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Fredericton Steps up to the “Plate” with Dine Around Freddy!

Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to join Heather Allaby and Debbie Perry (with Fredericton Tourism) in their efforts to blog about the upcoming Dine Around Freddy event. This annual event is aligning with FROSTival, Fredericton’s very own winter celebration. Commencing on January 23rd, the dinning event runs until February 7th, where FROSTival will be in action until February 15th. Check out all the events and dates here–> www.frostival.ca

In previous years, the Dine Around Freddy event involved a number of Fredericton’s local restaurants that prepared a special 3 course menu for a great value ($29.00). Proceeds from each dinner were then donated to a charity. This year, I am happy to announce Greener Village’s involvement with Dine Around Freddy as their charity of choice, donating $1 from each plate sold between the 10 host restaurants.

Between Debbie, Heather and I, we visited each of the 10 restaurants and tasted their “dine around” dinners. As for me, a staff member at Greener Village, I wanted to be as involved as I could. I think with all the great non-profit organizations in Fredericton today, when an opportunity like this happens and you are the “chosen one”, you have to run with it! I wanted to show as much support as possible and do what I could to help the whole project be successful. In this case, I decided to offer my inexperienced skill set of food blogging. Now, I am guilty of taking the odd photo of a meal and posting it to Social Media, but going into a restaurant knowing I’d be taking the pictures, tasting the food and then having to write about them was a whole new thing for me. I love food. I love to write. I love social media. It was also a bonus that I got the pleasure to meet and dine with two very nice ladies!

Each restaurant has a special menu offered, typically an option between two starters and two main dishes plus your desserts. They have totally accommodated for the vegetarians and special dietary needs. Some offer the Soup of the Day so that may change depending on when you go!

Here are a few of my favourite dishes from each restaurant I attended!

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I was blown away by one of the main dish options: Pork tenderloin with apple chutney. Beautifully presented, hint of flavourful spice, a smashed potato with season vegetables cooked to perfection.

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For dessert, we were served a heaping portion of apple bread pudding and a glass of mulled cider. It tasted like my grandmother had just pulled it out of the oven!!
photo 4 (5)Catch Urban Grill at Delta Fredericton

To start, Catch had a delicious beet salad BUT they also had these hand made loaded perogies served with mushrooms, onions and spicy sour cream. They stole the show for me!
photo 2 (4) As a main, this flatbread pizza was a great size and big hit between Debbie and I. Roma tomatoes and asparagus added the gourmet taste and look to this dish!photo 4 (4) The East Coast Bake. Baby shrimp and scallops. Mussels. Salmon. Fusilli pasta. Need I say more? photo 3 (4)

Terrace Dining Room at Crowne Plaza

To start we had a beautiful, light, summer cocktail salad. This immediately put me on a beach! Cucumber Carpaccio: a vodka mint vinaigrette with grapefruit salsa. Presented so elegantly and left me ready for the next course!

photo 4 (3)I have been told that the Terrace knows their desserts so it was no surprise when we were greeted with the dark chocolate tart. Accompanied by vanilla sea salt and fresh berries.
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Serving up their classics for Dine Around Freddy, the soup of the day and caesar salad with their signature poached egg prepared us for our mains. This one in particular was my favourite because of the delicious seasonal hearty vegetables. Chicken supreme with mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, roasted potatoes, and pureed squash.
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540 Kitchen & Bar

Am I allowed to have a favourite? …because this is definitely it. 540’s dine around menu was perfect for a cold winters’ night! You will definitely have trouble choosing between their two main dishes.

Seared Atlantic salmon with spicy chorizo sausage and mussel risotto. YUM. So much flavour in every bite. The salmon was perfect and the mussels were like an added surprise!
photo 5How great is this presentation? The perfect portion of lamb shepherd’s pie with a delicious light side salad. That little pot tasted like heaven.photo 4 (1)

Are you hungry yet? With all the conversation, photos and food over, I do have one take home message that I wanted to end with: Not everyone can afford to eat out. If you can, it’s an event like this that really highlights why Fredericton is so great. We see some of the best restaurants in our community stepping up to the “plate” to take part in Dine Around Freddy, proceeds of which are being donated to Greener Village Community Food Centre. At GV, we strive to make good nutritious food available to everyone who needs it. So please, support the local businesses, know you are helping out a local not-for-profit and GO ENJOY THE GOOD FOOD!

Be sure to tweet, share, post and instagram photos of your experience with Dine Around Freddy!

Full list of menus and participating restaurants here:

www.DineAroundFredericton.ca

-S

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It’s that time of year!

It’s a beautiful September day. We’ve had sun and rain which has made our gardens prosper over the last few weeks! It has been a busy one! All areas of Greener Village are anxious to get Fall under way! Here’s whats happening around your community food centre…

Community Gardens- everyone is taking pride in their fruits of labour! We have seen so many happy families working on their plots, asking questions and enjoying the comfortable natural space that surrounds our raised beds!

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Greenhouses- the U-pick has been a huge success this year! Over 500 lbs of fresh vegetables have been given away to clients of the Food Bank. That dollar value equals approximately over $3300 when compared to supermarket prices… AND there is still so much more to be harvested! 

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Clothing Boutique- Out with the Summer, in with the Fall! Next week we are having a $1 SALE on ALL CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR! Monday to Friday, September 8th-12th. Come one come all, we have sizes, styles and brands for everyone!

