This was a wonderful way to celebrate love day with my husband.  The wait staff was friendly and attentive, the “Dark and Stormy” was tasty, it was just a perfect evening out.  Thank you Chef!  It was lovely to finally meet you and shake your hand.

Be prepared readers, I will be spamming you with Chef’s future creations.  Stay tuned for more awesomeness!

 

Northern Bites; Showcasing Local Producers and Talent

Northern Bites; Showcasing Local Producers and Talent

Northern Bites is the brainchild of Jacquie Fenske and Monique MacDonald.  Jacquie is part of the Fifendekel family and Monique is one of Edmonton’s social media influencers.  Monique is also on the teams for Spirits on Ice and Sherwood Park Cravings.  These two lovely ladies have partnered together to bring you unique tour experiences to meet local small businesses in Edmonton and the surrounding counties.  It was quite the tour!

After we RSVP’d to our invite, we were sent an email requesting that we meet at Fifendekel to board the limousine that would be leaving promptly at 6pm.  Limo?  Swanky!

We were treated to a bagged lunch from Fifendekel.  Wow, did that bring back memories!  They have been an Edmonton staple for 35 years.  I have had the pleasure of being able to indulge in many catered lunches through various workplaces over the years.  Quality ingredients, quality food.

During the ride to the farm, we were treated to a presentation by Chocolates by Terry.  This is a lady that started out her whole business with a batch of chocolate covered pecan bark.  It was so popular that she decided she might need to make a business out of it.  This is her retirement project so there is no retail storefront, custom orders only!  Everything is made fresh to order and has a shelf life of approximately 3 months.

Before we knew it, we were pulling up to Thiel’s Greenhouses in the Bruderheim area.   We were introduced to our lovely host family and educated on the different types of Saskatoon berries.  (I had no idea that there were different varieties!)

Malcolm also showed off his very unique titanium Morse code glyph pendants.  Super talented creator.  A beautiful way to put a message onto a piece of jewelry to gift to a loved one.

We were sent on our way with our pint sized pail to speed pick the saskatoons.  By chance, it was also the Scotford Hutterite Colony’s night to pick berries as well.  The ladies came with their berry picking belts and pails and settled down to work.  Unbeknownst to me, the Hutterites are known for singing while they work.  These ladies had beautiful voices!  I could have picked berries all night listening to them sing their hymns while they picked.  This was my favourite memory of the night.

Speed picking it was!  Fill that pail up and off we go!  The lovely Nancy made us some scrumptious Saskatoon and Rosemary Ice Cream to sample before we got back in the limo.  We were also gifted with some creeping Rosemary seedlings to plant at home.  They smelled absolutely delicious.

Sparkling conversation took place for the ride back to Fifendekel.  It was lovely to get to know our hosts and our fellow influencers.  Edmonton is so fortunate to have such a vast and diverse group of people that want to promote everything local!

When we arrived back at Fifendekel, our baking stations were all set up for us and ready to go.  I have never made a scratch pie in my life, so this was a little intimidating for me.  We washed our berries and then followed the recipe (see below).

Thankfully the pie crust was pre-mixed and rolled out for us already.  I remember many battles with that damn rolling pin and being covered head to toe in flour.  I am NOT a good baker! I have, however, watched many food television shows and was at least able to fake it.

I managed to get the berries into the bottom crust and make the top crust into a flower cutout.  I think I even managed to flute the edges so that they didn’t look too bad.

The pies went into the oven.  They needed to bake for 50 minutes so we were treated to another couple of special guests.

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Camola Sustainable Foods was first up.  I have been following them for a couple of months now doing my research on cricket flour and the sustainability factors of growing crickets versus cattle.  Due to a personal setback, I haven’t gotten that blog post up yet, but it is coming in this month’s edition of The Edmonton Muse!

Don’t let the whole “cricket” thing turn you off of the products.  They are both delicious and nutritious.  There is no “off” flavour.  If you didn’t know that there was cricket flour in these products, you would not be able to tell the difference between a normal biscotti and a bugscotti.  Be brave, try one!

Camola’s products are available for purchase on their website, or you can buy them in person at one of the farmer’s markets that they attend on a weekly basis.  They will also be growing their own crickets within the next couple of months.  It is an exciting time for them.

