Gastronomic happenings around town

edmonton cooks

Edmonton Cooks by Tina Faiz and Leanne Brown is a collection of over 75 recipes from several of Edmonton’s most interesting restaurants and chefs. Learn how to make your favourite dishes, such as Hardware Grill’s truffled potato pyrohy, Izakaya Tomos’ tonpiei yaki or the Sugarbowl’s lamb burger, Shanghai 456’s Chinese eggplant, or Corso’s bolognese. You won’t be able to wait to get into the kitchen to start cooking. $37.95, Figure1 Publishing.

The must-have cookbook for every Edmontonian
The must-have cookbook for every Edmontonian
why is a raven like a writing desk?

Cally’s Teas offers a Mad Hatter’s Tea on October 19 with currant cake and several drink-me teas, followed by Tea with Poirot on November 16, featuring tisanes and hot chocolate. The Christmas Tea in December has a Jane Austen theme and will feature plum puddings. Expect actors, readers, prizes and quizzes and, of course, tea and cake.

Drink like Alice at Cally’s Teas
Drink like Alice at Cally’s Teas
happy sixth birthday to the marc

The Marc turns six years old in October, and we get the present: a bottle of Champagne Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut and frites with truffle aioli for $55, during Bubbles and Frites week, October 10-15. Another present from the Marc. Pull out some of your best bottlings from the cellar and take them to dinner. The Marc offers free corkage for reservations after 8:30pm Monday to Thursday throughout October.

The Marc’s classic frites (Amanda LeNeve photo)
The Marc’s classic frites (Amanda LeNeve photo)
cook like a chef at the tomato pro-am

Want a crash course in how to cook? Think you’ve got the stuff to cook with an award-winning chef? Find out in the Tomato Pro-Am. Enter to win a spot cooking with either Doreen Prei or Shane Chartrand during the Tomato Food Stage Pro-Am, Sunday, October 23. The teams will have 30 minutes to make their dish. Yes, there are prizes! How to enter: Send a tweet, facebook or instagram message with the hashtag #tomatoproam. Or send an email to

The small print: contestants must be able to be on the Tomato Stage (Northlands) from noon until about 3pm on Sunday, October 23.

The Tomato’s food stage at the upcoming Edmonton Fall Home Show

ice ice baby

New at the downtown Earth’s General Store (10150 104 Street, 780-757-3274, is nitro cold brew. This long and gentle process is said to conserve more flavour and extract less acid and bitter oils. The beans used are certified Fair Trade and organic, of course. The other cool thing about Earth’s General cold brew is that it contains nitrogen, the same substance that’s added to Guinness to give it that lovely creamy foam right out of the can.

grab a yeg java

Edmonton’s second annual Coffee Week runs October 14-22. During the week enjoy a home roasting workshop, a coffee crawl (by bike or foot), or learn where coffee comes from, at events that range from free to $40 with most in the $5 to $20 range.

Sarah Jackson, the creator of Yeg Coffee Week, hopes to further conscious conversations over coffee. “I believe that coffee is a tool to help facilitate connection,” she says. “Cafés used to be the hub of information, the place where communities came to learn about art, technology, religion and more. Last year we had over 20 events and over 400 people attended.” Kick-off is at HIV Edmonton Art Gallery. Tickets and the full schedule at

YEG coffee week