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Winnipeg

Street Eats

foodtruckThe annual flood of food trucks onto summer streets shows no sign of slowing down.

Our favourite meals on wheels are packing out Broadway every weekday, and this year, a new ‘food truck alley’ along Israel Asper Way has everyone meeting at The Forks. Owning a food truck has proved to be a great way for creative types to try out their wildest culinary dreams with the freedom of a relatively low cost set-up. These mobile mavericks are churning out fresh, inventive fare.

Chef Darryl Crumb of Tot Wheels has proved high concept eats can have staying power if executed deliciously. Piles of fluffy, golden homemade tater tots are loaded with complex and unexpected flavours. Try tots topped with frogs’ legs, the dish that started all the buzz. @totwheelswpg

If there’s one thing more impressive than retrofitting a freightliner with a woodfired pizza oven, it’s The Red Ember’s end product. Gourmet toppings from figs to housemade sausage are piled on puffed and crispy, charcoal-edged crust and served through the window of this bright red behemoth. @theredember

The Poutine King offers tastes straight from the cobblestone world of Montreal, but these piles of fries loaded with gravy and stretchy cheese curds don’t cling too close to tradition. Find everything from red curry-spiked chicken to smoked salmon at the gourmand-friendly truck. @poutine_king

Having secured their place as a neighbourhood haunt, Sherbrook St Deli is taking to the streets with a mobile meat truck at once futuristic and retro. The shiny sandwich shop features a menu of housemade meaty favourites. @sherbrookdeli

The Bannock Factory serves traditional quickbread from a wood panel-printed trailer. Dense, chewy bannock makes up most of the menu, upgrading street food classics like sammies and hot dogs with local flair. Try it warm with butter or jam, or as a sandwich piled with juicy pulled pork. @BannockFactory

Winnipeg’s Best New Restaurant 2014 – Prairie 360

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Each year, WHERE editors scour the city to find Winnipeg’s best new restaurants. New revolving restaurant venture Prairie 360 tops the list for 2014, chosen as one of Canada’s Top 10 New Restaurants. Where Winnipeg presented this honour to Executive Chef Alfonso Maury and FB Hospitality president Noel Bernier for their outstanding culinary talent and entrepreneurial spirit. Read the review here.

Left to right: Alfonso Maury, Executive Chef, Prairie 360; Noel Bernier, President, FB Hospitality; Laurie Hughes, Publisher, Where Winnipeg; Joelle Kidd, Editorial Assistant, Where Winnipeg

Cornish Game Hen

Cornish Game Hen at Prairie 360

 

Winnipeg’s 23rd Annual Silver Plume Award Winners

On October 8th, 2014 the winners of the WHERE Magazines 23rd annual Silver Plume Awards for Hotel Employees of the Year were announced. Where Winnipeg held a reception and awards ceremony at Assiniboine Park Zoo’s new Journey to Churchill exhibit which was also recognized as the city’s Best New Attraction by WHERE editors.


 

Winners:

Bell Desk
Patrick Lacanilao, Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown

Front Desk
Catherine Celestial, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Food Service
Helen Tesfaye, Holiday Inn Winnipeg South

House Keeping
Rudy Medina, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Kitchen
Esam Kolta, Inn at the Forks

(Also in photo, Laurie Hughes, Publisher WHERE Winnipeg)

Nominees:

Bell Desk

Patrick Lacanilao, Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown

Edgardo Marquez, Delta Winnipeg

Marvin Samonte, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Front Desk/Guest Services

Janelle Bouché, Holiday Inn Winnipeg South

Catherine Celestial, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Bea DeMesa, Inn at the Forks

Rhosan Estoy, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Ian Sarne, Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International Airport

Foodservice

Victor Costa, Delta Winnipeg

Allen Kotowski, Delta Winnipeg

Raphael Reyes, Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown

Martin Saul, Inn at the Forks

Jeff Sayavong, The Marlborough Hotel

Helen Tesfaye, Holiday Inn Winnipeg South

Oliver Tudtud, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Housekeeping

Kathy De Jesus, Hilton Suites Winnipeg Airport

Sharon Evans, Holiday Inn Winnipeg South

Cheryl Graham, Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport West

Valerie Huta, Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International Airport

Gloria Malamion, Inn at the Forks

Rudy Medina, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Teodora Narvaez, Delta Winnipeg

Alfredo Peralta, Place Louis Riel Suite Hotel

Kitchen

Christopher Boyko, Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International Airport

