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The RAW:almond pop-up restaurants have been set up at sites across this province and further afield, over the past five years. They share an approach to architecture that is at once sensitive to event, ecoactive and sensual in concern, and cognizant of social and cultural setting. Each one inventively yet simply involves the sustainable re-use of its construction materials. In all of these respects, the buildings resonate with the approach to the food served in them: avoiding waste, finding richness in simplicity, imaginatively celebrating local specificity, and drawing on an international outlook.  

This sustainable strategy took on a human cast in practice. As the builders dismantled the structure, they were approached by a local resident who offered to work for wood: he would help with clean-up if he could take away the materials afterwards to incorporate in his own off-grid greenhouse. [1] 

RAW:churchill opened its doors once again, but this year, the unique pop-up event included a meal inspired by Canada to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday. The food was crafted by three Canadian chefs: Mandel Hitzer, Emily Butcher and Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson. 

“Never before has a culinary experience like this been hosted in the Canadian subarctic,” says John Gunter, president and CEO of Frontiers North Adventures. “At RAW:churchill, diners enjoy a world-class meal underneath the northern lights on the exact same spot that the women and men of the Hudson’s Bay Company would have more than 300 years ago, right within the walls of Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site.” 

RAW:churchill is a partnership between Frontiers North Adventures, the creators of Winnipeg’s award-winning RAW:almond pop-up restaurant and Parks Canada. [2]

Part of the adventure is for guests to embark upon an official Tundra Buggy® and travel across the frozen Churchill River to Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site… This initiative is a great example of how, by working together, we can provide exciting new ways of experiencing our parks and sites in all seasons. [3]


[1]     Bird, Lawrence. “RAW:Gimli, Manitoba.” Canadian Architect, May 2, 2019. https://www.canadianarchitect.com/raw-moments/.

[2]      Kostuch Media Ltd. “RAW:Churchill Celebrates Canada’s 150th.” Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine, March 15, 2017. https://www.foodserviceandhospitality.com/rawchurchill-celebrates-canadas-150th/.

[3]     Marketwired. “Frontiers North Adventures Announces RAW:Churchill.” Yahoo! Finance. Yahoo!, January 28, 2016. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/frontiers-north-adventures-announces-raw-142555050.html.

Additional sources

RAW:Churchill. YouTube. YouTube, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ID7poxl3jE.

Politis. “RAW:Churchill Brings Unique Fine Dining to Northern Manitoba.” Canadian Geographic, November 7, 2016. https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/rawchurchill-brings-unique-fine-dining-northern-manitoba.

“RAW:Almond.” RAW. Accessed May 19, 2021. https://www.raw-almond.com/rawchurchill/7xz999ffy0iahd20z08uv0ykdh4680.

“RAW Churchill.” Stationpoint Photographic. Accessed May 19, 2021. https://www.stationpointphotographic.com/raw-churchill/prhw001qe0ma7kpz9bdnj7z7k92aaz.

Michelson, Megan. “5 Pop-Up Dinners in Stunning Locations.” Outside Online, June 13, 2016. https://www.outsideonline.com/2088891/5-pop-dinners-stunning-locations.

Frontiers North Adventures. Accessed May 19, 2021. https://frontiersnorth.com/.

“RAW:Churchill One Night Tour: Heartland Travel and Tours Ltd.” Heartland International Travel & Tours. Accessed May 19, 2021. https://heartlandtravel.ca/book-a-tour/rawchurchill-one-night-tour/.

Bird, Lawrence. “RAW:Gimli, Manitoba.” Canadian Architect, May 2, 2019. https://www.canadianarchitect.com/raw-moments/.

“Frozen and Cozy: An Evening at RAW:Churchill, Canada’s Most Unique Restaurant.” Matador Network. Matador Media, September 29, 2016. https://matadornetwork.com/tv/frozen-cozy-evening-rawchurchill-canadas-amazing-restaurant/.

“Raw Moments.” Canadian Architect, February 2018.

“RAW:Churchill .” Twitter. Accessed May 25, 2021. https://twitter.com/rawchurchill?lang=en.

“RAW:Churchill.” Instagram. Accessed May 25, 2021. https://www.instagram.com/rawchurchill/?hl=en.

Project Title: RAW:churchill
Artists:  Joe Kalturnyk, AUX: Projects
Year: 2016, 2017, 2018
Place: Churchill, MB, Gimli, MB, Winnipeg, MB

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