PRIX FIXE PLAN BRINGS PIECE OF PARIS TO CAFE LINNEA

Edmonton Journal - - YOU - LIANE FAULDER Food Notes

It’s long been a dream of Cafe Linnea co-owner Gar­ner Beggs to bring a full-on, prix fixe (fixed price) menu to the west-cen­tral eatery. And now it’s hap­pen­ing.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about it,” said Beggs, who has or­ga­nized the change along with the restau­rant’s head chef/co-owner, Kelsey John­son.

The new menu for­mat re­flects a com­mon fea­ture of the clas­sic bistro in France, where two- and three-course, stan­dard-priced menus are a treat for vis­i­tors. There is no need to think so hard about choices, and the sys­tem al­lows the kitchen to change up op­tions more reg­u­larly to re­flect the weather, sea­sonal pro­duce and pro­teins, and to re­spond to in­spi­ra­tion.

Cafe Linnea used to have prix fixe on Tues­day nights — now that’s the case ev­ery evening the restau­rant is open. Watch for wine pair­ings geared specif­i­cally to the chang­ing ar­ray of dishes. Pas­try chef Jake Pel­letier also is cre­at­ing new dessert op­tions to com­ple­ment the fresh for­mat.

Two-course menus are priced at $35 and three-course menus are $45. There will be more than a dozen choices for wine by-the­glass to pair with the cour­ses, and the wine is priced sep­a­rately.

Cafe Linnea is at 10932 119 St. Call 780-758-1160.

Ed­mon­ton restau­rants RGE RD (10643 123 St.) and Otto Food & Drink (11405 95 St.) are join­ing with more than 70 other restau­rants across Canada to do­nate the pro­ceeds from their din­ner ser­vice next Wed­nes­day to sup­port lo­cal food pro­grams.

It’s the fifth year for the Restau­rants for Change event, which takes place in 19 Cana­dian cities. By book­ing a reser­va­tion at the par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants, din­ers will be help­ing the Food4Good Com­mu­nity Food Cen­tre, the food pro­gram­ming di­vi­sion of the Jasper Place Well­ness Cen­tre, a com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion in west Ed­mon­ton serv­ing vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple through hous­ing, em­ploy­ment, health care, ed­u­ca­tion, and food.

Funds raised also go to sup­port Com­mu­nity Food Cen­tres Canada. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to restau­rants­for­change.ca.

Chef Sally Vaughan-John­ston, a pop­u­lar recipe de­vel­op­ment ex­pert and for­mer house chef for the Best of Bridge se­ries, has some cook­ing classes to help warm this chilly fall.

To keep up on her ac­tiv­i­ties, fol­low Vaughan-John­ston on In­sta­gram at chef­sal­lyyeg.

On Sun­day, Nov. 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ot­tewell Com­mu­nity Hall (5920 93A Ave.) par­tic­i­pants will use a sin­gle cook­ing ves­sel to cre­ate four fast and fab­u­lous meals. The cost is $105 a per­son.

High­lights in­clude cur­ried co­conut chicken rice bowls, herbed tortellini soup with leeks and chorizo, and sweet potato and corn tacos with avo­cado crema.

To re­serve a space or get more de­tails, con­tact Vaughan-John­ston at 780-461-4238 or 780655-0020 (cell), or via email at svaugh­anj@shaw.ca.

Vaughan-John­ston is also teach­ing a class at Metro Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion called That’s Ap­per­tain­ment on Satur­day, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at J. Percy Page High School, 2707 Mill Woods Rd. NW. For de­tails and to reg­is­ter, visit metro­con­tin­uinge­d­u­ca­tion.ca or call 780-428-1111.

Stop the car! Ikea has added all-plant-dogs to its shop-and­snack menu in its Cana­dian lo­ca­tions. In a news re­lease, Ikea notes that in 2017 the chain sold more than 3.4 mil­lion hot­dogs. The veg­gie hot­dog will be avail­able for 75 cents, and is served with mus­tard, red cab­bage, and fried onions. Ikea plans to launch a plant-based ice cream next year.

The Ed­mon­ton Expo Cen­tre has a new ex­ec­u­tive chef, Jiju Paul.

A cer­ti­fied chef de cui­sine (no mean feat), Paul joins the Ed­mon­ton Expo Cen­tre team with more than 16 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in five-star ho­tels across In­dia, the United Arab Emi­rates, and Canada. He re­turns to Ed­mon­ton from the Fair­mont Aj­man in the United Arab Emi­rates, where he was part of the Emi­rates Culi­nary Guild and led the Fair­mont Aj­man culi­nary team in in­ter­na­tional culi­nary com­pe­ti­tion.

As a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive sous chef at the Fair­mont Ho­tel Mac­don­ald, Paul ran the ur­ban bee­keep­ing pro­gram at the ho­tel and was on the front line in de­vel­op­ing its farm-to-ta­ble con­cept with lo­cal grow­ers.

In ad­di­tion, he has con­trib­uted to the lo­cal chef scene through his work with the Cana­dian Culi­nary Fed­er­a­tion Ed­mon­ton Chap­ter, North­ern Al­berta In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and sev­eral lo­cal high schools.

Ever since I’ve been a food writer for the Ed­mon­ton Jour­nal, I have looked for­ward to the LitFest Food Mat­ters event — that an­nual look at the best of non-fic­tion books about food, food pro­duc­tion and, yes, eat­ing.

This year, three fab­u­lous fe­male writ­ers are on a panel for this event, which is at the down­town Ma­trix Ho­tel (10640 100 Ave.) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 20.

The writ­ers are Karen An­der­son and Tilly Sanchez-Turri, the au­thors of Food Ar­ti­sans of Al­berta, along with Trina Moyles, who talks about fe­male farm­ers in her new book, Women Who Dig: Farm­ing, Fem­i­nism and the Fight to Feed the World.

Two lo­cal chefs fea­tured in Food Ar­ti­sans, RGE RD’s Blair Leb­sack and Cindy Lazarenko of The Culina Fam­ily, also will be spe­cial guests at the event.

Tick­ets are limited, and they aren’t part of the fes­ti­val pass (although fes­ti­val pass hold­ers get a dis­count by con­tact­ing rsvp@lit­festal­berta.org).

Tick­ets are avail­able through the LitFest web­site.

ED KAISER

Cafe Linnea is con­vert­ing to a prix fixe din­ner menu, sim­i­lar to that of­fered in a clas­sic French bistro.

Jiju Paul is the new ex­ec­u­tive chef at the Ed­mon­ton Expo Cen­tre.

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