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School Supplies- Bring in your child’s school list of necessary supplies and we will do our best to fill it! We have backpacks to paper to markers to lunch boxes! Every list is different, so please bring in a list so we can better prepare you with everything you will need! We have had many donations and we are so grateful that we have the opportunity to help our community at this hectic time of year! Happy back to school!

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Food Distribution- We’ve added more choice! We want to promote healthy, nutritious meals and even better, ones that you can cook for yourself! We’ve added a YELLOW tag to our system, meaning that each family gets to choose which pack they want. Equipped with all the ingredients and a recipe. In August, we gave out 830+ packs alone! Not sure what i’m describing? Visit us to learn more about our food distribution and our healthy choice packs!

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Teaching Kitchen- Kate, our lead instructor in the kitchen, is at the NB-Exhibition all week long! She has been cooking up and serving soup on the spot. Promoting our programs and workshops, we are there to spread the information about GV. Visit us all week 2-4pm in the Community Demonstration Kitchen at the Capital Exhibit Center.

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Also, if you haven’t already heard, our teaching kitchen Guru, Kate MacKay, is now airing on Rogers TV!! For the year, you can catch her show (times below) on budget cooking in your very own kitchen! Good job Kate, we are so proud!

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Last but not least, our OPEN HOUSE on OPEN FARM DAY NB is fast approaching. In partnership with Agricultural Alliance of NB, we are hosting farm day here at Greener Village on September 21st. Fun for the whole family! We have a ton of activities planned, critters to pet, information to share and locally grown delicious food samples just for YOU! We will also be hosting our second annual fundraising breakfast that morning at 11-1pm. This breakfast is only $5 and all proceeds help our programs at Greener Village. Hope to see you there!

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Thanks and happy harvest folks!

-S


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Many Hands Make Light Work

Some days it never seems like there’s much to do in a garden, other days it seems like there’s more to do than can possibly be done. Last week, the Douglas Baptist Church Group (who have volunteered for the last two years) were back for their third year of week long volunteering.

Even in the rain these kids (and the adults) worked all day. We started in the Native Edible Shrubs and Trees; which desperately needed weeding and some re-mulching.

At the start of the week, this is what the Native Edible garden looked like this (see first picture).

This is how it looks now! (See second picture).

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It’s always a little hard to stay ahead of the weeds in the Native Edible, but with twenty or so people all working together, everything was finished in a little over two days.

We laid newspaper and hay down to help control the weeds as well as protect the soil from the harsh sun. We’ve been working hard to give the Native Edibles a boost  with a few doses of compost tea! We also had the group paint signs to identify each of the native shrubs!

We still have a little research and planning to do with the Native Edibles, but we’re very happy with how everything is coming along. It’s really exciting to see what is actually starting to grow and produce in the Native Edibles, the blueberries are actually putting out fruit and so are the Dewberries. They look so much like blackberries, it’s easy to confuse the two when you look just at the berries.

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The next project we worked on was the surrounding garden area that was left from Green Village; my worker bees last year put a lot of effort into it , but we haven’t gotten to pay much attention to it this year because of starting the community garden, and getting the second greenhouse up and growing. They were excited to work with this new area; they helped prune, clean up, and open up the walking paths. We want to create a children’s’ pathway through the area to the gazebo with fun things for kids to find while they explore the pathways.

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Some of the younger kids of the youth group got to do rock painting too. Everyone was very excited and interested in getting to play with paint. So at the end of the week to help show others that they lent their hands to Greener Village, we had them put a hand print on the first few beds in the community garden. It’s a tradition we’re going to continue on with until we cover all the beds with the helping hands that have contributed to the gardens and it’s a fun way to incorporate some art into the garden.

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 I”m looking forward to next Monday because we will be having a whole rock painting event! It was something I wanted to do last year, but we ran out of time. The rocks that the church group painted are placed all over the garden and it’s a little like an Easter egg hunt; kids seems to really enjoy the added excitement to walking through the gardens. All the supplies will be provide, we have a shelter so even if it rains we can still paint.

So, here’s my push to get everyone out to this little event;

We Rock! Rock Painting Day

July 28th, 2014

From 10am-12

At Greener Village Community Garden

Add your touch to our garden; family fun for all ages

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

All supplies will be provided

Just wear something you don’t mind getting paint on

(just incase)

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There, thanks for baring with me and I hope to see you in the garden on Monday!

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We also have some helpful animals around the garden. We’ve seen a lot of these little guys around the gardens in the last week (first picture). I’m not sure exactly what kind of amphibian they are, but they’re about the size of a dime and really cute. Nothing like the huge toad (he’s as big as my palm) who keeps hiding in the back and surprising me (second picture)! I moved him out to a nice safe and cool place today because he was stuck in one of my planting containers. I”m sure anyone who would have seen me would think I was crazy, since I was talking to him the whole way to our destination convincing him it was not a good idea to hop out while I was walking. He’s safe and sound in his new home now.

It’s great to see so much wildlife around the property, especially helpful ones and not ones that I need to worry about eating our plants.IMG_2561

ToadI think that’s all for now.

Stay cool

– Briana 🙂

 


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Food Drive

So yesterday I shared our needed and wanted food wish list. Today I’m going to tell you about an upcoming food drive. Our shelves are looking more bare than ever here, so we really need your help. Posters will be going up tonight like the one here; giving out all the details.

fooddriveIf you don’t live on one of the routes being covered by our food drive, remember you can always drop off donation  of non-perishable food items to us directly at 686 Riverside Dr. and we do have an after hours drop off at the front of the building (Near the clothing boutique).

We appreciate all your help and generosity; I’ll let you all know how about it went Friday.

– Briana