Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

The NAIT guide to Edmonton restaurants, food and drink

Find your new favourite restaurant

What's for dinner? Or for lunch, brunch or breakfast? How about just coffee or a pint? In any case, go where the NAIT grads are. Here they are, serving up everything from refined pub fare to fine dining, from fast casual to fusion, and much more. Enjoy!

(Also, if you see any need for updates, or are a NAIT grad who'd like to be added to our list, please drop us a line.)

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Contemporary and regional

contemporary and regional dining, nait food and drink guide

Edmonton and area

Baiju
10363 - 104 St.
780-421-7060
Reviews

alexei boldireff, baiju chef, edmonton downtownExecutive chef Alexei Boldireff (Accounting '04, Finance '05, Culinary Arts '10, Retail Meatcutting '11)
Chef Ellen Mitchell (Cooking '15)

Located in the heart of the arena district, Baiju serves contemporary Asian-inspired dishes (Sichuan confit chicken, for example, or a whole fried ocean perch - served family style for sharing) alongside a lengthy list of original cocktails. Housed in the hip and happening Mercer building, Baiju keeps a casual atmosphere accented by hip-hop on the sound system and late hours perfect for walk-ins.

Bar Bricco
10347 Jasper Ave.
780-424-5588
Reviews

Owner and chef Daniel Costa (Culinary Arts '05)

Jasper Avenue has its first spuntini bar. Costa told Liane Faulder that, in Italy, “These are small places you go into and you get a snack and have a couple of glasses of wine. It’s not tapas, it’s a little more than that. Small plates, with cured meats, not charcuterie." Costa's second venture is next to Corso 32, his first. Just try your luck and drop by – reservations aren't accepted.

Bar Clementine
11957 Jasper Ave.
780-756-4570
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Chef Roger Letourneau (Cook '10)

Situated in the vibrant Oliver neighbourhood, Bar Clementine is ambitiously renewing cocktail culture with drinks, says their website, "named and fashioned to invoke particular feelings and memories." Each features no less than five ingredients, making for interesting pairings with Letourneau's imaginative menu, featuring everything from sourdough rye pancakes to elaborate cheese plates to humpback shrimp.

Blue Chair Café
9624 - 76 Ave.
780-989-2861
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Owner Harold Wollin (Culinary Arts ’77)

The Blue Chair Café combines a homey but diverse cuisine (much of it inspired by owner Harold Wollin’s days as a backpacker through Asia and Central and South America) with another key ingredient: live music on the weekends. It’s casual dining for the whole family, with prices to match.

 Quick fixes for high-quality caffeine

Looking for a great cup of coffee? In Edmonton, these cafés have the quick pick-me-up you're after.

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Branches
23108 Highway 16, Sherwood Park
780-467-3443
Reviews

Baker Amy Weltz (Baker '10)

Tucked inside Sherwood Park’s Greenland Garden Center, Branches offers “contemporary comfort food.” Enjoy a wood-fired pizza, colourful salad, or savour dessert while surrounded by plants and their bustling nursery. Make reservations or come early – they can get busy!

Bundok
10228 - 104 St.
780-420-0192
Reviews

Owner and chef Ryan Hotchkiss (Cook '12)

OpenTable users have praised this downtown bistro Bundok for its cozy (36-seat) atmosphere, attentitive service and great food. The menu revolves around French techniques applied to Canadian comfort food. What exactly does that mean? Since the dishes change with the seasons, you'll have to pay a visit to find out.

Café Bicyclette
8627 - 91 St.
587-524-8090
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Chef John Lau (Culinary Arts '05)

Café Bicyclette brings an authentic French menu to Edmonton diners – even the text is in French! The patio is a year-round hot spot in the city's French Quarter, winter be darned.

Cavern
#2, 10169 - 104 St.
780-455-1336
Reviews

Owner Tricia Bell (Cook '98)

Choose from a "portfolio" of 75 cheeses to take away or stay and and enjoy a selection on a cheese board, light fare, dessert, coffee and drinks. Cavern doesn't take reservations but will cater events and take private bookings.

Chartier
5012 - 50 St., Beaumont
780-737-3633
Reviews

Co-owner Sylvia Cheverie (Marketing '09)
Head chef Tamara Solon (Cooking '15)
Bar manager Jennifer Kerr (Cooking '13)

As part of Chartier's French-Canadian offerings, dinner features classics such as braised rabbit, beef bougrguignon and chicken cordon bleu, as well as innovative dishes with a local focus, such as their Beaumont smoked meat sandwich. All of this was brought to you, in part, by Kickstarter. To date, Chartier is the crowdfunding platform's most successful Canadian restaurant project.

Cibo Bistro
11244 - 104 Ave.
780-757-2426 (CIBO)
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Rosario Caputo of Cibo BistroChef and owner Rosario Caputo (Culinary Arts ’05)

One of the latest Edmonton restaurants to usher in the city's renaissance of Italian food, Cibo Bistro, tucked into a corner of Oliver Square, is earning high praise. Expect locally sourced food, fresh-made pasta, an evolving menu and dishes that that focus on flavour. "We want the ingredients to speak for themselves," says chef Rosario Caputo.

Prestons Restaurant and Lounge at Coast Edmonton Plaza
10155 - 105 St.
780-423-4811
Reviews

Chef de cuisine Dione Harwood (Management '15)

Unpretentious but inventive, the menus of Prestons feature "Canadian-inspired comfort food," including everything from crunchy chicken sandwiches to a full selection of AAA Alberta beef dishes. In between, you'll find Thai chicken soup, wedge salad, butternut squash ravioli and more.

The Common
9910 - 109 St.
780-452-7333
Reviews

Chef Jesse Morrison-Gauthier (Baking '07)

A fine example of the quality of Edmonton's gastro-lounge scene, the Common offers pub food defined by creativity and quality. Share classics like mussels and fries or try an old favourite with a twist, like the honey basil pear grilled cheese.

