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your ultimate guide to rural manitoba the land of beer and... more beer

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A message from Tim Feduniw, executive director of the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association

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16 The land of beer and… more beer

Publisher Jason Stefanik

22 Your ultimate guide to rural Manitoba

Managing Editor Bailey Hildebrand-Russell

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Winnipeg’s craft beer scene boasts more options than ever before Discover all that the province has to offer

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Profiles 30 This summer, discover

61 EnoBAR + Kitchen offers a

“passion et histoire” in beautiful Saint-Boniface

32 Fish get crafty: Craft Beer Corner opens at Shaw Park

34 The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce helps entrepreneurs in the restaurant and foodservice industry

36 Manitoba fruit: The ultimate sweet-tooth satisfier

38 A hidden gem: ERA Bistro 40 Fresh, fast and honest: Pizza Hotline 43 Smitty’s: Your burger destination 44 A Winnipeg staple: The Original Pancake House

46 Full of love: 529 Wellington 50 The Park Café:A room with a view in the heart of Assiniboine Park

52 Unique venues, exceptional service: Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s venues

56 An Italian family affair: Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano

58 Big. Juicy. Tasty. Now that’s a Fatburger

revamped dining experience in Winnipeg’s south end

63 A St. James gem: D-Jay’s Restaurant and Ichabod’s Lounge

64 A family favourite: Olive Garden 66 Brunch alert: Daltons Restaurant 68 The glass is always full: McClelland 71

Winnipeg Old Country Sausage: A family tradition

72 Camp Arnes: A place to build confidence and relationships

74 CBCRA’s Recycle Everywhere increases beverage container recycling across the province

76 Quintex services: Committed to Manitoba

78 First Rate POS Solutions helps Manitoba’s restaurant industry thrive

80 The MS Society of Canada 82 MRFA member benefits 85 MRFA restaurant members 86 Index to advertisers

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elcome to the 2018 edition of LocalFare magazine. This year we’re taking you on a trip through Manitoba. This province is rich with culture and

history. We’ve teamed up with Travel Manitoba to show you what the different regions have to offer – festivals, landmarks and wonders of nature. We’ve created your ultimate guide to Manitoba. We know you’re flipping

Another feature story showcases the craft beer scene that has risen to prominence in Winnipeg over the last several years. The mind behind Winnipeg Tasting Tours shares why this city is becoming a hot spot for brewers. We’ve also created a guide to help you find your next favourite beer.

through these pages for the food, so we’ve listed all the

Over the last few years, take-out and delivery

must-eat-at establishments across the province.

has been a growing trend for consumers. We’ll

As always, we’re showing off the wonderful restaurants that make up the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association (MRFA). Find a taste of Italy, juicy burgers,

show you how to spice up your dinner party and make it Instagram worthy (and hopefully earn you a few more likes and follows).

great breakfast spots and more in the pages of this year’s

We’d love to hear your feedback on this edition

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Heighten your at-home dining experience with these #Instaworthy tips By Shayna Wiwierski With the weather warming up, take the party (and the takeout) outdoors. Create a flawless transition between indoor and outdoor furniture starting with an area rug and work your way up, incorporating colourful throw pillows and foliage. Photo courtesy of HomeSense/ TJX Canada.


hey say that staying in is the new going out. In a world of “Netflix and chill” and the rising popularity of Skip the Dishes, ordering in has been gaining traction for several reasons. Take a look through your Instagram and you’ll notice that entertaining and creating that perfect dinner party at home is blowing up your

feed this season. Peruse the aisles at HomeSense, Luxe Furniture Company, Urban Barn or any other home store and you’ll notice that décor items are becoming more trendy and on-theme with each season. “People are increasingly busy, so finding time to entertain can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Kristin Hayward, owner of IDESIGN Interiors by Kristin. “Ease is the key. Food bars have been ontrend for some time and I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon. These food bars are a stylish take on a buffet; all the benefits without the sloppy cafeteria feel and it allows for that Instagram moment. You could also try an edible table runner, which is the new take on the food bar idea, and many are calling it the new cheese board.” The great thing about ordering in is it’s easy for people to think that you’ve slaved away for days. With the weather warming up, take the party outdoors. Start with an area rug and work your way up, incorporating colourful throw pillows and foliage to create a flawless transition between indoor and outdoor furniture, Hayward said. Since the outdoors can’t be climate controlled and summer days can be hot, make your guests comfortable by incorporating shade through umbrellas or pergolas. At night, fire up the propane fire pit or outdoor heaters, which can create ambiance, and make sure you have a


basket with rolled blankets in it for when your guests get chilly.



Kelsey Kosman, interior design consultant and owner of Dollhouse Design, agrees that entertaining


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this season is about taking it to the great outdoors. Gone is the old picnic table, and instead it’s being replaced with more colour and textiles, as well as unconventional seating like outdoor poufs. Of course, adding a little greenery to the space also helps brighten the mood. “Decorating with plants and adding the benefits that greenery offers us is huge. It’s becoming more and more popular to introduce some green into the space,” said Kosman who has been in the design industry for the past 13 years. Although it’s easy to get swept up in each season’s hottest trends, Kosman said that her holygrail entertaining item is white dishes since they are classic and timeless. She recommends having a stockpile of all shapes and sizes since it’s a dining essential that will outlast any trend. Another staple making a comeback is the tablecloth since it’s easy to jazz up a space and make it feel more intimate, she said. “You can add that personalized touch with a tablecloth and fresh flowers,” said Kosman, who recommends HomeSense for a one-stop shop for everything in your home, as well as These Four Walls in Winnipeg. “Beautiful trays and serving dishes are also on-trend, and presentation is key,” said Hayward. This summer, tropical and coastal items will transport your guests from Manitoba to a desert island, and it’s easy to enjoy your kettle paella and seafood carbonara from The Beachcomber in your own backyard. “Palm prints evoke the feeling of tropical destinations like Havana and Miami, and you’ll find them on everything from door mats to storage crates,” said Tamara Robbins Griffith, HomeSense design expert. “Beachy vibes are always in style for summer. After all, our summers are short and best enjoyed outdoors. If the beach isn’t nearby, you can bring the feeling home by introducing natural materials like light-toned wood, shell and linen.”

This summer, tropical and coastal items will transport your guests from Manitoba to a desert island, and it’s easy to enjoy your kettle paella and seafood carbonara from The Beachcomber in your own backyard. Photo courtesy of HomeSense/TJX Canada.

Pair your takeout with a curated cocktail for the evening, but make sure it is served in the proper glass (and don’t forget the garnishes). Hayward said that a beautiful glass sets the stage for a beautiful presentation, and if you’re dining al fresco then fashionable, quality melamine dishes and drinkware blend functionality with style. Robbins Griffith said that must-have items include acrylic drinkware and powder-coated metal trays. Corral a group of signature cocktails in acrylic tumblers on a tray to make a smooth transition from indoors to out. When night falls and you’re serving delicious desserts from Baked Expectations, get the perfect ambient lighting with candles or string lights. Hayward recommends stockpiling candles and candle holders to have on hand, as a little light can go a long way. Hung-up string lights or fairy lights on the table also helps to make the mood more magical. Whether it’s a curated cocktail or dessert station, the most important part of hosting is definitely having fun with it. Pair your takeout with colourful elements of the season and most of all, don’t stress about the small stuff. “Have fun with it and if you need help don’t be afraid to ask for it,” said Hayward. “As much as it saddens me to say this as a designer, if your [guests] are having a great time, then they’re not going to worry about what it looks like.” j Adding a little greenery to your dining space helps to brighten the mood. Photo courtesy of HomeSense/TJX Canada.

Beachy vibes are always in style for summer. Take the dinner party outdoors and have it lakeside this summer for the ultimate in al fresco dining. Photo courtesy of Kristin Hayward, IDESIGN Interiors by Kristin.

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Winnipeg’s craft beer scene boasts more options than ever before By Bailey Hildebrand-Russell



ust a few short years ago, Winnipeg only had a handful of breweries and lacked taprooms. Today, it’s tough to choose just one craft brewery or brewpub for a night out with nine on the scene with several more opening in 2018.



As the scene was slowly growing in Winnipeg, Jessica Marinelli, owner/ operator of Winnipeg Tasting Tours, took a cruise along the West Coast, taking her and a friend from Vancouver to Victoria and from the state of Oregon down to San Diego, Calif. In some of the trendier cites they stopped in, the two went on several wine and craft cocktail tours. That’s when it clicked – Winnipeg, a growing tourist destination, needed the same thing.


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Barn Hammer Brewing Co. Where: 595 Wall St. Signature brews: Saturday Night Lumberjack (double IPA), Grandpa’s Sweater (oatmeal stout), Le Sneak Belgique (witbier), Lousy Beatnik (kellerbier), The 7th Stab (Red Ale).

Fort Garry Brewing Co. Where: 130 Lowson Cres. Signature brews: Fort Garry Pale (English amber ale), Fort Garry Dark (English mild ale), Fort Garry Rouge (American red lager), Fort Garry Premium Light (light lager), Fort Garry Frontier Pilsener.

Little Brown Jug Where: 336 William Ave. Signature brew: 1919 (Belgian pale ale).

Half Pints Brewing Co. Where: 550 Roseberry St. Signature brews: Stir Stick Stout (coffeeinfused stout), Little Scrapper IPA, Bulldog Amber Ale, St. James Pale Ale (kölsch).

Stone Angel Brewing Co. Where: 1875 Pembina Hwy. Signature brews: Kaiser Bill (IPA), Luther’s Folly (kolsch-ist blonde ale), Oktober Blond (blond ale), Redhanded (Irish red ale).

Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery

Where: 1290 Kenaston Blvd. Signature brews: Visit the taproom for the latest. Lamp Lighter Amber Ale now in stores.

Where: 800 Pembina Hwy. Signature brews: Naughty Vic, Gokstad IPA, Steel Cut Blonde Ale, Jarpur Amber Ale (selection changes regularly – visit brazenhall.ca for the latest).

One Great City Brewing Co. Where: 1596 Ness Ave. Signature brews: Monkey Trail Pale Ale (American pale ale), The Queen’s Best Bitter (ESB), Tipsy Cow Milk Stout, Belgian Esprit (witbier), Falcon Blonde, Mad Scientist Eye PA (American IPA).

