Community

Meet our friends in the community! Here we would like to create a continually evolving list of our foodie friends, purveyors, writers, restauranteurs, community organizations and just people we think you might want to know. (Most of the descriptions are ripped right off our friends’ websites. We don’t want to take credit for their beautiful writing.)

If you want your website added to this list, just drop us a line at chef@alexanderskitchen.ca

 

Manitoba Food Bloggers

Peppers & Pennies is a cooking blog focused on creating home cooked classics and comfort food on a small budget. Beyond that, the recipes featured are that of an accessible palette and are sure to please picky eaters and self-proclaimed foodies alike.

Peg City Grub: Here’s the thing about eating: It’s a lot of fun. We’ve been told food should be local, organic and good for you. Fair enough, but above all we want my food to taste great. Our quest? To help visitors and locals find the best food in Winnipeg. Peg City Grub is a Tourism Winnipeg initiative, providing culinary tourists a guide showcasing where to eat in Winnipeg.

Dining with Donald is the food blog of Donald MacKenzie, an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land.  Currently serving as Priest at St. Philip’s Norwood Anglican Church. His blog is focused on Food.  It will feature reviews of places to eat, books, and the odd recipe. He also writes about what it means to gather together around food.

Kev’s Kitchen is a blog that is packed full of recipes created by local food lover, cook and strongman Kevin Bailey. I have had the pleasure of cooking an event with this man as well as enjoying a few too many sazeracs with him. Kevin has more kitchen gadgets in his home than any restaurant I have ever worked in and a heart of gold.

Nothing food related happens in this town without Shel Zolkewich knowing about it. She writes about the outdoors, travel and food when she’s not playing outside, on the road or eating. Her recent adventures have included a trip to the tundra to serve as cook at a caribou hunting camp and making a long overdue journey to Ukraine with her dad Merv. Shel has recently delved into the world of food styling and her work can be seen on local tv and in magazines.

Purveyors

To contact people from the small farm community, got to Direct Farm Manitoba to find out about and connect with local farmers.

Another great source for a variety of local food is My Farmer’s Market. He gathers from all around to provide you with fresh, local and organic produce. They have also just opened a grocery store at 2145 Portage Ave.

St. Leon’s Market – the place that sells “real” food. What started out as a small youth gardening project, has grown into a seasonal outdoor farm market that sells produce grown or made by over 200 local producers. From juicy local strawberries to freshly baked bread, we pack our shelves with only the best that can be found across Manitoba. If you need local, fresh, delicious produce in Winnipeg, or are looking for high-quality bedding plants at a friendly, helpful garden center inside the city, come say hi!

Since 1997, Crampton’s Market has been supplying Winnipeggers with the freshest seasonal local Manitoba produce. We’ve come a long way since those first years in our tiny shop. Erin Crampton and Marc DeGagne work tirelessly each summer to bring you and your families the best local food possible. If it’s local and in season, Crampton’s has it.

Boundary Creek Farm is located in the Interlake, west of Winnipeg Beach. Their farm is a nice mix of trees, yard site, and fertile land. They have 3 acres in vegetables. Our friends Geoff and Theresa Dyck run the farm, armed with piles of energy and a desire to grow our own food, Boundary Creek Farm started with very modest intentions of supplying others with food. They believe after all, that we are one and the same as the earth and what we do to our home, we do to ourselves.

De Luca’s Specialty Food Store is our favourite Italian market in Winnipeg. We’ve been shopping there since we were teenagers. Alex was named an “honourary italian” by one of the De Luca boys. Established in 1968 as a grocery store and small restaurant featuring authentic Italian foods. Great place to go for cheese, bread, meats, salume, fresh produce and interesting imported products. Go upstairs and grab an espresso before you shop. We love the lively, family grocery shop atmosphere.

Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company believes that good bread is made when we work with our Mother the Earth in a spirit of gratitude and with loving responsiveness to her needs and ours. Together with the Earth, those who grow, those who mill, those who bake and those who buy – each offer a unique gift to the creation of the Tall Grass Product. Our bakeries are the meeting place where the loaf of bread is born and begins to sing its own song.

