New & Noteable: WAG’s Olympus Flavours of Art

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Dinner and a movie is so passé.

Today’s modern urbanites like their dinner with a side of art. That’s the thinking behind Olympus Flavours of Art, an evening for food and art lovers that runs May 14.

WAG’s signature dinner-and-tour program starts with a thematic three-course, fixed-menu dinner followed by a tour of the exhibit. Check out all the details here.

Dinner is served inside TABLE, WAG’s top-floor restaurant. TABLE, formerly Storm Bistro, has recently undergone a menu upgrade and rebranding. Chef Mark Andrew and his team are behind the changes at TABLE and are the culinary team behind the flavours portion of Flavours of Art. Take a look at the new restaurant menu here.

Italian Seafood Stew with Lobster, Shrimp and Clams, cous cous, vegetables and white truffle oil

Italian seafood “stew” with lobster, shrimp, clams, couscous, vegetables and white truffle oil (Peg City Grub)

The three courses are inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean, in honour of WAG’s new show Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin, which runs April 26 to April 17, 2016.

Olympus is the first major exhibition of classical antiquities in Winnipeg in more than 50 years. The exhibition of Greek and Roman art dates back from the 5th century to the 2nd century AD. Marble statues and reliefs, terracotta vases, jewelry and bronze statuettes are some of the 160-plus pieces in the exhibit.  The pieces are from three Berlin-based museums: the Berlin State Museum, Altes Museum and Pergamonmuseum.

Olympus Flavours of Art will run periodically throughout the duration of the exhibition. More dates will be announced soon. Dinner is served at 6 p.m., followed by an exhibition tour at 7:30 p.m. The first Olympus, Flavours of Art runs Thursday May 14. WAG’s director and CEO Stephen Borys will lead the tour after dinner.

Chocolate ravioli with blackberry sorbetto

Chocolate ravioli with blackberry sorbetto (Peg City Grub)

Tickets cost $80 for WAG members and $85 for non-members. For tickets click here.

WAG’s Flavours of Art series have been hugely popular. The museum hosted several Dine with Dali dinners during the fall and into the new year. Olympus Flavours of Art is expected to be just as popular.

Pergamonmuseum in Berlin. Designed by Alfred Messel and Ludwig Hoffman. Built between 1910 and 1930.(All photos courtesy of WAG.)

Pergamonmuseum in Berlin. Designed by Alfred Messel and Ludwig Hoffman. Built between 1910 and 1930. (Photo courtesy of WAG.)

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New & Noteable: Nick’s on Broadway

Nicks on Broadway

Pastrami on rye at Nicks on Broadway.

Nick’s on Broadway
287 Broadway
204-891-3636
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Website: nicksonbroadway.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicksonbroadway
Twitter: nickswicheswpg

Winnipeg is in the midst of a meat battle. Or, at the vary least, a meat skirmish.

First King + Bannatyne opened shop in Fall 2014 with it’s short but sweet menu of slow roasted, hand carved meat sandwiches.

In mid-January came Nick’s on Broadway, a new breakfast and lunch stop featuring a menu of out-of-the-ordinary breakfast and lunch fare built on an everything-made-in-house foundation, including a pastrami to die for.

Meanwhile, Sherbrook Street Delicatessen, a Kosher-style deli with all those same principles, is scheduled to open in March.

All three delis are located in separate neighbourhoods: the Exchange District, Downtown and Wolseley. So, if the restaurant gods can get along, there will be business for everyone.

If the taste of Nick’s pastrami on rye is any indication, this sandwich shop and café will be in Winnipeg for years to come. In a recent visit hosted by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, we sampled: hot pastrami with hot mustard on marble rye by City Bread; Vegetarian Rambo with a soy-braised portabello mushroom, tomatoes and feta; and the Broadway beef dip with herb-roasted beef and rosemary jus.

From the first bites of the pastrami, it was clear that food is loved and respected at Nick’s. Tender, loving care was taken in its preparation, roasting and carving. Thicker-than-average slices were piled high between the rye slices. Bites were tender, luscious and perfectly seasoned and the tang of spicy mustard finessed this little treasure.

There is something so satisfying about this kind of simplicity. The sandwich is meat, bread and mustard. There’s nowhere to hide if any of those elements fails.

There were no failures at Nick. The veggie sandwich, loaded with a thick portabello was, in its own right, a meaty bite. The salt of the feta partnered well with the slight sweet of the tomatoes. (Bravo Nick’s for finding tomatoes in January that actually taste like tomatoes.)

Nick’s on Broadway is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Here’s a look at the menu. Starting February 21, 2015, the deli will be open for breakfast and brunch/lunch from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Nicks on Broadway

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Igloo Ice Bar at Rudy’s Eat and Drink now open

Igloo ice bar at Rudy's Eat and Drink.

Welcome to Igloo ice bar at Rudy’s Eat and Drink. (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

Rudy’s Eat and Drink: Igloo Ice Bar
375 Graham Avenue (Manitoba Hydro Place)
204-421-9094
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Facebook: facebook.com/RudysWinnipeg
Twitter: @Rudys_Winnipeg
Website: http://www.rudyseatanddrink.com/home

Something fantastic is happening in Winnipeg these days.

Our days of hibernating through winter are over. And it’s about time. Sure it’s cold, but cold can be fun too.

Enter Igloo Ice Bar. This ice lounge, complete with DJ, shot luge, arctic-inspired drinks and a 10-plus-foot long ice bar opens Friday February 6. Brought to you by the folks at Rudy’s Eat and Drink, it’s an incredible novelty but with real function. Why haven’t we done this sooner, Winnipeg?

The full-service bar lives behind Rudy’s in their existing patio space. On a preview night, a bunch of local media test drove the space. The lounge is protected by the elements, to a degree, by a tent. Mood lighting changes from blue to magenta to pink every few seconds. Drinks are served by parka and mukluk-wearing bartenders. An sofa, chair and table made of ice are part of the frosty decor too. A local ice maker made about 20 blocks of ice for the bar. A back bar made of ice that will hold bottles is still in production as is the shot luge.

This new winter patio is part of a bigger plan by the folks at Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. The organization is encouraging more area restaurants erect their own winter patios.  Here are a few photos of Igloo. It’s open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

It’s a rad space that everyone should check out. So bundle up, have a cocktail on ice and embrace winter.

Igloo ice bar at Rudy's Eat and Drink.ib33ib44

Peg City Grub is your ultimate source for everything foodie in Winnipeg. From the hottest chefs to the best new restaurants to the most delicious events, we’ve got you covered. Follow us on Twitter @pegcitygrub and visit www.tourismwinnipeg.com for more on the city’s fabulous dining options. 

Peg City Grub is a Tourism Winnipeg culinary initiative.