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From burgers to potatoes, foodie theme weeks are transforming the local culinary scene


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Localfare 8 Message from the Executive Director of the MRFA, Shaun Jeffrey 10 Flavour of the week

How foodie theme weeks have transformed the culinary scene in Manitoba

18 Lots to choose from

Manitoba has a dining spot for just about any occasion

28 Mocktail mania

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32 The plant alternatives

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he culinary scene in Manitoba has been thriving for a long time, and this year is no exception. With new restaurants opening frequently and staples of the restaurant community continuing to serve up their best, dining out in Manitoba remains full of possibilities for restaurateurs and patrons alike.

2019 leads up to Manitoba’s 150th anniversary next year, and we know our members and the restaurant industry at large are looking forward to putting their own creativity to good use to help celebrate the province’s birthday bash. Over the past few years, both Manitoba and Winnipeg have been gaining international attention as a hot tourism destination, and our culinary scene plays a huge role in that hype. We have something for everyone, from comfort food classics to elevated dining experiences to trendy pop up events, all representing a diverse array of cultures and food styles. This year’s LocalFare highlights some of the great spots right here in Manitoba to get out and enjoy a meal. Service, ambiance, and diligently crafted dishes and cocktails are all factors that help complete the restaurant experience. While takeout and delivery-style dining has been rising in popularity in our province in recent years, nothing compares to the full experience of going out to eat. Check out the vibe of that exciting new restaurant that’s doing something new and now. Relish in the comfort of your favourite local eatery that does everything just the way you like and the servers know you by name. Restaurant hop during one of the many themed weeks to find the best burger, poutine, potato dish, and more. No matter what kind of dining experience you are looking for, Manitoba’s restaurants have something for you. I am very proud to represent this exciting industry along with the rest of the MRFA team and board, and we look forward to continuing to support restaurants and food service throughout Manitoba. Cheers to this great food scene we call home. j


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Flavour of the week How foodie theme weeks have transformed the culinary scene in Manitoba


By Shayna Wiwierski





or many Winnipeggers, their favourite week in the city is the first one in September.

Yes, it’s the end of summer and Labour Day long weekend is on the horizon (not to mention, a few more weeks before Starbucks launches their Pumpkin Spice Lattes), but that particular week is home to Le Burger Week. Le Burger Week, which started in Montreal and is now held in 13 regions around the world, is a week-long festival that celebrates the art of the hamburger. Now entering its seventh year in Winnipeg (and Kenora), 120 restaurants across the area create original burgers where participants visit, eat, and then vote for their favourites online. “Le Burger Week started with me and a friend, Na’eem [Adam], who is the cofounder, having an argument over what’s the best burger in town in Montreal and we had very firm positions,” says Thierry Rassam, cofounder of People Mover Technologies, which organizes Le Burger Week and La Poutine Week. “We took this as a serious debate and thought about, you know having a kind of a contest, make it fun, people participate and chefs create something that showcases their creativity and skills. Make it last a week so people can vote online for their favourites and there will be one favourite that is voted by the public and the debate will be over.” Little did Rassam and Adam know how popular and massive the event would turn into. They quickly branched the festival into Quebec City the next year and then a year after Winnipeg joined on. Now, Le Burger Week is held across Canada, the United States, and Haiti. Winnipeg ended up getting involved in Le Burger Week thanks to a group of food bloggers, the Charcoal Collaborative, run by brother and sister trio Daniel, Arielle, and Sarah Gurevich, as well as brother-in-law Brett Howe. Rassam and Adam were looking for a local group to pioneer the event in Winnipeg and since the Charcoal Collaborative had connections within the industry, they were a natural fit to run the event here locally.

1. Le Burger Week, which is held across Canada, the U.S., and in Haiti, is organized locally by the Charcoal Collaborative, a group of food bloggers. Seen here is VG Restaurant’s 2018 entry, The Friendly Manitoban. Photo by VG Restaurant. 2. The Saddlery on Market’s Bison Mac ‘n’ Cheese Burger 2.0 was voted one of the most popular burgers last year in the competition. Photo courtesy of Saddley on Market.

3. The Gates on Roblin’s 2018 Le Burger Week entry was one of the competition’s most decadent. The G-Unit featured an eight-ounce Wagyu beef burger stuffed with 18-month aged gouda cheese on a bed of balsamic bacon chutney, topped with tomato ‘caviar’, seared foie gras torchon, and a 24K gold leaf. It was served on a house-made, truffle-infused brioche bun. Photo by Whitney Adkinson. 4. Le Burger Week is a week-long festival that celebrates the art of the hamburger. Seen here is Pizzeria Gusto’s 2018 entry, The Vecchio Paese. Photo by Brett Howe.

Potahto Week, which happens the last week in February, showcases Manitoba-grown potatoes done up in innovative ways. Seen here is the Lobster Poutine from 529 Wellington.

“Some of what we did was cover certain culinary events, such as Raw Almond and other [ones] going on around the city,” says Daniel Gurevich, Winnipeg Le Burger Week ambassador. “So, when the founders of Le Burger Week, Thierry and Na’eem, were looking to expand into other cities, they reached out to some of their connections and asked who some great people would be to take this on in Winnipeg. Luckily, mine and my sisters’ names got tossed out there.” For the Winnipeg market, the Charcoal Collaborative is responsible for everything and anything to do with the week here in the city. That includes the logistics, getting the restaurants to sign up, communicating with the restaurants throughout the week itself and everything prior. Registration started for the 2019 week in late May and they only allow approximately 120 restaurants to sign

Unlike Le Burger Week and La Poutine Week, restaurants are not charged a registration fee to participate, and this past year Peak of the Market actually supplied each restaurant with 100 pounds of Manitoba-grown potatoes for free.

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up. Although they do not have a specific theme in general because they want restaurants to be creative, Le Burger Week organizers mentioned that this year they are encouraging a vegetarian/vegan aspect. “With all the trend behind the [Beyond Meat burger], it is important to have some restaurants present some vegetarian/vegan burger [options],”says Jean-Phillppe Doan Vu, project manager for La Poutine Week and Le Burger Week, People Mover Technologies Inc. “It’s also a demand that we have from the public.”

Gurevich says that now in its seventh year, although the demand is high to sign up, they have to cap the number of restaurants to keep it fair to those participating. He says that in their first year they had 20 restaurants sign on, and in year three or four that’s when it started to double and triple in size as people caught on and saw that it was a good opportunity to be creative and get more people in the door. Doan Vu adds that this year they want to give back to the community of Winnipeg and will be donating $1 of every burger sold to a cause or organization.


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“The cause will be revealed soon,” says Doan Vu. “We did this experience here in Quebec and a cheque of $15,000 was given to Anorexia and Bulimia of Quebec.” The Saddlery on Market was voted one of the most popular burgers last year in the competition. Their Bison Mac ‘n’ Cheese Burger 2.0 is a half-pound chuck patty with their famous mac ‘n’ cheese with bison in it. It also has sautéed onions, jalapenos, chipotle mayo, pico de gallo, and bacon on it as well. 2018 was their second year participating in the competition and they actually offered the same burger in 2017, which quickly sold out thanks to the demand. “We did the Bison Mac ‘n’ Cheese in the first year, but none of us had done a Burger Week before and we didn’t know what to expect. We got killed,” says Roula Alevizos, general manager of Saddlery on Market. “So, we perfected it and brought it out again and I think we did pretty good. It was a really, really good burger if I say so myself. We actually added it to the menu since we had a lot of people asking us if they could have it.” Those that have enjoyed Le Burger Week know that it’s best to get there early as many people tend to make it a group affair travelling to many different restaurants and sampling the various options. Although it’s very much about the burgers, the week is a great opportunity to showcase different restaurants to new customers. Alevizos says that they see a lot of people that they haven’t seen before since many who come through the doors aren’t familiar with the restaurant and are excited to try something different. “You see a lot of faces you haven’t seen before and a lot of people come in groups and share burgers,” says Alevizos. “You’ll get a table of four and share two burgers since they’ll try four or five burgers [from different restaurants]; I don’t know how they do that.” Due to the popularity of Le Burger Week, the same organizers have come out with La Poutine Week, which took place in

Winnipeg February 1-7, 2019. This was the second year that they have held this week and both Rassam and Gurevich says that it did well in Winnipeg. There were 85 restaurants that signed up in 2019, and although it wasn’t done in the same scale as Le Burger Week, they both noted that there was a good response from Winnipeggers. Seeing how massive Le Burger Week was, Peak of the Market took their Potahto campaign and transformed it into a week as well, which showcases Manitobagrown potatoes done up in innovative ways. “Potahto Week had our second annual week this year,” says Pamela Kolochuk, chief financial officer of Peak of the Market. “It came about because we were looking for ways to introduce Manitoba to the potato in a fun way and there were already things going on like Le Burger Week. We were trying to find a way to get Manitobans excited about the potato again.”

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seeing the different innovative and unique creations that restaurants came up with, including a latte served in a potato, as well as potato ice cream.

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Kolochuk says the whole campaign came out about because there had been bad press about the potato. The whole purpose is to spread awareness about the health qualities inside the vegetable and make sure that people could see that the potato is diverse and can be made in a variety of different ways. Initially, Peak of the Market came up with a marketing campaign, which included a cool name (Potahto) and the writing and pronunciation around it. She says that in the beginning no one knew it was Peak of the Market behind the campaign and once people started talking about it, they saw a way to spread the message further. And thus, Potahto Week was born. Potahto Week happens the last week of February, and in 2019 they had 87 restaurants participate (they will be doing it again in 2020 from February 21 to March 1). Unlike Le Burger Week and La Poutine Week, restaurants are not charged a registration fee to participate and this past year they actually supplied each restaurant with 100 pounds of Manitobagrown potatoes for free.

