What goes into a meal that feeds 80 people with leftovers to spare? Parkdale-Cromdale’s community garden volunteers from last year’s pilot project can tell you: construction skills, a big pile of dirt, lots of seeds, and a little tender loving care.
Last summer, Parkdale-Cromdale’s Grower’s Dozen Community Garden tested their chops with four 3-by-7 foot raised-bed boxes that yielded enough food for a harvest meal for over 80 people, all grown from donated seeds and plants.
Next month, the building that housed Natalia’s Hair Salon will re-open as Jasmine Belle Cafe, a French-Vietnamese eatery and coffee shop.
Located on the northwest corner of 87 Street and Alberta Avenue, across from Handy Bakery, the cafe will serve breakfast and lunch with fare from both cultures, said owner and operator Joanna Nguyen-Savoie.
Fresh from opening, Zar Zor Restaurant, located on 121 Avenue and 90 Street, offers flavours drawing from long-ago Mesopotamia.
Mesopotamia is the ancient name for the land that once encapsulated large chunks of modern-day Iraq, Syria, and Turkey as well as slices of Iran and Kuwait. Mesopotamia made up a significant portion of the “cradle of civilization,” known for its rich soils that fed the first cities of early civilization.
After Edmonton Food Bank’s shocking realization that some clients didn’t know how to use the staple ingredients in their food hampers, the organization teamed up with Shaw TV Edmonton.
The result was Cook it Simple, a show hosted by chef Stanley Townsend, who was chair of NAIT’s culinary arts program for 25 years. The show’s purpose is to inspire Edmontonians to cook delicious and healthy food on a limited budget.