June 18


Want to make a community garden and don’t know what to do? Tried to make a community garden and were stymied by the process? Don’t know what a community garden is? Find out at the Edmonton Food Council’s public conversation about community gardens, Tuesday June 24, at the Paddock Theatre, Northlands Park, 7140 Borden Park Road. For more info contact Hani Quan of the City of Edmonton, 780-944-0111.

Love to cook? Want to improve your knife work and other culinary skills? Curious to work in a professional kitchen? Consider NAIT Continuing Education Boot Camps. In the Culinary Boot Camps, Tuesday-Friday, July 8-11 and July 15-18, learn professional planning and prep skills. New this year is For the Love of Chocolate Camp, Tuesday-Friday, July 15-18. To enlist.


St Albert residents have been keeping a secret: Privada wine and tapas (100-21 Perron Street, St. Albert, 780-569-5479), open Wednesday through Sunday for wine and delicious small plates — loved the confit duck cassoulet and beautiful house-made coppa, elk pastrami and duck prosciutto. Farrow (8422 109 Street, 780-757-2600).


On June 21, from 12pm – 3pm, support The Pan Tree’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off: Strathcona County’s RCMP vs Firefighters. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Call The Pan Tree (#550, 220 Lakeland Drive, Sherwood Park) for tickets, 780-464-4631, proceeds to Kids with Cancer.

We’re looking forward to the opening of Rostizado the new project in Mercer Warehouse by the Tres Carnales folks, especially because one of our favourite cooks, Jesse Chalmers, will be behind the stoves. Jesse, brother of Ben (corso 32) has had a long-standing interest, let’s say love affair, with the diverse cuisines of Mexico. Now he’ll get to explore them and we’ll get to enjoy the results. Opening mid-summer-ish.

The tents are packed, the smokers have cooled and the delicious ribs and pulled pork? All gone. Missing Porkaplooza already? Check out these fab pork recipes right here.

Some good news and some bad news. You will still be able to enjoy chef Judy Wu’s incomparable flavour combinations, just not at Wild Tangerine (10383-112 Street, 780-429-3131) this summer. After several decades in the restaurant business, first with the university area Polo Café, Judy and her brother Wilson are saying buhbye to the day-to-day grind of running a restaurant. Here’s the good news. They will continue to create and market gourmet frozen foods such as their addictive green curry under the brand name Wild Tangerine Urban Cuisine. Make time for a last popcorn shrimp lollipop — Wild Tangerine is open until the end of June.

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We are loving the new Le Creuset stainless steel cookware made with premium triple layer stainless steel, with attractive triple ring lids which mirror Le Creuset’s unique design heritage. Open stock ranges from $100-$400 per piece, sets $400-$800. Does your Daddy love to cook? Le Creuset’s square cast iron skillet, perfect for stove-top grilling, regular $190, is on Father’s Day promotion for $130 at (#550, 220 Lakeland Drive, Sherwood Park, 780 464-4631.

Check out the new ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen cookbook From the Grill featuring delicious recipes for the grill, including sides — we loved the kale and mango slaw — and a really great barbecue sauce, along with simple instructions and cooking tips from the Blue Flame Kitchen. Buy the book, $15 online, or at Save-On-Foods, Safeway and Chapters/Indigo stores.


Something new at La Ronde (10111 Bellamy Hill, 780-428-6611); Tieless Tuesdays, a more casual way to enjoy the view. Enjoy live jazz, specialty cocktails and half-priced wines on Tuesdays from 5pm.