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fter the deep freeze of winter 2018/19 and a chilly spring, Manitobans are finally shedding their winter coats and embracing all that our Prairie summers have to offer. Sure, binge-watching the latest true crime docu-series on Netflix is fun and all, but so is grabbing a group of friends or your family and spending time together outside those four walls you call home.

For those special occasions…

Whether it’s to socialize or just plain ‘ol convenience, summertime is synonymous with eating out. It could be happy hour after the office, a graduation dinner, or a family outing to one of the amazing restaurants and attractions that our great province has to offer.

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Statistics Canada reported in January 2019 that most Canadians eat out or purchase take-out food. Fifty-four per cent eat out once a week or more, and the main reasons for eating out are convenience and socializing. The meals eaten out most often are lunch at 33 per cent and dinner at 49 per cent. Although the point of eating out is to essentially eat outside your home, going to an actual restaurant is more than just eating the food. It’s about sharing a special moment with a friend, family member, or colleague. It gives you something to look forward to, whether that’s taking in an awesome meal, socializing with friends, getting dressed up with your gal pals for a night on the town, or a third date with the girl you’re totally into. If you’re looking for the perfect spot for patio weather, special occasions, lounges and more, then we did all the work for you, highlighting some of the best local spots our great province has to offer.


Rae and Jerry’s is the perfect location for making an impression. The historic dining room and lounge has been around for over 60 years and is famous for its nostalgic decor and ambiance.




From weddings to graduations, engagement parties, anniversaries, birthdays and more, Manitoba is home to a number of fabulous spots that make any event extra special. No doubt, when you want to make a celebratory outing memorable, take your date to 529 Wellington, which is the only restaurant in the city where you will find Canadian Prime beef. Pair your delectable picked out by their in-house sommelier for a dinner that you’ll be talking about for years to come.

Winnipeg is also home to a number of other fabulous steakhouses, including the VG Restaurant at The Fairmont Winnipeg (they also do an amazing Sunday brunch!), Hy’s Steakhouse, the iconic Rae and Jerry’s, and Carne Italian Chophouse, which is one of few restaurants in the city to serve Wagyu beef. If you are looking for a more rustic prairie feel, then The Gates on Roblin is the perfect location to celebrate just about any special occasion (they also do a fab Sunday brunch), located just 20 seconds beyond the perimeter. On the other end of the city, Pineridge Hollow is just a hop, skip, and a jump away, located in Bird’s Hill Provincial Park and features fresh farm to table cuisine that is sure to impress your date (plus, they have farm animals on site, such as goats and pigs, perfect if you’re bringing the kids with you). If your sweet tooth is kicking in, then you must pop by Baked Expectations in Osborne Village for a slice of Schmoo Torte and other delectable goodies.

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For those 30-degree days… Manitobans love to embrace a good patio and luckily our province is home to some pretty fabulous ones. Pizzeria Gusto on Academy Road expanded their dining room a few years ago, but the woodfired pizza restaurant, which has also been named Top 50 Best Restaurants in Canada by Macleans magazine, has a wonderful patio that lets you take in the sights of the city’s charming River Heights neighbourhood. A little further east, Café 22 on Corydon Avenue is the perfect spot for a cold cervesa, while in the best people-watching area in the city. Another great spot for people watching is Peasant Cookery, whose patio is right across from Old Market Square in the Winnipeg’s famous Exchange District. Stop by on a Wednesday night during one of the many summer festivals taking place in the area for buck-a-shuck oyster night and a glass of vino.

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When you want to destress after a long day at the office…

minute…), both Boston Pizza and Earls (both with multiple locations around the province) offer happy hours for both

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Resto Gare, located in a 1913 St. Boniface train station complete with a train car, serves up some of the best French cuisine in Winnipeg.

in large, family-style portions. The spot also has a beautiful patio out back and is located in a converted house, adding to the charm of the location. cocktail, Manitoba has tons of options to wet your whistle. Earls Main Street is an institution for a good time. Grab a seat in the lounge if you want to be seen or if you’re there to take in a game on one of them many screens around the bar. Same goes with Shark Club in CityPlace mall, which is a great stop before a concert at Bell MTS Place, located just a hop, skip, and a jump away (plus, they have licensed gambling if you’re feeling lucky). In the Exchange District, Corrientes Argentine Pizza is the perfect spot to hit up before a show at the Centennial Concert Hall. Their Argentinian pizza can also be made gluten-free or vegan, and they offer an awesome patio as well. Another great choice before a show is Saddlery on Market, which is located a couple streets over on Market Avenue in the Great West Saddlery Warehouse, originally built in 1898. The restaurant serves up homey, comfort food made with ingredients from the region. A little farther east, The Forks Market has quickly become a popular spot for both eating, drinking, and shopping. Grab a cold


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one at The Common, located smack dab in the middle in the market. The whole space is licensed so you can walk around and shop with your beer or wine (plus, they just opened a patio this past May). Afterwards, make your way over to SMITH at Inn at The Forks for one of the city’s most stylish lounges, complete with rustic décor and Hudson’s Bay motifs. If you’re looking to really make an impression…. How many times can you say you have dined in a 100-year-old train car? Resto Gare, located in the Winnipeg’s French quarter, St. Boniface, serves up creative, healthy, and affordable French dishes, made from local suppliers and farmers. Not too far away is Chaise Café & Lounge, which is on Provencher Blvd. and offers up prix fixe packages where they serve food

Another French restaurant that also makes a statement is Mon Ami Louis, open seasonally on the city’s iconic Esplanade Riel bridge that connects St. Boniface to The Forks. This brasserie offers some of the city’s most beautiful views and is conveniently located in the middle of Winnipeg’s most popular tourist attractions. If you are looking for unbridled elegance, grab a cocktail at the Palm Lounge inside The Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre. This iconic lounge in the city is the perfect place to grab a cocktail, either after work or on a date, while listening to live music played nightly. They also have a wonderful food menu with seasonal dishes that will surely make an impression. If you would rather learn how to cook the actual food itself, DeLuca’s offers their popular Cooking Studio out of their

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Today’s mocktail menus have much more to choose from than just a Shirley Temple By Amanda Lefley


he Internet saying still rings true – no great story ever started with someone eating a salad. But recent trends show that more are not beginning with alcohol either.

Growing in popularity is the availability of zero per cent alcoholic beverages and vivacious mocktail menus. The world’s most notable brands are getting behind the movement, visible in Budweiser’s Prohibition advertisements. The number of restaurants with an extensive mocktail menu is growing, and pop-up bars serving mocktails are quite literally popping up everywhere. Josey Krahn, head bartender at Tiny Bar in Winnipeg, is one of the organizers of such an event – Good Food No Booze which took place May 14, 2019. Together with Chef Ben Kramer, Krahn hosted the event where guests enjoyed a four-course dinner accompanied with four non-alcoholic pairings. “It made sense to do a dinner for those who don’t drink alcohol, but still wanted that multi-course dining experience,” Krahn said. “All of the mocktails were made with ingredients and techniques that I have been working with to get a similar feel to an alcoholic drink without having alcohol in them. This way guests can still enjoy the entire experience without having to have a hangover or whatever goes along with alcohol consumption.” Krahn explained his take on the influx of mocktails and non-alcoholic beverages in the market, stating that it’s not a trend. And, with the Province of Manitoba’s tough stance on drinking and driving, that means there’s lots of other choices on the menu that allows drivers to refrain from drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel. According to the Province of Manitoba’s website, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration between .05 and .08 can receive an immediate three-day driver’s licence suspension or a seven-day suspension if they are under the age of 16. With subsequent convictions, the consequences rise accordingly with the maximum penalties, including a lifetime licence suspension, vehicle forfeiture, as well as criminal charges. In all instances, drivers are responsible for towing and storage

costs, provincial impoundment fees, licence reinstatement charges, an assessment of alcohol/drug use by the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba at their own expense, as well as an increase in both their Autopac and licence premiums. The growth of mocktail menus and non-alcoholic beverage choices is a direct response to the customer’s needs according to Krahn. He said those wanting to abstain from alcohol, for whatever reason, are more comfortable with voicing their needs and the hospitality industry being what it is – hospitable – is obliging. “Bars are not only a place for people who want to drink alcohol. For the last couple years that’s really showed up in mainstream bars through really good options for people who aren’t drinking. They don’t feel excluded from the experience of going to a really nice cocktail bar or a really nice restaurant,” said Krahn. “I really don’t think that it’s a trend. People are moving towards having more awareness of their own health and wellness, and for some people that includes cutting out drinking, but they still enjoy going out with their friends. There’s lots of room for non-alcoholic cocktails and I think it just makes the whole industry better.” DrinkSense is a Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries program with the objective of helping customers have lower risk and positive experience with alcohol. Dan Eliasson, manager, social responsibility programs corporate responsibility with Liquor & Lotteries, says promoting mocktails is a great way for those who choose not to drink to feel part of a social gathering. His team has hosted two pop-up bars dedicated to serving mocktails in Winnipeg. Combined, the two events served 2,700 mocktails to the public. He also spoke eloquently about the zero per cent beverage market, explaining that larger brands such as Anheuser-Busch InBev have set notable goals specifically for the sales of their non-alcoholic products. “The beer companies themselves, Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch InBev, are some of the big drivers, as well as Heineken. Companies like Anheuser-Busch have come out and said that they want zero per cent

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In addition to offering the majority of their cocktail menu without alcohol, Moxie’s Grill & Bar Polo Park currently has three specialty mocktails, two of which are seen here, that have been carefully crafted, are a little unique, and are proving to be very popular with customers.

beer products to account for 20 per cent of their volume by 2025. Heineken has talked about growth in their zero per cent beer products, which is about 10 per cent in the United Kingdom already,” explained Eliasson. “Those are pretty big beer manufacturers that are investing a lot of money in advertising and selling these products.” In the past, mocktails have had a seemingly unfavourable perception in the public eye, which is mainly due to the fact there hasn’t been much in terms of selection. The truth of today is that mocktails have as many different recipes as any vermouth cocktail – maybe even more.