Corso 32
10345 Jasper Ave.
780-421-4622
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Chef and owner Daniel Costa (Culinary Arts '05)

One of the most high-profile chefs in Edmonton, Costa has made his name in authentic Italian cuisine. Eat homemade pasta and meats cured in-house until the wee hours. Let Costa himself tell and show you more, including recipes, on his blog.

Culina Muttart
9626 - 96A St.
780-466-1181
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Sous chef Jeremy Johnston (Cook '13)

Culina brings its unique food concept to a unique environment: Edmonton's leafy, lush and fragrant Muttart Conservatory. The cafe serves a popular brunch and is very friendly to those looking for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices.

Die Pie
11215 Jasper Ave.
780-760-7272
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neil royale die pie pizzaChef and co-owner Neil Royale (Culinary Arts '08)

No meat, no cheese, no problem. Die Pie brings vegan pizza and pasta to downtown Edmonton, with homemade cashew-based cheese, jackfruit in place of pulled pork, and a menu full of other delicious novelties. Open for brunch.

EcoCafé 
6A Village Dr. RR#2, Westerose
780-586-2627 or 780-586-2623
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Chef and owner Tim Wood (Apprentice Cook ’77)

EcoCafé stands out as much for its philospohy as for its food. Make the trip for organic and locally raised fare served in a cozy room about an hour southwest of Edmonton. Organic extends to the beer and wine menu as well, and meat and fruit pies are available for take out.

Ernest's Dining Room
11762 - 106 St. (NAIT Main Campus)
780-471-8676
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ernest's naitFine dining at reasonable prices, featuring outstanding contemporary cuisine prepared and served by Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management students and using high-quality local ingredients. Extensive wine list includes a number of Canadian producers.

Good Stock Restaurant and Catering
11409 - 40 Ave.
587-499-8793
Reviews

Executive chef Michelle Robinson (Culinary Arts '09)

Good Stock opened in 2017 with the aim of showing that “fast food” can also be healthy, plant-based and budget friendly. Executive chef Michelle Robinson brings her passion for whole food plant-based diets to Edmonton diners, serving up dine-in, take-out, take-and-bake meals, and catering.

Highlevel Diner
10912 - 88 Ave.
780-433-0993
Reviews

Chef and co-owner Adam Stoyko (Cook ’08)

A touchstone of Edmonton's Garneau neighbourhood, the Highlevel Diner has provided an eclectic menu and a warm and lively setting overlooking the river valley for almost 40 years. It maintains its modern flair through fresh and colourful dishes, with plenty of options for omnivores and vegetarians alike. The weekend brunches are line up inducing (grab some of their famous cinnamon buns to go).

Julio’s Barrio
10450 - 82 Ave.
780-431-0774
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Kitchen Manager Darren Smith (Culinary Arts '10)

An icon of Whyte Avenue, Julio’s Barrio brings "bulldogs" and Mexican cuisine to their bustling patio space. Top your dish with their signature salsa from mild to nuclear heat, sip an icy margarita, and say hello to summer. Vegans and those seeking gluten-free options will enjoy a broad selection of dietary-friendly options.

Kanto 98st.
10936 - 98 St.
780-244-7388
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Owner and chef Edgar Gutierrez (Cook '03)

Just off Chinatown's main drag, Kanto 98st. brings Filipino flavours to Edmonton's growing collection of restaurants focused on street food from away. Staff are eager to explain items that might be unfamiliar, and serve them fresh and piping hot. Dishes focus on barbecue, rice bowls and chicken, and steamed bao bun stuffed with pork, chicken or beef. Finish with halo-halo, a sweet, cool Filipino treat.

The Local Omnivore
10933 - 120 St.
780-660-1051
Reviews

Chef and co-owner Mark Bellows (Culinary Arts '05)

Reviews for the sandwiches, brunch, atmosphere and service have been great for this food-truck-turned-stationary-eatery. Those that eat here promise to return. Join them to enjoy a menu featuring house-smoked bacon sandwiches, poutine, tacos and more.

London Local
2307 Ellwood Dr. SW
780-752-2244
Reviews

lindsay porter chef and owner london localChef and co-owner Lindsay Porter (Culinary Arts '06)
Co-owner Evonne Li (Culinary Arts '06)

After years of collaboration, Lindsay Porter and Evonne Li have opened London Local, a casual space that blends Irish and English favourites with local ingredients and a Canadian twist. Stop in for a comfortable, rustic dining experience and an excellent draft beer list.

Lux Steakhouse and Bar 94 
10150 - 101 St.
780-424-0400
Reviews

Executive chef Tony Le (Culinary Arts ’03, Red Seal)

Owned in part by local hockey legend Ryan Smyth, Lux is a modern take on the traditional steakhouse. Come for hip decor and antibiotic- and hormone-free Angus beef aged in house for 28 days.

Meat
8216 - 104 St.
587-520-6338
Reviews

Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook ’04)

The Next Act Pub got a sibling with Meat, a smokehouse opened up right next door by McLaughlin and the ownership team. It's southside southern barbecue: brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, all featuring homemade sauces. And, of course, there's bourbon.

Pip
10403 - 83 Ave.
780-760-4747
Reviews

Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook Apprentice '04)

The newest sibling of The Next Act and MEAT, Pip serves up charming comfort food in a cozy 28-seat space. Catch their exquisite takes on classic brunch favourites during the day or join them for dinner - opt for one of their flawless cocktails anytime.

Rebel Food and Drink
9112 - 142 St.
780-752-7325
Reviews

Executive chef Tony Le (Culinary Arts '03)

A fresh addition to the Century Hospitality Group, Rebel Food and Drink is a casual spot in the west end featuring a menu that invites guests to break all the rules. "Have breakfast for dinner and cake for breakfast" may mean an all-day breakfast at 6 p.m. or, literally, "cake for breakfast": confetti cake, vanilla frosting, fruity pebbles, Froot Loops, tall glass of milk, starting at 11 a.m.

