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FortWhyte Alive partners with Diversity Food Services to operate its Buffalo Stone Café


FortWhyte Alive is excited to announce a new partnership with local award-winning company Diversity Food Services, to operate all on-site restaurant and catering services, beginning November 1, 2014.

Diversity’s Chef du Cuisine, Kelly Cattani, winner of the 2013 Manitoba Gold Plates competition, will be the primary on-site manager of the Buffalo Stone Café and all catering. In keeping with the missions of both organizations, menus will feature local, organic and sustainable foods cooked from scratch, including those grown at FortWhyte’s own on-site farm. Diversity recently received certification from LEAF (Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Food Service), demonstrating their commitment to sustainable practices in all aspects of their operation.

“FortWhyte is thrilled to be partnering with an organization such as Diversity whose commitment to sustainability fits so closely with our own” said Ian Barnett, FortWhyte Alive’s Director of Operations. “We look forward to sharing this new direction with loyal and new patrons of the Buffalo Stone Café.”

“This new partnership with FortWhyte represents a tremendous opportunity for Diversity to showcase our sustainable cuisine to a whole new audience” said Ian Vickers, Chief Operating Officer of Diversity.

In preparation for this new direction, the Buffalo Stone Café will be closed for daytime service from October 14-October 31, reopening on Saturday November 1.

One of Canada’s foremost environmental education centre’s, FortWhyte Alive is dedicated to providing programming, natural settings and facilities for environmental education, outdoor recreation and social enterprise. In so doing, FortWhyte promotes awareness and understanding of the natural world and actions leading to sustainable living. The Buffalo Stone Café will operate Monday – Friday 9 am-4:30 pm and Saturday/Sunday 10 am-4:30pm.

Established in 2009, Diversity Food Services is a joint venture between the University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation and SEED Winnipeg. The social enterprise delivers nutritional, local food while providing meaningful employment for new Canadians, Indigenous peoples, downtown community residents and University students. Find out more at: www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/food-services-overview

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