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Red River College's Culinary Exchange: Lunch Spot - Red River College Campus

Red River College Campus

By: PegCity GrubMarch 4, 2014 // Food Tours

Culinary Food Exchange, Red River College
Culinary Exchange Dining Room, Red River College

Red River College
Exchange District Campus
Address: 160 Princess Street
Neighbourhood: Exchange District
Website: http://rrc.ca/index.php?pid=8560

In any city, there can never be enough great casual lunch spots. In Winnipeg, add Culinary Exchange to the list.

This daytime-only eatery also serves as a cafeteria for Red River College students studying at the Exchange District campus.

Other than its on-campus location, this eatery is nothing like a cafeteria. Located inside a completely renovated and modernized heritage building, the dining room is flooded with natural light through floor to ceiling, south-facing windows. Not a fluorescent light to be found anywhere.

While students are the eatery's primary guests, you'll spot locals, business folk and other non-studious types. Everyone is welcome, and frankly, you won't feel out of place no matter what demographic you represent.

Culinary students, under the guidance and direction of ever-present instructors, man the kitchen. This on-the-job training is all part of Red River's Culinary Arts Program. (This program has churned out many outstanding chefs over the years including top-Canadian chefs Eric Lee of Pizzeria Gusto and Segovia's Adam Donnelly, to name just two.)

Back inside the Culinary Exchange, lunch is ordered at the counter from a menu that changes every day. Soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers are standard fare but nothing feels standard. (House-cut french fries deserve a mention here for their crispy potatoey greatness.)

On a recent visit, grilled cheese was the temptress. March weather calls for grilled cheese. Extra brie and crisp asparagus added oomph to this classic lunch favourite. A lightly dressed Caesar salad hit the spot, too.

Meanwhile, a friend opted for pulled pork on her version. Tender, moist and sweet morsels of pork added extra heft. Spicy marinara sauce on the side delivered a nice warm hit of heat in every dipped bite.

Grilled cheese with brie and asparagus, Culinary Exchange at Red River College
Grilled cheese with brie and asparagus, Culinary Exchange at Red River College

Grilled cheese with pulled pork, Culinary Exchange at Red River College
Grilled cheese with pulled pork, Culinary Exchange at Red River College

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