Red Ox Inn
9420 - 91 St.
780-465-5727
Reviews

Head chef Sean O’Connor (Culinary Arts ’06)

Tucked into a quiet, south Edmonton neighbourhood, the Red Ox Inn takes an eclectic approach to fine dining, infusing seafood and meat dishes with local ingredients. There are only 12 tables so be sure to call ahead.

RGE RD
10643 - 123 St.
780-447-4577
Reviews

Chef and co-owner Blair Lebsack (Cook ’98)

As one of the city’s biggest champions of local food, Blair Lebsack created a unique concept: cook where the food is. After years of setting tables at a farm near you, he's set up a space based on the same culinary theme just west of downtown. In 2014, it made number four on enRoute magazine's list of best new restaurants in Canada.

Riverbank Bistro
8 Mission Ave., St. Albert
587-290-1655
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Chef and owner Daniel Ducharme (Culinary Arts' 09)

Tucked into a beautiful purple manor just off the Sturgeon River, Dan Ducharme’s delightful Riverbank Bistro highlights regional ingredients and cuisine. The menu has earned many accolades, including best food, best service, and one of the top 100 most romantic restaurants for 2019. Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner date or brunch with friends, their patio is sure to please.

Rostizado (by Tres Carnales)
102, 10359 - 104 St.
780-761-0911
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Chef and co-owner Edgar Gutierrez (Cook ’05)

Lauded for its authenticity, Rostizado borrows from the diversity of Mexican cooking and its reliance on slow-roasted ingredients. With a menu virtually bereft of the word taco, this Tres Carneles spinoff offers much for lovers of chicken and pork but, with plenty of seasonal veggies and seafood, also welcomes a breadth of diners.

Royal Glenora Club
11160 River Valley Road
780-482-2371
Reviews

Chef Steve Buzak (Culinary Arts '98)

If you're a member (or a friend of one) of the Royal Glenora Club, an Edmonton institution for more than 50 years, you'll have access to a cornucopia of dining choices, including the cosy Fireside Dining Room, the inviting Generations Sports Lounge, the bright Pool Patio (open year round), the convenient Glenora Café and, come summer, the fresh air of the Terrace, a patio with a river valley view. If you're not a member, drop by for Sunday brunch (complete with its own dessert buffet.) Seatings start at 10:30 a.m.

SC (River Cree Resort and Casino)
300 East Lapotac Blvd., Enoch Cree Nation
780-930-2636
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Executive chef Shane Chartrand (Culinary Apprenticeship ’02)

Branded for the chef behind it, SC brings the Indigenous flavours of Chartrand's heritage to a contemporary Canadian menu. Eye-catchers from the hearty menu include Wagyu beef carpaccio, bacon and portabella bannock flatbread, and bulled bison "popovers." Pop over from the gaming room at the casino or if you're in to see a show at the concert venue.

Spotlight Caberet
8217 - 104 St.
780-760-0202
Reviews

Executive chef Jesse Woodland (Cook '15)

Spotlight Caberet has reimagined a prime piece of Old Strathcona real estate as an art deco-inspired hangout that showcases local music, drag, burlesque, improv and more. Soak up the rays from the expansive rooftop patio during the day and linger inside when the sun goes down for a “roaring 20s” experience complete with fun and innovative snacks, sandwiches, burgers and seafood.

Three Boars Eatery
8424 - 109 St.
780-757-2600
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Chef and co-owner Brayden Kozak (Culinary Arts '02)

Share dishes from a menu that changes with the seasons, and the day, for that matter. Locavores will delight in lamb, pork, quail and fresh veg served with flavour and flair. Pair with craft beers, wine, or sip from a sophisticated list of liquers and single malts.

Tres Carnales Taquería
10119 - 100A St.
780-429-0911
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Head cook and co-owner Edgar Gutierrez (Cook ’05)

In Mexico, Tres Carnales translates as three friends – in this case the ones (Edgar Gutierrez included) who brought authentic Mexican street food to downtown Edmonton. The produce is fresh, the meat locally sourced, the atmosphere casual. Expect fast food, says the head cook, but good fast food.

Tzin Wine and Tapas
10115 - 104 St.
780-428-8946
Reviews

Owner Kelsey Danyluk (Marketing '02)
Chef Corey McGuire (Cook '07)

Enjoy your pick of 20 wines served by the glass and fancy snacks (stuffed and fried Manzanilla olives, potato bravas, etc.) and meals (roasted Alberta lamb chops, pan-seared salt cod, etc), while hanging out in one of downtown's coolest dining districts.

Ucellino
10349 Jasper Ave.
780-426-0346
Reviews

Chef and owner Daniel Costa (Culinary Arts '05)

Whereas hist first restaurant, Corso 32, leans toward fine dining, and Bar Bricco, his second, has more of a bar-type atmosphere, Ucellino, opened right next door in June 2016, is a more casual Italian eatery. Reservations aren't required for half the seats to allow for drop-ins. Those lucky enough to squeeze in can enjoy rustic, trattoria-style dishes that are being lavished with rave reviews.

Wishbone
10542 Jasper Ave.
780-757-6758
Reviews

Owner Brayden Kozak (Culinary Arts '02)
Head chef Lasha Gust (Cooking '15)The third installment of the Three Boars restaurant group, Wishbone showcases a twist on a surf and turf menu. Enjoy the dinner during the week or brunch on the weekend. A great place for oysters. Or pierogis. Pair these and much more with local and Alberta craft beer.

