All posts tagged: Chef Michael Olson

Devour the Rockies – Take Three

In February, I took in the third annual Devour the Rockies Food and Film Festival at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Devour the Rockies is a satellite event of Devour, the largest film and food festival in the world held annually in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Devour the Rockies gives guests the opportunity to spend a weekend at the Fairmont JPL celebrating cinema, indulging in wine (as well as beer and spirits), and getting social alongside a stellar lineup of chefs. Attendance has grown from 125 at the inaugural event in 2018 to 200 people in 2020, but the weekend still feels like I’m attending a private and intimate event in the rockies. I love the itinerary, the opportunity to socialize with chefs in a laid back environment, and of course, a weekend at the stunning Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. SAVE THE DATE: DEVOUR THE ROCKIES FEB 26 – 28, 2021 The recipe to a successful event has remained the same since 2018; here are five reasons I love Devour The Rockies. 1. A cabin crawl …

Why the 30th Anniversary of Christmas in November at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge will be the best yet

Heading to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (JPL) to experience Christmas in November (CIN) has become my favourite event of the year. Who wouldn’t love escaping to the mountains to spend your days in interactive culinary sessions with local and celebrity chefs, getting your Christmas decor and craft on, and indulging in decadent meals and a few adult beverages. The hardest part is deciding which session to go to and when to fit in a dip in the heated pool. The first Jasper CIN I attended was five years ago for their 25th anniversary, and I can tell you they like to celebrate anniversaries. This year, the Fairmont JPL team is going all out to put on the best Christmas in November yet! The event is already close to a sell out, so if you want to rub elbows with Food Network Canada culinary stars, learn tips and tricks on how to DIY (do it yourself) your holiday decor, and get all the recipes you need to host the perfect holiday dinner, you better book quickly. …

Six lessons learned at Christmas in November

Christmas in November at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a magical event. This year I had the pleasure of attending two packages of Jasper CIN: the first weekend package for Alberta Pork and the final weekend package in support of Taste Alberta. Christmas in November involves a number of culinary and design sessions led by an assortment of talented presenters who instantly get you in the holiday spirit. I learned so many things at this year’s CIN, but here are six things i’ll definitely be introducing to my holiday entertaining this year: 1. The best cream sauce ever During Chef Andrew Whiteside‘s culinary session on traditional Italian cuisine my sister and I fell in love with the cream sauce accompanying one of the dishes. Chef Whiteside let us in on the secret behind the sauce served in Orso, the Fairmont JPL’s newest restaurant. Naturally gluten free, the leftover parmesan rinds and bits of garlic are thrown in a pot with whipping cream and simmered until it is thick, creamy, and delicious. Full fat, but full …