Rig Hand Distillery was on hand to sample about 12 different flavours of vodka, gin, brum, moonshine and whisky.  I have had a previous opportunity to get a super quick tour of the distillery and one of their tasty garlic vodka ceasars!  Clearly I need to pop back in for a complete tour soon.  Many flavours in all of the different categories.  All of them use ingredients available right here in Alberta and no added sugars.  My favourite was the raspberry vodka.  I love the “no added sugar” concept.  You actually get to taste the flavour of the raspberries in all of their natural glory.

Jacquie Fenske from Fifendekel gave us a bit of history on the business.  It is 35 years young this year.  Originally it was started out as an ice cream business.  The name comes from a family “urban legend” from one of the uncles.  When you were misbehaving, it was all because of Phillip Fifendekel, a mischievous imp.

Eventually, the ice cream business wasn’t lining up around the block any longer because people were becoming more health conscious and the popularity of ice cream was going down hill.  This is where the sandwiches took over.  The meats are all roasted in house.  Nothing is processed.  All of the ingredients are fresh and lovingly prepared.  Famously fast, friendly and flavourful.  Nothing pretentious here!

Fifendekel is most famous for those pies.  A different featured flavour every month.  When good things go into a product, deliciousness comes out.  Fifendekel pies are no exception.  Family recipes, simple and unique ingredients, tasty dessert.

Monique gave us a bit of information on Spirits on Ice.  This is part of the Silver Skate festival that takes place each year in Hawrelak park.  Enjoy food and drink samples from local vendors inside a heated tent.  Live music, firepits and a beautiful winter atmosphere are here to enjoy.  Admission is free, you just pay for your food and drink tickets.

Special packages were available at last year’s event where $20 would get you admission to the Ice Castle and 10 tasting tickets.  What a great date night idea!

Jacquie also filled us in about #MustardDayAB which will take place on August 13.  Chicks n Chaps has a little competition going where you can win some prizes for the best recipe using mustard.

Our pies were finally done baking, the whole process smelled so good that it was making everyone’s mouth water!  It is such a delicious recipe that I thought I would share it with you below:

Fifendekel Saskatoon Pie

One of the featured flavours during the month of July.  Use fresh local ingredients. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Fifendekel

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 cup saskatoons freshly picked
  • 2 9 inch pie crust
  • 1 tbsp butter cut into small pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  2. Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt together. Sprinkle over top of saskatoons and mix together gently.


  3. Line dish with one pie crust. Add saskatoons. Dot with butter.


  4. Get creative with that top crust! Cut into 1/2 inch strips and make a lattice, or place the second crust on top and make some slits for ventilation.


  5. For some added flair, you can sprinkle the top of the crust with a bit of extra sugar.


  6. Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for 50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Northern Bites is a bit too new to have a website up and running just yet, but you can find them on all of the popular social media platforms:

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

They will surely have some exciting tours coming up soon!  Go and give them a follow and experience some of the delicious local producers that Edmonton and area has to offer.

The Northern Chicken Ultra Hot Sandwich Challenge

The Northern Chicken Ultra Hot Sandwich Challenge

Northern Chicken.  A favourite in both my family and my workplace.  Soul food brought to a whole new level by Chefs Matt Phillips and Andrew Cowan.  The food amazing, but they also have a great selection of craft beers, local spirits and whisky for you to enjoy.  Not only do they make my tastebuds sing, but they are also wonderful human beings that generously support a lot of local community initiatives.

When I saw the “Ultra Hot Sandwich Challenge” come up on my Facebook feed, it was too late to get my husband in. The sandwiches are limited and labour intensive.  I really wanted to see for myself though, so asked if I could tag along and watch the action.

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Coldest Night of the Year 2018

Coldest Night of the Year 2018

This will be my fifth year leading a team of wonderful human beings to raise money for the homeless, hungry and hurting in our community.  The charity may have changed, but the sentiment is still the same.  (That is me in the fuzzy blue monster hat in the video above.)

