Table For 1201 highlights Winnipeg’s emerging design scene by bringing together architecture, design, and the culinary arts to create an evening of entertainment and stimulating conversation in an absolutely unique setting. At approximately 1201 feet long, Table For 1201 is a truly spectacular ‘pop-up’ outdoor dining experience that attracts both local and international media attention. The event is a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in a public conversation about the value of architecture, design culture and the city. It takes place in an amazing urban space in Winnipeg, announced to guests one-hour prior to the occasion.
Table For 1201 is organized as part of StorefrontMB’s mandate to raise awareness about the value of architecture, design, and urbanism to the broader community. Consisting of 150 tables of eight, Table for 1201 brings together representatives from all levels of government, prominent institutions, arts organizations, and citizens alike to take a seat at the table and join in on this discussion.
Meals are provided by local chefs spearheaded by Mandel Hitzer from Deer+Almond and Ben Kramer from Diversity Food Services. Dinner guests are dressed for a “Winnipeg White Out”, wearing all white to provide a truly unique and magical visual dimension to the evening.
Storefront Manitoba is dedicated to advancing the awareness of architecture, design and urbanism. Storefront also promotes critical discussion, exploration and celebration of spatial practice. It offers an accessible wide range of programming events to the general public, while also working to support discussion and cross-pollination within the design community. Storefront aims to increase the voice and value of design disciplines through ongoing and diverse projects.
Located in the heart of the Exchange, chef Mandel Hitzer has created the restaurant of his dreams. Full of friends, laughter and music, deer + almond serves tapas-style dishes, perfect for sharing in a relaxed and comfy environment. Deer + almond is all about great food, fun times and building a strong community in the Exchange District. Mandel has surrounded himself with a cool and experienced staff, transforming the quaint space on Princess and McDermot into one of the premium slow food restaurants in the city.
Diversity Food Services
Diversity Food Services, under the direction of award winning Executive Chef Ben Kramer, is very excited to join the culinary team feeding the guests of Table for 1201. Diversity Food Services runs four on-campus locations at the U of W in downtown Winnipeg including Elements – the restaurant. Diversity runs a thriving catering company and a grocery line carried in specialty stores in the city. In addition, Diversity also operates the Buffalo Stone Café at FortWhyte Alive and has certification from LEAF (Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Food Service), demonstrating their commitment to ecologically sustainable practices in all aspects of their operation. Diversity Food Services is a joint venture of two non-profits: SEED Winnipeg and the University of Winnipeg’s Community Renewal Corporation (UWCRC). The venture purveys ingredients with a committed focus on supporting growers and producers who are organic, local, and follow practices of sustainability and good earth stewardship.
Ethero Event Management
Ethero has built a reputation for providing custom event management services to not-for-profit and charitable organizations. The Ethero team has coordinated and managed conferences, festivals, fundraising galas, and specializes in unique event experiences. Owner, Monica Derksen, has worked with StorefrontMB on the Winnipeg Design Festival for several years and continues to be motivated by producing events, like Table For 1201, that encourage Winnipeggers to see the city in new and exciting ways.
Table For 1201 was curated by David Penner.
Special Thanks to RAW:Gallery of Architecture and Design for their support.
Thanks to all our Table Sponsors:
1•1 Architecture Inc., 204 Design Collective, 204 Homes, 2 Architecture Inc., 2 Chicks and a Bag of Makeup, 5468796 Architecture, Architecture 49 [x2], Accurate Fire & Safety Ltd., APEGM, BLDG Architecture, City of Winnipeg, Cornelia Bean, CREADDO Group, David Penner Architect [x2], DGH Engineering, Duraco Windows, Ethero Events [x2], Exchange District Biz, First Person Strategies, The Floor Show, Freig & Associates, Freshcut Downtown, Genuwine Cellars, Grant Design Group, H5 Architecture, Harvest Moon Society, Hill Sokalski Walsh Olson, Hook & Smith, Inn at the Forks, Ionescu Design, Kimacovich Real Estate, LM Architectural Group, Loewen Drywall, LSAM Life Science Association of Manitoba, Manitoba Association of Architects [x2], Manitoba Filipino Journal, The Minarik Group, MMP Architects, Mosaic Funeral Services, Natural Healing Veterinary Care, Number 10 Architecture, Peter Sampson Architecture Studio, Prairie Research Association, Print Shop by Vantage Studios, Republic Architecture [x2], Ritchie Strachan Medical Corporation, Shut Ur Pie Hole!, Sputnik Architecture [x6], Stantec [x2], Torlys Smart Floors, Travel Manitoba [x2], University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture, Verne Reimer Architecture [x2], Web Wizards.
