Delicious Honey, Coming Straight from your Neighbourhood

For centuries, honey has been known as “nature’s gold” for its great taste and amazing health benefits such as the prevention of heart disease, reducing throat irritation, and the healing of wounds. How amazing is that! Honey is definitely a favourite of mine and when I found out that we had hives here in downtown Winnipeg, I was super excited to find out more!

Chris Kirouac, the founder of Beeproject Apiaries, started his company as an experimental project, as the bee community and the ability to extract a pure and natural food from them, piqued his curiosity. He now refers to it as his out of control hobby!

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Chris initially started out with five hives and he and his wife now maintain over 140 in the Gimli/Winnipeg area, including some in our very own downtown. Last year, Beeproject produced Neighbourhood Honey by beehives kept on the Manitoba Hydro Place rooftop, where they fit perfectly with the sustainability mindset that the building was created with. While downtown, these bees discreetly pollinated local flowers in their search for local pollen and nectar.

One of the many great things about Beeproject is that they promote urban beekeeping and are committed to using sustainable methods by using organic techniques of hive management whenever possible.

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With its great taste and amazing health benefits, it is sad to see that the honey bee population is globally declining with over a third of the population disappearing over the last five years. What this means is that our agriculture is in serious danger. More than 130 fruits and vegetables that make up a nutritious diet, depend on the cross-pollination of honey bees.

Urban settings such as the rooftop of the Manitoba Hydro Place are ideal for honey bees, as they are shielded from the many bee-killing pesticides linked to industrial agriculture, while also gaining more days for pollinating due to warmth and wind protection.

The Urban Pollination Project, an initiative created by the Beeproject, is generating awareness about these issues and continues to promote urban beekeeping which is so great for these honey bees and our downtown! Find out more by visiting their website at http://www.beeproject.ca.

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WHERE TO FIND BEEPROJECT HONEY: Beeproject’s creamed honey can be purchased at a number of retailers throughout the city, while their Neighbourhood Honey can only be purchased directly through their website or exclusively through Parlour Coffee and Chew Restaurant.

We also have some exciting news to share! Beeproject will be opening a storefront in the Osborne area this Spring (launch is TBA). Be sure to check them out!

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FUN FACTS:

  • Neighbourhood honey which is produced in urban settings has subtle fruity and floral notes and both the flavour and colour changes throughout the season as the dominant type of flower changes.
  • Natural raw honey will crystallize over time and if you prefer your honey to be softer or liquid in consistency, simply warm your honey to the desired consistency. You can also enjoy it in the solid form with all its flavour and health benefits fully intact.
  • If stored appropriately (with the lid on and only clean cutlery used in the jars), it should last forever!
  • Honey is great to include in hot beverages like tea or coffee, on fresh baking or paired with soft/ fresh cheeses. Raw honey easily replaces refined sugar in many recipes.

Craving some honey yet? I have the perfect solution. Share this blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag both @BeeProjectCa and @DowntownWpgBIZ. You will receive one free jar of Beeproject’s Neighbourhood Honey (produced on the rooftop of Manitoba Hydro Place) while supplies last!

See you downtown,

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Party with Peggy at the Parade!

The Santa Claus parade is this Saturday, Nov. 15! It’s a tradition and it’s become one of my favourite events of the year because so many families come downtown and it brings lights and joy and excitement for the holiday season!

Speaking of excitement, I heard this year fireworks and pyrotechnics with be happening along the parade route instead of afterwards at The Forks – so plan accordingly!

And I know it’s getting really chilly outside – I even saw a few flurries of snow over the weekend…so in order to make one family’s Santa Claus parade experience a little warmer and a little brighter, I thought I’d give away some VIP seats and all kinds of treats, with help from my friends at Portage Place!

I want to hear about your favourite downtown holiday activity – so comment below, and you and your family will be entered to win my VIP Santa Claus experience!

