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Winnipeg’s Top Tap Rooms (and hall of shame)

Yes, in true Winnipeg fashion, we’ve jumped just in time to catch the tail end of the tap room band-wagon. Better late than never I guess and we’re certainly making up for lost time. In the last twelve months (give or take) we’ve seen some simply stellar places crack open their long-awaited doors and tap some kegs and with 20 tap-room or brewery permits up for approval, there’s plenty more on the horizon.

Here’s a breakdown of what we believe are the best (and worst) of them.

Savour Winnipeg’s Going Wild About Mushrooms

For six years we’ve been teaching Winnipeggers, and people visiting Winnipeg, what grows wild and is good to eat through the Fantastic Forest Forage. Each and every year, we’ve been asked about mushrooms: where they grow, which are the good ones, and most importantly, which are bad. For many reasons, it’s a subject we’ve avoided. Until now.

Living Prairie Museum Prairie Plant Sale

May’s a busy month. The gorgeous weather has us busy in our backyards. Savour Winnipeg’s Fantastic Forest Forage kicks off for a sixth season. And Living Prairie Museum hosts the first of a few Prairie Plant sales. Procured by Prairie Flora Greenhouse, this is your chance to enhance your gardens with some hardy native perennials. […]

New Locations Announced

The Fantastic Forest Forage is back again for 2016. Once again we’ll unearth the edible bounty that grows wild and free in our own back-yards. If you’ve ever wondered what grows wild and is good to eat, this one of a kind experience is for you. We cover tools of the trade, why we forage, […]

Food Trends 2016

I’m not a fan of food fads but good food will always be in fashion. Nevertheless, The National Restaurant Association has released results of its 2016 Top Restaurant Menu Trends survey. But it’s always fun to see which ones we’re embracing, which ones were never out of style, and which ones we’re years behind on (food […]

Prairie Planting Workshop

Instructor John Morgan of Prairie Habitats Inc. will teach you how to successfully grow native prairie plants at home. Find out how native species can be included in your landscape designs, and why using native plant material is important for biodiversity and conservation. Workshops include a presentation, discussion, and seed planting demonstration. Prairie seeds will […]

Win a Spinning Plates DVD

Spinning Plates is the story of three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are.

The film begins with cutting-edge Chicago-based restaurant, Alinea. Named the seventh best restaurant in the world, chef Grant Achatz battles a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion.

The second, Breitbach’s Country Dining, is a 150 year old family restaurant in Iowa and finally there is La Cocina de Gabby, a fledgling Mexican restaurant in Tuscon.


Food Trends for 2015

Restaurants Canada released its 6th annual Canadian Chefs Survey, which polled more than 400 professionals in January. Topping the list of “Hot Trends,” which are considered at the peak of popularity is craft beer and mircobrews. Here are the top 10 trends for 2015:

Craft beer/ microbrews
Locally sourced foods
Leafy greens
Food smoking
Charcuterie/house-cured meats
Gluten-free/food allergy conscious

New Forks resto rolls out as SMITH with Svenne

SMITH is all set to take over the Inn at the Forks. A brand new rustic space inspired by local influences, owner Ben Sparrow, CEO of Sparrow Hotels says he wanted to create an iconic restaurant in the heart of Winnipeg’s most popular tourist destination.

Chef Alexander Svenne, formerly of Bistro 7 1/4 which was recently sold to new owners who will also re-open the popular Osborne Village icon Basils, is leading SMITH’s menu development and kitchen team in to this new era.


Flatlander’s Beer Festival is back. And it’s better!

For 12 years now, the Flatlander’s Beer Festival has been the premiere event for beer enthusiasts in Winnipeg and the surrounding area.

This unique public tasting event focuses on a wide range of incredible beers from some of the finest breweries in the world.

It seems there have indeed been some significant and some would say long overdue updates to the format of the Flatlander’s Beer Festival for 2014.


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