“People traditionally think of mocktails as a Shirley Temple because for the longest time that was the only non-alcoholic drink other than Coke or water someone could really order from a menu,” said Eliasson. “Regardless of whether people are drinking mocktails to avoid alcohol-related risks or to enjoy the flavour, there’s a number of restaurants and organizations that are jumping on the mocktail train and taking the opportunity to create those unique flavours for their customers.”



Eliasson added that Manitoba Liquor Marts are also responding to the increase in demand for these types of low and non-alcoholic products.


“Today, we offer customers a selection of 11 different zero per cent beers and refreshment beverages with plans to expand this to over 30 different products by the end of the year,” he said. “People who traditionally haven’t shopped at a Liquor Mart for zero per cent beers and mocktail-type beverages might be surprised at the great selection that will be available to them this year.” Anton Pradinuk, general manager at Moxie’s Grill & Bar Polo Park, concurs with Eliasson, saying bartenders spend a lot of time deciding on ingredients, making the drink itself, as well as choosing appropriate garnishes. In addition to offering the majority of their cocktail menu without alcohol, they currently have three specialty mocktails that have been carefully crafted, are a little unique, and are proving to be very popular with customers. “We have a Rosemary Grapefruit Tonic which is super popular right now, and our Craft Lemon Pineapple Soda. The Pineapple Soda is a four-ingredient touch that includes fresh mint and a pineapple syrup that we special order and isn’t available over the counter. It makes the offering special,” said Pradinuk. “It’s our brand standard to make every guest feel special, whether that’s a non-alcoholic offering or an actual cocktail, it’s crafted the same way. Bartenders make them to order, there’s no batch recipes.” j

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alternatives Meatless menu options on the rise in Manitoba By Ashlee Espenell


ow do you like your steak? Who makes your favourite burger? Or are you one of the over two-million Canadians who are now vegetarians?

A 2018 study from Dalhousie University revealed that the number of vegetarians in Canada has more than doubled in the last 15 years. Another 850,000 are vegans. To put those numbers into context, there are now more vegetarians in Canada than there are Manitobans. There are more vegans than there are Winnipeggers. As our dietary choices change, so too do our expectations from food industry professionals. It’s not just the demand for fruits and vegetables, more and more diners are looking for plant-based protein to substitute for traditional meat sources. The growing trend of moving beyond meat The most publicized plant-based protein product in Canada is the Beyond Burger, produced by Beyond Meat in California. The 100 per cent meatless patty, made primarily from peas, launched into Canada-wide consciousness in 2018 through a successful marketing campaign with A&W Canada. They brought the Beyond Meat Burger to millions of diners and sold out of the product across the country in just weeks. A&W followed up on that burger success by introducing the Beyond Meat Sausage & Egger to their breakfast menu in March 2019.


Before A&W brought the Beyond Burger to public attention, Sysco Canada was already offering the product to restaurants across the country. They were the first supplier to offer Beyond Meat in Manitoba when they launched it in March 2018, and it has been a good seller ever since. localfare


“Research by Datassentials tells us that two per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegan, but 25 per cent call themselves a


flexitarian [flexible vegetarians],” said Greg Prokopowich, director business resources for Sysco Prairies. “The movement is being driven by the growing demographic groups of Millennials and Generation Z, who Datassentials estimates will make up 64 per cent of Canada’s population by 2020.” The food industry recognizes this, and in many cases the manufacturers are getting ready for it and are adapting now, adds Christine Moroz, vice-president of merchandising for Sysco Prairies. “They’re investing in companies who are experts in environmental responsibility and sustainable development practices,” she said. Sysco’s continuous and comprehensive market research ensures they’re always in tune with the consumer trends and social changes that affect how they and their customers do business. In the fall of 2018, when the supply of Beyond Burgers temporarily disappeared, Sysco chefs developed a new product to help meet that growing demand for plant-protein sources: the Flex Burger. Made from half beef and half vegetables, the Flex Burger is a hybrid solution with easy-to-pronounce ingredients consumers have actually heard of. Not only does it help meet the growing demand for flexitarian dining options, it also presents a promising partnership opportunity for agricultural producers. Sysco expects to increase the promotion of their Flex Burger to their restaurant clients throughout the rest of 2019. Making menus with something for everyone Finding menu items suited to vegetarian, vegan, and flexitarian diets is starting to get easier. “The real reason a chef makes food for people is to give something special to those people. When you see someone who is happy eating what you’ve cooked it gives you an amazing feeling. If we can do it, why not make options that work for everyone?” said Alfonso Maury, owner of Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria in Winnipeg’s

Whether their reasons are ethical, financial, health, or environmental, the reality is more and more Manitobans are spending their time and dollars on plant-based alternatives. Seen here are the spinach empanadas from La Pampa.

Meat and vegetarian empanadas from La Pampa. Photo by Alfonso Maury.

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Exchange District and of La Pampa Gourmet Empanadas in St. Vital. “We get parties with different preferences, where one wants beef and another is a vegan, and we want to have something to give all of them. We want all of them to enjoy the food and the experience.” Corrientes’ selection of homemade pizzas and empanadas, both with meat and without, are a nod to Argentinian culture, but they’ve taken care to ensure that the traditional fare meets the varied dietary requirements of their Manitoban customers. They offer nine vegetarian pizzas and vegans can substitute the standard Bothwell cheeses for the restaurant’s homemade vegan creamy cheese sauce. Their homemade empanadas, available at both La Pampa and Corrientes, have vegan shells and are offered in seven vegetarian and three vegan flavours. Maury and his team aren’t the only ones bringing in more veggiefriendly options. Several other local establishments and even national chain restaurants are beginning to offer similar, plant-based protein foods. Moxie’s Grill & Bar has a Portobello Veggie Burger with a full marinated mushroom cap, whereas The Keg Steakhouse + Bar has a Crispy Fried Cauliflower starter that mimics chicken wings, as well as an oven-roasted Mediterranean Cauliflower main dish. Earls restaurants in Manitoba also offers a plant-based menu for

Corrientes’ selection of homemade pizzas and empanadas can be made for vegetarian and vegan diners.

diners in all three of their locations. It features appetizers, salads, bowls, and burgers with something to suit most tastes. Vinnies Hot Foods, with two locations including one in Selkirk, has recently completed a certification called PlantPure, where they have dishes available that are vegan to the extreme, right down to the kind of oil and cooking methods they use. The East India Company also has many vegetarian and vegan options available. Even spots that don’t cater specifically to vegetarians often have options. Outside Winnipeg, Pineridge Hollow does a Black Bean Burger and a Cauliflower Taco. Sand Hills Casino in Carberry has a vegetarian burger option and Gaffer’s in Lockport has a Garden Burger, which features a black bean, rice, and sweet corn patty. Whether their reasons are ethical, financial, health, or environmental, the reality is more and more Manitobans are spending their time and dollars on plant-based alternatives. While there are still far more meat dishes to choose from on most menus, Manitoban restaurants seem to be expanding their plant-based offerings more each month. Not only does that adaptability make it easier for them to accommodate changing dietary requirements, it means an increasingly diversified menu with a perfect dish for every guest. j



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An intimate affair Unique and intimate wedding receptions can be found at your favourite restaurant By Amanda Lefley Restaurant receptions are an awesome alternative for couples that have a more modest number of guests. Photo by Monique Pantel.

due to the differentiated experience they can provide. “It’s something more intimate feeling, smaller scale, and by default a little more unique,” Polinsky explained. “Couples are definitely looking to break away from what’s conventional. We see that a lot with moving away from religious institutions as part of a wedding day or being incorporated as part of the wedding whatsoever. Couples are moving towards nondenominational. I think all encompassing it’s not only about being unique and looking to do something special or something that stands out, but it’s also a cost factor.”



pecial events are supposed to be just that, special. A gathering that’s totally unique, memorable, intimate, and a reflection of the person or couple it’s hosted in honour of. That’s why the venue check list is starting to see a few new additions for those hosting a special event or wedding with approximately 100 guests.



