I had the pleasure of attending the Swine and Dine Event in Edmonton on July 3rd and it was a spectacular night of great Alberta pork and connecting with Edmonton food lovers. We start at Zinc Restaurant located in the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), a restaurant I have been meaning to try since it opened. I had heard so many great reviews of the food and the first course did not disappoint. Sous Chef Doreen Prei wowed everyone with her parma ham wrapped foie gras paired with salted caramel. The buttery soft ham was a perfect pairing for the luscious and indulgent foie gras and then the sweet caramel just took it to a whole different dimension. The lady a couple seats over didn’t finish hers and I was very tempted to ask her if I could have it, but thought better of it since my other half might have frowned upon that. Along with the “little parcel of love” was a cold bacon and apple soup with a ground pork Parmesan crisp. I can’t say I loved the soup as the smoky flavour was a little more than I could take, but I think I could have eaten a tray of the crispy ground pork.
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