Great Canadian Sleepout

MANDEL HITZER’S GREAT CANADIAN SLEEPOUT – NIGHT TWENTY-ONE

Tucking in for his final night sleeping on the frozen Assiniboine River Mandel Hitzer reflects on creation and the inevitability of letting go. And, surprise! Chantal is back to spend another night with Mandel for the newlyweds’ one month anniversary.

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!

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.

GREAT CANADIAN SLEEPOUT ON BTV WINNIPEG

Drew Kozub of Breakfast TV Winnipeg visits Mandel Hitzer’s frozen river campsite to wake up chef for a chat.

There are many ways to donate to the Great Canadian Sleepout in support of Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, FortWhyte Alive and Resource Centre for Manitobans who are Deaf-Blind. Stop by deer + almond, The Forks Market office (2nd floor), RAW:almond or online via paypal here.

MANDEL HITZER’S GREAT CANADIAN SLEEPOUT – NIGHT FOUR (THE MORNING AFTER)

Mandel reports on improved sleeping conditions, talks about community and tradition, and puts out an open call for art and collaboration at RAW:almond.

#GreatCanadianSleepout

MANDEL HITZER’S GREAT CANADIAN SLEEPOUT – NIGHT THREE (SPIRITUAL AWAKENING)

Mandel beds down for night three of twenty-one on the frozen confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers in Winnipeg. He gives thanks for good people all around and reflects on the most challenging night for crew of RAW:almond 2014 so far. Our intrepid chef realizes his routine is changing. That his spirit is changing. He receives a powerful gift.

#GreatCanadianSleepout

#GreatCanadianSleepout

For more information about the community organizations Mandel Hitzer believes are worth spending three weeks camped on a frozen river for, please click through.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg

FortWhyte Alive – FortWhyte Farms program

Resource Centre for Manitobans who are Deaf-Blind

There are many ways to donate to the Great Canadian Sleepout in support of Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, FortWhyte Alive and Resource Centre for Manitobans who are Deaf-Blind. Stop by deer + almond, The Forks Market office (2nd floor), RAW:almond or online via paypal here (please select Great Canadian Sleepout).