Meet the Artisans and Local Businesses who have contributed to the Holiday Cultural Box Event

Paper Feathers-Diana Siriwardana

Paper Feathers has a booth at the Bountiful Farmers Market in Edmonton (3696 97 St NW). They offer items such as Newspaper Bowls (many shapes, sizes and colours) crates, hamper baskets, garbage bins, place mats, coasters, different fruit baskets and pen holders. 

This unique product is made in Sri Lanka by Diana’s family owned business.

Diana Siriwardana has provided beautiful newspaper bowls to be part of the Celebration Box. Visit her at the Bountiful Market, open Friday, Saturday and Sunday Or drop her a note  .

Maram Vinegar .Ink- Najm Al-Tameeni

Najm grew up in Al Foa, located in south of Iraq. Najm moved to Syria as a refugee in 2007.  This is where Najm discovered the field of honey and bee products.

The Syrians believe that honey is useful in treating many diseases, fighting obesity and protecting people from Alzheimer’s disease. Honey is also used in the cosmetic field. Najm learned the value of using vinegar with honey, which is a very popular among Syrians.

Moving to Edmonton in 2015, Najm pursued his dream of developing and selling a honey vinegar product. He partnered with a beekeeper in Athabasca who has been making honey for over 30 years. This past year he received his license from Alberta Health and has started to produce Maram Vinegar.

To Najm, honey vinegar is a thank you to Canada. He spent his whole life escaping war and seeking a peaceful community to set roots. He found those roots in Edmonton. Najm is proud to provide a great life for his wife and children. He hopes that his kids don’t have to go through the conflicts he endured growing up. He hopes to show them that they can do anything they want.

Najm’s honey vinegar is a symbol to them and to others to follow your passions and give back to the community.

The Celebration Box has a bottle of Najm’s honey vinegar for you to try.  Use it in salad dressings or anywhere you would use apple cider vinegar. Check out his facebook page at

BILD Photography- Miguel Jimenez

In 2019, Miguel’s journey brought him to Edmonton with his family. Eager to apply his talents in Canada, Miguel restarted BILD Photography. Miguel has been the official photographer with EdmontonEats since the spring of 2020.

He has gifted five of his pictures to create greeting cards as part of The Holiday Cultural Box Event.  We have called the series “Power of an Image”. Miguel, thank you so much.

When Miguel Jimenez speaks about his business, BILD Photography, he emphasizes the power of an image. An image can captivate the eye and attract attention. Whether it be for purposes of branding, showcasing a product or service, or to illicit a certain emotion, the right kind of image can go a long way.

He has gifted five of his pictures to create greeting cards as part of The Holiday Cultural Box Event.  We have called the series “Power of an Image”. Miguel, thank you so much.


Guuto Mothers Co-operative

Guuto Mothers Cooperative is an organization committed to help and support predominantly newcomer families with prior skills and work experience.  They engage mothers and women in a familiar and friendly work environment including tailoring, arts, cooking and henna.

They operate a small café and catering business located at 10412-118 Ave in Edmonton.  They can be contacted at

Guuto Mothers Co-operative have created a special Somalia Tea Blend to be included in the Holiday Boxes.  I have enjoyed this tea before and am looking forward to a lovely cup of tea on a cozy winter afternoon.

Pottery by Sabine

The Celebration Box will have a hand-shaped tea candle holder.  These beautiful individually unique candle holders are made in the shape of a heart.  Perfect for shedding light and joy over the holiday season.

Sabine has been a potter for many years.  Her immigration experience was long ago when her parents brought her as a toddler from Germany to Canada.  These tea candle holders are a welcome addition and we are happy to support a local potter.


Aga- chartered herbalist and founder. “As the founder of Herbologie and main curator of all products and recipes, it is important to me to share the intent & simplicity of botanicals as an easy addition to any lifestyle.”   

