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Winnipeg’s coolest restaurant set to open

Each year, a new architectural design is created for the temporary restaurant create unique multi-course tasting menus for guests. Rudi Pawlychyn/ Global News

Winnipeg’s winter pop up restaurant RAW:almond will start a nearly month long stint on the frozen Red and Assiniboine Rivers Friday.

Each year, a new architectural design is created for the event with new and returning chefs who create multi-course tasting menus for guests.

The unique culinary experience is featuring a record 35 chefs this year, coming from Winnipeg, across Canada and overseas.

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More than 2,500 people come out to visit the restaurant annually.

RAW:almond was founded back in 2013 by Winnipeggers Mandel Hitzer, the owner of deer + almond restaurant, and designer Joe Kalturnyk.

In October 2017, the project toured internationally for the first time, as Hitzer and Kalturnyk launched RAW:Tokyo.

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RAW:Tokyo in October 2017. Photo credit: Seita Murakami
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RAW:Tokyo in October 2017. Photo credit: Seita Murakami
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RAW:Tokyo in October 2017. Photo credit: Seita Murakami

The pop up restaurant added another new stop on its culinary map with a stop in Gimli in December 2017, running into January 2018.

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Raw:Gimli. Photo credit: Simeon Rusnak
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Raw:Gimli. Photo credit: Simeon Rusnak
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Raw:Gimli. Photo credit: Simeon Rusnak

Winnipeg seatings will take place at The Forks pop up location until February 13.

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Organizers say tickets are 95 percent sold out but there are still a few left on RAW:almond’s website. There are three seatings each night.

Next, the restaurant and its team will head to Churchill for a third year there.

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