TableFor1200More highlights Winnipeg’s emerging design scene by bringing together architecture, design, and the culinary arts to create an evening of entertainment and stimulating conversation in an absolutely unique setting. At approximately 1200 feet long, TableFor1200More is a truly spectacular ‘pop-up’ outdoor dining experience that attracts both local and international media attention. The event is a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in a public conversation about the value of architecture, design culture and the city. It takes place in an amazing urban space in Winnipeg, announced to guests one-hour prior to the occasion.
TableFor1200More is organized as part of StorefrontMB’s mandate to raise awareness about the value of architecture, design, and urbanism to the broader community. Consisting of 150 tables of eight, TableFor1200More brings together representatives from government, prominent institutions, arts organizations, and citizens alike to take a seat at the table and join in on the conversation.
Meals are provided by local chefs Mandel Hitzer (Deer+Almond) and Ben Kramer. Dinner guests are dressed for a “Winnipeg White Out”, wearing all white to provide a truly unique and magical visual dimension to the evening.
Storefront Manitoba is dedicated to advancing the awareness of architecture, design and urbanism. Storefront also promotes critical discussion, exploration and celebration of spatial practice. It offers an accessible wide range of programming events to the general public, while also working to support discussion and cross-pollination within the design community. Storefront aims to increase the voice and value of design disciplines through ongoing and diverse projects.
Located in the heart of the Exchange, chef Mandel Hitzer has created the restaurant of his dreams. Full of friends, laughter and music, deer + almond serves tapas-style dishes, perfect for sharing in a relaxed and comfy environment. Deer + almond is all about great food, fun times and building a strong community in the Exchange District. Mandel has surrounded himself with a cool and experienced staff, transforming the quaint space on Princess and McDermot into one of the premium slow food restaurants in the city.
Chef Kramer helped establish Winnipeg as one of the most vibrant food scenes in North America. Whether he’s creating the menu for an intimate brunch or a conference gathering of thousands, Chef Kramer applies the same principles – use local, sustainable, organic ingredients with flare and imagination. And it’s the same philosophy he brings to his new custom catering business. Chef Kramer and his team collaborate to create memorable small-scale gatherings of friends and family, or a flawless formal banquets.
Ethero has built a reputation for providing custom event management services to not-for-profit and charitable organizations. The Ethero team has coordinated and managed conferences, festivals, fundraising galas, and specializes in unique event experiences. Owner, Monica Derksen, has worked with StorefrontMB on the Winnipeg Design Festival for several years and continues to be motivated by producing events, like Table For 1200 More, that encourage Winnipeggers to see the city in new and exciting ways.
TableFor1200More is curated by David Penner, principal of David Penner Architect and President of Storefront Manitoba.
Thank you to our 2016 Table sponsors!
1×1 Architecture, Architecture 49 [x2], Associated Engineering, Concord Projects, Cornelia Bean, Creaddo Group, David Penner Architect, DGH Engineering [x2], Douglas Group Communications, Ethero Events, Exchange District Biz, The Floor Show, Freig & Associates, Frontera Wines, Gardon Construction, H5 Architecture, Hemmett Anseeuw, Inn at the Forks, Ionescu Design, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, Kimacovich Real Estate, Life Science Association of Manitoba, LM Architectural Group, Loewen Drywall Ltd. [x2], Made in 1976, Manitoba Association of Architects [x2], Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology, Mercer Bradley, The Minarik Group, MMP Architects, Natalie Reimer Anderson, Natural Healing Veterinary Clinic, Royal LePage Top Producers [x2], PCL [x2], Peter Sampson Architecture [x2], PRA Inc., The Print Shop, Progressive Real Estate, Sputnik Architecture [x2], Stantec [x4], Travel Manitoba [x2], University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture, Verne Reimer Architecture [x2], Villa Conchi Cava, Web Wizards
Aaron Ingram, ACEC, Anders Balkaran, Jane MacAngus, Jodie Bezdzietny, Kelly Lauber, Kristine Tubiera, Marnie Gartrell, Maureen Milroy, Mel’s Diner, Nicolina’s Cucina Italiana, RBC Insurance, Susan Krepart, Tandus Centiva, Tarkett-Johnsonite
The Table for 1200 More Curatorial competition is an opportunity for Table Captains to plan décor for their table in keeping with the theme of an evening of design, culture and the culinary arts. Entries are judged according to concept, creativity, elegance and clarity of execution.
Past Table Design Winners:
Jane Hilder: 1st Place Winner
Stephanie Kirkland + Alan Vamos: 2nd Place Winner
The Floor Show + Tandus Centiva
Emily Sinclair + Joseph Pilapil: 1st Place winner
Catharine Bell: 2nd Place winner
Erik Arnason: Honourable Mention
Freig and Associates: Honourable Mention
Caroline Grimes + Jane Hilder: Honourable Mention
David Penner Architect: Honourable Mention
The  Design Collective: Co-1st Place winner
Meg Appleton: Co-1st Place winner
Erik Arnason + Caleb McGinn: 2nd Place winner
Brock Klassen: 3rd Place winner
StorefrontMB and 5468796 Architecture celebrated the culmination of Winnipeg’s Architecture Fringe Festival and the 2014 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Festival of Architecture on Saturday, May 31st, 2014, by transforming the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge into a giant pop-up dining room and inviting guests to experience and discuss the power of architecture and design.
On this major civic landmark by GPP Architecture, and against the backdrop of Winnipeg’s new Canadian Museum for Human Rights by Antoine Predock, the team joined together 150 tables of eight to create one continuous 1200 foot long dining table – making it one of the longest dining tables on record. Volunteer “Table Captains” decorated their tables to a theme of their choice, competing for prize money for the best table setting. Diners from across Canada – including representatives from prominent institutions, city government, arts organizations and the general public – were notified of the event’s secret location only hours prior to the dinner. They were advised to dress for a “Winnipeg White Out”, visually underscoring the city’s emergence from a long winter, the feeling of solidarity at the event, as well as the impact of design. Meals were provided by local chefs from RAW:almond (Mandel Hitzer from Deer + Almond and Joe Kalturnyk from RAW Gallery) along with Ben Kramer from Diversity Food Services.
The event was organized to support StorefrontMB’s mandate to promote the value of the spatial design disciplines to the broader community and was the finale of 5468796 Architecture’s “Table for 12, Canada’s 2013 Prix de Rome Project”, a series of dinners held in eight cities around the world that engaged in a meaningful dialogue about the importance of architecture culture.
- Is there a dress code?
- We are asking guests to dress for a ‘Winnipeg White Out’ theme.
- Will there be beverages provided?
- Each table will have two bottles of water.
- One bottle of white wine and one bottle of red wine will be provided for each table. There will be additional wine available for purchase, as well as sparkling wine and beer.
- I’m vegan/vegetarian/celiac/have other dietary restrictions. Do I need to request a special meal?
- No! Our amazing chefs have developed a meal that is completely nut free and the majority of the dishes are gluten free as well.
- The meal is also very friendly to vegans and vegetarians. Everyone will leave full no matter what your restrictions/preferences are.
- All food is prepared in a facility that contains nuts and gluten, but we are VERY careful of cross contamination. If you have a severe allergy, dine at your own risk.
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Photos by Jacqueline Young
Photos by Ian McCausland