Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Agrium Market Kitchen

The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market proudly opened the Agrium Market Kitchen this past week.

The sale of local food products is now complemented by cooking classes, dinners, and demonstrations.

The kitchen is also available to local individuals or groups who want to host their own event or prepare foods that require a licensed commercial kitchen.

Agrium Potash Vanscoy gave the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market $25,000 towards the construction of the kitchen and an outdoor patio (much-needed seating on busy Market days). Agrium says that they are pleased to help the Market as they feel it’s a good fit with their work with local farmers and agriculture.

A number of other local businesses also stepped forward to help make the Market Kitchen a reality. They are: Beehive Flooring, FloForm Countertops, Krazy Kiley’s Audiotronic, Riversdale Mechanical, Samsung, and Saskatoon Appliance.

Executive Chef Dinners
The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market will be holding a series of Executive Chef Dinners, prepared by some of Saskatoon’s finest chefs, on a monthly basis from January to May. All five of the chefs have been Saskatchewan Gold Medal Plate contenders.

The first event is on Thursday, January 19, with Chef Anthony McCarthy, who won the gold medal at the 2011 Saskatchewan Gold Medal Plates. The five-course meal includes a soup, salad, appetizer, entrée and dessert. Tickets are still available.

Further dinners are planned for February 16 (Chef Brent Lloyd), March 15 (Chef Ryan Marquis), April 19 (Chef Trevor Robertson), and May 17 (Chef Mike McKeown).

Cooking Classes
The Market also hopes to host cooking classes with plans already in the works for a Mexican cooking class with Linda Ortiz who sells fresh tortillas and salsas at the Market.

Kitchen Bookings
The Agrium Kitchen Rules and Rental Rates provide the information you will need to book the kitchen.

For further information, email Judy Thiesson, the Market’s Events/Kitchen Organizer.

Chefs Mike McKeown and Joel Hassler, Prairie Harvest Café , prepare hors d’oeuvres for Agrium Market Kitchen’s Grand Opening

Quesadillas prepared by Linda Ortiz

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