Monday, June 30, 2014

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 30, 2014

Mama G’s Authentic Nigerian Cuisine, July 5 
Grace and Friday Mbuekor are Nigerian refugees whose dream is to have their own restaurant serving authentic Nigerian food made from fresh, locally-sourced organic ingredients. Everyone is invited to attend the launch of their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo from 1-3 pm, July 5 at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church. There will be refreshments, a video about Mama G's Authentic Nigerian Cuisine, singing, and prayers.

July Celebrations at the Marr Residence 
The Marr Residence, Saskatoon’s oldest building still at its historic location, hosts a variety of events over the course of the summer. There will be Dominion Day celebrations on July 1, an Open House & Garden Concert on July 6, and a Teddy Bears’ Picnic on July 13. All events are from 1-4 pm.

Garlic Guru @ Creekside Orchard, July 24/25
Teresa Giesbrecht, from Garlic Guru, will be preparing a four-course meal at Creekside Orchard on July 24 and 25.

July Tastings: Co-op Wine & Spirits
Take a look at the tastings that will be held at the Saskatoon Co-op liquor store in July. There’s everything from value wines and a comparison of the top 6 grape varietals to beer and cider from Kelowna and Belgium.

Mortal Sin Foods Ramadan Menu
Order fresh iftari items for Ramadan from Mortal Sin Foods. They’re offering vegetable samosas, Malaysian paratha, chana chat, dahi bara, and more.

Vegetarian Sausage Rolls
I highly recommend the vegetarian sausage rolls from The Night Oven Bakery. Bryn Rawlyk fills them with house-made seitan, so they have lots of protein and the spices aren't overpowering.

Restaurant Pietro, Waskesiu
Restaurant Pietro, Waskesiu’s newest restaurant, offers an Italian-influenced menu with fresh pasta, five mushroom ravioli, caprese salad, and risotto alla milanese.

Boreal Berry Bar 
Boreal Berry Bar Inc. is based in Flin Flon, Manitoba, and sells gluten-free energy bars using ingredients found in the boreal forest. The Bushman’s Bar contains wild rice, honey, wild blueberries, cranberries, and sour cherries grown in the boreal forest. They’re available online.

Downtown Grocery Stores
I was so impressed to see a small Sobey’s store on 104 Street in Edmonton. Their original goal was to serve local foods to downtown residents. Unfortunately, it’s closing, underlining how difficult it is to establish a grocery store in city centres and to incorporate local products in a mainstream grocery.

Green Audit for Restaurant Kitchens
Elizabeth Meltz is using technology to turn Mario Batali’s restaurants into eco-friendly eateries – from assessing waste to buying cleaning supplies.

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