There is nothing more exciting than seeing your son walk up the front steps of the house after being away for 18 months. There is nothing more disappointing then having to check into the MAZ the following day. Our son Nicholas arrived home from the UK on July 27th. The purpose of his visit is to exchange his work visa to a student visa. Leanne and I are incredibly proud that Nicholas has been accepted into a graduate program in physics at Kings College, London. We are thrilled that we get the month of August to spend with him as he gets everything in order here before he heads back across the pond. Having come from London he had to quarantine for 14 days. Day 1 of the 14 had me headed for a 7 day stay at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Not how I intended the first week of his visit to start. Kitchen by Brad has always been an extension of my family therefore my clients have become part of that family. Over the past year you have been a part of my health journey, so I figure I should be transparent with you about the going’s on in my life at Kitchen, and outside of Kitchen.

22 months ago, I went into late stage heart failure. I was told that I would need a heart transplant, a couple of days later I was told that my body was too sick to support a new heart, so a transplant was off the table. I was given 3 – 6 months to live. A few weeks later I was introduced to Dr. Holger Buchholz, head of the Artificial Heart Program at the MAZ. Leanne and I learned about a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD), basically an artificial heart. Crazy shit! In January 2019 I had a VAD installed and after 100+ days in the hospital and some convalescence at home, I have never felt better. The VAD has its challenges and sometimes I need to go to the hospital for adjustments, like last week. The goal is that one day, if all goes well, my body might become strong enough to support a transplant. Testing is being done for viability now.

The reason I am going into all of this is because as I lay there in the hospital, I realized that I should take some time off to spend with Nicholas while he is here. With this said, Kitchen will be suspending Wednesday Take-out, and Meatball Madness for the month of August. I am not stopping everything completely, I would go stir crazy, you will see me out in the community, and I will keep busy planning for the fall and Christmas. Keep your eyes on Kitchen’s social media pages. Feast on YOUR Field in support of Capital Care is taking place on August 19th and I am one of the chefs for this event. If you haven’t purchased your tickets, there are still some available. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/feast-on-your-field-tickets-111828219214

Private Bookings* – You bet we are taking them! Kitchen is ideal for your group from 10pp to 16pp.

If you are feeling uneasy about going to a restaurant where there are multiple other diners and a large staff, we are the polar opposite. At Kitchen, it is just you and your friends or family. Our staff is made up of me and 1 or 2 others. Due to my personal vulnerability, we are Covid-19 tested regularly, and our space is sanitized to a very high degree. Gather your friends, family, or colleagues together for a dinner out or perhaps the birthdays or anniversaries that you have missed during lock-down. It is never to early to think about booking your Christmas events. We look forward to seeing you again.

* Numbers are reduced due to Covid-19 regulations. Due to the everchanging Covid-19 situation, cancellations may occur with little notice.

The Smo’s remain committed to raising funds for the VAD Program at the MAZ. We will never be able to express our gratitude to the medical team and all the staff. We are so very fortunate to have a world class facility here in Edmonton.

If you would like to be a part of Team Smoliak and donate to the VAD Program at the Maz, please see the attached donation form: Donation Form – Team Smoliak

Donation form can be mailed to:
University Hospital Foundation
Donor Office – Room 1H1.91, WMC
8440 – 112 Street NW
Edmonton AB T6G 2B7