Monday, September 17, 2012

Flavourful Saskatoon, September 17, 2012

Hispanic wines, a new Alehouse, Student Cooks, British Mustard and a Harvest Supper - Enjoy!


The Woods Alehouse is open! 
The Woods Alehouse, Paddock Wood Brewing’s new taphouse at 148 2nd Avenue North, opens today, Monday, September 17, at 11 am. There will be a live performance featuring John Cohen at 9 pm. The Woods Alehouse will be serving Paddock Wood beer as well as special kegs from around the world and premium liquor. The September menu is posted on their website and includes lots of beer-flavoured dishes – I look forward to trying it out.

Field to Fork, Regina, Sept. 19
If you’re in Regina, be sure to take part in Field to Fork in Victoria Park from September 19-22. There will be a full day of workshops (e.g. preserving, composting) on Saturday.

Attraversiamo, Sept. 23
Join Chef Jenni for a mobile dinner on September 23. Appetizers will be served at Luna and Hill, while the main course will be across the street at Souleio Foods.

Portuguese & Spanish Wines, Sept. 28
Join Doug Reichel, Fine Wines Sask, for a guided sampling of some 10 Portuguese and Spanish wines at Premier Saskatchewan on Sept. 28. I’ve attended these seminars in the past, and they’re a leisurely, informative way to taste some new wines.

Contact Doug directly if you live in Prince Albert, Regina or Moose Jaw as he will be hosting events in these communities around the same time.

SaskMade Marketplace, Sept. 29
Be sure to visit SaskMade Marketplace on Saturday, September 29, from 11 am to 3 pm to taste Chef Simon Reynolds’ soups, stews and soon-to-be-famous Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Harvest Supper, Sept. 30
The Friends of the Forestry Farm House are holding a Harvest Supper on Sunday, September 30, at the Superintendent’s Residence, Forestry Farm Park. Seatings for the three-course, sit-down dinner are at 5 and 7 pm. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance (373-1787, c.bear@sasktel.net).

Student Cooks
There will be no excuses for university students who don’t know how to cook this year. Start from Scratch, a program Dan Clapson introduced in Calgary, is now being offered in Saskatoon. Register online.

For some really classy cooking, students are eligible for a $10 discount on all the cooking classes offered by Simon’s Fine Foods.

Hestia Organics 
Hestia Organics has their mill up and running and are now able to sell processed products. Look out for milled flaxseed and stone-ground organic cracked wheat porridge at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

Kalissa Regier talks about trying to connect grain farmers and consumers through the marketplace on this short video for Innovation Week.

Saving English Mustard 
Here’s a good news story about a small group of determined farmers who saved English mustard (Colman’s) from disappearing by setting up a mustard growers’ co-operative. (via Saskatoon’s British Chef Simon Reynolds)

I’m going on Holidays!! 
I’ll be in Baja, Mexico, for the next couple of weeks, and I plan to be incredibly idle. So, no blog posts, no Facebook posts, no tweets! The next issue of Flavourful Saskatoon will be on October 15.


 Baja Photos: Andrew McKinlay

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

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Flavourful Saskatoon, September 10, 2012

Cheese curds, cherries and curry; 
apples and ginger; students and an urban food oasis


Garden Patch Movie, Sept. 12 
Bring your lawn chairs, snacks, family and friends and enjoy a move at 7:30 pm on September 12 in the Saskatoon Food Bank’s newly-harvested Garden Patch (900 block of 2nd Avenue North). With the help of local volunteers, the Food Bank was able to harvest twice as much fresh, local food as they did last year - a great addition to the Food Bank’s resources.

The Food Basket Challenge starts this week. Subscribe via email to the participants’ blog posts.

Slow Food Saskatoon, Sept. 13
Don’t forget! Slow Food Saskatoon is holding its first official meeting on September 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Mayfair Library. I hope to see you there.

Cheese Curds, Sept. 15
Herschel Hills, Saskatoon’s Artisan Cheese House was at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Sept. 8 with fresh, local ricotta. Sharon McDaniel hopes to have fresh cheese curds for sale next Saturday. For more information, like the Herschel Hills Facebook page or check out their brand-new website.

Urban Apple Canning Workshop, Sept. 18
It's harvest time, and you can have flavourful, local fruit all year long. Don't miss the Urban Apple Canning Workshop at 6:30 pm on September 18 at CNYC (905 - 20th Street West).


Student Specials, Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
During the month of September, the Little Market Store and a number of other vendors at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market will be offering Student Specials. You’ll need to show your student card.

Vij’s Curries & Ginger Chutney
One of Vancouver’s most successful Indian restaurants is Vij’s. And now we can enjoy Vikram Vij’s excellent curries here in Saskatoon as his frozen entrees are available at Dad’s Organic Market on 8th Street.

I’ll be eating mine with Just Ginger chutney from the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

Aunt Mary’s Tart Cherry Juice 
I came across a new Saskatchewan product when I visited the Herbs n Health Foodport during the Broadway Street Fair. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks interesting.

