Winnipeg Fall Suppers – 2015


I know it’s only mid-August, but it’s time to start planning for the rush that comes with the return of the September routine. A nice break from that routine is a visit to a fall supper. If you live outside of Winnipeg, or like to travel outside of the city for your fall supper, there is a great web resource put together by Orest Kinasevych.  I didn’t see a corresponding list for fall suppers in the city, so I have decided to start one. I’ve put out some requests, but could use a few more suppers to fill out the list. If you know of a fall supper happening in Winnipeg, let me know in the comments, and I will add it to the list.

In addition to the more traditional fall suppers, I’ve added one or two fundraising dinners. These are run by Winnipeg groups aiming to create better communities within Winnipeg. While more expensive than most of the dinners, they help to promote community development and friendship, so they are on the list. By Winnipeg, I mean within the perimeter or accessible by Winnipeg Transit.

This list is appearing a fair way ahead of the suppers. Times and dates may change between now and the actual suppers.  I will attempt to get information updated as soon as possible. In many case tickets won’t be available until closer to the event itself.

I also hope to include a map, but since google maps is new to me, I want to make sure that I get the information out, just in case my map creation skills are not what I hope they are.

Fall Supper in Winnipeg

More Fall Potluck than Fall Supper, but it captures the idea quite well.

Holy Eucharist  – Annual Pickerel Fish Fry, Friday, September 18

Ticket Info

Cash Bar – Served from 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Adults – $15.00 Children 7-12 $7.00

Children 6 and under (free) hot dog meal

460 Munroe Avenue, Winnipeg.  Doors Open at 4:00pm

St. Basil the Great Parish – Perogy Supper, Fri, Sept 25, Fall Supper Sat, Oct 17

Perogy Supper: Fri Sep 25, 4-7pm

Fall Supper – Sat, Oct 17, 2015.

4 & 6 pm sittings: Adults-$15.00; 12 & under-$7.00
Tickets: Phone the church office to purchase your tickets.

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Vi-Ann Restaurant

For all the years I walked by it in Osborne Village, I never once visited Vi-Ann restaurant. I’m not sure why, although Spicy Noodle House has always been my Osborne Village stand-by. Then all of a sudden, in a controversial decision, Vi-Ann was gone. Eventually it re-opened on Notre Dame. However, it was only recently that I noticed the new location. This time I decided I had to make sure I tried it. So, in the last couple of weeks that’s what I did.

Vi-Ann Salad Rolls

Plump and fresh Shrimp and Pork Salad Rolls

The feeling when I walked in was that the space had at one time been home to some sort of chain restaurant. It turns out that it was a CIBC branch. While not a restaurant I think the fact that it was a small bank gives it something of a generic feel. As a restaurant, Vi-Anns decor is simple and straightforward. The most notable thing is a large screen TV on the one wall that plays CBC news on an endless loop. However, based on several Vietnamese restaurants that I’ve visited, I know it’s the food and not the decor that is usually the selling point. Vi-Ann is no different.

Late Supper at Vi-Ann

My first visit to Vi-Ann was on a day when it was getting later in the evening and as I wandered down Notre Dame there weren’t a lot of places still open. Vi-Ann was open until 10 pm so I knew I wouldn’t be in a rush to finish my meal. Went I when in I was told to take a seat at any table, and so I ended up right in the middle of the restaurant. While not busy there will still several tables in use. Continue reading

Hot Rod’s Filipino Grill

Hot Rod’s Filipino Grill is another of the new entries into Winnipeg’s Food Truck scene. Winnipeg is home to a large Filipino community, and in recent years restaurants such as Jeepney have been creating an impact on Winnipeg’s dining scene. Hot Rod’s Filipino Grill is building on this.

Hot Rod's Grill

There’s generally a long line up around Hot Rod’s Filipino Grill

The cart features the cooking of Rod Cantiveros and is a joint project with his son Ron, writer for the Filipino Journal, and general man about town. Originally they were just selling Longanisa sausage, but have since expanded to operating the grill. Ron tells the story behind this culinary venture in this article. I recommend that you read the article, and then go out and give Hot Rod’s Filipino Grill a try. On to the review.


Hot Rod’s offers a variety of meat skewers for $3.00 each. I’ve also had the thigh one chicken leg for $4.00. The Longadog, the highlight dish on the menu is available for $8.00 without toppings or $10.00 with. This is a little pricier than some food truck items, but the Longadog is homemade, and it is also more substantial than the smokies out on the street.  4/5 Continue reading

Holy Eucharist Fish Fry

Last night I attended the Holy Eucharist Fish Fry. Last year when I did my post on Fall Suppers, I got started a little late. As a result, I only got to three. Those were connected to my role as a priest. This year when I listed the suppers I decided to try and attend a few more. The Fish Fry at Holy Eucharist was the first.

This was a dinner that had me reminiscing as I was getting ready to go. For years I worked at the Family Foods on the corner of Watt and Kimberley. Being a bus traveler, I had rode past Holy Eucharist many times, but had never gone in. After last night I still haven’t, because the Parish Hall is located across Watt Street from the church. Still I found myself wondering if I might run into any former customers during the evening.

Holy Eucharist Hall

The Hall at Holy Eucharist is large and spacious.

Suppertime at Holy Eucharist

The meal at Holy Eucharist consisted of pickerel, potatoes, coleslaw, slices of rye bread, and peas and carrots. The pickerel had been brought into town fresh that day, and was lightly breaded. I really enjoyed the coleslaw. I’m a coleslaw fan, and this one was a real nice oil and vinegar one, without too much dressing on it. As you can see from the photo below I was served a good plateful. Dessert was a choice of vanilla or chocolate cake.

