Loads of April Yuks Coming to Saint John

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If you thought April laughs were restricted to April Fool’s Day, you would have thought wrong. Bigger laughs are on the way April 27th when Yuk Yuk’s On Tour Stand Up Comedy comes to Saint John.

It will be at the Trade and Convention Centre, in the Marco Polo Room, and it’s set to go April 27th at 7:00pm. Admission is $16. The MC will be Halifax’s Catherine Robertson and the acts include two guys from the Halifax ComedyFest 2016, beginning with John Cullen (sometimes known as ‘the curling comic’) and the headliner, Jean Paul (“Saving the world — one joke at a time.”)

You need to be 19+: this is uncensored comedy (and discretion is advised). Real comedy is not for the faint of heart. :) It’s for those who really like to laugh.

For tickets and more information, you can call 608-2568.

This is a great way to support comedy and to support Yuk Yuk’s newest comedy venue coming to our Uptown in September.

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OpportunitiesNB Rolling Out Something New

Logo for OpportunitiesNBWe have our St. Patrick’s Day lined up, thanks to OpportunitiesNB. They will be at the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal on Water Street, 11:00am March 17, for the launch of an exciting new initiative.

It promises to be a great information session. We’ll be catering and are definitely excited to be there to see what they will be rolling out. OpportunitiesNB is an important part of New Brunswick as “…the first point of contact for local and foreign businesses looking to grow, expand or locate.”

We look forward to catering this one as we incorporate some locally sourced ingredients — always a plus — and hearing what about what OpportunitiesNB is launching!

And it will be a great way to get St. Pat’s Day underway! 😉

 

Chop Chop Menu and General Tso at the Deli

A rough idea of what our General Tso chicken sandwich will look like.

Chop Chop arrives at Urban Deli with the question, “Who or what is General Tso?” Well, the who is General Tso Tsung-tang, a Qing Dynasty general from Hunan (China). But it is the what associated with his name that drew our attention and spurred our culinary creativity.

General Tso is an Asian chicken dish, a bit sweet and a bit spicy. Of course, we’re not doing General Tso’s chicken in the usual way. We’re doing our take on it, and making it a sandwich for Chop Chop 2016! This is our Chop Chop menu this year:

Two Course Lunch – $13

$1 from each Chop Chop dish is donated to the Lunch Connection

General Tso’s Chicken Sandwich

tso’s is prounounced ‘so’ (the ‘t’ is silent)

boneless breaded deep-fried chicken pieces tossed in a sweet, slightly spicy sauce.  Served on warm grilled soft bread, topped with sesame seeds, fresh cucumber slices, shaved carrot, green onion

served w/ a ramakin side of housemade slaw
(green apple, purple and green cabbage, onion, carrots, fresh lime, chilis)

Dessert

housemade mini chocolate Whoopie Pie

General Tso Chicken...an image resembling what we're putting together, and before it is put into the bread for a sandwich. Yum!

General Tso Chicken…an image resembling what we’re putting together, and before it is put into the bread for a sandwich. Yum!

Our Annual SPCA Christmas Eve Day Event

From our 2014 annual SPCA event

From a previous year’s event, our SPCA day at the Deli.

On Thursday, Christmas Eve day (24th), Urban Deli is going to do what we do every year (we think it’s our sixth year): Have a few friends and regular customers volunteer to be our servers as we give our staff some time off. They’ll be on the floor starting at 11:30am until we close at 3:00.

AND as they give serving a try, we’ll also donate ALL the tips to one of our favourite charities — The Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue. They’re great people doing wonderful work. Our owner Liz and her husband John are big SPCA supporters, as is owner Gord, who has made significant donations to the cause.

Liz and John have adopted a cat (Whiskers) and two beautiful dogs, Storm and Bear. They are tremendously grateful for the work the SPCA does, their dedicated staff, the enthusiastic volunteers and everyone in Saint John that has adopted and given an animal a home. Kudos to all of you!

