Culinary Lab 02 | Canada 150 Dinner


Culinary Lab 02 | Canada 150 Dinner
Saturday, August 26, 2017
2 SEATINGS  5:00PM  / 8:30PM

Location: 27th floor of the Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Avenue
Time: 5:00 pm seating | 8:30 pm seating
Ticket price:  $150 per person. Note: Tickets must be purchased as a pair.
Capacity: 150 people per dinner

The second event in this Edmonton food experience happens on August 26, in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. We have invited five Canadian chefs to come together on one of downtown Edmonton’s roof-top terraces, to cook never-before-seen or tasted dishes. Sitting with 150 friends, new and familiar, you’ll commemorate this momentous year in an unforgettable way — with incredible chefs, delectable food, and live music that’ll make your foot tap.

What’s on the menu? It’s a surprise! Each dinner will feature five courses and three carefully selected wine pairings. The chefs will take the flavours from their respective cities and use their culinary skills to create a dining experience that will be a feast for all your senses.

Want to be a guest? You can choose the chef. Every choice is a good one.

The Chefs

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David Leeder's culinary history has taken him through many top kitchens in the world including the three Michelin-starred Martin Berasategui restaurant in Lasarte, Spain, as well as Noma, 108 and Relae in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has also partnered with Fare Magazine, a Glasgow-based publication, to do a series of pop-up dinners in Scotland. In Canada, David has established himself as a mainstay in the Edmonton pop-up dining scene under the brand “Dela,” in partnership with bartender Elizabeth Yu.

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Mandel Hitzer has been a student of the kitchen for 20 years, becoming a leader and innovator in his food community. He opened deer + almond in 2012, which gave him a stage to bring new concepts to Winnipeg food lovers, and also co-created RAW:almond, a 21-day pop-up restaurant that brings chefs from all over North America to cook on the frozen ice at the crossing of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, just outside of downtown Winnipeg. Last year, Conde Nast Traveller mentioned RAW:almond as part of the world’s top pop-up restaurants alongside Noma and El Bulli.

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Chef Garrett Bruce Martin has dedicated the last 10 years towards learning and perfecting his craft, and has trained under some of the world's best chefs. His career highlights include a year as a Chef de Partie at Thomas Keller's Bouchon, a lengthy internship at Daniel Berlin Krog in Sweden, as well as shorter stints at multiple Michelin-starred establishments in Napa Valley and Copenhagen.  He was a Sous Chef at Justin Leboe's nationally celebrated Model Milk in Calgary, before taking on the role of a Chef de Cuisine of Model Milk's upcoming sister restaurant, Pigenhole, which was named Canada's Best New Restaurant by enRoute Magazine in 2015. He is currently a finalist in Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship for 2017, and is now the Chef de Cuisine at the newly opened Bridgette Bar in Calgary's Design District.

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A former model, Christie Peters owns, operates, and is the executive chef at two restaurants in Saskatoon’s trendy, up-and-coming Riversdale neighbourhood, The Hollows and Primal Pasta. When the Saskatoon native is not tinkering with the lights, or running down the alley between the two restaurants, Christie is creating dishes from items she finds in the garden with a focus on high quality, seasonal and sustainable ingredients

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Whether cooking for six or 600 in his role as Ocean Wise executive chef at the Vancouver Aquarium, Ned Bell’s cooking philosophy is globally inspired and locally created. He is passionate about crafting dishes that lean heavily on plant-based, nutrient dense ingredients with an emphasis on sustainable seafood. He has worked in top kitchens in Canada, amassing accolades along the way, including winning the Best Overall and Rising Star awards from Calgary’s Where Magazine, being included in Western Living magazine’s Top 40 Foodies Under 40.


What is Culinary Labs?

Culinary Labs is a series of four innovative food experiences being held in Edmonton in 2017. A partnership between Edmonton chef David Leeder and the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, the events are intended to increase awareness of Edmonton’s culinary industry and talent, and bring vibrancy to Edmonton’s downtown core. The first event was held in April; this is the second. Two more will be held in 2017 (details soon!).

How many guests can participate in the event?

There will be two dinner seatings, one at 5 pm and one at 8:30 pm, with room for 150 guests at each one. There is a maximum of 10 tickets per group, and tickets will only be sold in pairs, thus allowing participants to dine across the table from another guest in their party.

There are five chefs representing different cities – how does that work?

Each chef will be cooking a five-course meal, with three wine pairings, representing their city’s flavours. Guests will be seated in sections, according to chef. When purchasing your tickets, you will be able to select the section in which you’d like to sit, based on availability.

What’s on the menu?

It’s a surprise! But trust us, it will be delicious.

What if I have food restrictions or allergies?

This event features custom-built menus with wine pairings. Due to the complicated nature of this kind of event, we cannot accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies. By purchasing a ticket to this event, you acknowledge that there will be no substitutions or alterations available for the food and beverages being served.

Is this an 18+ event?

The menu for this event has been prepared with drink pairings. We encourage only people of legal drinking age to attend as the menu, seating, and pricing will not be adjusted.

How long will the event be?

The first seating will run from 5-7:30 pm, at which time guests will be welcome to stay and enjoy the music in a casual seating area until 8pm. The second seating will run from 8:30-10:30 pm. Guests are welcome to stay until 11 pm to enjoy the music.

What happens if it rains?

This event will proceed rain or shine. 

Is the location accessible to people with reduced mobility?

Yes, there is elevator access to the 27th floor of the Edmonton Tower.

Is there a dress code for the event?

Culinary Lab 02 is an elegant event. We encourage guests to dress appropriately for Canada’s 150th birthday. 

Where can I park?

Parking is available in the parkade beneath Edmonton Tower, as well as street parking or surface lots downtown. Regular rates apply. Edmonton Tower is also well served by transit and LRT.


2 SEATINGS  5:00PM  / 8:30PM