Had coffee at Souleio with Ian Brown of the Globe & Mail. Ian is travelling the country sampling the food along the way for a special series in the Globe. Now where can I get a gig like that?
He wanted to know why we don't have more artisinal cheese in Saskatchewan, or a big pasta plant, or more food processing in general (as opposed to just growing and raising the raw material). A very complicated question. I think the answer lies somewhere between stulifying regulations, fierce supermarket competition, traditional commodity agriculture and a willingness to try something new.
I'm not sure of his "menu" here in Saskatoon, but I can tell you that he visited Pine View Farms at Olsler, the mushroomers of White Fox and the Mexican restaurant EE Buritos. He asked me where he could get a deep fried cheese sandwich in Saskatoon (apparently, someone has recommended this delight) but I drew a blank. Anyone know?
Ian had delved into my book Prairie Feast, which was very gratifying, proving that folks not from Saskatchewan can enjoy reading about our quaint life out here on the prairies.