Growing in popularity over the past three years is renting restaurants for wedding receptions. In Winnipeg this is the case for many local hot spots such as SMITH Restaurant, Pizzeria Gusto, Cibo, Peasant Cookery, and Hermanos, just to name a few. Owner and event planner of Alli Mae Fresh Events, Allison Polinsky has been in the business of wedding planning for the past 10 years. She says she has noticed a shift towards restaurants for wedding receptions


The average cost of a wedding in Manitoba according to Polinsky is $30,000, with that price range sliding upwards of $70,000 to $125,000 for a guest list in excess of 200 to 300 people. She says that number isn’t realistic for many members of the population and feels restaurant receptions are an awesome alternative for couples that have a more modest number of guests. “Restaurants have delicious food and beverage, and what a lot of my couples love about restaurants is that they are already beautifully Restaurants venues like SMITH, as well as Pizzeria Gusto on Academy Road provide couples with the ability to customize certain aspects of their weddings. Photo by Prairie & Pine Studios.

done,” Polinsky said. “They have beautiful esthetics, beautiful tables and chairs, wall art, crown molding, all of those elements exist. They’re not worried about decorating a vacant space. That has a huge value for people time and time again.” She’s also seen couples use a restaurant reception for sentimental reasons, whether it’s the location from a first date, the proposal itself, or a family-favourite where many previous milestones have been celebrated. But most of all, restaurant receptions are a differentiated experience for the guests. “I think it’s all about prioritizing guest experience. People love walking into a space and feeling cozy and homey and welcome,” Polinsky said. “It allows you to have a nice, private space.” While hosting a wedding reception at a restaurant can offer an array of unique aspects to a couples upcoming wedding, there are a few key elements that need




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SMITH Restaurant at Inn at the Forks hosted their first wedding two years ago, and in 2019 they have five weddings booked at their location.

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to be considered before securing it as a venue. Polinsky says a restaurant location is not as turnkey as one might think. She advises couples that if they choose a restaurant as their venue they are committed to their wedding plan. The nature of their location means there’s limited ways to grow to accommodate more guests, and in some instances, it’s not ideal to change an already agreedupon menu. She also says it’s important for couples to think about the location for their ceremony as not all restaurants will be able to accommodate that portion of the wedding day, or what they can offer is not what the couple desires.


SMITH Restaurant at Inn at the Forks hosted their first wedding two years ago, and in 2019 they have five weddings booked at their location. Manager Sarah Szabo explained that she thinks couples are looking for an atmosphere that’s fun, provides diverse menu options, and most of all, a memorable experience.



“The food plays a big part of it. It’s not your typical banquet style and it’s fun for the couple to branch out with some different options. We’ve also hosted some corporate events as well and if you’re entertaining clients, the venue sticks out in their mind a little bit more. They’ll remember that event or remember you just because it’s something different to do,” said Szabo. “Service plays a huge part


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as well. It’s a little more personal. What’s been really popular are signature cocktails for the events. It can be anything from the bride’s favourite drink or something completely crafted by our bartenders. Those have been really, really popular. People love that idea.” Szabo also says couples have specifically chosen SMITH because of the intimate atmosphere the restaurant provides. “We have quite a few different spaces within the restaurant. We have the dining room and further back we have a Solstice Room and it’s very much like a cabin with wooden walls and wooden floors,” Szabo explained. “When you’re in a large group setting some people want to go dance and others might want to slip off and have a more private conversation, so here there is something for everybody.” Restaurants venues like SMITH, as well as Pizzeria Gusto on Academy Road provide couples with the ability to customize certain aspects of their weddings. The drink menu, which can include those signature cocktails, menu options, as well as the style of the reception, whether that be a sit-down dinner or a standing appetizer reception. Rich Hanna, general manager at Pizzeria Gusto, says they don’t send out wedding packages to those inquiring about their facility. He said they sit down with the couple upwards of six times to build a relationship. Based on

those conversations they cater a custom experience for their special day. “We don’t offer package A, B, or C at whatever dollar value per head,” explained Hanna. “We sit down with the couple at least a half dozen times and create a relationship. It’s all about building that relationship and catering to their needs. Most of the time we’re dealing directly with the couple themselves or we’ve worked with Andrea Mancini from Soiree Event Planning. We sit down and make a footprint and menu that fits what the couple wants for the amount of people.” For wedding receptions, Hanna said they’ve gone off menu, had DJs, and at an upcoming wedding this September they’re hosting a live band. They also recently hosted a theatre-style ceremony for a Bat Mitzva. For 2019, Pizzeria Gusto has seven wedding bookings that range anywhere from 75 to 120 guests. Hanna explained the main reason people choose Pizzeria Gusto for their special event is for the character the space brings to the event and, of course, for the food. “Young people are more food savvy and they’re looking for an experience that is more kitchen to table,” he explained. “That experience at Gusto is second to none. The quality of both the food and service is what couples want.” j





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he Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association (MRFA) is helping to make one seven-year-old’s dream come true, one sushi roll at a time.

In the August 2018, Karmyn Maranan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Two weeks after that, it was concluded that she had Philadelphia Positive ALL, which is very rare in pediatric leukemia in that less than five per cent of kids have it. Karmyn, now seven, is nine months into an almost three-year treatment and according to her mom, Kimberly, says she’s been a fearless little warrior the whole way through. “Everyone says that going through cancer treatment, you end up finding your new normal after a while,” says Kimberly. “And sometimes, our normal just isn’t any fun – spending day after day holed up in a little hospital room, not knowing when Karmyn can go home.” Karmyn is set to continue her treatment for approximately two more years and because of the chemo treatments she has to take, doesn’t

always feel up to eating. With that being said, no matter the day, no matter the meal, she always asks for salmon sashimi. Thanks to The Dream Factory and the MRFA, her dream of going to Tokyo and eating sushi authentically could soon come true. The Dream Factory is a Manitoba charitable organization that is dedicated to fulfilling dreams for kids who are battling life-threatening illnesses. Karmyn’s family initially found out about the organization through social media; a friend from clinic whose daughter also has ALL who posted about their dream trip. Kimberly did some researched, signed Karmyn up online, and through their conversations they got partnered up with the MRFA. This is the first time that the association is working with The Dream Factory, who was first introduced to it at a Manitoba Chambers of Commerce event. “This is the largest charity donation our association has taken on and the first time our charity partnership will impact an individual and her family directly,” says Shaun Jeffrey, executive director of the MRFA. “The Dream Factory has told us this is the first industry association they’ve ever partnered with and we’re very excited to work with them and our members to help make Karmyn’s dream come true.” Karmyn’s dream has a goal of $25,000, and as of the end of May has raised close to $5,000. Anyone is able to donate to the cause, but since the MRFA represents restaurants across the province, Jeffrey says their members have been eager to participate in events to ensure that they accomplish their goal of sending Karmyn to Tokyo. For example, MRFA member Sushi Cushi, Karmyn’s favourite sushi restaurant, donated a portion of their sales from every California roll sold from June 10th to 30th this year. In addition to member restaurants promoting the initiative through their own establishments and events, many members are helping with donations in conjunction with their annual golf tournament, to be held

Karmyn is a seven-year-old with Philadelphia Positive ALL, a rare type of pediatric leukemia. The MRFA has partnered with The Dream Factory to raise funds to make Karmyn’s dream of going to Tokyo come true.


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The goal is to raise $25,000 for Karmyn’s dream. Anyone is able to donate to the cause, but since the MRFA represents restaurants across the province, Jeffrey says their members have been eager to participate in events to ensure that they accomplish their goal of sending Karmyn to Tokyo.

This is the first time that the MRFA is working with The Dream Factory, who was first introduced to it at a Manitoba Chambers of Commerce event.

this year at Larters at St. Andrew’s Golf and Country Club on Tuesday,

“It means the absolute world to us that people are sharing their time

August 20, 2019. Lots of members and their staff were also excited to

and resources and donating toward’s Karmyn’s dream. I don’t think we

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response that we have,” says Kimberly. “Having this trip – this absolute

Although Jeffrey says that they intend to hit the $25,000 goal, he adds

dream of a trip to look forward to – words just don’t express how

that The Dream Factory will assist in covering any funds not obtained

much hope it’s given to Karmyn and our family. We hope that there is

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will get her dream of eating sushi in Tokyo.

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50 and fabulous Folklorama celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer By Shayna Wiwierski

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One of Winnipeg’s most popular festivals is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year.


Folklorama, the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world, celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer. The festival, running August 4-17, 2019, began in 1970 as a onetime event to celebrate Manitoba’s Centennial and there were 21 different communities participating with over 75,000 visits. This year there will be 45 communities and it’s estimated to draw in close to 450,000 visits.



“The communities involved were very proud and glad that they were able to share their heritage, cultures, and traditions with each other. After realizing the success of it [in 1970], they thought let’s keep this thing going,” says Teresa Cotroneo, executive director of Folklorama. “It’s continued to evolve and grow and something that


likely could never be recreated. It was a special group of dedicated individuals who took the leap initially to start things and were passionate enough to give their time to volunteer.” Out of the 45 pavilions that will be held this year, only four have been in the festival consecutively since the beginning – Scandinavian, Greek, Ukrainian Kyiv, and the German pavilion. With that being said, Cotroneo says that a great majority of them have been around for 48 or 49 years. New to Folklorama this year will be an Egyptian pavilion. Although each pavilion features world-class entertainment, a big draw for patrons is of course the food. “The food is one of the top reasons people attend the festival,” says Cotroneo, who prior to being executive director of the festival in 2018 was previously the director of festival services since 2013.

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Manitobans have been enjoying Folklorama for the past 50 years. Seen here is the audience from 1982. Photo courtesy of Folklorama.

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“Wherever you go, regardless of where you come from or what your traditions are, the preparation, the eating and sharing of food is something we all have in common.” Even though the city’s ethnic food scene has definitely evolved over the years, many of the dishes found during Folklorama can only be ordered during the two-week span of the festival. Take for instance the cuisine at the Croatia pavilion “Zagreb”.