La Belle Baguette is a cute little bakery in the heart of St. Boniface. We discovered it while at  hockey playoffs with our youngest at the Notre Dame Arena. I crossed the street just to grab a couple coffees, after enjoying a ham and gruyere quiche baked in croissant dough, I returned to the rink with two large brown grocery bags filled with delicious baked goods. I couldn’t resist.

Old Church Bakery makes bread the old fashioned way. Using sourdough cultures and long fermentation they make breads that aren’t only tasty but are easier to digest and more nutritious. Every loaf takes 3 days to make. Their bread tastes like the love that that goes into it.

If you are looking for high quality naturally raised meats, your best bet is to go up main street, just north of the perimeter to Frig’s Natural Meats and More. The offer high quality beef, pork, bison, chicken, turkey and lamb much of it from their own farm. They make naturally smoked meats and sausages, gluten free sausages and nitrate free cured meats.

One of my favourite butcher’s is Marcello at Marcello’s Meats on Meadowood. He sells certified angus beef, local pork, a wide variety of cured meats and sausages, cheese and lots of interesting grocery items. He has also developed a little specialty of gluten free products. Mostly, Marcello is a super friendly guy to talk to and will cut anything just the way you want it.

Denny’s Meat Market is a classic, old school butcher. They still bring in whole sides. They specialize in fresh beef, pork, and poultry and also carry bison and lamb. They are also a great place to find the weird cuts like oxtail, tongue and feet. They make a wide variety of sausages that are all gluten free.

The best place for you to buy fish in this town is Gimli Fish Market. They now have four locations around town to serve you conveniently. During fishing season they are the best place for local pickerel. They carry smoked goldeye, whitefish and tulibee. Check their website for their weekly fresh list. They also carry a wide range of frozen seafood.

If you are looking for exotic or hard to find asian products, check out Young’s Market. They have two locations, one on Mc Phillips and one on William. Each trip to their store is a unique adventure, with exotic surprises and amazing deals to be discovered during each visit.

Restaurants

Winnipeg has so many great restaurants, and any list we make would leave some out, but here are a few of our favourites right now

Cafe 1958 for simple home cooking done right with quality ingredients. Open for breakfast and lunch from Wednesday to Sunday, 8am to 2pm

Segovia Tapas Bar for innovative takes on Spanish tapas.

Close Co. for delicious cocktails and tasty snacks in a super intimate (12 seat) environment. You will leave having made new friends.

The Tallest Poppy for great, where the deep south meets the north end. Super cool vibe.

Roost for classic cocktails and creative dishes to pair with them.

Clementine for truly delicious brunch

The Grove for a cosy neighbourhood pub.

The Cornerstone for great eats and a good beer selection. They serve til 1 am! Late at night the room is filled with restaurant industry folks.

Marion Street Eatery for delicious comfort food, tasty soups and great sandwiches. Its always packed at lunch.

Community Organizations

Siloam Mission is  connecting point between the compassionate and Winnipeg’s less fortunate, Siloam Mission is a Christian humanitarian organization that alleviates hardships and provides opportunities for change for those affected by homelessness.

Winnipeg Harvest is a not-for-profit, community-based organization committed to providing food to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families. We are also committed to maximizing public awareness of hunger while working towards long-term solutions to hunger and poverty. Founded in 1984, Winnipeg Harvest opened its doors July 1, 1985. Our immediate goal was, and continues to be, to feed hungry people.

West Broadway Youth Outreach is a drop-in recreational & life skills program for youth ages 4 and up in the West Broadway area & beyond. We provide year round, free after-school & summer programming in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. WBYO ensures that local children have opportunities to learn and grow in an atmosphere where their basic emotional, social and educational needs are met and supported by positive role models.

Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc. (RaY) is a non-profit street-level agency working with street-entrenched and homeless youth up to the age of 29. RaY is non-judgmental and non-partisan, employing a harm reduction approach to all interactions with youth in need.

NorWest Co-op Community Health engages our community in cooperative health and wellness. We run a community-based organization.