Mandel is chef/owner of deer + almond, a nationally acclaimed restaurant in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District'. deer + almond has been involved with some of Winnipeg’s most beloved pop – up projects. Hitzer and his team have also been nominated by several food and travel journals as one of the top 20 restaurants in Canada.
Joe Kalturnyk, trained as an architect, is the founding director of RAW:Gallery of architecture and design, one of only two official galleries in Canada focused on contemporary architecture and design, featuring artists, architects and designers. The gallery has been nominated for its outstanding programming and featured in several local and national magazine reviews. As of July 1st 2015, the formal gallery space has closed. RAW:Gallery now operates in the ephemera.