“We have always stuck with the traditional sarma, which are stuffed cabbage rolls, that’s always been one of our major mains, and also pork shish kabobs” says Krista Magdic, kitchen co-coordinator of the Croatia pavilion “Zagreb, which is celebrating its 45th year in Folklorama. “The other one we have always had is cevapcici, which are meat rolls.”




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New to the pavilion this year they will be serving a chicken paprikash, a chicken dish that is simmered for an extended period of time with a paprika-infused roux. This dish will be offered nightly with limited servings and they will also be doing nightly specials which visitors can learn of via their Facebook page. Although Manitoba's restaurants include some great ethnic cuisine offerings, Magdic says that there aren’t many places in Winnipeg that serves traditional Baltic-region foods. “If people want their fill of traditionally Baltic foods then come down to Folklorama so they can sample it,” says Magdic, who also gives credit to her kitchen co-coordinator Nada Ivankovic. She adds that this year they will be featuring a 40-person dance troupe from Zagreb along with a 12-person band.

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Magdic has been volunteering with Folklorama for 25 years now. She started at the Alpine pavilion then moved to the German pavilion before helping out a friend at the Croatia pavilion “Zagreb”, where she met her husband. The couple and their three kids are all involved in the pavilion and even though they moved away years ago, they would always make sure to come back in August so they could volunteer. “Even though we moved away, we always made sure to book our vacation time to come home to Winnipeg to volunteer so our kids could still have that connection even though we lived in Alberta,” says Magdic. “We wanted them to know where they came from, so we made sure to have those two weeks off in August to come here.” It’s this sense of pride in both volunteers and those attending that no doubt have helped transpire it to 50 iconic years. Cotroneo says that her favourite thing about Folklorama is seeing everyone come together and the excitement they have to share their culture with one another.


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New favourites Peasant Cookery adds new items to their lunch menu, including vegetarian and vegan options By Shayna Wiwierski Patrons of the Exchange District’s Peasant Cookery now have a few new options while dining during lunchtime. WOW Hospitality’s French-inspired restaurant, Peasant Cookery, recently unveiled a new lunch menu back in March to appeal to vegetarian and vegan diners, as well a few other new options. Brand-new to the menu is the chicken salad, which features chicken breast on top of a blend of fresh ingredients, such as kale, spinach, and artisan greens with mint, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, onions, and baba ganoush. It’s brought together with pomegranate vinaigrette. Also new are two vegetarian and vegan options, which is an exciting concept for this popular restaurant known for a predominately meat-infused menu. Dylan Keats, general manager at Peasant Cookery, mentions that although they were able to accommodate vegetarian and vegan diners previously by editing certain menu items, it wasn’t doing those items justice to take away key parts of the dish. “We don’t want our vegetarian or vegan guests to feel that we are serving them something that we are taking the heart and soul out of,” says Keats, who adds that they wanted to put more of a focus into really curating dishes that were made specifically for a reason, rather than pulling elements out of preexisting selections. “There are some really incredible dishes that are made with simple vegetarian ingredients with bold flavours.”


The Bocconcini Sandwich and the Sweet Potato Fritters are both vegetarian options new to the menu at Peasant Cookery. The Sweet Potato Fritters include three sweet potato and chickpea flour fritters served on top of a bed of warm Israeli couscous salad, herbed garlic cauliflower puree, and toasted hazelnuts. The dish is finished with fresh basil and drizzled with piquillo pepper coulis.




As a result, the chefs at Peasant Cookery came up with a Bocconcini Sandwich, a vegetarian option, and Sweet Potato Fritters, a vegan option. The Bocconcini Sandwich features bocconcini cheese, roasted red peppers, marinated tomatoes, finely diced pepperoncinis, basil puree and Romesco sauce, all sandwiched between sprouted wheat and ancient grains bread. The sandwich is served warm and toasted, and all items, including the sauces, are made in house. The Sweet Potato Fritters include three sweet potato and chickpea flour fritters served on top of a bed of warm Israeli couscous salad, herbed garlic cauliflower puree, and toasted hazelnuts. The dish is finished with

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The Corned Beef Sandwich has replaced the pastrami sandwich at Peasant Cookery.

fresh basil and drizzled with piquillo pepper coulis. For those who like more meaty options, the restaurant has swapped out a few former choices for similar dishes. Take for instance, the Corned Beef Sandwich, which replaced their pastrami sandwich. The sandwich is served cold and classic, but with a twist. Instead of a typical hot mustard, corned beef on rye, they took that and added some fontina cheese, house Duchesse de Bourgogne mustard – which is made from a sour beer – and giardiniera, which are pickled root vegetables put through a food processor to deliver a sour relish. “It kind of amplifies the richness in there and adds a nice acidity and brightness to the sandwich,” says Keats. The Half Rack Rib Sandwich is another new option on the menu and replaces the Pulled Pork Sandwich. This dish features herb-fed Manitoba premium pork dry ribs from Hylife in Neepawa. Peasant Cookery is one of only two restaurants in the city lucky enough to source this high-end pork. The ribs are cooked sous vide for 48 hours, which provides for incredibly tender meat. The pork is served on top of a soft Portuguese roll with homemade chimichurri sauce and an apple fennel slaw. When designing this new menu, the team at Peasant Cookery looked at what they could add to continue to diversify their menu. Of course, they still kept the mainstays, such as the charcuterie, poutine, mussels and fries, and the tourtiere. Keats says that there should always be a reason for doing what they do when re-engineering a menu. “You look for what you want to come off and then something that really kind of fits still but adds a little more excitement or something new to our regular clientele who have sampled these dishes a number of times,” says Keats. “Our guests are always going to have their favourites, but you still want to keep things fresh. The menu at Peasant has been in existence for the past 10 years and it is our mandate to revisit it on a regular cycle to ensure we stay current with new ideas and exciting ingredients, as long as we stay true to our mission statement, ‘Honest Food from the Land!’” j

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Assiniboine Park is known for its variety of venues and Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Gateway to the Arctic in the Journey to Churchill exhibit is second to none, offering an exclusive-to-Winnipeg experience. Perfect for standing receptions and sit-down dinners, guests can mingle under the Sea Ice Passage while polar bears swim overhead, or enjoy an exquisite meal under the dancing northern lights in the 360-degree Aurora Borealis Theatre. Either way, the experience is nothing short of magical.



atrium offers beautiful views of Assiniboine Park and features a gorgeous exterior patio for summer occasions. This inspiring space is perfect for standing cocktail receptions, formal seated dinners, or daytime meetings and seminars. When you book an event at the park or zoo, you don’t have to worry about finding an off-site caterer to serve food and drink at your celebration. The on-site culinary team led by executive chef Heiko Duehrsen is one of the best in the city providing high-quality, unique, and flavour-filled menu items for every event.

Among tall trees, winding trails and open spaces, Assiniboine Park is one of Winnipeg’s most popular gathering spaces. It’s equipped to serve groups ranging in size for weddings and corporate receptions at Gateway to the Arctic, the Qualico Family Centre, and the newly renovated event space in the iconic Pavilion.

The crew is prepared to serve hors d’oeuvres at receptions and meals, either buffet style or a la carte, at formal dinner events. Menus include everything from seafood to vegetarian full-course meals and cater to different dietary restrictions and taste buds. If your event has more than 50 people, you can arrange for food stations, such as a nacho bar, stir-fry station, sushi station, and an ice cream sundae station.

The modern and classy Qualico Family Centre can host events from 30 to 200 people. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the surrounding nature inside and show off a beautiful view of the duck pond. You may even catch a glimpse of a deer walking by.

Winter, spring, summer or fall, Assiniboine Park is the perfect location for unique corporate events and weddings. Grand or intimate, formal or informal, just imagine the possibilities in the unique space that is Assiniboine Park and Zoo.

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Assiniboine Park is the ideal location for corporate conferences, large-scale meetings, receptions and seminars. A short drive from downtown Winnipeg and the airport, Assiniboine Park has a variety of venues to suit all of your meeting needs and offers a unique visitor experience, unbelievable views and impeccable dining. Ask us about hosting your event at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, the only Winnipeg venue where you can add polar bears to the guest list! Contact our Events office today! Phone: 204 927 6060 | Toll Free: 1 877 927 6006 Email: events@assiniboinepark.ca


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PROFILE | Gunn’s Bakery

Baking a legacy Securing the legacy of the “Baker Boys”, Jon Hockman looks forward to an exciting future, filled with recipes from the past By Taryn Rittberg Selkirk Avenue, 1937, a bustling street and the epicentre of Jewish life in Winnipeg. Gunn’s Bakery was just one business on Selkirk Avenue in those days amongst butchers, fish venders, clothes shops, and the like, Bernie Gunn, 81, recalls. "We've been here for so long…and the change has been gradual over the years,” says Gunn, adding that Gunn’s is one of the last businesses from that era, and its importance is far wider spread than to just one community. Gunn’s Bakery has been a Winnipeg institution for over 80 years, and the continuity of this beloved bakery has been a topic of extreme interest and concern for the past number of years. Since the first rumblings of the potential retirement of Bernie and Fyvie Gunn (sons of founder Morris Gunn and bakery co-owners until late 2018) spread through the Winnipeg landscape, the question loomed, who would carry this mantel forward?

After being owned by the Gunn family since it started in 1937, Gunn’s Bakery is now headed up by Jon Hockman who grew up going to the bakery with his family.