Aunt Mary's Tart Cherry Juice is one of the products being developed by Prairie Fruit Processors Ltd, a group of cherry producers who have joined together to purchase cherry processing equipment. The cherry juice is made from prairie-grown tart cherries without any sugar, additives or preservatives.

Apparently, tart cherries contain 16 different antioxidants, including vitamins A, C and E, as well as various minerals.

Good Food Junction is open! 
The Good Food Junction at Station 20 West opened on September 7. It’s open every day from 9 am to 8 pm. Congratulations to all who worked so hard to make this neighbourhood grocery store a reality.

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

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

September 13 - Slow Food Saskatoon Event


Food matters. It sustains life and is at the heart of our families and communities. And yet, far too often, we take food for granted.

Slow Food is a global grassroots organizationthat envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.

Founded in Italy in 1986, Slow Food International now boasts over 100,000 members in 150 countries around the world, including eight Canadian provinces and territories. One of Slow Food’s newest convivia (local chapters) is Slow Food Saskatoon.

“Saskatoon’s food culture is evolving. At one time, it was almost impossible to buy artisan cheese. Now we’re making it right here in our province. We have restaurants specializing in local, seasonal food. We pride ourselves on supplying the world’s population with not only wheat but lentils, mustard and wild mushrooms,” explains Penny McKinlay, Slow Food Saskatoon’s convivium leader. “The time was right to establish a Slow Food convivium in Saskatoon.”

Slow Food Saskatoon is holding its first official meeting from 6:30-8:30 pm on Thursday, September 13 at Mayfair Library. This is a fundraising event to support Saskatoon’s delegate to Terra Madre/Salone del Gusto in Italy in October. We’ll hear about past events, meet Saskatoon’s delegate – Bryn Rawlyk – and compare bread made from heritage Red Fife wheat with standard wheat.

Bryn Rawlyk is a cook and baker. He is currently building a stone mill and a community bread oven. “Growing up on a farm south of Saskatoon, my childhood was full of fresh garden produce, eggs and meat from farm chickens, and fresh honey from my father’s bees,” Bryn says. “Moving back to Saskatoon as an adult, I’ve discovered that in spite of our region’s abundant raw food production, it can be a struggle to find fresh, locally-produced food.”

Terra Madre is a network of small-scale farmers, breeders, fishers and food artisans from around the world. Over 8,000 producers from 150 countries will be in attendance from October 25-29 in Turin, Italy.

For more information, visit www.slowfood.com and www.terramadre.org

Monday, September 3, 2012

Flavourful Saskatoon, September 3, 2012

Are you up to the challenge? A celiac bake-off, environmentally-friendly packaging and vineyards, the food bank diet


Food Basket Challenge
Renee Kohlman, aka sweetsugarbean, has accepted the Food Basket Challenge starting September 13. Good luck, Renee!

The Food Basket Challenge will be posting the contents of the food baskets the participants receive online on September 12, so you can try it out for yourself at home.

Slow Food Saskatoon, Sept. 13 
Slow Food Saskatoon is holding its first official meeting on September 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Mayfair Library. Find out about Terra Madre/Salone del Gusto; meet Saskatoon's delegate; compare bread made from heritage Red Fife wheat versus standard wheat. This is a fundraising event to support our delegate's travel expenses and to establish an operating fund for Slow Food Saskatoon. Everyone is welcome.

Chef Kevin Dahlsjo @ Creekside Orchard, Sept. 14-15 
Chef Kevin Dahlsjo from Two by Dahlsjo in Prince Albert will be preparing a 4-course dinner highlighting Saskatchewan mustard at Creekside Orchard (Melfort) on September 14 and 15. Tickets are $39. Call 921-6423 to reserve.

Celiac bake-off, Sept. 22
The Saskatoon chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association will be hosting a bake-off at 1 pm on September 22 at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church. The top recipes will be published in the Celiac Digest newsletter over the coming year. Members are asked to register their entry with Penny Fairbrother in advance of the event (306-997-4833, emmaj@sasktel.net).

Generation Seven: vineyard custodians 
Fine Wines Sask is now distributing Generation Seven wines in Saskatchewan. The winery prides itself on its practical, environmentally friendly practices. These include using the skins, stems and seeds left over after the grapes are pressed as fertilizer; filtering the water used to wash tanks and barrels so that it can be used to water the winery lawn and flowers; using lighter-weight glass bottles; and never using chemical herbicides.

Thinking outside the box
Slow Food producers are being invited to design innovative, sustainable packaging for their products at Salone del Gusto/Terra Madre. Ideas include braided garlic, compostable vegetable nets and boxes held together without glue.

A meal without a Mexican?
North America’s supply of fresh fruit and vegetables relies on Mexico and Mexicans. Roughly 60-70% of all fresh produce eaten in the US is grown in Mexico, and 75% of all farmworkers in the US were born in Mexico.

There’s an app for that!
Check out these food apps – everything from finding a food truck to splitting the bill, not to mention preparing a meal.

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

Follow me on Twitter, like the Wanderlust Facebook page, or subscribe to Wanderlust and Words by email (top right-hand corner) to stay on top of Saskatoon’s evolving food culture.