Members of CCFCC executive were wowed today by the fantastic potential of greenhouse technology at Mucci International in Kingsville, Ontario hosted by Nancy Hewitt of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers. Later in the day, Chef John Placko presented a transformational session on molecular gastronomy and the latest technology . The evening was capped by a visit to the Canadian Club Heritage Centre and a sampling of some of Canada’s finest.
At our May Meeting we we experienced a presentation by Chef Larry Devries of Agricultural Culinary Team Manitoba. Agriculture Team Manitoba will be representing Manitoba this fall at the Culinary Olympics.
Chef Eldon Brink and his staff provided us with a memorable buffet featuring smoked brisket at the Holiday Inn South
Meeting was sponsored by Sysco foods and Binner marketing.
Thanks to Chef Quentin Harty and the RBC Convention Center for hosting the April 12 Meeting . Sysco was our meeting sponsor and provided a fantastic buffet featuring the products of Binner Marketing. We were introduced to the fresh produce offered by Denis Dufour of Fresh Pro and had a chance to discuss the world of specialty produce. We capped the evening off with a behind the scenes tour of the new R.B.C. Convention Center. We welcome Bonnie Mularchuk of Binner Marketing and Sales as a new representative.
On Saturday April 9, 2016 CCFCC Winnipeg celebrated the year by recognizing the accomplishments of Manitoba’s finest in the culinary community. Chef Chris Coombs of Steinbach Regional Secondary School was named Chef of the Year. Chef Kyle Helash of Great West Life was named Junior Chef of the Year . Bruno Burnichon of European Gourmet was named associate member of the year. Chef Raymond Czayka was awarded the lifetime achievement award for his culinary endeavors. Excellent dinner prepared by Chef Heiko Duehrsen and his team at Qualico Centre, Assiniboine Park.
Out with the old and in with the New for 2016. How time flies when one is busy and involved with life. Our new year’s weather has started much friendlier than last year’s winter wonderland. We look forward to new initiatives and meeting new members and friends in the coming months.
They are currently working on the ice sculptures for the Ice Festival at the forks for us all to enjoy. We will all be amazed when we see the work of 40 ice carvers, who can create great works of art from simple, large blocks of ice.
The tradition of dining on Red River ice looks like it has come to an end this year and will have to be moved to land because of the mild weather, hope you have your tickets to attend, sold out again.
Your Winnipeg branch executive would like to invite you to this year’s meetings and dinners. Our executive will be busy putting together and finalizing this year’s Gala President’s Ball, April 9th at the Qualico Centre in Assiniboine Park. Please join us and help us with our branch initiatives and events. The experience of working with some of Winnipeg’s finest Chef’s and instructors is priceless.
Networking, learning, and meeting new friends will help us all become better members, associates and involved in our community.
We look forward to meeting everyone at Assiniboia Downs, January 13th for the branch meeting. Join us, mix, mingle and converse with our Western Canadian Vice President, Anthony McCarthy CCC.
Remember our branch dues are due and can be paid at our next meeting. Dues need to be sent in to national office on time to provide for our branch votes at the national conference.
Happy New Year
Paul Lemire President CCFCC Winnipeg