Monday, December 12, 2011

Flavourful Saskatoon, December 12, 2011

Foodie news and events in and around Saskatoon –gift ideas, Farmers' Market events & gingerbread design contests

Demos in New Market Kitchen, December 14
Hold the presses! I have just learned that the Agrium Market Kitchen at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market will be hosting its first event at 11 am on Wednesday, December 14. Two cooking demos – one Spanish and one Mexican – unmissable if you’re a Hispanophile like me.

The licensed commercial kitchen will hold its official grand opening in the second week of January. Contact Judy Thiesson, the Market’s Events Organizer, ( for more information and to make a booking for cooking classes, food preparation, catering, etc. Here are the Market’s Kitchen Rules. (via Judy and Wally – thanks!)

Holiday Lunch Buffets, Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, December 15 & 16
Riverbend Plantation and The Garlic Guru are holding holiday lunch buffets with turkey and all the trimmings at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on December 15 and 16 from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm. By reservation only. (Dates on attached menu are out of date.)

Christmas Happy Hour, Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, December 21
Don’t miss the Christmas Happy Hour at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on December 21 from 4 to 6:30 pm. Vendors will remain open while you enjoy a glass of Living Sky wine and/or pick up a plate of appetizers.

sWHEAT Prairie Architecture Gingerbread Competition
Nine local firms are competing in sWHEAT 2011. The firms must each design a gingerbread laneway house. The winner will be announced on December 16. Each of the architecture firms will auction off their creation. Proceeds will go to the Saskatoon or Regina Food Bank.

Molecular Gastronomy in a Jar
Bulk Cheese Warehouse has some new products that would make a great gift. For example, the French Perles de Saveurs will add a touch of molecular gastronomy to even the simplest salad.

The tiny, spherical jellies have a liquid centre in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours (curaçao, rose, passion fruit, balsamic vinegar) and can be used as a garnish or in a cocktail.

South African Vinegars
Don’t miss the Rozendal Vinegars, imported by FineWinesSask from South Africa. The vinegars are made from a Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet Grape cultivars, cultured by an indigenous “mother” from the first vinegar made on Rozendal in 1988. There are four flavours: Fynbox, Green Tea, Lavender, and Hibiscus.

Axon staff sampled the hibiscus vinegar in August and gave it high marks for flavour.

Rozendal Vinegars are available at the Bulk Cheese Warehouse in Moose Jaw, the Hollyhock Market in Mortlach, Victoria Square Compounding Pharmacy in Prince Albert, the Italian Star Deli in Regina, and Cava Cuisine in Saskatoon.

Chili Garlic Hot Sauce for Heat Lovers
Chatty’s Indian Spices Inc. has introduced a new product: Chili Garlic Hot Sauce. Arati Chattopadhyay describes it as “pretty warm.” It’s available at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market or online.

Stollen and Turkeys
Good Spirit Bakery, Saskatoon Farmers’ Market is taking orders for their Stollen, a traditional Christmas bread with dried fruit and spices. All the ingredients are organic. I’m picking one up on Christmas Eve – the perfect Christmas Day breakfast.

You can also order an organic, free-range turkey. The turkeys range in size from 22 to 35 pounds and cost $3/lb to a maximum of $75.

Ultimate Hostess Gift Package
Living Sky Winery and Crave Cookies and Cupcakes are offering to deliver the ultimate hostess gift. A combination of Cassis wine and Crave cupcakes is sure to delight. For more details and to place an order, contact Sue at or 306.290.1693.

Evernote Food App
If you enjoy keeping a record of memorable meals at home and around the world, you need the Evernote Food app for iPhone. Each Meal consists of a meal title, as many photos as you like, photo captions, venue (choose from a list or add your own), notes, and tags. They can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, or email straight from the app. (via Andrew - 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 December 5, 2011
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