Esam Kolta, Inn at the Forks

Raquel Miranda, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Catalino Ragasa, Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport West

Edmund Tubog, Holiday Inn Winnipeg South

Hot Dining: Now Open

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As the new year unfolds, two great concept restaurants open their doors to Winnipeg’s growing dining scene. Prairie 360 is the latest incarnation of Winnipeg’s revolving restaurant. Don’t be fooled by the incredible view: the refined regional menu is truly the star! Look for dishes that highlight local flavours, like venison sliders. Lovers of lager will lap up new craft brews at Barley Brothers. This spot celebrates small-batch brewing, with space for 72 craft kegs, and tips a glass to Manitoba farmers with harvest inspired decor. Menu highlights hearty beer-based soups and scratch-made German sausages to balance beer-laden bellies. Prairie 360, 83 Garry St, 204-505-2681. Barley Brothers, 655 Empress St, 204-772-2337.

Hot Dining: Editor’s pick – top 5 FAT + FAB

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Keep warm this winter with a little extra insulation from these rib-sticking comfort foods that might be bad for the body, but do wonders for the soul:

Refuel after skating on The River Trail with pressure cooked fried chicken at Red Top Drive Inn. Not only do these tasty morsels sport a luminous deep-golden colour and crispy skin, they leave fingers grease-free. 219 St Mary’s Rd, (204) 233-7943.

Quell pre-game munchies with sinfully delicious crispy artichokes at The Met, which has been impressively restored. These buttermilk marinated artichoke hearts are fried golden and served with lemon garlic aioli (pictured). 281 Donald St, 204-594-9494.

Cozy up to someone special for a night of jazz at Le Garage Café. Opt for the poutine, as these skinny fries swimming in house-made gravy and cheese curds could rival some of Quebec’s best. 166 Provencher Blvd 204-237-0737.

Billabong‘s dingo doggies are delicious sausages dipped in buttermilk pancake batter, and served with maple syrup. This high-calorie breakfast is great fuel for an activity-packed day. 121 Osborne St, 204-452-1019.

Wind down at Rudy’s Eat & Drink, with a rich twist on mac ‘n cheese. Smothered in white cheddar sauce and topped with sausage, chives, and fresh parm,
this version is the true meaning of comfort food.  375 Graham Ave, 204-421-9094.

Hot Dining: Class in Session

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Jane’s is no ordinary restaurant. The lavish dining room, housed in a more than century old space, is staffed with students from the Red River College GlobalFood Institute‘s Hospitality program. The menu, which boasts complex dishes like maple-brined bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin served with beetroot risotto, is cooked by second year students of the Culinary Arts program. Chefs Tim Appleton and Luc Jean are at the helm of this culinary classroom, which serves lunch and dinner Tuesday-Friday. Glimpse into the gleaming open concept kitchen to see teaching in action, and join in by testing the skills of your servers on specials and wine pairings. 504 Main Street, 204-632-2594.

Hot Shopping: Scene in the City – Manitoba Meeting Place

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The Forks Market sits at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red River. Once the heart of Winnipeg’s fur trade, this historic meeting place endures as a bustling cultural hub. For a mystical experience, head up to the 2nd floor loft, and visit Distant Caravans. Have your fortune read, and peruse the exotic textiles and wares. Right around the corner, check out Iceland Skate Rentals, and lace up for an afternoon of skating the River Trail. Afterwards, head down to the main floor of the Forks Market to satisfy your sweet tooth at The Fudge Guy. Immortalize the picture perfect view in postcard form for loved ones, from Two Rivers souvenir shop. Don’t forget to pick up some Manitoba-made wares, such as these hand-carved wooden knives, from the Forks Trading Company (pictured).

Hot Shopping: Let’s Hear it for the Boys

Normandy-Shop

Great shopping districts offer equal opportunities for consumers, and two big-league boutiques in Winnipeg’s best shopping neighbourhoods are evening out the playing field! Located on the Corydon strip, Normandy Shop is an impeccably curated, rustic-minimalist space that caters to the boys (pictured).  Peruse the racks for hip essentials that men will love, and ladies will love to steal. Aside from top-shelf items such as topcoats by Libertine-Libertine, look for small batch goods like Beard Shave by Hudson Made. Upping the boutique game in Osborne Village is new addition, Style Bar, which provides on-trend options for well-heeled men and women. Guys will love the Life After Denim denim line, which includes textured button-ups, cardigans and chinos. For wardrobe staples, check out Joe’s Jeans, We dare you to leave with just one pair. Normandy Shop, 791 Corydon Ave, 204-995-3386. Style Bar, 470 River Ave, 204-505-1351

Hot Shopping: Editors Pick – Top 5 Gourmand Go-To’s

Korean-BBQTravelling foodsters know that the way into the heart of a city is through its stomach. And while eating on vacation can be memorable, gourmet items you can take home help recreate those experiences.

