Dish: Gastronomic Happenings in July and August

congratulations teresa!

The Italilan Centre’s Teresa Spinelli at the JA Hall of Fame dinner. Limages Media photo.
The Italilan Centre’s Teresa Spinelli at the JA Hall of Fame dinner. Limages Media photo.
Teresa Spinelli, president of the Italian Centre Shop, had a busy June. First it was to Toronto, where the Italian Centre Shop garnered the Canada’s Best Managed Companies Award. Then it was off to Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) where she received an honorary doctorate and gave the rousing convocation speech. Then Teresa became an inductee to the JA Northern Alberta Business Hall of Fame, where her father was inducted in 2013. (The first father-daughter team in the Hall). Teresa will tell you the only reason any of this happened is because of her team and the community. “We are here to create community. It’s not just about the products; it’s about fostering an environment where both employees and customers feel valued and supported.” We salute Teresa for her unwavering commitment to our city and her customers. More on the remarkable Teresa Spinelli here.

taste edmonton at taste of edmonton

taste edmonton at taste of edmonton

The 11-day extravaganza of YEG food is back on Churchill Square, Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 28. There are dozens of new new restaurant and food trucks bringing 88 new menu items, as well as all your old favourites. Taste Caribbean foods, poke, sushi, pizza, burgers, smokehouse, Ukrainian food, vegetarian vegan, gluten friendly and dairy free. Also, all-day musical performances, the Market by Wholly Handmade, and, new this year, a couple of spots to book a VIP experience: KLM Sky Lounge (up to 12 people) or the Canadian Brewhouse Lounge for up to 200 people. This marks 40 years of Taste of Edmonton, it’ll be a humdinger. Early bird tix on sale until July 17,

biera is now open for lunch

The Biera veggie

The Biera veggie sandwich

Biera (9570 76 Avenue,, 587-525-8589) in the Ritchie Market is now open for lunch. Chef Davina Moraiko’s menu is a winner—salads, various handhelds on bagels, milk buns, focaccia and sourdough, and a few delicious mains like the Acme Meats bavette with fried polenta. We can’t wait to check it out, especially on their lovely patio. Lunch served Tuesday–Friday and brunch is Saturday and Sunday, 11am–2pm. Visit the website for the full menu and reservations.

new hang in town: shiddy’s rumpus room

The 70s basement vibe that is Shiddy’s Rec Room.

The 70s basement vibe that is Shiddy’s Rec Room.

The look may recall your grandparent’s (or parents, or maybe your own) basement—wood panelling plastered with found art, faux Tiffany lamps and vinyl seating, as well as the 70s bad rock soundtrack. It’s a fun spot to while away a few hours, especially with a Flat Boy smash burger (now headquartered at Shiddy’s) or enjoy the all-day breakfast menu. Behind the bar is the distillery and brew house where Shiddy’s vodka-based canned drinks, (McShiddy, Prairie Fairy, Slam-o-Nade), plus all the Sea Change beers are made along with the new gin, floral and fragrant with aromatics such as Szechuan pepper.

Or, enjoy a slushy cocktail (they have two slushy machines!).

It’s big expansion for Sea Change which has been growing steadily since opening in 2017 with a single craft beer, kickstarting what we now know as Happy Beer Street. This is not a group that takes itself too seriously, but, underneath the frivolity is a respect for craft. That 62nd Avenue brewery is home to all the R&D, where the brewers experiment to come up with new flavours and styles such as the limited-edition tribute to Joey Moss, Man Crush Mandarin Ale. Look for the large orange grain silo. Shiddy’s, 9908 78 Avenue,

bernadette’s now open downtown

From top: Bernadette’s jingle dress salad, bannock with seasoned butter and beef stew.
From top: Bernadette’s jingle dress salad, bannock with seasoned butter and beef stew.

Chef Scott Iserhoff and his wife Svitlana Kravchuk have just opened Bernadette’s on 104 Street downtown. They had a place next to the WhiskeyJack Art House called Pei Pei Chei Ow which they outgrew—expect some ambitious cooking here. The lunch menu is short and sweet, things like a toothsome beef stew with mile high bannock charred on the grill, which reflect chef’s indigenous background, plus a full lineup of inventive cocktails and good, succinct wine list. It’s a relief to have another great spot open for lunch downtown. Expect many seasonal offerings, last week, there were spot prawns on the menu, because it’s spot prawn season. An intimate space and it looks amazing—lots of colour, a glorious mural fills one wall. Scott Iserhoff is a serious chef with lots to say. Let’s listen. Lunch 11am-3pm, dinner 5pm-close, Tuesday to Saturday. Bernadette’s, 10114 104 Street, 587-879-4317.

congratulations jacqueline!

Jacqueline Jacek with her
JA Hall of Fame Impact Award.
Limages Media photo.
Jacqueline Jacek, of Jacek Chocolate Couture, was honoured with the 2024 JA Northern Alberta Business Hall of Fame Impact Award. This award recognizes individuals whose “leadership, determination and dynamism is driving business and positively shaping their community.” The business (now with two retail stores, two partner stores, over 200 wholesale partners and a one per cent give-back charitable program), started in her basement back in 2009. We applaud Jacqueline for helping to make Edmonton delicious and for lighting the path for other female entrepreneurs. Way to go!