On February 24th, 2018 we will walk 10 km to raise much needed funds for Bissell Centre, right here in Edmonton. Out of all of the charities that help the less fortunate, Bissell is my favourite.  It is all about inclusiveness.  When a person is made to feel like they don’t belong, or forced to participate in religious practices that are not their own, we cannot expect them to want to embrace a new life, or have hope for a brighter future.

Why “Halloweenies for Hope”?

The original name has carried on all these years… I love the horror genre and most of my closest friends are Halloween addicts.  We love to dress up in costume and entertain (or scare) the masses.  Underneath all of those scary personas lay hearts of pure gold.  We want to give back to the community, we want to give hope for a better tomorrow.

Philosophy

Bissell Centre philosophy is one of hope for human potential and social justice; of trust in the power of community through relationships and inclusiveness; and of resourcefulness with strength and capacity. They respect that people can make their own choices and that they take responsibility for the consequences of their actions.

This is the one big fundraising event that I do every year.  The rest of the year I am volunteering my time, or picking up goods to donate to those that need them, or feeding people in front of Hope Mission…  This one is important though; $200 can help 63 people.  That is amazing my friends.  If my team raises $2000, we can help Bissell Centre help 630 people!

The Walk

Especially during the winter, when you are homeless, you need to keep moving to stay warm.  A good pair of shoes is one of the most important clothing items. They wear out quickly when you are walking 10 km or more per day.

“Coldest Night of the Year” has the option to walk 2 km, 5 km, or 10 km.  I have always chosen the 10 km option because I want to be reminded why I am walking and how many kilometers these people need to cover in a single day.  How exhausting it must be to be stiff and cold and tired all the time.  Then add hungry on top of all of that.

We are fortunate enough to have a warm place to sleep at night that is safe, where we don’t have to be on guard all the time to watch our meager possessions.  We have warm running water so we can take regular baths and showers.  We don’t have to think about where our next meal is coming from.  Everyone should have access to all of these basic needs.  No one should have to go hungry.  Ever.

How can you help?

  1. Sponsor “Halloweenies for Hope
  2. Walk with us!
  3. Volunteer to support the event
  4. Have your own fundraising event
  5. Give goods to Bissell Centre
  6. Volunteer at Bissell Centre at one of the many events throughout the year
  7. Share on social media!

If you have taken time to read this far, thank you very much.  Your support means the world to myself and my team. Watch on my social media channels for video clips and photo updates on walk day!

B’s Diner 15th Annual Christmas Dinner for the Less Fortunate

B’s Diner 15th Annual Christmas Dinner for the Less Fortunate

YEGfoodie was proud to stand behind Brenda Der for her 15th annual “Christmas Party for the Less Fortunate”.

Brenda Der used to be the force of nature behind B’s Diner.  If you were down on your luck and needed a hot meal, all you needed to do was walk into B’s Diner and Brenda would make sure that you were taken care of.  Even though the Diner closed the doors almost two years ago, Brenda still continues to help the less fortunate here in Edmonton.

Brenda lost her son Jeremy in a drowning accident while they were out on a family trip about 7 years ago.  The big Christmas Dinner is done in memory of Jeremy.  It is a very important part of Brenda’s year. This is my third year with Brenda, my second working alongside her as her Volunteer Coordinator.

What does it take to put on a dinner that feeds between 400 and 600 people?  A lot of work!

The initial stages of planning are finding sponsors to get the food for the dinner and the hampers that go out to the families.  Oh I forgot to mention – this isn’t “just” a dinner.   Brenda will generally do at least 50 Christmas hampers for families in need around the city.  She also puts meals together for seniors and veterans.  That is a whole lot of food!

This year we were fortunate enough to have the Forester’s Foundation as our corporate sponsor for the dinner portion of the event.  Many thanks to Jeremiah Renner for putting all of that in motion.  They have to submit a proposal to get the funding and then they go through all of the organizing and work to pick up all of the food items that are needed for the dinner.  Thank you Jeremiah and all of your Forester’s!!

We don’t just provide our guests with a hot meal.  We want for them to be able to relax and enjoy a  holiday environment.  Musicians are a must!  We source talent that is willing to donate their time to this worthy cause.  This year we were lucky enough to have Chantel Hilton back for a second year, and now she is part of the family; we are keeping her and never giving her back. If you have not heard of Chantel, she is a celebrity impersonator.  Her favorite character is Marylin Monroe.  We caught her performance on camera here.

