Dine in Elk Island National Park – 2017 Dinners

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Bison EINP jpegHow can you best celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday? Dine under a starry sky in one of our country’s most beautiful national parks.

Brad Smoliak is taking KITCHEN to Elk Island National Park this summer for a series of outdoor, lakeside dinners – a one of a kind culinary experience.

Elk Island National Park is known for its untouched beauty and bison that roam freely. The menu will be inspired by the early settlers that lived in the area and the Park itself. The dinners will showcase this jewel of a park that is just over a half hour from downtown Edmonton. Take a look back at photos from past Elk Island dinners.

Elk Island National ParkCome for dinner or make a weekend of it, golfing during the day, camping at one of the Park’s campgrounds overnight. It is Canada’s 150th birthday this year and entrance to all national parks is free. This means you need to book and make your plans early. Check out the links below for more ideas on how you can get the most out of this experience.

Join us for one of the following evenings:

Saturday, June 3, starting at 6:30pm
Saturday, June 24, starting at 6:30pm
Saturday, July 8, starting at 6:30pm
Saturday, July 29, starting at 6:30pm
Saturday, August 12, starting at 6:30pm
Saturday, August 26, starting at 6:30pm
DSC00023[1]Tickets are $150/person plus GST, and include admission to the Park (free to everyone this year), an Elk Island interpretive experience and a family-style dinner, paired local craft beers and lovely wines. There are 24 spots available for each dinner. All Elk Island KITCHEN dinners are private, ticketed events. The general public is not permitted.

Register your spot today by emailing info@kitchenbybrad.ca or calling 780-757-7704. These dinners are unique events so tickets go quickly. Book today to avoid disappointment.

Learn more about:

Elk Island National Park

Golf at Elk Island Golf Course

Camping in Elk Island National Park

Please note: Dinners in Elk Island Park may be restricted or cancelled if there is a fire ban due to dry, warm weather. 

Long Table Dinner at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village – May 27, 2017

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KITCHEN and Brad Smoliak are hitting Highway 16 East again, but this time we’re hosting and cooking an Ukrainian inspired Long Table Dinner at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.

Join Brad at the Ukrainian Village on Saturday, May 27, 2017 for a long table dinner complete with cooking demonstrations and an after-hours, interactive tour of one of Alberta’s best living history museums.

This interactive interpretive program will allow you to trace the origins and uses of wheat and flour from field to table…literally! You will learn all about the early agricultural activities of Ukrainian settlers in east central Alberta and how the work of small family homesteads contributed to the global grain economy and helped to build Alberta.

PerogiesThe event starts promptly at 5:00pm, so you must be on site at 4:45pm. The Ukrainian Village is approximately 30 minutes east of Edmonton (but with possible city construction, make sure you give yourself up to 60 minutes to get there. More details on what you need to know about the Village can be found below).

Tickets for this dinner are $130 per person plus GST, which includes:

  • an Ukrainian inspired dinner prepared on site by Chef Brad
  • cooking demonstrations with Chef Brad
  • interactive, after hours tour of the Ukrainian Village
  • horse-drawn wagon ride
  • music
  • bag of Red Fife flour and a handmade napkin ring to take home

Please note this is a no-alcohol event and there are only 18 spots available for this exclusive dinner and event. Purchase tickets now by emailing info@kitchenbybrad.ca or calling 780-757-7704. This is a private, ticketed event and is not open to the public.

Preparing for your long table dinner at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

UkrainianVillage_4136The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) is located 30 minutes east of Edmonton along Highway 16, just 3 km east of Elk Island National Park. For detailed location information, please see their website.

The UCHV is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Labour Day, and you are welcome to visit this award-winning living-history museum at your leisure earlier in the day.

Upon arrival at the UCHV, please stop at the Admissions Booth and indicate you are arriving for the long table dinner. From there, park in the main parking lot and proceed to the main Visitor Centre. The pre-dinner program will begin at the Visitor Centre at 5 p.m.

At the Village, you will be stepping back in time into a rural outdoor setting, we recommend all guests prepare by wearing/bringing the following (this event will take place rain or shine):

  • Good walking shoes for our gravel roads and paths.  There will be some walking involved in the pre-dinner program, as well as a walk back to parking at the end of the evening.
  • Sun protection and bug spray. During the beginning of the program guests will likely be enjoying some lovely late day sunshine, and as the sun goes down some mosquitoes may be out.
  • Jacket or sweater. As the sun goes down, this will help you remain comfortable in the cooler evening.

“Let’s Do Brunch” & “From the Sea” – Cooking Classes in April 2017

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Let’s Do Brunch!

eggsWith spring on the way and Mother’s Day in May, why not sharpen your brunch skills with a cooking class at KITCHEN featuring Chef Tracy.

