RAW:ALMOND VLOG

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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RAW:ALMOND NIGHT SIXTEEN – RIVER REPORT FEAT. CHEF ERIC LEE

Chef Eric Lee of Pizzeria Gusto talks #riverpopup. He’s a fan of the restaurant’s 2014 luxury kitchen set up complete with three-sink system (thanks Joe Kalturnyk!).

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 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.

RAW:ALMOND NIGHT EIGHT – Chef Scott Bagshaw recaps; intro by Chef Mandel Hitzer

Filmed January 31; the eighth night of RAW:almond marked the fourth night in the kitchen for Chef Scott Bagshaw of Deseo Bistro.

RAW:ALMOND NIGHT SEVEN – Post-game chef chat feat. Aron Epp and Ben Kramer

Aron Epp, Chef de Cuisine at Diversity Food’s restaurant Elements, and Ben Kramer, Executive Chef of Diversity Food Services Inc., talk RAW:almond.

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.