12 Days of Christmas: Winnipeg food version

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In honour of the holiday season, here’s a little reimagining of the 12 Days of Christmas, and an homage to Winnipeg food.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, twelve dinner dates (one for every month of the year).

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eleven dream cake slices piped with pink buttercream icing from Lilac Bakery.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten dishes, any ten dishes, created by chef Adam Donelly at Segovia.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine slices of Chocolatier Constance Popp’s gluten-free chocolate cake.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight maids making batches of Cornell Creme’s lemon meringue ice cream.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven o’clock reservations to my favourite restaurant on Saturday.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six Brisk and Boozy martinis (to share) at Spin Restaurant and Martini Bar.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five golden poutines—Turkey, Vegan, Pulled Pork, Le Quebecois and the Manitoban—at the Osborne Village Cafe.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four Chocolate Candy Cane doughnuts by Oh Doughnuts with a extra hot cappuccino at Parlour Coffee.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three cornish games hens, marinated in grainy Dijon, thyme and Grand Marnier and roasted until crispy crackling perfection at Prairie 360˚.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two bottles of bergamot citrus infused extra virgin olive oil and aged red apple balsamic vinegar from Frescolio.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: “It’s OK honey, let me pick up the cheque.”

 

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‘Tis the Season at Era Bistro inside the CMHR

Inside Era Bistro at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

Inside Era Bistro at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

Era Bistro
Main floor, Canadian Museum for Human Rights near main entrance
85 Israel Asper Way
Neighbourhood: Downtown/The Forks
Website: erabistro.ca

It’s party season. It’s get-together-with-colleagues season. It’s reconnect-with-dear-friends season. And it’s also where-should-we-go season?

It should also be try-somewhere-new season.

If you haven’t yet visited the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, you should. Aside from the remarkable exhibitions and stunning architecture, the CMHR has other charms.

House restaurant Era Bistro is impressive for its food, service and setting. Located neat the main entrance across from the museum shop, Era is an impressive space. It’s clear hotelier Ben Sparrow (the man behind Mere Hotel, Inn at the Forks and the Norwood Hotel) and executive chef Barry Saunders put much thought and time into creating Era from the light fixtures to the server uniforms to the divine lemon butter and basil that dresses perfectly pan-seared pickerel.

Saunder’s menu reflects Manitoba’s cultural and ethnic mosaic. Local staples take a starring role in dishes all across the menu.

Saunders specialties include wonton tortière with Manitoba lamb, bannock with a trio of dips, short rib poutine, venison loin with sour cherries, edamame with ginger sesame balsamic, carrot fries and beet-stained Arctic Char with olive oil snow.

Era’s decor also taps into an emerging trend in restaurants: communal dining. Diners sit at long rough-hewn wood ‘farm’ tables. You may find yourself sitting beside strangers. It’s all part of the big plan—bringing people together. That plan is perfectly instep with the museum’s mandate to educate, enlighten and shine a light on the lives of others.

Communal dining, come to think of it, is also the perfect set up for a holiday gathering, no matter what size the group.

Give Era a call, book your own communal table, and celebrate the season with friends. Who knows, maybe you’ll make some new friends too.

Roast half chicken with butternut squash and sage.

Roast half chicken with butternut squash and sage.

Bearcat pickerel with lemon, butter, basil, pickled tomato and Swiss chard.

Bearcat pickerel with lemon, butter, basil, pickled tomato and Swiss chard.

Era Bistro's cocktail command centre.

Era Bistro’s cocktail command centre.

Executive chef Barry Saunders (right) overseeing the troops inside Era's open kitchen.

Chef Barry Saunders (right) at the helm in the kitchen.

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.

On Screen Adventures: Winnipeg food gets its close-up

Chez Sophie's Sur La Pont

Chez Sophie (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

Winnipeg’s food scene is getting a well deserved close-up. In the past three years, food and travel shows have carted their cameras to some of the city’s most beloved restaurants to find out why the locals are so devoted. Now food lovers farther afield can learn why Winnipeg’s food scene is worth crowing about.

Here’s a snapshot of who’s come to town:

You Gotta Eat Here, the Food Network’s love letter to comfort food across Canada and farther afield, has visited Winnipeg several times. So far, the network has aired episodes with seven local eateries including Bistro Dansk, Blondies, Boon Burger Café, Diana’s Gourmet Pizza, Red Top Drive-In and The Tallest Poppy (in its original Main Street location). More Winnipeg episodes have already been filmed but have not aired. The show has become a fan favourite and is currently in its fourth year of production.

Here’s a link to the episode in season 2 featuring Kawaii Crêpe. Check the Food Network schedule to find out when You Gotta Eat Here airs.

Prairie Diner comes to Winnipeg via Saskatoon-based production company Zoot. Host Jody Peters takes viewers on a tour of Saskatchewan and Manitoba’s most buzz-worthy restaurants. The series has wrapped shooting of its second season. Prairie Diner has shot episodes at Baked Expectations, Chez Sophie, Elements, Steve’s Bistro, Deer + Almond, Unburger, Corrientes, Pimp my Rice and Fude. New episodes will air in 2015. So far, Prairie Diner can only be seen in Saskatchewan on City TV but you can watch episodes online here.

Fermiere pizza, Chez Sophie

Fermiere pizza, Chez Sophie

Chicken fried chicken at Deer + Almond.

Chicken fried chicken at Deer + Almond.

Deer + Almond

Deer + Almond

Roddy Seradilla's Pimp My Rice was featured on Prairie Diner. (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

Roddy Seradilla, owner Pimp My Rice

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.