Chef collaboration dinners can feel like a dime-a-dozen these days, but sometimes, they leave little room for actual collaboration. So it's nice when you see a chef going the extra mile. That seems to be just the case with Winnipeg chef Ben Kramer's new collaborative culinary initiative, The Push Project.
Announced last week, Kramer's series runs Feb. 14-23, 2020 and will feature a different local chef each evening, who will cook alongside himself and his "funeventsonlydotcom" co-chef, Harold Mitchell. Aiming to step outside of the box, the series highlights plenty of talented chefs who aren't in the limelight as much as others: Lindsay Platt (co-owner of Modern Plate Catering), Renée Girard (Harth Mozza and Wine Bar), RJ Urbano (Trans Canada Brewing Co.), Talia Syrie (The Tallest Poppy), Pamela Kirkpatrick (Forth) and Jess Young.
"The purpose of these dinners are simple and selfish. Creativity doesn’t survive in a bubble. We want to work with other cooks... We want to work with both cooks that we admire and cooks that we feel that are under-represented and deserve the spotlight," said Kramer in his event series announcement.
Each Push dinner offers 32 seats and tickets are $125 (plus tax and gratuity) with wine and beer available to purchase, with $5 from every ticket sold donated to the Manitoba Farmers’ Market Coupon Program.
With the recent news that RAW: Almond will not be making its famous manifestation on the frozen river in Winnipeg this winter, Push makes for a great chef collaboration series that Winnipeggers and visitors alike can look forward to in early 2020.