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The Poutine Cup

Posted on August 18, 2014

the poutine cup logoIt has been said that the best dishes contain only 3 ingredients. This stands true for the classically Canadian dish known as poutine, which contains the holy trinity of french fries, cheese curds, and gravy and is truly one of the greatest dishes ever. Period. We here at Charcoal love poutine so much that we decided to celebrate the dish by holding  a one night event in collaboration with Fort Gibraltar on Thursday September 18th, 2014 known as The Poutine Cup. The Poutine Cup is a culinary competition amongst 10 restaurants here in Winnipeg sponsored by Half Pints Brewery, Kroeker Farms, Fort Gibraltar, Charcoal Collaborative and musical guests The Pink Socks! The way it works is you purchase a ticket which gives you unlimited poutine for the night, a beer tasting from Half Pints Brewery, the right to vote on the best poutine of the night and of course a chance to enjoy music by The Pink Socks. Tickets for the cup are available at Normandy Shop and Gurevich Fine Art. Look forward to seeing you there! With love, Charcoal.

 

Burger Week 2014

Posted on August 11, 2014

Okay folks, it is officially time to get excited. We are very proud to announce that we are hosting the second annual Le Burger Week competition in Winnipeg this September! As an added bonus, we are very happy to have Half Pints Brewery as an official sponsor this year so make sure you have a couple wobbly pops while you try all of those delectable burger creations. For those of you who don’t know, Le Burger Week is a week long culinary competition amongst 30+ restaurants in the city who each strive to be crowned the burger champion. Each chef creates a signature burger that is sold in their restaurant from September 1st-7th. Your job is to go and eat as many as you can throughout the week and vote for your favourites and yes, this is the most delicious job ever created in the history of the universe. To keep updated on who is participating and all the happenings all you have to do is visit us here, like our page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, check out our twitter feed or visit Le Burger Week. After that the only thing left to do is bask is the glory that is Le Burger Week and finally have an excuse to eat as many burgers in a week as is humanly possible. Here are a few entry’s from this years event, however you will have to wait until September to get your hands on them but we can tell you right now it will be well worth it.

1. Cibo Waterfront Cafe – The Rob Ford

Smoked Crack(ed) Black Pepper Beer Bun
Hand Cut Bacon
2 x 4 oz Smash Patties
Smoked Cabbage Coleslaw
House Pickles
Charred Onion Aioli

burger week 2014 photo by brett howe

2. Bernstein’s Deli – Sweet 2 Meat U

Beef Sausage Patty

4 Strips of Bacon

Buttermilk Pancake

Chipotle Maple Syrup & Organic Strawberry Jam on Toasted Challah Bread

burger week 2014 photo by brett howe

3. Saigon Jon’s -

1/2 lb all natural beef patty

mini shoestring fries

bothwell cheese curds

gravy

bacon

secret sauce, pickled cuke, lettuce, tomato on a kaiser bunburger week 2014 photo by brett howeMuch Love and happy Burger Week from Charcoal

Photos – Brett Howe

Layout – Sarah Gurevich

Words – Daniel Gurevich

Kimono

Posted on August 5, 2014

Having access to real vintage kimonos does not come around very often. When we found out Howard Gurevich of Gurevich Fine Art had not only one but four he was selling, we ran down to his gallery and put together an impromptu stylized shoot. The gallery and the art from GFA’s resident artists provided the perfect background to showcase these extraordinary garments.   gfa kimono photographed by brett howe


gfa kimono photographed by brett howe
gfa kimono photographed by brett howe
gfa kimono photographed by brett howe
gfa kimono photographed by brett howe
gfa kimono photographed by brett howe
gfa kimono photographed by brett howe
gfa kimono photographed by brett howe

 

For more information on purchasing these amazing kimonos and/or art pieces, call Gurevich Fine Art at 204-488-0662.

 Never stop being creative. Love, Charcoal.


