A Christmas in November “Edmonton Prize Pack” Giveaway!


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A Christmas in November "Edmonton Prize Pack" Giveaway!

Do you know that feeling when you get to check an item off your Bucket List? That giddy, heady, swirly-butterflies-in-the-stomach joy that encompasses you from head to toe?  I just spent three entire days feeling that like and it wasn’t just the wine and good food that did it.

This past weekend I was able to attend the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s famous Christmas in November as a guest blogger for the Fairmont. Christmas in November has been on my Bucket List for as long as I have know about the event and to be hosted by the Fairmont was a literal dream come true.

I felt like Cinderella at the ball, minus that glass slipper that gave her such a hard time.

I ate. I tweeted. I ate some more. I instagrammed my little heart out. Did I mention the wine? I met food celebrities that I have adored from afar. I spoke to Anna Olson (twice!!) and tried not to fangirl too hard. It didn’t work, since I absolutely love the lady.  Chef Corbin Tomaszeski came over and gave me a hug and asked how my night was going, just because I was randomly standing in the right place at the right time.

As I was thinking of how on earth I was going to write the words to convey the sheer magnitude of what this trip meant to me, I realized that the only way to start was by giving back.

So I feel like I am starting my recap of my adventures at Christmas in November backwards but on second thought, perhaps this is the way that I should always start things out. It’s time to give something back to you, because without all of you, I wouldn’t be able to do the amazing things that I do.

When it came time to decide what to give away, I knew right away what it was going to be. I was so darn proud of all the Edmonton businesses that represented us SO well at this year’s Christmas in November. I am always bursting-at-the-seams proud that I live in Edmonton and am amazed at how we are becoming such an innovative city when it comes to culinary talent.

And thus the Christmas in November Edmonton Prize Pack Giveaway was born!

I have for one lucky winner:

A $50 gift card to Rostizado, the hottest new place in Edmonton to eat.

A $50 gift card to Rge Rd, a famous culinary delight here in Edmonton

A Christmas Sampler pack of chocolate from Jaeck Chocolates, valued  approx. $45.

Want a couple of delicious sneak peeks at what awaits the winners?

This at Rostizado. The platter for two. It is literally one of Mike’s and my favorite date meals. SO good.

rostizado platter for two

The chocolate sampler at Jacek. Now, you need to live locally in order to pick this up before Christmas, so beware when you enter! Edmonton and area only!

Jacek colorful chocolate samplerAnd you know what love is? Giving away a gift card to RGE RD when I haven’t even eaten there yet! That is love, folks. I still have yet to try it out and I’m helping someone else eat there first! LOL!

So now there are a ton of options for you to enter! Most of them are following Twitter accounts but three….oh three of them are worth 2 entries each and you have to read my upcoming posts on Christmas in November 2014!

So go ahead and enter the ones you can and watch for my upcoming posts to get an extra 6 !! entries into this fabulous contest celebrating Christmas in November and the amazing Edmonton peeps that represented!

Good luck everyone!

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Karlynn Johnston

Iโ€™m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. lincolnho says

    Those chocolates!!!!! So colourful! and I’ve never been to RGE RD. Don’t know if that’s gonna beat your favourite of Tres Carnales. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. miss_foodie says

    Your favorite session was the Tres Canales session

  3. miss_foodie says

    Your favorite part of staying at the lodge was the mountain scenery

  4. miss_foodie says

    Your favorite dish was the Spring Creek beef tenderloin

  5. miss_foodie says

    It’s definitely on my bucket list to attend Christmas in November

  6. beyondumami says

    out of all the sessions, you loved Tres Carnales’ session!! For good reason of course! 

  7. beyondumami says

    I would agree that the mountain scenery would be the favourite party of staying at JPL! I need to make it to CIN one year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. beyondumami says

    your favourite dish was the Spring Creek Beef Tenderloin! 

  9. Amelia says

    I have never been to Christmas in November but it’s on the bucket list!

  10. daisy_hk says

    going to this event is definitely on my bucket list! favorite food was Spring Creek Beef Tenderloin; favorite part of jasper park lodge would be the amazing mountain scenery!!! which I agree with nothing can beat those views!; and your favourite session was the Tres carnales, have been there and was floored by how amazing the food was, however it can be very messy! As you can see I am efficient and answered all in one post, hope it saves you a bit of time lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Karen says

    Tres Carnales was your favourite – mmmm! And Christmas in November sounds awesome. The mountain scenery was your fave part of JPL. Fave dish was spring creek beef tenderloin. (Hope it’s okay I answered all four in one shot. I’m just catching up with my blog reading!)

  12. ShelleyJones1 says

    Your favourite session was the Tres Carnales session.  :)  

  13. Jess F says

    Tres Carnales was your favourite, and I can see why!

  14. MaraE says

    The Tres Carnales session was your fav! I thought it was going to be the cocktails one. ๐Ÿ™‚  (and i’m not sure if my other comments worked w/ my old log-in, but I saw that the Sprink Creek beef tenderloin was your meal of choice–my mouth is definitely watering at that one! Aaaand, I haven’t been to CIN but man oh man would I love to!)

  15. MaraE says

    The amazing mountain scenery at the JPL was your fav part of staying there. I couldn’t agree more! There is a certain “smell” of the mountains that I absolutely love–any time of the year. 

  16. Mara E says

    I am loving reading your CIN posts….and the food, oh my gosh (I want to try sunchoke now!) Happy to see the spring creek tenderloin was your fave. ๐Ÿ™‚ Go beef!

  17. TrickyNag says

    Your favourite session: the Tres Carnales session

  18. Michelle W says

    I WAS booked to go to Christmas in November this year, but had to cancel.  I’m still sad about it, too!

  19. KitchenMagpie says

    MaraErickson RGE_RD JACEKChocolate Rostizado_yeg FairmontJPL Thank you! <3

  20. Mara E says

    Never been to CIN, but anything to do with amazing food and a Christmasy spirit is definitely on my bucket list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Cris says

    I’ve decided on Rostizado for my birthday this year but love all the deliciousness involved in this post

  22. Leanne B says

    Your favourite food was the Spring Creek Beef Tenderloin

  23. Leanne B says

    The amazing mountain scenery is your favourite part of staying at JPL!

  24. LeeAnn Jeffrey says

    Your favourite session was with Tres Carnales. Wish I could taste the punch!

  25. Mary says

    Karlynn’s favourite dish from Christmas in November was the ‘Spring Creek Beef Tenderloin’. (Looks delicious!)

  26. Mary says

    Karlynn’s favourite part of staying at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is ‘the amazing mountain scenery’.

  27. LeeAnn Jeffrey says

    Your favourite meal was the Spring Creek Beef Tenderloin. Oh my would have been mine as well!!!! 

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