Monday, August 27, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 27, 2018


From Belgian Beer to Whisky & Wine
Take a look at the upcoming events at Saskatoon Wine Spirits Beer. There’s vegan wine and food (from Gud Eats) on Sept. 28, Belgian beers on Oct. 6, and Pinot Noir – the Heartbreak Grape on Nov. 2.

Let’s Cook at The Local Kitchen 
The Local Kitchen has posted its October cooking class schedule with everything from pumpkin and gnocchi to Italian and Asian flavours. September classes are nearly sold out so sign up soon if you’re interested.

Seabuckthorn Days, Sept. 15-16
Celebrate Saskatchewan’s seabuckthorn harvest at Seabuckthorn Days, Sept. 15-16. There will be a talk by Dr. Raju Soolanayakanahally on the evaluation and development of new trees and shrubs, a gourmet luncheon, and lots more fun.

Revolve Café 
I’m intrigued by the concept behind Revolve Café. It’s a collective giving food entrepreneurs an opportunity to offer their product to the public without the financial risk of opening their own storefront. Food entrepreneurs make their product in the café kitchen and Revolve takes care of marketing and selling it. So far there is a coffee shop, poke, and doughnuts, but they’re open to helping other people kickstart their business.

Presenting Both Sides 
I was pleased to see Nicole Davis being given an opportunity to explain why Daybreak Mill is organic. However, I tend to agree with comments on Twitter that noted how differently the farmers speaking for and against pesticide use were presented. The male farmer who speaks in favour of using pesticides is presented as having a degree, a family, and industry experience. They present next to no information about Nicole – the fact that she comes from a farming background and worked closely with Alvin Scheresky, one of the first organic farmers in North America to have production facilities on his farm, or that the farm has been organic since 1890.

Nelson Flowers
I enjoyed a walk at Nelson, BC’s Lakeside Park last week and posted a few photographs.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Lakeside Park, Nelson, British Columbia

Nelson’s Lakeside Park is lovely, even under smoke-filled skies. It’s a much better place to while away a couple of hours than by heading to the mall next door.






Monday, August 20, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 20, 2018


G & T Night, Aug. 22 
Black Fox Farm & Distillery is hosting G & T Nights. The next one is from 6:30-8:30 pm, Aug. 22, with music in the flower fields, gin & tonic, and a new drink they’ve concocted in collaboration with Living Sky Winery.

Global Pop-Up Restaurant, Aug. 25
Global Pot Fusion Cuisine is hosting a pop-up restaurant at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market from 11 am-3 pm, Aug. 25.

Vegetarian Fall Supper, Sept. 30 
Slow Food Saskatoon is planning a 100% vegetarian and vegan-friendly harvest supper at Black Fox Distillery from 5:30-8:30 pm, Sept. 30. Come out and show your support for food that is good, clean, fair, AND vegetarian!

Garden Patch Workshops 
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre’s Garden Patch is offering several interesting workshops:
Storing Veggies, Aug. 22, 6 pm
Canning Pickles, Aug. 29, 5 pm
Regrow from Scraps, Sept. 8, 3 pm
Canning Salsa, Sept. 12, 5 pm
September is a really busy month at the Garden Patch. They're looking for volunteers to help harvest thousands of pounds of vegetables. Can you help?


Food Not Bombs 
Food Not Bombs – Saskatoon meets every Sunday from 2-4 pm at Westside Community Clinic. They share free vegetarian/vegan meals with the hungry and plan to hold movie nights.

Sentinel Bottleworks 
Here’s something new to taste – apple & cherry cyser from Sentinel Bottleworks who share space with Rosthern Cozy Cottage Bakery. Cyser is apparently a combination of cider and mead and available at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

One Drip Café 
I happened to read about One Drip Café’s reopening. It’s located at Avenue H and 18th Street, and the sandwiches sound yummy.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 13, 2018


AppleFest, Aug. 18 
Petrofka Orchard is hosting an AppleFest on Aug. 18 with food, music, a pie eating contest, and activities for kids.

Beer Makes You Smarter, Aug. 21
Bill Roe will muse on his time as a defence counsel at 7:30 pm, Aug. 21, at 9 Mile Legacy Tap Room.

Ladies that Beer - YXE, Aug. 23 
Join a pay-it-forward group of beer-loving ladies at the first Ladies that Beer meet up, at 7 pm, Aug. 23, at Prairie Sun Brewery.

Ice Cream & Donuts 
If you’re in the mood for something sweet and delicious, head up to Avenue H and pick up some treats from Fable Ice Cream and Darkside Donuts. The line-ups went round the block when The Night Oven Bakery sold doughnuts, so Bryn Rawlyk decided to open a separate store just for doughnuts. Darkside will have some regular flavours, but they also plan to push the limits and try out some “super weird stuff”.

Making Death Part of Life
A no-tech philosophy of fermentation: “Modern life makes fermentation unintuitive and difficult. But it’s precisely this practice that can help us come to a different way of thinking and approaching the world. A world where fermentation is integrated into our daily life might be a bit messier, but it would also be more caring to the many life forms with whom we co-exist. Perhaps it would be a world that lends itself to contemplation, letting us ponder the transition of life to death, rather than fearing it, hiding it away.” 

Fabulous bread products - and I get to talk French!
Sharing Not Snatching
Last week I wrote about Yvema’s Bannock House that is selling African donuts with a local label. I wondered if there would be a public outcry that this was cultural appropriation so I was interested to read an article in The Guardian, which says, “Much of the joy of food lies in sharing: the passing of dishes across the table; the adoption of new ingredients and techniques. Curries and pasta have become staple parts of the British diet, while Malaysian hawkers use an Australian malted chocolate drink to make “roti Milo”. Even if some adaptations have niche appeal – durian pizza, anyone? – exchange enriches us all.” 

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 6, 2018


Food Photography
You have two opportunities in the next few months to improve your food photography skills.
Sept. 12 with Renée Kohlman
Oct. 17 with Bob Deutscher

Chef Mike McEown
Chef Mike McEown (former owner of Prairie Harvest Café) is now an evening chef at Boffins restaurant, Innovation Place. Good luck, Mike! I hope you’re enjoying your new job.

Rosthern Barley
If you’re interested in beer and local food production, be sure to read Cathy Engel’s post about Maker’s Malt.


Saskatoon Chocolate-Makers
Saskatoon chocolatiers: Those Girls at the Market make great chocolate, but I wasn’t familiar with River Layne Chocolate Couture – I’ll definitely be on the lookout for them when I’m back in Saskatoon.

Common Ground
A Newcomer from Kenya has opened a pastry shop selling African delicacies under a local label. As people said the mandazi reminded them of bannock, she’s called her store Yvema’s Bannock House.

Sunken Plum, Spelt, and Ginger Cake
This cake recipe sounds absolutely delicious – a good one to try if you like experimenting with alternate flours and making use of seasonal fruit.

The Food Explorer
In the late 1900s, David Fairchild travelled the world looking for new food crops to introduce in the United States. The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone chronicles his journeys but also notes the mixed response he received. Many of the new fruits and vegetables were enthusiastically received, but there was also a backlash, particularly from one scientist who feared that foreign plants would introduce new pests and diseases. The controversy is as relevant today as it was then. Are we optimists or pessimists? Do we welcome what is new (i.e. immigrants and refugees) or do we bar our doors to all outside influences?


Photos: Nelson, BC's Wednesday market

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events.

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