A Look at Winnipeg's Inaugural La Poutine Week Winners

From Feb. 1-7, Winnipeg’s killer food scene took things to the next level with the introduction of La Poutine Week.

Much like summer’s successful Le Burger Week, La Poutine Week called on chefs to serve up a unique dish at a special price, encouraging local foodies to put back as much gravy-and-cheese-topped-potato goodness as possible.

Although we consider everyone who took part in La Poutine Week a winner, there was an actual competition component as well. Throughout the week, Winnipeggers were asked to vote on their for favourite creation for the People’s Choice award. There were also awards for Judge’s Choice and Most Original Poutine.

After seven days, 80+ entries and a ton of poutine consumption, La Poutine Week announced the winners.

Thanks to their Shepherd’s Pie Poutine (double-fried thick-cut chips, spiced with signature St. James Chip Spice, gravy, and real mozzarella and cheese curds), the St. James Burger and Chip Co. took home the top prize for People’s Choice. Second place went to Le Burger Week winners Brazen Hall Kitchen for their Prime Rib Poutine, while Pony Corral Nairn won third for their creative Reuben Poutine.

Brazen Hall’s Prime Rib Poutine: Slow-roasted prime rib, Bothwell cheese curds, horseradish au jus, arugula, wasabi aioli, horissa (chilli purée) and Yorkshire crisps.

Serving up a Sweet Pork Longanisa Poutine (crispy golden fries, slices of Hot Rod’s premium lean sweet pork longanisa sausages, Bothwell white cheese curds, and savoury adobo pork gravy, garnished with spring onions and roasted sesame seeds) Hot Rod’s Grill won the award for Judge’s Choice.

And not to be outdone, KYU Bistro won Most Original Poutine with their Asian-inspired Kurobata Nori Poutine (crisp french fries, chunky mozzarella cheese curds, kurobata pork sausages, in-house hoisin reduction gravy, KYU’s signature mayo, and sliced roasted nori topped with sliced scallions and toasted sesame).

Huge shout out to all the local restaurants for participating and everyone who supported them. We’re already looking forward to La Poutine Week 2019!

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