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Hicks' Weekly Dish: Gini's offers fine dining experience BY GRAHAM HICKS, EDMONTON SUN FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2015

FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2015 09:51 AM MDT | UPDATED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2015 09:59 AM MDT A Gini’s special of the day: Kangaroo tenderloin medallions. Photo by Graham Hicks Article Change text size for the story Print this story Report an error Related Stories Hicks' Weekly Dish:In Search of great delis Hicks' Weekly Dish: 12 Acres offers farm to fork freshness Hicks' Weekly Dish: Relish Gourmet Burgers top-notch Hicks on Biz: Don’t re-invent the wheel Hicks' Weekly Dish: Azucar Picante for the best Latin food in Edmonton Hicks' Weekly Dish: Sorrentino's Mushroom Harvest Festival better than ever Gini’s Restaurant — Exquisite French Fine Dining 10706 142 Street 780-451-1169 www.gini'srestaurant.ca Tues.-Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Fridays) Sat. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Sundays Food: 4 of 5 Suns Ambience: 4 of 5 Suns Service: 4 of ... Read the rest of entry »

Hicks on Biz: You can’t blame Edmonton City Council for everything BY GRAHAM HICKS, EDMONTON SUN FIRST POSTED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2015

FIRST POSTED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2015 12:01 PM MDT | UPDATED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2015 03:15 PM MDT Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson takes part in an Executive Committee Meeting at City Hall, in Edmonton Alta. on Tuesday Aug. 18, 2015. David Bloom/Edmonton Sun Article Change text size for the story Print this story Report an error Related Stories Hicks on Biz: The smart-diaper the Canadian seniors’ health sector ignored Hicks on Biz: CEOs simply paid too much Hicks on Biz: Alberta recession will strike early 2016 Hicks on Biz: Don’t re-invent the wheel Links Follow us on Twitter! Like us on Facebook! It's not to be brought up lightly - city hall can't be blamed for everything - but Edmonton City Council must be questioning the competence of its city manager and his top transportation department management.   One delay might be annoying but tolerable. Two delays, even more annoyi ... Read the rest of entry »

Hicks' Weekly Dish:In Search of great delis BY GRAHAM HICKS, EDMONTON SUN FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015

FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015 09:32 AM MDT | UPDATED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015 09:44 AM MDT The Italian Bakery made-to-order deli sandwich. Photo by Graham Hicks Article Change text size for the story Print this story Report an error Related Stories Hicks' Weekly Dish: Sumo Sumo makes excellent sushi Hicks' Weekly Dish: RGE RD, Not your mama's liver! Hicks' weekly dish: Subpar sushi Hicks' Weekly Dish: Sweet, but too sweet! Hicks' weekly dish: Restaurant crawl Hicks' Weekly Dish: Oliveto Trattoria has figured it out Hicks' Weekly Dish: Azucar Picante for the best Latin food in Edmonton Hicks' Weekly Dish: Sorrentino's Mushroom Harvest Festival better than ever Hicks' Weekly Dish: Gini's offers fine dining experience What is … a delicatessen? A deli or delicatessen used to be a food shop with long glass display cases full of slabs of cold cuts or cured meats and whee ... Read the rest of entry »

Hicks' Weekly Dish: 12 Acres offers farm to fork freshness BY GRAHAM HICKS, EDMONTON SUN FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2015

FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2015 12:54 PM MDT | UPDATED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2015 01:05 PM MDT 12 Acres’ beef/tomato tartare with Saskatoon jelly and wedge potatoes. Article Change text size for the story Print this story Report an error Related Stories Hicks' Weekly Dish: Azucar Picante for the best Latin food in Edmonton Edmonton restaurant makes list of best in Canada, voting opens online Hicks' Weekly Dish: Gini's offers fine dining experience 12 Acres Restaurant 8 Mission Avenue, St. Alberta 780-569-1779 12acres.ca No reservations other than large parties Tues.-Wed., 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed Mondays Food: 4 of 5 Suns Ambience: 4 of 5 Suns Service: 4 of 5 Suns Dinner for two excluding drinks and tip: Basic, $50; loaded, $75 Graham Hicks 780 707 6379 graham.hicks@hicksbiz.com www.hicksbiz.com @hicksonsix Holy baked po ... Read the rest of entry »

Hicks' Weekly Dish: Relish Gourmet Burgers top-notch BY GRAHAM HICKS, EDMONTON SUN FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 04, 2015

FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 04, 2015 10:30 AM MDT | UPDATED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 04, 2015 10:41 AM MDT The Pinchos (tapas-like) seafood board featured in the August-long SABOR Restaurant Seafood Festival. Photo by Graham Hicks Article Change text size for the story Print this story Report an error Related Stories Hicks Weekly Dish: Taste of Edmonton simply 'awful' Hicks' Weekly Dish: Urbano Pizza offers high quality, healthy fare Hicks' Weekly Dish: Sahara Bar & Grill Lebanese-Mediterranean food superb Hicks' Weekly Dish: NongBu Korean Eatery still needs work Hicks' Weekly Dish: Gini's offers fine dining experience It’s the very good gourmet burgers, the friendly but contemporary décor, the beer taps all featuring Alley Kat and Wild Rose brewery beers, but, most of all, it’s the people. The franchise owners of the new Relish Gourmet Burgers, John and Julie Wallace, are good people ... Read the rest of entry »

