Brad’s famous, secret “Ukrainian gravy” – wild mushroom sauce


If you’ve been to KITCHEN for a party or a class, there’s a good chance you’ve tasted Brad’s mushrooms.

Call it mushroom gravy, wild mushroom sauce, creamed mushrooms or as Brad’s likes to call it, Ukrainian gravy – no matter the name, it’s a favourite of many KITCHEN guests.

Mushrooms and cream was a staple in Brad’s family, as it is in many Ukrainian households where it is also known as pidpenky. At KITCHEN, Brad has taken a dish that traditionally was only served at Christmas and Easter and made it a menu must any time of the year.

Brad will be selling his Ukrainian Gravy at this year’s KITCHEN Holiday Sale (details below). Pick up a container or two and warm it up for your own holiday dinner. It’s great over nalysnyky (stuffed crepes), chicken, on buttered toast, with steak or on top of veggies or a green bean casserole. We recommend that you try it on pretty much anything.

Annual KITCHEN Holiday Sale

Saturday, December 17th and Friday, December 23rd
12pm to 4pm
At KITCHEN: 10130 – 105th Street

Brad will be selling:

Bacon jam ($13.00)
BBQ rub ($5.00 and $10.00)
Whiskey caramel sauce ($10.00)
Wild mushroom sauce ($9.00)
Devil’s butter ($9.00) – for the one on your naughty list!

No time to come and shop? Pre-order your nice list by December 15th for special pick up by emailing

Supplies are limited – come early to avoid disappointment!


Italian Winemaker’s Dinner: December 7th, 2016

Wine corks

On Wednesday, December 7th, KITCHEN by Brad Smoliak and Enotri Wines will be hosting Francesca Dal Cero, of Dal Cero Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe and Dal Cero Tenuta Montecchiesi in Italy.

francesca-dal-ceroFrancesca represents the third generation of a family winery that started in 1934. She is the eldest of three siblings and handles the export markets, while her younger brother Nico handles domestic markets, and Davide is responsible for making their fabulous wines. A cousin manages their vineyards in both Soave and Cortona, so with this winery, everything is the hands of family.

Francesca will be introducing us to a number of their exceptional wines over dinner. Get ready to try…

2015 Tenuta Montecchiesi Vermentino Chardonnay

2014 Montecchiesi Sangiovese IGT

2013 Montecchiesi Selverello Syrah Cortona DOC

2013 Montecchiesi Preziosaterra Sangiovese-Syrah IGT

2012 Montecchiesi Syrah DOC Klanis

2015 Dal Cero Pinot Grigio Ramato

Taste these incredible wines while dining family style with a menu prepared by Chef Brad, all in the comfortable surroundings of KITCHEN.

Date: Wednesday, December 7th — SOLD OUT
Starting at 6:30 pm

Tickets are $145/person, plus GST, which includes dinner and tasting all of the wines. Winemaker’s dinners at KITCHEN sell out fast. Register your spot today by emailing or calling 780-757-7704.

Cruise the Rhine River with Brad and Leanne


Ready to cruise?

Join me and my wife Leanne as we host an 8-day River Cruise along the Rhine River from October 18 to 27, 2017.

The cruise will start in Basel, Switzerland and sail up the Rhine River and end in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

I’ve been very fortunate to meet a lot of winemakers and food artisans throughout Europe. During our cruise, we’ll meet, taste and sip with some of the best this region has to offer. I promise this river cruise and trip will be a memorable and unique food and wine experience.

We’re still in the planning stages for this trip. Stay tuned for more details. Learn more about the cruise through our travel guide’s website. If you have questions or better yet, want reserve your spot now, contact:

Gwen Schilling, MCC
Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Terwillegar
1119 Windermere Way SW   Edmonton, AB


Leanne and I hope you will join us!


Express Cooking Classes – now available!

Brad making shrimp

Don’t have time for a three hour cooking class, or don’t want to give up your evenings or any part of a weekend?

How about Express KITCHEN Cooking Class?

An Express Cooking Class runs two hours, and serves up a three course meal any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon between October and December 16, 2016. You bring yourself and 7 colleagues, team mates or good friends. Chef Brad will teach you how to make a starter, entree and dessert – and you’ll eat all three courses for lunch during that class, and wash it down with a glass of wine.

Our Express Cooking Classes are a great alternative to the typical office holiday get together or lunch. We take lunch and learn and the office holiday party to a whole new level.

We have several themes/cuisines/menus to choose from (due to the shortened time frame, some restrictions apply). Your lunch comes with a glass of wine, recipes and the always valuable KITCHEN tips and tricks from Brad.

The cost is $50 per person, plus GST. Express cooking classes are only available on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons until December 16th, 2016. Booking an Express Cooking Class requires a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 10 people.

Join us for your Express Cooking Class. Email Brad at or call (780) 757-7704.


Baba’s Cooking: Learn to Make Ukrainian Food – January 2017 Cooking Classes


January means one thing to me and my family: Ukrainian Christmas, the last celebration of the festive season.

perogy makingAt KITCHEN, we receive numerous requests for cooking classes to learn how to prepare Ukrainian food.  In response, this January we are inviting you to embrace your inner Baba and join us at KITCHEN for one of our Ukrainian cooking classes.

You will learn how to prepare a few straight up, traditional dishes, and I’ll teach you how to make a few other Ukrainian gems that have a slight “KITCHEN twist”.  This this class, you will learn how to make (and leave with all the recipes for): perogies, nalysknky, nachynka, “Ukrainian gravy”, cabbage rolls, bigos (a hunter’s stew), and a honey hazelnut torte.

Ukrainian food is social so round up a few friends and join us for one of these 4 classes:

Thursday, January 5– 6:30pm start — SOLD OUT

Saturday, January 14 – 12:30pm start — SOLD OUT

Tuesday, January 17 – 6:30pm start — SOLD OUT

Saturday, January 21 – 12:30pm start — SOLD OUT

Tickets are $145/person, plus GST, which includes food and wine/beverage pairings and all the recipes. These spots go quickly and each class runs 3 to 3.5 hours. Sign up today by emailing or calling 780-757-7704.

You can always book a private Ukrainian cooking class with minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 10 people.  And this cooking class makes a great gift!!!

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