This cooking class will teach you some fun twists on brunch staples. Crepes filled with chocolate and nuts, Brie and fruit-stuffed French toast, vegetarian eggs benedict with basil hollandaise, and bacon asparagus quiche. To finish off, Tracy will whip up banana spring rolls with rum caramel sauce.

Tuesday, April 11 – 6:30 pm start

Saturday, April 15 – 12:30pm start 

Saturday, April 29 – 12:30pm start

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 info@kitchenbybrad.ca or calling 780-757-7704.

 

From the Sea

In this cooking class, you’ll learn from Chef Brad how prepare fish and shellfish from the world’s oceans.

We’ll make Icelandic cold water Arctic char, pan-seared with grainy mustard beurre blanc. Also on the menu will be scampi risotto, pan-seared scallops with polenta, cod with sofrito and sausage. We will cap off the class by making a light panna cotta with berries.

Saturday, April 8 – 12:30 pm start

Tuesday, April 18 – 6:30pm start 

Saturday, April 22 – 12:30pm start

Tickets are $145/person, plus GST, which includes food and wine/beverage pairings and all the recipes. Our cooking classes run 3 to 3.5 hours. Grab a friend and reserve your spot now by emailing info@kitchenbybrad.ca or calling 780-757-7704.

“Mardi Gras” & “North American Italian” – Cooking Classes in March 2017

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Mardi Gras Cooking Class

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Every March at Kitchen, our thoughts turn to warmer weather and warmer (aka: spicier) food. What better way to help ease the mid-winter blues than exploring the food of Mardi Gras!

Join Brad and Tracy and learn how to make celebrated classics: jambalaya, gumbo and crawfish etoufee. To get the party started, we’ll whip up pecan hummus, as well as crab and artichoke dip. To top it all off, we’ll prepare the southern staple, a pecan tart.

Saturday, March 11 – 12:30 pm start

Saturday, March 18 – 12:30pm start 

Tuesday, March 21 – 6:30pm start

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 info@kitchenbybrad.ca or calling 780-757-7704.

 

North American Italian Cooking Class

TomatoesThis KITCHEN cooking class will teach you some of the classic dishes straight out of Italy, as well as some Italian recipes adapted for life here in North America.

Get ready to make rustic Italian cuisine that’s simple in its approach and ingredients. We’ll make fresh tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce, fluffy light potato gnocchi, vegetable contorni, classic “Sunday gravy” and to finish off, a chocolate and cherry tiramisu.

Saturday, March 4 – 12:30 pm start

Tuesday, March 7 – 6:30pm start

Tickets are $145/person, plus GST, which includes food and wine/beverage pairings and all the recipes. Each class runs 3 to 3.5 hours. Sign up today by emailing info@kitchenbybrad.ca or calling 780-757-7704.

 

We post about our new cooking classes after the middle of every month, and soon you will be able to sign up for our e-newsletter so you’ll never miss out.

If you’d like one of these cooking classes just for you and your friends, or if you are looking to host a KITCHEN Party, we’d love to hear from you at info@kitchenbyrad.ca or 780-757-7704.

“Herbs & Spices” and “Winter Comfort Food” – Two Cooking Classes in February 2017

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We have two different cooking class themes this February, and a bunch of different dates and time. Come in, stay cozy and eat and drink with us here at KITCHEN.

Herbs and Spices Cooking Class

We will be exploring the culinary uses of the herbs AND the health benefits too. We will prepare delicious paella, Tikka Masala, lamb tajine, roasted spiced peppers and cardamom crème brule. You’ll also learn the proper application, storage and tips for buying fresh and dried herbs and spices.

Saturday, February 4 – 12:30 pm start

Wednesday, February 15 – 6:30pm start 

Saturday, February 18 – 12:30pm start

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 info@kitchenbybrad.ca or calling 780-757-7704.

 

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It’s Alberta. You know it’s going to be cold out outside. Whether you’re skiing, snow shoeing, making snow angels or just going for a walk, nothing is better than coming home after a day in the snow to the smell of comfort cooking up in your oven.

In this cooking class, you’ll learn to make THE perfect roast chicken (I promise you will never buy another store bought roast chicken again), Hungarian ghoulish, “Not your Mom’s” shepherd’s pie, pork adobo, and Nutella pound cake.

Tuesday, February 7 – 6:30pm start

Saturday, February 11 – 12:30pm start

Tuesday, February 21  – 6:30pm start

Saturday, February 25 – 12:30pm start

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 info@kitchenbybrad.ca or calling 780-757-7704.

 

You can always book a private cooking class with minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 10 people!

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