Thursday we hope we can send something their way through the tips, from our opening at 11:30am to close at 3:00pm.

If you’re in the Uptown Thursday, drop in for a bite or just to say hello. Any donation you care to make will be gratefully accepted and keep in mind, any tip you give goes to the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue.

We hope to see you!

One last thing…For our holiday hours, please see our hours page. Oh, and here are Liz and John’s adoptees:

Storm

Storm

Bear

Bear

Whiskers, adopted from the Saint John SPCA a couple of years ago.

Whiskers

When You Need Help Planning Your Event

Champagne being pouredWith Chop Chop Week well underway, and all those great menus beckoning, it’s easy to forget the clock is ticking and dates for catered events are filling up – the ones for the holiday season and New Year’s.

If you’re thinking of a seasonal or end-of-year office gathering, a party for family, friends, or clients, or any other catered event between now and the New Year, contact us or give us a call at 652-3354 so we can schedule in your date.

We have openings, but they are filling up. To ensure you get the date you’re planning for, it’s best to call now to avoid any disappointment and rethinking of dates.

Keep in mind we can help you plan. Urban Deli and Italian by Night have been doing it since the day we opened and we’ve catered all types of events, big and small, from conferences to weddings to seasonal parties.

We want to take care of the details for you as you celebrate and thank your valued employees or colleagues, or usher in the holiday season or the New Year with family and friends. Whether it is a deli-styled buffet, an authentic Italian or a traditional turkey dinner – or something else you may have in mind – we have a menu and a price point to suit most needs.

Be sure you book soon as space in our restaurant is at a premium, and off site caterings are filling up. Call us at 652-3354. Or contact us with your catering request here.

And have a great week with Chop Chop!  (By the way, our Urban Deli Chop Chop Lunch menu is here, and our Italian by Night evening menu is here.)

Our Chop Chop Week Urban Deli Lunch

Day One of Chop Chop Week is under our belts and we loved it. It’s great seeing people in the Uptown tasting all the great fare the chefs have created. Where do you start? If you weren’t by the Deli today, you have a week to come in and try what our team has put together – it’s yummy to say the least!

By the way, each meal purchased means a donation to Lunch Connection. Here’s our Chop Chop menu for this year:

First Course

Start with our house made fall flavoured butternut squash, carrot & sweet potato soup with ginger, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and cream

Second Course

Move on to a deliciously grilled euro-wrap sandwich with a must-try bread: light and delicious! Grilled chicken breast with a balsamic glaze drizzle, melted Brie, chutney, garlic aioli, crisp bacon, greens

Our euro-wrap, grilled chicken breast with a balsamic glaze drizzle.

Chop Chop Week’s Urban Deli euro-wrap.

Deli Man and the Jewish Film Festival 2015

We’re thrilled to be a sponsor at the upcoming Saint John Jewish Film Festival 2015! And we have a perfect movie to sponsor: Deli Man.

Logo for the movie Deli Man.

It’s the Gala Opening Film and Reception and we’ll have bite sized Pastrami Sandwiches for all guests after the movie that night (with dill pickle!). It will be held at the Mary Oland Theatre, New Brunswick Museum.

The date is October 17th for the Gala Opening with the festival running October 18 to 22. You’ll find details on the films to be shown at Discover Saint John. Or have a look at the festival’s poster (.JPG image).

Deli Man should be a great movie. The movie’s site refers to it as, “A freshly made documentary by Erik Greenberg Anjou.” And we love how they speak about deli:

“More than 160 years of tradition served up by the Jewish deli owners, operators and fanatics who are keeping hot pastrami hot – and a culinary must. Just don’t tell your cardiologist.”

One last thing, you can learn about the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum. Their web site says of the Museum, “Its primary role is to collect, preserve and display the history of the Jewish community of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Visitors are welcomed from around the world.  In addition to exhibits, the museum also has a research library and archives.”