Westworld Alberta

February 2013

Westworld Alberta

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a edible ABCs In Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet, Edmonton writer Dee HobsbawnSmith chronicles the products and producers that make up Alberta's agriculture and agri-food industries. There's Kitscoty-based Rhonda Zuk Headon of the Cheesiry, who turned to making semi-soft pecorino cheese after a serendipitous 2009 visit to a Tuscany cheesemaker. Then there's retired oil patch worker Wayne Ptolemy of Lakeland Wild Rice in Athabasca. In all, Hobsbawn-Smith profiles 75 growers and producers – from A to Z – all of whom demonstrate resilient, Alberta-grown entrepreneurial spirit. She also peppers the book with recipes from her own kitchen, such as Cherrywood-Smoked Elk Loin on Eggplant Salad, and Desert Stuffed Peppers with Pepitas and Gouda. A tasty tour of agricultural Alberta. —T.H. Crème de Calgary Model Milk executive chef and co-owner Justin Leboe pays tribute to cooking that draws from Alberta's bounty, with a dash of southern U.S. comfort food. In the summer, the must-try dish at this vaunted Calgary eatery, which opened its doors in October 2011, are the fried green tomatoes, whose perfectly crisped exteriors give way to tangy flesh. In the fall, a beet and goat cheese salad with pickled apple might make an appearance. The menu is never the same. But (top right) Justin Leboe, executive chef and co-owner of Calgary's Model Milk restaurant, which was a dairy in the 1930s; (below) women at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Parish make perogies. large plates of locally raised beef and pork are staples — accompanied by unexpected sides, such as green grits and succotash. Calgary's tastiest hamburger is also a mainstay. Inside the restaurant, vintage milk bottles and dairy cans decorate a bright, industrial multi-level space — tributes to the brick building's past life as a creamery, Model Dairy, in the 1930s. modelmilk.ca —T.H. Perogies en Mass In Edmonton, some people go to church to worship; others go to indulge in one of the most authentic Ukrainian dishes in the land: perogies. Canada's largest Ukrainian settlement is in Kalyna Country, which runs north from Edmonton to Athabasca, east to Lloydminster and south to Provost. Here, dozens of Ukrainian churches host buffet-style perogy dinners, where battalions of parish ladies prepare and serve the buttery pockets by the cartload, along with cabbage rolls, kielbasa and more. "The practice of having dinners at the parish is not uncommon," says Lana Hornjatkevyc of the Ukrainian Catholic (Model Milk) Calgary Herald archive, St. Basil's Cultural Centre, p12-15_Up Front.indd 13 n Eparchy of Edmonton. "What's new is that it's opened up to the broader community." St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Edmonton stages one of the most popular dinners every couple of months on a Friday at its cultural centre — a bargain at $14 for adults and $6 for kids (780-434-4288; stbasilschurch.com). St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, also in Edmonton, hosts perogy suppers at its parish hall every two months or so ($14 for adults, $7 for kids; 780-421-9353; stjosaphat. ab.ca). The next is March 1. Whichever one you attend, expect a divine meal at a fair price. —Shauna Rudd Westworld >> f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 3 13 13-01-16 12:26 PM

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