Monday, April 9, 2012

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 9, 2012

Foodie news and events in and around Saskatoon – Pumpkin seeds, gala dinners, craft wine, and food security

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Cece, Innovation Place
Cece (chickpea in Italian) is a new Italian themed eatery in the Concourse at Innovation Place, Saskatoon. The menu includes a daily chickpea soup, salads, panini, and pizza.

Spring Market Dinner, April 22
Weczeria is holding a Spring Market Dinner on April 22. Chefs will shop at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market and prepare a 5-course meal. Tickets are $85 (including wine) and are available at Weczeria.

Habitat for Humanity Gala Dinner, May 3
Support Habitat for Humanity by attending their Annual Gala Dinner on May 3 at the Delta Bessborough. Enjoy a 5-course meal prepared by Chef Ryan Marquis, a talk by Betty Ann Heggie, and a live auction.

Styrian Pumpkin Seeds
I’ve complained in the past about only being able to buy pumpkin seeds from China. Steep Hill Co-op is now sourcing Styrian pumpkin seeds from Austria. Styrian pumpkin seeds are dark coloured and hull-less.

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of protein, B and E vitamins, minerals, and Omega-3. Folk medicine suggests that Styrian pumpkin seeds are useful in the prevention and treatment of bladder and prostate problems.

SK Chefs Go Back to School
Three Saskatchewan chefs are completing their Certified Chef de Cuisine designation from the Canadian Culinary Institute.

Doug Hyndford, Saskatoon Inn, Trevor Robertson, Radisson Hotel, Saskatoon, and Milton Rebello, Hotel Saskatchewan, Regina, are working on the practical and theoretical exams that focus on inventory, nutrition, HR, culinary skills, flavour profiles, food costs and food usage. (via Jenn Sharp, Bridges)

Craft Wine
Craft beer makers have established a loyal following by working together and promoting a set of shared principles. Craft beer: What the wine industry can learn from craft beer looks at ways in which independent, small-to-medium-sized wine producers can learn from their example.

Achieving Food Security
The international Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change was convened in 2011 to identify practical, evidence-based policy actions to achieve food security in the context of climate change.

Their report, Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change puts forward seven recommendations for comprehensive policies and integrated information systems, increased investment in sustainable agriculture, reshaping food access and consumption patterns, helping those most vulnerable to climate change, and reducing loss and waste in food systems.

Shit Foodies Say
And finally, for those of you who think I take food far too seriously, a video:

Shit Foodies Say from Louder Than 11 on Vimeo.

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