Recap: Swine and Dine at OTTO Food & Drink

Last week, a January winter storm couldn’t keep a plethora of diners away from OTTO Food & Drink, which played host to Alberta Pork‘s first Swine and Dine of 2019. Chef Steven Furgiuele, creator of FUGE at OTTO, along with his culinary team served up a four-course meal featuring Stonepost Farms pork from appetizer to dessert to a packed house.

Owner Ed Donszelmann professes that at his Norwood neighbourhood pub, ‘there is no pomp and ceremony at Otto Food and Drink, just good food, craft beer, a carefully considered wine list, and friendly staff.

When I asked Chef Furgiuele why he wanted to host a Swine and Dine at OTTO he shared that he felt it just made sense – he wanted to share a pork-packed menu featuring the comfort food that OTTO is known for. Steve explained that while there are a variety of sausage options at OTTO, pork is the backbone of the menu. He also forged a relationship with Becky and John Doherty of Stonepost Farms at the 124 Grand Market, and was eager to showcase their Berkshire pork (as well as teach his crew how to break down an entire pig). Prior to our first course, guests learned first hand about their journey as first-generation farmers from Becky, who was on hand to also experience the wonderful meal Steve created with pork from her farm. 

1st Course – 14 Hour Smoked ‘Apple Butter’ Pork Crostini

Our first course of the evening was inspired by Chef Furgiuele’s love of using Louisiana Grills’ products to smoke different cuts of meat -14 Hour Smoked ‘Apple Butter’ Pork Crostini. Steve knew he wanted to serve a light crostini with Bonjour Bakery sourdough to start, so he paired smoked pork picnic cuts with acidic notes from pink lady apples, pomegranate, and arugula. 

 

Photo courtesy of Cindy @letsomnom

2nd Course – Cotechino Salsiccia

Photo courtesy of Cindy @letsomnom

Steve explained that Cotechino is an Italian dish typically served on New Year’s Eve. The large sausage, made from the leg of the pig, is often served with lentils, which symbolize coins, and are inspired to bring money for the coming year. For our second course, Steve used warm spices, some of the skin, as well as a heavier fat content to create his large-diameter sausage. He swapped out the lentils for Gold Forest Grains farro, and accented the dish with preserved lemon, Franciacorta sparkling wine, and a parsley salsa verde (that I would easily buy by the jar).

 

3rd Course – Cena Della Domenica

Our main course was on par with the hearty servings of sausages OTTO and FUGE are known for. Steve’s childhood Cena Della Domenica, or Sunday dinners, were the inspiration for the entire meal, especially our family-style main course.

Growing up, Steve’s father bought cases of Pecorino Crotonese from Italy, stacking the family cold room with wheels of cheese. While he hated rapini growing up, his palate has adjusted to enjoy the bitter veg, and he chuckles at how rapini, or broccoli rabe, has become a more popular/trendy vegetable.

Photo courtesy of Cindy @letsomnom
Photo courtesy of Cindy @letsomnom

The Pecorino Crotonese & rapini salsiccia sausage was smothered in more cheese as well as a smoked tomato-pork sugo (rich tomato sauce with pulled pork) and served alongside a lemon-broccoli salad, roasted parsnip with hazelnut picada, and Bonjour Bakery parisienne bread.

4th Course – Zeppole

Photo courtesy of Cindy @letsomnom

A zeppole is an Italian doughnut or fritter usually topped with powdered sugar. Chef Furgiuele decided to make his version 100 % gluten free – huge thanks from this gluten-free girl. Steve shared that his father used to talk about when they would slaughter pigs back in Italy, and they would take the blood and mix it with cocoa to be dipped with bread sticks. Swine and dine challenges chefs to incorporate Alberta pork from appetizer to dessert, and Steve’s serving of sanguinaccio dolce – an Italian pudding made from pig’s blood made creamy and sweetened with chocolate, was a first for many of us in the room.

Chef Steve gets ready to pour the pork blood for his sanguinaccio dolce sauce

The sauce tasted similar to Nutella, and had chef Furgiuele not told the room we were going to dip our donuts in blood, I don’t think anyone would have been able to distinguish the flavour. I love being able to try new things, so I applaud Steve for pushing the culinary boundaries with a room full of adventurous diners.


When I spoke with Steve about the meal he was very proud that his team used every piece of the Stonepost Farms pig for OTTO’s Swine and Dine dinner. It may have been cold outside, but the vibe inside OTTO was filled with the warmth of hearty food and shared among good company. 

