Category Archives: Savour food
Loblaws, Canada’s largest grocer, announced this week that they will add 50 stores and spend $1.2 billion on expanding their network and distribution. Walmart echoed this push announcing $300 million in expansion. Big chains are getting bigger. That is not a story.
The stories in the grocery world right now, for me, are two trends I’ve been watching.
One is happening in a big way south of the border with Amazon dot com. They’ve been a distributor of all things since the 90s and 15,000 dry good groceries for a good part of that. Now, in their home base of Seattle and Los Angeles, if you join Amazon Fresh and pay a fee of about 200 dollars a year, you can order online from a wide variety of grocers and specialty stores for home delivery. As you long as you order by 11 p.m. – for most items – that which you desire will arrive on your doorstep by 6 a.m. the next morning. No wonder Loblaws are looking into e-commerce to broaden their distribution. They might be looking at some very empty big boxes of stores if this catches on in Canada. They’ll have to go some to catch Amazon who’ve been doing e-everything since the 90s and who just spent $750 million on their inventory robotics systems. Now that is a big story but it’s not the one I’m going to focus on.
The trend I’m going to focus on is the opposite of big. It’s small in every way. It’s the revival of the corner grocer.
Today on CBC Radio One’s Alberta at Noon I talked about why the world’s gone loco for coconut and some ideas for using coconut in your holiday baking. The recipes can be found here and the podcast here. I’m on at the 17:44 mark in the show.
Read on for a little more background on coconut’s popularity around the globe.
Today marks the start of the 10th Slow Food International Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto biennial conference in Turin, Italy.
I’ve been a member of Slow Food International since 2005. I served on the board of our local chapter/convivium for six years. I helped develop a little booklet called The Snail Trail to connect local consumers with local producers of good, clean and fair food and I ran Feast of Fields five times in support of the same objective. I’ve done taste workshops in schools and talks at public libraries. I’ve taken bus loads of people to local farms and raised moola to send farmers and chefs to this amazing conference in Italy.
But wait, you are probably thinking slow food is something that comes out of a crockpot slow cooker… want to know what it really is and why I care so much about it?
My @AlbertaatNoon column – #WorldFoodDay – #toastafarmer and support #farmvoices – the family farming movement
October 16 is World Food Day and this year’s theme is Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.
My Alberta at Noon column this month will share what kinds of challenges family farms are facing and what’s going on with the family farm movement right here in Alberta. This post will provide some background information.
Cool thing #24 – Watch this @calgaryfoodtour video and then join us for some local food, fun and adventure
Thanks to Telus TV and their OptikLocal branch for the brilliant video profile of my company Calgary Food Tours Inc.
We made this video on a rainy day in May 2014 and it captures the essence of the food tours we offer here in Calgary. They are all about food, fun and adventure and you can see my guests enjoying delicious food prepared by great local cooks, having fun exploring and sharing the adventure of a day out of the ordinary.
It’s one thing to watch the video – that’s fantastic – but the best thing of all is to come on out and enjoy a tour.
Calgary Food Tours Inc. is one of the best things that helps me savour it all. I hope you’ll come and share in the food, fun and adventures we’ve designed for our guests.
Whoot! what a thrill to be featured in @AvenueMagazine – “5 Great Calgary Food Tours” by @JenntotheH
Cool thing #23 – Calgary Food Tours is featured in Avenue Magazine
Thanks to Calgary’s Avenue Magazine Executive Editor Jennifer Hamilton for so clearing capturing and highlighting my company Calgary Food Tours Inc in the article above.
Yes, it’s true. When I’m not writing, I’m out on the streets of Calgary leading food tours. The tours are amazing because of the depth of Calgary’s food scene and the terrific partners we choose to showcase. Yet many people still don’t know what a food tour is or what we do.
Read on for a photo journey that will help you see why food tours are quickly becoming the number one attraction in cities around the globe.