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Farm-to-Fork Pioneer Comes to NAIT

He’s considered the focal point for the farm-to-fork movement in Canada. And German-born chef Michael Stadtländer spent the week with NAIT’s culinary students. Stadtländer’s time at NAIT culminated in a special luncheon Thursday, where he and the students prepped a meal that celebrated winter and uniquely Canadian ingredients. “This is one of the most sophisticated chef schools I have been to in Canada,” Stadtländer said. The chef came to Canada after watching National Film Board shorts that celebrated our wilderness...

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Helping Women Succeed

An innovative program is opening up possibilities for women to better their lives at a local college. On March 4 — just four days before International Women’s Day — officials at NorQuest College came together to celebrate their 1000 Women: A Million Possibilities movement, which has already raised $1 million to provide endowments to students in financial need, and is now working on another $1 million to construct a new child-care centre...

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Rzadzinski Revved Up for Reality Competition

Stefan Rzadzinski is hoping to get the inside track on a spot in a prestigious auto race through a new reality web series. Starting in late March, Rzadzinski will be taking a break from his full-time studies at MacEwan University, where he’s in the final semester of a marketing degree program, to take part in Race to 24, a new 12-part online documentary series where he could win a spot driving for Team SARD-Morand in the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race. “It’s unbelievable,” says the...

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Baking With the Stars

The red carpet was rolled out for Sherwood Park baker Kathy Leskow last month as she took her sweet treats to the stars at the Oscars. Leskow, who owns and operates Confetti Sweets in Sherwood Park, was invited to Hollywood — along with her now-famous cookies — to take part in the festivities surrounding the 87th Academy Awards, which took place on Feb. 22. For her part, though, Leskow didn’t get very starstruck. “There was everybody from actors in TV sitcoms to movies to NFL stars to reality TV stars. But me, personally, I’m not...

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Mayor Optimistic Commonwealth Will Be Full for WWC Opener

In 100 days, Canada will host China at Commonwealth Stadium to kick off the Women’s World Cup. The 100-day countdown was marked Thursday at City Hall, as Mayor Don Iveson joined with kids and members of the Voyageurs soccer supporters group to celebrate the occasion. The Voyageurs came up with a unique terrace chant: “We’re red, we’re white, we’re awfully polite.” But beyond the photo-op, there was no...

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Artery to Close its Doors

A venue that has helped establish the pulse of the Edmonton music scene is shutting down, but the owner is hoping that the beat will go on. The building housing The Artery, a music and arts venue located on Jasper Avenue near 95th Street where many local bands got their start playing live gigs, has been deemed structurally unsound by the City of Edmonton, and tenants have until March 31 to vacate. Owner Philip Muz wrote a post on The Artery's Facebook page...

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Edmonton's 2015 Best Neighbourhoods Survey — Fill it Out and Win!

For the fourth consecutive year, Avenue Edmonton is taking the pulse of the city. With our friends at Banister Research & Consulting Inc., we are asking Edmontonians about what they think makes for great neighbourhoods. And, we’re once again asking what neighbourhoods are the best in the city in which to live. The results form the backbone of our Best Neighbourhoods issue, which comes out in August. Find the survey...

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Meet the City's Cocoanista

The chocolates look almost too good to eat. With hand-painted, vibrant designs, they have a crunchy coating that snaps in your mouth, releasing distinct flavours that dance delicately with your taste buds. These are the creations of Jacqueline Jacek, the owner of Jacek Chocolate Couture. “I’m not a chocolate maker,” explains the self-proclaimed cocoanista, a title she coined to describe her unique combination of chocolatier and fashionista. “A chocolate maker makes chocolate from the bean, so they...

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O'Flynn Rehearses Ahead of Gold Medal Plates

Ryan O’Flynn hates gimmicky cooking-contest shows. Ask him what he thinks about Chopped, the famous TV franchise where chefs are tasked to make cohesive dishes from a black box filled with ingredients that shouldn’t go together. He’ll tell you it’s embarrassing. That it’s degrading to chefs. That, when he sees it, it just makes him mad. But O’Flynn, who oversees the massive kitchen at the Westin Edmonton, will be off to Kelowna in early February 6 and 7 for an, ahem...

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Eskimos Take the Pulses of Their Fans

February is an odd month to be having a conversation about Canadian football. The Grey Cup was hoisted at the end of November, and the Edmonton Eskimos won’t have a home game at Commonwealth Stadium until July. But this is the month that the Eskimos really begin their ticket sales push. And, for the past couple of seasons, they’ve enlisted Banister Research and Consulting Inc. to survey their fans. The upcoming season will be an unusual one for the Eskimos. Edmonton is hosting more 2015 FIFA...

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