Workshop Eatery
2003 - 91 St. SW
780-705-2205
Reviews

paul shufelt, workshop eateryOwner and chef Paul Shufelt (Cook '01)

After years of overseeing all things food at one of Edmonton's major restaurant operations, Shufelt has lighted out on his own with Workshop Eatery, where almost everything is handmade in house. The rustic yet sophisticated menu is seasonally focused, and features, when possible, produce grown onsite at Workshop's location at the Mosaic Centre, Canada's first net-zero office building.

XIX (Nineteen)

5940 Mullen Way
780-395-1119
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#104 150 Bellerose Dr., St. Albert
780-569-1819
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Chef and proprietor Andrew Fung (Cook ’01, Baking ’98)
Head chef (St. Albert) Rino Lam (Cook '10)

What was once available only to members of the Blackhawk Golf Club, Andrew Fung’s former cooking gig, is now for all to enjoy. Visit Andrew Fung’s “clubhouse” (XIX, as in 19th hole) for casual but classy dishes inspired equally by Asia and Alberta. If you’re hungry, don’t look at this menu.

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Casual, pubs and brewpubs

pubs and casual, nait food and drink guide

Edmonton and area

Biera
9570 - 76 Ave., Suite 101
587-525-8589
Reviews

christine sandford, biera brewpub, edmontonHed chef Christine Sanford (Culinary Arts '07)
Chef Lindsay James (Cooking '15)

Located in the new Ritchie Market, Biera is a neighbourhood restaurant that pairs plates for sharing with beer brewed on-site. Instead of burgers or wings, you'll find charred cornichons with leek oil and dip, candied radicchio, and much more.

Browns Socialhouse
10-1010 Webber Green Dr.
780-756-3151
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5210 Windermere Blvd.
780-756-6990

2511 - 17 St.
587.520.4665
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15331 - 37 St.
780-761-1533
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Chef (all locations) Eric Amyotte (Cook '09)

Browns Socialhouse features classics like wings, burgers and fish and chips but the broad menu will appeal to palates seeking suprises. Choose from innovations including charred pepperoni pizza, tahitian tuna salad and the Asian-inspired "#28 Dragon Bowl." House drinks including lager and wine help enhance the highly social character of the house.

Craft Beer Market
10013 - 101A Ave.
780-424-2337
Reviews

Executive chef Cory Welsch (Culinary Arts '00)

Visit Craft for one of Calgary's best selections of craft beer, much of it brewed right here in Alberta, if not Cowtown itself. Pair pints with an equally dizzying array of snacks, flatbreads, salads, burgers, pastas and much more. Keep an eye out for the brewmaster's dinners in which the chef creates a four-course meal to match a partner brewery.

Grandin Fish and Chips
9902 - 109 St.
780-250-3474
Reviews

Chef Jesse Morrison-Gauthier (Baking '07)

Chef Jesse Morrison-Gauthier serves up a new interpretation of fish and chips, blending the traditions of London chippies and East Coast seafood, offering diners a sustainable and health-conscious reimagining. Enjoy it hot from their kitchen, take it home, or take advantage of their catering services and fresh seafood sales.

Joey Bell Tower
10310 - 101 St.
780-990-5639
Reviews

Head chef Colin Fryer (Cook '14)

The action in the Ice District doesn’t stop when the Oilers leave the ice - Joey’s Bell Tower turns culinary artistry into a spectator sport with their open kitchen design! Pop by for cocktails before heading to a concert or stay for dinner.

The Keg Steakhouse and Bar
Multiple locations
Reviews:
Skyview
West Edmonton
South Edmonton Common
Windermere
Sherwood Park

Operations director Troyan Mason (Finance '93)

The Keg is nearly synonymous with steak, especially the well-trimmed, aged, well-marbled, uniquely spiced and seared-just-right variety. Prime rib, seafood, chicken and ribs round out the menu. Salads, too – which can be topped with cuts of beef, chicken and seafood.

The Nest Taphouse Grill
11762 - 106 St., NAIT Main Campus, Room S110
780-471-8560
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To complement the recent renovation of NAIT's campus bar, the Nest's menu has transformed from standard to stunning. The burgers come on artisan bread, the oyster starter is "cajun corn fried," the hot dogs are foot long, and your espresso comes with the option of biscotti.

The Next Act
8224 - 104 St.
780-433-9345
Reviews

Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook Apprentice '04)

As the part-owner tasked with kitchen duties, McLaughlin has freshened up the pub grub concept by insisting everything be made in house, from the hamburger patties to the fish batter to surprises like Pulled Pork Nachos and imaginatively decadent desserts.

'Ono Poke Co.
10142 - 104 St.
780-244-8885
Reviews

lawrence hui, chef and owner at ono poke, edmontonChef and owner Lawrence Hui (Culinary Arts ‘07)

We may live in the landlocked prairies but chef Lawrence Hui’s authentic Hawaiian poke offers diners a tropical escape even in depths of winter! Dig into a bowl of fresh seafood, locally sourced veggies, and housemade marinades and garnishes - you’ll think you’re on the beach.

Oodle Noodle
Multiple locations
Reviews

Co-owner Sonny Pham (Cook '01)
Co-owner and president Jay Downton (Finance '02)

This Edmonton-born quick serve-noodle shop (the local factory supplies eight northern Alberta locations and counting) strives for freshness, flavor and fun. Choose from salads, soups, appetizers and tasty noodle dishes that draw their inspiration and authenticity from founder Sonny Pham's time spent living and traveling in Southeast Asia.

Pint stops

If you've got a thirst for great, locally made beer, NAIT grads at these businesses either have it on tap or are making it themselves.

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Provincial Pub
#160, 4211 - 106 St.
780-760-1937
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Lead chef Cedric Boeglin (Retail Meatcutting Certificate ’08, Culinary Arts '10)

Provincial Pub is on a mission to support Alberta makers of produce and drinks. Patrons who join the cause will be rewarded with what the pub claims are the best burgers and wings in south Edmonton, as well as with new takes on reliable pub food – all of them featuring as many homegrown ingredients as possible.

