May 18 2016

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We’re proud of the outpouring of support from the yegfood community for those affected by the devastation in Fort McMurray — Knifewear’s donation of all sharpening fees in May, The Pint’s free food and drink for displaced Fort McMurray residents, Three Boar’s Blindman beer offer. Check the Tomato Facebook page and Twitter feed for news on the latest fundraiser or offer to help.

If you are a member of the yegfood and drink community and are planning a fundraiser we will donate ad space and help with coordination. Email marybee@telus.net.

Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse (9929 109 Street, 780-756-7030 pampasteakhouse.com) has launched their catering menu with charcoal-grilled sandwiches and skewers starting at $6.35 each and free delivery downtown: pampasteakhouse.com/edmonton/catering.

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Rob Tyron (Effing Rob to his friends) makes oysters fun. The former pipeliner loves to introduce people to the beauty of a fresh BC oyster. His latest event paired sweet Nanoose Bay and briny Salt Spring Island Oysters with the fine R by Ruinart Champagne at The Cavern.

Another chance to drink R at the Cavern is on June 9, featuring a live art event, three glasses of Ruinart and delicious Cavern fare. Tickets, $80 in advance, call 780-455-1336 to book. The Cavern 10169 104 Street, 780-455-1336, thecavern.ca

Dine under a starry sky with Kitchen by Brad beside Astotin Lake in Elk Island National Park, an exquisite setting for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. The adventure begins at 6:30 on June 18, July 9, July 30, August 20 and September 10. The menu is inspired by early settlers and there will be bison, says chef Brad Smoliak who has created the dinners to showcase this national jewel a half hour from downtown Edmonton. You could make a weekend of it, golf during the day, then camp overnight. Tickets include admission to the park, an Elk island interpretive experience and a family-style dinner with local craft beer and appropriate wines, $150+GST. To register: info@kitchenbybrad.ca or 780-757-7704.

The adorable Bonbon ramekin from Le Creuset.

The adorable Bonbon ramekin from Le Creuset.

Le Creuset is pulling out all the stops with new colours in the lineup, in shades of rose and pink. Called Bonbon, the new collection is featured in both the enameled cast iron and the stoneware lines, as well as tableware, baking pieces, the café collection, even spatulas. Find at Bella Casa, The Pantree or the Le Creuset shop in Southgate.

Seoul Fried Chicken (7904 104 Street, 780-761-3616) Lee House is now a fried chicken joint and what chicken it is. Seven different styles including OG, hot mustard (yellow wasabi), and Korean barbecue, sweet with some tangy ginger heat, were suitably chickeny and tasty. Not greasy, not too salty, just delicious. Be prepared to wait, or call in your order for pick up. Dangerously good.

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Renovated your kitchen? The Tomato kitchen design awards are now open for submissions. There are categories for new and renovated kitchens for architects, renovators, designers and homeowners. See your new kitchen in the July/August issue. Get all the details here.