Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Red River College's culinary institute open for classes
Main Street is cooking again at the Paterson Global Foods Institute
By: Nick Martin
Posted: 01/10/2013 1:00 AM
Just try to resist the seductive scent of fresh baking wafting throughout the Exchange District and the heart of downtown.
Go ahead -- just try.
And once that smell lures you inside the grandeur of the oldest skyscraper in Winnipeg, what are the chances you won't want to sit amid marble splendour and enjoy fine dining prepared by aspiring chefs whom you can watch and even chat up as they prepare your meal?
Words such as grandeur and splendour haven't been used in the same sentence as Union Bank Tower for a very, very long time.
There's nary a pigeon carcass left in the 1904 skyscraper across the corner from city hall on Main Street.
Officially, it's the Paterson Global Foods Institute, housing the hospitality and culinary arts programs of Red River College and six floors of student residences. The official opening is Feb. 21. But as tradespeople finish the conversion of the enormous banking section into Jane's restaurant, 30 students have already moved into residence and 300 students are in a state-of-the-art school with opulent kitchens spread over several floors, learning everything from how to bake delicate European pastries, to cooking veal and fresh fish, to tasting wine and beer and spirits to see what goes best with a particular dish.