All posts tagged: Alberta pork

Recap: Taste Alberta’s Prairie on the Plate at Buco Epcor Tower

Every Wednesday, all three Buco Pizzeria & Vino Bar locations (Epcor Tower, St. Albert and Windermere) feature a Date Night three-course chef’s choice meal for just $32. Last week, chef Spencer Thompson transformed the weekly Date Night menu at the Buco Epcor Tower location into a Taste Alberta Prairie on the Plate menu featuring an assortment of ingredients from across Alberta. A post shared by Sharman Hnatiuk (@theporkgirl) on May 9, 2018 at 6:05pm PDT To kick things off, diners were treated to house-made tortellini with ricotta, spinach, and Alberta-grown dandelion greens. The pasta was served alongside chicken sausage, made by their sous-chef Michael who is also a butcher, along with Sylvan Star Grizzly Gouda, pickled pine nut butter, and shaved apples. I’m told sous chef Michael spent over 20 hours prepping the Alberta Pork main course. He had to source pork trotters from a number of different Alberta pork farmers, which he braised, and then deboned. Chef Michael then made his own pork sausage using the trotter along with pork belly and shoulder, which …

Recap: Taste Alberta Prairie on the Plate at Chartier

Chartier is a rustic, Quebec French style restaurant in the heart of Beaumont, Alberta. For those who have dined at Chartier, named one of the top 30 new restaurants in Canada by EnRoute Magazine last year, you can feel the warmth and love in every dish that chef Steve Brochu and his culinary team plate on the restaurant’s collection of vintage plates. Last week, Chartier played host to the latest Taste Alberta dinner in the Prairie on the Plate dining series. Chef Brochu’s four-course meal for $75 highlighting some of Taste Alberta’s commodity partners: Alberta Canola, Egg Farmers of Alberta, Alberta Milk, Alberta Pulse Growers, Alberta Turkey Producers, and Alberta Pork. Guests were greeted by the Chartier team with welcome drink – an Alberta Premium Rye Saskatoon berry shrub lavender syrup and soda. With the clanging of a pot to grab our attention, chef Brochu welcomed us all and explained our first dish of the night. In advance of the event, Debra with Alberta Pulse Producers had dropped off some products from Alberta farmers to inspire chef Brochu.  With a black box …

Recap: Prairie Noodle Shop Taste Alberta Dinner

On Sunday, January 21, Chef Eric Hanson and his culinary team at Prairie Noodle Shop broke away from their ramen mould and plated a noodle-free Taste Alberta family-style meal inspired by flavours, ingredients, and products from across the province. The challenge to the kitchen with every Taste Alberta Prairie on the Plate dinner is to showcase the seven commodities groups within Taste Alberta: Alberta Canola, Egg Farmers of Alberta, Alberta Milk, Alberta Pulse Growers, Alberta Chicken Producers, Alberta Turkey Producers, and Alberta Pork. Well, chef Hanson and his team started off the 2018 Taste Alberta dining series with a bang! The menu represented the many unique voices from the kitchen, with the team sharing a flurry of bites which incorporated each of the commodities groups, and a whole lot more from the bounty of Alberta. Upon arrival, guests were welcomed with a mint raspberry cocktail featuring spirits from two Alberta distilleries:  Strathcona Spirits Gin and Eau Claire Distillery Prickly Pear Equinox. I had a chance to savour my drink along with the first bite of …

Recap: A Taste Alberta Autumn Feast at Canteen

Autumn is a lovely time in Alberta; the leaves are changing and the harvest season presents a bounty from farms and greenhouses across the province. Last week, 124th street’s Canteen hosted the latest in the Taste Alberta – Prairie on the Plate dining series with a $55 four-course autumn feast designed by chef Ryan O’Connor. When we arrived, our table was excited to learn that Canteen had their happy hour prices on for the event which included three Alberta craft beers on for $5: Bench Creek Brewing Cloudbreak Hopfenweizen, Yellowhead Brewing Company Lager, and Alley Kat Brewing Company Buena Vista Brown Ale. Canteen also had three glasses of white and red wine on for $5, but the drink that I found most enticing, as did my table, was the Eau Claire Distillery (from Turner Valley, Alberta) Gin with Porter’s Grapefruit Tonic for $5. For our introductory course, chef Ryan O’Connor explained that Alberta Pulse Growers had donated the pulses for his yellow pea falafel.  Cooked in canola oil and served with a side of herbed creme fraiche, …

Bacon Day 2017 at Workshop Eatery

Last weekend, Chef Paul Shufelt and the crew at Workshop Eatery played host to the 8th Annual Bacon Day Dinner. The event is designed to tempt diners to mass consume all things pork, but really it is about raising money for Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS). It is also a chance for Paul to cook with his buddies and former colleagues Chef Andrew Cowan and Chef Matt Phillips of Northern Chicken. Thanks to the generosity of many local sponsors including: Nicola and Alan Irvings of Irvings Farm Fresh who donate one of their Berkshire pigs and an assortment of cuts, Alberta Pork, Southgate Audi, and media sponsor CTV Edmonton, every penny from the $90 ticket price went directly to YESS. Along with a silent auction, live auction, a balloon draw, and the ticket prices – $25,000 was raised in support of YESS. More than 150 people came out to support the event, including some anti-meat eaters who protested for a few minutes before moving along. My official date for the evening was the lovely Liane Faulder, …

Prairie on the Plate at the Yellow Door Bistro

Last week, Chef Jan Hansen hosted the first Taste Alberta – Prairie on a Plate dinner in Calgary. Following three successful Prairie on a Plate events in Edmonton in 2016, the dining series travelled down the QEII where chef Hansen treated diners at the Hotel Arts‘ Yellow Door Bistro to four-course meal highlighting the best of what is grown, raised, and produced in Alberta. The whimsical decor of Yellow Door Bistro was the perfect background for a creative menu from executive chef Jan Hansen, chef de cuisine Quinn Staple, and the rest of the Yellow Door Bistro culinary team. The challenge put to chef Hansen was to highlight Taste Alberta partners including Alberta Milk, Alberta Pulse Growers, Alberta Chicken Producers, Alberta Turkey Producers, Egg Farmers of Alberta, Alberta Pork, and Alberta Canola Producers Commission.   Chef Hansen started things off with a melt in your mouth amuse bouche –  Sunworks Farm chicken liver parfait, seabuckthorn berry, and a Highwood Crossing rye cracker. My date for the evening – fellow Passion for Pork contributor Dan Clapson – captured …

Pigging out in Calgary at Brewery & The Beast

I go to a lot of food events. So when I heard that Brewery & The Beast was going to happen in Calgary this summer I debated whether I wanted to make the three hour drive to attend a meat festival. One bite in and I knew we made the right decision. Thankfully my roommate Marc, The Spaniard and I scored a ride with Blaine, who was driving down to volunteer for the event (which was great since we were all slightly hungover). The weather could not have been more beautiful for an outdoor afternoon event at Pumphouse Park. The staff and volunteers were friendly and organized – we quickly had our IDs checked and were given a custom board designed to hold a tasty alcoholic beverage and multiple servings of meat. Our first stop was to visit my friend chef Michael Allemeier at the SAIT culinary booth who was wielding a cleaver breaking  apart pieces of slow-smoked pork shoulder from Hill View Colony and topped with hand-picked Evans Cherry BBQ sauce. It was of course …