Meals that matter at Avenida Food Market include sustainable sushi at GreenFish
Ticked The Final Table on Netflix — a culinary global showdown — off your binge list? Yes or no, you will still want to hop in the car and venture to Avenida Food Hall & Fresh Market to experience the latest new Japanese food experience by the popular show’s only Canadian contender Calgary’s Chef Darren MacLean. He can most often be found at his impeccable and acclaimed Shokunin downtown or travelling afar to promote Canadian cuisine — this Fall he is in Japan, New Zealand and Mexico City — but if you are lucky, you will catch him closer to home at Greenfish!
His new, “passion-project” Japanese food venture is less than 20 minutes from your door in Artesia to the Avenida Food Hall & Fresh Market. An upscale, Euro-style food hall is a stylish new meeting place where vendors specializing in global flavours present affordable and memorable dishes with a local spin.
Here — in partnership with award winning Calgary Chef Duncan Ly (of Calgary’s Foreign Concept) — MacLean makes the highest quality, handmade, fully sustainable sushi casual and easy for anyone to buy, try and enjoy with other visitors at the friendly Avenida tables or take away as an eat-at-home treat.
Know your nigiri from your wasabi?
No? No problem. If you are new to sushi, here is our 101, Greenfish style!
Not only can the counter staff help you navigate the menu, their fully compostable Omakase boxes come with tips and the story of Greenfish. This inventive packaging is not only functional, everything is edible.
Once you start tasting Greenfish, the next distinction is the hallmark warm sushi rice. This departure from what you may be used to experiencing at a sushi restaurant, the flavour is to savour!
Another Greenfish distinction is its no blue-fin zone policy emblazened on the backs of the staff shirts to remind us all of the importance of choosing ethical and responsible places to eat and menu items. They use only Ocean Wise “Green Listed” fish. The aim being to support ocean cleanup, to help to end fishery poaching, to protect global coral reefs and endangered species.
Newbies, should ease into sushi by ordering what you are familiar with — like salmon, sable or tuna — and enjoy the preparation in a new way.
Take Out to Eat In
Dining and entertaining with professionally prepared food in the comfort of home has been popular since it started in the 1920s with a Chinese Restaurant in San Francisco. Skipping the dishes and allowing hosts to focus more on their guests than the timing, preparation and clean-up of a home cooked affair.
What could be as fun as hosting a sushi supper around your dining table or in your home theatre?
Why not call ahead to Greenfish and order a stack of boxes and have friends over? Serve sake or green tea and finish the meal with some mochi — a combination of tender sticky rice flour enrobed non-dairy frozen dessert made with pure, freshly squeezed coconut milk –available at the Real Canadian Superstore in Seton.
What fun to watch Netflix while eating food by one of the stars on its popular cooking competition? Talk about bringing reality TV to real life!
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Avenida Food Hall & Fresh Market: https://www.avenidamarket.ca/
Do you have a favourite nearby take-away place we should encourage Artesia residents to try? Share your top suggestions and not-so-secret recipes by emailing our team at Artesia@Brookfieldrp.com .