Celebrating Oktoberfest with Brewsters’ Günther Trageser

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Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival and travelling funfair. Held annually in Munich, it is a two week folk festival running from mid-to-late September to the first weekend in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year. The History of Oktoberfest Starts in 1810. Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess …

Kitchen Party with The Local Omnivore

Kathryn Joel Guest Presenters, Our Friends

The Local Omnivore was one of Edmonton’s first food trucks, and they quickly won over hearts and stomachs with their craftily smoked meat sandwiches and their engaging, honest personas. When word spread that the Local Omnivore crew was going to open their own restaurant, which opened last fall, we let out a collective whoop of joy. No longer would we have …

Let’s have some Effing Seafood – with Effing Rob

Kathryn Joel Class Information, Guest Presenters, Mixology, News

Rob Tryon knows how to command attention. I haven’t even met him in person yet, but I know who he is. He recently blazed onto Edmonton’s culinary scene, cheeky nickname blazed across social media platforms for all to see. He’s a B.C. boy originally, and has made it his mission to bring quality seafood to our palpably land-locked city. He …

Chef Ben Staley is quickly becoming Edmonton’s shaman

Kathryn Joel Class Information, Guest Presenters, How To, Our Friends

“You ate it!” Chef Ben Staley retorts as I tell him that me and Debra Krause found a wild, underripe gooseberry the other day. Ben’s been documenting all the wild foods that grow in and around us in this bizarre hillbilly meets handsome-academic (with perfectly well-kempt hair) montage he seems to be living these days. Ben has been on a bit of an under-ripe …

Israel Alvarez

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Israel studied the culinary arts at the Centro Universitario de Artes Culinarias in his hometown, Mexico City.  He completed his 2-year Diploma in International Cuisine then headed for Spain, where he continued his culinary education at the Centro de Estudios Hosteleros A Coruña.  His courses covered a diverse range of subjects from butchery to decorative cuisine, and led him to his …