Recently Charcoal teamed up with Shawn and Connie Brandson and the team at Fort Gibraltar to create the first annual Poutine Cup. We had 10 restaurants participating in an all out, all you can eat poutine battle. The 400 guests who managed to snag a ticket to the sold out event got to experience each restaurants signature poutine, which were all made with love from Manitoba potatoes supplied by our sponsor Fresh Option as well as enjoy some beer samples from our other sponsor Half Pints Brew Co. Afterwards folks voted for their favourite while enjoying some tunes by the Pink Socks. Alongside the voters choice award we handed out a second trophy decided upon our panel of expert judges, Robin Summerfield of Peg City Grub, Mike Green from Tourism Winnipeg and Master Chef Canada, and Mandel Hitzer Chef/Owner of award winning restaurant Deer + Almond.
The weather was perfect, the crowd was amazing and the chefs were nothing short of spectacular. All of the contenders created dishes that were above and beyond anything we expected for what is on surface, a humble dish of three simple ingredients. However, ultimately a winner had to be chosen and a poutine champion had to be crowned. For the voters choice the winner was Marion Street Eatery with their ‘Sweet and Salty’ which was poutine topped with apple onion relish, Jack Daniels gravy, Bothwell cheese curds, goats cheese, spicy bacon and candied almond crumble. This years judges chose ‘The Schwartz’ by Maws Garage which consisted of dill pickle fries, caraway smoked cheese curds, mustard and beef brisket gravy. The winning restaurants were presented with a trophy that is theirs to keep until next years battle.
We sincerely want to thank all of the participating restaurants, our amazing sponsors, all of the staff at Fort Gibraltar and of course the fine folks of Winnipeg that made this event such a success. We can’t wait to eat our weight in fries, gravy and cheese curds again with you next year. Much Love and stay hungry, always.
Photos – Brett Howe
Layout – Sarah Gurevich
Words – Daniel Gurevich