Dinner Factory, St. Albert

While on the Easter egg hunt from Kerstin’s Chocolates, I ended up buying a meal from a meal assembly store in St. Albert called Dinner Factory.

I didn’t want to buy a whole bunch of meals without having tried any of their food before, so I was happy when they said it would be no problem if I were to just make one dish. All assembly tools (bowls, measuring cups, food processors, etc.) are laid out next to each station, all the ingredients are pre-chopped and laid out, and assembly instructions are provided. Each station = one recipe. Each entrée generally will make 4-6 servings. Menus change monthly.

All-in-all, it probably took me about 20 minutes for a quick tour of the assembly area, the assembly of my meal, and payment.

And what did I pick for my meal? Well I couldn’t pick just any old thing (although quite a few of the menu items sounded interesting).

Slice of Italian meatloaf with alpaca

Slice of Italian meatloaf with alpaca

Yes, that’s right. I bought alpaca. (Specifically, alpaca from Morinville’s Belle Valley Farms.)

The ground alpaca meat was mixed with panko breadcrumbs, onions and milk, and then rolled around a mix of spinach, mozzarella and sundried tomatoes, making a large Italian-style meatloaf.

Italian meatloaf with alpaca (unsliced)

Italian meatloaf with alpaca (unsliced)

The recipe was very tasty and my kitchen filled with wonderful scents as it cooked in the oven. Served with brown rice that came with the meal and a salad, it made for a lovely dinner.

As for the alpaca itself, I found it to be an interesting new experience. If you find bison to be gamey and are looking for a lower calorie, cholesterol and fat alternative to beef, you should definitely think about using alpaca. The meat tasted very close to ground beef, but with a slightly sweeter tang.

Now I just have to clear some freezer space so that I can go back and make more Dinner Factory meals.

Dinner Factory
#111, 1 Hebert Road (just off of St. Albert Road)
St. Albert, AB

3 thoughts on “Dinner Factory, St. Albert

  1. Some friendly feedback for you – I’d like to read your blog more often, but two things really prevent me from doing so!

    1) You only have a partial-text feed as opposed to a full-text one (only a couple sentences from each entry appear in the RSS feed). That means I can’t read your blog in Google Reader, which is where I read all my blogs! This post has some good information on full-text feeds: http://techdirt.com/articles/20070813/014338.shtml

    2) On the site itself, there are “Click to read the rest of this entry” links all over the place! It would be much easier if every entry was displayed in its entirety on the front page.

    Thanks, and keep up the great blogging!

    • Thanks for the feedback Mack!

      I use Google Reader too, so I totally understand your issue about RSS feeds. However I was starting to experience a problem with scraper sites that took my text from the RSS feeds, and by using a partial-text feed I have prevented my whole post from being copied automatically. I know, it’s a pain, but I figure it’s the lesser of two evils.

      As for your second point – I started doing it because some posts have a lot of photos and end up being quite long. Perhaps I’ve been doing that a little too much though. I’ll keep that in mind when I’m posting.

      Thanks again for the comments.

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