Last night Sharon and I were really excited to be part of DIYalogue Talks Food, the latest event organized by Edmonton’s NextGen. A few dozen people gathered on the Wooftop Patio at The Black Dog on Whyte for a speed-dating style opportunity to learn about Edmonton’s growing local food scene.
Looking for a collaborative space to chew the fat with Edmonton’s local food luminaries? DIYalogue Talks Food connects Edmonton’s established culinary entrepreneurs with local foodies, aspiring chefs, and backyard gardeners in 15-minute small group mini-dates. DIYalogue convenes communities of interest and explores the potential for individual success in the creative industries through unique partnerships and community support.
The speed mentors included:
- Mary Bailey, The Tomato
- Amy Beaith & Mike Johnson, Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton
- Nate Box, Elm Café
- Kirsta Franke, 124 Street Grand Market
- Alan & Nicola Irving, Irvings Farm Fresh
- Kevin Kossowan, Local Food Forager
- Mack Male, What the Truck?!
- Cynthia Strawson-Fawcett, Slow Food Edmonton
- Michael Walters, Local Food Hub Advocate
- Sharon Yeo, Only Here for the Food
The mentors paired up, and for the first hour or so, attendees moved from group to group. Sharon and I mostly talked about What the Truck?! but she did field a bunch of questions about her blog as well. Some of our favorite questions of the evening:
- Are the food trucks mostly run by existing restaurants? There’s a mix right now. Drift is a good example of a truck that started as a truck (though they wanted to start a restaurant originally) and The Act is a good example of a restaurant that now has a truck as well.
- What does Edmonton’s food scene lack? I said a brunch culture with diners that people will line up at and Sharon agreed and added southern comfort food.
- What can be done to make Edmonton a better place for food trucks? Read this post.
- Aside from Tres Carnales and Corso 32, what’s hot? Three Boars!
- When is the next What the Truck?! event? August, stay tuned!
No food-themed event is complete without something delicious to eat, so it was awesome to have Filistix on hand. They prepared a Moroccan vegetarian tagine – it was delicious! Everyone had the opportunity to sample OFER’s final jar of last year’s cider supply too.
I had a lot of fun with the event, and enjoyed catching up with Nate, Cynthia, and some of the other mentors too.
DIYalogue Talks Food was a great way to kickoff the NextGen blog theme for this month: food.
This month we will be bringing you tantalizing, and thought-provoking posts on and about the food scene in Edmonton. We’ll share what that means to a consumer, to a foodie, to a business owner, to an activist, and to someone who loves to cook, bake, and create.
Looking forward to it!