There is a lot of change and transformation in Winnipeg. Often we focus on big splashy things like the SHED in downtown or what’s going on in West Broadway. Yet, generally with less fanfare, a lot of change is happening along Main Street. Much of this changed is designed to work with the existing community, not to simply transform the neighbour by pushing current residents away.
In the last few days I received a couple of emails about a new restaurant on Main Street.This new place is called the Lunch Bell Bistro. The Lunch Bell Bistro is located in the Bell Hotel, which now serves as transitional housing for those trying to get off the street. The bistro itself is working in co-operation with Changes, an organization committed to helping people with cognitive and developmental challenges find their own places within the community.
Under the direction of Chef Chris Tascona, the work experience students will work in both front and back end areas of the restaurant over the period of time they are at Lunch Bell. Along with that, they will spend time in other food establishments giving them an opportunity to see how the skill they are learning in one place are transferable to another. One particular area of emphasis is teaching the students the essentials and importance of food safety and hygiene. If you visit the website link at the top of the page, you can acquaint yourself a little more with the details of the process. Continue reading