When you speak to loyal Gunn’s customers, “institution” is too weak a word to describe the importance of this bakery to a multitude of communities in Winnipeg, arguably in the same vane of what the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club has meant to our city. Now approximately half a year into this momentous endeavour, Jon Hochman has shown his metal. Hochman has been involved in the food industry since before he graduated from high school. “For me, after graduating high school I was not sure what I wanted to do,” he says. After working a variety of jobs in the food industry starting at the commencement of his high school years, Hochman transitioned to Red River College’s (RRC) Paterson GlobalFoods Institute of Culinary Arts. While going to RRC, Hochman worked at Tavern in the Park, where he learned catering and line work, and felt he “was really falling in love with what the business was.”


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Hochman recalls that “all throughout these experiences, Gunn’s was there, even from my early age coming here with my grandfather or my parents coming here to pick up bagels. You get it because it is a consistent and a quality product, but because it is also an institution in Winnipeg.” It was while working at one of Hochman’s previous restaurants that he got to know the Gunn’s brothers more personally. “Fyvie would come in on occasion. He would get a corned beef and I would sit with him and talk. Long story short, Gunn’s was interested in me taking over,” says Hockman, adding that he thought it was unrealistic since it was such a large endeavour to take on. “I wanted to do it, but the idea of 65 employees, it’s special to all of the communities in Winnipeg not just one. It took pretty close to two years to get the deal finalized, to discuss through all the options, but we finally got here and in my opinion it is a very special opportunity and I am very grateful for [it].” j

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PROFILE | Olive Garden

In the mood for Italian Cater your next event with the Olive Garden Fans of the Olive Garden’s soup, salad, and breadsticks will now be able to enjoy their cuisine at a special event or occasion outside the restaurant. The Olive Garden, with two locations in the city, has been in Winnipeg for 30 years this fall. Although they are widespread in the U.S., there are only six locations here in Western Canada with two more locations set to open this winter in Saskatchewan. For those who love the chain’s iconic pasta dishes and appetizer options, the Winnipeg locations (Polo Park and Regent) recently started a catering service to make the food more accessible.

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PROFILE | The Gates on Roblin

Unparalleled elegance The Gates on Roblin offers the total package for weddings and events, both on-site and off By Shayna Wiwierski If you’re looking for a picturesque, rustic destination for your wedding not too far from Winnipeg, then look no further than The Gates on Roblin. Located just past the perimeter at 6945 Roblin Blvd. in Headingley, The Gates was originally a summer cottage owned by Sir Timothy Eaton built in the early 1900s. The Dutch colonial house has changed hands throughout the years and became a charming country-style restaurant. The current owners, Ray Louie and Nancy Carson, bought the property and have turned it into what it is known as today – a restaurant, ballroom, and event centre. Although The Gates offers fine dining and a delectable Sunday brunch, they are most known for weddings and special events. The 16,000-square-foot venue is home to a state-of-the-art ballroom, a lounge, an intimate private dining room, a sundeck, and a restaurant, all open year round. The Gates’ grand ballroom, a stand-alone facility at the back of the main estate, is 8,000 square feet and can accommodate 400 people. This banquet ballroom faces the Assiniboine River and is completely private and autonomous from the restaurant. Inside, it boasts its own kitchen, year-round comfort with total climate control, all forms of audio visual, including built-in speakers and wireless microphones, WiFi, a permanent dance floor, and a wrap-around deck that surrounds three sides of the building. “In our ballroom, we have done everything from weddings, anniversary parties, bar mitzvahs, holiday parties, fundraising galas, and more,” says Ray Louie, vice-president and general manager at The Gates, who mentions that many charities host their special events at the venue. “When I look at those events and what those people are doing for Winnipeg, it’s beautiful and a big part of what we can offer; a unique venue for that.” For those who have a certain location in mind outside of The Gates, they offer a complete catering service where clients are

The Gates brings the ingredients and any equipment needed to prepare your meal fresh, hot, and on site at your venue. This includes in-home dinner parties where they prepare your lunch or dinner from your kitchen. This allows you to be a guest in your own home. “The next level of catering is where your kitchen is our kitchen,” says Louie. “Some of the houses in Headingley we have done 140, 150 people and we bring all the raw ingredients and cook in your kitchen, serve in your dining room, your deck, or your backyard. We did a party for 150 people and cooked everything there. Then we clean it all up, pack it all up, and leave.” Louie says that they are able to accommodate most venues and menu selections. Like the events held on-site, clients meet with the team at The Gates to come up with the menu, as well as any other considerations they may have. Of course, for those looking to hold their event at The Gates on Roblin, they are able to accommodate any day of the week for parties large and small. Taking a look around The Gates, it’s no wonder that the historic venue is one of the most popular wedding and event destinations in the city. And, with it being a short drive from Winnipeg, it’s an attractive location for guests to go to create unforgettable, lasting memories. “There is no other venue like this,” says Louie. “We are out in the country, but we are seconds out of the city. You don’t have to pack a lunch, go down any dirt roads, or find us by GPS coordinates. You simply drive west part the perimeter for 20 seconds and get transported to our little country getaway.” j


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How Fatburger stands out from the crowd Offering quality, quantity, and more options than you could imagine By Taryn Rittberg In this day and age, finding a burger is a relatively easy task. From the multitude of fast food joints to fine dining, you can be assured to find one somewhere on the menu. But the question is, how good is that burger? Do you know how it is being made, the quality of the ingredients? And, are there options for even the pickiest of eaters? When it comes to these questions, it seems Fatburger has hit upon the perfect balance, with restaurants all across Western Canada, two of which are located in Winnipeg, Man. They have found a way to merge the classic burger joint with elements from sit-down restaurants, as well as fast food chains. A patron favourite is definitely the build-your-own burger experience. Complemented by real hand-scooped ice cream milkshakes and made-from-scratch onion rings, it is hard to go wrong. But for those looking for something other than a burger (maybe a vegetarian option?), Fatburger offers a wonderful selection of alternatives. From turkey and veggie burgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders that are freshly battered and breaded when you order, and many other choices, there is something on the menu for everyone. For more than 65 years, Fatburger has been making awardwinning hamburgers, continuing to use founder Lovie Yancey’s home cooking techniques, which include no fancy gadgetry and no microwaves. With staff who always have a smile on their face and bring your food right to the table, the dining experience at Fatburger is unique and unforgettable. Throw in the premium ingredients and exceptional service, and Fatburger really sets itself apart.


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Pleasantly quaint, La Belle Boutique Blanche is filled with spirit and style! Standing proudly a few steps away from the Red River’s bank on Taché Avenue in St. Boniface, an historic white building with green shutters, cedar shakes, and a bell tower has been welcoming people for over 170 years. Sheltered by a canopy of large elm trees, the little white house is home to Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum. Within its walls, there continues to be a very vibrant level of activity. The museum strives to provide a place for learning, a place where people can connect with Manitoba’s history, with one another and a place where artisan work is increasingly valued and created. One of this building’s best kept secrets is La Belle Boutique Blanche, a shopping stop like none other in the city. Blending nostalgic charm with today’s mindfulness, Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum offers up this rustic boutique to visitors and locals alike who are searching for that perfect gift or memento. Great care is given to offer a unique selection of local artisans’ works, Indigenous jewellery and crafts, French-Canadian and Métis specialty items, old-fashioned children’s toys, a specialized collection of books, and products that are eco-conscious.


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This summer discover passion & histoire in beautiful Saint-Boniface Fabulous cuisine awaits you on the Bon Appétit culinary tour! After a successful launch in 2018, Tourisme Riel is pleased to once again offer its historical and culinary walking tour this summer. Located just across the river from The Forks, Saint-Boniface is rich in Francophone and Métis heritage. With a passion for language, arts & culture, and a history that dates back two centuries, there’s a world to discover, right next door. Come for the food and discover its hidden treasures while you eat, learn, drink, and repeat! The 2019 tour will run every Wednesday in July and August from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and combines French flare and an exploration of the rich historical past of Saint-Boniface that dates back over 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. Best of all, you’ll savour dishes from four Saint-Boniface eateries along the way. The Bon Appétit culinary tour will run every Wednesday in July and August from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and combines French flare and an exploration of the rich historical past of Saint-Boniface that dates back over 200 years.

Cost: $75 per person (taxes included). For more information or to book your spot, visit www.BonAppetitStB.ca. j

Historical and culinary walking tour in Saint-Boniface. Owner Michael is proud to be a certified olive oil sommelier. He shares his knowledge with the Frescolio team every day. Let us find the right olive oil for you!

frescolio.ca fine oil + vinegar tasting bar

2-929 Corydon Ave. | 204-505-1455 5-1604 St Mary’s Rd. | 204-615-3885

5:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday in July and August. Enjoy a professionally guided tour of Winnipeg’s historic French Quarter with stops at area restaurants. (Full four-course experience.)



Open Tuesday through Sunday

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PROFILE | Assiniboine Park Cafe

A room with a view in the heart of the Park Nestled on the banks of the Riley Family Duck Pond in the heart of 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 and inviting atmosphere with stunning views of the surrounding park that change with each passing season. Whether it’s a snowy winter morning or a sun-filled summer afternoon, the setting of the Park Café leaves you feeling immersed in nature while enjoying fresh, local, and delicious meals. A casual patio overlooking the Riley Family Duck Pond serves seasonal take-out items, including the café’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. “Made-in-Manitoba yogurt, eggs, 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 here in Assiniboine Park.”


The Park Café actively supports park-wide sustainability efforts and is committed to sourcing environmentally and socially responsible products, such as Ocean Wise seafood and Fairtrade coffee and teas.



