Monday, June 4, 2012

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 4, 2012

Food news and events in and around Saskatoon – Gluten-Free Food Fair, Birch Butter, Paddock Wood Beer, Twoonie Tuesdays

Slow Food Saskatoon, June 7 
Everyone is invited to attend the first planning meeting for Slow Food Saskatoon from 7-8:30 pm on Thursday, June 7 at Caffe Sola (corner of 23rd Street and Pacific Avenue).

Email me if you’re unable to attend the meeting, and I will add your name to the Slow Food Saskatoon mailing list.

Gluten-Free Food Fair, June 10
Don’t miss the Gluten-Free Food Fair sponsored by The Garlic Guru at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Sunday, June 10 from 5-8 pm. Sample plates are $2; wine or beer is $5. (Photo of a previous gluten-free event courtesy of Victor Das – thanks!)

Twoonie Tuesdays 
Twoonie Tuesdays at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market is a special market for low income people. Customers will be asked to present their health services card for verification.

The Tuesday market will run from 11 am to 4 pm from June 12 to September 25. The food services tenants will be offering specials.

Chef Jenni 
I had the good fortune to bump into Chef Jenni (New Ground Café, Birch Hills) at River Landing on Sunday. She was serving delicious but somewhat unexpected small plates at the Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival.

There are NO nuts in a BB&J – a birch butter and Saskatoon jelly sandwich on whole wheat bannock. The birch butter is made by mixing Prairie Infusions’ birch syrup with butter and has a lovely nutty flavour. There was also red lentil potato salad with all the flavours of a samosa and hand pies served with roasted dandelion root aioli.

Chef Jenni is honouring rhubarb on June 16 at the Kerry Vickar Centre in Melfort. There will be rhubarb in every course, music by Carrie Catherine and Hal Screnk, and art by Gordon Bland. Tickets are $50.

Beer Tasting, June 29
Souleio is kicking off the summer with a beer tasting on June 29 featuring Paddock Wood’s Sine Nomine champagne beer. Contact Souleio to make a reservation.

City Perks
City Perks has a brand new look with a logo designed by their neighbours at St Solo. Very nice – but not half as nice as the fresh-baked goodies on offer at City Perks every day of the week.

Red Fife: Testament to Terroir 
Valerie Lugonja provides an in-depth report on the Red Fife Wheat Bread Tasting at the Slow Food Canada National Meeting at the beginning of May. Please note: we all patriotically preferred the wheat grown in our own province!

Chef, La Bodega
La Bodega, Regina, is looking for a full-time chef with experience in international fine dining with a Latin accent. Contact La Bodega if you are interested.

Taste of Montreal 
Taste of Montreal is a free iPad app from National Geographic that will have you planning a trip to Montreal.

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