News / Winnipeg

Winnipeg’s Etcetera Projects to design RAW: Almond 2016

The city's famous wintery pop-up restaurant will see tickets go on sale Dec. 13 and Dec. 14.

Winnipeg’s acclaimed pop-up river restaurant, RAW: Almond will be designed by a group of local architects.

Etcetera Projects/Handout

Winnipeg’s acclaimed pop-up river restaurant, RAW: Almond will be designed by a group of local architects.

A group of Winnipeg architects calling themselves Etcetera Projects has won the honour of creating the space that will host RAW: Almond 2016, Winnipeg’s acclaimed pop-up restaurant on ice.

“We were looking for innovation and something we knew we could execute,” said Joe Kalturnyk of RAW: Gallery of Architecture & Design, who spearheads the annual event.

The call for submissions include the stipulations that the structure be made of at least 60 per cent tube and clamp scaffolding and that the surface must be made of 60 per cent fire retardant tarp.

Moving into its fourth year, the event has attracted international attention for its knack at offering a world-class culinary experience on a frozen river.

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned is perseverance,” Kalturnyk said. “No matter what happens, the show must go on.”

RAW: almond runs Jan. 21 to Feb. 15 with three sittings each night. The culinary side is lead by Mandel Hitzer of deer + almond. Last year’s cocktail bar configuration has been scrapped in favour of two tables that hold 20 diners each. The pop-up will close for three nights—Jan. 29 to 31—to host the Big Fun Festival. Dinner service resumes on Feb. 1. Details on featured chefs will be released closer to the event.

Tickets are $120 each and go on sale Dec. 13 at 9 am at deer + almond, 85 Princess St. Online sales start Dec. 14 at 8 am at raw-almond.com.

More on Metronews.ca