Words and Photography: Brett Howe

Make-Up: Sarah Gurevich

Hair and Head Pieces: Meghan Kinita

 Stylist: Daniel Gurevich

Model: Michelle Beltran for Panache Model Management

Kimonos and Location: Gurevich Fine Art

King + Bannatyne

Posted on July 27, 2014

Winnipeg has been waiting a long time for a someone to give the sandwich the respect it deserves. Mike Delbuono is doing exactly that with his new venture, King + Bannatyne The Sandwich Shop On The Corner. By Fall of this year, Mike will be serving up delicious sandwiches in Winnipeg’s Exchange District and we couldn’t be happier. Until then, Mike decided to give the public a taste of his talents and support the local art scene at the same time. His recent pop-up collab in the exchange featured Winnipeg artist Zephyra Vun of AnARCHI Design. Buy a sandwich and get a limited edition print? Absolutely. The popup was bumpin everyday it ran and not by surprise, sold out very quickly. Mr Brett Howe got his hands around one of these delicious sandoozles and managed to sneak in a couple shots between bites. Check out his captures below as well the promo video* (not by us). Much love to all the sandwich lovers out there and don’t forget to follow Mike on Instagram to find out more.king and bannatyne photo by brett howeking and bannatyne photo by brett howeking and bannatyne photo by brett howeking and bannatyne photo by brett howeking and bannatyne photo by brett howeking and bannatyne photo by brett howeking and bannatyne photo by brett howeking and bannatyne photo by brett howeking and bannatyne photo by brett howeking and bannatyne photo by brett howeking and bannatyne photo by brett howeking and bannatyne photo by brett howePhotography-Brett Howe

Words-Daniel Gurevich

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Posted on July 21, 2014

Last Tuesday, the Charcoal crew was lucky enough to experience a beginning of the week treat; a 4 course meal at deer + almond. If you have not yet visited this restaurant, or have not been in a while then hurry down as you are missing out. Located on the corner of Princess and McDermot in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, the small and bustling restaurant offers a welcoming and funky atmosphere, a unique drink list and of course, an insanely delicious menu. Chef Mandel Hitzer has infused his enthusiastic, fun loving and passionate personality into every inch of the restaurant, and it shows.

deer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howedeer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howedeer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howedeer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howedeer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howedeer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howeTo start, cocktails with ingredients that perhaps you had to read twice or ask the server what they are, but when sipped were out of this world. A Bramble (tequila, creme de cassis, lime), Michelata (a beer caesar with Negro Modelo beer), and a Gerry Sizzlah which is a bourbon based cocktail that is a must try.

For the first course, the show stopper was a fresh tomato salad with all local ingredients and feta cheese that was brought in specially from Montreal, it was the best we have ever tried. A very close and delicious second included lemon and tahini potatoes with snap peas, sea salt and pepper, along with charred cauliflower that had a flavour reminiscent of roasted marshmallows around a camp fire. We thought that it couldn’t get better after this, oh but it did.
deer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howedeer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howedeer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howedeer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howedeer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howe

Next, we tried three dishes all with a very old world and earthy feel that were packed full of flavour. These included: spiced vegetable fritters with baba ghanoush, chevre mousse, sprouted lentils and walnuts; ricotta malfatti with tomato sauce and smoked ricotta salata; and lamb croquettes with smoked hummus, spiced yogurt and a pickled cucumber salad. The malfatti melted in your mouth while the lamb croquettes were served with a homemade hummus that made you never want to buy store bought hummus again. All paired with a Spanish garnacha and all leaving us feeling very satisfied.
deer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howe
deer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howedeer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howedeer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howedeer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howe

Just when we thought we couldn’t dare have another bite, we polished off another three dishes (don’t judge our weekday indulgence, we swear you would have done the same, or would have regretted not doing so). This course featured some Manitoba treats; stinging nettle linguini with chilli oil, cherry tomatoes and pecorino and Manitoba pickerel with sausage, green cabbage and lemon. What is stinging nettle might you ask? Well we asked the same – it is a plant native to North America that often has hollow stinging hairs on the leaves and stems and produce a stinging sensation when contacted by humans and other animals. The plant has a long history of use as a medicine, as a food source and as a source of fibre. When eaten, the result is a sneaky heat at the end of a bite that is surprisingly tasty.

Last but not least was a calamari dish that wasn’t your same old deep fried calamari with a side of dipping sauce. Instead, the dish had an asian feel with bell peppers, chilli shallot sauce, mixed greens, peanuts and lime which we promptly devoured.  

deer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howedeer & almond restaurant, photographed by brett howeWait, there is more! Desert of course, which included another round of intriguing cocktails, honey homemade ice cream with crunchy wafers on the bottom and a chocolate desert that tasted like the best Snickers bar you will ever try. So all and all, we had a pretty f******* fantastic Tuesday, all thanks to Mandel and his kick-ass deer + almond crew. Mandel never stops coming up with new dishes, ideas and overall inspiring projects – he is the kind of person that makes Winnipeg such a great place to be. And in the words of chef Hitzer, peace and love.

Photography: Brett Howe
Words: Arielle Gurevich
Layout: Sarah Gurevich

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