November 29, 2012

Boars do brunch! Three Boars Eatery plans brunch on Sunday December 16, 10am to 3pm. One day only, no resos. Details on their website and Facebook page.

Staff Meal presents Shab-e Yaldâ! a dinner event celebrating Persian Winter Solstice at the Orange Hall (10335 84 Avenue) Monday, December 3. Five courses/$80 plus wine; drinks 6:30pm, dinner 7pm.

Chef Andrew Hess of Staff Meal is collaborating with chef Richard Toll for an adlibevent dinner, Sunday, December 2 at Rutherford House (11153 Saskatchewan Drive.) The menu sounds perfect for a snowy evening— pumpkin soup with brown butter and sage, Sangudo beef tartar with local gerkins, cipollini onions, mustard aioli; a milk-simmered pastured pork with succotash and poached eggs, and cheese course along with a lime and rosewater cake with pistachios. Tickets are $75 plus wine: .

Jack’s Grill (5842 111 Street, 780-434-1113) and BIN 104 Fine Wine & Spirits are having A Scotch Dinner @ Jack’s Grill
, Tuesday, December 4, 6:30pm, 

$90./person including gratuity.
 Tickets available online or call 780-436-8850. The evening features single malts from Isle of Arran Distillers
, one of the few remaining independent distilleries in Scotland.

B.C.’ favourite pancake house is now open. Dedutch (10030 Jasper Avenue, 587-520-8841) features the thin and eggy dinner plate-sized pancake beloved of the Dutch called pannekoek. Traditionally pannekoeken are enjoyed at dinner, but we Canucks love them for breakfast and lunch. The contemporary interior illustrates the new direction of the family-owned breakfast and lunch chain started by John Dys, who’s colourful story includes arriving in Canada in 1955 to work as a lumberjack. We’re glad he turned to pannekoek-making.

The just-opened Smokehouse BBQ on 124 Street will be out of commission for a few months while they rebuild the back end of the resto after a fire earlier this week. The important thing? Nobody was hurt. In the meantime visit their Leduc location (5410 Discovery Way, 780-996-2010) for deliciously smoky ribs, brisket and their amazing turkey gumbo.

Brad Smoliak’s amazing bacon jam is at all Save On Deli counters now. Dive in!

Super-cool knife shop Knifewear by super-sharp Japanese knife nerd Kevin Kent is now open! 8422 109 Street, right beside Three Boars Eatery. Expect sexy knives, meaty cookbooks, cutting boards and even classic shaving gear. Knifewear is open November 20 – December 23; December 28 to 30 from 10am – 6pm daily; 10am – 2pm December 24 and December 31; and closed December 25, 26 and 27. Don’t delay a visit, as it’s a holiday season location only. December 31 it’s poof! Like Cinderella’s carriage.

Inside the Atco Blue Flame Kitchen Holiday Collection Cookbook is 100 useful holiday recipes in an easy to use spiral-bound book design, with one recipe per page, and lots of pictures, cooking tips and recipe hints. Find all your holiday favourites, such as quiche lorraine, sticky toffee pudding and spicy gingerbread men along with appetizers and terrific recipes for easy entertaining, carrot and tarragon bisque and a festive crown roast of pork with pumpernickel sausage. Here’s how to win a copy: visit our contacts page, and send us a message called Atco Cookbook. Hurry, contest ends December 4! Visit Atco Blue Flame Kitchen to buy your very own copy.

Massimo’s Cucina Italiana (Massimo’s Kitchen), the new casual eatery beside the south side Italian Centre Shop (5028 104A Street), headed by Tuscan-based chef Giuseppe Mazzocchi opens for lunch on or about December 1. Chef Mazzocchi, a guest chef at NAIT a few years back, has brought along cooks Alessandro Nassi and Keoma Franceschi to staff the kitchen in the 60-ish seat restaurant. Menus are still in development, but expect a fast lunch/slow dinner style with an emphasis on seasonal cooking.