COMMUNITY

LOVE ON ICE – GREAT CANADIAN SLEEPOUT COCOONED COUPLE SPECIAL: Chantal + Mandel = <3

Saturday, February 8 marked the sixteenth night of Mandel Hitzer’s Great Canadian Sleepout. It was also the first night newlyweds Chantal Dick and Mandel Hitzer spent together in fifteen days. These beautiful lovers had been married just over a week when Mandel moved into his temporary home in a tent on the frozen Assiniboine River. Aptly, the community-minded chef’s 21 night saga wraps up tomorrow, landing Mandel back in his marriage bed for Valentine’s Day.

Chantal Dick and Mandel Hitzer dance at their  wedding in Mexico January 13, 2014.

Chantal Dick and Mandel Hitzer dance at their wedding in Mexico January 13, 2014.

Thank you to MEC for loaning the extra cold climate sleeping bag. And thank you to Chantal for loaning the community your man, he’s certainly not the only one with a huge, giving heart!

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BIKES ON ICE! WINTER CYCLING CONGRESS STOPS TO FEAST AT RAW:ALMOND

RAW:almond 2014. Photo by Jacqueline Young.

RAW:almond 2014. Photo by Jacqueline Young.

RAW:almond is thrilled to be the first stop on Thursday’s cycling and restaurant tour, A Feast for the Winter Brave, mounted by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ as part of 2nd International Winter Cycling Congress.

The event will see a group of 40 cyclists tour Winnipeg’s core, after eating at RAW:almond the pack will stop for further sustenance at East India Company Pub & Eatery, Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea, Jane’s Restaurant and Promenade Cafe and Wine.

Diners at Moveable Feast summer 2013. Photo courtesy the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ.

Diners at Moveable Feast summer 2013. Photo courtesy the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ.

A similar dine-and-dash event, Moveable Feast 2013, was a summer success. However, it wasn’t possible for those fair weather diners to have the RAW:almond experience — by mid-June the temporary restaurant’s solid ice foundation has long melted into rushing waters.

The aim of the Winter Cycling Congress is ‘to create, promote, maintain and sustain vibrant bike-friendly cities through out the year’. Last year, the inaugural event took place in Oulu, Finland, a city we could perhaps take winter cycling style notes from as illustrated in Conference Director (and Winnipegger) Anders Swanson’s beautiful flickr set.

Follow along with WinterBikeConference on Twitter.

Cyclist on ice passes RAW:almond 2014. Photo courtesy of Anders Swanson.

Cyclist on ice passes RAW:almond 2014. Photo courtesy of Anders Swanson.

On a semi-related note, cooking for the great hall at RAW:almond February 12 and 13 is Calgarian Jason Barton-Browne. The chef is himself an avid cyclist who once peddled from Calgary to Thunder Bay in support of Camp Quality. Check him out on Twitter @therealJBB.

And, on a less related but equally neat note, Chef Ryan Lachaine comes home from Houston, TX to heat up the tasting lounge at RAW:almond February 12 and 13. His #riverpopup tweets are already quite entertaining.

RAW:ALMOND NIGHT FIFTEEN – RIVER REPORT FEAT. MANDEL HITZER AND OUTDOOR EDUCATOR SLEEPOVER PALS

Mandel is joined by four Winnipeg teachers for a night camped on the frozen Assiniboine River.

RAW:ALMOND NIGHT TEN – River Report

The crew reports from the ice on the tenth night of RAW:almond.

RAW:ALMOND AT WORK – image gallery

This collection of low grade photos offers a glimpse of kitchen action at RAW:almond 2014 thus far. Culinary talent depicted hail from these fine Winnipeg eateries: Bistro 7 1/4, deer + almond, Deseo BistroDiversity Food ServicesElements the Restaurant, Lobby on York and Segovia Tapas Bar and Restaurant. Cyrus Smith lives in Berlin.

RAW:ALMOND NIGHT EIGHT – RIVER REPORT

Night eight on the river brought diesel mittens, a light show dance party, refried bean and coconut ice cream props and Champagne tops.

WE WANT YOU!

Joe Kalturnyk

Joe Kalturnyk

We see you, Winnipeg. And we like what we see. Each evening (and weekend morning) at RAW:almond we nod in appreciation of your sartorial splendour. Your apt and calculated layering, luxe collection of vintage furs, and array of hats (OH, the hats!) speak for themselves: We’ve got a happening Northern aesthetic. A look too cool too keep under wraps. So, in the collaborative spirit of our #riverpopup we invite you to share your #ColdCouture selfies!

Simply send snaps of you and your crew at RAW:almond to erinbend@gmail.com and I’ll compile and post them. Include your name and Twitter handle if you like. We’ll all be internet famous!

RAW:ALMOND NIGHT FIVE – RIVER REPORT (MEETING VLOG)

Meet the people behind pop-up restaurant-on-ice RAW:almond.

We’re introduced to The Warden who lays down river law. Next, our intrepid team of ‘Problem Solvers’ reflect on living in a barbarian world, evoke a mega metaphor and channel spirited energy.