Herbologie is adding a jar of Black Nigella Seed to our Celebration Box. Harvested in Fayoum, Egypt, these seeds are fresh and taste like sweet toasted onions. They can be used in flatbreads, hummus, cheese, vegetables, particularly root vegetables. Visit

Herbologie, a Canadian herb and spice company, focused on importing single-origin, and high quality spices directly from artisan farms around the world. In partnership with cooperatives, farmers and ethical suppliers, we strive to rethink the spice and herb trade, while creating novel ways to enhance culinary experiences. We aim to educate and empower the socially responsible consumer to advocate for better ingredients for our food, our well-being and our community. Herbologie. Provenance. Terroir. Transparency.

Culina to Go

Culina To Go is your grab n’ go takeaway store in the beautifully renovated Oliver Exchange Building, nestled between Iconoclast Coffee and Brio Bakery. They are located on the southeast corner of 121 street and 102ave, just south of Paul Kane Park.

They offer hot, cold and frozen individual and family-sized meals to enjoy on the go! Our focus is fast & fresh comfort food with an emphasis on local ingredients from local purveyors.

Culina To Go is providing house-made Almond Rocher to our Celebration Box. Our Libyan hosts offered chocolate as a welcome when guests arrived at our first event last year. We thought it would be great to include chocolate!

Belmont Sobeys

Thank you to Belmont Sobey’s who have support EdmontonEats since we started one year ago. 

Jerry MacLachalan, Manager and Owner of the Belmont Sobeys is generous with his time and support of community events in NE Edmonton.  Famous with the children for introducing Belly the Beaver to our community event. Respected by community members for his constant interest and support of events that make our community a great place to live.

Belmont Sobeys donated a number of ingredients for preparing the recipe kits.

Belmont Sobeys is a great place to buy ingredients for all your holiday cooking.  Check them out.

Giant Tiger Clareview

Pierre Marchant, Manager at Giant Tiger has been a supporter of all the events of EdmontonEats. Pierre is on the advisory team and provides advice and direction to the development of our social enterprise.

Giant Tiger donates generously to community events in our NE Communities.  A great example of a retailer committed to the community.

Thanks Pierre for all you do for our community and EdmontonEats.

Video program for Flavours of Somalia

Thank you for joining us for Edmonton Eats presents: Flavours of Somalia getting ready.

Filmed in March before quarantine, this short video shows our host families working with the NAIT Culinary Students exchanging information on Somalian Culture and Cuisine.   It was a day full of energy and fun for all involved.

Your dinner and delivery have been prepared today by the host families and partners in full PPE.

Preparing Flavours of Somalia

To celebrate Somali food and culture, host Omar Farah has recorded a message and created an original poem.

Your box this evening includes:

  • Digaag Duban (Spicy Chicken Dish) or Maraq Qudaar (Vegetable Stew for the vegetarian substitution)
  • Sambuus (Vegetable)
  • Bariss (Rice)
  • Salad
  • Somali speciality hot sauce and salad dressing
  • Coconut Dessert
  • Cardamom Cake

**Please be aware some dishes have been made with red onions from Canadian farms and therefore are safe to eat**

Hosts of the Flavours of Somalia

Hosts embody the hospitality of Somali culture

Jamila Osman, Mulki Ali, Nadifa Omar and Maryam Hussein reflect the experiences of many of the Somali people who have made Edmonton their home over the past 35 years. When they heard that EdmontonEats was being created as a way to share cultures, food and assist to provide an economic opportunity, they wanted to help each other and be a part of it. They believe it is important that people learn about each other’s culture and that this knowledge makes a difference in our communities.  

When it comes to sharing food and stories, the Somali people are most generous.  Jamila, Mulki, Nadifa and Maryam say that Somalia is a country where welcoming people to their homes is a way of life, and they wish to share this hospitality through Flavours of Edmonton.

Maryam Hussein wanted to become involved with EdmontonEats as it has a very local connection to her community of Bannerman.  Her four sons and daughter have attended the local elementary school. She works fulltime in a local daycare. Maryam was born and raised in Somalia.