What a stone cold doll!  She worked through our technical difficulties (no bluetooth for the sound system – fancy new Iphone!)

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We also try to make sure that we have warm clothing available for our guests to take if they need it.  In previous years we have had photographers to take photos and the photo printers on site to make sure that the guests had prints that they could give for gifts to family and friends.  We would love to bring this back again next year but we will need to find a corporate sponsor for the printers/ink/paper/SD cards.

It takes a lot of people to volunteer as well to make all of this possible. We can’t thank our volunteers enough!  We are thankful for every single one of you that took the time out of their busy holiday season to give back to the community.  It takes close to 100 people to put this kind of event on.

This is not the only event that this lovely lady does during the year either.  The church that provides the space for the big Christmas dinner also does community dinners for the less fortunate on a regular basis.  Brenda participates in those a few times a year as well.

Are you a musician, good in the kitchen, good with people, a photographer,  just want to give back to the community?  Come out to one of the events and lend a helping hand!  Join our Facebook Group.

This year we fed 438 people.  50 Christmas meal trays went out to families (not enough donations were received for hampers this year).  Several veterans meals and seniors meals also went out for Christmas dinner.  We were able to help a lot of people to just pause and relax.

Cheers to Brenda and all of the hard work she puts in throughout the year.  We love you Brenda!

2017 Halloween Happenings

2017 Halloween Happenings

October is my favourite time of year for many reasons; there is the beautiful color of the fall leaves on the trees, the crispness in the air, the pumpkin spice everything and of course, Halloween.

In Edmonton, we have some hidden gems for the Halloween season that you really need to go and see.  Please read on for some spooky offerings.

 

ESCAPE FROM MORBID MANOR

Part haunted house and part escape room, this is the new local offering for the 2017 season.  If you look at the different folks involved in this event, it looks like it is going to be a good time.  They are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during October.

“Here in Edmonton stands the old mansion that belonged to Augustina and William McCavery , a building with a mysterious past. The couple kept to themselves, but neighbors often noticed Augustina acting strangely, claimed they saw her “whispering” to the gargoyles that adorned their mansion walls.  One day, Augustina and William dissapeared….

Now, as perspective buyers,  you are invited on a special  real-estate tour of what the neighbors have nicknamed “Morbid Manor.” Inside,  Most of the original furnishings remain, untouched, as most people fear the place is still haunted by Augustina and William. You enter the Mansion foyer, when suddenly your host is gone and the door you came through appears to have vanished. The lights dim, you swear you hear something whisper behind you…is there something else in the room with you? The secrets of the past quickly unveil themselves in dramatic fashion as you rush to escape Morbid Manor!”

This is put on by the folks from Odd-Lot Puppetry, so it should be a great show.  Tickets range from $25 to $35 depending on the day of your booking.  Tickets are only sold in advance.  Maximum size of group per booking is 6.  Smaller groups may be put in with another smaller group to max out the number of participants.

 

FORT EDMONTON PARK

Fort Edmonton Park has a lot of events going on this year.  From a Midway Freakshow, to special movie screenings and the ever popular “Spooktacular“, they have something for everyone.  There are family friendly events and a couple of nights just for 18 years old and up.

The website is a little frustrating in that you have to click on the “get your tickets” button to get a full description of each event.  There is a “scare scale” on each event as well letting you know how terrifying each one is before you book.  Ticket prices vary.  Early bird specials are available currently.

 

PRAIRIE GARDENS HAUNTED PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

There are also many different activities that you and the family can enjoy at Prairie Gardens.  Tam and her crew are wonderful entertainers.  (Most activities are weather dependent)

There is a corn maze, petting zoo, haunted house, roving characters in costume, pumpkin cannon and much, much more!

Coming from this foodie; there is some pretty spectacular pumpkin pie on sale in the concession area.

 

NIGHT OF FEAR FESTIVAL

For “Scares that care”, the Night of Fear Festival in St. Albert would be right up your alley.  There are some very talented members of the Edmonton haunt community working on this project.  It should be a great show.

