2015 November December

May the Bubbles Be With You

by Alison Phillips, FWS, owner, Aligra Wine & Spirits Alison tells Tomato readers about tasting Taittinger Champagne with brand ambassador Mikael Falkman. Taittinger (Tat –on jay) Champagne. Just saying it evokes elegance, sophistication, celebration. The name rolls off your tongue like the bubbles in the glass. Mmmmm! My job sucks. This week I had the …



Dish

Gastronomic happenings around town you say tomato Of course we love the new Staub tomato cocotte. But its glossy tomato red exterior doesn’t just look good, it is an efficient cooking machine—enameled cast iron, with a black enamel interior that is terrific for braising. Family- or dinner party-sized with a 3-quart capacity, and on promo …



What Do You Eat?

Dr. David Turpin, University of Alberta President by Shawna Derksen What Do You Eat asks Edmontonians who are in the news for reasons other than food or culinary achievement what they eat. Because we know everybody wants to know—it’s the food equivalent of peeking in the medicine cabinet. U of A’s 13th president is responsible …



According to Judy

The Bird Man of Strathcona County: A tribute to Rick Wood-Samman by Judy Schultz Way back in 1990, a man bought a few acres of land east of Edmonton bordering Elk Island Park. He had a bright idea about the land. Rick Wood-Samman, aka Dirt Willy, was famous for bright ideas, from vintage sports cars …



Wine Maven

by Mary Bailey Lovers of Barolo learn to be patient. The wine, often tight and unforgiving in its youth, needs time to develop its characteristic lushness and beauty. So, when a vintage like 2011 comes along, with its early approachability, Nebbiolo lovers rejoice. But, it’s a vintage with a lot of variability so it pays …