ICYMI: 90s celebs keep iconic Winnipeg bread brand alive, pricey chicken breasts, and more

Here are some of the past week's biggest food news stories in Canada

Photo via Kub Bakery's Facebook page.

Grocery costs going up, up, up is no surprise as of late, but there was an especially shocking price tag found in Toronto on a pack of chicken breasts last week.

That, a surprise celebrity purchase of an iconic Winnipeg bakery, talk of Alberta's new affordability payments, and more in this week's roundup of interesting Canadian food news you may have missed.

90s celeb dup Chip and Pepper keep iconic Manitoba bread brand live

Best known for their tie-dye fashion line from the late 80s and early 90s, brother duo Chip and Pepper have stepped in to keep Winnipeg's famed Kub Bakery's brand of breads alive following the company's closure in November 2022.

The brothers appeared at a press conference in Winnipeg last Wednesday, handing out loaves of the iconic Kub-branded loaves to attendees. The two went on to explain to Global News (and other sources present) that after acquiring the bakery's recipes, they plan to provide them out to independent bakers in the area who will then continue to produce the breads.

Details on the Alberta government's affordability payment initiative coming soon

With ever-rising costs, especially as it pertains to food and home essentials, Albertans expect some information regarding provincial-government-issued affordability payments.

The new program is yet to be initiated by the Premier, but will provide support of $100 per month for up to six months for seniors, families with children under 18 and Alberta residents on various support programs.

Read more about the Alberta government's affordability payment initiative in this Global News story.

Immigrants from Benin keep legacy of longstanding poutinerie alive

In operation since the 1960s, a decades-old poutinerie in Rouyn-Noranda, Chez Morasse, was in danger of closing permanently last year. West-African couple Carlos Sodji and Sylviane Senou took over its operations in summer 2022 and have carried on the legacy of all things french fries, gravy and cheese curds.

This Globe and Mail feature highlights their successful business venture in small town Quebec.

Edmonton chef creates multi-week dinner series to celebrate Filipino food and cultural traditions

Chef Earl Briones has garnered plenty of buzz in the past week or so since announcing a unique three-week dinner series/restaurant takeover that will see diners experiencing a multi-course dinner dedicated to pre-colonial Filipino food traditions, rice and mythology. The chef is taking over the downtown eatery Filistix weekly beginning Wednesday, January 11.

Watch the Global News interview above or read our Eat North news bite here for more dinner details.

$37 chicken breasts at a Toronto grocery store shock Canadians

We know things are getting pricey at the grocery store, but $37 for a few boneless chicken breasts seems a bit steep. That's the price tag a CTV reporter stumbled upon at a Toronto Loblaws last week, ad after sharing her surprise (and a picture of the packaged chicken meat) on Twitter, it wasn't long before things went viral.

CTV dug into it a bit more in this article and found chicken breasts priced even higher per kilogram at a Sobeys location. Yikes!