Salz
10556 - 115 St.
587-599-7259
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Chef and partner Allan Suddaby (Culinary Arts '10)

This "micro" sausage house and beer hall is where old-country staples meets modern-day tastes. "Brats" are not only welcome here - they're the stars of the show, anchoring plates garnished with chips, pickles and slaw. Pair with a selection of German-style beers, imported and Alberta-brewed.

Town Square Brewing
2919 Ellwood Dr. SW
780-244-0212
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town square brewing company, edmontonCo-owners Brandon Boutin (Steamfitter/Pipefitter ’05), Tyler McNaughton (Architectural Technology ’05) and Sterling Nordin (Heavy Equipment Technician ’02)
Executive chef Alyce O'Neill (Cooking '15)

Town Square infuses every aspect of a visit with the craft beer experience, from award-winning fresh brews to pizza crusts and desserts made using spent grains. Come for the evening or bring the whole family for an afternoon of board games, food and beverages, including house-made craft sodas for the kids.

Tony Roma’s
Londonderry Mall
6604 - 137 Ave.
780-434-7427
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Westmount Centre
111 Ave, Unit 106
780-488-7427
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Area Manager Steven Koch (Cook '95)

Enjoy casual family dining with a focus on BBQ ribs and steaks featuring signature sauces. The claim of "world famous" holds up: the chain includes 150 locations across six continents.

?! Why Not ¡¿
8534 - 109 St.
780-297-5757
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levi biddlecombe, owner of why not cafe, edmontonChef and owner Levi Biddlecombe (Culinary Arts '10)

Chef Levi Biddlecombe traded in his award-winning food truck, Attila the HUNgry, for a new restaurant space in Old Strathcona. ?!Why Not¡¿ Cafe and Bar features changing menus showcasing seasonal ingredients. Visit their website to see dates for special events, including performances by local musicians, and their brunch club.

Woodshed Burgers
10723 - 124 St.
780-752-2874
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Owner Paul Shufelt (Cook '01)

Choose from eight burgers (including one fish and one veggie) made with buns baked in house and beef ground daily. And not just any beef - beef from cows crossed with wagyu, that fancy Japanese variety that is renowned for making some very tasty meat.

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Cafes, bakeries and delis

cafes and deils, nait food and drink guide

Edmonton and area

The Art of Cake
11811 - 105 Ave.
780-485-5517
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Co-owner Gloria Bednarz (Cooking '86)

The Art of Cake specializes in art you can eat. Made-to-order cakes and treats (including cookies, cupcakes and more) vary from classic and elegant to modern and fun. Bednarz can only make so many cakes a week, so book early – up to a year ahead.

Artistic Bake Shop
6820 - 104 St.
780-434-8686
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Baker and co-owner Perry Schwabenbauer (Baker '88)

Two generations of Schwabenbauers have worked to recreate the European bakery experience in this independent shop, baking fresh pretzels, breads, pastries and wedding cakes for more than four decades.

Ben’s Meat and Deli
15726 Stony Plain Rd.
780-489-1424
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Co-owner David van Leeuwen (Retail Meatcutting ’92)

Since opening in 1956, this family business has been a west Edmonton fixture for quality cuts of meat, poultry and fish – not to mention Dutch comfort foods including cheeses, breads, treats and more. Third-generation owner David van Leeuwen stocks plenty of local produce, and a selection of gluten-free items. Don't miss the sandwich counter.

La Boule
8020 - 101 St.
780-760-2253
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jennifer stang, la bouleOwner and pastry chef Jennifer Stang (Culinary Arts '07)

After honing her skills in several respected establishments, such as the Shaw Conference Centre, Jennifer Stang has opened La Boule, a French-inspired patisserie and bakery. Stop in for sweets, cakes and the shop's speciality, eclairs. Upon opening, she offered nine varieties of the latter, with more to come.

Brio Bakery
780-668-5417
City Market Downtown (every Saturday)
Reviews

Owner/baker Todd Barraclough (Management '17)

Bread, the old-fashioned way. At Brio Bakery, all of the bread has only three ingredients: water, flour and salt. After a decade of perfecting his art and learning from the best, Todd Barraclough and his bread and viennoiserie can be found every Saturday at the City Market.

Cookie Love Cafe
10235 - 101 St.
780-499-2849
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Co-owner Iva Stone (Chemical Engineering Technology '02)

Stop in for coffee and any of more than 13 kinds of cookies baked fresh from scratch, or order up a batch from the shop's catering arm. A portion of all cookie proceeds go to charity.

Confetti Sweets
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#6, 41 Broadway Blvd, Sherwood Park
780.570.5080

14253 - 23 Ave. NW
(in with Prairie Mill Bread Co. by Starbucks)
780-761-0929

6861 - 170 St.
780-540-2001

Read about how Kathy Leskow has shared her cookies with Hollywood stars.Owner Kathy Leskow (Management '96)

Does butter make it better? Taste one of Confetti Sweets cookies – also made with top-notch chocolate and vanilla – to find out. (Be sure to try the coconut, a techlifetoday favourite.)

The Carrot Community Arts Coffee House
9351 - 118 Ave.
780-471-1580
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Operations manager Mary Ann Aquino (Culinary Arts '10)

mary ann aquino of the carrot coffeehouseAfter starting as a six-month trial in 2007, the Carrot is still operating as a not-for-profit cafe and community hub. It's run by volunteers and is a steadfast supporter of local arts and neighbourhood initiatives. Stop in for regular live music, direct trade coffee, micro-brewed sodas and a selection of pastries, sandwiches and more.