Holy Eucharist Fry

Plate of Pickerel and sides from the Holy Eucharist Fish Fry

When I arrived, the hall was only about two-thirds full. Not knowing anyone there, I took a table on my own. Like many of these suppers the tables were called up to be served by number. My table was called early. Despite having sat down by myself, shortly after I picked up my food, the table started filling up. In a few minutes the table was completely filled.

There was a family of three. Four sisters from the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, (They operate out of Holy Family Home), as well as a mother and daughter. During the course of the meal, we talked about calling, and about community. One of the pleasures of events such as fall suppers, is the general hum of conversation that goes on all around you.

I mentioned earlier that I wondered if I would see any former customers, and I have to admit that while one or two people looked familiar I didn’t run into anyone. However, I did run into Davada a friend and parishioner from Holy Trinity. It turns out she also has connections to Holy Eucharist as well as the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate. It’s great to come away from an event like the supper creating new relationships and friendships, and seeing in how many ways I’m already connected to new people.

Along the way, I also discovered that there is another supper coming up at Holy Eucharist. This is their Fall Supper, and it happens on November 8th. Their fall supper is a perogy supper and it sounds real good. Plus the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate have a women’s supper coming up. I’ll have more information on that shortly.

Finally, I decided to pick up a few silent auction tickets. Wonder of wonders, my number was called for a set of Ukranian serving dishes. It is really quite an attractive set. Though, I’m not sure yet if I will put in on my shelves or add it to the prize pool for the St. Philip’s Chili Cook-Off. Do think this will make a good prize?

Holy Eucharist Prize

My silent auction prize.

R U Caribbean Me Food Truck

Earlier this year I was followed on Twitter by a new food truck called R U Caribbean Me?! They told me they were hoping to hit the streets this summer. I kept my eyes open for the truck, but had almost given up hope that it would hit the streets this year. Fortunately, R U Caribbean Me?! made out as part of ManyFest this past weekend.

Even better the wait was definitely worth it. R U Caribbean Me?! is the second Caribbean food truck to join the Winnipeg food truck scene. The menu here is focused more on traditional/authentic Caribbean cuisine. This makes the truck a nice contrast/complement to Island Fusion.

Truck logo fro R U Caribbean Me

R U Caribbean Me?! logo

So here are my usual food truck related thoughts on R U Caribbean Me?!


The top end on this truck is the Jerk Pork or Chicken dinner. The one I ordered came with chicken, rice and peas, salad, and a beverage for $12.00. The prices aren’t tax inclusive (I’m listing with tax), but they do work out to round dollar or half-dollar amounts. On the other end are the spring rolls for $1.50 each 6/$7.50 if you are looking for a light snack.The patty was $4.00, and the pulled pork poutine worked out to $10.00. Portion sizes were generous. 4.5/5 Continue reading

Weekend Food Wanderings

This past weekend was a busy one on the food front. It started with visiting the ManyFest Food Truck Wars and ended with a games night at St. Philip’s filled with chips, licorice, and pakora. In between the weekend included more Food Trucks, and a 50th anniversary BBQ at Church of the Way.

I’m calling this post Weekend Food Wanderings because the weekend involved a whole lot of walking. This was by design because with tall the calories I was taking in I figured I should put in a little extra effort to walk some of them off.

Weekend Wrap-up

I started my weekend in the early afternoon. I had already had lunch, but still had enough room to stop at one of the trucks. I decided on the Beef Brisket from BBK. BBK is the upscale partner truck to Extreme Fries. In ordering I went with the plain sandwich and didn’t add any condiments. The brisket itself was tender and fatty in a very good way.

Weekend Beef Brisket

The Beef Brisket from BBK, a great way to kick off the weekend’s dining.

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Taste of Sri Lanka

September brings with it the return to routine. That means I spend more time in the building at St. Philip’s. As a result my travels tend to be focused in the nearby area. There are a couple of places at The Forks that I hadn’t visited yet, one of them being Taste of Sri Lanka. So I decided I would stop by a couple of times this past week.

Visiting Taste of Sri Lanka took me back to when I first tried there food. This was many years ago when they operated out of a store front location on Ellice Avenue. I really liked the original location, as the focus was as much on offering a great, friendly dine-in experience as it was on the food.

Taste of Sri Lanka Meals:

On my first visit I decided I would stick with a combo meal. I went with the spicy noodles, and a vegetable and a meat item. I went with a good bit of spice with the meal as I added the chicken curry for my meat item. The vegetables were a creamy mushroom and zucchini mixture.
wpid-wp-1442072801233.jpegThe combo prices at Taste of Sri Lanka are a little higher than at some of the other outlets at The Forks, but they still work out to a pretty good deal.

Taste of Sri Lanka also sells a variety of items such as samosas and veggie rolls. So, the second time I went I opted for a noodles with one meat combo. To that I added a veggie roll and a veggie samosa. Being that it was later in the day they were out of the meat options on those two. My meat for the combo was the butter chicken. The chicken was tender and the sauce was milder than some butter chicken dishes than I have tried.

Taste of Sri Lanka Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken with Spicy Noodles from Taste of Sri Lanka

When it came to the two sides. The veggie roll reminded me of a savoury version of an apple jack. The pastry was crispy and flaky on the outside with a tasty filling in the middle.The samosa filling also had a great deal of flavour, but I found the pastry to be very hard and dry.

Taste of Sri Lanka Veggie Roll

Taste of Sri Lanka Veggie Roll

Taste of Sri Lanka Samosa

Good filling, but the pastry was too hard.

Based on my visits, I would choose the combos before the sides, but Taste of Sri Lanka certainly delivers a lot of taste from their menu.

Taste of Sri Lanka Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato