CCFCC - Edmonton:

Look What’s Coming to Edmonton

Canadian wine has transformed in the last thirty years, from a curiosity into a daily ritual for so many of us. We have our favourites, from the wineries big enough to ship into Alberta, and we can go to regional and international expos. But until now, there hasn’t been one gathering place for all of Canada’s winemakers, big and small, from all of its regions: from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia. When we decided to put this festival together, we thought: why stop at wine? We invited craft beer producers and distillers too. And we’re pairing it all with some of Canada’s finest chefs — all in the country’s most entrepreneurial city.

Northern Lands will be a place to learn about wine, to taste it, to drink it with food from one of Canada’s most fertile agricultural regions and culinary labs, and to gather for a pint of the country’s most exciting craft beers. All that and Northern Lands raises funds for the High School Culinary Challenge and the Edmonton Community Foundation Grateful Palate Fund.

News & Highlights

  • Alberta Junior Culinary Challenge - March 7, 2015

    – Each year we ask our Juniors - Do you have what it takes to compete with Canada's up and coming culinary leaders to earn your place as one of our country’s top aspiring chefs? If the answer is YES, you may want to compete at the 2015 SAPUTO National Junior Culinary Challenge. The winner will represent Alberta at the National competition to be held at the CCFCC National Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland May 26 - 31, 2015. Click here to download the application form.
  • High School Culinary Challenge 2015

    – At this our eighth annual competition, seventeen Edmonton and area high schools will compete for the coveted iron pan trophy on February 7, 2015. Teams consist of 3 students and will prepare a 3-course meal in 3 hours for six people. It seems that each year the competition gets tougher and the bar is raised. Perhaps, better than the team win is the full scholarship at NAIT and mentorship program that every competitor is eligible to apply for after the competition. We wish the schools good luck. This year the Awards Dinner takes place on Monday, March 9, 2015 in Hall D at the Shaw Conference Centre. Please visit the High School Culinary Challenge website to learn more. www.highschoolculinarychallenge.ca
  • Scholarship Opportunities for Juniors

    – There are three. First, CCF Edmonton annually awards two scholarships to NAIT students; one to a 2nd year culinary arts diploma student and one to a 3rd year apprentice cook. This year we are pleased that the scholarship amounts are $1,000 each. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2015.
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    The third scholarship is awarded by the National CCFCC. The amount is $500. The deadline to apply is February 13, 2015.
    Download the application form
  • CCI Program News

    – The next program will run at NAIT in September 2015. If you would like to know more about the CCC certification process, contact John Bond by email at cci@edmontonchefs.ca. The Canadian Culinary Institute's website is an excellent resource for culinarians wanting to take the next steps. Visit www.ccicc.ca to learn more .about the Certified Chef de Cuisine, Certified Working Chef and the Certified Master Chef programs.

Upcoming Events – February and March

We encourage you to get involved in your Branch activities, participate, and be part of our community! It is one more tool to help you grow professionally.

  • Modern Confections Workshop – February 9, 2015

    Have a sweet tooth! Explore the world of confection on Monday February 9 at NAIT. See how to use the Panning machine to make chocolate-coated nuts, make passion fruit candied apples, learn about airbrushed molded chocolates. We will also explore pate de fruit and hazelnut praline. Please join us for a few sweet hours of fun. To reserve your spot, please call the office at 780-475-2433 or email admin@edmontonchefs.ca.
  • March Dinner – March 2, 2015

    To ease those winter blues, we will be treated to a special dinner at Sabor Divino Restaurant. To reserve your spot, please call the office at 780-475-2433 or email admin@edmontonchefs.ca.
  • High School Culinary Challenge Awards Dinner – March 9, 2015

    On February 7, seventeen Edmonton and area high schools will compete at NAIT. Find out who the winners are at the Awards Dinner on March 9. You will enjoy the same three-course meal that the competitors prepared for the competition. We will also announce this year’s scholarship winners. Attending this dinner is an excellent way to honour the students and support this worthwhile project. To reserve your spot, download the order form or contact the office at 780-475-2433 or email admin@edmontonchefs.ca.

    Please visit the High School Culinary Challenge website to learn more. www.highschoolculinarychallenge.ca.
  • Meet your Makers wine and food event – March 28, 2015

    This is your chance to participate in the newest and most unique wine and food show in Canada! Visit www.northernlands.ca to learn all about the Northern Lands Great Canadian Wine and Craft Beer Adventure.

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