A Market Dinner by Chef Brittany Watt

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** Scene opens with strangers converging on a dark street outside a familiar Edmonton market, the familiar turned eerily unsettling by the fact that no one ventures there after dark, much less knocks on a back door to be let in. After stifling a few giggles together about clandestine meetings and secret supper clubs, they are welcomed into calming stillness; the bustling market has ceased until the next weekend, the booths that hold our local bounty merely ghosts draped in white sheeting. The only life within is a bustling kitchen, a beacon of life in the stillness, with eager guests gathering around it like magical fireflies to the light.

Wine is poured. Food is served. Strangers no more, the laughter of a small, intimate gathering echoes through out the cavernous building. Friends are made. Stories are shared. The producers of the food featured on the menu are seated at the exact same table as the guests,  their eyes drinking in the sight of these strangers enjoying the literal fruits of their labor. One hopes their hearts are close to bursting from well-earned pride in their work. The chef, done her creating,  joins the table for a well deserved break and mingles with her guests, creating an intimacy rarely found in a dining experience.

Tired yet sated at the end of a satisfying night, the guests start finding their way out, shaking hands, exchanging goodbyes and heading out to all corners of the city and beyond.

A meal, some wine and company, yes. But all who are leaving exit with this tingling, innate knowledge that they have been fortunate enough to have  just experienced something quite out of the ordinary.

End Scene**

close up of pumpkin decors and square lighted candle on the table


Market dinner set up with lights from candles on the table

details sheet of Irving Farm Fresh and Cheesiry

close up of tomme and a cup of quince jelly

dried and fresh slices of apples with a dipping sauce on background

close up of apple chutney


shaved cucumber, apple and basil in a white plate




pumpkin bread topped with a scoop of ice cream, slices of poached pink lady apple in a white plate


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Karlynn Johnston

I’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. John Schneider says

    That looked like such a wonderful evening! Spectacular ingredients to be sure and I am wishing I had been there. Brittany is a great cook.

  2. Karlynn says

    I was very happy with some of my shots, then miserably sad with others! I must admit, the kitchen threw some neat light onto the cheese boards. Plus., I didn’t plate them, they were beautiful just waiting for me to photograph.

    I’ll be your date anytime!

  3. A Canadian Foodie says

    You sure take beautiful pictures! And you also make a great date! Love the one act!

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