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Women Chefs and Restaurateurs – Saturday, September 16 in Calgary. Got tickets?

WCR logo 2017 Canada (1)

Whether you just need a little battery charge or a bonfire under your butt – The WCR – Women Chefs and Restaurateurs conference could light the inspirational spark you seek.

I attended two years ago here in Calgary and enjoyed the camaraderie and humour. Turns out women that excel in hugely demanding food enterprises are funny as H – E – double hockey sticks – on top of all their other talents.

This year’s symposium features a woman I’ve wanted to meet for a very long time – Meeru Dhalwala. Meeru is Vikram Vij’s former life partner and enduring business partner. While Vikram is the best “front of house” restaurateur I’ve ever met, I suspect she’s the reason their restaurant kitchens are filled with women dedicatedly making their incredibly delicious food.

I’ll also enjoy the vivacious Elizabeth Faulkner and my friend, Italian winemaker, Angela Maculan. Hometown favourites Liana Robberecht and Top Chef Canada all-star Nicole Gomes will be there. Tickets are $225.– at women chefs.org/calgary-2017

See you there. These people with purpose and passion really know how to savour it all.

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Rootstock 2017 – This Saturday, August 26 at Flintrock Ranch

Rootstock Alberta organizer Kimberley Cornish says, “Proceeds from this fundraiser further the work of Food Water Wellness in advancing the practice of regenerative agriculture that nurtures a robust ecosystem and healthy soil.” Cornish who is the director of the  Food Water Wellness Foundation is leading this third annual Rootstock to support work being done, “to create an artificial intelligence tool that helps both farmers and researchers understand how soil can potentially be used to reverse climate change, increase biodiversity, mitigate both drought and flood and, most importantly, produce healthy food.”

Watch the video above to learn more about the work this event supports and read on for a sneak peak at this year’s event at Flintrock Ranch in Cowley, Alberta. Continue reading

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Corn Chowder and Buttermilk Biscuits 101 – a cooking lesson with my friend Lisa Neiles

Baking Powder Biscuit recipe on Savour it All blog

We bond with friends for different reasons. With my friend Lisa Neiles, we have several ties that bind us.

We are both Maritimers and we both love to cook. Add in that we have children the same age and husbands that work long hours, and you’ve got a solid friendship – even if we don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like. When we do get together, it is relaxing and fun. We chat about “home”, kids, hubbies, travel and we share recipes and a good meal.

This post brings you along for some corn chowder and biscuit making in the kitchen with two friends. Continue reading

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chef Roger Mooking set to spark appetites with his new Social Eatery at Telus Spark in Calgary

chef Roger Mooking - Social Eatery - Telus Spark - Calgary

chef Roger Mooking – photo courtesy of Brookline PR, Inc.

First things first. Check out the menu chef Roger Mooking created for Telus Spark’s new Social Eatery here.

Hallelujah – do see the prices? It’s all very reasonable. The most expensive thing is a 10 ounce stacked steak sandwich at $15.88. That’s cheaper than popcorn and a soda at the movies. While the prices are merciful for parents that are trying to have a fun day out with their children, the nutrition load in the menu is also an answer to parent’s prayers. Roger Mooking gets this. He’s got four daughters.

I had the chance to interview him by phone last week about this new project.  Continue reading

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#FEASTthebook – a great way to #eatCanada150 and @feast_on upcoming book tour dates

Dana Vanveller and Lindsay Anderson - authors of FEAST - savour it all blog by Karen Anderson

Dana Vanveller and Lindsay Anderson – photo courtesy of the subjects

Four years in the making and it’s almost here!  FEAST: recipes and stories from a Canadian road trip is the perfect way for Canadian food lovers to celebrate our country’s sesquicentennial 150th birthday. No longer will you be stumped when someone asks you “What is Canadian food?”

Turns out the answer is as diverse as our country and often as quirky as our Canadian sense of humour. Authors Lindsay Anderson (no relation – rats!) and Dana Vanveller spent five months touring all 10 provinces and three territories in their tiny Yaris during the summer of 2013. They blogged their hearts out at Edible Road Trip and won Saveur magazine’s Best Travel Blog award for their efforts. They captured the stories of our people and places and they shared the joy of eating the food that came with each day’s adventure. Now they are sharing the recipes that go with the stories they served up.

Next week, these fresh voices begin travelling Canada again and it’s your chance to meet them and get a copy of what will surely become an iconic Canadian book. Tour dates, recipes and a chance for a bonus gift from the authors follows. Continue reading

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Chef Jinhee Lee – @Geenie52 – wins Gold at Canadian Culinary Championships #CCC2017

#CCC2017 - Jinhee Lee - Gold medal plates - Savour it All

Chef Jinhee Lee of Calgary (Gold) with Chef Eric Hanson of Edmonton (Bronze) and Chef Joe Thottungal of Ottawa (Silver) – photo courtesy of #CCC2017

I am thrilled for my friend chef Jinhee Lee. She just won the Gold Medal at Gold Medal Plates – the Canadian Culinary Championships.

I’ve known Jinhee a few years now. She was Executive Chef at Raw Bar by Duncan Ly at The Hotel Arts in Calgary and has moved with chef Ly to be his Executive Chef at the first restaurant where he is chef/owner.  Continue reading

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A #recipe for Latvian #BaconRolls – #Piradzini – #Piragi – in loving memory of a great cook and person – Aina Rans

Latvian Bacon Rolls - Piradzini - Piragi - savour it all blog

Latvian bacon rolls – photo credit – Zig Rans

Do you know about bacon rolls?

They are delicious little nuggets of bread dough stuffed with a sweet onion and bacon mixture. My sister Laurie’s mother-in-law, Aina Rans, immigrated to Canada from Latvia after WWII and along with her many talents she brought this recipe with her.

Canada’s Latvian community is scattered far and wide across our land but wherever you find a person of Latvian descent, you will find a version of this treasured and very tasty recipe. For my sister’s family, this Latvian specialty has become a Canadian Christmas tradition. I’ll share Aina’s recipe and Laurie and her husband Zig’s photos here. Continue reading

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