Monday, January 9, 2012

Flavourful Saskatoon, January 9, 2012

Foodie news and events in and around Saskatoon – take your pick of a Market dinner, a Chinese New Year celebration, a Robbie Burns supper, and a new Prairie restaurant

Prairie Harvest Café, January 13-14
Prairie Harvest Café will officially open its doors at 2917 Early Drive this coming weekend.

I attended the soft opening this past weekend and was very impressed with the quality of the food and the setting. I’ll be posting a full review later this week.

Executive Chef Dinner, Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, January 19
The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market will be hosting Executive Chef Dinners on the third Thursday of each month from January to May, pairing local chefs with fresh Market ingredients.

Chef Anthony McCarthy, recipient of the Gold medal at the 2011 Saskatchewan Gold Medal Plates competition, will host a 5-course meal with wine pairings on Thursday, January 19. You’ll have a chance to talk with Chef Anthony before dinner. Tickets are $85 and are available online or at the Market office (Tuesday to Friday).

Future dinners will be hosted by Chef Brent Lloyd (February 16) and Chef Mike McKeown (May 17).

Explore Mediterranean Spain, January 20
Join me on Friday, January 20 at 2 pm in the Frances Morrison Library Auditorium (main downtown branch) for a trip to sunny Spain.

My slideshow presentation moves beyond the beaches of Mediterranean Spain to visit a cheese store tucked away in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, wineries in Jumilla, palm tree gardens in Elche, and chocolate factories in Vilajoyosa – not to mention lots and lots of markets. I hope to see you there.

CFCR Chinese New Year Feast, January 20
CFCR Community Radio is holding its annual Chinese New Year celebration feast on Friday, January 20 at the Mandarin Restaurant. Tickets are $25 and are available from CFCR.

Robbie Burns Supper, January 21
The 96th Highlanders Pipes and Drums and the North Saskatchewan Regiment Pipes and Drums are presenting a Robbie Burns Supper on Saturday, January 21 at St. Patrick Parish, 3339 Centennial Drive. Dinner at 6:30 will be followed by Celtic dancing, pipe bands, and a silent auction.

Wine Fundamentals 1
Cameron Rizos, Managing Partner of Cava Wines & Spirits and an ISG-certified sommelier instructor, will be offering Wine Fundamentals I, the International Sommelier Guild’s (ISG) introductory course. The course offers a basic understanding of the major grapes used for making wine around the world as well as an introduction to fortified and sparkling wines. Register on the ISG website and then contact Cava for further information.

Three Farmers Camelina Oil – New Flavours
Three Farmers has launched two infused camelina oils – Roasted Garlic and Chili and Roasted Onion and Basil. Three Farmers products are available online as well as at various Saskatchewan retailers. I know that SaskMade Marketplace is carrying the new oils.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post regular articles about new restaurants, food products, and culinary entrepreneurs.

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See also:
Cooking up a Storm: Expanding Saskatoon’s Food Culture
Random Acts of Urban Playfulness


Joanne and Pat Halter said...

plardHappy New Year Penny.
We are disappointed that we will not be able to view the slideshow presentation of Spain. Hope there will be another opportunity in the future. Would love to see it.
Joanne Halter

Penny McKinlay said...

Have a great time at the sunny wedding, Joanne! See you at the Farmers' Market.