Monday, April 1, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 1, 2013

Museo Broadway 
Wow! Saskatoon has another new coffee shop. Museo, the coffee shop located in the Mendel Art Gallery, has opened a second location at 730A Broadway Avenue, next door to Steep Hill Co-op and the Bulk Cheese Warehouse.

Museo Broadway offers a full selection of espresso and single origin coffee along with pastries; the roaster is on site. The Mendel location will remain open and serves lunch.

Coffee Shops – WiFi or Conversation? 
Coffee shops were initially a place for people to meet and talk, but more and more they have become a place for individuals to use the internet. A pop-up coffee shop in Denver hopes that a mobile outdoor location will encourage discussion and interaction.

Instant Coffee
30% of the world’s Michelin-starred restaurants serve push-button coffee made with Nespresso capsules. Sounds crazy to me. If you believe in excellence, it should apply to everything you do and serve.

Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market has two new vendors.

New Life Organic Foods
New Life Organic Foods is based at a century-old family farm. They are selling a wide variety of organic grains (whole and stoneground), pulses (lentils, peas) and eggs. I believe they sell organic meat as well.

Stuart, who calls himself the Chief Pot Stirrer, is selling small and large containers of frozen soup.

Soupavore uses local and/or organic ingredients as much as possible.

He is currently offering three varieties of soup: Roasted Carrots and Ginger East Indian Curry (spicy), Puréed Roast Beets and Quinoa, and Wild Boar and Wild Rice Hungarian Goulash.

The first two soups are vegan and gluten-free.

Literally Place-Making, Apr. 12
Some of the Prairie’s best authors – Gail Bowen, Jennifer Cockrall-King and Candace Savage – will be speaking at the Centre for Civic Governance’s April 12 forum on Literally Place-Making. Gail will speak on building community around the arts; Jennifer will speak on the rise in urban agriculture; and Candace will speak on the planted city. There will also be workshops on bikeable communities, managing growth, inclusive schools and a living wage.

Ag in the City, Apr. 13
Ag in the City is at Lawson Heights Mall from 9:30 am to 4 pm, April 13. There will be cooking demonstrations, activities for kids, a lively family agricultural game show, a chance to meet Saskatchewan companies with innovative products and to see how our crops are being used for food and non-food uses.

Kraft Dinners
You can lobby to remove the artificial dyes from Kraft macaroni cheese, but it still won’t be any healthier than two servings of Cheez-Its and a glass of milk.

Today's Weeds - Tomorrow's Dinner?
“Currently, only 30 crops provide 95 percent of calories consumed worldwide, yet some 7,000 plant species have been used as food crops throughout history.” Will greater diversification help us address changing climates?

Cows Power Trucks
At Fair Oaks, one of America’s largest dairy farms, livestock waste creates enough natural gas to power 10 barns, a cheese factory, a café and a gift shop.

There was lots of manure left over, which has now been turned into fuel powering 42 tractor-trailer delivery trucks.

What are the opportunities for Saskatchewan dairies?

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