Monday, February 15, 2016

Flavourful Saskatoon, February 15, 2016

Slice of History, Feb/Mar
There’s a fabulous photography exhibit of Saskatoon’s bygone bakeries in The Gallery, Frances Morrison Library, from Feb. 10 to Mar. 17. Oh, for the days when bakeries delivered their product by horse-drawn wagon.

City Centre Produce Market, Feb. 25
The next City Centre pop-up produce market will be on Feb. 25 from 10 am to 4:30 pm at the Community Service Village on 25th Street East.

Seeds of Time, Feb. 25
The Saskatoon Food Council will be showing the film, Seeds of Time, at 7 pm, Feb. 25, at Station 20 West. The film tells the story of Cary Fowler’s efforts to protect biodiversity and food security.

Seedy Saturday, Feb./Mar.
If you’re a gardener, you won’t want to miss Seedy Saturday/Sunday in various locations around Saskatchewan. In Saskatoon, you can attend Seedy Saturday on Feb. 27 at Station 20 West and Seedy Sunday on Mar. 20 at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

In addition to choosing seeds, Seedy Saturday/Sunday is a great opportunity to connect with community groups and attend some interesting presentations.

The Art of the Cocktail, Feb. 27
Bartender Ian Miller will introduce you to cocktails through the years from 7-9 pm, Feb. 27, at Saskatoon Co-op Liquor.

Boreal Bistro, Prince Albert
Prince Albert will soon have a new restaurant. Chef Kevin Tetz plans to open the Boreal Bistro in Prince Albert’s Quality Inn and Conference Centre in mid-March. Kevin has been travelling around the province serving meals to families and groups for several years. When he lost his “day job” as a food service work with Correctional Services, he decided it was time to open his own restaurant.

Wolf Willow Winery
The cherry fruit wine from Wolf Willow Winery in Outlook is now available from SLGA.

LB Distillers
I’m delighted to know that Lucky Bastard is now selling their products, which are not only locally made but also contain local fruit, at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

Wine under Attack
There are a lot of things that we enjoy that aren’t particularly good for us – cake and candy, salty snacks, alcohol. The UK government recently introduced new guidelines for alcohol consumption that severely restrict the recommended levels and made some inflammatory statements about the risks associated with alcohol. For example, England’s chief medical officer said, “I would like people to make their choice knowing the issues and do as I do when I reach for my glass of wine and think, ‘Do I want my glass of wine or do I want to raise my risk of breast cancer?'” 

I’m inclined to agree with journalist Simon Wolf who says, “I don’t wish to deny that there may be a link between alcohol consumption and some forms of cancer, but this statement lacks any context or balance. One wonders if Dame Sally asks herself the same question before applying a deodorant containing aluminium, eating some tasty charcuterie or consuming food or drinks that contain artificial sweeteners – all substances where a plausible link between ingestion/usage and cancer has been demonstrated.”

All things in moderation is my guiding principle.

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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