For the January event,
Winnipeg’s Chefs were treated to the fine hospitality of DeLuca’s who welcomed
the Winnipeg Branch of the CCF to their new facility at 66 South Landing Drive
in Oak Bluff, Manitoba.
The evening started
with a tour of the new building which functions as a massive warehouse facility
and coffee processing area in addition to providing a spacious and inviting showroom
of international foods and food preparation items. Browsing chefs were treated
to some evening specials in the store, a tour of the new facility and a
fantastic buffet featuring the foods and beverages of Italy. The open concept
of the showroom provided the chefs a chance to mingle, enjoy some fine food and
beverage and soak in the evening. Our hosts, Marco and Fabio made each and every
one feel at home at this new center for imported food in Winnipeg.
In attendance were
representatives of local food companies and local chefs as well as a strong
showing of local culinary students and
instructors at the secondary and post secondary levels.
The second part of the evening consisted of a
truly decadent evening with one of Winnipeg’s finest chocolatier’s and
patisserie, Donald Pattie C.C.C.. The Chef shared some of his secrets and
demonstrated his artistic flare with the help of his assistant and volunteers from
the audience. Chef Pattie was assisted by Boram Lee a current student at Red
River College. The presentation included a discussion of chocolate tempering
and types of chocolate, as well as touching on chocolate specific equipment and
techniques. The Chef had a chance to explore simple truffles, Almond Dragees,
Molded chocolates, Mint Fondants, Simple chocolate decoration and Mint
Meltaways. Chef Pattie encouraged participation by the standing room only crowd
who came to learn more about this pleasurable product and left with the taste
of fine chocolate on their lips.
The evening passed
quickly as the group tasted, learned and shared their love of chocolate. Chef
Pattie was recently inducted as a member of the Canadian Culinary Federations
Honor Society for his lifetime of work in the culinary arts. The group was
served up some sweet treats and expert knowledge from one of the best.
It was a full house on Sunday December 8, 2018 at the annual Canadian Culinary Federation Winnipeg Branch holiday breakfast at the Holiday Inn South. Members and their families were treated to an excellent breakfast buffet prepared by Chef Eldon Brink and his team. Chef Karl Oman provided a gingerbread table for the budding pastry chefs. The morning was presided over by Chef Paul Lemire and he was assisted in his duties by his wife Lynne. We had a visit from the man in red and gifts were provided for members children and grand children all selected by Audrey Oman. The breakfast was a fine opportunity to share some time with the Culinary Federation Winnipeg Branch family.
Red River College presented Culinary Arts students with recognition and awards at its annual Awards Reception held this November at Paterson Global Food Centre. Winnipeg CCF Educaton Chair, Ron Dobrinsky presented awards to student Anthony Carino who is the recipient of the Candadian Culinary Federation Winnipeg Branch award. At the same reception, student Joshuah Bruce received the Ron Long Award which was presented by Ron Longs granddaughter Ainsley who is a Chef and Culinary instructor. Congratulations Anthony and Joshuah!
The November meeting of the CCF Winnipeg Branch was held at Assisniboia Downs on November 14. In addition to our usual meeting , Joy Lorette , Business Development Specialist, Food and Agri-Product Processing, Manitoba Agriculture, introduced us to some Manitoba companies that came to the downs to give our membership and guests a presentation on their products. The businesses presenting included Perfect Perogies who shared a variety of their fantastic flavors, Grindhouse Fine Foods who presented some of their spicy sausages , and Baa Farm Lamb products who served up some fine lamb products including an awesome Empanda. The executive was joined by Chef Ian Shapira who will represent our youth branch members on the board. Thanks to Chef Gerry Tumillo and his team for a fine evening.
All over the world on October twentieth professional culinary organizations, chefs and cooks, get involved in doing good deeds within their local communities. Winnipeg CCF branch working with Siloam Mission, along with the partnership of Sysco Foodservice and City Bread, were able to help to provide the homeless people of Winnipeg with a nutritious and delicious meal to recognize the day.
Over four hundred meals were prepared in the morning by a brigade of culinary volunteers spearheaded by members of the Canadian Culinary Federation Winnipeg Branch and students from the Red River College Indigenous program lead by Chef Michael Fitzhenry. Outstanding efforts by Chef Karl Oman from RRC Paterson Global Foods, Chef Jared Lavellee of Via Rail, Chef instructor Jeff Bilous of Maples Collegiate, Chef Sookyung Shin of Great West Life, and Chef Hans Schweitzer guaranteed an excellent meal.
