Buffalo Point Resort has garnered a national accolade for an Indigenous-inspired dish served up at its restaurant.
Fire and Water Bistro collected the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada’s Inspiring Indigenous Culinary Award at the 2019 International Indigenous Tourism Conference, held Nov. 12-14 in Kelowna, B.C.
The winning dish is braised bison with mango salsa and citrus cream on a bed of Reed River rice.
It’s that last ingredient that caught the judges’ attention, Landon Kroeker, marketing manager for Buffao Point Development Corp., explained Tuesday.
"We harvest the rice usually around late September, and we use it in the restaurant."
Reed River rice grows wild around the Reed River near Buffalo Point. Members of the First Nation still gather it in canoes. The resort also has a harvester machine.
"It’s a dish that has so much culture behind it," Kroeker said. "It’s our hottest seller, for sure."
Kroeker said it’s the restaurant’s first culinary award.
"We’re trying to make our menu at Buffalo Point more reflective of the land, and trying to incorporate what we can from the area into our dishes."
A representative from Travel Manitoba accepted the award on the resort’s behalf at the gala.
Kroeker said more Indigenous-inspired menu options are in the works, including a tea steeped with local herbs.