Ager Little Architects, Andrea Clow [x2], Clare MacKay, Concord Projects, Fusion Capital, Karli Colpitts (x2), Katie Nicholson, Kim Dandewich, Kristine Tubiera, LuAnn Lovelin, Naniece Ibrahim, Pam Becker, Rahulan Sethupathy, Sabrina Porpiglia, Terry MacLeod [x3], Vanessa Tweten
Please find the Call for Table Captains document [ HERE ] !
Table Captains will take responsibility for one of 150 tables of 8 guests, and the associated logistics towards dining at the Table for 1201. This is an approximately 4-hour commitment for the day of May 23 + the 1hour orientation session + whatever preparation time you put towards the related table decor design competition. Table Captains will be able to pre-reserve up to 2 additional tickets at their table at the standard rate (3 tickets total including their own). Tickets will become available for purchase the first week of May.
Thank you to our Table Captains to-date!
Aaron Pollock, Ainsley Johnston, Amanda Austin, Ariel Alcantara, Billy Kimacovich, Brock Klassen, Brooke Conrad, Caitlin Brock, Caleb McGinn, Carter Chen, Christa Ferreira, Christine Wilson-MacLeod, Claude Michon, Claudine Gervais, Cora Dupuis, Cory Krul, Darcy Granove, Deanne Harrison, Desiree Rantala, Emily Bews, Emily Sinclair, Enver Naidoo, Flavia Fernandez Fabio, Gerhard Dehls, Janelle Harper, Janice Rosen, Jean-Pierre Vos, Joshua Dieleman, Julie Kiernan, Karlynne Thiessen, Katherine Isaac, Kathleen Hayton, Krystyl Bergen, Kurtis Kowalke, Lexis Nizio, Liz Wreford, Maggie Demarchi, Maria Zbigniewicz, Marina Jansen, Mark Davies, Meg Appleton, Melissa Serbin, Michael Butterworth, Michelle Tustin, Michelle Whyard, Nancy Arnold, Rachelle Lemieux, Rebecca Nolette, Roxane Gratton, Shannon Loewen, Theodora Rutherford, Tim Coffin, Todd Chernomas, Tracey Umali, Wanda Deong, William Tong Li
StorefrontMB and 5468796 Architecture celebrated the culmination of Winnipeg’s Architecture Fringe Festival and the 2014 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Festival of Architecture on Saturday, May 31 by transforming the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge into a giant pop-up dining room and inviting guests to experience and discuss the power of architecture and design.
On this major civic landmark and against the backdrop of Winnipeg’s new Canadian Museum for Human Rights by Antoine Predock, the team joined together 150 tables of eight to create one continuous 1200 foot long dining table – making it one of the longest dining tables on record. Volunteer “Table Captains” decorated their tables to a theme of their choice, competing for prize money for the best table setting. Diners from across Canada – including representatives from prominent institutions, the city government, arts organizations and the general public – were notified of the event’s secret location only hours prior to the dinner. They were advised to dress for a “Winnipeg White Out”, visually underscoring the city’s emergence from a long winter, the feeling of solidarity at the event, as well as the impact of design. Meals were provided by local chefs from RAW:almond (Mandel Hitzer from Deer + Almond and Joe Kalturnyk from RAW Gallery) along with Ben Kramer from Diversity Food Services.
The event was organized as part of Storefront MB’s mandate to promote the value of the spatial design disciplines to a broader public and was the finale of 5468796 Architecture’s “Table for 12, Canada’s 2013 Prix de Rome Project”, a series of dinners held in eight cities around the world that engaged in a meaningful dialogue about the importance of architectural culture.
- Is there a dress code?
- We are asking guests to dress for a ‘Winnipeg White Out’ theme.
- Will there be beverages provided?
- Each table will have two, refillable pitchers of water.
- One bottle of white wine and one bottle of red wine will be provided for each table. There will be additional wine available for purchase, as well as sparkling wine and beer.
- I’m vegan/vegetarian/celiac/have other dietary restrictions. Do I need to request a special meal?
- No! Our amazing chefs have developed a meal that is completely nut free and the majority of the dishes are gluten free as well.
- The meal is also very friendly to vegans and vegetarians. Everyone will leave full no matter what your restrictions/preferences are.
- All food is prepared in a facility that contains nuts and gluten, but we are VERY careful of cross contamination. If you have a severe allergy, dine at your own risk.