Thanks goes out to the hard working guy from Sysco, Kevin Penner and his side kick Heather, for cleaning all of the beautiful broccoli and their assistance in the service of the meals to the homeless.
Special thanks to the Chef Chris Buffington and Sous Chef Marilou from Siloam Mission who helped to guide us through their routines in serving hot meals three times a day, three hundred and sixty five days a year to those in need. Their work is an inspiration.
The Canadian Culinary Federation Winnipeg Branch would like to thank all the sponsors and volunteers who helped us to reach out to the needy on International Chefs Day. The lunch guests were very appreciative of the fine meal they received and gave us many thanks.
The Winnipeg branch of the CCF kicked off the new season with a excellent educational meeting at the Grant Park Liquor Mart. The evening, Viva Tequila was a spirited look at the intricacies’ of Tequila and the wonderful things that it can do on the palate.
The evening was guided by Gary Dawyduk who is a product expert with the liquor mart. Gary informed and entertained us with the story of this amazing product and the variations by which it is defined.
Flights of Tequila, examining the blending, regions, resting and of course the new wave of the product were matched with fantastic information and great food. Tastings were paired with culinary delights prepared by CCF Chef members. A lively discussion of the parings followed each course.
Compliments go to Chef Karl Oman for his refreshing Guacamole and Pico d Gallo, Chef Jesse Freisen for his exciting Shrimp Empanada with charred corn, Jojo di Aho and Mango salsa, and to Chef Paul Lemire for his succulent three meat chili.
Special thanks to Merchant Kitchen and Pizzeria Gusto for providing young Chefs Meagan and Ian to execute the food for the evening.
CCFCC Winnipeg gratefully thanks Manitoba Liquor Mart for the opportunity to have this expertly presented evening in their beautiful facility.
The biggest news out of the National Canadian Culinary Federation conference this June was that the Sysco Senior Challenge Competitor from Winnipeg, Chef Gordon Bailey a Red River College Culinary instructor took second place in Canada’s top culinary competition.
In the junior competition, also held in Charlottetown , Prince Edward Island, the second place winner was also from Winnipeg and is Argie Garcia a Red River College culinary student and apprentice at the St. Charles Country Club.
Both Chefs Gordon and Argie faced some stiff competition and performed in a very professional and composed manner that does us proud. Congratulations.
Chef Peter Ecker and the food service team hosted the June meeting of CCF Winnipeg at Sysco’s modern facility. Ten local suppliers showed the chefs why Manitoba is a leader in new and innovative products. Each supplier provided information on their products and chefs were then given the opportunity to see the products being used in new and creative ways. Thanks to Chef Peter, Dannys Whole Hog, Gorp Energy Bars, Saputo , Bones and Marrow, Canadian Birch, Tropi Gelato, , Floating Leaf Wild Rice, Canadian Birch and Smack Dab mustard.
Chef Donald Pattie CCC was inducted into the CCF Honor Society at the annual Honor Society Dinner at Holland College, in Charlottown P.E.I. as part of the national convention held this weekend. Chef Pattie is recognized for his many accomplishments in the field of pastry art and technology. His work has included many fine pieces on the national and international stage as well as being the mentor for hundreds of bakers, patisserie and culinary artists. Congratulations Chef Donald.
On May 9, 2018 the Winnipeg Branch of the CCF and Pratt’s held a dinner meeting to honor the accomplishments and to present lifetime memberships to Chef Takashi Murakami and Associate Werner Saxler of City Bread. We were there to recognize the years that these individuals have contributed to Winnipeg’s Culinary Community. A wonderful reception of food and drink greeted the members as they arrived at the elegantly decorated Bistro. Pratt’s Corporate Chef Ferdinand Catalan followed up the hot and cold appetizers with a three course dinner.
Lifetime Associate Gaspar Scholtz presented the Associate Lifetime Membership award to Werner Saxler of City Bread and spoke of Werner’s dedication and endeavours to further the association and the industry.
Chef John Reimers presented the Chef Lifetime Membership to Chef Takashi Murakami and spoke of his many accomplishments including the order of Canada. Chef Hans Schweitzer presided over the evening and also shared some memories from the long career of Chef Murakami.
Grant Avery and Gord Harris of Pratt’s presented a memento to Chef Murakami and expressed the sentiments of the gathering in once again congratulating the Chefs long and illustrious career.
Earlier in the evening there was a short presentation from Lorey Appelle from Arctic Coop to inform us of existing employment opportunities for hospitality professionals in the far north.