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May 21, 2020

In light of recent events, Scotsman is seeing a higher interest of their touch-freeMeridian®ice and water dispensers. Scotsman would like to inform you that they are continuing production and still have inventory available for customers. 

The Meridian®models utilize infrared sensors to dispense everyone's favorite Hnuggetice and water. This eliminates the need to physically touch the dispenser and helps to provide a more sanitary operation.

To learn more about our Meridian®line, please visit the Scotsman website. You can also download the Meridian®Sell Sheet for further information. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
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May 14, 2020

Happy 150th Manitoba! 

I know this isn’t how we all expected to be celebrating 150 years, but in some ways, the pandemic is showing exactly why we should be proud to be Manitoban: we are strong, we are resilient, and we are here to support each other in times of need. I am proud to be a part of the Manitoba business community who is showing tremendous creativity in finding ways to keep our businesses alive. I am also proud to show my support by buying locally, finding ways to safely keep my employees working and paying their bills, and protecting my community by doing my part in showing measured, responsible responses to each stage of the shutdown and re-opening.

This too will pass, and when it is in our rearview mirror, I look forward to celebrating with all of you with an ice cream at the BDI, a concert at the Forks, and a beautiful steak on the 529 patio! 

- Doug Stephen, President, WOW! Hospitality Concepts

So many of us have learned new cooking and baking skills during this pandemic, but if you are feeling like hanging up the apron for an evening, take a look at our DINE-AT-HOME or our two Small Gathering Dinner Party menus, designed for households with a minimum of four people.

Missing that human connection that can only be found with a dinner party? We’re here to help with our Virtual Dinner Party menu. Choose your dining experience, and we will deliver to multiple locations simultaneously, so you and your guests can sit down together, connect virtually over the platform of your choice, and enjoy each other’s company. You can also connect with Sommelier Christopher Sprague to pair your dinner with selections from the WINE-AT-HOME menu.

Virtual Wine Tasting: What is a 529 experience without the perfect wine pairing? Sommelier Christopher Sprague would love to help you host a virtual wine tasting, either alongside your Virtual Wine Party or as a separate group event. 

Call us at 204.487.8325 to arrange a wine tasting or to order your feature 529 experience. We are open for pick-up or delivery from Tuesday to Saturday, 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

TAKEOUT WINDOW OPENS FRIDAY

The long weekend is almost here and that means the opening of our takeout window featuring family-friendly summer fare like hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, and more! It will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday until Monday to help you kick off the start to summer. Regular weekend hours will continue throughout the summer from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday. 

After ordering, feel free to stay and enjoy your food, safely socially distanced, on our patio overlooking Kildonan Park!

This week’s Prairie’s Edge Saturday dinner is a prepared feast that you can heat up at home! Orders must be received by 1 p.m. on Thursday for pick up between 2 and 4 p.m. the following Saturday. To place your order, call 204-284-7275. Voicemails will be returned to confirm receipt of the order.

ENJOY TAKEOUT ON OUR PATIO

May Long Weekend is the unofficial kickoff to patio season and we want 2020 to be no different. To mark the occasion, we have created a special takeout menu available from Tuesday to Saturday. You’re invited to pick up your dinner and dine on our patio. There will be no table service, but hopefully lots of sun! 

Peasant Cookery has just released its new menu and is available for delivery via DoorDash. Peasant Pantry also continues to offer its grocery service with contactless delivery from Thursday to Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m or pick them up Tuesday to Friday from 12 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. Orders can be placed by calling 204-989-7700.

CANADA'S NATIONAL TAKEOUT DAY

All across Canada, we are celebrating and supporting local businesses with national takeout day on Wednesday. You can take part by ordering from our specialty kitchens, available every day online: 

FUEL FUNCTIONAL FOODS features Buddha bowls, sweet potato perogies, smoothies, and desserts, and is available through DoorDash, Uber Eats, and SkiptheDishes.

MERCY ME! NASHVILLE CHICKEN features Nashville-style chicken served with a range of spiciness, as well as sandwiches and southern-inspired sides, like coleslaw and mac and cheese.
Order now through DoorDash and SkiptheDishes.

