Prairie Grid 2018 – Homage to the Talent and Bounty of Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba

If you missed getting in on Prairie Grid last year, jump on the tickets now because we’re taking this extraordinary dinner show on the road, again!

That’s right, Eat North has officially launched the Prairie Grid Dinner Series: From Dawn to Dusk, a multi-city culinary event highlighting the bounty of the prairies.

This year, the event draws inspiration from the spectacular prairie skies and to honour our farmers who work from dawn until dusk, especially during the harvest season.

A new line-up of talented chefs will collaborate on dinners in four cities across three provinces. The five-course dinner events will showcase locally harvested ingredients, regional cuisine, but also offer an immersive art experience for guests as well as one-of-a-kind creations, designed specifically for attendees of the traveling series to engage with, taste and sip.

The 2018 Prairie Grid Dinner Series kicks off in Calgary on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Calgary Shrine Centre and continues with stops in Edmonton on at the  CKUA Performance Hall on Saturday, Sept. 29, Saskatoon on Tuesday, Oct. 2 and Winnipeg on Thursday, Oct. 4. A limited number of 110 tickets to each of the dinners are available for $140, or $175 which includes a limited-edition Prairie Grid custom T-shirt.

Participating chefs include JP Pedhirney (Bridgette Bar, Calgary); Steve Brochu (Chartier, Beaumont); Thayne Robstad and Beth Rogers (Hearth, Saskatoon); Mike Robins (Sous Sol, Winnipeg); and Jessica Young (Elements, Winnipeg). Each dinner event will consist of five courses developed collaboratively by the team of chefs. This year, the series will also include a travelling bar manager, Adrian Chappell of Saskatoon’s celebrated eateries: The Hollows and Primal.

Stunning ceramic serving platters by Winnipeg’s Pepo Ceramics will strike a beautiful contrast on tabletops accented by Calgary visual artist, Lisa Brawn’s signature woodcut designs. Chefs and servers will don artistic aprons created by Alberta-born fashion designer Caitlin Power and a stunning projection art piece by Saskatoon’s Lindsey Rewuski will evolve throughout the dinner in a vibrant way. Before sitting down for dinner, local musicians in each city will entertain guests during the Big Rock Brewery cocktail hour while delicious Canadian Beef canapes are served.

 This year, Edmonton’s Meuwly’s will be creating custom cured meats with Prairie aromatics. As well, Turner Valley’s Eau Claire Distillery has created a limited edition honey and Saskatoon berry-infused gin that will be available in September exclusively at the distillery, Calgary Farmers’ Market and Vine Arts liquor stores. As a perfect cocktail match, a limited edition Porter’s Tonic rhubarb lavender syrup will be released alongside the gin. Both will be used to create this year’s signature cocktail of the 2018 Prairie Grid Dinner Series.

Cadillac has once again come on board to provide a fleet of vehicles to help the Prairie Grid Dinner Series team complete their eight-day trek across Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. 

Prairie Grid

As someone who travelled with this crew across the prairies last year, I have to say, it’s a pretty bad ass visual seeing a convoy of black Escalades blazing down the road or into town just as the sun is rising or setting.

Can’t wait to do it all again.

Tickets go fast, so get yours as soon as they become available. I’d hate for you to miss it!

For more information and to purchase tickets, click on the city and date below…

Calgary (Sept. 27, 2018)

Edmonton (Sept. 29, 2018)

Saskatoon (Oct. 2, 2018)

Winnipeg (Oct. 4, 2018)

Join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter using the dinner series hashtags: #PrairieGrid2018 and #proudtobeprairie.

Author: Twyla Campbell

World-wide wanderer, CBC Edmonton AM Restaurant Reviewer, Member of Edmonton’s Slow Food convivium, oenophile, epicurean explorer and a freelance writer whose works have appeared in several magazines and newspapers including More, Above & Beyond, Avenue (Edmonton), Up Here, Northern Flyer, Opulence, City Palate, the Edible Prairie Journal, The Edmonton Journal, Slow Food Canada, Lifestyle Alberta, and on Slow Food Edmonton’s website. Grant MacEwan University (Professional Writing Program) Bachelor of Applied Communications Degree (in progress). I’m a Tweeter @wanderwoman10