It’s official – January 24 to February 13, the pop-up restaurant on the river is reopening!
This is, no exaggeration, one of the coolest projects I’ve ever seen done in the city (it made national news!). If somehow you missed this news story, and this one, and this one, or any of the others, here’s a refresher:
Last year, Mandel Hitzer of restaurant deer + almond and Joe Kalturnyk from RAW Gallery of Architecture and Design opened a pop-up restaurant called RAW: almond on the frozen river near the Forks, with amazing chefs from around the city hosting and cooking different fixed menus each night.
This year, they’re back and planning to be even more amazing – so here’s the rundown of what’s new:
- It’s gotten bigger- and there’s a new design!
Described as a ‘reimagined ice-inspired structure,’ the restaurant will be built from aluminium scaffolding that looks like a shard of river ice that’s been pushed up to the surface. It will seat 30 people at a time, with 3 seatings per night. Dinners are 5 courses, with wine, beer, and spirit pairings to accompany. While they’re dining, another 10 lucky people will be chillaxing at the…
- New tasting bar!
Guided by chefs, 10 people will nibble on 3 special snacks and drink pairings of their own.
- More chefs, new chefs, Calgary chefs!
This year, Jesse Friesen (Lobby on York), Luc Jean (Jane’s), Edward Lam (Yujiro) and Calgarian Jason Barton-Browne (Teatro) are going to be joining the lineup!
Back for a second year are:
Mandel Hitzer (deer + almond), Scott Bagshaw (Deseo Bistro), Adam Donnelly (Segovia), Aron Epp and Ben Kramer (Elements and Diversity Food Services),Tristan Foucault (Peasant Cookery), Eric Lee (Pizzeria Gusto) and Alex Svenne (Bistro 7¼)
- If you can’t get tickets, you’ll still have a chance to eat there
OK, this isn’t new, but it’s VERY important. Every single seat last year sold out within a week, and I have no doubt it’s going to happen again this year! They go on sale December 20th at deer + almond and RAW gallery. BUY EARLY. I can’t stress this enough. BUT. If you miss out, there’s hope. Talia Syrie of Come ‘N Eat Café at Neechi Commons serving a $20, walk-‐up brunch between 10 am and 3 pm on weekends.
We all – me included – complain about the winter a lot, but I think it’s awesome that we’ve started owning the fact that we’re a cold city, and start getting more creative with what we can do with 6 months of snowy goodness!
It’s the first day of December – the holidays are officially around the corner! That means it’s time to start putting together those shopping lists – I’m kind of a year-round shopper, so I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite downtown goodies. I’m going to have stuff for my fellow ladies, for the guys, for kids, maybe even a thing or two you’ll have to snag for yourself!
From December 1 until December 25, I’m going to be counting down with a new idea every day! I’ve even set up a whole page for it – so click on over to my Holiday Gift Guide to check out the gift below – and watch for more every day!
It’s been fun! I’ve seen some awesome mo’s around downtown this year – sometimes bushy, or scraggly, or creatively-shaped, but always with an awesome smile and a big heart behind them. A big round of applause to all of those who raised money this month! I know a lot of you are going to be excited to shave today (or see your friends finally shave) but if you’re not QUITE ready to say goodbye to Movember yet (or, like me, you’re looking for that gift to win Ron Burgundy’s heart when he’s in town this weekend), I came across a pile of mo-themed goodies at The Forks for you!
Hey, with crazy-wonderful concepts like that, what else COULD it be?
The Forks just revealed five warming hut designs that are going to be added to the skating trail this year (now officially known, FYI, as the Red River Mutual Trail)
They’re all wonderfully weird, and there are no words I could use to describe them that would do justice (although I’ll try) so let’s start with the pictures.
I said I’d try describing, so here’s some more detail about each of them!
- Windshield! It’s almost hard to think of this one as a hut at first, what with the lack of walls. But this protects skaters from the wind by turning with the wind so you’re protected – and if the breeze isn’t QUITE strong enough, you can turn the wheel inside yourself!
- Nuzzles! These look and sound like something that belongs on Fraggle Rock, which I love. Think they look like pool noodles? They are, in fact, pool noodles. 900 pool noodles per warming hut. It looks like playing on one of these string stress balls!
- The Voyageur Hut! In honour of the 45th year of the Festival des Voyageurs, this is probably the most epic hut I’ve seen yet. Yes, that is a giant pair of pants – upside down – that forms the hut. Yes, that’s a giant inflatable voyageur carrying a canoe floating above it. How high? Oh, just 200 ft or so.
- Skybox! This one was designed by local U of M architecture students – it looks like climbing inside a mirrored box. Because there’s no roof, the sun coming in will reflect inside and create warmth. They’re also hoping for lots of selfies with the hashtag #SkyBox!
- Red Blanket! The name’s a bit literal, but the concept is gorgeous – long curtains of warm red fabric hanging from the bridge you can wrap yourself in. I anticipate many cute couple photos snuggled in here!
They’re being built in late January (fingers crossed) – I’m going to have to see how they build these pants for myself.
It’s halfway through November, and you know what that means – half the guys you know are sporting half a mustache. All for a good cause, of course! But you still have to acknowledge that some of them look a little straggly.
So give yourself a break and feast your eyes on a truly epic ‘stache tomorrow night.
In honour of Movember, tomorrow night the Met Theatre is hosting a screening of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy!
To keep things extra classy, instead movie popcorn and drinks you get a roast beef carvery and whisky, wine and beer sampling stations!
Date: Wednesday, Movember 20th, Doors: 6:30 | Showtime: 8:00
Location: The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre – 281 Donald Street
Tickets: $40 with NET PROCEEDS GOING TO MOVEMBER
To orders tickets email email@example.com
PS: If – sacrilege! – Ron Burgundy isn’t your kind of guy, there’s also a screening of the Untouchables coming up November 26th with dinner, cocktails and popcorn!
It’s only on for a couple more hours – so if you haven’t yet, get down there!
There are a ton of reason it would be great for this to be permanent (many more serious and important than these) but these are the things that made me wish we had it all year round when I visited at lunch!
I cannot make crafts. I’ve tried. Really, I have. All that happens is after 45 minutes I have glitter in my hair, my fingers are glued together and I need a break and a glass of wine.
So I’ve stopped letting Pinterest delude me into thinking I can make my own holiday ornaments, and I’m going to the pros this year. There are not one, not two, but THREE crafty markets downtown in the next little while that you can hit up on your lunch hour!
1) The Downtown Winnipeg Farmers Market - the holiday edition! November 14th (that’s this Thursday!) more than 30 vendors are setting up inside Manitoba Hydro Place so I can shop for homemade honeys, jams, preserves, and crafts to create some one-of-a-kind holiday gift baskets!
2) The Festive Artisans Market! This one’s created by the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library. They’re bringing in everything handcrafted you can think of – quilts, stained glass, felting, handmade greeting cards, pottery, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and more!
December 4th, 11am – 5pm
Manitoba Hydro Place (360 Portage Avenue)
3) The Signatures Craft Show & Sale – this one’s at the RBC Convention Centre, so we’re talking acres of booths filled with decorative goodies I couldn’t hope to create myself. November 21 – 24
RBC Convention Centre
I think I’m going to need some new storage bins for all this stuff…