PEASANT COOKERY currently offers a selection of our house specialties delivered to your door by DoorDash. We will be expanding our menu offerings on our own website—please stay tuned!

 
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BC Food & Beverage Award nominations have officially opened!

Celebrate the achievements of colleagues who are breaking ground in the food and beverage space in our community. Tell us about them by nominating this person and/or their product(s) for a BC Food and Beverage Award. Award nominations close June 1, 2020.

Marquee Sponsor: Fasken

Read more: Share the news – BCFB Award Nominations are open until June 1!
 
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Canadian Foodservice Sales Drop by Half in March resulting in $3B decline

The numbers are in and as everyone could see and predict, it is not good news for the foodservice industry in Canada.  With Covid-19 restrictions forcing restaurants, from fast-food to fine dining, to close their doors to customers, the losses were going to be staggering. 

Ipsos’ Foodservice Monitor (FSM) has been tracking the performance of and the behaviours related to the Canadian Foodservice industry since 2014. The Ipsos data reveals a $3B decline for Full Service Restaurants (FSRs) and Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs), combined, from March 2019 compared to March 2020. 

Ipsos’ Asad Amin, Vice President, said the Full Service Restaurants have been particularly hard hit.

“There is a loss of over a quarter of a billion restaurant visits versus a year ago, so it is little wonder Full Service Restaurants (FSRs) have seen a sales decline of 67%. Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) have benefitted from the takeaway nature of their business, however they too have seen business go down by at least a third. In total, March 2020 foodservice sales have dropped collectively by 47% versus 2019.  We expect similar numbers for the month of April.”

The uncertainty of the pandemic means it is unknown when restaurants will be able to open their doors to customers.  Several provinces have already announced an easing of restrictions, but that will not mean business as they once knew it.  Limited seating will be the new safety norm.  Another issue that can impact customers returning is that many Canadians (68%) say they will be nervous to leave their home, even when businesses reopen. While it is difficult to predict how the foodservice industry will perform for the remainder of 2020, Ipsos’ FSM tracking and historic data show we can expect the Canadian foodservice sector to contract by 26%, at best.

However, there have been some bright spots within this hard-hit industry.  Delivery channel orders grew by 36% in the second half of March compared to a year ago. This includes both third party aggregators, such as Skip the Dishes, as well as traditional delivery focused operators like Domino’s. In fact, Pizza operators collectively grew traffic by double digits in the second half of March compared to the first.  Meanwhile, new Ipsos data reveals a marked improvement in consumer perceptions about the foodservice industry itself.  Asad Amin said this shows the impact strategic marketing can have.

“With health and safety being the top concern for consumers, businesses are releasing marketing and communications that address this fear by highlighting the safety precautions they are implementing.  Their efforts are having an immediate impact.  Over the past two weeks, a growing number of Canadians (62%) believe that restaurants are doing everything they can to prevent the spread of Covid-19.”

Operating within Covid-19 restrictions is going to be an extreme challenge for many businesses operating within the razor thin profit margins of the foodservice industry.  Historically, the industry and its workers have proven to be resilient, resourceful, creative and opportunistic.  They will need to exhibit all of these attributes to successfully weather the coronavirus storm.

Look for the April results of the next Ipsos Foodservice Monitor study (FSM) mid-May as we continue to uncover the new food and eating trends of Canadians in our Covid-19 world.

 
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National Caesar Day is Thursday May 14th

To celebrate, we teamed up with our pal @fashionsanta — we are gonna get dressed up, make some Caesars, & donate some money to the great organization Second Harvest.

Celebrate with us (from home).
Here’s how:

  • Step 1:  Get dressed up on Thursday, May 14th – National Caesar Day
  • Step 2:  Make yourself a Caesar, however you like ’em
  • Step 3:  Snap a #CaesarSelfie & post on your social. Make sure to use hashtag #CaesarSelfie & tag @waltercaesar & @fashionsanta

For each #CaesarSelfie photo shared, together with @fashionsanta we will donate $5 for the first 600 photos to Second Harvest – Canada’s largest food rescue charity that recovers fresh, unsold food to protect the environment and provide immediate hunger relief.

 

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