Food and funk combine at Paintbox Lodge
Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 06:00 am
Musician Corin Raymond and chef Colin Metcalfe will join forces for Paintbox Lodge’s Culinary Funk event, March 26.
Raymond is described as a true Canadian troubadour, lover of words, acclaimed songwriter and a student of songcraft. Metcalfe is currently chef at Calgary’s Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, and has previously worked at Catch Restaurant, Raw Bar at Hotel Arts, Double Zero Pizza and Model Milk. He also won Gold Medal Plates in Calgary twice and nationally once.
Sidewalk Citizen Bakery has garnered a reputation for fine Israeli cuisine, with the upcoming evening including a tapas dinner menu including savoury lamb meatballs with tahini, bureka (egg and cheese pastry) with spicy grated tomatoes, marinated olives, hummus with sourdough bread, baked chicken wings with dried chilies and sesame vegetables with labneh. The sweet side consists of fruit tarts with whipped ricotta, lemon and honey.
“About three years ago, Sara Renner, the owner contacted me about coming to do some cooking classes and I’ve been doing that since then. About two years into it they talked to me about the music and dinner side of it and wanted me to help out,” said Metcalfe.
“I’ve done two of them now and it’s super fun, it’s a really great kitchen and they do a really great job with organizing everything so it just makes my job super easy.”
Labneh is a strained yogurt, similar to cheese when it gets thickened up, which will be a part of the evening’s menu, and one of the specialties found at Sidewalk Citizen Bakery.
“It’s become super popular and it’s something a little bit different. It’s really healthy, it’s a better alternative to cream cheese, you can use zero per cent yogurt and it offers lots of protein and low fat and, once it’s all finished, you can mix in whatever flavours you want or add whatever toppings you want, you have lots of different options,” Metcalfe said.
“Three years ago I got to go to Israel and experience everything first hand and get a feel for what the cuisine’s like, the sights and the smells; it’s one of my favourite places that I’ve visited. Everywhere you look there’s inspiration and different cultures. It’s amazing, a really beautiful place too.
“The great thing about Israel cuisine is you can transfer it into everyday meals with different spice blends such as za’atar, a blend of sesame, dried herbs and sumac, a citrusy berry that’s dried and ground.”
Culinary Funk with Corin Raymond and chef Colin Metcalfe takes place from 6:30-10 p.m. with tickets $85 per person. Hotel guests enjoy 50 per cent off the Culinary Funk ticket price, where intimate house concert feel meets culinary taste sensations.