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When Marinelli returned home, she bought a cargo van, developed a website and founded Winnipeg Tasting Tours in December 2016 to help fill a gap in the industry and bring more attention to the city’s beer scene. “It’s been so fun watching it grow,” Marinelli said. “I actually was starting at The Common (at The Forks) because there was only three

breweries I could visit at the time. Seeing it grow to around 10 breweries now, it’s just been phenomenal. It’s such an exciting business to be on the fringe of and it’s nice to have friends in the brewing industry.”

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With more breweries set to open in 2018, the growth in the industry isn’t going to be slowing down any time soon. Marinelli said she has heard that several future grads from

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Brew Academy at Niagara College Canada see Winnipeg as a viable place to open microbreweries. Each brewery is special and has its favourites, Marinelli said. The variety gives Winnipeggers the chance to try something new. For a while, Marinelli said, Winnipeg was behind in brewing, but is now making up for lost time. “Winnipeg has been so receiving and Winnipeg really loves to support local business and support one another, so I anticipate this is just the beginning. It’s going to keep growing and get more and more exciting.” In addition to two beer tours, Winnipeg Tasting Tours also offers a wine and food pairing tour, as well as a cocktail and distillery tour. Keep your eyes peeled – mini


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Your ultimate guide to

Rural Manitoba

Discover all THAT the province has to offer, and enjoy amazing food on the journey Whether you’re an out-of-town visitor or a local looking for the ultimate staycation, you’re in the right province. While Winnipeg is a hot spot for culture, food and entertainment, the rest of the province is also deserving of attention for the same reasons. The Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association and Travel Manitoba are taking you on the ultimate road trip through rural Manitoba to enjoy the best our province has to offer – from the Pembina Valley to Churchill, Wasagaming to the Whiteshell, and everything in between.


*Establishments in bold are members of the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association.






Great food and unique dining experiences are top travel motivators. With two Winnipeg eateries making the list of Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants, now more than ever, Manitoba is the darling of Canada’s food scene. Travel Manitoba loves to share Manitoba’s culinary stories with travel media from around the world. Here’s some of what they had to say: Woodfired pizzas at the Foxtail Café in Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park Photo: Clear Lake Country

…there are many reasons to visit this charming little city (nicknamed the ‘Peg). At the top of the list might be the city’s thriving foodie culture, which keeps locals and visitors exploring the city centre and surrounding neighborhoods where excellent Manitoban and ethnic cuisines are on the menus. Kate Armstrong Lonely Planet Traveller A trip to Canada’s vast empty centre is an eye-opening culinary experience.

I always think that Winnipeg does breakfast so well, with a wonderfully diverse range of eateries to try out for the first meal of the day.

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Western Manitoba What to do

Where to eat

There’s something for all in Westman – including the art lover, history buff and adventurer. If you’re stopping in Brandon, make sure to spend time at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. Throughout the year, the gallery features live theatre and still art exhibits, showcasing the work of artists in the area. In the gallery’s shop, you can pick up handcrafted works from over 150 different artisans from the region.

Between the town of Carberry and Spruce Woods Provincial Park, is home to Sand Hills Casino. If you’re looking to refuel after a day of hiking, head to Dunes Restaurant at Sand Hills. After you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in the all-you-caneat weekend buffets that run 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. – there’s Friday’s home-coming buffet, the prime rib carvery on Saturdays and the Ukrainian buffet on Sunday nights. If you’re an early riser, check out the Sunday champagne brunch. There’s also the Oasis Lounge for those looking to kick back and relax with a drink and wings.

A short drive southwest of Brandon is a town known for its swinging suspension bridge (its most famous landmark) – Souris, Man. While you’re in the area, check out the Souris Agate Pits, a 12-acre glacial deposit that has come to be known as North America’s largest deposit of semi-precious gems. Agates are the more common finds, but people have also discovered epidote, jasper and petrified wood. You can pick up a pit permit for $20 at the Rock Shop. Another hot spot in Western Manitoba takes on the appearance of a desert. The Spirit Sands, located in Spruce Woods Provincial Park, boasts wind-patterned sand hills and even cacti. The trail will take you through the sand dunes and to the Devil’s Punchbowl – a bowl-shaped depression 45-metres deep, pooling with blue-green water.

While you’re in the area, check out Lady of the Lake Shop, Pub and Cafe in Brandon and the Woodfire Deli in Souris. In Virden, visit the Gopher Creek Coffee Company.

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Pembina Valley/ Central Plains What to do An hour-and-a-half drive southeast of Winnipeg is the city of Morden. There you’ll be able to take a trip back in time with a visit to the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre. After checking that out during the day, visit the Stardust Drive-In Theatre for the ultimate throwback. The theatre shows different recent releases every weekend, and is known for its triple features on long weekends for those willing to stay up nearly all night. The city also attracts visitors from all over Canada for the Morden Corn & Apple Festival, which takes place the fourth weekend in August (held this year Aug. 24 to 26, 2018).

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Morris, located on Highway 75 between Winnipeg and the U.S.-Canada border, is home to the Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition, the province’s only professional rodeo. The family-friendly event features the rodeo, live music and family entertainment, a kid zone and the midway. Within Portage La Prairie, west of Winnipeg along Highway 1, you’ll find an island in the middle of the prairies that was left behind by a lake that was once part of the Assiniboine River. The area has become a hub for recreation, including Splash Island, the outdoor waterpark.

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Where to eat This region is home to a large population of Mennonites, so make sure you stop in Winkler to get your hands on some authentic Mennonite cuisine. Del Rios, specializing in both Mexican and Mennonite food, is a hot spot for locals. Try the kielkje – homemade egg noodles topped with cream gravy and served with your choice of ham or farmer sausage – a Mennonite favourite. After that, head north to Carman for dessert at Syl’s Drive Inn, a Southern Manitoba institution. There you can try one of their 10 thick, creamy milkshakes flavours, or a signature treat like the peanut butter banana dreamboat or the black forest waffle sundae. If you find yourself in the Pembina Valley, you can also check out Ralph’s German Restaurant & Cafe in Winkler, the Jasmine Tea Room in Altona or D23 Dim Sum & Cocktails in Carman.

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Eastern Manitoba What to do Eastman is the ultimate destination for adventurers. Explore Whiteshell Provincial Park’s many hiking trails and discover its many rushing rivers, clear lakes and sandy beaches. The park has several types of accommodations – from private campsites to cabins to a family resort – if you’re looking to stay a while. For a winter getaway, check out the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes, near Falcon Lake, which also happen to be within the park.

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For a relaxing day at the beach, pay a visit to Grand Beach on the east side of Lake Winnipeg, about an hour north of Winnipeg on Highway 59. Known for its soft white sand, the beach is a hot spot destination for loungers, swimmers and even surfers.

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Another southern Manitoba city with a large Mennonite presence is Steinbach, home of the Mennonite Heritage Village, a 40-acre site that’s been transformed into a turnof-the-century Russian Mennonite street village, complete with restored buildings like a housebarn and fully-operational windmill. About 15 minutes from Steinbach, you’ll find Lilac Resort, a piece of paradise on the prairies. The resort has three pools with waterslides, a tiki bar (serving appetizers, nonalcoholic beverages and mocktails), beach volleyball courts and live entertainment every weekend.

Where to eat While you’re in Steinbach, check out Uncle Jake’s for a quick bite to eat. The restaurant offers daily lunch and dinner specials and also features an all-day breakfast menu. Try their homemade soup (people rave about the chicken noodle). If you’re looking for a unique atmosphere, try Chinos Bistro located inside Sunshine Greenhouse. Chinos is the only place in Steinbach with wood-fired pizza, and also has fresh-made gelato. Adorable farm animals greet you as you arrive at Pineridge Hollow near Oakbank, which has become the a day-trip destination for many Winnipeggers. But it’s much more than just a restaurant. The site has also become a coveted wedding venue and is home to a large gift shop that offers everything from jewelry to furniture. In the restaurant, new menu items are introduced as the seasons change since many ingredients are sourced from local farms. photo courtesy: @knatez


Near Pinawa Dam Provincial Heritage Park you’ll find Drifters Inn at Lac du Bonnet. After a day of hiking, grab some classic homemade diner food or a pizza.



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If you’re looking for dessert, head to Beausejour’s Le Beau Cafe & Fudgerie. For authentic Ukrainian food, check out Sophie’s Restaurant & Deli in Hadashville, 100 km east of Winnipeg.

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Parkland What to do

Where to eat

The Parkland region is famous for Riding Mountain National Park, and there’s good reason for it. It’s one of only five national parks with a resort townsite – Wasagaming, along the shores of Clear Lake. The town is the place to be in the summer with its many shops and restaurants, the beach and a golf course. The park offers lodging accommodations from tenting to cabins. Discover the range of wildlife that reside in the park by driving around or hitting the many trails by foot, bicycle or horseback.

After a long day on the green links at Clear Lake Golf Course, enjoy a meal at Clubhouse 204, one of the province’s most scenic restaurants. Bringing elegance to casual dining is the restaurants’ goal, offering dishes for all taste buds – from schnitzel to perfectly-cooked steak to fresh pickerel.

On your way to Riding Mountain is the town of Neepawa, home to Farmery Estate Brewery. You can book a tour of the brewery online (farmery.ca), and you can also pick up Farmery gear while you’re there, like T-shirts and pint glasses. North of Riding Mountain on Highway 10 you’ll find Dauphin, a city bursting with history. Check out the Fort Dauphin Museum, which documents the region’s history from prehistoric life, to the lives of Indigenous people, to the arrival of early explorers and the fur trade, to pioneer settlers and the birth of the Métis people. Take time to explore the Dauphin Rail Museum inside the Canadian National Railway Station built in 1912. You can’t mention Dauphin without mentioning Dauphin’s Countryfest, Canada’s longest-running annual country music festival that features the biggest country music stars and attracts 14,000 fans per day every summer. For a winter thrill, check out Asessippi Ski Area & Resort for skiing and snowboarding – if you’re planning to stay awhile, check out their sleep and ski deals with lodging options in nearby Russell.

After skiing at Asessippi, head to Arbuckles Fine Eatery in Russell to enjoy hearty dishes like perogies, ribs or pizza. Arbuckles also offers a variety of pasta dishes and burgers and sandwiches. You may even catch a live musical performance in the evenings. Satisfy that sweet tooth at Riding Mountain with a visit to The Chocolate Fox in Wasagaming. For a romantic evening, check out the Martese dinner or sunset cruise on Clear Lake. For a farm-to-table experience, check out Foxtail Cafe, with locations in both Onanole and Clear Lake. Most of the dishes are stone fired, including the Neapolitanstyle pizza.

