Over the last couple of years, I’ve gone on a couple of the Downtown Biz tours. Last year I did the Tap In tour, and the year before that I went on the Patio Tour. This year, Susan Ainley, tour co-ordinator invited me, along with a group of other social media inclined folks to join her on this year’s edition of the patio tour.
It was National Caesar Day. This is the Classic Caesar from Pony Corral.
One of the first things I noted was that the list of participating restaurants this year was different from the Patio Tour I went on a couple of years ago. Patios in the downtown continue to grow, and so there are always lot’s to choose from.
This year marks the 5th Annual Stone Soup Fundraiser. The Stone Soup Fundraiser serves to raise money to support the programs of the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba. The council is a volunteer organization that lends support to schools that run breakfast and other feeding programs in their schools. (what goes into a program can be found here). At present there are 165 schools* that receive support split evenly between Winnipeg and other areas of the province.
*I was informed after publication that the number of schools helped has now reached over 200.
The fundraiser is Wednesday, March 22, 11:15 am to 1:15 pm, Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Avenue. Tickets are $10,00 which let you taste three soups along with bread, water and fruit being available. I have a noon service so I’ll be there as soon as it opens at 11:15 am. Look for the guy in the dog collar and come and say hello.
I’ve taken in the Fundraiser for the last couple of years. I wrote about my experience back in 2015. The Council is something I believe in because it offers not only healthy food alternatives, but it teaches children skills in the kitchen, and brings them together to eat.
This year, Viola Prowse, head of the council, got in touch with me and asked if I would be interested in writing something about the event. I happily said yes. I was sent a list of the restaurants involved and noticed right off that there was a fair bit of turnover from previous years. It turns out this is in part because there are so many restaurants and/or chefs wanting to be part of this event. Continue reading →
About 6 weeks ago, I reviewed Bouchee Boucher, the new restaurant just down the street from St. Philip’s. A little while later I received an invitation to a blogger evening at the restaurant. Naturally, having enjoyed myself previously, I made sure to set aside the time to attend.
The evening started at 6 pm. Upon entering we were welcomed and offered a Manitoba 16 cocktail. This beverage is made with 204 gin, chokecherry syrup, and Cava. It’s a fine sweet and tart combination. It was served with a spoonful of jam that added a nice finishing touch.
I was the first to arrive along with Alan and Amanda Pineda. While we waited for everyone to come together we wandered around the butcher shop area while enjoying some Duck Heart with Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip, Fried Okra, with a Spicy Green Chili Sauce, and Roasted Chick Peas. Continue reading →
Last night I made it three weekends in a row for fall suppers. This time it was a visit to Saint Francis Anglican. Saint Francis is a relatively new parish, being formed from the joining together of Saint. Anne’s, Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, and Saint. Barnabas. The parish is located in the former Saint Anne’s building on Burrin Avenue. It’s a good place for a bus rider like myself, as it’s only a block off Main Street. The North Main Corydon gets you there quite well.
A pretty little centrepiece.
The hall where the supper is held is in the basement of the building, which is accessible for those who need mobility aids. This dinner has been running for many years, as a result it is run with great precision. It seems like it might get too crowded, but through good organization and considerate behaviour the meal runs smoothly.
The service is interesting is that it is a free for-all. Instead of calling tables, people are invited to get into line. I get in about midway down the line, and the line moves really quickly. Continue reading →
Two weekends ago I visited the Holy Eucharist Fall Supper. This past weekend there was quite a few to choose from. It was also Synod weekend for our diocese. So, I wanted to find a dinner that I could get to easily. In the end I decided my best bet was the Immanuel United Fall Supper. Immanuel United is located on Golspie on the corner of Kimberley. This is just a block down from my old work stomping grounds at Watt Street Family Foods.
The sign out front of Immanuel United, advertising the fall supper.
Immanuel Fall Supper Service
I phoned in advance to get a ticket put aside. I expected to receive a ticket, but was given a number card instead. This turns out to be one of the unique features of the supper. The service is on a rolling basis. Continue reading →