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...

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...

Campagnolo & Campagnolo Roma, Vancouver

Its name translates to “country bumpkin,” but Campagnolo’s impressive accolades don’t exactly reflect the restaurant’s humble name. Named Vancouver Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in 2010, one of Conde Nast Traveller Magazine’s 50 Hottest New Restaurants,...

Cheese Curds Gourmet Burgers & Poutinerie, Dartmouth, N.S.

There’s only one Bill Pratt! He battled it out on Iron Chef America as one of two sous chefs to Chef Michael Smith, the other one being Rouge’s Paul Rogalski.  In doing so, Bill became the very first Canadian Forces Cook to take on the Iron Chef challenge.  He was Executive Chef of...

Fusion Grill, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sometime in February 2006 I decided that an ice fishing trip was in order and, rather than renting a hut, I headed to Winnipeg on the insistence of Fusion Restaurant’s, fishing-obsessed owner, Scot McTaggart.  Scot had had the decency to warn me that it’d be cold.  But it WAS FREEZING.  Minus 40’C...