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Interlake What to do The region between the province’s two largest lakes – Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg – is bursting with historical and cultural significance. Visit Gimli, first settled by Icelandic explorers and home of the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, which takes place during the August long weekend. The town is a destination for fishing and water recreation. Check out H.P. Tergesen & Sons Store, which is Manitoba’s oldest running store – it was built in 1898 and is still run by the family. Don’t forget to snap a picture in front of the giant Viking statue at Harbour Park. Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada, between Lockport and Selkirk on Highway 9, is a must-see for history fanatics. Several treaties between the Crown and First Nations were made at this spot. See restored heritage buildings at this Hudson’s Bay Co. fur-trading site, which was also home to Western Canada’s first prison, asylum and training facility for the North West Mounted Police.


Nature lovers will be in paradise at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. The wildlife management area is a popular spot for birding and has 30 km of trails through prairie marsh, tall grass and springs. There’s also a cafe on site if you get hungry. If you’re looking for a longer trek out of the city, head to Hecla/ Grindstone Provincial Park, about two hours north of Winnipeg for endless encounters with birds and other wildlife, and long walks on beaches or the limestone shores.



If you’re not squeamish, visit the Narcisse Wildlife Management Area, more commonly known as the Narcisse Snake Dens, 110 km north of Winnipeg. The best time to visit is during the first two weeks of May, when tens of thousands of redsided garter snakes emerge to mate, or in early September when the snakes return to their dens.


Where to eat If you’re making a day trip to the Interlake region, a stop at Half Moon Drive In is a must. The original Half Moon opened in 1938, and the tradition continues today. Enjoy a deluxe dog or ice cream treat (make sure to bring Fido for his own dog sundae – vanilla soft serve with a Milkbone on top) in the 1950s-style retro atmosphere (the original restaurant was torn down in the 1980s). Renovations in 2017 restored much of the old-school look visitors grew to love. Just completed a round of golf at Larters at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club? You don’t have to go far for a great bite to eat. The bistro and lounge on-site feature snacks like the root beer barbecue pulled pork sandwich and Filipino chicharon (deep- fried crispy pork rind chips). Try one of the waffle panini options, like the crispy chicken with apple hunter sauce. Roxi’s Uptown Cafe in Selkirk has something for everyone, from salads to burgers to pizza, as well as an array of dessert options. For breakfast, try the Riverboat Family Restaurant’s omelettes or skillets. Integrity Foods in Riverton is a destination in itself – it’s a farm with a bakery, trail and garden for you to explore. The animals, including the alpacas and goats, always look forward to attention from visitors. Check out the farm’s pizza nights every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. to enjoy pizza cooked in an outdoor brick oven.

Northern Manitoba What to do When Northern Manitoba is mentioned, the first place that comes to mind for many is Churchill. The town on the shore of Hudson Bay is known as the polar bear capital of the world, and also famous for beluga whale sightings. The town isn’t accessible by road and the rail line is temporarily closed, but grab a flight for a truly unforgettable experience. Visitors also say Churchill is one of the best places to view the northern lights in winter. Within driving distance (just under eight hours) from Winnipeg is Thompson. Check out the Thompson Spirit Way, an award-winning walking and cycling path that highlights 16 points of interest related to the city’s culture and history, including wolf statues and a giant wolf mural, a reproduction of Canadian artist Robert Bateman’s original painting.

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Less than an hour southeast of Thompson lies Pisew Falls Provincial Park. The park is home to the beautiful Pisew Falls. Take a short walk down the boardwalk to view the falls, and take a half-kilometre hike to the bridge over the Grass River below the falls. If you’re feeling ambitious, continue on the 22-km (round trip) trail to Kwasitchewan Falls, Manitoba’s highest waterfalls. If you can’t make it that far north, head to Little Limestone Lake Provincial Park, a mere five-hour drive from the capital. The lake is known as the world’s largest marl lake – it changes colour as temperatures rise. As the calcite and water separate, the lake turns into a turquoise body of water from its normally-clear appearance.

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Visit the Adventurer’s North Dining Room inside Thompson’s Mystery Lake Hotel for a night of wining and dining. Try the hand-cut steak, prime rib, lobster or jumbo shrimp. If fancy isn’t for you, head to the Trappers Tavern, which often features live entertainment from bands to comedians. You may even find yourself letting loose on the dance floor. Southeast of Thompson on Highway 6, past Pisew Falls, you’ll find Sasagiu Rapids Lodge. The menu boasts authentic Thai food for the traveller looking for something different. If you make it all the way to Churchill head to Lazy Bear Lodge and try traditional Indigenous dishes, such as braised peppered elk, arctic char and Manitoba Bison. You can also visit the Tundra Inn Dining Room & Pub (featured on Food Network Canada’s You Gotta Eat Here!), known for the borealis burger and beef and bison stew. j

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This summer, discover “passion et histoire” in beautiful Saint-Boniface Fabulous cuisine awaits you on the BON APPÉTIT Foodie Tours Bienvenue to Winnipeg’s French district. Located just across the river from The Forks, this vibrant neighbourhood is rich in Francophone and Métis heritage. With a passion for language, art and culture, and a history that dates back two centuries, there’s a world to discover, right next door. Come for the food and discover the area’s hidden treasures through two themed and guided foodie tours where you eat, learn, drink and repeat. You’ll be encouraged to practice your high school French along the way as tours are available in both French and English at all times.

The Historical Culinary Tour combines French flare and an exploration of the rich historical past of Saint-Boniface that dates back more than 200 years. Your guide will help immerse you in the culture and the unique character of the place. You’ll discover some interesting facts and hear stories on route. Most importantly, you’ll savour dishes of several Saint-Boniface eateries along the way. The tour runs Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at a cost of $75.

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PROFILE | Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club

Fish get crafty Craft Beer Corner opens at Shaw Park In May 2018, the two-time defending American Association champion Winnipeg Goldeyes celebrated their home opener at Shaw Park. The Fish not only raised a championship banner for a second consecutive year, but the downtown facility officially christened the brand-new Craft Beer Corner down the left field line. The 1,400-square-foot deck provides fans a unique view of the playing field, and will offer draught selections from five Manitoba-based craft breweries throughout the season. The Goldeyes have partnered with One Great City Brewing Co., Little Brown Jug, Barn Hammer Brewing Co., Torque Brewing and Farmery Estate Brewery. Each brewery will operate two taps at the Craft Beer Corner for 10 games each, making Shaw Park the only professional sports venue in the city to serve local selections. “We are very excited to provide our fans with the fantastic beer that Manitoba’s craft brewery scene has to offer,” said Goldeyes’ general manager Andrew Collier. “The new space has already served as a great meeting place fans can visit while enjoying a Goldeyes’ game.” During the home opener on May 25, Collier said that the taps were in use from the minute the gates opened until the final pitch. The Goldeyes won the game 13-1 over the Sioux Falls Canaries in front of nearly 6,500 spectators. “We’re very pleased to be a part of the Goldeyes’ craft beer expansion,” said Torque Brewing Co. president John Heim. “They have always supported the local beer scene, and now, as the industry has grown, they continue to offer their guests top local choices for beer. Just one more reason to head down to the ballpark this summer.” In addition to celebrating back-to-back titles with a local brew, fans can also take in a variety of great promotions and theme nights including Country Night (July 24), which features a cowboy hat giveaway to select attendees. There’s also the first ever Super Hero night (July 26). For the full schedule of theme nights and other promotions visit goldeyes.com. This year marks the Goldeyes’ 25th anniversary season, and the club is hosting a commemorative luncheon. Former manager Hal Lanier will have his number 22 retired.


For more information on the Craft Beer Corner and upcoming Goldeyes’ promotions, contact Dan Chase at dan@goldeyes.com. j








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PROFILE | Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

“ I had zero previous restaurant experience…”


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With Ibrahim “Obby” Khan’s expanding roster of Shawarma Khan and Green Carrot Juice locations – this summer, Shawarma Khan takes over an end at Investors Group Field’s concourse – it’s easy to imagine he didn’t face an entrepreneurial uphill climb. That’d be a mistake. We spoke with the former Blue Bomber about lessons learned and why he’s a Winnipeg Chamber cheerleader. Why open a restaurant? Obby: It wasn’t so much, “Why?” as opposed to, “What’s a niche in the market I can fill?” when I was leaving football. I’d already built a positive brand playing for the Blue Bombers, so I threw around a bunch of ideas. I was raised in Ottawa where shawarma is on every corner, but in Winnipeg there was a hole in the market for fast, casual Middle Eastern food. What didn’t you know? A lot. I had zero previous restaurant experience other than eating at them. In the beginning, my biggest concern was opening the door and selling the food. I thought I’d figure out the rest later. So when I opened, I was calling friends to ask if they could send over their kids – or come themselves. I had friends helping out, cleaning, doing dishes. It took a solid two months to figure out staffing and systems.

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You’re very active with business associations – like The Winnipeg

your help. I’m f***ed. I don’t know how to get my accounting and

Chamber. Why do that when you’re not a business-to-business

taxes up to date.”


Now for the first time in five years, I have accurate monthly

Two fold. Early on, I found business people and peers to ask for

financials. I can go to bed and not cry. The connections I’ve made

advice, for services, and help. Now it’s a huge networking platform

with service providers through The Chambers have paid my dues for

for me to tell people, “Hey, we cater lunches, we do events.” That’s

the next 20 years.

helped grow my brand.

What advice do you have for people considering entrepreneurship?

Plus all those business people? They eat.

It’s a sacrifice on multiple levels, but recognize you’re not the only

What else have you gained from business networking?

one doing it. There’s a community of people in that grind with you.

