August 30, 2018

Celebrate prairie ingredients with Eat North this fall

Eat North 2018 Prairie Grid Dinner Series: From Dawn to Dusk

CALGARY, AB (Aug. 16, 2018) — This fall, Eat North will present its 2018 Prairie Grid Dinner Series: From Dawn to Dusk — an innovative experience that, for a second year in a row, will see a new line-up of talented chefs collaborate on unique dinners in four cities across three provinces. The five-course dinner events will showcase locally harvested ingredients, regional cuisine, but also offer an immersive art experience for guests as well as one-of-a-kind creations, designed specifically for attendees of the traveling series to engage with, taste and sip.

The 2018 Prairie Grid Dinner Series kicks off in Calgary on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Calgary Shrine Centre and continues with stops in Edmonton on at the  CKUA Performance Hall on Saturday, Sept. 29, Saskatoon on Tuesday, Oct. 2and Winnipeg on Thursday, Oct. 4. A limited number of 110 tickets to each of the dinners are available for $140, or $175 which includes a limited-edition Prairie Grid custom T-shirt.

Participating chefs include JP Pedhirney (Bridgette Bar, Calgary); Steve Brochu (Chartier, Beaumont); Thayne Robstad and Beth Rogers (Hearth, Saskatoon); Mike Robins (Sous Sol, Winnipeg); and Jessica Young(Elements, Winnipeg). Each dinner event will consist of five courses developed collaboratively by the team of chefs. This year, the series will also include a travelling bar manager, Adrian Chappell of Saskatoon’s celebrated eateries: The Hollows and Primal.

“I’m incredibly honoured to be a part of this dinner series,” says Steve Brochu, chef/owner of Chartier. “We get a chance to celebrate our brilliant ingredients and spirit. Inspiration is everywhere. Throughout the seasons, we all get to look out onto the plains and see oceans of white, green gold and yellow. It’s impossible not to draw inspiration from this!”

This year’s inspiration is the rising and setting of the sun, an artistic homage to the farmers who work from the early hours of the morning to late at night during harvest season. Both the food and visual art installations set-up during each dinner is meant to reflect the spectacular beauty of experiencing dawn to dusk in the Canadian Prairies.

“After watching the dinner series unfold last year, I knew I had to get involved this the adventure this fall,” says Bridgette Bar’s executive chef JP Pedhirney. “I am looking forward to collaborating with the other talented chefs across the Prairies and exploring the region while we’re on the road.“

Stunning ceramic serving platters by Winnipeg’s Pepo Ceramics will strike a beautiful contrast on tabletops accented by Calgary visual artist, Lisa Brawn’s signature woodcut designs. Chefs and servers will don artistic aprons created by Alberta-born fashion designer Caitlin Power and a stunning projection art piece by Saskatoon’s Lindsey Rewuski will evolve throughout the dinner in a vibrant way. Before sitting down for dinner, local musicians in each city will entertain guests during the Big Rock Brewery cocktail hour while delicious Canadian Beef canapes are served.

This year, Edmonton’s Meuwly’s will be creating custom cured meats with Prairie aromatics. As well, Turner Valley’s Eau Claire Distillery has created a limited edition honey and Saskatoon berry-infused gin that will be available in September exclusively at the distillery, Calgary Farmers’ Market and Vine Artsliquor stores. As a perfect cocktail match, a limited edition Porter’s Tonic rhubarb lavender syrup will be released alongside the gin. Both will be used to create this year’s signature cocktail of the 2018 Prairie Grid Dinner Series.

Cadillac has once again come on board to provide a fleet of vehicles to help the Prairie Grid Dinner Series team complete their eight-day trek across Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba.

“We couldn’t have been happier with the response from everyone across the Prairies who attended our dinner series last fall,” says Eat North co-founder and event organizer Dan Clapson. “Our line-up of chefs this year are just as excited as the talented people we involved last year and I’m so excited to bring this new Prairie sky theme to life by working with some immensely talented visual artists in addition to makers like Eau Claire Distillery and Porter’s Tonic.”

More information and tickets to the Prairie Grid Dinner Series taking place in Calgary on Sept. 27, Edmonton on Sept. 29, Saskatoon on Oct. 2 and Winnipeg on Oct. 4 are available for Calgary here and Edmonton here.

Join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter using the dinner series hashtags: #PrairieGrid2018 and #proudtobeprairie.

ABOUT EAT NORTH | Founded by food enthusiasts Dan Clapson, Diana Ng and Dave Wilkinson in 2013, Eat North is an online platform that aims to tell stories of the Canadian food scene and the people behind it. Since its inception, Eat North has been encouraging Canadians to look in their own backyards for outstanding homegrown ingredients or dishes, informing the rest of the world that the Canadian food scene is more than just maple syrup, poutine and ketchup-flavoured potato chips and relating stories of why food matters to Canadians. |

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