Thursday, March 21, 2013

the buzz: Mar 21

Ok, here's the deal. I've been to all the fancy gourmet burger joints and while they're all good, one stands supreme. That, my friends, is Ace Burger Co, the lil bro to Brooklyn Warehouse. And I'm on a mission. If the reigning champ for The Coast's Best Burger is not dethroned by Ace this year, I may just lose all faith. So, I'm taking it upon myself to get the spread the burger word. Ace's simple yet perfectly prepared all local burger beats the unnamed champ hands down. No competition. And you're all in luck because today is day one of The Coast's Burger Week, the first to hit our fine city. That means you can get the best burger in the city for 5 bucks. So, get out there, eat an Ace deluxe, tell me I'm right but, more importantly, VOTE. Do it for Ace. Do it for me. Do it because it's high time a burger made with local love gets the recognition it deserves. Oh, and while you're clicking those 'best of's, might as well send a little love eatHalifax's way for Best Local Food Blog. Many thanks. 

In other local news, the Nova Scotia Association of Chefs & Cooks is hosting the Atlantic Provinces Culinary Exhibition this weekend at NSCC Akerley. Friday night sees the Juniors competing while Saturday is host to the Senior Team. At $35 for three courses or $50 for four respectively, it's sure to be a steal.  For tickets email 

I should also remind you there's only two weekends left to enjoy the Acadian Maple brunches cooked up by D Town's own Feisty Chef, Renee Lavalee. At $20 for all you can eat pancakes, scramby eggs, Oulton's bacon, Cavicchi maple sausage, Renee's own pork belly fuelled baked beans, and the maple-iest, sweetest dessert going, her pudding chomeur. We're finally hittin' it up Saturday and this girl is gonna eat her maple lovin' face off. 

Over at Food Bloggers of Canada the news is awesome. FBC2013, the first food blogging conference in Canada, is officially sold out! It's going to be one hell of a conference. I mean just take a look at this line up. With my ticket paid for by one of the sponsors, Jane's Family Foods, I'm feeling pretty damn grateful. Plus, another sponsor Nordic Ware just sent all participants a dutch oven, a braising pot and a neat drumstick grilling pan. Grateful indeed. Big thanks to all the sponsors and the FBC team for making it happen. 

And while it's only March, there are a few events to mark in your calendars this coming May. First, the 4th annual Slow Food Spring Supper is happening Saturday, May 4th. Once those tickets go on sale, run, don't walk, to secure yours. We went last year and what a feast of local food and wine and beer it was. It will actually be the one year anniversary of meeting the awesome Lia Rinaldo and I can't think of a better way to celebrate our friendship. Plus, Brent and I have recently joined Slow Food NS so no doubt I'll be helping out in one way or another. Secondly, Local Connections is hosting a Spring Gala Thursday, May 9 at the Halifax Club. With over 30 local partners, it's sure to be one of the top experiences of the year. Early bird tickets are on sale now but stay tuned for a post that'll confirm you want in on this. Also, Saturday, May 11th brings us the second annual Open City, a celebration of all things local. Have a look at my Open City and City Harvest posts from last year and start getting excited. If there was one day all year to love your city, it is Open City. May is certainly shaping up to be amazing. 

Lastly, in a joint effort between two local food bloggers, Kelly and Laura, Pinterest is now home to a Halifax Food Bloggers board. If you're looking for recipe inspiration or resto recommendations, head on over, click that follow button, and let the drooling commence. 

Until next time, Run to the Grills and get your burger on.