PRIX FIXE PLAN BRINGS PIECE OF PARIS TO CAFE LINNEA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com).
Tickets are available through the LitFest website.
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.