Monday, July 7, 2014

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 7, 2014

Tempest’s Gourmet Grub 
Tempest Besse is a trained chef and holistic nutritionist. Tempest's Gourmet Grub is offering cooking classes and catering. Her menu includes a variety of vegan, gluten-free soups and baked goods. Let me know if you've sampled her wares.

Mama G’s Authentic Nigerian Cuisine Crowdfunding Campaign 
Grace Mbuekor grew up on her grandparents’ farm in Nigeria and is a strong supporter of local, chemical-free food. She’s undertaken a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to finance a restaurant in Saskatoon.

You can learn more about Grace's story in this Saskatoon StarPhoenix article.

Local Food Celebration, Aug. 15
The Saskatoon Food Council is hosting a Local Food Celebration showcasing local food producers in Osler on August 15. Dinner will be prepared by members of the Saskatoon Chefs' Association, and you'll have a chance to talk to local food producers.

Prairie Cherry Dinner, Aug. 19 
Prairie Ink Restaurant at McNally Robinson Booksellers is hosting a Prairie Cherry Dinner on August 19. Every course will feature prairie-grown cherries. The University of Saskatchewan breeders who developed the prairie cherry and the authors of Cooking with Cherries from the Prairies will speak.

Olive Odyssey 
In Olive Odyssey: Searching for the Secrets of the Fruit that Seduced the World, author Julie Angus and her family sail around the Mediterranean in search of the history and origin of the olive. It’s a good read.

Summer Cooking
If you’re looking for some fresh ideas for supper, here are a few that I thought looked interesting:

4 Perfect Veggie Burgers

Quick Aubergine Tagine with Bulgur Wheat Pilaf

Fennel recipes (from Fennel Masala to Fennel Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette) – Peasant’s Pick, Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, usually has fennel later in the summer

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post regular profiles of culinary entrepreneurs, new restaurants and new food products.

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