Stella’s has moved into new territory. While the local café conglomerate closed its Sherbrook Street and Osborne Village restaurants amid the pandemic, the company opened a new location in the Courts of St. James at 2727 Portage Ave., earlier this month.
There’s more beer news brewing beyond Winnipeg’s borders, as it appears a new brewery in Dauphin is getting closer to opening its doors. A permit application on the Liquor, Gaming & Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LGCA) website lists Obsolete Brewing Company, to be located on 2nd Ave. NW in Dauphin. They’ll join other non-Winnipeg craft brewers in Morden, Steinbach, Brandon (which apparently has a second brewery coming down the pipes), Neepawa and (also soon-ish) Gimli.
Fried Chicken Fest kicked off this week with dozens of local restaurants vying for the title of top bird. The first food festival of the year runs until Jan. 22 and diners can vote for the deep-fried dish that will rule the roost at friedchickenfest.ca.
Ben: Like many, we’re re-evaluating how and what we eat around here in the new year, which has meant adding a few new recipes into rotation for the good old Instant Pot. (Currently the only regular dish we make is a vegan chili, a variation on a recipe from Kitchen Treaty which, I must say, is exceptional.) The other day we made a very good Brazilian-style vegetable curry from the Instant Pot Vegetarian Cookbook, and it was fab. (Related: do NOT chop hot chiles and then touch your face, especially your eyes!)
I just finished this month’s Free Press Book Club selection, Waubgeshig Rice’s excellent 2018 novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow. As winter sets in, the power goes out in a northern Anishinaabe community, then all communications with the outside world are lost. Stragglers from southern communities begin showing up to escape the unnamed catastrophe, and the increasingly tense dynamic in the community comes to a head as the months wear on. It’s a quick but gripping read. If you want to join the virtual book club meeting with myself, Rice and folks from McNally Robinson Booksellers on Monday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m., you can sign up or learn more here.
Eva: I’ve been listening to a lot of good music lately. Winnipeg’s Boy Golden has been on repeat and I’m digging Montreal singer-songwriter Ada Lea’s 2021 album. In a fit of pre-Omicron euphoria, I purchased tickets for James Vincent McMorrow’s show at The Park Theatre in March and am crossing my fingers (and toes) that it doesn’t get cancelled.
Julie Penner, audio producer, and Susan Algie, executive director of the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation at a No. 10 bus stop. The two worked on Archi10, a new app that delivers an audio tour of local buildings while travelling along the No. 10 bus route. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press file)
Last month, I wrote about the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation’s new bus-powered audio tour and I would highly recommend downloading the Archi10 app for a relaxing way to see the city. It highlights buildings along the No. 10 bus route and is narrated by John K. Samson and Andrina Turenne.
The Winnipeg Free Press turns 150 years old (!) this year and we’ve got some fun projects in the works to celebrate the milestone. One of which is a community cookbook that is set to launch later this month. We’ll have more details to share soon, but you can start combing through your recipe cards in the meantime.
Recipes and reviews
Mushroom tart: Find Chef Mark McEwan recipe and tips for cooking a crowd-pleasing savoury mushroom tart here.
"When it comes to holiday cooking, don’t be shy," Chef Mark McEwan writes. "Holiday meals need to be dynamic and diverse." (James Tse)