Sixteen of Alberta’s favourite restaurants have been named to Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants List for 2018. While top spots went to regular contenders Alo, Toqué, Joe Beef and Buca Yorkville, Alberta had a strong showing with 11 Calgary restaurants and 5 Edmonton restaurants making the cut.
Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants also produces a list of Canada’s 50 Best Bars, which featured Calgary’s Proof at #4, Bar Von Der Fels at #7, Edmonton’s Clementine at #9, Baijiu at #21, Calgary’s Ricardo’s Hideaway at #34, and Milk Tiger at #45. To see the full list, click here.
Alberta Parks opening up to Food Trucks
Alberta Parks is accepting applications for mobile food vendors for select parks. If you have a food truck, ice cream truck, food vending trailer or sidewalk cart and are interested in expanding your market while spending some days in the great outdoors, then this is for you!
Regional Mobile Food Vending Locations
Crimson Lake, Pigeon Lake
Carson-Pegasus, Pembina River, Pierre Grey’s Lakes, William A Switzer
Fish Creek Provincial Park Sikome Aquatic Facility
Beaver Lake, Cold Lake, Franchere Bay, Garner Lake, Anzac Day Use Area, Sir Winston Churchill Lesser Slave Lake, Moonshine Lake, Queen Elizabeth, Young’s Point
Dinosaur District Tillebrook
Lethbridge District Lake McGregor, St. Mary Reservoir
Pincher Creek District Beauvais Lake, Castle, Chinook Lake, Oldman Dam
Writing-on-Stone District Writing-on-Stone
Open Farm Days registration now open for 2018
Seeking Alberta-based foragers for upcoming program
Are you a forager in your area? Do you take groups out on backcountry adventures that include foraging in your experiences? If you answered yes, then we want you!
ACTA is currently building a database of foragers in Alberta for an upcoming tourism development initiative. All you need to do is to follow the link below to complete the database registration form. We’ll connect with you over the coming weeks to explain the project, and determine next steps for the program.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Tannis@albertaculinary.com.
Calgary chefs compete on Food Network shows
Two of Calgary’s notable chefs are set to compete on two different Food Network Canada and Food Network shows this season. Chef Jinhee Lee and Chef Nicole Gomes show off their culinary skills as they battle their way to the top of the culinary world.
Chef Jinhee Lee (of Foreign Concept), winner of the 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships, goes up against some of Canada’s finest chefs on this season of Top Chef Canada on Food Network Canada. Chef Lee is the only competitor from Alberta to appear on this season. In the season premiere, Chef Lee’s Maple Lime-Glazed Chicken Thigh with Lemongrass Curry earned her the best dish of the elimination challenge, with Judge Janet Zuccarini deeming the dish “flawless”. Top Chef Canada airs on Sunday nights at 8:00 PM MST on Food Network.
More information: www.foodnetwork.ca/shows/top-chef-canada
Chef Nicole Gomes (of Nicole Gourmet and Cluck ‘N Cleaver), winner of last season’s Top Chef Canada: All-Stars, is one of two Canadians set to take part in the ultimate culinary battle: Iron Chef Gauntlet, where they have the chance to make history as the first ever Canadian Iron Chef. Fellow Top Chef Canada winner (Season 1) Chef Dale Mackay of Saskatoon also competes this season. Up against the best of the best and a field of only seven competitors, the challenges are intense thanks to host (and judge) Alton Brown. The winner of this field must go on to beat three Iron Chefs in order to become the next Iron Chef. Iron Chef Gauntlet airs Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM MST on Food Network.
More information: www.foodnetwork.ca/shows/iron-chef-gauntlet