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.

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.

Food Matters Manitoba – Farmers’ Feast Manitoba, Thursday, September 10th

This event is held out at the St. Norbert Farmer’s Market. All information, including the ordering of tickets, can be found online.

Tickets – $100.00, a $35.00 charitable deduction receipt is given with each ticket purchased.

Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

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

South Osborne Permaculture Commons – Harvest Dinner, Sunday, September 20,

Check out the Website for full dinner information.

Early bird Tickets: $100.00

After September 6 Tickets: $125.00

Centro Caboto Centre – In cucina con Chef Massimo Capra, Wednesday, September 23

This dinner is in support of the Italian-Canadian League of Manitoba.

Tickets: $100.00

You can find out more information by checking out this poster.

St. Basil the Great Parish – Perogy Supper, Fri, Sept 26, Fall Supper Sat, Oct 18

Perogy Supper: Fri Sep 26, 4-7pm

Fall Supper – Sat, Oct 18, 2014.

4 & 6 pm sittings: Adults-$15.00; 12 & under-$7.00
Tickets: John 204-889-3768 / Harry 204-832-0265


St Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church Fall Supper – Sunday, September 27th

St Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church 35 Marcie Street. 2 sittings: 3 & 5:30 p.m. Adults: $15; Children (6-12): $5; Under 5: free Tickets Anne 204-793-1581 or 204-667-9588

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Johnny’s Marion Street

When I started working at St. Philip’s I also started to explore the neighbourhood restaurants. One of the first was the Marion Street Eatery. At the time I noticed there were a couple of other restaurants. Dairy Wip and Johnny’s, close by. I made a mental note of this, but unfortunately  my memory isn’t what it once was, so I forgot my intention.

Then, a couple of months go, the owners of Johnny’s happened to show up at St. Philip’s one Sunday, and I was reminded about the restaurant.

Johnny’s is a Greek-Canadian restaurant. One of the things about visiting Johnny’s is that it took me back to when I first moved into the West End. There was a similar restaurant called Minerva’s on Sargent Avenue. It was a favourite place for breakfast with a group of guys from church. Minerva’s closed and the group has moved to various parts of the city but we still keep in touch from time to time.

Johnny's Pancakes

Pancakes from Johnny’s

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Sermon, Sunday August 16

This is the continuation of the sermons on John Chapter 6. Unfortunately, last weeks sermon didn’t save properly.

Aug 16

John 6:51-58

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”





Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage

I recently posted my thoughts on A Homemade Life, Molly Wizenberg’s memoir with recipes. I enjoy these types of books. Whether they be memoirs, essays, or as in the case of my favourite food book The Supper of the Lamba work of theologyThe Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family & How We Learn to Eat, also falls into this category.

Cassoulet cover

The Cassoulet Saved our Marriage

The book is divided into three parts, each of which corresponds to the subtitle.

Many of the entries in the first part deal with food and ethnicity. or food and culture. Neal Pollack’s chapter entitled Food Fight is one of the highlights. Food Fight deals with his experiences in having the internet critique his parenting skills. It is humourous and a cautionary tale all at once.

The second section deals with family. The titular cassoulet is featured in this section. What I found compelling in this story is how the tradition at it’s centre became a source of reflection and reconsideration for the authors.

I found the third section to be the one I appreciated most. Grant & Harper, the editors, met through Literary Mama, a site that subheads itself as “reading for the maternally inclined.” The third section is focused on getting kids to eat and instilling into them a love of good food. The editors also have a blog that is entitled Learning to Eat.

What I found particularly satisfying in this section is the emphasis on there being no one right way.The experiences of the writers were diverse and focused on what worked for their family. This, to a lesser sense is true of the book’s general tenor. This is a collection of stories that allows the reader to find points of connection with the writers, rather than prescribe one approach.

Bad and Plenty, Edward Lewine, encapsulates both the the good and the bad of our approaches to our children and how they ate. Told with genuine hilarity this tale around a school’s Holiday Party is at times both encouraging and horrifying. It’s reading a chapter like this that makes me think never having had children isn’t all that bad.

In general though, The Cassoulet Saved our Marriage offers an encouraging view of eating and eating together

Like A Homemade Life, The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage features recipes at the end of each chapter. The difference between the two books is that the recipes in Cassoulet are not always as intimately tied to the chapters of which they are a part. This time around I didn’t attempt to recreate any of the recipes.

This is a book I would certainly suggest you add to your culinary bookshelf. Or if you don’t have a culinary bookshelf, use this book to start one.

Danny’s All-Day Breakfast

It’s been a while since I’ve done any posts about dining at The Forks. So, with the new additions coming in the next few months I figured I should get back to finishing my round up of the current options. The latest place I’ve been checking out is Danny’s All-Day breakfast.

