UM Today UM Today University of Manitoba UM Today UM Today UM Today
UM Today
UM Today
Some of the U of M Gourmet Club’s longest serving members, including (L-R, front) Roger Hall, Birgit Hall, Doreen Cradock, Bill Cradock, Margaret Mundie, John Mundie, (L-R, rear), Muriel St. John, Angela Narth, Gwyn Williams, Gaynor Williams. Photo by Michael Marshall

Some of the U of M Gourmet Club’s longest serving members, including (L-R, front) Roger Hall, Birgit Hall, Bill Cradock, Doreen Cradock, Margaret Mundie, John Mundie, (L-R, rear), Muriel St. John, Angela Narth, Gwyn Williams, Gaynor Williams.

The original U of M foodies club

U of M Gourmet Club celebrating 50 year milestone

September 29, 2017 — 

The University of Manitoba Gourmet Club is celebrating a major milestone this year.

In 1967, the club was founded as a way for faculty members to meet and socialize. Dinners were arranged with six couples, each bringing a dish to the event.

“Originally, we were the University of Manitoba Faculty Wives Association,” says long-time member, Judy McDonald, adding with a smile, “We were the original UMFA.”

Now in its 50th year, the aging club members admit they need to dial it back a bit, given that many members are retired and often winter in other climates. But judging by the enthusiasm at their 50th anniversary supper in the Hotel Fort Garry on September 27, they’re not quite ready to call it quits.

“I’m not ready to ring the death knell,” says McDonald.

As part of the celebration, the club acknowledged Angela Narth and other members who helped put together an index of all the menus from 1969-2009. This includes some hand-written menus from the club’s early years. The index will be added to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections this winter.

The club has seen several individuals join throughout the years. At one point, the club topped 300 members.

,

One comment on “The original U of M foodies club

  1. John Mundie

    The idea of the Gourmet Club was fostered by Dr. Ian Cook, a member of the Faculty of Science as a result of his experience at the University of Chicago while on sabbatical. When he came back to Manitoba, he spoke to several faculty members and their spouses and they were quite receptive to forming a club.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© University of Manitoba • Winnipeg, Manitoba • Canada • R3T 2N2

Emergency: 204-474-9341

Top