I met my bookkeepers and accounting team through The Chamber

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1873, is the largest

– AccuRoot Financial Solutions and KPMG. As a small business, I

organization representing the voice of business in Winnipeg.

thought these people weren’t for me. But in April 2017, I pulled Scott

Our mission is to foster an environment in which Winnipeg

(Sissons) from KPMG aside after a meeting and said, ““Scott, I need

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PROFILE | Prairie Fruit Growers Association

Manitoba fruit: the ultimate sweet-tooth satisfier

Nothing beats biting into a strawberry and

going out and choosing the family Christmas

one of the executive directors of the Prairie

being met with a burst of sweet flavour

tree. It’s not often you have the chance to

Fruit Growers Association (PFGA).

and juiciness. Manitoba’s growing season is

get out of the city and away from the hustle

“Buying local is also very important to

short, so experiencing fresh, succulent fruit

and bustle of daily life – why not take some

support a strong and diversified Manitoba

straight from the plant is a summer treat

time to slow down with the family and

economy,” Cormier said. “The money you

like no other. While you can get your hands

make new memories while filling a basket of

pay to purchase fresh fruit from the farmers

on frozen and preserved products in the


stays here in Manitoba. For example, fruit

off season, Manitoba fruit is best enjoyed

While prairie strawberries, raspberries and

farms are very manual-labour intensive

during the hot summer months – June, July

saskatoons are in high demand, Manitoba

and as a result fruit farmers employ large

and August.

also boasts other fruit as well – sour

amounts of local youth each and every

So, how do you get your hands on perfectly

cherries, apples, honeyberries or haskaps,

year to help with the planting, weeding,

ripe fruit straight from local producers?

aronia berries, chokecherries and currants.

harvesting and general care of the farm.

Heading to a U-Pick farm is your best bet.

And while it is commonly mistaken as a

These jobs not only help young people pay

Picking your own fruit is a great opportunity

fruit, you can also get your hands on the

for tuition or buy their first car, but also and

to learn where your food comes from and

sweet and sour vegetable rhubarb.

maybe more importantly help to develop a

connect with the farmers who grew these

While chowing down on fresh fruit is

fruits. It’s also a chance to start a new

satisfying to the taste buds and has obvious

tradition by taking time with the whole

health benefits, it’s also important to

family to do something together, much like

support local growers, said Angie Cormier,

strong work ethic, connection with the land and sense of community.” So, what makes Manitoba fruit superior? “In a word, it’s the taste,” Cormier said.

For a list of PFGA members, and to find a U-Pick farm or producer near you, visit www.pfga.com.



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Sweet Biscuit Berry Cobbler A classic dessert made with your choice of berries and a sweet drop biscuit topping. A delicious way to enjoy fresh or frozen Manitoba berries.

Berry Filling 6 cups mixed berries (fresh or frozen) 1/3 cup sugar 1 ½ Tbsp cornstarch 1 tsp cinnamon 1 Tbsp butter Biscuit Topping 1 cup flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 Tbsp sugar 4 Tbsp cold butter, diced ½ cup buttermilk* 1 Tbsp turbinado or large crystal sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C). Clean fresh berries and cut any large fruit into bite-sized pieces. Thaw frozen fruit completely and remove at least half of their liquid. Or use frozen berries and add 40 minutes or more to baking time. Pour berries into a 9x9 inch (2 L) baking dish.

Drop batter into 12 even dollops on top of fruit filling. Sprinkle top of batter with turbinado sugar. Bake for 45 minutes or until top is golden and baked through. Cool for 30 minutes to let filling set. Serve with whip cream, yogurt or ice cream.

In small bowl, mix sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Mix into berries.

* To substitute for buttermilk, pour ½ Tbsp lemon juice in measuring cup, add enough milk to make ½ cup. Let sit for 3-5 minutes.

Dot fruit with butter cut into small pieces.

Makes 6-12 servings

For biscuit topping, mix flour, baking powder and sugar in large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture forms large crumbs.

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Add buttermilk and stir with fork until batter comes together. If batter is too thick add extra tablespoon of milk.

Your source for Fresh and Frozen Manitoba local fruit. Visit www.pfga.com to find fruit u-picks open near you.

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A hidden gem ERA Bistro, contemporary and fresh with an emphasis on local, Fairtrade and sustainable ingredients ERA Bistro, located in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, is more than just a museum restaurant – it’s an impressive dining experience that has the perfect balance of atmosphere and an approachable menu. Since opening in September 2014, it has become a destination for tourists and locals alike. Many visiting ERA in the summer opt to dine on the cleverly hidden 40-seat patio. A beautiful spot nestled behind the museum among native prairie grasses and trees. This summer will be featuring live music on Wednesday evenings. As for the interior, expect a modern yet earthy atmosphere with an open concept that allows you to see what’s going on behind the scenes. Executive chef, Kirk Hanson has introduced a few new creations to ERA’s summer menu. Amongst the new menu items is the Fairtrade locally-sourced spiced quinoa salad with romaine lettuce, grilled cauliflower and roasted red peppers with a mint-lime vinaigrette garnished with feta, as well as a linguine with a pesto cream sauce, mushrooms and parmesan. The menu does keep some of its staples, such as the coveted gluten-free banana bread French toast available during the weekend brunch, ERA’s signature carrot fries and house-made burgers. ERA is also introducing a new drink menu with signature cocktails, specialty coffees and local beer. ERA offers an iced tea brewed in house and Italian sodas made with flavoured syrups, also made in the restaurant. Something that’s sticking around is the divine dessert menu, featuring house-made favourites like the gluten-free vanilla bean cheesecake and the roasted peach and rhubarb parfait. “Something for everybody is my focus,” said Hanson. “I want our guests to feel like they have value when they visit ERA, they get what they pay for and see that ingredients are being respected and used as they should. We do our best to source as much as possible from local farms.”


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the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and offers offsite catering. For more information, visit erabistro.ca. j

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PROFILE | Pizza Hotline

Fresh, Fast and Honest Pizza Hotline’s new concept brings stone-fired Neapolitan pizza to Manitoba By Bailey Hildebrand-Russell Pizza Hotline has been a family favourite in Winnipeg for over a quarter of a century and in that time, members of the Cianflone family have always been looking to the future. For around a decade, they’ve been working together to perfect an authentic, Neapolitan-style crust for the restaurant’s newest concept – a fast, authentic, stone-fired pizzeria. While Pizza Hotline is known for its North American-style pizza, heavy on the crust and toppings, it comes from Italian roots. Antonio Cianflone, president of Pizza Hotline Stone Fired Pizzeria and son of co-founders Jerry and Theresa, said his maternal grandparents started in the restaurant business with Italian restaurant Columbo Pizza. After meeting in school, his parents bought out the restaurant while dating. In 1993, the name changed to Pizza Hotline and the franchise expansion began, eventually including the Café 22 concept in addition to the takeout locations. With fast-casual dining on the rise, Cianflone said it was time to bring Pizza Hotline Stone Fired Pizzeria to the public, opening the Winnipeg Square location in 2010. With an emphasis on speed and personal customization, Cianflone believes that the quality of the product is what truly sets it apart.


“Freshness and quality are critical to every step of our food.” Cianflone says. “From fresh dough, hand stretched at time of order, ingredients cut and prepped in house, daily fresh fior di latte cheese, to our San Marzano sauce, which we hand crush and blend fresh for our pizzas, in addition to our California VineRipened classic tomato sauce. It’s all about being authentic and honest.”




And San Marzano isn’t just the name of the sauce – Pizza Hotline imports San Marzano tomatoes fresh from Italy. The sign on the wall when you first walk into the recently-renovated location at 130 Provencher Blvd. says it all: “Fresh Fast Honest.” And fast it is – it takes just 180 seconds to cook a pizza. And while Pizza Hotline has authentic-Italian signature recipes – like the Sicilian, Margherita and Roasted Veggie – you can still customize your pizza however you like, from the crust to the toppings, all for one price. Four locations currently serve this stone-fired delight – Provencher, Winnipeg Square, Café 22 at 823 Corydon Ave. and Selkirk, Man. at 823 Main St. You can enjoy the taste of Naples by dining in, taking out or ordering delivery. Pizza Hotline is looking to grow and expand its stone-fired franchise. Zevin Bulka, franchisee of the Provencher location, switched careers to work for the brand in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since.

they’ve always been by my side to help me out,” Bulka said. “I started

“Why it’s so enjoyable is the family atmosphere, from Antonio to Jerry to Theresa and all the kids, they’ve come to the restaurant,

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off as a corrections officer, so I had no business background. For them to always be there and help me was huge.” pizzahotline-stonefired.ca. j


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Smitty’s | PROFILE

Smitty’s: Your burger destination Since the beginning, Smitty’s has been a goto breakfast spot and has gained popularity for its wing nights. Over the last few years, the restaurant has upped its game for the meals in between, especially when it comes to its burgers. Behind the scenes, the burger recipe was changed, and customers are noticing the difference. “We switched to homemade hamburger, and that is something that has been very positive for us,” said Valerie Funk with Smitty’s. “We get many, many compliments on the different burgers that we have.” Those juicy six-ounce patties are accompanied by some creative creations. The gourmet burger menu includes seven signature recipes. There’s the classic burger and the bacon cheeseburger for those who like a flavourful, yet classic taste. If you’re craving something more substantial, there’s a burger with your favourite starters as a topping. The ultimate mozza burger consists of a juicy six-ounce burger, melted mozzarella cheese, grilled mushrooms,

crispy bacon slices and is topped off with crispy battered mozza sticks and onion tanglers. Another signature Smitty’s recipe is the honey BBQ bacon burger, which builds on the classic burger creation, adding on a honey BBQ sauce,

crispy bacon, cheddar cheese and two golden thick-cut onion rings. No matter what you’re hungry for, Smitty’s has something for all taste buds. Try something new today – visit smittys.ca for locations. j

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PROFILE | The Original Pancake House

A Winnipeg staple The Original Pancake House celebrates 60th anniversary serving Manitoba

In those 60 years, The Original Pancake House has made use of locally-sourced products in its authentic original recipes a priority, never compromising quality of ingredients and products over price. Batters are made fresh every day from whole natural ingredients – including what makes up the trademark Giant Apple Pancake, the most popular item on the menu. Over the last few years, The Original Pancake House has introduced new breakfast, lunch and dinner items to tempt your taste buds. The breakfast taco features avocado and Manitoba pulled pork and the expanded crêpe menu has creations such as the Buffalo chicken crêpe and the Los Cabos crêpes, combining Mexican flavours with a breakfast favourite.


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It’s not often you hear about a local restaurant hitting its

on caramel pecan banana bread French toast and chocolate

diamond anniversary, but The Original Pancake House, getting

banana pancakes with Nutella and vanilla custard. If you feel like

its start in 1958, has defied the odds. Wallace Guberman

combining breakfast and lunch, check out either the pulled pork

opened the first store on Pembina Highway, which still

waffle sandwich or the hot chicken waffle sandwich – you heard

stands today and welcomes visitors with the same iconic

right. Both options feature jalapeno cheddar cornbread waffles, a

sign that went up 60 years ago. The restaurant has been a

combination you’ll only find here.

favourite for locals since the beginning and has since grown

If you’re searching for a spot for your next business

to four locations across Winnipeg – Pembina Highway, the

meeting, family gathering or date, head to The Original

Forks Market, the Clarion near CF Polo Park and McGillivray

Pancake House, where there’s something for everyone. Visit

Boulevard, which opened in 2015.

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Our menu constantly strives to find a balance between classic dishes and new favourites, all made with quality ingredients. The Original Pancake House is proud to be part of the Manitoba community. For us, this includes supporting local suppliers like Winnipeg Old Country Sausage, Notre Dame Creamery, Kub Bakery, Adagio Acres, and Countryside Farms. It also means giving back to many of the charitable events in our community. A quick glance at “Thank You” notes shows support of many causes including: Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba; Winnipeg Fire Fighter Campout the Rainbow Resource Centre Youth Program; Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre; Robert H. Smith School Community Breakfast; and Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre. If you have a local product you think we’d love or would like to make a request for your upcoming event, please email us at info@originalpancakehouse.ca.

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PROFILE | WOW Hospitality

Full of love 529 Wellington’s focus on quality food and service receives international recognition You never know who will be dining near your table at 529 Wellington steakhouse – notable figures like performer Jennifer Lopez, actor Brad Pitt, rock band Rush, the Canadian prime minister and NHL players, including members of the Winnipeg Jets, have enjoyed the fine cuisine of executive You don’t have to be famous to dine at

“This place is full of love,” MacLeod said. “We treat everybody the same. Doesn’t matter who you are.”

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minute you walk through the door. The thought of going to upscale restaurant like 529 can be intimidating, MacLeod said, but the staff try to “nip that in the bud” right off the hop through their friendliness and focus on making guests feel comfortable.

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around 10 years, said 529’s excellent service and menu has earned it worldwide recognition. Doug Stephen, Wow! Hospitality Concepts Inc. president and CEO, purchased the historic Ashdown House at 529 Wellington Cres. from the Shriners. The home was built between 1912 and 1913 for notable Winnipeg hardware merchant J.H. Ashdown, according to the Manitoba Historical Society. MacLeod helped create the menu with then-executive chef Michael Dacquisto when the restaurant opened in 2001 after renovations brought the old house back to life. Since then, 529 has gone on to

win prestigious accolades including a Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) award in 2017 and Wine Spectator magazine’s Best of Award of Excellence, thanks to 529’s sommelier Christopher Sprague. The steakhouse is also among Canada’s top 100 restaurants, according to restaurant review and reservation website Open Table. The top-notch service complements the food MacLeod’s team whips up in the kitchen – from the Canada Prime steaks to the fresh fish and shellfish. While the menu has kept up with changing preferences and dietary restrictions (there are several newer vegetarian and gluten-free options), much of the menu consists of the recipes dreamt up by Dacquisto and MacLeod. “Certain menu items, the spinach salad for instance, are the same as the first time you walked in the door back when we opened

and sure we’ll tweak things a little bit to have something new, but people like the same spinach salad,” MacLeod said.

sandwiches. If a hearty steak is what you

“You still have guests who come in and order a huge steak. This restaurant is modelled after a classic steakhouse. The portions are huge, but we always promote that the portion can be shared. Like our double baked potato for instance, which is one pound plus the filling, normally that’s shared among the table.”

And now you can enjoy the fine cuisine

A few years after the initial opening, 529 took the opportunity to offer lunch after solely serving dinner. While you can still enjoy the upscale environment at lunch, the daytime offerings include more affordable options for those looking to experience a lighter side of the fine dining MacLeod and his fellow staff have to offer, including soups made from scratch daily, elaborate salads and hand-crafted

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crave, you can still choose from a selection of different cuts cooked to your liking. outdoors over the summer. The 45-seat terrace, although it’s been open for 10 years, is still a secret jewel that should be experienced, MacLeod said. While an outing at 529 Wellington may cost more than your average restaurant, worth it. “Sure you get the comments that it’s extremely expensive, but it’s worth the price because of the quality of service, the quality of the food, the overall ambience of the house. It’s definitely one of a kind.” To book your reservation now, visit 529wellington.ca. j enjoy the pleasures of the province


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PROFILE | Park Cafe / Assiniboine Park

The Park Café A room with a view in the heart of Assiniboine Park Nestled on the banks of the Riley Family Duck Pond in Assiniboine Park, The Park Café is the perfect place to enjoy great food and the company of friends and family. Located in the beautiful Qualico Family Centre, The Park Café offers a relaxed atmosphere with stunning views of the surrounding park that change with each passing season. A casual patio overlooking the Riley Family Duck Pond serves seasonal take-out items, including the Cafe’s famous fresh herb-infused lemonade, soft-serve ice cream and poutine. A secluded, tree-lined rear patio offers full menu service and is the perfect spot for a summer lunch date or afternoon drinks. The Park Café menu features all-day breakfast and a variety of savoury salads, hand-pressed burgers, home-cut fries, artisan sandwiches and freshly baked treats. New menu items are added seasonally, giving customers another reason to keep coming back to The Park Café. “We take pride in using fresh ingredients produced in-house or supplied by local entrepreneurs,” said chef Jason Flood. “Madein-Manitoba butter, bread, cheese and meat are found in many of our menu items. The honey we use is gathered from hives located at the Zoo. We even use vegetables harvested from the Children’s Garden.” The Park Café actively supports park-wide conservation efforts and is committed to sourcing environmentally and sociallyresponsible products such as Ocean Wise seafood and Fairtrade coffee and teas. “We make conservation a priority in our day-to-day operations and strive to increase public awareness about its importance in the hospitality industry,” said Flood. The Park Café is open daily from 8 a.m. to


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PROFILE | Assiniboine Park Catering & Events

unique venues, exceptional service Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s venues offer guests an immersive and exciting experience Bring guests into the natural world where they’ll be surrounded by oak and pine, invite polar bears to the party or host your event at one of Winnipeg’s most cherished landmarks, The Pavilion. Assiniboine Park and Zoo are known to have some of Winnipeg’s most interesting and awe-inspiring venues for corporate receptions, weddings and celebrations. Newest on the list is the renovated event space at The Pavilion, one of Winnipeg’s most treasured and dearest venues. The old-world charm within it still exists but a breath of fresh and colourful air has given it a new, modern sophistication. “We are so excited to be opening The Pavilion up for private bookings and events,” said Brenda Bracken- Warwick, manager of business development and sales at Assiniboine Park Conservancy. “It’s such a magnificent space, it will be exciting to see it come alive with weddings, celebrations and events.” In the summer months, guests at The Pavilion can spill out onto the gorgeous patio overlooking the park. Assiniboine Park Conservancy plans to host a series of patio pop ups during the summer months that will coincide with the Summer Entertainment Series on the Lyric Stage just next door. Visitors and guests can also explore the exquisite art galleries on the second and third floors at any time of year. For private bookings, The Pavilion Atrium can accommodate 100 people seated and 130 people standing. Looking for a completely one-of-a-kind experience? Look to Gateway to the Arctic in Assiniboine Park Zoo. Guests can mingle, wine in hand, in the Sea Ice Passage while polar bears swim above them creating what some like to call “polar bear ballet.” Truly a sight that never gets old, the Gateway to the Arctic has become one of the city’s premiere event venues thanks to its special guests who love to make a splash. “The polar bears are always the stars of the show in Gateway,” said Bracken-Warwick. “There is nowhere else in Canada, maybe even the world that offers guests an experience like they get here with these polar bears. It sends shivers up my spine every time.” The modern and architecturally stunning Qualico Family Centre sits nestled in oak and pine in Assiniboine Park and can accommodate anywhere from 30 to 200 people. Surrounded


PROFILE | Assiniboine Park Catering & Events

by floor to ceiling windows, no matter which direction you look you’ll see stunning views of the park. “Each of the venues are interesting and unique, which makes us very proud of our offerings,” said Bracken-Warwick. “But we don’t want to just stop at unique. Once on site, guests should feel as though all of their needs are met. Our catering and events team work diligently to provide our clients with an unforgettable experience. Everything from food to service to wine, we want to stay one step ahead and always be sure we are delivering an exceptional experience.” Assiniboine Park Conservancy catering is done on site and led by executive chef Heiko Duehrsen. Duehrsen is a Red Seal chef with over 20 years of experience. In 2017, Duehrsen won the bronze medal in the Gold Medal Plates culinary competition. He was also an invited guest chef in February at the annual Raw: Almond pop-up restaurant on the frozen river at The Forks. Whether you are planning an intimate wedding with close family and friends, a corporate meeting with guests to impress, or a celebration that will last long into the night, Assiniboine Park has a venue and a menu for you. If you’d like more information on how to reserve a spot for your special occasion, visit assiniboinepark.ca. j


