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Recap: Taste Alberta dinner at The Common

I’ve had the opportunity to organize four Swine and Dine collaboration dinners for Alberta Pork alongside The Common’s Chef Jesse Morrison, so when I pitched him the idea of hosting a Taste Alberta – Prairie on the Plate dinner, I knew he would jump at the opportunity to create a menu featuring ingredients from Taste’s commodity partners:  Alberta ChickenAlberta Pulse Growers CommissionEgg Farmers of AlbertaAlberta CanolaAlberta TurkeyAlberta Milk, and Alberta Pork.

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, The Common hosted over 70 diners for chef Morrison’s first ever Taste Alberta – Prairie on the Plate dinner. Together with his girlfriend Tressa (also known as my favourite local designer – Sessa Wearables), chef Morrison created a menu inspired by great local products, produce, protein and pulses in season. The result was a multi-course menu that had a fresh spring/summer taste that flowed from one course to the next.

As seen in his previous Swine and Dine dinners, Chef Morrison shared his love of Alberta pork with a perfectly cooked porchetta main course. But, he also took advantage of the opportunity  to showcase a menu that featured more of Taste Alberta’s partners. The menu was packed with high-fibre pulses, including dessert, where chef Morrison plated a play on cheesecake. Instead of using graham cracker crumbs, the culinary team at The Common incorporated whole fried pulses as the crunchy texture instead into the deconstructed dessert. Paired with quark cheese, rhubarb puree and Saskatoon syrup – the dessert was an innovative, light and refreshing way to finish the meal.

The $40 four-course meal, which included an amuse bouche and palate cleansing sorbet course, was a crowd-pleaser. Here is the menu chef Morrison and his culinary team at The Common served up:

Alberta Chicken
Sunworks Farms chicken skin crisp, rhubarb mash and shoots

Alberta Pulses, Alberta Eggs
Sprouted Gold Forest Grains peas with cured egg yolk and creamed mustard dressing, Reclaim Urban Farm microgreens
Alberta Pulses, Alberta Canola
Sunworks Farms Alberta Turkey, Gold Forest Grains Chickpea, cauliflower pizza with turkey ‘bonito’, avocado, pickled red onions and Mighty Trio cold pressed canola oil
Alberta Greenhouse, Alberta Honey
Khulmann’s Greenhouse Cucumber, mint and Meadow Sweet Apiaries honey sorbet


Alberta Pork, Alberta Milk
Smoked Porchetta, hot coleslaw, with cornmeal gnocchi and thyme brown butter

Alberta Milk, Alberta Berries, Alberta Pulses
Quark mousse with Rainbow Acres Saskatoon syrup, Sparrows Nest rhubarb and Gold Forest Grain crunchy chickpeas

Follow @TheCommonYEG to stay up to date on upcoming food events. Chef Morrison is always sharing fun specialty menus at great-value prices. The Hip Hop brunches are not to be missed. A big thanks to Jesse and the entire Common crew for sharing an incredible Taste Alberta menu.

The Common
9910 109 St
Edmonton, AB T5K 1H5
(780) 452-7333

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