Monday, October 29, 2012

Flavourful Saskatoon, October 29, 2012

Gluten-Free Food Fair, Nov. 18 
The Garlic Guru is hosting the winter edition of the Gluten-Free Food Fair on November 18 from 5-7 pm at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. There will be about 15 dishes to choose from. Sample plates cost a toonie.

Cooking Classes
If you love to cook, here’s an opportunity to improve your skills and have fun with a group of other food lovers. Grace Whittington of Riverbend Plantation will be offering four different cooking classes at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market during November and December. They include: Dips and Spreads, Cheese Balls and Pâtés, Hot Appetizers, and Basic Cooking for Students.

Souleio’s Liqueurs 
I had a fabulous evening at Souleio this past Friday. Souleio’s four house-made liqueurs were served alongside desserts and cocktails made using the liqueurs. The Carmincello was paired with a dark chocolate pot de crème that was wonderful. My favourite liqueur was the Crème de Cassis because you could really taste the fruit and it was slightly tarter than the other liqueurs. The Haskap and Vodka Martini was my favourite cocktail. And if I you get a chance to try the Cocoa Truffles filled with Spiced Haskap Caramel – grab them by the handful!

John Côté, who prepares the liqueurs, was at the event. He and his family have a farm, Tierra del Sol, just outside of town where they grow flowers (sold at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market) and have started to develop an orchard. They’re working with the University’s fruit breeding program and planted 2000 varieties of grapes this summer to see which ones are hardy and will do well in a Saskatchewan climate.

John says that he enjoys working with the chefs at Souleio to develop the liqueurs. He is planning to set up a micro distillery on his farm.

Matt Hunter’s guitar playing was the perfect accompaniment to food and conversation.

Food Labels
What information would you like to see on food labels? A ballot initiative in California calls for the labeling of genetically modified foods, while British supermarkets will be adopting “traffic-light labelling” to help identify the healthiest and unhealthiest foods.

Farms vs. Houses
The City of Edmonton is currently discussing whether prime farmland in the city’s northeast should be transformed into a residential suburb. The debate raises important questions around municipal food and agriculture strategies that definitely apply in Saskatoon as well. Let’s hope Saskatoon City Council will address this issue. We can’t allow land developers to control the discussion – there’s too much at stake.

Bringing the Streets to Life
Edmonton’s Mercury Opera does a fantastic job of promoting opera through outdoor events. Last year, they held an opera on the LRT. This year, it was held outdoors after participants had enjoyed food and drink at several local businesses. It’s a great way to bring the streets to life in the evening.

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