Chaeban Ice Cream – From Cow to Cone


Chaeban Ice Cream, open now in the spot where the old Banana Boat used to be has created quite a stir since it opened. Not the least was the audacity to open an ice cream story in the middle of the cold of a Winnipeg winter.

Yesterday I attended a social media event to which I had been invited by the Chaeban social media coordinator Kristi Nikkel. It was a chance to learn a little about the ice cream store’s story. To learn a little bit about how they make their ice cream and to sample some of the product.

Chaeban Sundae with toppings.

My Sundae. Lots of toppings, in small quantities of each.

Chaeban (pronounced Shay-ban) is owned by Joseph Chaeban and his wife Zainab Ali. Joseph was born in Lebanon and came to Canada with his family when he was still quite young. Zainab is Syrian, and while she came to Canada with Joseph, more members of her family arrived as refugees. Their story is very compelling and you can read more of it here and here.

However, as compelling as their personal story is, and I do encourage you to look up more of their story, I’m here to write about the ice cream. As I mentioned at the top,

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Beaurivage Bistro – Saint B Hotel


Beaurivage Bistro & Cafe

Regular hours 8am – 2pm Monday to Saturday. Open evenings by pre-arrangement(see bottom of review).

Writing a blog, I often wonder if I’m connecting with my readers. Sure, view counts say something, but I’m not always sure if people are actually reading. Of course, the longer I write the more little indications I get that people are in fact paying attention.

Beaurivage table cloth

A cross section of one of the Beaurivage table clothes.

One of the ways this happens is that friends and colleagues start recommending places that I should visit. A few weeks back I was at a dinner put on by Emmanuel Sudanese Mission, one of the two Sudanese parishes in our diocese. The parish was established ten years ago, and the Sudanese community there wanted to show their appreciation by putting on a dinner.

While there, one of my colleagues, Rev Dr. Jane Barter, told me about Beaurivage, a restaurant she had recently visited with her partner Glen. She was enthusiastic about here experience and so I made a note to check it out when I had a chance. Having visited, I can say Jane’s enthusiasm is more than warranted. Continue reading