The Tomato

Feb 22 2017

get your brunch on

Bar Clementine (11957 Jasper Avenue, 780-756-4570, barclementine.ca) starts Sunday brunch on February 26. Expect dishes in the $10-$20 range, brunch cocktails and a special wine list along with coffee from Transcend. No reservations. We love Roger Letourneau’s thoughtful, French-inspired cooking and can’t wait to see what he does with the brunch lexicon.

at long last alta

Alta (10328 Jasper Avenue, 780-244-3635, altayeg.ca) opens February 24. “I’m looking forward to having the whole thing over, the doing stuff I’ve never done before,” says chef/owner Ben Staley, referring to the delays and construction challenges that plagued the space; “and getting back to cooking.” We’re looking forward to dining there. Preservation is the cornerstone of the menu—many of the dishes are designed around the products of last summer, freeze-dried, pickled, dehydrated and salted. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11-1am, no reservations. Its sibling next door, Alder, opens later this spring.

Photograph Daniel Wood

high school culinary stars

Support high school students looking to develop a culinary career and attend the High School Culinary Challenge Awards Dinner, 6pm, March 6, Hall D, Shaw Conference Centre. The dinner celebrates the 51 students who took part in the challenge February 5. Three will win full scholarships to NAIT’s Culinary Arts program and the opportunity to apprentice with Edmonton’s top chefs. Tickets, $35 each or $245 for a table of eight, www.highschoolculinarychallenge.ca, or call 780-983-7505.

in the spring a young man’s fancy turns to vegetables (apologies to lord t)

Ready to register for your very own weekly veg? Vesta Gardens has opened their 2017 CSA registration. Shareholders can expect fresh, in-season veg from July 2-September 3. Visit the web site for all the info, http://www.vestagardens.ca/csa. Riverbend Gardens has something new this year, a week to week plan. You can pick the weeks you want to pick up vegetables, a terrific option for those who are not here all summer but still want to support a CSA, https://riverbendcsa.ca/. Prairie Gardens has two CSA plans and your registration includes a family membership to all of their events, https://prairiegardens.org/produce/community-supported-agriculture.

last call for the the masakage sale at knifewear

Here’s a great opportunity to explore hand-forged Japanese knives. For the month of February, all Masakage knives are 15 per cent off at Knifewear (10820 82 Avenue, 587-521-2034, https://knifewear.com). Owner Kevin Kent works closely with the blacksmiths to create knives that are not only excellent professional tools, but also suitable for home kitchens. Sale ends February 28.

in the okanagan soon?

Miradoro at Tinhorn opens March 1. Check out the three-course dinner for $39 just for the month of March. Spring hours; lunch: 11:30am-3pm; tapas: 3- 5:30pm; dinner: 5:30- 9pm. Reservations: http://www.tinhorn.com/Restaurant/Reservations.

a nice cuppa joe no more

Sad to see that Transcend Coffee in the Mercer Building is closing February 26. Kudos to landlord Kelly Pope who thought it important to have a coffee shop in the building for the other tenants and good luck to Transcend in their new Ritchie Market location opening mid-March.

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