If you’ve tried one of the hottest dining trends, Korean BBQ, head to Bosch Kitchen Appliance Centre to pick up a plug-in electric Korean BBQ of your own (pictured). Set the bar with an interactive dinner party your guests won’t forget! 105-2800 Pembina Hwy, 204-275-2617

Sticking to a regime while on the road is tough, which makes the availability of everyday organic at specialty spot Organza a blessing. Stock up on local products such as Whiteshell Dairy cheese, or start the day right at its in-house juice bar. 230 Osborne St #2A 204-453-6266

Cooking at home may not yield Top Chef results, if the kitchen is full of clutter! For Space Sake carries a wide variety of kitchen organizers that are functional and eye catching. 1824 Grant Ave,
204-488-2633

Local Meats and Frozen Treats is passionate about gourmet gleans. It stocks everything from local sausages to flavoured creamed honey. Manitoba’s best products line the shelves and freezer walls. 1604 St Mary’s Rd, 204-255-2172

Before catching a flight or hitting the road, stop by Humboldt’s Legacy to pick up some last minute travel snacks. Locally made Gorp Energy Bars taste great and pack a nutritional punch. 887 Westminster Ave, (204) 772-140

Hot Art: Editor’s Pick – Found in Translation

Performance Café with Perforated Sides, by Dan Graham, Photo: Cassidy Richardson, Plug In ICA;  pulling the wool, watercolour and oil on canvas by megan krause; Factory, mixed media (80cmx30cmx20cm) by ian august

Performance Café with Perforated Sides, by Dan Graham, Photo: Cassidy Richardson, Plug In ICA; pulling the wool, watercolour and oil on canvas by megan krause; Factory, mixed media (80cmx30cmx20cm) by ian august

Local artist Ian August’s fascination with the rise (and fall) of the Bauhaus School fuels his creative process. To realize the outcome, oil-on-canvas paintings, August painstakingly constructs tableaus or scale models of modernist buildings, facades and interiors using wood, paper, everyday items and scraps. These architectural maquettes are then documented through photography or video which, in turn, become source material for paintings. At RE: BUILD THEM see each painting’s maquettes and videos that offer alternatives for consideration while pondering translation and construction of an image. At Gallery 1C03 from Nov 7 to Dec 7.

Hot Dining: Prairie Pizza Boy

Chef-Eric-Lee-Pizzeria-Gusto

Chef Eric Lee at Pizzeria Gusto has a reputation for redefining Italian classics through a local lens. The energetic 35-year-old nurtures key relationships with a number of small-scale Manitoba growers and producers to ensure his kitchen is always has the freshest ingredients. This practice is apparent at first bite. Lee’s caprese salad is always juicy with plump tomatoes, dressed in verdant pesto that delivers a peppery hit of arugula and crowned with the silky tang of buffalo Mozzarella. With local greenhouse-grown tomatoes, herbs and greens arriving twice a week and year-round this clever chef has cracked the climate code, serving a real taste of summer to Winnipeggers in winter. 404 Academy Rd, 204-944-8786.

Hot Shopping: Now Open: Olive Love

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To the delight of local and visiting gourmands alike, not one but two fine oil and vinegar tasting concept stores recently opened in Winnipeg’s toniest shopping districts. Frescolio (pictured) joined the Corydon strip in June, offering more than 40 extra-virgin olive oils and vinegars in palate-pleasing flavours like honey ginger white balsamic and dark chocolate balsamic, sourced from regions as varied as Greece, Spain, Australia, Morocco, Chile and California. OliV Tasting Room, a noted Canadian chain with six locations across the country, set up shop on the Academy strip in July. Founded by Awie and Isabeau du Toit, OliV offers more than 80 premium oils, many of which come from the du Toit’s own olive farm in South Africa, and vinegars in flavours such as bergamot lemon and rosemary. Sampling is encouraged and is the edutainment at these tasting bars. Delight in the discovery of seemingly endless combinations. Frescolio, 9-929 Corydon Ave, 204-505-1455; OliV Tasting Room, 540 Academy Rd, 204-414-2019.