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ACC’s Grey Owl Restaurant marks 30 years Chris L. Istace WESTMAN JOURNAL newsroom@wheatcityjournal.ca

Bookings opened this week for one of Brandon’s premier dining experiences. It was expected reservations at the Assiniboine Community College’s (ACC) Grey Owl Restaurant will be, once again, hard to come by if you were not on the phone Thursday morning. On top of its annual popularity, the temporary dining establishment – ran by more than 80 students attending ACC’s Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts, and the Hotel and Restaurant Management program – is garnering particular attention in 2018 by marking two notable anniversaries. This year’s Grey Owl Restaurant is open Monday to Friday evenings from Jan. 22 until Feb. 16 at the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts (MICA) on ACC’s North Hill Campus. Reservations, which are available for tables of two, four or six diners, can be made by calling (204) 7258738 or (800) 862-6307, extension 6516. Only one reservation is accepted per caller. Once fully booked, the restaurant establishes a waiting list for patrons wanting to take advantage of any last-minute cancellations. “The demand for bookings certainly far out-strips the supply,” said Kyle Zalluski,

lead instructor for the Grey Owl event and a faculty member with the ACC’s Hotel and Restaurant Management program. “When reservations open, they sell out in a couple of hours with a pretty substantial waiting list created after that. There is tremendous demand for the Grey Owl with our students rising above expectations for the occasion year in and year out, and diners know that.” The Grey Owl Restaurant is a major portion of studies conducted by culinary and management students every winter. ACC students studying culinary arts develop and prepare various dishes and drinks for the restaurant’s menu throughout their school year. Meanwhile, management students learn by experiencing real-life situations on the organization, presentation and service end of the operation. “There is a tremendous amount of dishes and diners have come to know what to expect in terms of the high quality of service and the dishes served at the Grey Owl,” Zalluski said. This year’s menu has not been fully released, but will include Grey Owl’s signature fare, such as crème brulé, rack of lamb, New York Madagascar strip loin and sweet potato and pumpkin bisque. Zalluski said there will also be a “new twist” to other menu items as well. The appetizer menu will include a chilled sea-

Culinary Arts student (now graduate) Amanda Luswata prepares a dish in the kitchen at last year’s Grey Owl. PHOTOS/ KEN FRAZER food bar and a lobster and chips plate. Their well-known French onion soup will be caramelized with smoky onion and cream based. “Students may create a particular dish or a beverage in class in the middle of October or March. The students discuss if it is Grey Owl-worthy when it is created, so the restaurant is in the back of everyone’s mind year round,” said Zalluski. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Grey Owl Restaurant. The first version was held in ACC’s Victoria Avenue East

campus in 1987 and served less than 30 guests per sitting. The establishment has run every winter but one through that time. The lone hiatus was in 2007, when MICA was opened at the expanded North Hill Campus. MICA’s 10th anniversary is this year’s other notable celebration at the Grey Owl. Since opening at the new location, the Grey Owl has been hosted in the former Brandon Mental Health Centre’s Nurses’ Residence and serves almost 1,400 guests over the four-week operation.

City of Brandon’s Stone Fence Phase One Update Brandi Pollock EDITOR bpollock@wheatcityjournal.ca

The City of Brandon is excited to announce that phase one of the Stone Fence on 1700 Block Princess Avenue/200 Block 17th Street is nearing completion. In 1900 the beautiful Stone Fence was built by a Scottish stonemason, and was intended to be a wall around the whole block. The masterpiece took four years to complete. Now, what remains of the stone fence is currently on property that is owned by seven different landowners. “We’re very pleased to report that Phase one of this important project has been sub-

stantially completed and has come in under budget, and all those involved would like to express thanks to Brandon City Council and the Government of Manitoba for the funding the project has received,” said City of Brandon Heritage Community Planner Andrew Mok. “With Phase one almost at completion, we now look forward the next step in the rehabilitation and preservation process of this unique structural component of Brandon’s history.” The repair work began in the summer of 2017 on parts of the fence that had cracks and were leaning. The repairs were led by the City of Brandon’s Planning, Property and Buildings Department and Brandon’s

Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee. In the 2017 budget Brandon City Council approved $25,000 to start rehabilitation on the stonewall and $10,000 was given by the Province of Manitoba’s Designated Heritage Building Grant Program. Mok says that funding is currently being sought for Phase 2 of the project to occur in 2018, which would see the rehabilitation of an 11-metre section of the fence located at the northeast corner of the property at 147 – 18th Street. A number of trees have already been removed from the immediate area surrounding this section in preparation for this work; however, the area is currently fenced off to maintain public safety.

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