As Food Day Canada approaches (August 5, 2017), I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to highlight Alder Room, which does a fantastic job of highlighting what we can do with regional ingredients. The tasting menu at Alder Room is regionally and seasonally inspired, so it will probably be a different experience each time you go. The Alder Room website describes itself as follows, so that gives you a hint of what’s to come.
Alder Room is a modern, experiential restaurant; a place to interact with regional, seasonal cuisine and those who prepare it. Our menu is inspired by our connection to the land.
Alder Room can host up to 12 diners at its single 7pm seating (Wednesday to Saturday) and we arrived for our reservation on a Friday night. We had a group of four and there was another couple there as well, bringing the total number of people in our seating to 6. This was certainly an intimate meal and it definitely helped that the initial bites were served in the front seating area, where we would be able to chat while having champagne and snacks.
Before diving into the snacks, Chef Ben Staley (owner of Alta and Alder Room) gave us an overview of Alder Room’s philosophy and noted that he uses regional ingredients from Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. In particular, he indicated that he had a partnership with Vesta Gardens (in Thorhild) where they supply both his restaurants with produce. Each week, he heads out to Vesta Gardens to see what is available and tailors the Alder Room tasting menu to whatever is ripe and in-season.
Snacks (Clockwise L to R): Pickled carrots, Dried fermented peach, Quail egg rolled in vegetable ash, Fried sunchoke skin
If you know me, or follow me via social media (or on the blog), you can probably tell that I’m a pretty solid city slicker, so any time I get an opportunity to check out a farm to see where my food comes from, I’m down. Several bloggers (obviously including yours truly) were invited to visit Sunworks Farm on a beautiful Sunday to see how their certified organic farm operates and as well as to partake in a dinner catered by Quarter Section Food Co. using Sunworks products.
Sheila, Isaac and Ron as they give us a quick intro to Sunworks Farm and what they’re all about
Phew… I think we are almost at the all caught up level of the Topbox reviews. Somehow knowing that a review for the May to July Topboxes will be coming at y’all soon makes it feel like I’ve really started making a dent (of sorts) in my blogging backlog, after all, if I can manage to do the beauty stuff, food stuff shouldn’t feel like a monumental task?
January 2017 Topbox
It’s been a warm weekend, which means that it is obviously time to blitz through a review of the fall Topboxes… and blitz really is the key word considering I had no strong feelings on the following boxes.
October 2016 Topbox
I know… it’s been forever since I’ve produced a blog post and I was originally thinking I would be able to catch up on some while I was on vacation. Anyone who tells you they are super productive using their plane time is (in my opinion) incredibly impressive! So, obviously I failed on that front, but as my next Topbox is due soon – I feel it’s only good form to get back to my Topbox reviews… starting from a year ago. 😮
Here is also the moment where I own up to the fact that y’all are mainly getting more of a photo log than true review since I can’t recall a lot of how I felt about products unless they were something I really loved or something I did not like at all.