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PROFILE | Mona Lisa

An Italian family affair Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano boss passes down the reigns to his children After 35 years at the helm of his restaurant, Giuseppe (Joe) Grande is preparing the next generation to deliver the same authentic Italian food and high-quality service Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano’s customers have come to expect and more. “We are a modern Italian restaurant with traditional values,” he said. Those are the values his three daughters grew up with both in their home and in the restaurant. Now, they’re continuing the legacy with fresh minds, strong work ethics and creativity. Elena, Giuliana and Angelina are all playing a role at Mona Lisa to build on the already-successful establishment on Corydon Avenue. Angelina is working on her business degree and preparing to help run the restaurant with Elena, a recent Red River college business grad who is currently serving as Mona Lisa’s general manager. Giuliana brings an artistic flare to the store – she coordinates the rotating local art that adorns the walls of the dining room and runs the social media pages. Elena has been given more responsibilities over the last few years, using her talents and knowledge to refresh the menu. Working with the bartender, she’s revamped the drink menu, which now boasts Italian-inspired craft cocktails on top of traditional favourites. “I try to give enough options for people to be able to choose from,” she said. “There’s one I really like called Italian basil lemonade. It’s super refreshing. It has limoncello, which is Italian, and basil, which is Italian. There’s the Giuseppe sour, which is kind of like a whisky sour but made with grappa, which is an Italian liqueur. We also have a traditional peach Bellini. A lot of peach Bellinis have turned into those blended drinks, but that’s not what a traditional Bellini is – it’s actually a traditional Italian drink. It’s more of a fizzy drink.” Every Friday you can catch a different craft cocktail feature dreamt up by the bartenders. For the wine lovers, Mona Lisa also has wine and


whisky specials on Wednesday (aptly named Winesday) – 30 per cent off bottles of wine and 50 per cent off scotch, rye and whisky. If you’re looking for a patio to enjoy a summer night out, look no further. The Grande family knows summer in Winnipeg is short and locals want to make the most of the season. Mona Lisa’s beautiful fenced-in patio is not only aesthetically pleasing with its tropical plants and canopies – it comes alive in the summer as a social scene. In the kitchen, Elena has been working with executive chef Sergei Didenko to introduce a summer menu, which includes osso bucco (braised beef shank). On the lighter side there’s an arugula, grapefruit and artichoke salad as well as pappardelle mint pasta. For dessert, Mona Lisa is introducing a rose panna cotta. Nearly all items on Mona Lisa’s menu – sausage, dressings, sauces, noodles and stuffed pastas – are made in-house from scratch. Staff are in the kitchen at 6 a.m. making fresh bread and pasta for the day. It’s no wonder the sisters are involved in the restaurant’s day-to-day operations – it’s what they know best. “It’s been my entire life,” said Elena. “I grew up here. This wasn’t just my parents’ work, it was my home.” For her father, it’s been a pleasure to see the family business continue in good hands. “I’m just excited that they were interested in carrying on their culture and they’re embedded in it and they’re very proud of it, so I have no doubt that the restaurant is going to do better than it ever did because of the new injection of excitement,” he said. “I think the energy of young people sometimes is really underestimated. I enjoy watching them flourish that way.” For a full menu or to book your reservation, visit monalisa.rest. j

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EnoBAR + Kitchen offers a revamped dining experience in Winnipeg’s south end By Bailey Hildebrand-Russell

A south-end Winnipeg restaurant is changing the hotel dining landscape after a complete overhaul, including a $5-million renovation and new branding. EnoBAR + Kitchen inside the Holiday Inn Winnipeg South is drawing guests searching for inventive international cuisine and creative combinations in a modern atmosphere – and not just hotel guests. The complete transformation of the space includes crisp and contemporary décor and a variety of seating styles, including lounge chairs, round booths and private dining spaces to suit all tastes and occasions. The minute you walk in, you’ll understand why the name is derived from an Urban Dictionary word defined as “totally awesome.”

buffet, which features Certified Angus Beef, is quickly rising in popularity as well. EnoBAR + Kitchen also takes pride in buying as many fresh ingredients as possible to support local businesses. Brink said you can always expect quality with every visit to EnoBAR + Kitchen and the consistency will keep you coming back. “You can come in on a Monday and have one of our sirloin steaks and you can come back in on a Friday or Saturday and have that exact same dish and the flavour profile as well as the service and presentation will always be the same,” Brink said. “Myself and my whole kitchen staff take a lot of pride in the products we serve. Every dish that goes out

has to be done to the utmost best of their ability.” It’s safe to say the restaurant and lounge is breaking the hotel restaurant stereotype – now, it’s working to convince you of the same. “When you go out to have dinner and you’re discussing with your family, you never think about going to the Holiday Inn Winnipeg South to have dinner – it’s not typical,” Brink said. “We offer just as much if not more than a lot of the other fine dining restaurants in Winnipeg. People just don’t understand the calibre of a restaurant we have here.” For hours, location and more information, visit winnipegsouthholidayinn.com. j

Executive chef Eldon Brink said he and his staff have worked on bringing the restaurant up to speed with other successful dining spots “When myself and my sous chef designed this menu, we did a lot of research amongst other places around us when it came to presentation and what people were looking for,” Brink said. And the team did that – guests can enjoy appetizers such as sliders, fish tacos, mini stuffed Yorkshire puddings and a charcuterie board. The menu also boasts a variety of burgers and sandwiches, such as the roast beef melt and Tuscan chicken sandwich, and entrees including slow-roasted baby back ribs, Sriracha sirloin and Manitoba pickerel, a local favourite. The Saturday night prime rib

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D-Jay’s Restaurant | PROFILE

A St. James gem D-Jay’s Restaurant and Ichabod’s Lounge serves up family favourites that keep locals coming back

It’s safe to say many residents in Winnipeg’s St. James neighbourhood would be upset if D-Jay’s restaurant ever shut its doors. Luckily, the west Winnipeg staple is here to stay as the third generation of the family-owned establishment continues to serve up the mouthwatering pizza that first earned the restaurant its success when it opened as a pick-up and delivery joint in 1967.

shaker spice is not just chili flakes – we blend our own. Our chiffon cheesecake has been on the menu for 40-plus years – that was our mom’s. Some employees have brought us great recipes that have ended up on the menu and have been a staple for years. Our seafood chowder, for instance, a fellow from Nova Scotia made it and it was such a success that it’s still on the menu.”

Gaining popularity, then-owners and husband-wife duo Dennis and Jeannette Johnson, decided to expand, opening a larger sit-in restaurant with an extensive menu, which eventually included steak and seafood.

To plan your next visit to D-Jay’s Restaurant and Ichabod’s Lounge, visit djaysrestaurant.com. j

Heather Kristjansson is Dennis and Jeannette’s daughter and coowner of the restaurant alongside her brother Robert Johnson – their brother Michael Johnson, now deceased, also played a large role in the business. Kristjansson said the community of St. James is what keeps the restaurant going. “The community is really what built our business,” she said. “Even people that moved away still come back from Transcona and St. Vital and drive over to get a pizza.” Johnson agrees with his sister – you can’t take the community out of people, no matter how far away they go. “A St. James tradition is what we are,” he said. “You’ll get people phone and say, ‘we’re sitting on the tarmac, just landed, give me a pizza,’ and they come straight here for a pizza. It happens so many times.” Johnson’s kids are also involved on the floor in the restaurant, keeping the family tradition alive. But it’s not just third-generation staff; Johnson said there are many third-generation customers as well who have turned into life-long friends.

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“My mom came up with the sauce recipe, it’s a very unique sauce, and that was the building block,” said Kristjansson. “Even our pizza

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PROFILE | Olive Garden

A family favourite Olive Garden has given Winnipeggers a taste of Italy for nearly 30 years By Samara Funk When you’re craving Italian food (and a lot of it), the Olive Garden may come to mind. Olive Garden made its entrance in Winnipeg in 1989 with two locations. Received extremely well, those locations are still serving the community today – one in St. James near CF Polo Park and the other at Lagimodiere Boulevard and Reenders Drive near Kildonan Crossing. Since opening its doors, Olive Garden has become well-known for its all-you-can-eat freshly-baked bread sticks and mouthwatering salads or savoury soups. The menu boasts a large selection of signature pastas, tastes from the Mediterranean and plenty of desserts to finish things off. You can even create your own pasta bowl – choose from six specialty pasta options, five homemade sauces and five toppings for your own personalized masterpiece. “We understand that our guests can dine anywhere so we want to be the restaurant everyone chooses for all of their celebrations – big or small.” said Michelle Johannesson, general manager of Olive Garden - Polo Park. “We strive to give every guest a fantastic dining experience.” Johannesson has seen Olive Garden grow rapidly in Winnipeg throughout the years as both a customer and an employee. “The restaurants are growing in popularity because our guests appreciate our passion for 100 per cent guest delight,” said Johannesson. She also credits Olive Garden’s success to its devotion for classic Italian recipes and their exceptional service. “We always strive to exceed our guest’s experience,” said Johannesson. “People expect more from their hard-earned dollars and we are able to provide just that. Plus, our unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks keep our customers coming back.” The menu changes regularly while always providing a few favourites. Among the most popular dishes are the lasagna, fettucine alfredo and chicken parmesan. The made-in-house soups and sauces are also a big hit with guests.


Olive Garden has an excellent family atmosphere for dining in and now provides online ordering to pick-up and enjoy. To learn more, visit olivegarden.com. j




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PROFILE | Daltons

Brunch alert Daltons Restaurant is a gathering place for a glorious meal between breakfast and lunch

Weekends usually see family members going their separate ways, but Sunday brunch typically brings everyone back together. Daltons Restaurant sees that often. Inside the Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel, Daltons is packed every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for its brunch buffet. That’s why Cherry Ann Chandler, regional food and beverage director of the hotel, encourages you to either get there early or make a reservation.


The reason Daltons is so family friendly is its casual atmosphere. The food is more than casual fare, though. The brunch buffet features tastes you would experience at any other highend restaurant, but for a much more reasonable price.



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just in a different setting,” Chandler says. “So, we’re able to maintain costs and keep it down. Our regular Sunday brunch is only $21. You get the desserts, you get the pâtés that any other brunch would do.”

such as Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day,

The brunch also features classic breakfast food made from scratch with fresh seasonal ingredients, such as bacon and sausage, eggs benedict and hash browns. It boasts a salad and fruit bar as well as charcuterie. The dessert table includes a chocolate fountain.

and lunch buffets. Dinner is another

Another highlight is Daltons’ on-site carver, who specializes in both ice carving and vegetable carving and creates everything from animals to floral arrangements using food. The chefs at Daltons ensure brunch is extra special on and around holidays

and Thanksgiving. They even spice things up around Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. During the week, Daltons welcomes air travellers and locals alike to breakfast story. Chandler says the menu offers casual favourites and rotating specials. “We have steaks, we have shepherd’s pie, which people love. Our sandwich board is fabulous and we offer it with various sides. They’re awesome. It’s a bit more of a standard menu, but we do have to look out for our travellers as well.” Whether you’re marking a special event or enjoying a leisurely weekend, Daltons will help you make any Sunday a celebration. j


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PROFILE | McClelland

The Glass is Always Full Picking the right barware for your beer

Europe is known to be the beer brewing mecca of the world. This continent full of history, tradition, and rich architecture has shown the world the beauty of beer, including the best way to enjoy such a delicious beverage – in a glass. Many Canadians don’t realize that beer should always be enjoyed in a glass. Naturally fermented beer, on average, contains about 2.5 volumes of carbonation. Consequently if beer is drunk straight from the bottle or can, you are essentially putting a bottle of beer plus 2.5 bottles of gas in your stomach. That will definitely leave you feeling bloated. Beer is not meant to be consumed by the bottle. The gas that gives beer its bubbliness or effervescence is a natural aspect of fermentation. It is really intended that you explode some of that out when you pour it. This will give the beer the right taste, mouth feel, and greatly reduce the filling or “bloatingness” that can happen from the beer. Like wine, for optimum appreciation, you should drink beer from the right kind of glass. Ale is like red wine and Lager is like white wine. Ale is much more robust, aromatic, flavourful, whereas lager by comparison would be considered less robust. Thus, ale is well suited for a wideopen top glass. It should have a wider top than the height of the glass. A lager glass should be taller than wide. Different styles and characteristics of beer can be best accentuated by the right-shaped glass.


