Friday, August 14, 2020

Alberta on the Plate Celebrates Local Food Week in #MyJasper

This post was sponsored by Alberta on the Plate, though as always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

This week, we headed towards the mountains to celebrate Local Food Week with Alberta on the Plate

Alberta on the Plate is a celebration of local food that takes place between August 7-16.  It aims to help spotlight local Alberta restaurants that collaborate with Alberta farmers, and feature Alberta products on their menu.  The participating restaurants have really done a great job of showcasing the beautiful food that our province has to offer. 

Our first stop was Stone Peak Restaurant, located at The Overlander Mountain Lodge.  Executive Chef, Chef Dean Hossack put together this gorgeous menu. 

Can we just take a moment to discuss warm bread before the meal at restaurants? This is one of my favourite things ever, leveled up with an balsamic EVOO dipping tray.  I could probably eat this as my meal and be satisfied, but it would be a complete tragedy to fill up on bread when the delectable treats we were about to embark on were still being prepared.   

Our first dish was Beefsteak Tomato Carpaccio featuring NBW Greenhouse tomatoes, Valbella prosciutto, arugula, shaved parmesan, balsamic reduction, and EVOO.  The flavours married so well together - I will definitely be back to order more of this appetizer in the future! 

Our main course was Bison Duo featuring Alberta Bison Ranch grilled sirloin, 72 hour corned brisket, Folding Mountain Brewing beer mustard, potato pave, and roasted farm carrots, finished off with a sour cherry demi glace. 

I have never had bison brisket - which was a real treat, especially paired with the FMB beer mustard - incredible.   The carrots tri-coloured carrots were roasted to perfection, and the potato pave was an intricately woven take on scalloped potatoes. 

Finally, the dessert.  

This Summer Berry Medley had all the flavours of summer laid on a bed of basil parfait, married in with crushed speculoos cookies, and a delicate sweet foam.  This dessert will be in my dreams. 

After stopping at Tekerra to take in the gorgeous views of the mountains, we stopped at Evil Dave's Grill for our second dinner reservation of the evening. 

Evil Dave's kicked things off by serving up a pint of Honey Ale by Jasper Brew Pub.  This beer is brewed with clover honey from the Okanagan Valley, and a subtle hint of coriander gives this golden ale a fresh and inviting flavour that blends perfectly with aromatic German hops.

I have to say, I'm not typically a fan of beer and I will 100% purchase this ale again this summer.  It's light and floral - making it easy to drink, and the perfect pairing for the saltiness of the savoury dishes that accompanied it. 

Which takes us to our first appetizer - the Sinful Satay. Marinated sliced chicken breast, topped with a spicy peanut sauce. It was an interesting take on peanut satay, and the skewers were a nice touch. 

The skewers were followed by the main course, a Mongolian Beef Stir Fry, made with sliced Alberta beef tenderloin, jasmine rice, and vegetables in a house made sauce. 

All in all - we had an amazing evening experiencing Local food! 

Be sure to check out the other great local restaurants that are participating in Alberta on the Plate this weekend!  


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