Abruzzi, London, Ontario

Chef/Owner Dave Lamers is inspired by the flavours of the Italian countryside but his real passion springs from growing up on a farm, collecting the freshest eggs and helping in the garden here in Canada. Now a veteran of Food Day, we first met when he was a newly-graduated young cook on Prince...

Waterfront Café & Catering, Kelowna, British Columbia

Waterfront Café & Catering is the spin off from Chef / Sommelier Mark Filatow’s fabulous flagship, Waterfront Wines Restaurant on the outskirts of downtown Kelowna. Few chefs anywhere in Canada are as quietly committed to the understanding and promotion of local ingredients. Chef Filatow...

Le Select, Toronto

Le Select is the very essence of hospitality with food to match and is renowned for its stellar service!  It would be interesting to know whether any restaurant of similar size in Toronto has as many ‘regulars’…somehow I doubt it.  Chef Laura Maxwell and Frédéric Geisweiller,...

Three Ravens Restaurant + Wine Bar, Banff, Alberta

Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity...

The Fish Counter, Vancouver

When marine biologist Mike McDermid (on the right below), at that time working at the Vancouver Aquarium,  started the seafood certification system, Ocean Wise ™, he created a movement that has engaged top chefs and restaurants from coast to coast.  One of those chefs was Robert Clark who, as a...

Brooklyn Warehouse, Halifax

As a restaurateur George Christakos is dedicated to the Slow Food philosophy which is, in reality, was how he grew up.  He calls is  “cooking like our grandparents.” And then quickly adds, “I feel it is our responsibility to leave the food culture of our region in a better state...

The Bruce Hotel, Stratford, Ontario

Set on 6 1/2 acres on the outskirts of Stratford, one of Ontario’s most beautiful and most intense food-loving cities, The Bruce Hotel is making its mark as a culinary destination as well as an elegant location from which to explore the region.  Stratford is the food hub for much of...

The Watch That Ends the Night, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

If you search the net for the meaning of this absolutely brand new restaurant’s name you’ll see several references but co-owner Joe Gurba explains it this way: “The Watch That Ends the Night is the name of a 1958 novel by Hugh MacLennan, born in Glace Bay, NS. It seeks to...

Il Caminetto, Whistler, British Columbia

One of the country’s leading chefs, a cookbook author and a “farm-to-table” pioneer, James Walt continues to inspire his guests, creating compelling regional cuisine based on local, sustainable ingredients. A graduate of the Stratford Chefs School, his impressive culinary career spans across...

Hardware Grill, Edmonton

Since Larry and Linda Stewart opened its doors in 1996, the Hardware Grill has been a culinary destination. They understood the concept of “Canadian cuisine” from their earliest days. They call it “Haute Comfort Food.” The menu reflects some of the finest ingredients the...