Monday, June 17, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 17, 2013

Three Sisters/Nestor’s Bakery is Expanding 
Three Sisters/Nestor’s Bakery is expanding! Their original location on 20th Street will make all the fancy pastries, custom orders, artisan breads and Ukrainian specialties, while the new location at 2020 Quebec Avenue (formerly the Saskatoon Bakery) will make all the wholesale bread and buns.

They’ll have newer equipment in their new facility, so they’ll be able to provide a better wholesale product, faster and in larger

The Three Sister’s training program for at-risk youth will run full-time out of Nestor’s, and there will now be room for classrooms. Laura is the program’s commercial cooking teacher. The cooking program is part of the Youth Development Corporation’s education and on-the-job training programs for youth who have been involved in the criminal justice system.

Food Truck 
Laura and her employees (recruited through the cooking program) will also be operating a food truck this summer. They’ll be serving fresh sandwiches (roasted turkey, pulled pork, pizza subs, etc.), hot lunches (such as homemade perogies and sausage, chili, lasagna) and pastries. It’s a great opportunity for the students to maintain their connection with Three Sisters and stay on a positive path in their lives.

And, last but not least, Three Sisters/Nestor’s have received a grant from the City to renovate the front of their building on 20th Street so that it will look like it did in the 1930s.

Coffee’s On Emporium
Coffee’s On Emporium, one of Saskatoon’s newest coffee shops at 815A Gray Avenue, Sutherland, is a large, airy space with lots of different food and drink options.

I loved the tall soda glasses (see below), and the chocolate cake was delicious.

Honey Bun Café
The StarPhoenix has an article about the Honey Bun Café that just opened on 2nd Avenue. Jocelyn Armstrong, the owner, says her specialties are stuffed buns (Veggie and Goat Cheese sounds good) and cinnamon buns. She’s serving coffee from Transcend in Edmonton.

The Farmers’ Table
The Farmers’ Table is a group of Saskatchewan farmers who have joined together to sell their products online making monthly deliveries to Regina. They are interested in expanding, so, if you’re a farmer, check out their website and get in touch.

One Degree Organics
Check out One Degree Organics’ website. Their bread, seed and flour products are available at Steep Hill Co-op, Dad’s Organic Market and Nutter’s.

One Degree Organics provides all their source information and showcases all their farmers on their website. The buckwheat in their Ancient Maize Flakes comes from Daybreak Organic Mill, and they buy from at least 4 other Saskatchewan farmers.

Native Seed Savers 
Native farmers and gardeners are working to preserve their agricultural heritage. “'Those seeds are the old ways. They gave our ancestors life for all those years,’ said Frank Alegria, Sr.” 

Feast: An Edible Road Trip 
Two Canadian women are planning a four-month road trip to highlight the best of Canadian food culture. Help support their project financially or follow and share their adventures.

Hustling to Make a Living 
More and more farmers are undertaking side activities (CSAs, corn mazes, goat milk paint) because they can’t make a living from farming. Nobody ever said being a farmer was easy.

Taking it to the Next Level 
Are we taking fine dining to the extreme with deconstructionist cuisine and multi-course meals? Is a 22-course, $225 vegan meal (included wine pairings) the ultimate or overkill (“The opener, a burned avocado puree, was served on a rock the size of a small child's head and was meant to be scraped off with thin, crackerlike pieces of flatbread scattered within the decorative treelike arrangement on the table.”)?

Is it time to return to an appreciation for simple, modest meals – whether they are vegan, vegetarian or carnivore?

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Megan said...

I thought a new microbrewery was going into the old Saskatoon Bakery space. Hmmm. Maybe that fell through or maybe the space is getting split up?

Penny McKinlay said...

You're absolutely correct, Megan. They're going to share the space. I emailed Prairie Sun but, when I didn't hear back from them, I was reluctant to publish that information (I hadn't found the Facebook link - thanks!).

Anonymous said...

Hi Penny,
Love your blog. Can you tell me if I can get sour cherries anywhere is Saskatoon right now. I want to make a cherry topping.

Penny McKinlay said...

Prairie Sun Orchard at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market has sour cherries - that's where I buy them. Enjoy!