Chocorrant
10328 - 124 St.
780-908-2253
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kai wong, nait grad, choccorant, edmontonPastry chef and co-owner Kai Wong (Culinary Arts '07)

Visitors to Chocorrant are greeted by the scent of freshly baked croissants. Each day, the west Edmonton shop rolls and bakes croissants in unique flavours not found anywhere else (imagine strawberry or matcha green tea). They also serve up a light lunch menu with a daily soup, quiche, and croissant sandwiches.

Destination Doughnuts
10548 - 124 St.
780-473-7875
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arlyn and jill sturwold destination doughnutsOwners and bakers Arlyn Sturwold (Baking ’72, Steamfitter/Pipefitter ’09) and Jill Sturwold (Lab and X-ray Technology Combined ’97)

This father-daughter team are taking on Big Doughnut with their reimagining of this otherwise commonplace confection. B. Nude is as simple as it gets, with a brioche base and a vanilla bean glaze. Work your way up to the Triple Play, a courageous combination of chocolate, caramel, chips and hickory sticks.

Duchess Bake Shop
10720 - 124 St.
780-488-4999
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jake pelletier of duchess bake shop edmontonChef and co-owner Jake Pelletier (Culinary Arts ’07)

Visit French-inspired Duchess for everything from croissants and pain au chocolat to tarts and macaroons. To ensure authenticity, the chefs use butter and chocolate imported from France and make everything by hand, from scratch. Enjoy a treat with an organic coffee – French press, of course.

Elm Café
10140 - 117 St.
780-756-3356
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Head chef Allan Suddaby (Culinary Arts '10)

Ever since opening in a tiny central Edmonton location in 2010, Elm Cafe has been a hot spot for top-quality sandwiches and direct trade coffee. Menu changes weekly, sometimes daily but features local ingredients whenever possible. Keep track of it all on Twitter @elmcafe.

Farrow
8422 - 109 St.
780-757-4160
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9855 - 76 Ave.
780-757-0132
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10240 - 124 St.
780-249-0085
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Head pastry chef Amy Mancor (Baking '08)

Farrow opened its first location on 109 Street in 2014, specializing in quality coffee, sandwiches and baking. Watch for the menu to change frequently. Donuts, brownies, muffins and more are made daily in house.

Little Brick Café and General Store
10004 - 90 St.
780-705-1230
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jay downtonCo-owner Jay Downton (Finance '02)

Stop in for breakfast (muffins, homemade yogurt, a breakfast sandwich and more) or lunch (chicken stew, plentiful paninis, several salads and still more) at the historic former home of Edmonton entrepreneur J.B. Little. Just like the décor and community-oriented atmosphere, the coffee is fantastic. Check out the general store too, filled with all manner of local stuff.

Milk and Cookies Bakeshop
5532 Calgary Tr.
780-758-1774
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Owner and baker Rachelle Germain (Baking '11)

Cookies of all kinds, cakes, cupcakes and squares from scratch, with vegan (e.g., banana bread) and gluten-friendly (e.g., peanut butter bars and, on Fridays, all varieties of sugar cookies) options available daily. Flavours change regularly, so call ahead to see what's in store.

MilkCrate
10423 - 101 St.
780-420-6335
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Owner and chef Steven Brochu (Culinary Arts '06)

Located at the base of the Epcor Tower, MilkCrate brings simple but savoury sandwiches to the heart of downtown Edmonton. Visit on weekdays for the signature porchetta sandwich or change it up with rotating features.

Meuwly’s
10706 - 124 St.
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peter keith, secret meat club, mewly's, edmontonCo-owner/general manager Peter Keith (Cook '12, coach of Culinary Team NAIT)
Co-owner/charcutier William Kotowicz (Culinary Arts '05)

A new addition to 124 Street, Meuwly’s bills itself as "a marketplace" that specializes in artisanal food products and house-made meat products, sausages, pickles and preserves. If you’re lucky to have one of the lucky subscriptions to the shop's Secret Meat Club - or you’ve visited local spots like Clementine or Woodwork - you already know why Meuwly’s is going to become a popular spot.

Sandwich and Sons
13315 Buena Vista Rd. and & 87 Ave. (Valley Zoo)
780-222-9579
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Owner and chef Alex Sneazwell (Culinary Arts '11)

Grab a top-notch coffee for a stroll around the zoo or a sandwich, salad or treat after your adventure. Same goes if you're just visiting the surrounding parks, as Sandwich and Sons sits just outside the zoo entrance. Open seven days a week.

Sarah's Kitchen
#105 - 140 Bellerose Dr., St. Albert
780-569-1190
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Owner and chef Sarah Radloff (Cook '02)

Sarah Radloff's focus in on fresh, healthy and delicious. When the question of what's for dinner presents a problem, she has the solution: simple, wholesome take-home meals using local ingredients and made from scratch. The Kitchen also offers soups and made-to-order sandwiches and cuts of meat butchered by Radloff herself.

Bring the kids!

Parents with little ones need to dine out too! Here are a few places that are accustomed to welcoming the whole family.

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Sugared and Spiced

10334 - 82 Ave. (rear)
780-244-CAKE (2253)
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amy nachtigall, owner of sugared and spicedOwner and baker Amy Nachtigall (Baking '13)

This baker specializes in elevating all manner of treats: her passion for making high-quality cookies, scones, macarons, cupcakes and more has been praised in several local media outlets. Her Cake Club - a subscription service offering 3 cakes a year - is operating at capacity, with memberships sold out. Here's hoping new spots open once Sugared and Spiced moves into a new space made possible by a recent crowdfunding campaign.

Whimsical Cake Studio
8211 - 102 St.
780-988-CAKE (2253)
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Darcy Scott, owner of Whimsical Cake StudioOwner and baker Darcy Scott (Baking '08)

After building her reputation as a freelance baker, Scott purchased the Whimsical Cake Studio in early 2014. In addition to cupcakes and caramels (from bacon to sea salt), she creates cakes that are confectionary dreams transformed into sweet and stunning reality. Need menu R&D? She does that, too.

