Track of the Day: Mountain View

Mountain View County is a rural municipality located between Calgary and Red Deer. Nestled against the picturesque foothills of the Canadian Rockies, Mountain View County is a mix of magnificent vistas, and some of the finest agricultural land in all of Canada.

Much like the county it is named for the Mountain View track is a mix Alberta's finest bounty. From learning to cook with rose hips, to preparing and cooking offal, the sessions in this track will expose to you to the best of Alberta food and take you on a wild ride!

Session 1: Cooking With Wild Rose.

Debra Krause and Molly MacDougall will be teaching you the whens and hows for foraging wild rose petals and hips, how to prep them for use in the kitchen, and some recipes you can make! Of course, there will be some wild rose goodies to sample as well!

Session 2: Offal Doesn't Taste Awful.

Elyse Chatterton will show you how to give a little love to these under appreciated animal parts. She will discuss how to select it, trim, and prepare it, and she will be cooking some fabulous Offal Tapas. Time for you to see if this old school ingredient deserves a place on your dinner table. If you'd like a preview of this class Elyse has a great introduction on her blog Life Without Lemons.

Session 3: Cooking From Your Root Cellar.

Kathryn Joel returns this year to teach Eat Alberta participants about using seasonal vegetables in early spring. This time of year in Alberta is the time to draw on the Root Cellar and the Greenhouse when it comes to eating local, so Kathryn will be using a selection from both in this class on eating local in early May. Expect a mezze selection of appetizers from the roots available at Old Strathcona, including Carrots, Beets, Sunchokes - and a smattering of produce from our local greenhouses too. 

Session 4: Cheese Education and Tasting.

Addie Raghavan will guide you through a journey of aromas, flavours, and textures from cheeses that are young and fresh to those that are nutty and old. He will lead you through the science of cheese making, while talking about the cultural influences of cheeses from around the world. As the class winds down, the focus will shift towards Alberta cheeses and understanding the essence of terroir. You will leave the class equipped with ideas of how to prepare a cheese board, how to pair cheese and beer, and innovative ideas of employing cheese in the kitchen. 

If you want to join in this wild Alberta adventure, tickets for the Mountain View track are available from