Monday, March 11, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, March 11, 2013

Beer & Food Pairings, Mar. 21 
Paddock Wood Brewing and the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market tenants will host monthly beer and food pairings featuring 2 types of beer and 6 appetizers.

The first event is Thursday, March 21, from 6-9 pm. Tickets are $35 and available at Riverbend Market Cafe, Garlic Guru or Wild Cuisine.

Persian Dinner, Mar. 23
Celebrate the first day of spring with a Persian New Year feast at 7 pm, Saturday, March 23, at Christ Church Anglican (28th Street between Avenues E and F North).

The dinner will be prepared by Mahyar Behnami, owner of the Persian Store, with assistance from Cathy Engel who has hosted some amazing dinners. Tickets must be purchased in advance from Mahyar (, 979-8869) or Cathy (, 683-9645).

I’ve tasted some of Mahyar’s cooking – you’re in for a treat!

Wine in Prince Albert, Mar. 27 
Doug Reichel, Fine Wines Saskatchewan, is hosting a tasting of 10 different grape varieties in a selection of 5 wines from 5 different countries at 7 pm, Wednesday, March 27, at My Place Restaurant, Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club.

A selection of hors d’oeuvres will accompany each wine. Advance booking is required (

You know that spring is close when Grandora Gardens returns to the Farmers’ Market with greenhouse lettuce and cucumbers. Welcome back!

In addition, Floating Gardens has begun harvesting lettuce from floating beds in their second greenhouse. They are growing 7 kinds of lettuce as well as 2 kinds of kale, spinach and various herbs.

10-Mile Meal
10-Mile Meal is a new Edmonton initiative. A series of pop-up dinners will celebrate the culinary and cultural traditions of individual farming communities in the greater Edmonton region.

The inaugural event on March 23 will focus on the German cuisine of the Thorsby-Calmar corridor using a collection of hand-written recipes brought to Canada from Eastern Europe by pioneering farm women in the local area.

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