“Haunted House, Haunted Graveyard, Fortune Tellers, Actors, Costume Contests, Kids Party, Food Vendors, and over 50 local businesses all come together at the Night of Fear Festival. A portion of our proceeds goes to the Little Warriors”

 

DEADMONTON HOUSE

Of course, I saved the best for last!

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Back for its fourth year.  Deadmonton House is located in the old Paramount Theatre on Jasper Avenue and 102 Street. “Edmonton’s Scariest Haunted House”, prides itself on the yearly “chicken out” count.  This is where a customer is too scared to go any further in the haunt and needs to be brought to safety.

This year’s theme is “The Summoning” and is (loosely) based on a true story of the spectre that actually haunts the theatre.  There was a paranormal investigation completed on the theatre by Paranormal Explorers and Frankie is what they found.

“Constructed in the early 1950’s, the Paramount Theater’s big screen entertained countless moviegoers both young and old. Sticky sodas, tangled film reels, chewed-up bubble-gum, and fetid floods caused by overwhelmed toilets are just some of the many messes dealt with by Frankie, the resident caretaker of the Paramount.  Frankie loved the theater, choosing to spend his life cleaning up after grubby guests in the name of fantastic cinema; it is no secret that his labours continued in the afterlife.

When the theater was sold over fifty-five years later, his soul was laid to rest, until now.  The marquees are lit, the doors are open, but no longer do the stars of Hollywood grace his beloved silver screen.  Deadmonton Haunted House calls the Paramount home for its third year in a row, and Frankie is not happy.  Patrons have excitedly lined up not to revel in the glory of film, but to do little more than cause a ruckus. He has decided to summon ancient evils to drive away the current tenants. The summoning of his poltergeist pals is paramount to Frankie’s plan for eternal peace— no more queues, no more messes, no more insolent guests, and most importantly, no screaming in the theater!”

Deadmonton has been compared to the Universal Studios attraction and come out on top.  Movie quality props and monsters that are motivated to make you pee make for a truly terrifying experience! The “Depends” proceeds are no joke.  Monies go to the charity and the fact that your pants are still dry at the end of the night is priceless.  The haunt has made many a patron pee themselves.

Deadmonton house is also a “scare that cares” as they have a yearly charity partner.  This year is 630 Ched’s Santa’s Anonymous.  October 5th is their big night.  $5 from every ticket sold goes to the charity.  There will also be a hearse on site to stuff full of brand new, unwrapped toys.  There is a silent auction online where all proceeds will go to the charity.  Last, but not least, there is a collection box at the front desk of the haunt when you check in for tickets.

Tickets are only available at the door.  $24 Cash or credit only.  Speed passes are available for purchase online.  $40 gives you front of the line access; avoid the 2-3 hour wait at this very popular attraction.  They are already open for the season.  Please see the website for dates and times of operation.

 

Red Shoe Crawl for Ronald McDonald House

Red Shoe Crawl for Ronald McDonald House

Have you heard of Ronald McDonald House?

If you have ever had a family member that was in the hospital for more than a few days, then you will appreciate what these folks do!

Ronald McDonald house helps families from outside of Edmonton that have sick or injured children in the hospital.  They provide temporary and affordable accommodation and meals to help lift the emotional and financial burdens during these difficult times.  If you haven’t taken a tour yet, there is a virtual tour available on the website.

The “Red Shoe Crawl” is a Red Shoe Society fundraiser, supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Alberta. They appreciate all of the participating businesses, and look forward to introducing or re-introducing these great businesses to Edmontonians through this crawl, while they raise money for the RMHCNA!

The 124 Street Business area Crawl features:

  • Dozens of businesses providing culinary delights and samples in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Alberta
  • Everyone receives a passport so you can check out all participating vendors
  • There will once again be raffle prizes and 50/50 tickets available to purchase
  • Registration is  at 1pm with the event taking place throughout the 124 Street area from 1pm-5pm

Guests can purchase tickets here for only $35 each ($15 for kids, adult 4 packs for only $120): http://rssnaredshoecrawl.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1162884

Red Shoe Crawl Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1493861363974805/

#RedShoeCrawlyeg

Red Shoe Society:

Website: http://rmhcna.org/red-shoe-society/ (always accepting new Members

Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Alberta:

Website: http://rmhcna.org/

Give this very worthy cause a try!  It is a wonderful afternoon walk with friends or family.  Bring good walking shoes and a smile!

