Valbella MasterChef Cook Off
We have so many great chefs here at Valbella, all from different backgrounds and working in all departments.
With all this talents under one roof, we have come up with the "Valbella Master Chef Cook Off!" Every Friday this summer in the food truck we will have a different Valbella chef preparing their best dish. And we want YOU to help us vote for the best.
If you come on a Friday and love what you have tried please share your pictures with #ValbellaMasterChef
The chef with the most shares will win fabulous prizes, and the glory of being Valbellas "Master Chef"
"A little friendly competition never hurt anyone"
Best of luck to this handsome bunch! May the best chef win!
Join us for a week of celebrations.
- Sampling every day
-First 100 customers get a free gift.
Find the Golden Ticket in any Valbella Product to win amazing prizes!
Offer Available online and in the deli
15% OFF COAL MINERS STEAKS FOR THE WHOLE OF MARCH.
Available online and in the deli.
15% off Frontier Ground Bison - Available in the deli and online
High-quality grass-fed beef bones!
Bones are for much more than just stock. In fact, what lies within bones may be one of the key factors that helped shape us into the humans we are today. Bone Marrow is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, and one of the many superfoods that fuel our big brains.
Although grass-fed beef, in my mind, is much superior to beef that is fed grains, corn or soy, I do not always advocate for it and understand it can sometimes be harder to obtain and cost more. However, when it comes to beef bones, I highly encourage only grass-fed. Bone marrow is where many essential nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B12, Thiamine, Riboflavin, and Iron are stored. The nutritional and flavour differences between grass and grain-fed are immense and even grass-fed bones are one of the most budget-friendly foods available.
Don’t be fooled by fake superfoods like kale and goji berries, be a superhuman and eat real superfoods like bone marrow! Feed your brain the fatty foods it craves
Evidence for a Meat-Based Diet | Kevin Stock
I’ve noticed a trend in the last few years, and to my delight it involves locals eating more meat! Why do I get excited when I know people are eating more sustainable meat? Some would think it’s because of the business I am in, but that’s not the case. Although Valbella is happy to provide you with all your meaty needs, I also encourage everyone to have a backup plan such as getting to know a farmer who can sell you high-quality meat direct from the farm. However, the trend I am referring to is hunting and the reason it’s a great trend to see is for the same 3 reasons I have spoken about in the past newsletters about the benefits of eating more high-quality meat.
- For your Health – 15 micronutrients that are only found in animal foods
- For the Environment – We all know that eating sustainable meat is better for the environment than mono-cropping and flying produce and exotic fruits around the world. Cows eat what we can’t so we can eat them
- For the animals – Plant agriculture kills more animals and ecosystems than sustainably raised meat
If you are new to the newsletter and haven’t read those articles, I encourage you to do so. They can be found on our website at www.valbella.ca
Hunting is the purest and most traditional way of harvestings one’s own food. In the past, a successful hunt could mean the difference between life and death. Surviving a winter without ample protein and fat was not easy. It’s only in recent times where we’ve lost touch with the reality of harvesting in the fall for the long winters ahead. No amount of gardens full of kale are going to get you through a winter in Alberta, but in today’s world we don’t need to harvest because everything is available to us in an instant at any time of the year. Maybe it’s time to ask our grandparents and great grandparents what they were eating during the winter, I doubt oranges and bananas were ever on the menu. If I took a wild guess, I’d say most meals consisted of bread, butter and meat with sides such as potatoes and beans. Take away the meat and butter and you’re left with what a vegan diet would have looked like in Alberta many years ago (void of nutrition as it still is today!). This is why a vegan diet is the most unnatural diet in the world, it is simply not sustainable in any shape or form. Perhaps that’s why 84% of vegans go back to eating meat or why there has never been a vegan culture in the history of the world! That’s my vegan rant for the day, now let’s get back to hunting!
I realize that not everyone in the Bow Valley or beyond has easy access to hunting. It’s not something we take up one day and have instant success with. Proper equipment and licenses, as well as the know how to track animals, all the way to shot placement and butchering are all things that need to be learned. If hunting isn’t for you, then I suggest you get to know a hunter. Many times, hunters would gladly sell or give away a portion of their harvest. Alberta is Beef country but before Beef we had Bison, Elk, Deer and many other game animals. When eaten nose to tail they provide the full spectrum of essential nutrients required for the body. Add some carbs such as potatoes and rice to the mix and you have yourself the means to not only survive a winter, but to thrive. To me a diet like this screams local and sustainable in many more ways than anything we’ve ever been told.
If you are eager to get into hunting or have been hunting for many years but want to try out some new products, then here is how Valbella can help:
- First and foremost, all meat brought to Valbella’s for further processing needs a valid tag
- We will also collect information such as the hunter’s WIN #, species, sex, date and location it was harvested. We are audited yearly on these points and NO exceptions will be made
- We cannot accept whole animals or carcasses, all meat brought to us for further processing needs to be deboned and in good condition. We have the right to refuse anything we deem unsafe or improperly handled. If you are unsure of how to process your animal please reach out to me and if there is enough interest Valbella will put together a video series
- Here is a list of items we can make
- Sausage making – Pepperoni sticks, Landjaeger, Smokies, Bratwurst, Italian sausage
- Grinding and packaging
- We accept meat all year up until mid November and then again in January. This is due to our increased production schedule leading up to Christmas
With all the insanity in the world, this could be a long winter so fill your freezers full of meat! Happy hunting and until next time!
January Special - 15% off Mini Butter Chicken and Ham&Cheese pies
Offer available in the deli or online at www.shopvalbella.ca for delivery to the Bow Valley, Cochrane & Calgary
As we all get ready to say farewell to 2020 here's a reminder of our opening hours over the next few days.
Thursday 31st - 8am - 4pm
CLOSED FRIDAY -TUESDAY
OPEN WEDNESDAY 6TH JANUARY
We're having a few days off to move to our new pop-up deli as they start the renovation on the inside.
Find the pop-up deli just behind the current one from Wednesday 6th. Then we will be back to our usual hours
As we continue work on our shiny new deli we will be moving to a temporary pop-up store, located in the warehouse behind the current building.
Same address 104 Elk Run Boulevard, Canmore
From January 6th you will find all our same great products and service as the current deli. We will be here until the spring and then we will launch our beautiful new space for you all.
If you have any questions please call us on 403 678 9989 or email [email protected]
You can still order online for in-store pick-up and delivery at www.shopvalbella.ca