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healthier choices versus a life of convenience. We are becoming much more aware of the origins of, and how our food is produced and it is becoming very important for beer as well. If it is true that the longer these traditions have been practiced – the better or more perfect the outcome is – then the manner of enjoying a beer, as the Europeans have done and still do, should be met. Although far from the European ways of brewing, there are North American brewers that are influenced by traditional European beer styles. And the market share of import beer has tripled in the last 15 years and import beers are having greater access to the market now. That illustrates that we (as Canadians) are starting to look at the finer things in life and take care of and treat ourselves. The style, sophistication and knowledge of beer are rapidly gaining, creating more choices in the marketplace.j

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Winnipeg Old Country Sausage: a family tradition Submitted by Winnipeg Old Country Sausage The year is 1912. A German immigrant started a meat company in Winnipeg’s North End called Manitoba Sausage. As time went by, not only did the company grow, but so did its staff, bringing in a son and son-in-laws. By 1960, there were nephews and nieces involved. It had become a real family-run business – a family business that took a lot of pride making its product. From 1973 to 1978, many changes took place, not only in management, but in the product itself. In 1977, Manitoba Sausage’s production foreman and long-time employee of 41 years was let go. Ken Werner, president of Winnipeg Old Country Sausage Ltd., said his father didn’t want to see changes in the way the business was run, especially when it came to the formulation of the products. This led Werner’s father and two former Manitoba Sausage salesmen to open Winnipeg Old Country Sausage in February of 1979, making quality products the way they had been done years before.


In 1982, Winnipeg Old Country Sausage purchased Manitoba Sausage. Manitoba Sausage had not survived changing the product. Both companies were run until an addition was built onto the Manitoba Sausage plant in 1984 and the companies were combined. The business grew and ran the same way up to 1997, until Werner’s father passed away.



Werner had been with Manitoba Sausage and Winnipeg Old Country Sausage for a total of 21 years when he purchased the company


in January 1999. With help from his daughter and son-in-law, many changes have been made in the plant including renovations, new equipment and new smokehouses. Werner also introduced a foodhandling safety program, in addition to building the producer’s own microbiology lab. The only thing that didn’t change was the formula for making the sausage, giving not only a quality product but a safe product. Winnipeg Old Country Sausage is the only provincial meat plant in Manitoba to have such a program and lab. Today’s food consumers are changing how businesses think about food, with 100-mile diets and the trend toward supporting local producers. But not all food has changed – you can be always be confident about where your food comes from – Winnipeg Old Country Sausage’s meats are local, quality products with a taste you just can’t beat for those family dinners, barbecues and social events. “It is ironic that after 100 years, Manitoba Sausage and Winnipeg Old Country is once more a family-run business, which has been part of my family for a total of 75 years,” Werner said. “We are a small company with dedicated, hard-working employees and a quality, safe product.” Werner thanks the many customers that keep coming back to Winnipeg Old Country Sausage again and again. “And for those of you who haven’t tried our products, come taste what quality is.” j

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Camp Arnes: A place to build confidence and relationships

The summer camp experience is always a fun one, but Camp

15), paintball camp (ages 12 to 15) and Block Party – three

Arnes is making sure campers take away more than just

days and two nights of non-stop fun for those ages 11 to

good times. Its motto, “A place to grow,” hits the nail on the

17. For youth with a worker’s heart and passion for camp,

head – Camp Arnes is a place that builds confidence.

there’s Crew, a two-week program for ages 15 to 17 that

“The biggest thing is growing kids in their confidence and

strikes the perfect balance between work and play. The

helping them overcome their fears,” said Larissa Terry,

days are split between work projects, whether that’s helping

registrar and communications co-ordinator.

in the kitchen or with maintenance around the camp, and

Kids can gain that confidence through the activities Camp

activities that all campers enjoy. And then there’s Forge, a

Arnes offers through its summer programs such as archery,

ministry apprenticeship program for 18 to 25 year olds that

the zipline, the high ropes challenge course, laser tag,

helps develop skills and abilities in a faith-based community.

swimming and canoeing. For several years the camp has focused on encouraging creativity, which has led to a new and exciting initiative.

Terry said relationship building is also a huge part of the camp experience. “Our goal is to be with kids at the age of six when they start

“This year we’ve redone our arts and crafts into what’s

in Teddy Bear until they’re 21 and going through our Forge

called the Creator Studio,” said Terry. “We’ll have Lego,

program, so that’s 15 years to make lifelong friendships,”

musical instruments, chalkboards and all your typical crafts involving beads and string that kids normally take home from camp. It allows kids to express themselves however

Terry said. “More than half of kids come to camp on their own and make new friends entirely.”

they want and not in a set ‘here’s what we’re doing, suck it

Camp Arnes, which had its start in 1939, is an inter-

up’ kind of way.”

denominational Christian camp committed to presenting

and up: Teddy Bear camp for ages six to seven, Explorer

unforgettable adventure while providing an exceptional

camp for those eight to 10 years old, Challenger camp

environment that helps develop character and leadership

for ages 11 to 13, Stoker camp for 14 and 15 year olds and

skills and a respect for the world around us. It’s located


opportunities for children and youth to experience an

Ignite – a four-week leadership training program for ages

about an hour and 15 minutes north of Winnipeg. To learn


There’s a camp program for all children and youth ages six

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CBCRA’s Recycle Everywhere increases beverage container recycling across the province Since 2010, beverage container recycling in Manitoba has been on the rise. That was the year the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) was created. CBCRA is a not-for-profit, industry-funded organization whose membership includes beverage brand owners and distributors. The goal of the organization is to reach the government-mandated target of recovering 75 per cent of beverage containers sold into Manitoba. In order to reach that goal, CBCRA implemented the Recycle Everywhere program in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of beverage container recycling and ensure that it is as convenient as possible to recycle empty beverage containers no matter where you live, work or play. Recycle Everywhere has since partnered with restaurants, communities, municipalities, schools, businesses, institutions, parks, festivals and events throughout Manitoba to provide them with the best Recycle Everywhere bin for the space, free of charge. Recycle Everywhere promotes beverage container recycling wherever beverages are consumed, both


at home and away from home through extensive province-wide communications campaigns, outreach, educational programs and grass roots initiatives like the street team. The street team attends events throughout the year promoting beverage container recycling using Recycle Everywhere bins and providing games, giveaways and educational materials at events and festivals across the province. Restaurants across Manitoba are also eligible to receive free Recycle Everywhere bins to help improve recycling rates where beverages are sold. In fact, we have partnered with 170 restaurants across the province providing them with more than 1,000 Recycle Everywhere bins. This furthers Manitobans’ ability to recycle their empty beverage containers, no matter where they are. It doesn’t stop there. Recycle Everywhere started the RE101 program in 2013 that works with primary and secondary schools across the province to increase recycling levels in schools. Schools that register with RE101 are provided with free Recycle Everywhere bins, promotional materials and fun gear to get students involved. After just four years of running the program, RE101 was partnered with 92 per cent of all Manitoba schools, which means that 97 per cent of Manitoba students now have access to beverage container recycling as a result. Before the inception of CBCRA and its Recycle Everywhere program, the beverage container recovery rate in Manitoba was at 42 per cent. By the end of 2016 that number climbed to 70 per cent with more than 55,000 Recycle Everywhere bins placed across the province.


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Quintex Services: Committed to Manitoba more than 40 local charitable events per year. “We are fortunate to have fostered an environment of caring people who are not only capable of quality workmanship but are also dedicated in giving back to our community,” Quinton said. Quintex has adopted environmentallyfriendly products and policies, and continues to grow and evolve under seasoned management.

Since its founding in 1911, Quintex has remained committed to Manitoba businesses, the community and the environment. Quintex has been owned and managed by the Quinton family since Alec Quinton started Quinton Dye Works in Winnipeg over a century ago. His brother Sidney joined him in 1918 and in the early 1920s the firm entered the rapidly developing dry cleaning industry. It was at this time that Sidney Quinton (the grandfather of current president and CEO, David Quinton) gained full ownership of the company.


In the late 1960s the company expanded and diversified into the growing industrial uniform rental business. By 1985 that side of the business had grown large enough that a decision was made to establish a separate company – Quintex Services Ltd. The dry cleaning business was sold in 2002.