You have the next few days to let me know. The contest closes at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14 and the winner will be announced shortly after.

Pre-parade activities get underway at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15. Parade begins at 5 p.m. For more info visit winnipegsantaparade.com

A Wicked Night Downtown

Wicked anniversary logo smaller BORDER 2PX (2)The last time Wicked was in town was in 2011 – and we all packed the concert hall to see Elphaba & Glinda sings their lungs out!

So I’m super jazzed to be offering another chance for you to have a Wicked Night Downtown for their big return next week!

The show:

So much happened before Dorothy dropped in.

Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – musical in a long time” (USA Today).

 

The prize:

Tickets to opening night? Of course! But to have an night out, you’re going to need a bit more. A fancy dinner would hit the spot, right? So I’m going to set you up with dinner at the Fairmont’s Velvet Glove. And that’s an extra-big deal right now – because they’ve just hired a new Executive Chef!  Eraj Jayawickreme is coming to us from Toronto after working with Hilton, holds his Red Seal and is currently working towards Chef De Cuisine. If you’re the lucky winner, you not only get to be among the first Winnipeggers to taste his fab food, you get to meet and greet with Eraj!

 

To enter, tell me the comments below: Elphaba is also known as the Wicked Witch of the ______.

Winner will be drawn August 19th!

 

If you want to purchase your own tickets, the show is on from August 20 – 30 at the Centennial Concert Hall, and you can buy them on the Broadway Across Canada website here!

Life-size horse puppets for everyone!

Also known as a giveaway of War Horse tickets 🙂

Broadway Across Canada presents War Horse is coming this summer at the Centennial Concert Hall June 18 – 22nd – you might remember the name from the massive Spielberg movie in 2011 by the same name, but it’s now a Broadway show as well! (a Tony-award winning show, actually!)

 A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, and winner of FIVE 2011 Tony Awards®, WAR HORSE tells the story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is currently playing to packed houses in London and around the world.

So…one of the leads is a horse. And, HOW, exactly, do they plan to do a play starring a horse?

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At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride.

Oh.

Giant, rideable, horse puppets with two people inside of them.  I’m going to need to see that.

If you want to see these for yourselves, I’ve got tickets to give away! If you want in, find the horse’s name and put it in the comments to win! Draw on Friday

 

Disclaimer: It’s called WAR horse, so they recommend for ages 10+.

 

Looking for a seat at the Table for 1200?

The countdown is on – just over one week to go till the biggest dinner party this town has ever seen happens!

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If you’re wondering what on earth I’m talking about, then somehow you’ve missed the news about next weekend’s Table for 1200 event – a quick recap:

  • May 31, 7 – 9 PM.
  • Location is a surprise! All they’re telling us until the day of is that it’s a ‘prominent downtown location.’ Kudos to the organizers on their secret-keeping abilities, it hasn’t leaked yet!
  • Food will be by RAW:almond (Mandel Hitzer from Deer + Almond and Joe Kalturnyk from RAW Gallery) along with Ben Kramer from Diversity Food Services. Yum.
  • 5468796 Architecture and Storefont MB are behind it, and they want to use this night get us all thinking & talking about design (personally, I think the fact that IT’S AWESOME would have been reason enough to do it. But I’ll take great conversation with architects too!)
  • It really is going to be set up as one long table, and they’re setting it up on just a couple of hours notice to keep the location secret as long as possible! I’ve asked them a few times, and they’ve assured me they’re not kidding.

Final fact:

All 1200 seats sold out in a day. I think the only thing that went faster was Jets season tickets. I’ve got mine – but I also bought an extra pair of tickets to give away!

Tickets to the most epic dinner party you’ll ever attend could be yours. Now, I want someone who’s going to get into the spirit of things at this dinner. So hop on over to tablefor1200.ca and find the answer to this question for me: what colour are they asking guests to wear that night?

You can share it in the comments or tweet me @DowntownPeggy with the hashtag #TableFor1200 to enter – you’ve got until noon on Monday!

