Family Dinner Friday

Family means everything to me.

I have a huge extended family (no seriously, my mom has 10 siblings), but I am an only child. My life has been a whole lot of me and my parents just hanging out, even when I was little I would never have to sit at a “kids table” or eat buttery noodles with 3 other kids (I clearly missed out but don’t worry- I made up for it through university). My parents forced me to eat adult food from a young age and I believe this turned me into quite the food lover.

Fast forward a million years and I still love food. Weird right? So basically every week my family and I have dinner together. Sometimes we cook, usually we go out and every so often we get to attend a fun/different/exciting Calgary event. This week was the coolest event!

On Wednesday we attended the East Village Long Table Dinner put on by It’s Date Night  to sponsor the wonderful and innovative charity Mealshare . Mealshare provides a one to one program with restaurants around the city; basically you just order a mealshare branded item off of their menu and a meal gets donated to youth in need. How easy is that- all you have to do is eat at a restaurant and you are helping kids in your community!

There were essentially 5 food trucks paired with 5 top Calgary chefs to create a collaborative, tasty and community focused 5 course meal. The coolest part about this event was that it was held on the George C King Bridge in the East Village. Yes, we ate outside on a bridge (sometimes I am wild)! The food, table settings and service was all amazing!

IMG_6088FullSizeRender-3Dress: Self Portrait, Shoes: Aldo, Clutch: Louis VuittonIMG_6123IMG_6091IMG_6108Mike Pigot – Home & Away x Aaron bruce – Taiko Taco
Smashed Broxburn Cucumbers, Whipped Tahini, Ma La Vinaigrette, Feta Croquettes, Micro GreensIMG_6111Connie DeSousa + John Jackson – Charbar + Charcut x Teagan & Elycia – Lil’ Truck on the Prairie
Taverna Platter – Slow Cooked Alberta Beef, Fresh Tomatoes, Dill Tzatziki, local cucumbers, Sumac White Northern Bean Hummus, Pickled Chilies, Warm Prairie Pita with Unfiltered Olive OilIMG_6113Michael Noble – The Nash & Notable Restaurants x Sharla Swanson – Roadtisserie 
Roasted Alberta Beef Striploin, new potatoes, cippolini onions, celeriac purée and lobster bearnaiseIMG_6114Erin Vrba – CIBO x Marilyn Way – Fiasco Gelato 
Tonka bean gelato sphere with dark chocolate sea-salt shortbread shell, Sicilian pistachio drip cake, and bing cherries.IMG_6115Everyone who made the evening go off without a hitch

The entire night was really great. Everyone involved did a fantastic job organizing and putting the evening together. I really enjoyed myself, learned a lot about our community and I sincerely hope this event comes back next year!


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