WINNIPEG — Once a year, diners bundle up to dine at Winnipeg’s Raw: Almond, an outdoor pop-up restaurant atop the Forks where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet, and that time has come.
“Raw: Almond is more than food, it is more than architecture. It is tenacity. It is wiping away tears of cold, warming toes in mitts and celebrating our shared climate with the warmest of friends, at a shared table with the best of food,” the restaurant’s website reads.
Creators Mandel Hitzer, Deer + Almond’s chef and owner, and Joe Kalturnyk, founding director of Raw: Gallery of architecture and design, have teamed with U.K. architects OS31 to introduce a temporary tarp-covered restaurant on the river, where guests can skate to their seats. The three-week exhibit will offer multi-course meals and a cocktail bar, and will wrap Feb. 11.
Thirty-one chefs have been invited to cook this year, including local toques Adam Donnelly, Segovia; Scott Bagshaw, Enoteca; and Talia Syrie, The Tallest Poppy. Other Canadian chefs have landed in Winnipeg to contribute, including Scott Vivian of Beast in Toronto; Emma Cardarelli of Nora Gray in Montreal and Dale MacKay of Ayden Kitchen & Bar in Saskatoon.