UPDATE:

WOW. Tons of entries for this one – I wish I had enough to take you all to the dinner! But I’ve only got one pair of tickets, and they’re going to my lucky winner….Gayle Franzmann!

Congrats Gayle! Consider your dinner plans this Saturday made, you’ll be getting an email with more information soon!

 

UPDATE #2:

I’ve gotten my hands on one more pair of tickets! Same rules – post in the comments or tweet me with the colour you’re supposed to wear and hashtag #TableFor1200 to enter. I’ll take entries till midnight tonight (May 28th)!

UPDATE #3:

I’ve got my second winner! And it is… @mremoquillo! Congrats – I’ll be tweeting you info shortly 🙂

 

Love is in the air

Peggy_Web_valentines_squareIt’s  a week until Valentine’s Day! For me this year, that means treating my single self to a night out with the girls and yummy chocolate martinis. But if you’ve got someone special you want to spend the evening with, well, that’s awesome news and I want to help spread the love around a little bit. So I’ve come up with a few potential downtown dates for Valentine’s Day!

  1. Romance the Downtown Red
    Take yourselves on a mini-retreat with a night’s stay at the Fort Garry hotel – wake up late, and indulge in their legendary Sunday brunch. And grab some classic red roses from Fresh Cuts to cap it off!
  2. Sinful
    Feeling like making the ultimate commitment? Try getting a tattoo together at Metamorphosis Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing. Since you’re already feeling a little on the naughty side, grab dinner at Dessert Sinsations, try some smokin’ heels on at ShoeNet! For flowers, I’m thinking something a little more modern from Fresh Cuts – lilies? Gerbera daisies in hot pink?
  3. For the Love of the Game
    This day should be about the person you love – and if that person is a sports lover, then here’s the plan: Get them decked out in that official Jets jersey they’ve been coveting, plus accessories like hat and scarf from Uptown Sports. Take them out to cheer along with the crowd at Tavern United, and top it off with all white flowers from Fresh Cuts- nothing says Jets like a white out!
  4. Shine Bright Like a Diamond
    Sparkle sparkle! Break out tickets to the Rihanna concert (it doesn’t happen till March 25th, but you can unwrap the gift Valentine’s Day!). Avoid the rush by coming early for cocktails at Moxie’s in the MTS Centre, get some lovely flowers from Fresh Cuts and sneak a trinket from City Jewellers into the bouquet.
  5. The Art of Love
    Make it a cultural evening – their choice of tickets to an exhibit at the WAG, or to a show at the PTE – after dinner at Mediterranean bistro Arkadash, and flowers from Fresh Cuts that are pure elegance.

So now you’ve got some ideas – but I’ve got one thing more! I’ll give one lucky winner their pick of these dates, on me – if you tell me in the comments the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone you love!

UPDATE: And the winner is…..drumroll….Joanne! For her romantic story of everything her husband does for her after 20 years together. So beautiful & sweet! Congrats Joanne and Jeff, I can’t wait to see which date you pick!

Here come the brides in droves! Yes, it’s the Wonderful Wedding Show

WWS Logo, image, and dates smIt’s here again – hundreds and thousands of brides are coming to downtown Winnipeg to find flowers, cakes, venues, and of course, dresses at the Wonderful Wedding Show. Don’t have your tickets yet? Well I do! I’ve got two pairs to give away – and an easy question to answer to get them. You might already know that downtown is bridal ground zero – the blocks by the Bay are packed full of dress shops! So – to enter, tell me who is your favorite downtown Wedding Retailer on the 2013 Wonderful Wedding Show website exhibitor listings? Hint – you can see the full list of this year’s exhibitors here. But make sure they’re located downtown to be eligible! Good luck brides!

 

UPDATE: We’ve got our winner! Congrats to Ashley, a fan of Stella’s downtown – check your email for info on how to get your tickets!