Quintex focuses on its central mission of offering a complete line of uniform rentals – including industrial workwear, executive and servicewear, pharmaceutical


and food-service garments, quality linens and tablecloths, walk off and personalized logo mats. David Quinton, owner, remains steadfast in his commitment to his team and his entire team has remained committed to the local community. So much so that they created the Q Crew, a company-wide volunteer group that gives their time at

Most recently Quintex has expanded to bring its retail division, which includes restaurant apparel, accessories and promotional items, online for ease of use for purchasers. Please visit www. quintexworkwear.com. There has been increased excitement amongst customers with the online custom stores that allow for easy ordering and complete flexibility. Customers can either process orders themselves at their own convenience or through one of our experienced sales and service representatives. Quintex is very proud to partner with so many quality local restaurants and hospitality venues within our province. Learn more at quintexservices.com. j

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First Rate POS Solutions helps Manitoba’s restaurant industry thrive Carl Field knows his way around a restaurant — he has more than 25 years’ total experience in the industry. After moving to Canada from England at the age of 16 in 1997, he worked as a manager for Perkins Restaurant & Bakery on Pembina Highway, a delivery driver for Domino’s Pizza and helped open the first Mongo’s Grill in Winnipeg. With the knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes, Field found success selling and supporting the Maitre’D point-ofsale (POS) solution for more than 10 years with both local and national dealers. Four years ago, he ventured out on his own to start his own business with his wife Amanda. First Rate POS Solutions is still family owned and operated today and employs a team of five. First Rate POS Solutions is a reseller for UniversalPOS, its flagship brand, and a true native retail and hospitality solution. The company is also a distributor for Universal in the western United States (and will be launching in the United Kingdom exclusively this fall). Quantum POS is First Rate’s own newlylaunched brand of iOS POS for the Apple iPad market. The company still carries Maitre’D POS and other value-added products including surveillance systems, alarms, guest paging, online ordering and many other integrated solutions to compliment the POS brands. Field said that First Rate POS Solutions has a large customer base throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan and beyond with more than 300 active accounts registered. That is likely a result of how he runs his business. “The business is based around the customer service model,” Field said. “This is our focus, providing 24-7-365 service direct back to our end users without using third-party call centres.” First Rate POS Solutions is a member of the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association, and is proud to do business with several fellow members including Salisbury House. First Rate also provides its systems and services to Assiniboia Downs, Diversity Food Services, The Merchant Kitchen, Pizzeria Gusto, The Grove Pub & Restaurant, The Cornerstone Bar & Restaurant, Johnny G’s and many other Manitoba restaurants. The company also provides hardware support service contracts to national brands in Winnipeg such as Tim Hortons.


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The MS Society of Canada Charity Partner of this year’s MRFA 30th Annual Golf Tournament Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world, with an estimated one in every 340 Canadians living with the disease. While it is most often diagnosed in young adults aged 15 to 40, younger children and older adults are also diagnosed with the disease. Currently there is no cure, but each day researchers are learning more about what causes MS and are zeroing in on ways to prevent it. The MS Society is dedicated to funding research and services that empower Canadians affected by MS. The money raised through the 2018 Manitoba Restaurant & Foodservices Association Golf Tournament will help fund several initiatives: Canadian MS research With your support, we are able to fund world-leading Canadian MS research that is integral to finding the cause and cure of MS. Programs and services Your support allows us to offer a variety of programs to help Canadians affected by MS effectively manage and cope with the disease. Advocacy work We are advocating for more flexible income and employment supports for Canadians affected by MS, caregiver supports, co-ordinated care and more investment from our governments in MS research. The mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is: • To be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life. About the MS Society We are here to help. No one needs to face MS alone. In communities across Canada, the MS Society provides information, support, educational events and other resources for people living with MS and their families. The MS Society provides services to people with multiple sclerosis and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. We have a membership of 17,000 and are the only national voluntary organization in Canada that supports both MS research and services. Since our founding in 1948, the core support of the MS Society has been from tens of thousands of dedicated individuals, companies and foundations in communities across Canada.


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The Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association (MRFA) The Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association (MRFA) is the uniting force for Manitoba’s restaurant industry. Bringing together our community, we impact legislation, cultivate relationships and provide valuable resources that support the sector as well as individual businesses. With our roots dating back to 1944, the MRFA is the recognized leader of Manitoba’s vibrant, growing and eclectic restaurant and food services sector consisting of 2,900 businesses that employ over 40,000 people and contribute well over $2 billion to our province’s GDP.

Why you should join? As a member, your voice is critical to the success of Manitoba’s restaurant and food services community. Your membership investment provides you with opportunities to: • Network and develop meaningful relationships with suppliers, industry leaders and your peers. • Meet and be mentored by people in the know. • Attend useful and topical information seminars and workshops.

Member Benefit Programs The MRFA can assist you in improving your bottom line through its various exclusive-to-member benefit programs. Stay tuned to our Member Benefits page on our website (mrfa.mb.ca/member-benefits/) for new and exciting member benefit announcements throughout the course of the year! • NEW! - Provincial Food Handler’s Certification Program discounts offered by the Manitoba Tourism Education Council (training and exam challenging).

• Access industry leading business-building tools.

• NEW! - As a member you qualify for a RestaurantOwner.com membership at a special rate of $199 (US) per year (a savings of $100 off the regular annual rate).

• Take advantage of special members-only pricing on products and services that can save you time and money.

• Free inclusion in MRFA’s member directory, the go-to member to member connection resource available online or in print.

• Stay on top of industry trends and issues. • Ensure that your voice is heard on policy/ political concerns and priorities that have the potential to impact your business and our industry in general.

• Member discounts from Carlyle Printers, Service & Supplies through the MRFA Buying Group Program. • Free paid subscription to Western Restaurant News courtesy of Mercury Publications. • Payworks payroll run discounts. • Contractor pricing for building supplies at RONA. • A 5% discount on all unlisted wines at G.J. Andrews Food and Wine Shoppe for all licensed members. • Restaurant specific incentives through Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart for business program for installation of equipment such as high-efficiency gas fryers and electric or gas steam cookers.


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LocalFare, MRFA’s Signature Restaurant Industry Magazine Your membership assures you of preferred advertising access and pricing to LocalFare, MRFA’s acclaimed publication that promotes Manitoba dining opportunities and experiences. Available in hard and electronic copy, LocalFare is delivered directly to over 40,000 homes throughout Manitoba. In addition it is also distributed by our partners including the Winnipeg Free Press, Travel Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg, Manitoba border crossing as well as hotels and restaurants throughout the province. The publication is produced in partnership with DEL Communications Inc.

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Information, Trade and Networking Events The MRFA is responsible for numerous member events during the course of the year including a signature industry trade show held in partnership with the Manitoba Hotel Association. The MRFA stages an annual golf tournament that attracts restaurant owners, managers, suppliers and service providers for a day of productive fun. The MRFA will be introducing a number of seminars and workshops in 2018 with our industry partners. These members-only events will cover such topics as restaurant finance, strategies for restaurants and businesses to capitalize on Manitoba’s tourism industry, digital security, and multiple sessions that focus on enhancing product knowledge.

HOW TO JOIN Online- Visit our website and fill out an online application at mrfa.mb.ca/online-application/ Mail it in – Fill out the attached form and mail it to us at: Manitoba Restaurant & Foodservices Association 5 – 130 Marion Street, Winnipeg, MB R2H 0T4 Questions? – Give us a call at (204) 783-9955 or send us at email at info@mrfa.mb.ca.

Access to a Wealth of Information Through its various communications vehicles, your membership investment in the MRFA opens your doors to a wealth of information ranging from legislation to new business initiatives and industry trends. We produce a monthly electronic newsletter that is sent to all our members. The newsletter covers topics of interest to the restaurant industry as well as an accounting of what we’ve been involved with over the past month. The MRFA also sends out relevant e-blasts to all members on relevant issues or alerts affecting our industry.

Advocacy We promote and protect industry interests and practices by monitoring legislative processes and advocating for policies that support our industry. High labour costs, increased exposure to liability and low profit margins in a highly competitive environment leave restaurateurs particularly vulnerable to bad public policy. By working and communicating with elected and senior government officials on a regular basis, the MRFA strives to ensure our industry is represented on all major issues affecting our industry. We are continually advancing concerns and seeking positive assurances and policy solutions from legislators including: • Lobbying to ensure minimum wage increases are reasonable and market driven. • Defining and limiting employer exposure and liability associated with the legalization of cannabis. • Involving our industry when identifying opportunities associated with the anticipated introduction of cannabis edibles. • Seeking clarity and balance related to the implementation of Manitoba’s new accessibility laws (introduction set for November 2018). • The provision of uninterrupted repacking services for licensees from Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries (2018 and beyond).

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Pizza Express Brandon

Assiniboine Community College

Four Seasons Chinese Food

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Gaffer’s Restaurant and Banquet Centre

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Selkirk Golf & Country Club............................................... 13

Assiniboine Park Cafe............................................................ 51

Ichiban Japanese Steak House........................................ 21

Silver Heights Restaurant.................................................... 62

Assiniboine Park Conservancy........................................ 53

Independent Distillers Canada....................................... 21

Sleepy Owl Bread.................................................................... 22

Backwoods VW Rehab Centre......................................... 19

Inferno’s Bistro........................................................................... 31

Smitty’s........................................................................................... 43

Bailey’s Restaurant & Bar.........................................................3

Inn Keepers – Super 8 Winnipeg East......................... 31

Sorrento’s Pizza on Grant.................................................... 75

Bellamy’s Restauraunt & Bar.............................................. 86

Lakeview Group of Companies...................................... 60

South Beach Casino............................................................... 17

Brito Contract Sales................................................................ 55

Larters At St. Andrews.......................................................... 55

Stella’s.............................................................................................. 15

C.B.C.R.A......................................................................................... 74

Manitoba Egg Farmers..............................................10 & 11

Steve’s Bistro..................................................................................8

Camp Arnes................................................................................ 73

Manitoba Liquor & Gaming Authority...................... IBC

Super Deluxe Pizzeria............................................................ 75

Carelsfield Inn Bed & Breakfast........................................ 31

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries............................................. 35

Swan Lake First Nation Gaming Centre..................... 15

CDEM...................................................................................... 30, 81

Manitoba Pork........................................................................... 41

Sysco................................................................................................ 62

City Bread Co. Ltd.................................................................... 35

McClelland Premium Imports.......................................... 69

Tall Grass Prairie Bakery........................................................ 19

Dalnavert Museum................................................................. 36

Molson Coors................................................................................5

Tenderloin Meat & Sausage.............................................. 19

D-Jays Restaurant.................................................................... 63

Mona Lisa..................................................................................... 57

The Clay Oven........................................................................... 17

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Mulvey Flea Market................................................................ 54

The Keg Restaurant & Bar................................................... 81

Downtown Winnipeg Biz................................................... 13

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The Original Pancake House.................................45, OBC

ERA Bistro...................................................................................... 39

Olympia Diner........................................................................... 15

The Spicy Radish Cafe........................................................... 24

Fatburger Canada.................................................................... 59

Oscar’s Deli.................................................................................. 42

Travel Manitoba........................................................................ 23

First Rate POS Solutions....................................................... 79

Pepsi Beverages Canada..................................................... 62

Williams Restaurant Equipment..................................... 42

Food & Beverage Manitoba......................................... 6 & 7

Prairie Fruit Growers Association................................... 37

Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce............................... 34

Food Development Centre............................................... 17

Quintex Services...................................................................... 77

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