Why Blogging About Food in Manitoba is Really Cool
|Chef Michael Shafer demonstrates|
Sometimes you just have to step out in faith and ask to play with the big kids. I have recently joined a FaceBook group called Manitoba Food Bloggers. I’m fortunate to be in a group there with people like Shel Zolkewich, Rebecca Hadfield, Ron Cantiveros and other luminaries of the Manitoba food blogging world. They talk about food and farming and restaurants in Manitoba and are generally awesome.
Now I am still recovering from an amazing lunch that I enjoyed on Monday, courtesy of Tourism Winnipeg as part of their kickoff of national Tourism Week. In particular, they were launching Peg City Grub, a very cool blog featuring as many as possible of Winnipeg’s 1100 restaurants. It is written and photographed by Robin Summerfield, who totally rocks, and not just because she checked out this blog and decided I was a good fit.
The event at the Forks started with a demonstration by Chef Michael Shafer, of Sydney’s at the Forks and the newly opened Rudy’s Eat and Drink. Not being a pork eater, I am not clear on the details of the tenderloin he was working on, but I do know it involved Fort Garry Dark Ale, and the smell made me hungry.
That was a good thing as we then moved on to an impressive lunch, which I live-tweeted – how nerdy can you get? Luckily so did a few other people, so I didn’t feel too freakish. I also got to meet and share a table with some delightful bloggers. Now I have some real-life faces to put to the posts I see in the FB group!
The lunch consisted of a lot of tiny courses, each supplied by a different restaurant at the Forks. I didn’t partake of all of them (in particular, I passed on the crab, bison and chicken), but those I had were delectable. A few pictures (by no means everything we were offered!) just to make you hungry, too.
|Empanada from Chilean Corner|
|Greek Salad from Zorba’s Pizza|
|MB pickerel from Fergie’s Fish ‘n Chips|
|Seasonal mini-pie from Tall Grass Prairie Bakery|
|Three-chocolate canolli from Casa Bella|
So now I am really happy I plucked up the courage to ask Robin if this event was only for the important people with big blogs. It wasn’t, and that is what this city is like.
Oh, and one more thing. Those awesome folks from Manitoba Food Bloggers are holding a bake sale on Friday at Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street, from 10 am to 2 pm, in support of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day. I will be contributing some almost-paleo brownies, which are currently making my kitchen smell good and about which I will be blogging shortly. I hope to see you there!