The Chase, Toronto

When one looks at the various restaurants, including Colette Grand Café, that The Chase Group handles with such an emphasis on fresh seafood and produce, it’s little wonder that Tyler Shedden was named Culinary Director.  His recent bio is peppered with high end experience but his childhood...

The Wickaninnish Inn & The Pointe Restaurant, Tofino, B.C.

Soft round notes of a hidden flute rise as the early summer sun sets over the Pacific. The shores become shadowy; frogs take over, singing their hearts out. Offshore a line of breakers surge onto a reef connecting the islands.  The Wickaninnish presides over it all.  This is Tofino, more...

Les Fougères, Chelsea, Quebec

If you’re in the Ottawa Valley or the Outaouais and you mention the concept of regional cooking in Quebec, Les Fougères will be named. Chefs Charles Part and Jennifer Warren Part are completely and utterly dedicated to serving forth the best food and wine to their clientele. Aside from the...

Colette Grand Café, Toronto

Given the upscale location of Colette, it’s hard to imagine that Executive Chef Jennifer Dewasha hails from very rural roots. She grew up picking berries at her Mom’s dairy farm near Cornwall where one of her most vivid memories is having the agitator turned off in the milk tank so the...

Royal Dinette, Vancouver

Last year it was Best New Restaurant and in 2017 it was voted Best Pacific Northwest Cuisine in the 2017 at the prestigious Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Chef Alden Ong is a world traveler but when he arrived in B.C. he lucked out working at Vancouver’s Burdock and Co., and then...

NOtaBLE, Calgary, Alberta

Chef Michael Noble always seems to be at the top of his game.  We first met when he was the shining star of DIVA at the Met in Vancouver way back in the 1990’s.  His recipes grace the pages of my Flavours of Canada (Raincoast 2000/2006) and I’m utterly thrilled to have him and his team...

Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, Ontario

Few restaurateurs have had such an impact on the Canadian hospitality industry as Bill Bennett and Mary Beaton. Bill is an architect with a passion for old Ontario structures and between them they completed the first renovation of The Millcroft Inn in the small mill town of Alton on the Credit...

Soif: Bar à vin, Gatineau, Québec

SOIF Bar à Vin is a true wine bar, where wine is their focus. Champion sommelier Veronique Rivest has curated a concise but ever-changing list offering authentic wines, wines that speak of a place, with an emphasis on organic and biodynamic growing practices…natural and real wines made by...

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...

Mount Julian @ Viamede Resort, Woodview (Stoney Lake), Ontario

A century-old traditional Ontario resort hotel, Viamede Resort, and adjoining Mount Julian Resort, have been Stoney Lake landmarks since 1885. Steeped in history, Viamede sits on 165 acres of choice Kawartha Lakes wilderness. The resort overlooks exclusive Stoney Lake and boasts 2000 feet of...