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Catering and food trucks

catering, nait food and drink guide

Edmonton and area

Bully (food truck)
Use @BullyTruck and Facebook to find the truck.
780-695-9292
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Owner and executive chef Dean Gossen (Culinary Arts '92)
Cook Karen Kwong (Culinary Arts '08)

Gossen wants your lunch money. To get it, he's offering an extraodinarily varied menu – sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups, you name it, all using locally sourced ingredients – from his rolling kitchen, which he purchased 20 years after his dad said, "Hey, why not start a food truck?"

cater AT NAIT
NAIT
780-471-8493
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Catering co-ordinator Chris Jeon (Hospitality Management '10)

When not serving clients on campus, cater AT NAIT can deliver its extensive offerings to locations outside the polytechnic. Ask about everything from coffee and light snacks for your business meeting to four-course meals for elegant events.

Cavern
#2, 10169 - 104 St.
780-455-1336
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Owner Tricia Bell (Cook '98)

Choose from a "portfolio" of 75 cheeses to take away or stay and enjoy a selection on a cheese board, light fare, dessert, coffee and wine, beer and spirits. Cavern doesn't take reservations but will cater events and take private bookings.

Chef Sheridan
Edmonton and area

780-554-0420
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Chef and owner Sheridan McLaren (Cook '09)

From drop-off dinner kits to pre-made meals to private chef services in your own home, Sheridan McLaren is a go-to source of solutions and options for events or the everyday challenge of feeding yourself and your family healthy, delicious meals.

Cornerstone BBQ and Spice Co.
780-278-3825
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Chef Tom Markle (Cook '13)

This is an operation that can truly go whole hog when it comes to catering – as in a pig on a spit for a hungry crowd of hundreds. Bring a little, or a lot, of the best of southern BBQ to your next event.

Drift (food truck)
Various locations around Edmonton. Track the truck on Twitter @driftfoodtruck.
780-966-7328
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Drift food truckCo-owner Nevin Fenske (Cook ’05)

Nevin and Kara Fenske deliver fancy roadside meals with their mobile eatery. Expect to rethink your notion of street food, and to struggle to pick between a variety of inventive sandwiches, including duck confit and back bacon and brie.

Edmonton Convention Centre
9797 Jasper Ave.
780-421-9797
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Executive pastry chef Jason Wang (Baking '07)

Young chefs such as Erin Clarke and Myles Fedun help make events of every size and style memorable culinary experiences. Choose from a range of menus to suit the occasion.

Elm Café Catering
10556 - 115 St.
780-756-1645
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Head chef Allan Suddaby (Culinary Arts '10)

Sandwich and coffee hotspot Elm Cafe can tailor its acclaimed and varied fare to suit all manner of meetings and events. Have it delivered or pick it up and be sure to give them at least two days' notice. Elm aslo does private dinners at its sister cafe, Little Brick Cafe in Riverdale. Check out the menu.

 Pet-friendly patios

Out for a stroll with pupper? These pet-friendly patios and hang-outs are great places for you and Rover to relax.

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Funky Fork
17, 604 - 62 St. SW
@funkyfork
No reviews available

Owner and chef Erin Howe (Culinary Arts '05)

Erin Howe has combined her passions for fitness and food by offering a healthy freezer meals, such as pastas, stews, curries and more. She'll also do private events and cooking lessons. Get a gift card for a friend.

Good Stock Restaurant and Catering
11409 - 40 Ave.
587-499-8793
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Executive chef Michelle Robinson (Culinary Arts '09)

Good Stock opened in 2017 with the aim of showing that “fast food” can also be healthy, plant-based and budget friendly. Executive chef Michelle Robinson brings her passion for whole food plant-based diets to Edmonton diners, serving up dine-in, take-out, take-and-bake meals and catering.

Kitchen
#101, 10130 - 105 St.
780-757-7704
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Owner and chef Brad Smoliak (Marketing ’88)
Chef Tracy Zizek (Culinary Arts '02)

Located in the heart of downtown, the 140-square-metre (1,500-square-foot) studio features an area for cooking classes, private dining, catering and even food product development. Open by appointment or booking only.

Sandwich and Sons
13315 Buena Vista Rd. and & 87 Ave. (Valley Zoo)
780-222-9579
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Owner and chef Alex Sneazwell (Culinary Arts '11)

Grab a top-notch coffee for a stroll around the zoo or a sandwich, salad or treat after your adventure. Same goes if you're just visiting the surrounding parks, as Sandwich and Sons sits just outside the zoo entrance. Open seven days a week, and for catering.

Sarah's Kitchen
#105 - 140 Bellerose Dr., St. Albert
780-569-1190
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Owner and chef Sarah Radloff (Cook '02)

Sarah Radloff's focus in on fresh, healthy and delicious. When the question of what's for dinner presents a problem, she has the solution: simple, wholesome take-home meals using local ingredients and made from scratch. The Kitchen also offers soups, made-to-order sandwiches and cuts of meat butchered by Radloff herself, as well as catering.

Toast Fine Catering
7609 - 115 St. (Old Strathcona Farmers Market)
780-680-9055
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Head chef and owner Spencer Thompson (Cook '12)

Find Toast at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market on Saturdays, where Thompson and the team transform what's on offer from other vendors into tasty meals. At your service all week long as well. Thompson is also a chef at Alberta Hotel.

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Butchers, retail food and drinks

retail, nait food and drink guide

Across Alberta

Acme Meat Market
9570 - 76 Ave.
780-433-1812
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Owner and butcher Corey Meyer (Retail Meatcutting '96)

Get Alberta beef, pork, chicken and lamb at this neighbourhood meat market, in operation since 1921. Custom cuts while you wait, along with a variety of fresh sausage, including breakfast links, spicy Italian, Greek lamb and a celiac-friendly variety made with buckwheat.