 

 

Help Save B’s Diner!

Help Save B’s Diner!

As I am sure you have all heard in the media, B’s Diner has had to close the doors of the Old Strathcona location.

Many people have expressed that the community needs to give back to someone who has supported and cared for so many…  Here is your chance!

Help Save B’s Diner – GoFundMe Campaign

She might throw something at me for doing this, but I just can’t stand idly by and watch this happen!  I have worked right by her side the last couple of months on a few projects, and B’s just needs to be!  She is such a generous person, let us show her how much we appreciate all of the hard work she has done for Edmonton.

 

Fairmont Macdonald Launches New Cocktail Program Designed by Elite Bartenders

Fairmont Macdonald Launches New Cocktail Program Designed by Elite Bartenders

Tonight!  Fairmont Macdonald has invited taste testers from Edmonton to welcome the new cocktail menu.  Please follow live on Instagram and Twitter tonight at 5:30pm.

(@yegfoodie or on your left here on the website)

Please see the press release below for more information:

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– Fairmont Tastemakers from around the world combine talent and technique to create new level of excellence in hotel cocktail creation globally

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is inviting guests to taste what happens when elite mixologists from around the world come together to craft cocktails.

Classics. Perfected., Fairmont’s new global cocktail menu, is just what it sounds like, a selection of beautifully balanced and delicious cocktails created by newly appointed Fairmont Tastemakers.

“When people “meet for a drink” at one of our hotels – from The American Bar at The Savoy to The Plaza in New York – they expect the crispest gin and tonic and a truly perfect manhattan. With this new menu that is precisely what they will get – along with quality ice and bartender’s advice when appropriate,” said Jane Mackie, vice president, Fairmont Brand. “The Classics. Perfected., menu was curated by our top bartenders who were charged with helping us to discover and perfect the best old and new classics.”

“This is much bigger than a new menu,” continued Mackie. “It is about shaping and sharing Fairmont cocktail culture with our neighbors and visiting guests in over 20 countries.”

Fairmont’s bars around the world have historically been places were deals were struck and history was made, showing that cocktail culture is about more than just drinks. The bartenders who have presided over these storied bars have been shaping cocktail trends for over a century. Bringing together Fairmont’s best mixologists to collaborate and share their expertise, has unearthed a new level of quality and craftsmanship.

Selected for their individual talent and mastery of cocktail methodology, the Fairmont Tastemakers for the two-year program include – Grant Sceney from Fairmont Pacific Rim, Nader Chabaane from Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Erik Lorincz from The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel and Tom Hogan from Fairmont Singapore.

Cocktail innovations in hotels have typically been the work of visionary bartenders working on individual specialties for guests’ sipping pleasure. This is the first time that Fairmont has hand selected top bartenders from around the world to create cocktails together. The new creations were developed in partnership with Kathy Casey at her Liquid Kitchen Food Studios in June 2015.

The menu features three sections: the most requested classics that guests know and love, revived classics to entice cocktail enthusiasts and the “neats” for those who wish to savor the richness of the program’s carefully selected spirit partners.

“We are incredibly proud of the group of partners involved in Fairmont’s new cocktail program,” said Alexandra Blum, VP, public relations and partnerships, FRHI Hotels & Resorts. “Each brand was hand selected for its outstanding quality and global appeal. We are so pleased to see that this careful curation in partnership with our hand selected Fairmont Tastemakers, has resulted in a world-class offering for both our trend setting and discerning.”

Global spirits included in the program, chosen for their quality and craftsmanship, include: Remy Martin VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac, Belvedere Vodka, Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label, The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, Bombay Sapphire, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Woodford Reserve Distillers Select, Cointreau, Mount Gay Rum, Casamigos Tequila and Louis XIII.

Cocktails will be served in beautifully crafted Schott Zwiesel crystal glassware, distributed by global partner Fortessa, to further elevate this special offering.

Classics. Perfected., will be available at all Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in the Americas starting on November 23. The menu will be rolled out globally over the holiday season.