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Tasting Notes: A candy methodology within the Paris Baguette combine

Plus, well-liked Calgary wine store strikes north, brewers tapping their artistic aspect and Oktoberfest set to make a splash

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Eric Chang has been pursuing a Paris Baguette franchise for greater than a decade now.

The native businessman, who grew up in South Korea and attended college in Ottawa earlier than making his solution to Edmonton, reached out to the favored and widely-spread South Korean-based bakery and café solely to be advised that they had plans to open franchises in america first.

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“Then sooner or later they introduced they had been coming to Canada, so I emailed and launched myself to them once more,” says Chang, talking from his latest enterprise, the place he’s coping with a couple of last-minute hurdles like an errant espresso machine held up on the border. “I used to be the primary to signal a contract for Canada, however the precise first location that was opened was in Toronto in March. We’re the very first in Western Canada, nevertheless.”

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On the face of it, there isn’t a lot to distinguish Paris Baguette from different bakeries and cafes. There are croissants and muffins, sandwiches, salads, espresso, and naturally a wide range of breads accessible on the 4,000 plus places worldwide. However Chang’s curiosity within the enterprise, which began in 1986, has extra to do with the consistency of its choices than the range.

“I’m not an skilled within the know-how,” wryly notes Chang, who selected Southpark on Whyte, 10607 82 Ave., for the brand new location. “However what I found is that they’ve a frozen dough system that permits them to ship from South Korea to anyplace, and the product will all the time be the identical prime quality. There are different firms like them that don’t have that know-how, so that they’re not doing fairly as effectively at increasing. No matter Paris Baguette you go to on the earth, you’ll get the identical consistency.”

Chang is not any stranger to entrepreneurial endeavours. Within the final 10 years or so he’s launched Korean grocery retailer A-Mart to the province, in addition to Digital Tee Up, Soju Karaoke and Bar, and City Plant Cafe. Proper now he’s very taken with Paris Baguette, nevertheless, and has plans to open 5 further places in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary inside a yr or two. Up subsequent is a location in West Edmonton Mall.

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“It’s a really supportive group and you’re employed carefully with them to get it proper,” he notes. “That’s one of many interesting issues about them. I believe folks right here will actually just like the idea. I don’t see it being a lot of a problem as soon as they arrive by and see what we’ve got to supply.”

Vine Arts in Westmount

You’ll be able to’t be every part to everybody, however Vine Arts goes to strive.

The wine and spirits store, which began in Calgary a decade in the past, has opened a location in Edmonton on 10961 124 St. the place they’ll be each a neighbourhood liquor retailer and a boutique vacation spot.

“That’s what served us very well in Calgary,” says Jesse Willis, co-owner of the enterprise, which now boasts two places in his residence metropolis. “We strive for a great mixture of on a regular basis necessities and distinctive objects, whether or not you need to seize a bottle of gin or a case of beer otherwise you’re into issues like craft spirits, cocktails, cellarable or collectible wines.”

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Jesse Willis, centre, is co-owner of the brand new Vine Arts in Westmount. Photograph by Kyzle Tabanay /Equipped

Willis and his enterprise associate Jeff Jamieson have been trying to carry Vine Arts to Edmonton for plenty of years now.

“We’ve got a fairly common stream of out-of-town clients coming into the Vine Arts in Calgary as a result of there are specific issues we’ve got that they only can’t get elsewhere,” he notes. “Like our choice of cocktail equipment, bitters and syrups, distinctive spirits, amaros and vermouths. We even have some exclusives with small wineries that we’ve labored with for years.”

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Vine Arts has discovered a pleasant residence for walk-in site visitors in Westmount, however they’ll ultimately offer a supply service to the remainder of town. Additionally on the agenda will probably be tastings and different occasions, with a protracted tasting desk forecast for the again of the shop.

This weekend they’ll be kicking issues off with a grand opening, providing 15 % off something within the store and visits from completely different importing companions and native breweries. And Willis himself will probably be on the town to fulfill folks and discuss store.

“I’m actually trying ahead to this,” he says. “I’ve acquired household in Edmonton so I all the time like to return up. We’re going to placed on a great present and it’ll be thrilling.”

Ale Architect elevates brewing

Ale Architect doesn’t brew to fashion.

“We brew with fashion,” laughs Ryan Stang, co-founder of the brewing firm and taproom at 9918 76 Ave. “We’re not likely interested by making essentially the most traditional instance of, say, a porter. What we’re interested by is making the best-tasting porter beer we are able to. We do plenty of hazy IPAs, plenty of large hoppy beers, and we do some conventional beers in a standard manner, however we put a little bit of a spin on them.”

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Stang and associate Mason Pimm began Ale Architect again in 2018, contracting different firms to brew their merchandise, which had been bought in choose liquor shops and eating places. The 2 opened their very own area in April of this yr after trying round for 3 years or so, leasing after which personally constructing the brewery themselves on Completely happy Beer Road in Ritchie. In it, they serve a rotating choice of beer just like the Django, a spiced white beer, and the L’il Crispy lager, plus seasonal choices. However don’t anticipate these choices to essentially stick round for if you need to strive them — Stang and Pimm didn’t get into this enterprise to crank out the identical outdated usual.

“I come from a artistic profession, so when I discovered brewing 11 years in the past it was the artistic outlet that I had been in search of,” says Stang. “We all the time need to know what’s subsequent. What’s the latest hop varietal out, what’s the latest yeast? What are the latest manufacturing methods, so we are able to strive them for ourselves and continually invent new and thrilling beers on a regular basis.”

Oktoberfest, prost!

Talking of suds, what’s being declared as Western Canada’s largest Oktoberfest celebration will probably be occurring on the Ice District Fan Park from September 22-30.

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Together with a choice of beer, you may anticipate Bavarian delicacies, together with schnitzels, sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels and strudels. Dwell music? In fact, as a result of oompah music is important to correct digestion of fine German foods and drinks. Youngsters? Take them alongside; there’ll be family-friendly actions going down all through the competition. Because the cherry on prime of the Kirschenmichel cake, sponsor Condor Airways will probably be freely giving two continuous tickets to Frankfurt, Germany, and everybody who attends could have an opportunity to enter the draw, which takes place on the ultimate day.

Tickets to Oktoberfest are $26.05 together with charges and accessible at

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