June 25, 2018

Forage-to-Table Events Ripe for the Picking

Forage-to-Table events filling up the summer season

Alberta adventurous chefs are leaving their kitchens and teaming up with local foragers to host forage-to-table events across the province this summer.

The Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance, with support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, has brought together a diverse group of Alberta foragers with some of the provinces most notable chefs to create new forage-to-table experiences with three unique experiences to launch this July.

Participants will spend a couple of hours exploring the bounty that can be found off the beaten path collecting and learning about local and indigenous plants like cow parsnip, pineapple weed, nettles and coltsfoot with regional experts alongside their chef partners. After collecting some local edibles, participants will head back to the restaurant where the chefs will incorporate the foraged products in a memorable meal showcasing those items and other local ingredients. Tickets will include transportation to and from foraging sites, tour and restaurant gratuities and a three-course harvest meal.

Forage to Garden – Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Full Circle Adventures & Rouge – Calgary Departure
Join Chef Paul Rogalski of Calgary’s Rouge (#60 on San Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants in 2010) and forager Julie Walker of Full Circle Adventures to explore the backcountry near Okotoks. Returning to Rouge, guests will be treated to a garden party to celebrate what was harvested as well as what is grown right there on site.

Tickets $125.00 + GST & Service Fees
Contact events@rougecalgary.com to purchase

Forage to Field
– Friday, July 6, 2018
Mahikan Trails & Shokunin – Calgary Departure, Hosted in Mountain View County
Chef Darren Maclean of Shokunin (named one of Canada’s Top 50 restaurants two years in a row) and forager Brenda Holder of Mahikan Trails as the pair explores the lands of Painted Warriors Ranch near Sundre. Guests will get an introduction into the cultural stories of the region while seeking out plants such as pineapple weed, nettles, cow parsnip and blue violet. Chef Darren Maclean will bring together an amazing meal utilizing much of what was picked fresh that day.

Ticket purchasing information coming soon.

Forage to Table – Tuesday, August 7, 2018
RGE RD & From The Wild – Edmonton Departure
Local outdoorsmen and best of friends Chef Blair Lebsack of Edmonton’s RGE RD and Kevin Kossowan (of adventure series From the Wild) as they explore the Edmonton region. Guests will forage alongside the duo, and then return to RGE RD for a harvest lunch utilizing many of the items picked fresh on the trip.

Ticket purchasing information coming soon.

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