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chrisvogel Aug 28, 2008 05:03 PM

We will be holding a fundraising event (cocktail party) with a western Canadian theme. We are looking for finger foods and beverages that fit, and would appreciate any suggestions.
Thanks!

  1. c
    chefathome Sep 8, 2008 02:50 PM

    And don't forget the prairie "oysters"!

    1. maplesugar Sep 2, 2008 01:54 PM

      Thinking of local producers here in Alberta some foods you may want to look at: Bison, pork, and beef (of course) saskatoonberries, honey, mustard... we also have local dairies that produce excellent milk and cheeses... I don't know exactly what you picture when you say "western Canadian" so here are a few resources:

      http://www.slowfoodcalgary.ca/directory/ (comprehensive list of local producers
      )http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$departme... (Gov Alberta Regional Directory of producers

      )

      HTH

      1. m
        Minnow Sep 2, 2008 08:44 AM

        From a Winnipeg girl exiled in the Big Smoke:

        Kielbasa
        Rye Bread (Cub!)
        Garlic Dills
        Old Dutch Chips
        Pic-a-pop
        Perogies
        Cabbage rolls
        Big Rock or Moosehead beer
        Saskatoon/saskatoon pie
        Sex in a tray

        Hmmm... that's all I have off the top of my head. They used to have "Winnipeg Socials" in Toronto, where they would serve all of the above. I'm having a hard time remembering what else, though!

        1. p
          PaulV Aug 30, 2008 10:28 AM

          Calgary Ginger Beef - ok that's a bit obscure. Would be great for a cocktail party however.

          Stampede Pancake Breakfast is another thing that comes to mind.

          1. k
            kali_MM Aug 30, 2008 03:29 AM

            Some thoughts, to start:

            Alberta beef
            Alberta lamb
            Saskatoons (perhaps a saskatoon mojito as a cocktail?)
            Something Ukrainian - perogies perhaps
            Wheat products
            Local beer
            Walleye
            Bison
            Local veggies
            Bannock

            1. l
              lagatta Aug 29, 2008 12:37 PM

              Are you talking Prairies or West Coast?

              Prairies - red meat country - beef and bison. West Coast is Salmon, of course - the traditional culture was based on the abundance of salmon and other wealth of the coastal area.

              Vancouver now has a huge population from everywhere around the Pacific rim, in particular East and South Asia, but do to the oil boom even Albertan cities are becoming fare more cosmopolitan than before. The Prairies are also one of the world's great breadbaskets, and pierogi made by Eastern European settlers are a traditional food.

              Good wines from BC.

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                chrisvogel Aug 29, 2008 12:45 PM

                Hi Iaquatta,

                Thanks for this. We were thinking prairies.

                Best,
                Chris

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