OWNER, FEAST CAFE BISTRO
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, proud member of Peguis First Nation, owner of Feast Cafe Bistro serving modern dishes rooted in traditional First Nation foods. Christa has spent over 15 years refining her cooking skills while expanding her knowledge of Indigenous foods and culture. Her creativity and passion also stems from gardening, teaching, cooking for family and friends including her three teenagers. Christa’s humble beginnings along with her life’s journey has taught her that entrepreneurship brings opportunities to give back to the community, which remains an important priority to her and her family.
In 2001, she opened Running Bear Daycare, voted as one of the top daycares of its kind by the Manitoba Childcare Association. With its unique services and holistic program, it became a resource for Children's Special Services, The Family Centre, Child and Family Services, Mamawiwichiitata Centre, Manitoba Childcare, and the surrounding community. Recognizing a need for quality childcare in the inner city of Winnipeg, the daycare was designed to also serve Indigenous and lower income families. Some children required specific care with mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health-related issues. The daycare also worked with the parents offering mentorship, resources, cooking/life skill tips, recipe sharing, and guidance in effective parenting, health, and lifestyle.
Following Canada’s Food Guide for breakfast, lunch, and snacks was a legal requirement. It was during these years that Christa’s passion and knowledge for re-connecting to her First Nation culture through food sparked, culminating into Feast Cafe Bistro.
Feast Cafe Bistro opened in 2015, has received rave reviews with a rapidly growing successful catering service! The Cafe has become well known within the community for providing job opportunities, mentorship, and work experience for many, including those with barriers to employment. By networking closely with community organizations, together they help create positive futures for many. Christa continues to grow her business with hopes of opening a cooking studio offering cooking classes for all ages, including resources with her “how to” gardening and canning practices, the growth of traditional vegetables and herbs, grocery shopping tips, budget friendly meals, recipes, “how to” videos, and much more!