Monday, March 2, 2015

Flavourful Saskatoon, March 2, 2015

Down to Earth, Mar. 4 
Jasmin Fookes and Brit MacDonald are the new hosts of CFCR Radio’s environment and sustainability program that they’ve renamed Down to Earth. They’ve asked me to be their first guest! I’ll be on the radio this coming Wednesday, March 4, at 6:30 pm, to talk about food, the environment and my two online publications (Wanderlust and Words and EcoFriendly Sask).

Meet Javier Paredes, Torreon de Paredes Winery, Mar. 21 
Meet Javier Paredes of Chile’s Torreon de Paredes Winery on Saturday, March 21. He’ll be at Ingredients from 11 am to 1 pm offering samples of his wines. There’ll be a formal wine tasting from 2-3 pm at the Co-op Liquor Store where he’ll open a wide selection of wines from three different ranges, including some in Saskatchewan for the first time. Javier will also be attending dinners in Moose Jaw and Regina.

Slow Food Canada 2015 National Meeting, Apr. 24-26 
Slow Food Canada is holding its annual meeting, along with a regional Terra Madre in Montreal from April 24-26. There’s a really exciting line-up of activities and both Carlo Petrini and Richard McCarthy, President of Slow Food USA, plan to attend.

Mercadito Latino Grocery Store 
There’s a new Mexican grocery store in town. Mercadito Latino is in the Ideas Inc. building, right next door to the Farmers’ Market. I photographed some of their products. I love the piňatas and I’ve heard they’ll order in anything you request. The owner is hoping to offer cooking classes at the Farmers’ Market.

Home Slice Pizza Shoppe
Dale McKay and his colleagues at Ayden Kitchen & Bar will be opening a take-out and delivery pizza store in mid-late March. Home Slice Pizza Shoppe will be located at 227 Pinehouse Drive.

SK Food Centre 
The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are providing $13 million in funding to build and equip a new agri-food innovation centre. The facility will house new food development labs, a mini pilot plant for product and process development, a new commercial kitchen, multi-tenant incubation suites for technology transfer for start-up businesses, and a commercial incubator for pulse and cereal processing.

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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