Owner Chris Fougere has a hand in every aspect of Fude Inspired Cuisine & Wine Bar, from personally interviewing the staff to coming up with names for each of the menu’s equally inventive dishes. A seasoned player in the restaurant industry, Chris uses every ounce of his creativity to create an inspired dining experience, saying, “Our goal, in no uncertain terms, is to wow our guests." The menu features culinary classics with twists, such as free-range-chicken skewers covered in a dark-chocolate sauce and topped with a dollop of cayenne cream or button mushrooms and local goat cheddar covered with puff pastry and berry cream. Nearly every dish highlights seasonal Manitoba vegetables, meats, and seafood, backed by an assortment of vegan and gluten-free fare and tofu shadow puppets.
In addition to the dine-in experience, Fude offers lunch, dinner, and cocktail-party catering services ranging from appetizers only to four-course meals with wine parings. An extensive drink menu features classic and house-formulated martinis as well as Fude-exclusive house wines named by Chris himself.
Tiny combustions and the smell of butter emanate from Goodnight's Comedy Club's vintage popcorn maker as nationally touring standups such as Marc Maron and Ralphie May step up to the mic. With a brick wall behind them and a checkered floor below, these headliners spin their comic yarns as popcorn, Buffalo wings, and cocktails deftly land on tables. In addition to its cabaret menu of apps and drinks, the club is connected to two restaurants. Every month, the mostly private Grille at Goodnight's unveils a new menu of upscale American fare, from prime rib to lobster mac n cheese and pumpkin ravioli that turns into carriage ravioli at midnight. The Old Bar Restaurant and Bar resides underneath Goodnight's, treating diners to more casual fare in the form of burgers and Tex-Mex platters.
Sporting a hearty menu of classic café fare and sandwiches, Ellice Café welcomes the pre- and post-theatre crowd to dine while sprawled at tables under works by local artists. Contemplate the depth of a painted canvas while munching on a chicken teriyaki wrap ($5.99), mama’s lasagna ($11.99), or the rancher burger ($7.99), where bacon, cheddar cheese, and onion rings recline on a juicy patty under a fountain of ranch, barbecue sauce, and eternal youth. Lunch starts after 11 a.m. daily and reservations are required.
A casual gastropub, Luxalune tosses out tapas rafts to woozy taste buds. Settle into one of the plush leather couches and compare spirit animal housebreaking tips with friends while perusing a menu of small plates infused with global flavours. The De-Luxsole pizza ($13.99) balances stacks of pepperoni, chorizo sausage, and smoky bacon atop a bubbly crust. Social snackers can sample the English lamb masala ($13.99), braised lamb in a spicy curry sauce dotted with chick peas and served aside flat bread, or keep roving hands occupied with the antipasto sampler ($14.99), a savoury selection of five local cheeses, pickles, olives, and gourmet cold cuts. Though this Groupon is not valid toward alcohol, Luxalune boasts more than 150 beers – arguably the largest selection in town, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Patrons can flex stiff legs and restless rotator cuffs by circling the pool table or sinking into a live music act Wednesday and Sunday evenings, invigorating a meal faster than a dip in a dry ice bath.
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs this holiday classic with a sprinkling of Canadian twists, delighting audiences with beautifully choreographed dancing and elaborate costumes. In The Nutcracker, young Clara's Christmas Eve takes a magical turn when her cashew-smashing present comes to life, whisking her away to a fairytale land without dipping into her frequent flier miles. The performance features new, uniquely Canadian scenes, such as a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill, as well as a dessert stealing bear, a species commonly found in the remote pastry isles of the Northern Territories. The tickets are for rows 29, 30 and 31 in the rear orchestra level of Centennial Concert Hall and must be claimed at the box office by December 22.