Eat Alberta 2017

Back to Basics and Loving It!

Back to Basics and Loving It!

On April 23, we hosted Eat Alberta 2017: Back to Basics at the NAIT Hokasan Centre for Culinary Arts. So much good food was made, shared and enjoyed, while attendees learned more about the history of Alberta foods.

Since we were coming back after taking a year off with a new format, we were hoping to return stronger than ever, so it was so encouraging to see so many people looking forward to our sixth conference. However, we were most proud to see how full everyone’s tote bags were at the end of the day and we hope that everyone enjoyed what they made at Eat Alberta 2017.

Eat Alberta 2017 Session – Tasty Tourtière

Our final entry for the Eat Alberta 2017 session blog entries is “Tasty Tourtière.” When we decided to highlight French Canadian food for this year’s conference, we initially called this session “Pass the Poutine.” However, Steven Brochu, the head chef of Chartier was quick to help us look past the poutine when it came to this kind of cuisine.

If you visit Chartier in Beaumont, you will find poutine on their menu, but you will also find many French Canadian favourites that have been modified for modern food lovers. This includes tourtière, beef bourguignon and a smoked meat sandwich that made the Tomato’s 5th Annual Top 100 Best Things to Eat or Drink in Edmonton (check out #36)!

However, the principles behind the dishes remain the same, as they are still inspired by the combination of local seasonal ingredients to make hearty meals. For Eat Alberta 2017, we are excited to have Steven come to teach session participants about how to use Alberta ingredients to make tourtière.

There are still a couple of slots open for this session, so act now to ensure your attendance to “Tasty Tourtière” for Eat Alberta 2017: Back to Basics.

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Eat Alberta 2017 Session – Chop Suey on the Prairies

Next up for our Eat Alberta 2017 session blog entries is “Chop Suey on the Prairies” and we are excited to announce that our session presenter will be Kitty Poon.

Kitty has over 30 years of experience cooking Chinese and Western food in Edmonton and attained her Journeyman Red Seal from NAIT Culinary School. She has cooked at The Creperie, Walden, various hotel restaurants and the Edmonton General Hospital café, Rendez-Vous.

Chinese restaurants have a strong presence in Alberta and the food has a very interesting history spanning all the way back to the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. At the session, participants will learn how a couple of Canadian-Asian favourites, Kung Pao Chicken and Chicken Spring Rolls.

Session participants will also get something a little extra, thanks to session sponsor Alberta Chicken Producers, as at the end of the session, each participant will get a cookbook and recipe card.

To take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about Chinese food in Alberta, while getting some free stuff, make sure to pick “Chop Suey on the Prairies” as one of your sessions when you register for Eat Alberta 2017: Back to Basics.

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Once you’re done, check out our recent blog post about the history of Chinese Food in Alberta, Early Chinese Settlement in Alberta and How Chinese Restaurants Helped Establish Community>>

Eat Alberta 2017 Session – Indigenous Workshop

This week, we are highlighting our “Indigenous Workshop” session, which is presented by Shane Chartrand.

Agriculture and food are a key part of Alberta’s history and economy. For the First Nations, their cuisine heavily relies on resourcefulness and creativity to make hearty dishes that are still enjoyed today. As the Executive chef at Sage Restaurant at the River Cree Casino and Resort, Shane creates dishes that refines indigenous cuisine through local foods and using food trends from around the world.

However, while First Nations are an important part of Alberta’s history, indigenous foods are not as prevalent in Alberta restaurants compared to other types of cuisines. Therefore, Shane’s vast knowledge and passion about indigenous foods provides a great opportunity for participants to learn more about the history and secrets behind this culture’s unique dishes.

If that sounds like something you would be interested in, then make sure to mark “Indigenous Workshop” as one of your preferred sessions when you register for Eat Alberta 2017: Back to Basics.

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Still not convinced? Then we encourage you to check out, “The Food of Our Land,” a recent article by Avenue Magazine that interviews multiple local chefs, including Shane Chartrand, about what indigenous cuisine is and the importance of keeping these foods relevant in Edmonton.

Eat Alberta 2017 Keynote – Jon Hall

An entrepreneur, community activist and enthusiastic eater are a few ways to describe Jon Hall, our keynote speaker for Eat Alberta 2017: Back to Basics. With his wide involvement in the provincial food community and the passion shown to multiple organizations, we thought his expertise was a perfect fit for celebrating the history and culture behind some of Alberta’s favourite foods.

