May 30

wildtangSome 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. pic of resto

senatoSorrentino’s Downtown (10162 – 100 Street, hosts what promises to be a magnificent wine dinner with Signor Alberto Zenato from the prestigious Italian winery Zenato, Tuesday, June 3 $135/person++, 780-424-7500.

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.

bootcampLove to cook? Want to improve your knife work and other culinary skills? Curious to work in a professional kitchen? Consider a NAIT Continuing Education Boot Camp. In the Pastry Boot Camp, Monday-Friday, July 7-11, learn artisan bread making and chocolate techniques among other pastry skills. 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.


Southern smoke meets big Alberta sky at Porkapalooza, Edmonton’s first southern barbecue championship, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) with over $10,000 in prize money. There are many ways to enjoy Porkapalooza: enter a team; become an official KCBS BBQ judge; come for delicious food from local delights such as Smokehouse, Pampas Brazilian Grill, Tres Carnales, and the Local Omnivore food truck, enjoy the Porkaplooza Father’s Day Brunch, or just bring the family down for great food, music and fun. Featured are special guests Danielle Dimovski, the Diva Q from Travel and Escape’s BBQ Crawl and Brian Misko from House of Q. Visit to enter a team for competition, sign up for the KCBS judging course or buy tickets for the Father’s Day Brunch. Otherwise it’s come one come all to Hawrelak Park, June 14 and 15, from noon on.

While you are waiting to enjoy great barbecue on Father’s Day weekend, try these delicious recipes featuring Alberta pork.

Perch yourself at the bar at Barbricco (10347 Jasper Avenue) to enjoy a fabulous lineup of wines and an extensive menu of what Italians call spuntini, or small plates. Daniel Costa’s new resto (next door to Corso 32) is a revelation of flavours; the uova da raviolo (a whole egg cooked inside ravioli with ricotta, served with a lavish dusting of pecorino) is amazing, as are the thin slices of culatello and San Daniele ham off the handsome hand-slicers anchoring one end of the bar. Wine prices are reasonable, and the staff are as adept with making thoughtful suggestions from the mostly Italian list as they are with handling the Coravin, the ultra-efficient single bottle wine preservation system. Open from 5pm until late. No reservations.

Indulge in a five-course dinner paired with Masi, one of the premier wine estates in the Veneto, at the Wine Room’s (10525 Jasper Avenue) fundraiser for the Edmonton Humane Society on Tuesday, June 10, $125/person, 780-756-7666.

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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. a variety of pics attached, whatever you like


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. pic sent

newgetLove Newget? Find it at the 104 Street City Farmers’ Market Downtown on May 31, June 7, 28 and at Indulgence June 9. Order online, or pick up at Chokolat, Gracious Goods and Blush Lane Market. pic sent