ICYMI: Canada embarks on NASA Deep Space Food Challenge, Canada's best brewery, and more

Five food stories you may have missed this week

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From an unsettling story of reckless mismanagement at Toronto’s King Street Food Company to a Calgary brewery taking top honours at the Canadian Brewing Awards, to Canada competing in NASA’s Deep Space Food Challenge, here are five food stories you may have missed this week.

The Establishment Brewing Company in Calgary is named top brewery in Canada

This past Saturday in Quebec City, Calgary brewery The Establishment Brewing Company took home the title of top brewery at the Canadian Brewing Awards. In addition to the top honour, the brewery was also awarded a silver, a bronze, and two gold medals in the competition. 

The Establishment is the second consecutive Calgary-based brewery to take home the title with Common Crown Brewing Co. having the honour last year.

Read more on CBC News.

Behind the scenes of Toronto's Buca restaurant empire

This week, acclaimed Toronto-based writer Chris Nuttal-Smith told the extensive tale of the once-highly-celebrated King Street Food Company and the egregious mismanagement that took place behind the scenes over the years.

Although the group's flagship Buca restaurants in Toronto are currently still in operation, co-owners Peter Tsebelis and Gus Giazitzidis have quietly accrued approximately $35 million in debt and finally appear to be facing repercussions for years of mistreating partners and providers.

Read more on Toronto Life.

Canadian Space Agency partners with NASA for Deep Space Food Challenge

Canadian celebrity astronaut Chris Hadfield is teaming up with University of Guelph professor Dr. Thomas Graham and a diverse panel of Canadian judges to select the Canadian teams who will compete in NASA’s Deep Space Food Challenge.

The international competition will task food scientists with the creation of food technologies or systems for long-duration space missions, and includes a prize pool of $300,000 for up to 15 winning Canadian teams.

Learn more on National Post.

Local Airdrie restaurant has been named creator of Canada’s finest Caesar


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Sorso Lounge in Airdrie, Alberta has recently been awarded the title of Canada’s Best Caesar 2021 by Motts Clamato. With over 255 restaurants in the running, Sorso’s “Suffering Caesar” won the competition along with a $25,000 first-place prize.

London Richard, Sorso’s managing partner shared that they will spread the money around to a number of different organizations to give back to the Airdrie community.

Read more on CTV News.

University of Guelph research shows that Canadian preschoolers' sugar intake is too high

According to a recent University of Guelph study, roughly 80 per cent of Canadian preschoolers are consuming more than the recommended amount of sugar, especially in baked goods. 

Researchers are hoping that the publication of the long-term study brings an increased awareness of sugar intake in children and the substantial problems that may arise as a result.

Read more on Guelph Today.