I have to admit that I’ve always found Danny’s a little odd. Perhaps it’s the little man in what looks like an American flag outfit. Perhaps it’s the fact that the name sounds like it’s trying to confuse people into thinking they’re eating at Denny’s. Still, I thought I’d give it a chance.

Danny's Breakfast special

The Breakfast special from Danny’s

Danny’s for Breakfast and Lunch:

One of the first things that I have to say I like about Danny’s is it’s location. It’s situated just across from the Beachcomber. The best part of this location is the grouping of about half a dozen tables to sit at.

I think my best description of Danny’s would be that someone had taken a diner and plunked it down in the middle of a food court. Aside from the all-day breakfast choices they specialize in soups, sandwiches, salads, and chili.

Danny's Pan Scrambler

The Pan Scrambler breakfast option from Danny’s

I’ve tried the breakfast special, the lumberjack and the pan scrambler. Although the breakfast special is the best price wise, and the the lumberjack portion wise, I’d would go with the pan scrambler. For one thing it comes with plenty of melted cheese on top. For another, there is a greater depth of flavour to the dish as well.

The diner image was driven home to me when I ordered the taco salad for lunch. Instead of using a taco bowl, they spread taco chips on the plate and then added the other salad ingredients. This is I can imagine as something I would find in a mom and pop kind of cafe. I was also quite please with the amount of tomato, etc in the filling. The ground beef wasn’t the most copious, but not bad either.

Taco Salad at Danny's

Danny’s Taco Salad.

I’ve also given the Chili with Texas Toast a try. I don’t have a picture of this, but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of it. It also had a decent little kick to it.

As far as service goes, my orders have been prepared quite quickly each time I’ve been. This has been true when I’ve been the only person ordering or when there have been a few people in line before me. If you’re down at The Forks and in the mood for breakfast, Danny’s is worth a try.
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Homemade Life-Review

Often my book buying decisions are made by the bargains being offered for Amazon Kindle. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from my Kitchen Table, by Molly Wizenberg. I’ve said before that I’m not a fan of cookbooks, but do like food books that contain the odd recipe. A Homemade Life falls into the latter category.

While A Homemade Life serves as a coming of age tale for the author, it also serves as a love letter to her father. It was his death that both Orangette, her blog, and this book found their genesis. Yet it’s even more than that. As Wizenberg says at the end of the introduction:

That’s why this book is called A Homemade LIfe. Because, in a sense, that’s what we’re building – you, me, all of us who like to stir and whisk – in the kitchen and at the table. In the simple acts of cooking and eating, we are creating and continuing the stories that are our lives.

Each chapter in the book chronicles a story or period from her life, and the recipes that follow at the end of each chapter relate back to that story.

I decided that I would try one of the recipes before I wrote about the book. I chose what is probably the simplest recipe in the book but it is also connected to one of the most moving parts of the book. The chapter and recipe is called Italian Grotto Eggs and deals with Ms. Wizenberg cooking for her father as he is approaching his death from cancer. The writing is straight forward and the emotional pull it generates is genuine.

While her father’s life and dying are at the centre of the book, it is no way a sad work. There is much love and joy in what Wizenberg recounts. A Homemade Life shows how cooking and eating together can transform both the small parts of our lives and the bigger, more difficult life events we face.

A Homemade Life Recipe:

Below, I’ve copied the recipe for Italian Grotto Eggs:

(Wizenberg states at the beginning that she uses exact measures for her recipes and expects her readers to do so as well. I followed that advice, but I had to use 35% Whipping Cream. I couldn’t find heavy cream.)

Italian Grotto Eggs:

1 Tablespoon (1/2 ounce) unsalted butter

5 Large eggs

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream(I substituted Whipping Cream)

3 Tablespoons fresh goat cheese, such as Laura Chenel, coarsely crumbled

Freshy ground black pepper, for serving

Melt the butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Crack the eggs into a small bowl and beat them lightly with a fork. Add the salt land cream and beat to blend.

When the pan is hot, pour in the eggs and swirl to coat. Reduce the heat to low, and using a heatproof rubber spatula, stir the eggs gently, scraping the spatula along the bottom of the skillet, until they are loosely set in large, pillowy curds They should be slightly runnier than you want them. Remove the pan from the heat and scatter the goat cheese over the eggs. Give them one more gentle stir to melt and distribute the cheese.

Serve immediately, with additional salt and black pepper to taste and, if you like, slices of buttered toast.

Yield: Two Servings

Molly Wizenberg: A Homemade LIfe: Stories and Recipes from my Kitchen Table, Location 1741, Amazon Kindle version

Italian Grotto Eggs A Homemade Life

Italian Grotto Eggs from A Homemade Life. Simple, yet with a rich, comfortable taste and texture