“We make sustainability 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 4 p.m. j


The Park Café menu features, among other items, all day breakfast.

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Aseneskak Casino

The best little casino in Canada Visit the Aseneskak Casino in Northern Manitoba via Mahihkan Bus Lines

The Aseneskak Casino, located about a seven-hour drive from Winnipeg, has been in operation for over 17 years in the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and is owned in a partnership by six First Nations; Chemawawin Cree Nation, Misipawistik Cree Nation, Mosakahiken Cree Nation, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation, and Sapotaweyak Cree Nation. “The best little casino in Canada” is the slogan we strive to live up to. With over 20,000 square feet of gaming space, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at our selection of gaming machines. With table games operating Tuesday through Saturday, there is something for everyone at the Aseneskak Casino. While you’re here, come and dine in The Eagle’s Nest Restaurant and Lounge and enjoy some of our signature dishes. Our homemade burger patties are sure to fill and satisfy even the largest appetite. Stop in for lunch and dinner or breakfast all day Sunday! A great selection and reasonable prices make the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant and Lounge a great place to wind down and fulfill your cravings.


Visit our Facebook page for regular updates and what’s happening at Aseneskak Casino.



Mahihkan Bus Lines is dedicated to providing services from Flin Flon to Winnipeg, Man. in the form of passenger, freight, and charters. approval from the Manitoba Motor Transport Board in October of 2019. Since then MBL has been dedicated to providing services from Flin Flon to Winnipeg, Man. in the form of passenger, freight, and charters. Recently a new route had been added on April 1st, 2019 along Highway 6 between Thompson and Winnipeg. The main office for Mahihkan Bus Lines is located in Opaskwayak Cree Nation, just off of Highway 10, and all depots can be found on our website at mahihkanbuslines.com. So whether you were looking to book a charter, send freight,

Want to know how to get there?

or to just take a trip, Mahihkan has you covered. As ‘Mahihkan’

Mahihkan Bus Lines (MBL), formerly Kelsey Bus Lines 2014 as of April 2019, began its public transportation service after receiving

means wolf in Cree, our slogan, “travel with the pack”, is


reflective of the nature of the wolf. j

We now have charter services available to travel through out North America Come on and “TRAVEL WITH THE PACK” Book your travel tour arrangements with us. For more information email:

charters@mahihkanbuslines.com or Call us at 204.777.1680 WE’VE BUILT OUR REPUTATION ON EXCELLENCE IN SHIPPING AND LOGISTICS, WITH A CONSTANT FOCUS ON SERVING OUR CUSTOMERS. We make it very convenient for you to

The Best Little Casino in Canada Nestled gently into the trees that surround Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and minutes from the Saskatchewan River, the best little casino in Canada, the Aseneskak Casino in Opaskwayak, Manitoba, always delivers a first-class northern experience! The Aseneskak Casino has been in operation for over 17 years in the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Owned in a partnership by six First Nations; Chemawawin Cree Nation, Misipawistik Cree Nation, Mosakahiken Cree Nation, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation, and Sapotaweyak Cree Nation. Indulge in our irresistible restaurant at Eagles Nest Lodge. Enjoy the best entertainment, nightlife, and our

“Catch A Bus and Jump On Board”

excellent gaming facilities.

Mahihkan Bus Lines PO 10010 Opaskwayak Cree Nation, MB Phone: 1.204.627.2226

Aseneskak Casino PO 10250 Opaskwayak Cree Nation, MB Phone: 1.204.627.2250

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PROFILE | Lady of the Lake

All you need Lady of the Lake Shop, Café, and Pub is a must for those visiting Brandon Lady of the Lake Shop, Cafe and Pub in Brandon is legendary. The

Then there are the salads: fresh, colourful and always served with

shop is bursting with gorgeous seasonal merchandise, and after

house-made dressing. At The Lady, we bottle two of our own

a good browse around the café, aromas lure you in for lunch. On

salad dressings, a Balsamic Vinaigrette and a Saskatoon, which are

friday evenings you’ll find live music and a fabulous $15 steak dinner

available for purchase.

with the works.

Top it all off with a slice of handmade pie. Made with a whole

Lunch at The Lady is famous for soup. Soup! What is the big deal?

wheat crust, the pie comes in a variety of flavours, with the most

Our soup, served with a fresh homemade biscuit is simple comfort

popular being the Saskatoon Pie.

food. It is made from scratch daily, with the best ingredients, including cream, butter, fresh veggies, local meat, and it’s always flavoured just right.

furnishings showing off trendy home decor, clothing, jewellery, and accessories. The hand-selected clothing has a unique flair and a

The old fashioned sandwiches, such as curried chicken or veggie

variety of price ranges. After a fascinating wander around, you may

hummus, are made on the best bread from a local bakery that

even end up with a little something to take home.

grinds organic grain and produces the most nutritious loaf.

Yes, we put in the extra effort to give you a down home,

The famous Excaliburger is a meatloaf (grandma’s recipe) burger

comforting experience. You can tell by the line-ups most days that

served with prairie fries...meaning they are wedged, seasoned and

we are doing something right. Come and try for yourself. j

baked in the oven.

Artful Shopping Beautiful Ingredients 204-726-8785 ladyofthelake.ca




The award-winning, two-level shop has artful displays with vintage







Quality and Consistency are always at the forefront with Perfect Pierogies. We pride ourselves on fresh superior quality ingredients you can taste with every bite.

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204.832.1849 Eggs, naturally. Farmer owned. Proudly Manitoban.

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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 wide-open 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.


We are entering a mode of rediscovery. Rediscovering 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

PROFILE | Vinnies

Where taste meets health Vinnies becomes the second restaurant in Canada to be PlantPure certified

Vinnies, one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the Manitoba, opened in Winnipeg as a 10-seater restaurant serving the most authentic South Indian dishes along with the variety of authentic cuisines. From an humble start, it made its way to Selkirk in 2018 by opening up a new location that can accommodate 100 seats.

artificial colours and additives. Cuisine

Food is prepared from scratch adding no

with a good mix of South Asian spices

includes South Indian delicacies such as oven-baked dum biryani, puttu, dosa, appam and kappa. Oven-baked Dum Biriyani Exactly as the saying goes, “The magic of biryani lies in the way rice slow cooked


transforms into something ambrosial.” Vinnies biryanis truly follow this slowcooking process of enhancing the flavour by slow cooking the meat and rice in the oven for three hours. We acknowledge that there are several versions of biryani with endless flavours for biryani lovers and we plate up our pick of the best regional biryanis in town. Puttu (rice cakes) Puttu is a very popular south Indian breakfast dish, also known as steamed rice cakes. Puttu is made in steamed cylinders layered with grounded rice and coconut, and is served with side dishes such as chickpea curry, beef curry, and so on. We offer this amazing dish that will leave an indelible mark in your taste buds that you will come back to for more.

Vinnies is an Indian restaurant –

we welcome you to a splendid and memorable dining experience. Our goal is to keep our valued customers happy and coming back for more.

We offer both dine-in and special catering services. LARGEST MENU IN VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE (25+).


420 Main Street, Selkirk, MB






Vinnies has over 25 vegan items on the menu, which is also comprised of 100+ items picked from various parts of India. Because of the large amount of plantbased foods offered, the restaurant was recently certified as PlantPure. Our food is prepared with less-to-no oil, balancing the flavour and health. Twice in a year, sadya is served during Vishu and Onam. Sadya is a vegetarian feast served on banana leaf. Vinnies has a tradition of serving over 30 items on the banana leaf during this bi-annual feast. Vinnies offers dine-in, licensed, catering, delivery, and take-away services. j

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(807) 468-7787

333 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3J9

ph: 204-982-0330


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PROFILE | Smitty’s

BREAKFAST. ALL DAY. Smitty’s has changed a lot since it opened bacon, smoked country ham, back bacon crispy perfection, and of course, the smell Regent • Garden City • St. James • Henderson • Meadowood its first location in 1960, but one thing that Pembina of a South freshly brewed cup of coffee. Smitty’ s • Pembina & Grant • Steinbachand grated cheese, all piled on top of their hasn’t changed is their passion for breakfast. coffee is always bottomless and always classic hash browns and served with a side It’s the meal that starts the day… or is it? fresh, with a pot of their special-blend 100 of toast. It’s sure to satisfy your hunger. Smitty’s takes great pride in offering a full range of breakfast options, all day, every day. So whether you crave a classic plate of bacon and eggs, their famous buttermilk pancakes, a mouth-watering skillet, or a fluffy omelet for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or perhaps for that late-night snack, Smitty’s has got you covered. The sights and smells of breakfast are some of the best around. Pancakes piled high and covered in syrup, bacon frying to

per cent arabica coffee brewed every 20 minutes. You can also top off your breakfast with a glass of juice, cup of tea or hot chocolate, or for something a little more special, try a signature mimosa or Caesar. Smitty’s all-day breakfast menu is made up of fresh and delicious selections, featuring locally sourced eggs, cooked up any style you choose. Tuck into the number-one selling breakfast item, the Meatlover’s Skillet, loaded with diced sausage, crispy

Another fan favourite is the Big Country Breakfast. With three eggs any style, two strips of crispy bacon, two sausages, smoked country ham, and back bacon, there is no need to answer the question “bacon or sausages?”. Perhaps you are looking for something a little more unique? How about the So-Cal Benedict? A delicious twist on the classic, this dish features two poached eggs, red ripe tomatoes and fresh slices of avocado, served on a toasted English muffin and topped with Smitty’s creamy hollandaise sauce. For those looking to have a little sweet

FRESH MIMOSAS Orange juice, mixed berry juice or pineapple juice mixed with champagne.


Regent • Garden City • St. James • Henderson • Meadowood Pembina South • Pembina & Grant • Steinbach




(or a lot!) with their savoury, not to worry. You can have the signature bacon and eggs with a side of French toast or a waffle, or enjoy a plate of sweet crépes, French toast or waffles on their own. Don’t miss trying the Classic Buttermilk Pancakes, a stack of five fluffy pancakes, the same ones that have made Smitty’s famous for nearly 60 years. These are just a few of the tasty menu selections Smitty’s cooks up every day. Fulfill your breakfast cravings and visit smittys.ca for locations. j

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Through regular communication with government officials, the MRFA strives to ensure you are represented on all ma�or issues affecting our industry. We are continually advancing concerns and seeking positive assurances and policy solutions from legislators.


529 Wellington A&W*

Corrientes Argentina Pizzeria

Assiniboia Downs Manitoba Jockey Club

Blaze Restaurant & Lounge – Delta Winnipeg

Assiniboine Park & Zoo

DJay’s Restaurant & Ichabods Lounge & Patio

Baked Expectations

Eagle’s Nest Restaurant & Lounge

Arbuckles Fine Eatery

Assiniboine Community College Bailey’s Restaurant and Bar Bangkok Thai Restaurant


Fergies Fish Chips & Seafood Market

Boogies Diner

Boston Pizza*

Brandon University Burrito Splendido* Café 22

Café Carlo

Captain’s Table Restaurant & Lounge Carlos & Murphy’s

Carne Italian Chophouse

Celebrations Dinner Theatre Chaise Café

Chatty Eatery

Chicken Chef*

Chop Fish & Steak Bar Cibo Waterfront

Nine Restaurant & Lounge – Clear Lake Golf Foundation Inc.


Drifters Restaurant and Service Centre

Café Bella & Lounge – Best Western Plus Downtown Winnipeg

Bonfire Bistro


DeLuca’s Cooking School

East India Company Pub & Eatery

Daltons Restaurant – Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel & Conference Centre


Del Rios Restaurant

Bellamy’s Family Dining Bellissimo Restaurant


Club 200


The Food System

The Forks Market

The Palm Lounge – Fort Garry Hotel Four Seasons Chinese Food

Gaffer’s Restaurant and Banquet Centre Garwood Grill

The Gates on Roblin Greek Market

Half Moon Drive In Ltd.

Half Time Sports Bar and Grill Holiday Inn Airport West

EnoBar and Kitchen – Holiday Inn Winnipeg South Homer’s Restaurant & Catering

Hotline International Pizza Systems Ltd. (Pizza Hotline) Hy’s Steakhouse Ice Sports

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Johnny G’s Restaurant

Junction 59 Roadhouse

Kingswood Golf & Country Club (Fairways Restaurant)

When going out to eat consider one of these MRFA member restaurants. Kum Koon Garden

Larters at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club

Roxi’s Uptown Café

Royal Fork Buffet Restaurant

Legends Restaurant & Sports Bar

Royal Palms Club Regent Casino

Little Bones Wings

Salisbury House*

Lilac Resort Ltd. Manitoba Club

Marion Street Eatery

Saddlery on Market Sand Hills Casino

Santa Lucia Pizza*

McDonald’s Restaurants*

Selkirk Golf & Country Club

Mitzi’s Restaurant

Silver Heights Restaurant

Moxie’s Grill & Bar*

SMITH Restaurant

Michele’s McPhillips St. Station Mon Ami Louis

Shark Club

Skinners River Road

Mystery Lake Hotel

Smitty’s Restaurant & Lounge*

Olive Garden*

Sorrento’s Charleswood Centre

Dalcasa’s Pizzeria – Park West Inn Hotel

St. Charles Country Club

Northern Hotel

Original Pancake House*

Pasquale’s Ristorante Italiano Peasant Cookery

Pembina Curling Club

Piazza De Nardi and La Boutique Del Vino

Sodexo at Investors Group

South Beach Casino & Resort Sushi Cushi

Syl’s Drive Inn

Tempo Place Emporium

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar*

Pineridge Hollow

Toad in the Hole Pub and Eatery

Pizzeria Gusto

Uncle Jake’s Restaurant

Pizza Express Brandon

Tony Roma’s*

Prairie’s Edge

VG Restaurant at The Fairmont Winnipeg

Rae & Jerry’s Steakhouse

Viscount Gort Motor Hotel Ltd.

Red Lobster Portage

Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club

Promenade Café & Wine

RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg and Centre Place Café Red Top Drive In Restaurant Resto Gare & Train Bar

Riverboat Family Restaurant

Vinnies South Indian – Selkirk Wasabi on Broadway

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Index to Advertisers Abc Fire & Safety...................................................................... 63

Frescolio Inc................................................................................ 65

Oscar’s Deli.................................................................................. 23

Air-Rite Refrigeration & Mechanical Inc..................... 61

Frylow Manitoba...................................................................... 27

Perfect Pierogies Limited.................................................... 71

Aseneskak Casino.................................................................... 69

Gaffer’s Restaurant & Lounge........................................... 27

Red Top Drive Inn.................................................................... 43

Assiniboine Park Cafe ........................................................... 67

Greetalia Food Products Inc.................................................5

Res-Tech Service Ltd.............................................................. 33

Assiniboine Park Events & Banquets............................ 51

Groupex Systems Canada.....................................................9

Resto Gare & Train Bar........................................................... 25

Bangkok Thai Restaurant..................................................... 77

Gunn’s Bakery............................................................................. 52

Riverboat Family Restaurant............................................. 43

C.b.c.r.a........................................................................................ 14

Harlan’s........................................................................................... 61

Rodway Refrigeration & Restaurant Supply............ 27

Centennial Concert Hall...................................................... 74

Hildypay........................................................................................ 23

Royal Fork Buffet...................................................................... 13

Charley B’s Classic Grill.......................................................... 37

Ichiban Japanese Steak House........................................ 39

Saint-Boniface Museum...................................................... 62

Cho Ichi Ramen........................................................................ 42

Inferno’s Bistro........................................................................... 61

Seagulls Restaurant & Lounge......................................... 45

Clarion Lakeside Inn............................................................... 13 Cocoa Beans Bake Shop on Corydon......................... 54 Coffee Culture Cafe................................................................ 35 Countryside Farms.................................................................. 71 d.a. Niels Gourmet Kitchenware..................................... 35 Dalnavert Museum and Visitors’ Centre.................... 21 DeLuca Fine Wines.................................................................. 64

Jani-King of Manitoba.......................................................... 64 Junction 59 Roadhouse....................................................... 43 Lady of the Lake....................................................................... 70 Lake of the Woods Brewing Company....................... 25 Lakeview Group of Companies...................................... 63 Larters at St. Andrews........................................................... 64 Lilac Resort Ltd.......................................................................... 53

Selkirk Golf & Country Club............................................... 53 Silver Heights Restaurant and Lounge....................... 21 Smitty’s........................................................................................... 76 Sorrentos Pizza, Grant Avenue...........................................9 South Beach Casino............................................................... 63 Swan Lake First Nation Gaming Centre..................... 71 Tall Grass Prairie Bakery ....................................................... 45

Degrees Restaurant................................................................ 23

Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba............................................................................ IBC

Delta 9 Cannabis Store......................................................... 37

Manitoba Egg Farmers..............................................16 & 17

The Gates on Roblin.............................................................. 57

Downtown Winnipeg Biz......................................................5

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries........................................ 26

The Keg.......................................................................................... 15

Era Bistro and Catering.........................................................5

Mariaggi’s Theme Suite Hotel & Spa............................ 44

The Original Pancake House............................................. 25

Falcon Lake Resort Hotel.................................................... 21

McClelland Premium Imports.......................................... 72

The Spicy Radish Cafe........................................................... 63

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

Mordens’ of Winnipeg........................................................... 26

Tourisme Riel.............................................................................. 65

First General Services (Winnipeg) Ltd......................... 13

Mulvey “Flea” Market.............................................................. 14

Travel Manitoba....................................................................OBC

Folklorama................................................................................... 41

Olive Garden............................................................................... 55

Vinnies South Indian.............................................................. 74

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


Williams Restaurant Equipment..................................... 12

Foodfare........................................................................................ 37

Optimum Control.................................................................... 53

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport...........IFC

Fred Douglas Place................................................................. 75

Original Joe’s............................................................................... 54

Wow Hospitality..........................................................46 & 47

The Cornerstone Restaurant............................................. 75

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Road Trip Eats & Treats This summer, hit the road for a made-in-Manitoba culinary adventure. From small town drive-ins to farm-to-table fare, there is no shortage of delicious reasons to explore Manitoba. Try these tasty destinations for your next road trip: • Eat your way through Wasagaming in Riding Mountain National Park. From world-famous cinnamon buns, to classic Italian fare and custom ice cream sandwiches, you won’t go hungry when you visit Clear Lake. • Brandon’s food scene is heating up as locals take over city kitchens. From international flavours to family-run favorites featuring farm fresh ingredients, Brandon’s food choices will bring you back for more. Foxtail Cafe, Riding Mountain National Park Photo: Clear Lake Country

• Explore the culinary choices in Morden and Winkler, where traditional meets modern. Fusion flavors and old-fashioned cooking set these prairie cities apart.

Check out our blog for more yummy reasons to explore Manitoba: travelmanitoba.com