|Apron on! Ready for Eat Alberta!|
Firstly, congratulations to the 2012 Eat Alberta organizing committee, Allan Suddaby, Mack Male, Ming, Nicole, Sharon Yeo, Su and Valerie Lugonja! It looked and felt like a huge success from the eyes of this first time attendee! Held for the first time at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), they offered 20 different sessions! Although I had a hard time deciding, I did finally narrow down my choices to Artisan Cheese Making with Alan Roote, Cut Like A Chef: Knife Skills with Kevin Kent, Gnocchi Making 101 with Kathryn Joel and Sourdough 101: Basic Yeast Farming with Owen Petersen.
|Learning Knife Skills!|
The day ended with a panel discussion led by Alan Suddaby, with Kevin Kossowan, Jeff Senger, Amy Beaith and Shannon Ruzicka about "How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse", which more or less meant how to live sustainably off the land by growing your own produce, making it last through the winter, and other strategies. We then convened to Ernest's Dining Room for the "Wine Down", where we got a tasting board of cheese and meats put together by Alan Suddaby, as well as some local wines to taste.
Some suggestions for next year:
- It would be nice if the hands on sessions were a bit longer, lengthened to 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours each. This would allow for students to make mistakes, ask lots of questions, and feel less rushed. Many presenters commented that they could have used more time.
- Perhaps there is potential for this to become a 2 day weekend conference to accommodate longer sessions, with 2 sessions per day instead of 4.
- Building a 1/2 hour break between sessions instead of 15 minutes would also be useful for presenters as I'd heard many felt that they didn't have enough time to clean up afterwards or set up before.
More photos at PhotoBucket!