Q&A with Jesse Friesen: “We’ll become a dining destination”

Interview by Gregory Furgala | Photo by Will Bergmann Jesse Friesen, executive chef for Pizzeria Gusto Group, has bussed tables, run restaurants and won national cooking competitions, and he did it all in Winnipeg. While the city is rarely mentioned alongside Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver, Friesen says it’s enjoying a culinary renaissance and catching up […]

Sweet Spot: As a “little big city,” Winnipeg’s passionate community of chefs is redefining what makes a restaurant scene

By Gregory Furgala | Photography by Lorie Shaull Will Bergmann has a simple philosophy that gets him through Winnipeg’s bone-chilling winters. “There’s no bad weather,” he says amiably. “Just bad clothes.” A lifelong Manitoba farm boy, Bergmann works the land near Winnipeg, where he co-owns The Oxbow, a natural wine bar and restaurant at the […]