Have you heard of Christmas in November?Have you been??
Christmas in Novemberat theFairmont Jasper Park Lodge是一个像其他人一样的逃离！It's 4 days of Christmas – in November.Ha!Part holiday party,food conference,美食节和国家公园度假-在11月的圣诞节，你吃得像皇族，are treated like royalty,学习加拿大一些最好的厨师的节日食谱，并庆祝节日中一些最好的部分，如与家人和朋友（新旧）在一起，the food,the wine,the decor,entertainment,and more!!
It's truly such a special event to participate in.
This year (2016),there are 1,500 people registered over 10 days (3 packages to choose from – first weekend,mid-week,or final weekend).
虽然11月的圣诞观众主要是女性（很多母亲/女儿/祖母，girlfriends or sister groups),I've seen more and more men attend each year that I've been there.事实上，this year there are 100 men attending including Mike – who if possible,loves Christmas in November even more than I do!!
Below,你可以看看这个周末我发的微博，see my tips/guide to make the most of your Christmas in November experience,view more photos,并进入我的赠品赢得一堆伟大的烹饪书籍和其他辛辣！!
以下是我和Vikram Vij厨师参加的会议上的一些笔记，Mairlyn Smith,Mark McEwan,艾米丽·理查兹和伊丽莎白·贝尔德，Michael Olson and Jan Hansen!!
- There are 7 Signature Alberta Foods: beef,Saskatoon berries,canola,bison,honey,red fife wheat and root vegetables like beets,turnips and potatoes.Did you know: Alberta is the 5thlargest producer of honey in the world
- 马萨拉是不同香料的混合物，用洋葱煮熟，ginger and garlic.Think of masalas like tomato sauce.It's the key to Indian food
- When making masalas,do it beforehand (like on a weekend) and in bigger batches,then pull out as needed when you're cooking throughout the week
- When cooking gnocchi,你真的需要确保你的水是沸腾的。The bubbling of the water keeps the gnocchi from sticking to the bottom
- Octopus heads are too tough to eat – it's not enjoyable.Even the professionals have tried to make it work and it doesn't
- When cooking duck breast,一定要刮伤皮肤——这样可以防止烹饪过程中皮肤收缩。做鸭的时候你总是想用高热
- Loin chops are actually cheaper than ribs but for some reason North America is obsessed with ribs even though they have less meat – whereas loins have more meat
- The best and simplest BBQ sauce you'll ever make?Mix equal parts hot dog mustard,cheap white vinegar and brown sugar
- If your spices are older than a year,它们已经失去了新鲜感，你应该扔掉它们——否则你的烹饪就不会有同样的冲击力了。
- Always measure at eye level
- When you're creaming butter in baking,you want the butter to develop little horned tips – that's how you know it's ready
Christmas in November Guide (2016)
- Be flexible with your schedule
When you register for Christmas in November,you're registering for different chef/food/drink craft/decor sessions similar to a conference. On your arrival day,有一个欢迎会，那么你的第二天和第三天包括三个会议选项加上早餐，lunch,dinner per day.您的第四天/出发日还包括早上一次会议，plus brunch.The days can become quite jam-packed.
Know that although you registered for one session,swapping sessions/attending others is totally OK too.You might find people rave 优德体育about a session that you weren't initially signed up for,it's okay to mix and match.
也可以不把自己安排在每个时段！You're paying for the sessions but you're also paying for a nice getaway – take some time to rest and relax in the super picturesque setting of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
- 和厨师交朋友，Fairmont JPL staff,your table mates
Tom,詹姆斯，Yannick——这三个只是我们交朋友的费尔蒙特Jasper Park Lodge的几个员工。They're so attentive and so friendly,很难不这么做。你很难不与你的同桌好友交朋友！And the chefs – some of these chefs arereallyfamous – you might find it intimidating to approach them outside of their sessions but all of the chef/presenters I've met at Christmas in November have been so sweet,so welcoming,so open to chatting.
- Bring your best,Christmassiest attire
Not sure what to wear to Christmas in November?Bring your best,Christmassiest (that's a word) attire!The 2nd and 3rd day dinners are pretty swanky – you'd be more out of place if you weren't dressed up.The 3rd day dinner (Gala Dinner) also features Christmas photos with Santa Claus so there's another reason to look your best!在您到达的当天/欢迎宴会上，你也被鼓励穿一件愚蠢的圣诞毛衣，有些人真的会全力以赴！Have fun with it!!
这是我的”pro"Christmas in November tip.As if all the included meals you're getting isn't enough for food,I love it when a session wraps up and you head over to the other session rooms to see what samples they've got going on.Anna and Michael Olson'sPassion for Porksession usually has a ton of leftovers at the end of the session.
Other sessions share samples throughout – not necessarily all at the end,so ask other people what the sample situation is like in the sessions they attend to chart your own maximizing-food-intake-plan,大声笑。
- Try the vegetarian option to switch things up a bit
Speaking of all that food – another"pro tip"is that you can request a vegetarian meal for your lunch or dinner just to have a lighter option.This is usually most handy for people who are working all 10 days at Christmas in November (including the chef/presenters) so to alleviate some of the ‘Groundhog Day' feeling,还有沉重的食物感，substituting your meal for a vegetarian option can be nice.
All the lunch/dinner meals at Christmas in November are centered aroundTaste Albertaproteins like阿尔伯塔鸡，，阿尔伯达猪肉，，阿尔伯塔牛肉andAlberta Turkey(who are Christmas in November sponsors) and they're incredible but let's say you're with a friend/spouse or bigger group – having a few order the vegetarian option is a nice way to ‘try it all' :)
Christmas in November days start early and can end real late – again it's up to you how much you want to jam pack your day but if you're looking for some more fun after dinner (and the dance floor),you've got some options!!
New this year you've got theMan Cabinto check out.饭后，people headed to the Man Cabin to play foosball,air hockey,drink and mingle.Lots of people head out to the lodge lobby and bar to keep the party going. There's no reason you can't invite people back to your cabin for your own late night party (in fact,there's a group of ladies who come every year that apparently host a pretty famed after-dinner party!迈克在我今年睡觉的时候参加了，LOL）。
So that's just a few things I'd suggest to help you make the most of your CIN weekend. You can also在这里查看我的2015年提示(which I still think are valid – but I tried to share a few different ones this year).
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- Three cook books written by Christmas in November chefs:
- Fairmont Jasper Park LodgeChristmas in November-branded Swell water bottle
- Knob Creekwhiskey glass
- Alberta Milkmilk glass
- Alberta Canolacitrus juicer
- Alberta TurkeyProducers board
- 公爵夫人烘焙店cookie cutter
- Christmas in November-branded apron
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如果你想看更多11月周末我圣诞节的照片，here's a gallery!!
Photos from Christmas in November
退房Gastropost Christmas in Novemberwebsite here for more recipes and recaps from other Gastropost ambassadors too!!
Disclaimer: I will always provide my 100% honest opinion on this blog.My stay at Christmas in November was complimentary as I was a guest of Postmedia / acting as a Gastropost ambassador.