One thing is for sure, Alberta pork sausages are always on the menu at OTTO Food & Drink. Chef Furgiuele is always coming up with new sausage and pork creations – stop by OTTO for a sip and a bite:

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTTO Food & Drink
11405 95 St, Edmonton, AB T5G 1L3
(780) 477-6244

HOURS
Everyday 4:30 p.m.–10 p.m.
Happy Hour 4:30-6 p.m. Daily

 

Swine and Dine at Salz Bratwurst Co. Feb 12, 2019

When Salz Bratwurst Co. hosted an Oktoberfest inspired Swine and Dine last fall, we were told it wouldn’t be their last… and the boys of Black Box Hospitality deliver on their promises. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, executive chef and Salz partner Allan Suddaby will be sharing another Austrian/Bavarian inspired, three-course menu featuring Alberta Pork from appetizer to dessert for $40 on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

Check out the recap of the last Salz Swine and Dine for an idea of what to expect. 

Like last time, Salz partner Mike Forgie will be offering an optional pairing of craft Alberta beer with each course.

If you love Alberta pork packed sausages as much as we do, you’ll want to join the meat fest. Salz has two seatings available and tickets are sure to sell out.

Swine and Dine at Salz Bratwurst Co.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
10556 115 Street, Edmonton AB
$40 for three courses

Tickets for 5 p.m. seating

Tickets for 8 p.m. seating

Swine and Dine at Otto Food & Drink January 31, 2019

Have you been in Swine and Dine withdrawal? Well get ready to kick-start the new year with a healthy dose of Alberta pork. We are excited to announce that Alberta Pork is kicking off our 2019 season of Swine and Dine with chef Steven Furgiuele of Otto Food and Drink in Edmonton.

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, chef Furgiuele (who has transitioned his incredible Fuge Meats sausage skills exclusively to Otto) will be sharing his passion for pork with this four-course meal, featuring Stonepost Farms’ Alberta Pork from appetizer to dessert:

Smoked ‘Apple Butter’ Pork Crostini
pink lady apple, pomegranate, arugula, potato sourdough

Cotechino Salsiccia
farro, soffritto, preserved lemon, franciacorta

Cena Della Domenica
rapini & crotonese salsiccia, smoked tomato-pork sugo, roasted parsnip, hazelnut picada, fresh bread

Zeppole
gluten-free fritters, sanguinaccio dolce

 

Don’t let the Italian terms on the menu confuse you (chef Furgiuele will explain all at dinner). Chef Furgiuele tells us he wanted to share a no-fuss, comfort food menu that will feature a big main-course family-style affair of delicious foods. Tickets are $55 which includes the meal, gratuities and tax. This one is sure to sell out; seating is limited.


Swine and Dine at Otto Food & Drink
Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 6 pm
11405 95 St, Edmonton, AB T5G 1L3
$55 (including tax and gratuities)
Tickets available on eventbrite

 

Recipe: Chef Michael Olson’s Sausage Patties

Chef Michael Olson‘s recipe for sausage patties will satisfy any hankering you may have for sausage muffins, but without having to go through the drive thru. Pick up a pack of English muffins and set the table up with a variety of condiments for a build-you-own sausage patty brunch. These can be served as-is with a side of kettle chips and condiments such as maple mustard, or put into a small bun for a quick snack.

Chef Olson’s tip – stop by your local butcher for freshly ground, locally sourced pork. You’ll be able to taste the difference.

What you’ll need…

Makes 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

(450g) 1 lb ground pork
(45 mL) 3 Tbsp finely chopped dried cranberries
(30 mL) 2 Tbsp maple syrup
(2 mL) 1⁄2 tsp dried sage
(5 mL) 1 tsp salt
(5 mL) 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
(5 mL) 1 tsp rye whiskey
(60 mL) 1⁄4 cup cold water

Directions:

In a mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, stir the ground pork with the dried cranberries, maple syrup, sage, salt, pepper and rye whiskey – if mixing by hand, using your hands works best.

Drizzle in the cold water while mixing and make sure it is fully incorporated. Cover and chill until ready to cook.

Divide the meat mixture into 6 even portions and flatten with your hands while between plastic wrap or in a re-sealable bag that has been cut open along the sides (this is more durable).

To cook the patties, heat a heavy bottom skillet over medium high heat and add the patties, leaving an inch (2.5 cm) between them.

Reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 4 minutes per side, until firm and the juices run clear.