If you’re a really good cook, you can go back in time.

-Roland Henin in The French Laundry Cookbook

Tradition cannot be inherited, and if you want it, you must obtain it by great labour.

-TS Eliot, “Tradition and the Individual Talent”


Table set for a Burns Supper at the Kappa Alpha house on the U of A campus

One of the most important parts of cooking is the exploration and conservation of our traditional dishes and meals.  Below are descriptions of some of the mostly-annual dinners and events from the Button Soup calendar.  The dinners vary from a private family meal on a particular Tuesday evening, to large and boisterous celebrations among friends. They all, however, have been designed to explore seasonality beyond ingredients, and they all have special significance to personal or regional heritage.

The personal website of Edmonton chef Allan Suddaby