She moved to Canada as a refugee.  She sees a future where her children will succeed in school, go to college or university, take care of their family and embrace their culture. Maryam feels taking part in EdmontonEats is important in celebrating and showing pride in her culture while building strong community connections. 

Mulki Ali volunteered to pull the ladies together for this event as she knew they would love to share their culture and food as well as benefit from the shared income. She has been a proud Edmontonian for more than 25 years. Born and raised in Somalia, Mulki was entering her adult life when civil war broke out in 1991. Fearing for her safety, Mulki moved to Italy to attend post-secondary school. She met her future husband there, and they moved to Edmonton for his work. When Mulki arrived here she did not speak English and her education did not transfer. However, her community values and desire to start a family gave her determination. Mulki attended Alberta College, learned English and upgraded at MacEwan University. Her family moved to the Edmonton neighbourhood of Dickensfield, where she became active in the community and built valuable relationships. Today, Mulki and her husband have four children. Mulki now works as a Cultural Broker with Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op, where she works with immigrant families, helping them overcome cultural barriers and contribute to society. 

Nadifa Omar is described by her friend Mulki as having an amazing spirit and zest for life.  Nadifa loves cooking for people and you are always welcome at her home with food and generosity.  Nadifa has a deep knowledge of spices and oils which she uses to help her community with cooking and treating ailments. She is a natural mentor and gave gentle and supportive assistance to the NAIT Culinary Students as they implemented the recipes chosen for the Flavours of Somalia.  

Jamila Osman is a proud grandmother and mother who come to Canada in the 1990s. She raised her children in Edmonton.  They are now adults working and living in Edmonton with their families. Jamila herself speaks and reads multiple languages including Italian, English, Somalian and Arabic.  She has been a leader and connector within the Edmonton Somali community.

Rave reviews from past customers

Rave reviews from past attendees:

EdmontonEats event-goers get to travel with their taste buds! Some comments from attendees at A Taste of Libya last fall:

“Almost like taking a mini-vacation!”

“A lovely evening out to enjoy culture, community and fine food.”

“Not only did I get to sample many new tasty dishes, I also learned a lot about Libyan culture and traditions.”

“I loved being able to meet new people while sharing food together.”

 93 per cent of attendees said they would recommend EdmontonEats events to friends..

EdmontonEats presents Flavours of Somalia

The Flavours of Somalia meal will be delivered to your home on Saturday August 1st. Given we cannot meet in person we thought a lovely dinner during Heritage Weekend would be a way to celebrate food and culture with our community.  

·         The food will be prepared by the hosts from Somalia according to their traditional recipes and the wisdom of generations of family cooks.

·         You will receive access to a short video from the hosts sharing info on their culture.

·         Food will be prepared in a commercial kitchen that meets all the safety requirements required during this time of COVID.

·         The well-known and respected Chef Cindy Lazarenko will provide all planning, oversight and direction to the layout of the kitchen and the food preparation.

·         Chef Cindy Lazarenko has been an owner/chef/manager of both an independent restaurant and catering businesses for over 15 years, including the award winning Culina Highlands Restaurant and Culina Restaurants and Catering.

Your Food Box

A food box will arrive at your home in the late afternoon August 1st around 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

o    The food will be fully prepared and you will be able to heat it up for dinner.

o    Vegetarian options are available upon request.

o    Each food box will have a few surprise ingredients that you can use for future meals as well as a few recipes for you to try out.

o    Our sponsors will also contribute a few items to the box as a little extra.


Sambuus (Vegetable)

Digaag Duban (Spicy Chicken Dish)

Maraq Qudaar (Vegetable Stew for the vegetarian substitution)

Bariss (Rice)


Somali speciality hot sauce and salad dressing

Coconut Dessert

Cardamom Cake

Tickets can be purchased until July 27, 2020 by emailing

We look forward to providing you with a lovely dinner. Thank you for your support of EdmontonEats goals and values as we change over our business model.  

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