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.  This is Tofino, more specifically, The Wickaninnish Inn, the long time...

VG @ The Fairmont Lombard Hotel, Winnipeg

In Winnipeg, The Lombard Hotel is located near The Grain Exchange, an agricultural heartbeat away from the centre of Canadian agri-food business.  The hotel is also perched beside the historic Red River and its confluence with the Assiniboine River. Its been a meeting place for 6,000 years. The...

The Wellington Gastropub, Ottawa, Ontario

In Ottawa there’s a very tight knit chefs community and when they get together, even when it’s to compete, the camaraderie is real. The team at The Wellington Gastro Pub is large part of this city’s burgeoning culinary scene!  They are taking local to a new, approachable place....

Murray Street Kitchen, Ottawa

Simply named Murray Street Kitchen by owners Paddy Whalen and Steve Mitton, the restaurant was chosen by enRoute magazine as one of the top ten across Canada for 2009. Food critic Anne DesBrisay calls it “manly” and continues, “The soul of this restaurant is meat. In addition to...

FARM Restaurant, Calgary

In big bold letters the menu  states:  “Alberta Food Everyday – We love our suppliers.” Owned by Calgary’s cheese maven, Janice Beaton, who also operates Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, one of the finest cheese shops anywhere in the nation, FARM is a casual, cozy place with a harvest table for...

Joy Road Catering, Penticton, British Columbia

Specializing in Okanagan Valley – sourced food and wine, Joy Road Catering’s co-owners, Chefs Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith, observe: “From our inception selling pastries at the farmers’ markets, Joy Road has primarily used local ingredients for the simple reason that fresh...

Absinthe Café, Ottawa

Chef Patrick Garland’s steak frites have been dubbed as one of the city’s 101 must-try-before-you-die ‘tastes’ by Ottawa magazine. I’d say that it’s not just the steak that’s important in this busy, with-it restaurant.  Garland has a menu filled with lots of other...