Sometimes it really frightens me just how many images of food I have on my phone. Granted, it just sort of comes with the territory, but between snapping photos, socialising while out for dinner and, dare I say, actually eating what’s on my plate, sometimes different moments don’t get the full explanation they deserve. Especially if you don’t have Instagram (blasphemy!) and can’t see what’s going through my stream.
In no particular order, here are 8 pictures I’ve shared on Instagram over the past few months that, when looking back, have been especially memorable for myself…
Stacked Broccoli at Calgary Co-op’s Downtown Marketplace
Since April, I’ve been doing a biweekly column, ‘Behind The Line’ for Swerve Magazine. In addition to getting to sit down and chat candidly with some of the Calgary’s amazing chefs, they share a tasty home cook-friendly with me each week to accompany their interviews. The best part, aside from procuring tasty chef quality recipes, I’m also learning more and more about the city’s history, which is vast and dynamic, to say the least.
From Michael Allemeier and Shawn Greenwood to Top Chef Canada’s lovely lady of season three, Nicole Gomes, here are some great recipes from fantastic Calgarian chefs that you can whip up in your home kitchen this week!
It’s no secret that the culinary world can be fleeting. Food trends come and go with the seasons, restaurants change their menus like a model changes outfits, writers stop writing, bloggers stop blogging (blasphemous, I know). Well, amidst all of that has been -and will be – in Canada’s culinary landscape, there’s Anita Stewart, author, writer and founder of Food Day Canada. Long before Jamie Oliver was revolting in elementary school kitchens, Stewart has stood as an ambassador for the slow food movement across the country.
I was lucky enough to snag a seat beside her at Mission Hill Winery (a couple photos interspersed below) on August 2nd to cheers alongside other food lovers to celebrate the Food Day Canada’s 10th anniversary! Aside from being an inspiration to local food enthusiasts and Canadian culinary representatives coast-to-coast, Anita is a pretty damn cool lady too. She chatted with me about getting Food Day Canada off the ground, how online media plays an important role in the success of her growing Canadian campaign and why coming together in the name of our country’s food identity is important.
The Canadian Food Experience Project began in June, 2013. Bloggers and writers share their stories across Canada each month on what experiences make the country’s culinary scene special. This month we were asked to pick a regional food item and since I just spent a week in Kelowna, I couldn’t think of a better fit for this than some fresh B.C. cherries! Sweet, albeit a little messy and sometimes stain-y, you can’t go wrong with this fruit.
I remember spending a few days in Squamish, B.C. years ago, helping a couple of friends repaint a house (I know, hard to believe I would do some sort of manual labour, right?) where we took multiple breaks standing on ladders and reaching over to the neighbour’s cherry trees for a quick snack. Once you have one, you have to have another, and another, and another…Right?
Well, it certainly seems like Calgary is having a hard time staying out of the Food Network Canada limelight these days. In-between Top Chef Canada, You Gotta Eat Here, Eat St. and now the network’s newest show, Donut Showdown, there’s a good chance that every time you turn to the channel there will be a little piece of Calgary’s culinary community being showcased. I am A-OK with that!
Donut Showdown, which premiered two weeks ago, is a competition series centring around – you guessed it – doughnuts! Tonight at 8 p.m. (MDT) you’ll be able to catch two of Jelly Modern’s co-owners, Chef Grayson Sherman and Rosanne Tripathy, battling it out with two other pastry teams for a cash prize of $10,000. Holy dollar bills Batman!
I chatted with Chef Grayson while he was busy dipping away this past week about being on the show, strange doughnut creations and why Jelly Modern’s doughnuts kick some serious ass!
March is always an exciting month for restauranteurs and food lovers in Calgary. It’s the month where Avenue Magazine celebrates our food community and hands out their annual Restaurant Awards. Like last year, I was excited and honoured to be on the judging panel with some of Calgary’s top culinary folks.
With all of the restaurants we have popping up lately, next year it’s going to be even more difficult to decide who takes the top spot in the various categories we argue over in a small room. Picture a heated Law and Order courtroom debate. Yes, it is that intense – ok, maybe not that intense.
In addition to the many categories we deliberated on, all contributors had the opportunity to put together some ‘Top 10′ lists to go along with the 10th anniversary of this particular issue. (You can check out all category winners and other content here)
A couple of the lists I wrote up were on food trends in Calgary. Food trends that I thought should be on their way out and trends that I’m happy are happening around town. Obviously, just like dining out, some things come down to a matter of taste. So, take a look at each of these lists. I’m curious to know if you agree or disagree with me.
Ten Calgary Food Trends We Wish Would Go Away
For example, I think ridiculously flavoured vodkas like this need to hit the road. What do you think? James Bond would be so unimpressed!
On the flip side of things, I love a good cocktail and am so happy to see cocktail culture gaining momentum in Calgary.
So, what do you think?
- Roasted Garlic Pork Meatballs and Walnut Pesto
- Roasted Cauliflower and Bacon Soup
- Coconut and Acorn Squash Bisque
- Winter Squash, Tomato and Split Pea Stew
- Honey Roasted Chicken Thighs with Tomato and White Bean Cassoulet
- Appetizers & Co.
- Ask Dan
- Calgary & Area
- Season 2
- Season 3
- Something Sweet
- Top Chef Canada: Taking The Challenge Home
- United States