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Then the different sessions broke out. 2 sessions before lunch and then 2 afterwords. Whether it was a tasting/learning session or a hand-on session, there was a lot going on in the kitchens and classrooms at NAIT!
Blair Lebsack – Chef and Instructor at NAIT: Cooking with rabbit and bison sessions
Allan Suddaby - Chef: Artisan Sausage making
Kathryn Joel - Chef & Owner of Get Cooking Edmonton: artisan pasta & gnocchi sessions
I was grateful that all the sessions were close in proximity. I hopped from classroom to classroom and to the various sessions within the the NAIT kitchens.
Martin Osis: Forager & mycologist: Foraging mushrooms session
Jason Foster: Beer writer - Local Beer tasting session
Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun. Elbow deep in sourdough, sipping back various wines and beers or listening to what mushrooms you must avoid!
Owen Petersen: Baker & Owner of Prairie Mill Bread - Sourdough 101 session
Amy Beaith: Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton - Preserving sessions
Lunch was prepared by the wonderful chefs at NAIT and it was a great time to hear how people enjoyed their sessions. But then everyone was back again to more learning. I have to say thoroughly enjoyed the event and I didn't even partake in any of the sessions!
Nigel Webber – Chef and Instructor at NAIT: Alberta Cheese Tasting
Elaine Wilson - Chef: Allium Food Works - Salad rolls & Spring roll sessions
Knifewear- Kevin Kent: Knife sharpening & knife skills sessions
I can see how much fun this event would be to go with a friend or partner. I wouldn't bat my eyelash twice about attending solo as I saw quite a few folks did.
Mirabelle Macarons - Connie Nelson: Macaron basics
How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse forum: Shannon Ruzicka, my Beaith, Kevin Kossowan, Jeff Senger, Allan Suddaby
After all of the excitement, there was a "Wine Down" of local food tastes and wine samples presented by Gold Forest Grains and Mighty Trio Organics. Also, a thanks to The Italian Centre for being the event sponsor.