Monday, November 4, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, November 4, 2013

Root Down Sunday Brunch, Nov. 10 
The Root Down Workers’ Cooperative will be serving vegan/vegetarian Sunday brunch from 10 am to 2 pm on November 3, 10, 17 and December 8 and 15 at Station 20 West. Gluten-free items will be available.

Prairie Pantry Customer Appreciation, Nov. 13 
The Prairie Pantry, Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, is holding a customer appreciation event in honour of their one-year anniversary from 5-8 pm, November 13. Check out the new products, sample a few goodies and meet some of their local producers.

 In addition, there is a 10% discount on all items (except the new Christmas items) during the month of November.

SaskMade’s Xmas Kick-Off, Nov. 16 
SaskMade Marketplace will be kicking off the Christmas season on November 16 with samples, contests and in-store specials.

Cake Witch, Nov. 16 
The Cake Witch’s delicious German baking will be available at St. Joseph’s Craft Fair from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, November 16.

Developing an Organizational Food Policy, Nov. 27
CHEP is hosting a workshop on developing a food policy for the board members and staff of organizations providing programs and services with Aboriginal people from 10 am to 3 pm, November 27. The workshop will focus on the quality and safety of the food provided, whether it’s a snack, group cooking classes, or a special event.

Restaurant Closures 
I am sorry to learn that Taj Mahal and Weczeria restaurants have closed.

Chef Dan Walker of Weczeria was one of the first Saskatoon chefs to really promote local foods and to showcase the farmers who provided the raw ingredients.

Rano and Nitu Vasani opened the Taj Mahal restaurant in 1989 and were the first to introduce Saskatoon to quality Indian cuisine.

District Brewing Co., Regina
Regina has its first locally owned and operated brewery, the District Brewing Co. Just one variety of beer available at the moment – Müs Knuckle. It’s on tap at Wild Sage Kitchen & Bar, Regina’s newest farm-to-table restaurant.

Foodshed Wins International Award
Dee Hobsbawn-Smith, a former chef, cooking educator and food advocate, has become the first Saskatchewan writer to win a prize at the High Plains Book Awards. Hobsbawn-Smith’s book Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet, won the culinary award at the High Plains Book Festival, which celebrates writing in various disciplines and genres from across the American northern plains states and Canada’s three Prairie provinces.

Restaurants Go Green
Restaurants can save thousands of dollars through going green. LEAF helps Canadian food service businesses to reduce their environmental impact and makes it easier for diners to find certified green restaurants. There are no LEAF certified restaurants in Saskatchewan as yet, but there are lots in Alberta and many others across the country.

Small Farm Support Group 
Running a small farm is a challenging undertaking. Alberta is holding a Small Farm Summit on November 9. It will be an opportunity to share information, ask questions and meet other farmers. A Farm Small website is currently being set up.

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