Alongside his wife of 34 years, chef Gail Hall, Jon supported local food and producers through his role as a founding director of the Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market Association and helping out at Gourmet Goodies and Seasoned Solutions Cooking School.

That experience has filled him with knowledge that he is excited to share with Eat Alberta 2017 participants, so we encourage you to register now so you don’t to miss out on Jon’s keynote address.

Also, don’t forget that Eat Alberta 2017: Back to Basics is the perfect hands-on opportunity to learn about the history of various cuisines in Alberta. Check out our Sessions & Presenters webpage to learn more about Jon Hall and our session presenters, or our FAQ page if you have any questions.

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Eat Alberta 2017 Session – Just Like Your Baba Used to Make

First, we are so grateful for the support Eat Alberta 2017: Back to Basics has received leading up to our ticket release a few days ago. With over 40% tickets sold already, we are thrilled that people are excited for this year’s conference.

For the next few weeks, the Eat Alberta blog will highlight our conference’s session presenters and keynote speaker.

First up is Allan Suddaby, who will help people make food “just like baba used to make.” A very involved chef in the Edmonton community, Allan Suddaby provides creations as the Executive Chef of Elm Café and Catering and educates people through classes and his food blog, Button Soup. We are excited to bring him back for Eat Alberta 2017, as he will explore the rich history of Northern European and Ukrainian foods in Alberta and teach participants valuable skills and secrets to cook these dishes.

Interested? Then don’t miss your chance for “Just Like Your Baba Used to Make” to be one of your preferred sessions at Eat Alberta 2017: Back to Basics.

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Registration for Eat Alberta 2017: Back to Basics starts on March 7

   As April 23 is quickly approaching, we are excited to begin selling tickets for Eat Alberta 2017: Back to Basics on March 7, 2017.  Joining in Canada’s 150th celebrations, we’re going back to learning, sharing and creating the basics of Alberta’s favourite foods. The 2017 conference will centre on participants learning to prepare classic Alberta dishes, while learning the cultural and historical story behind the food.  We are bringing back local favourite and Eat Alberta founding member, Allan Suddaby of Elm Café to teach participants how to make food “ just like your Baba used to make. ” We are welcoming two new chefs, Steve Brochu of Chartier and Shane Chartrand of Sage Restaurant, and a new sponsor, Alberta Chicken Producers, to the Eat Alberta table. This year promises to be an exciting and dynamic lineup that marries the best of modern Alberta with the skills and knowledge of the past. Check out our new  Sessions & Presenters page  to learn more.  Maintaining our focus on connecting Albertans to food knowledge, we are proud to share that Jon Hall will be joining our food family as the 2017 conference keynote speaker. Hall has been immersed in the local Edmonton food scene for over 20 years. Alongside his late wife, Chef Gail Hall, they inspired many Edmontonians with their Seasoned Solutions loft cooking classes and tours. Jon brings to the table an extensive knowledge of Edmonton, and Alberta's diverse culinary history, including cultural influences and community importance.  We hope you join us on April 23, so starting tomorrow, head to  Eventbrite  to purchase your tickets.

 

As April 23 is quickly approaching, we are excited to begin selling tickets for Eat Alberta 2017: Back to Basics on March 7, 2017.

Joining in Canada’s 150th celebrations, we’re going back to learning, sharing and creating the basics of Alberta’s favourite foods. The 2017 conference will centre on participants learning to prepare classic Alberta dishes, while learning the cultural and historical story behind the food.

We are bringing back local favourite and Eat Alberta founding member, Allan Suddaby of Elm Café to teach participants how to make food “just like your Baba used to make.” We are welcoming two new chefs, Steve Brochu of Chartier and Shane Chartrand of Sage Restaurant, and a new sponsor, Alberta Chicken Producers, to the Eat Alberta table. This year promises to be an exciting and dynamic lineup that marries the best of modern Alberta with the skills and knowledge of the past. Check out our new Sessions & Presenters page to learn more.

Maintaining our focus on connecting Albertans to food knowledge, we are proud to share that Jon Hall will be joining our food family as the 2017 conference keynote speaker. Hall has been immersed in the local Edmonton food scene for over 20 years. Alongside his late wife, Chef Gail Hall, they inspired many Edmontonians with their Seasoned Solutions loft cooking classes and tours. Jon brings to the table an extensive knowledge of Edmonton, and Alberta's diverse culinary history, including cultural influences and community importance.

We hope you join us on April 23, so starting tomorrow, head to Eventbrite to purchase your tickets.