Hicks' Weekly Dish: Sahara Bar & Grill Lebanese-Mediterranean food superb BY GRAHAM HICKS, EDMONTON SUN FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015

FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015 09:46 AM MDT | UPDATED: TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015 09:58 AM MDT Sahara starters: clockwise from upper left, hummus, kibbeh nayeh, baba ghaouji and fatoush with string cheese. Photo by Graham Hicks Article Change text size for the story Print this story Report an error Related Stories Hicks' Weekly Dish: Relish Gourmet Burgers top-notch Sahara Mediterranean and Canadian Cuisine #110, 10807 Castledowns Road| 780-371-1113 saharaedmonton.com 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week Food: 4.5 of 5 Suns Ambience: 3.5 of 5 Suns Service: 3 of 5 Suns Dinner for two excluding drinks and tip: Basic, $40; loaded, $70 Graham Hicks 780 707 6379 graham.hicks@hicksbiz.com www.hicksbiz.com @hicksonsix The dispersion of ethnic communities in this League of Nations we know as Edmonton has always been intriguing. Why didn’t the Filipinos congregate in one neighbourhood? They’re dispersed ... Read the rest of entry »

Get Cooking's Edmonton Food Fight V: The Taste Edition - an evening of culinary competitiveness

Get Cooking Presents Edmonton Food Fight 5: The Taste Edition It was fun, loud and hard on the feet. “Food Fight” was conceived by three foodies – chef Eric Hanson, just back from a long leisurely jaunt around southeast Asia, Get Cooking cooking school owner/hospitality activist Kathryn Joel, and, showing a human side, Greenpeace anti-oilsands spokesperson Mike Hudema. They are fans of the “gritty reality” TV cooking shows like Knife Fight or Cutthroat Kitchen. As they talked, they figured Edmontonians would pay to enjoy a good, intense, well-produced show-biz cooking competition featuring local chefs with strong personalities.  By the third Food Fight, the production was gaining credibility. Food Fight IV took place at the wildly successful Porkapalooza BBQ festival, attended by over 40,000 people at the east-end Borden Park. Food Fight V happened last Sunday, July 19, staged in the Sip ‘N’ Savour tent at Taste of Edmonton in Churchill Square. All the co ... Read the rest of entry »

The Fairmonton Hotel Macdonald's 100th anniversary: A roll call of its general managers since 1991 re-opening, and a list of important dates in the hotel's history

A few more details to add to my Hicks on Biz column about 100 years of the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, published July 10, 2015. When the Hotel Macdonald re-opned after its massive restoration by CP Hotels, it's had a strong line-up of general managers, who all made their mark as community leaders in Edmonton. The list includes:  Tony Cary-Bernard - 1990 to 1997  (over saw the reopening in 1991). Currently General Manager of the Westin Resort & Spas, Whistler, B.C.  Kevin Toth - 1997 to 1999 - re-assigned to be General Manager of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, currently  President, Fox Harb'r Golf Resort & Spa, Fox Harbour, Nova Scota Danny Crowell - 1999-2005 - currently General Manager, Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. Johanne Johnson - 2005-2009 - currently Human Resources Manager, Nuna Logistics, Edmonton, AB Don Fennerty - 2009-2013 - current General Manager, Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, B.C. Garrett Turta - 2013-present& ... Read the rest of entry »

Hicks on Biz: The Macdonald Hotel mirrors Edmonton's economic history by GRAHAM HICKS, first posted Edmonton Sun, Friday, July 10, 2015

Last week’s 100th Anniversary Gala of the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald with 136 invited guests was an elegant, but subdued affair. Which was appropriate. The 198-room heritage hotel, the most prominent and enduring historic building in Edmonton has been a mirror of the turbulent economic history of this region since it opened for business on July 5, 1915. The original owner and builder was the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, which pushed the second trans-Canada railroad across the railway bridge now north of the Beverly Bridge into downtown Edmonton in 1909. The optimism! The excitement! The land boom! Most of Edmonton’s still-standing heritage buildings were built between 1911 and 1914. The city’s population near tripled, from 25,000 in 1911 to a peak of 72,500 in early 1914. No sooner had Grand Trunk run the rails into the city, when it announced the finest hotel in the west would be built in the heart of the booming city, with a magnificent view of the North Saskatchewan. The rail ... Read the rest of entry »

Hicks' Weekly Dish: Urbano Pizza offers high quality, healthy fare BY GRAHAM HICKS, EDMONTON SUN FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, JULY 07, 2015

Urbano Pizza Co. 10220 103 St. 780-705-1885 urbanopizzaco.com 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays Closed Sundays Food: 4 of 5 Suns Ambience: 3.5 of 5 Suns Service: 3.5 of 5 Suns Two 11-inch pizzas: $11.95 each You are so busy, it doesn’t hit you until the aircraft lifts off. Yes! Your holiday is actually underway! I had a similar realization, a chill down the spine as it were, sitting at one (of two) street-side patio tables outside the new Urbano Pizza Co. The early evening July sun was easing off, yet the downtown 103 Street was still bathed in light and warmth. Just a block north, in clear view, the new arena, girder by girder, is fast realizing its fabulous promise. A couple of storefronts away, the cranes were hauling up the exterior wall panels for another new condo tower. Days later, Connor McDavid scored five goals in a scrimmage at the Oilers development camp. It hit home. In just over a year, Rogers Place will be open for bu ... Read the rest of entry »