The Tomato

January 18 2017

cultivate some food connections

Passionate about food? Curious how it gets to your plate? Wondering if there’s a better way to access high-quality local food? Attend the Cultivating Connections Forum, Friday, February 3 to Sunday, February 5. Sessions include the business of farming; growing a food business; food waste (a super trendy topic at present) and community buying practices. Kick off with the free Mayor’s Panel, 6pm, Feb3 at City Hall. Register here:

The conference includes receptions, lunch and The Sounds and Tastes of Alberta Saturday night at Ernest’s at NAIT. Check out the full program here:

dinner at the dogwood

Drop in for dinner at the Dogwood Café after an afternoon ski on the Victoria Golf Course, Thursday-Sunday, 4pm-9pm, featuring a cold-weather comfort food menu exec chef Brad Lazarenko calls “pretty damn cozy and old school,” a short and sweet wine (bottles, $29!) and cocktail list along with a few local brews. As well, Culina Muttart is open Thursday nights for dinner, 5pm-8pm, with weekly specials by chef de cuisine, Stephane Alcasabas. For reservations and menus, visit

a wee dram (or more)

There are a few spots left for the 10th Anniversary Robbie Burns Night at Aligra Wine and Spirits (#1423, West Edmonton Mall, Entrance 58, 8882 170 Street, 780-483-1083) and test your whisky palate with a blind Scotch tasting. January 4, 7-9pm, $65/p.

be my valentine

Enjoy a Valentine’s menu filled with 12 appetizer selections, 10 entrée and four desserts on Monday, February 13 at XIX Nineteen Terwillegar (5940 Mullen Way, 780-395- 1119), and Tuesday, February 14 at XIX Nineteen St. Albert (#104, 150 Bellerose Drive, 780-569-1819). Reservations,, $85/p.

cooking classes at the ruby apron

Learn some new dishes during a class with Kaelin at The Ruby Apron (780-906-0509, Middle Eastern, January 27; Bring Back the Dinner Party, February 3; Pizza Workshop, February 10 and Winter Weeknight Meals, February 17. Visit the website for descriptions, times, prices and to book.

an inspired valentines dinner at the italian centre

The Italian Centre Chef’s Inspiration Dinner Series begins Tuesday, February 7 with a lovely menu from the Red Ox Inn’s Sean O’Connor: anchovy and olive tart with caramelised onion, followed by Zuidhof Family porchetta with polenta and salsa verde. The main is Peony Farms grass-fed Piedmontese beef short ribs with a leek bread budding and balsamic glazed carrots. Dessert? Chocolate, of course, in a chocolate and coffee pot de crème, divine.

Tickets, $75/p includes wines paired by the wine-saavy folks at Color de Vino, tax and tip. Book now:

28 years of jasper in january

Feed your appetite at a Jasper in January gastronomic event, ranging from a Learn to Cook in the Backcountry demo to the three-course Evil Wine Downer Dinner with Olympic medalist Jenn Heil. Enjoy $15 small plates and beverage pairings après ski at Food-a-palooza every weekend, the Wine in Winter and Hopscotch and Wines tastings and weekend Jasper Brewing Co. Brewery Tours. Plan your trip at

art for lunch at the aga

Join an Art Galley of Alberta curator for a discussion about David Altmejd’s Plexiglass sculpture The Vessel, Thursday, January 19, 12:10 pm–12:50 pm. Free with admission. Vibe, the AGA’s pop-up live music showcase, features singer-songwriter Lucas Chaisson and the award-winning folk act, 100 mile house and Have your head shot done by photographer Aaron Pedersen and participate in an artsy craft activity, Friday, January 20, 5pm-9pm. Cash bar and small plates by Zinc. Admission ranges from $10-$20, depending on membership status.

dinner at atlas with the edmonton epicurean society

Join members of the Edmonton Epicurean Society at Atlas Steak + Fish (Grand Villa Casino Edmonton, 10224 104 Avenue, Rogers Place) for their first dinner of the year. Five courses by exec chef Shelley Robinson include Arctic char, venison and bison, all paired with the appropriate wine, 6:30pm, Tuesday, January 24 Tix, $120/p

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