dig it at dig in

Love gardening? Love food? Don’t let Tuesday’s snow hold you back. Check out St. Albert’s Dig In Horticulinary Festival until September 23. Enjoy culinary tours by foot or bike; hands-on Make & Take Workshops where you can make cider, bake bread, learn to can and uncover the ultimate in raised bed gardening. And, don’t miss Jim Hole demonstrating the right way to prune a tree. Check out the full lineup of events and get your tickets at http://diginstalbert.ca.

check out alberta’s heritage culinary trails

Here’s a taste of Alberta. The newest Fork on the Road guide highlights designated provincial, national and world heritage sites across the province that offer unique food and drink experiences. The series, initiated by the Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance (ACTA), explores ways to encounter Alberta’s history, foodways and emerging craft beers and distilleries through a series of printed and online guides. Check them out! http://www.albertaculinary.com/culinarytrails/

road trip!

Real Bread Alberta is organizing a road trip Saturday October 28th to Highwood Crossing https://www.highwoodcrossing.com. Tony and Penny Marshall moved back to the family farm in 1989, and started producing foodstuffs from their organic canola and grain crops in 2006. The Highwood Crossing line (flours, baking mixes and cereals, including an amazing granola and cold-pressed canola oil, staples in my pantry) is available across the country. Hit hard by the 2013 flood, the Marshalls rebuilt their production facility to continue as one of the country’s premier farm to table producers and they are, still, really nice people to boot. The trip includes tours and tastings at Highwood (including a $20 credit for purchases that day) and Sidewalk Citizen http://sidewalkcitizenbakery.com/ in Calgary, a picnic lunch by Ruby Apron, and a pit stop at Lacombe’s Blindman Brewing http://www.blindmanbrewing.com on the way home. Book by sending $50 to jensgerbitz@gmail.com. Meet in High River at Highwood at 10:45 am. Bring cash for Citizen and Blindman. Transportation is on own, though Real Bread says they will facilitate carpooling. Space is limited to 12 people, so book soon!

Read this excellent story by Julie van Rosendaal about the Marshalls here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/heritage-farming-at-highwood-crossing-with-tony-and-penny-marshall-1.3166898

real bread

happy birthday taylor fladgate!

Jorge Ramos of Taylor Fladgate was in town last week to celebrate the 325 anniversary of Taylor Port with a fine port tasting, snacks and birthday cake at Woodwork. Love the new look at Woodwork, nice and loungey.

Jorge Ramos, Taylor Fladgate with Marcia Hamm, Hicks Fine Wines. The birthday cake by Cake Couture tasted as good as it looked.

Jorge Ramos, Taylor Fladgate with Marcia Hamm, Hicks Fine Wines.
The birthday cake by Cake Couture tasted as good as it looked.

chilly? make soup

Kaelin Whittaker of the Ruby Apron Cooking School provided a terrific recipe to make tomato puree out of this season’s bumper crop. The puree provides a savoury base for pasta sauce, lasagne or soup in a jiffy. The result? A grilled cheese and tomato soup lunch is always in the picture. https://thetomato.ca/recipe/tomato-soup

Grilled cheese tomato soup

ritchie market grand opening is september 23!

Expect prizes, merchandise and growler fills. As well, the main communal space is now licensed with a small food menu. Ribbon cutting at 2pm. Biera and Blind Enthusiam hours: open Wednesday-Friday from 4pm-11pm; Saturday 1pm-11pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Acme Meat is also closed Mondays but Transcend Coffee is open.

Ritchie Mill