Monday, October 3, 2011

Flavourful Saskatoon, October 3, 2011

Foodie news and events in and around Saskatoon – veggie Thanksgiving recipes, organic breakfasts, new restaurant, new wines, job opportunity and a contest

Vegetarian/Vegan Thanksgiving Ideas
I know that for many of you it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a turkey, but there are some outstanding vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving options.

The New York Times offers everything from gluten-free pumpkin dumplings to tempeh and wild mushroom fricassee.

Nava Atlas of VegKitchen has an entire page of yummy-sounding recipes – pueblo corn pie, black bean and zucchini tortilla casserole, cranberry slaw, maple and tarragon sweet potatoes and sourdough stuffing with pine nuts and raisins.

Vegetarian Times suggests potatoes stuffed with walnut guacamole, layered eggplant and cashew nut roast or veggie pot pie.

Canada Organic Week, October 15-22
Celebrate Canada’s organic farmers and producers by participating in the Organic Breakfast Challenge. Plan an organic breakfast, then take a photo or write up the recipe, and enter to win a basket of organic goodies.

Hike the Saskatoon Food Desert, October 15
No full-service grocery store in Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods is a real hardship for people without a car. Join Hike the Saskatoon Food Desert on Saturday, October 15 at 10 am (hike starts at 10:30) at St. George’s Parish (20th Street x Avenue M).

Carrying groceries, we’ll walk, run or wheel 5 km to Extra Foods on 22nd Street. At the end of the hike we’ll place our groceries in the CHEP van for distribution to school meal programs.

The Poverty Awareness Week (October 15 -22) kick off and chilli lunch will take place in St. George’s Hall following the hike.

Wine and Dine at the Taj, October 16
Enjoy flavourful Indian food matched with great wine when Cava Secreta teams up with Taj Mahal restaurant on Sunday, October 16 at 6:30 at the Taj Mahal. Vegetarian options are available.

Prairie Harvest Café
Mike McKeown is opening a restaurant! Prairie Harvest Café, on Early Drive, will be opening in mid-November and will serve locally sourced, homestyle food as well as local beers and Canadian wines. All the food will be made in house, and I was delighted to note several vegetarian dishes on both the lunch and dinner menus. Mike will continue to provide ready-made meals and catering services. You can follow Prairie Harvest Café on Facebook.

New from Fine Wines Sask
Doug Reichel has just added a new winery to the Fine Wines Sask distribution list. Mt. Difficulty Wines is a boutique New Zealand winery with some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the region. We can look forward to tasting their Pinot Noir and their Chardonnay here in Saskatchewan.

Good Spirit Bakery, Watson
Good Spirit Bakery in Watson is on the lookout for a cook/baker to join their team.

Carbon Cup Contest
Enter a draw for a free assessment of the carbon footprint of your business, restaurant, farm, office. The Carbon Cup Contest is sponsored by the Saskatchewan Research Council. The carbon assessment is worth up to $25,000 and includes advice on how to reduce your emissions and improve the energy efficiency of your buildings and operations. Send a short email to before November 14 explaining why your business wants to track its footprint to be entered in the draw. (via Suzanne – thanks!)

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. Email me ( if you have products, events or places that you would like me to include.

See also:
Flavourful Saskatoon September 26, 2011

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