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Dinner Out: Devour’s Beyond Terroir Event

Dinner Out: Devour’s Beyond Terroir Event By Mika Francis Beyond Terroir, presented by Benjamin Bridge, Glooscap First Nation, and the Devour! Food Film Fest was a wonderful learning opportunity for all guests, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike. Beyond Terroir combined the creative culinary collaborations of Chef Blair Lebsack, Kevin Kossowan, and Chef Kari Rose Lameman of Potlotek First Nation, paired with delicious wines from Bejamin Bridge, and traditional Mi’kmaq knowledge of the land. Beyond Terroir consisted of four stops, each entailing a gourmet dish prepared with traditional Mi’kmaq foods paired with Benjamin Bridge wines and musts, and culturally-informative lessons on different…
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Update From The Cafeteria

Update From The Cafeteria By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com I’ve been thinking about school food for over a decade, but I got serious about learning everything I could after selling the restaurant in 2015. This past May l felt ready to put my 23 years as a chef and 15 years as a restaurant owner towards making a difference at one of my three kids’ schools. I popped my head into the Berwick School cafeteria and offered to lend a hand. The principal and cafeteria staff there welcomed me in and we got down…
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Why Care About School Food?

Why Care About School Food? By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com A 2003 study showed that Nova Scotian students were 47% more likely to be overweight or obese if they ate lunch at school. Considering that another recent Nova Scotian study showed that nearly half of schools in Nova Scotia served food that did not meet the nutrition policy set out by the province, improving school food is an issue that cannot wait. Sadly, at the same time, 21% of our children in the Annapolis Valley are food insecure and there is no strategy in…
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A Veritable Feast of Elevated Gastronomy and Thought-Provoking Film: Devour! The Food Film Fest

A Veritable Feast of Elevated Gastronomy and Thought-Provoking Film: Devour! The Food Film Fest Submitted Devour! The Food Film Fest promises six jam-packed days of culinary films, food and drink for the eighth annual festival taking place October 23 – 28 in Wolfville, Kentville, and Kings County, Nova Scotia. The robust programming lineup presents culinary delights crafted by internationally-renowned chefs from around the world, terroir-driven experiential tours, industry workshops in film and food, and multiple tastings, including in-theatre presentations. High profile chefs, including Chicago’s Jean Joho (Everest), acclaimed author and canning expert Paul Virant (Vie), BBQ legend Meathead Goldwyn, and…
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Dinner Out: Scott’s Top Devour! Picks

Dinner Out: Scott’s Top Devour! Picks By Scott Campbell It’s fall in the Valley and that means two things: Harvest and the Devour! Food Film Festival. And, although both are exciting and food-based, only one brings with it a buffet of mouthwatering servings of fresh feature films. As I excitedly pored over the film offerings this year I concluded, again, that I wanted to see them all. But, if you can only manage to squeeze a few into your schedule, here are some that I think look intriguing. Jiro Dreams of Sushi USA, 2011, 81 minutes Director David Gelb 85-year-old…
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The Dome Chronicles: Apple Pie Time

In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through flood and fire, triumph and catastrophe, they persevered, unwittingly sowing…
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Devour! The Food Film Fest: Musician and Culinary Entrepreneur Questlove Joins Lineup

Devour! The Food Film Fest: Musician and Culinary Entrepreneur Questlove Joins Lineup Submitted Devour! The Food Film Fest announces the addition of musician, culinary entrepreneur, and James Beard Award-nominated author Questlove to the programming lineup for the eighth annual installment, taking place October 23 – 28, 2018 in Wolfville and Kings County, Nova Scotia. The musical director of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and leader of the show’s house band, influential hip-hop group The Roots, Questlove will join 2018 Festival Co-Host Ali Hassan onstage on October 27 for an intimate conversation about food issues, culinary creativity, and his infamous…
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The Best Turkey (and Unbelievable Brussels Sprouts)

The Best Turkey (and Unbelievable Brussels Sprouts) By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com It took me twenty years to really figure out how to make flavourful, tender, reheat-able turkey. At least once a week we’d cook a turkey at the restaurant for buffet dinners, clubhouse sandwiches, and pasta dishes. Here’s what I’ve learned. You’ll need to start this the day before the feast! The turkey can cook overnight in your oven to save room on the big day. Turkey and Gravy 1 fresh or defrosted turkey (12 to 20 lbs), local and free-range if at…
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Valley Family Fun: Share Thanksgiving

Valley Family Fun: Share Thanksgiving By Laura Churchill Duke This year, why don’t you consider sharing Thanksgiving with a newcomer family? Our family has participated in this program for the past four years and can’t wait to do it again this year! Engage Nova Scotia has put together this wonderful program where your family is paired with a newcomer who joins you for your Thanksgiving dinner. Simply go to the website and indicate when you are having your meal (Sunday or Monday) and then who else will be at your table. Then, the organization will match you and connect you…
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Recipe: Pa Amb Tomàquet

Recipe: Pa Amb Tomàquet Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com My two-year-old and I wandered into a little coffee bar one morning in Granada a few years ago. It had snowed lightly the night before and the air was chilly and damp. The bar was warm and smelled soothingly of coffee and oranges. I balanced my daughter on a barstool and ordered, cafe con leche for me and freshly squeezed orange juice for her. Next to me, a woman was preparing her breakfast. She poured a thin stream of olive oil over toasted bread that had…
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