Ben’s Meat and Deli
15726 Stony Plain Rd.
780-489-1424
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Owner David van Leeuwen (Retail Meatcutting '92)

Since opening in 1956, this family business has been a west Edmonton fixture for quality cuts of meat, poultry and fish – not to mention Dutch comfort foods including cheeses, breads, treats and more. Third-generation owner David van Leeuwen stocks plenty of local produce, and a selection of gluten-free items. Don't miss the sandwich counter.

Catfish Coffee Roasters
Old Strathcona Farmers Market (10310 - 83 Ave.), every Saturday
780-937-3991
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Dominic Ries of Catfish Coffee RoastersCo-owner Dominic Ries (Culinary Arts '89)

A small-batch roasting company, Catfish strives for environmental and social responsibility – and a variety of great coffees. Roaster Dominic Ries will be happy to help you choose.

Cavern
#2, 10169 - 104 St.
780-455-1336
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Owner Tricia Bell (Cook '98)

Choose from a "portfolio" of 75 cheeses to take away or stay and and enjoy a selection on a cheese board, light fare, dessert, coffee and drinks. Cavern doesn't take reservations but will cater events and take private bookings.

D'Arcy's Meat Market
#50, 40 Chisholm Ave., St. Albert
780-418-1200
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Owner and butcher Kyle Iseke (Retail Meatcutting '09)

Since buying the shop from his dad in 2009, Iseke has added specialties like fresh pepperoni and homemade beef jerky to a selection of beef, pork, chicken and bison, all cut on site and by hand. Also on offer: organic and free-range items.

Dog Island Brewing
250 Caribou Trail SW, Slave Lake
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Chad Paulson and Ben Fiddler of Dog Island BrewingOwners and brewers Ben Fiddler (Instrument Technician '01, Electrician '02) and Chad Paulson (Instrument Technician '09)

Since October, 2016, Ben Fiddler and Chad Paulson have put their trades training to work tweaking and improving processes at their up-and-coming brewery, Dog Island. At the start of 2017, the beer was only availble in Slave Lake, with plans to expand distribution later in the year. Stop in for a taste or take home a growler (a.k.a. jug). Don't miss the refreshingly crisp DIBS raspberry wheat ale.

Elieneke's Bake Shop
5706 - 49 St.
Barrhead
780-674-2844
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Baker/owner Elien de Herdt (Baking '14)

Take a drive out to Barrhead to discover fresh European baking made from scratch and using local ingredients! Elien De Herdt, Canada’s first ever Young Bakery Hopeful, brings the taste of Belgium to Canada with fresh chocolates, pastries, cakes and breads.

The Growlery Beer Co.
40 Airport Rd.
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the growlery beer co.Owners Kevin Danard (Landscape Architectural Technology ’97) and Jeff Pollock (Business Administration - Finance ’95)

The product of a midlife career switch, the Growlery joins the ever-expanding Alberta craft beer scene, with small-batch beers made fresh and served onsite.

Kitchen
#101, 10130 - 105 St.
780-757-7704
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Owner and chef Brad Smoliak (Marketing '88)

Located in the heart of downtown, the 140-square-metre (1,500-square-foot) studio features an area for cooking classes, private dining, catering and food product development. Shop online for bacon jam and other flavourful novelties.

Odd Company Brewing
#105 12021 - 102 Ave.
587-590-9973
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Head brewer Brett Geislinger (Radio and Television – Radio '08)

Located in the historic Oliver Exchange just west of downtown Edmonton, Odd Company has created a niche in the city's growing craft beer scene by taking an experimental approach to brewing. Rotating taps may feature anything from a hoppy sour to a white stout to "raw" ales. What does any of that mean? Stop by the taproom to find out.

Real Deal Meats
2427 Ellwood Dr.
780-469-3325
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Co-owner Darcy Boisvert (Retail Meatcutting ’97)

This family-run butcher shop sells a variety of meat products, including local beef, pork, chicken, bison, lamb and goat, as well as its own smoked products. The butcher provides custom cutting and sausage and jerky making.

Retail Meat Store
NAIT Main Campus
780-471-8678
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NAIT Professional Meat Cutting and Merchandising staff and students

From mid-September to mid-December and mid-January to mid-April, while students gain hands-on experience in their profession, shoppers can choose from reasonably priced cuts of beef, bison, pork, lamb, seafood and poultry as well as cured, smoked and processed meat and sausage. Here's how to find it.

Revolution Ice Cream
Restaurants, shops and markets across Edmonton
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revolution ice cream, john and jessica steblyk, edmontonCo-owners Jessica Steblyk (Bachelor of Business Administration student) and John Steblyk (Mechanical Engineering Technology ’03)

Culinary experimentalists Jessica and John Steblyk started Revolution Ice Cream out of their home kitchen with a vision of "disrupting" the local market for frozen desserts. Given flavours that include Vietnamese Coffee, Blueberry Basil and something they call "Saturday Morning Cartoons," the couple may be on their way.

Sgambaro’s Signature Seafood
Look for Sgambaro products in shops and markets around Edmonton.
780-457-8227
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Chef and owner Robert Sgambaro (Cook ’86)

Like salmon? With lox, sausage, jerky and several other items made from the tasty pink fish – fresh, never frozen – Sgambaro’s will have you hooked.

The Violet Chocolate Co.
17515 - 10 Ave.
587-523-4399
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Chocolatier Rebecca Grant, violet chocolateOwner and chocolatier Rebecca Grant (Culinary Arts '08, Management '13, Marketing '14)

Looking for avacado-, wasabi- or jalapeno-flavoured chocolates? Find Grant's handmade treats at Edmonton farmers' markets, shops, or call to arrange an appointment at her kitchen – she does custom orders.

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