Swine and Dine at Bündok April 18

Save the date! Chef Ryan Hotchkiss will be hosting the next Swine and Dine dinner at his restaurant Bündok on Wednesday April 18, 2018. The five-course menu will be $60 and feature Alberta Pork from appetizer to dessert.

Bündok, which was recently named one of the top new restaurants in Edmonton by Avenue Magazine, is a great addition to the downtown Edmonton dining scene. This event is sure to sell out, so if you have a passion for pork,  contact the restaurant directly at 780 420 0192 or info@bundokyeg.com to book your space.

Swine and Dine at Bündok
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
7:30 pm
$75, Seating is limited (call 780 420 0192)

Local Brew Pub Cooks up Pork for PTSD Event

Richard Spilsted and his son, Patrick co-operate their restaurant/pub Beer Factory Inc. out of St. Albert, AB. I was fortunate enough to have had the pleasure of meeting these fine gentlemen who volunteered to feed us at a Charity event up by Edson this past weekend known as Got Your Six. GY6 is a yearly rifle shooting event that supports those whom suffer from PTSD. A very worthy cause, please check it out.

These talented chefs cooked up a back country style BBQ whole pork dinner accompanied with all the fixin’s for the competitors, military & first responders at the event.


In addition this fabulous meal, Patrick was kind enough to share with me some of the simple ingredients he uses in his pork rub. So if you plan to barbecue some Alberta pork, try adding these spices.

Black pepper
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Ground up Italian seasoning
No salt or sugar because it dries out the meat

Barbecue for approximately 5 – 1/2 hours at 160-200 degrees.

Alberta pork

Alberta pork

As you can see from my photos, this pork was well prepared and perfectly tender and juicy. The seasoning I felt was just right, enough to enhance the flavour of the meat itself. Also offered was an in- house BBQ sauce that was simply fantastic. I found it to have a touch of sweetness, just enough to compliment the savouriness of the spiced pork. I was told there were a few other secret ingredients that may involve their own special brew. For this, you will need to go pay them a visit… which I would highly recommend.

We were also treated to an assortment of delicious fresh salads (pictured below) and corn on the cob. A feast I am certain everyone would agree, was amazing. I may have gone back for seconds… possibly even thirds!


Pork Dinner Alberta Pork First responders

Beer Factory Inc.  is located in St. Albert, AB. where they offer craft beer, a full menu and catering services. You can find these guys on Twitter and on Facebook. If your in the Edmonton – St. Albert area, be sure to check them out.

Thanks again guys for such a fantastic meal!


Local Eats: Bündok Restaurant’s AB Pork Dishes

Bündok is one many new restaurants changing the face of Edmonton’s downtown dining scene, and there just so happens to be some incredible Alberta Pork dishes on the menu.
Although I had heard last spring that Chef Ryan Hotchkiss was opening a restaurant on 104th street, Bündok didn’t officially open until January 26, 2017. My first and only meal from Chef Hotchkiss was when he was at the helm of the former Jack’s Grill – the dessert was so memorable I was excited to see what he came up with for his new downtown location.
Last weekend a group of us wandered into Bündok around 11 pm where the kitchen is open late. Our server explained that the menu is designed for sharing a number of small plates and that the chefs utilize French cooking techniques to highlight local ingredients. We tried a variety of dishes, but of course, a pork dish was my favourite.
Chef Hotchkiss tells me he is sourcing his Alberta Pork from The Meat Shop at Pine Haven Colony, a product that he makes shine on his beautiful plating at the restaurant.  Here are three Alberta Pork dishes to try at Bündok.
1. Parmigiano soup, melted leeks, bacon
The description may be simple yet the dish is anything but. Poured table side, the soup was so full of flavour I could have happily ordered three more bowls; it was hands down my favourite bite of the night.

2. Slow cooked egg, bacon-onion jam, croutons
3. Roasted pork ribs, black vinegar glazed, toasted amaranth
In case these photos aren’t tempting enough, check out Twyla Campbell’s review this week where she gives Bündok a glowing review on CBC Radio. Time to make a reservation; Chef Hotchkiss has a menu at Bündok you won’t want to miss.
10228 104th Street
Open Tues – Sat, 5 pm til late

Swine & Dine – Feb 8, 2017 at Dogwood Cafe at Victoria

Swine & Dine is an Alberta Pork event which challenges chefs with a Passion for Pork to create a menu featuring Alberta pork from appetizer to dessert. For our next Swine & Dine Edmonton, Culina Family‘s chef Stuart Whyte, founder of Original Redhead Condiments and chef at Dogwood Cafe at Riverside, will host over 60 people at Dogwood Cafe at Victoria on Wednesday February 8, 2017, for a four course meal featuring pork from Bear and The Flower Farm.

Chef Stuart Whyte’s Swine & Dine menu: 

Pork Lengua Tostada
Cojita cheese | jalapeno leek sauce | brined pork tongue from ‘Bear and the Flower’

Braised Pork Tamales
Bear and the Flower’ slow braised pork shoulder & hock | Salsa

Roja | queso fresco
Grilled Smoked Cactus & Agave Pork Belly & Enchiladas
Housemade ‘tater tots’ | Salsa verde

‘Oreo’ cookie
Ibarra chocolate | vanilla-lard icing

Tickets for this event are available on Eventbrite for $59, which includes tax, gratuity, and a bottle of Original Redhead Condiments hot sauce. This event is sure to sell out – secure your seat here:

Swine & Dine at Dogwood Cafe at Victoria