WINNIPEG — Ben Sparrow, CEO of Sparrow Hotels, has appointed Alex Svenne executive chef of Inn at the Forks in Winnipeg.

The former chef and co-owner of Bistro 7 1/4 will be responsible for culinary operations, including banquet and catering facilities, room service and the hotel’s new restaurant, which is scheduled to open in early September. More information about the new restaurant, currently under construction, will be revealed in August.

Svenne, a local-food movement proponent, looks forward to picking vegetables from the new urban garden outside the hotel. “I’ll continue to provide quality and value by using local ingredients and artisanal producers while taking my casual fine-dining style to a new level with this exciting concept,” said Svenne. “The new restaurant at Inn at the Forks will be about food, fun and community, and I look forward to the opportunity to cook in front of my guests and to get to know them through the dining experience.”

Svenne replaces Barry Saunders who’s been appointed executive chef of Foodservice Operations at The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

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