Canadians Celebrate

Sooke Harbour House, British Columbia

Sooke Harbour House, British Columbia

The extraordinary sensual beauty is overwhelming. Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as it was years ago for me, the Olympic Mountains are awash in pink and blue and purple. The sea calls. Sooke Harbour House, and its visionary […]

Savour in the Garden, St. Andrew’s by the Sea, New Brunswick

Savour in the Garden, St. Andrew’s by the Sea, New Brunswick

Chef Alex Haun is a someone to watch and to dine with.   He has been lured away from his great personally-run restaurant to open Savour in the Garden, the small dining space in Canada’s Garden of the Year 2013, […]

Chinched Bistro, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Chinched Bistro, St. John’s, Newfoundland

“To chinch: to caulk or fill the seams in a boat; to stow stuff or pack tightly. ”  Dictionary of Newfoundland English, University of Toronto Press, 1982. Chinched Bistro is real jewel of a place with some cocktails that even […]

Treadwell Farm to Table, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

Treadwell Farm to Table, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

Long before they opened their restaurant doors in 2006, Chef Stephen Treadwell and Sommelier James Treadwell, believed in the “farm-to-table” concept.

Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, Charlottetown, PEI

Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, Charlottetown, PEI

Taking its name from the Sims family who owned the original tract of land in the very early 1800′s, Sims Corner Steakhouse, the first authentic steakhouse on Prince Edward Island, has had a colourful past including a stretch during Prohibition […]

Windjammer Restaurant, Delta Beausejour, Moncton, New Brunswick

Windjammer Restaurant, Delta Beausejour, Moncton, New Brunswick

Located in relatively rural New Brunswick, Chef Stefan Müller has access to some spectacular ingredients, many of which he has seen develop in the 14 years he has been at the Delta Beausejour. Hi s 100 mile menu is served […]

The Terrace Restaurant, Kelowna, British Columbia

The Terrace Restaurant, Kelowna, British Columbia

Perched high overlooking the valley, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery is the most beautiful winery in Canada. From its bell tower, the noon chimes echo over Lake Okanagan. Every valley visitor should make a determined effort to have at least […]

Bacalao, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Bacalao, St. John’s, Newfoundland

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The ingredients of Newfoundland are really worth celebrating but it’s only been recently that they’ve moved from the home kitchens into the pride-filled dining rooms of the Province.    Restaurateur Andrea Maunder is a vocal promoter of what she dubs […]

Allen’s, Toronto

Allen’s, Toronto

Allen’s is the essence of hospitality because proprietor John Maxwell, through sheer determination and a genuine love of life, has made it so.  Allen’s also has the most extraordinary Vintners’ Quality Alliance (VQA) wine list that I’ve ever salivated over. […]

Klondike Kate’s Restaurant and Cabins, Dawson City, Yukon

Klondike Kate’s Restaurant and Cabins, Dawson City, Yukon

The gold rush of 1898 was a wild time in Dawson City. Its legacy is some great old architecture. Much of Dawson City is a National Historic Site on the banks of the Yukon River, the third longest river in […]

From Scratch – A Mountain Kitchen, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC

From Scratch – A Mountain Kitchen, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC

Co-owner Lara McCormack couldn’t have said it better: “With a name like From Scratch, you get what we’re all about.” With its owners bringing years of experience in the hospitality industry to the table, food at From Scratch is what […]

Stone Road Grille, Niagara on the Lake

Stone Road Grille, Niagara on the Lake

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When you’re driving along Hwy 55 into Niagara on the Lake, it’s easy to miss the Stone Road Grille, mainly because the sign says “REST” and it’s in a small plaza. It IS an a-typical place with one of the […]

River Café, Calgary

River Café, Calgary

Located in the middle of Prince’s Island Park, on the lagoon where the Bow River passes though downtown Calgary, River Café has featured ”Seasonal Canadian Cuisine” since the mid-1990s.  The flood that inundated both the island and the restaurant in June 2013 […]

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

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 […]

On the Twenty Restaurant	, Jordan, Ontario

On the Twenty Restaurant , Jordan, Ontario

On the Twenty is where the regional food movement really took hold in Niagara. It was Ontario’s first winery restaurant. From the very earliest days, On the Twenty set the bar high and in doing so established standards for other […]

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

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 Wooden Monkey, Halifax & Dartmouth

The Wooden Monkey, Halifax & Dartmouth

Lil MacPherson is a born and bred Maritimer- a ‘Blue-noser’ – and proud of it. With her partner, Christine Bower, she opened The Wooden Monkey in 2004 in the city centre. Their well-thought-out menu is based on “macrobiotic and locally-grown, […]

Tall Grass Prairie Bakery & Kitchen, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Tall Grass Prairie Bakery & Kitchen, Winnipeg, Manitoba

This is one of the neatest bakeries/kitchens in all of Canada.  With a set of standards in sourcing their ingredients second to none, owners Tabitha and Paul Langel and Lyle and Kathy Barkman, use their kitchens to harvest and share […]

Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, Ontario

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 […]

Les Jardins Sauvages, Saint-Roch de L’Achigan, Quebec

Les Jardins Sauvages, Saint-Roch de L’Achigan, Quebec

One of the neatest restaurants in Quebec, Les Jardins Sauvages, is owned and operated by Chef Nancy Hinton and forager/farmer François Brouillard. Aside from being a country eatery, they create and sell a line of products derived from wild plants […]

Brooklyn Warehouse, Halifax

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 […]

Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, Baddeck, Nova Scotia

Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, Baddeck, Nova Scotia

You can find Chanterelle Country Inn high in the hills of Cape Breton on one of the great drives of Canada.  It’s a gentle place to stay with tranquil vistas and great food.  From day one in 2000, owner Earlene […]

Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar, Regina, Saskatchewan

Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar, Regina, Saskatchewan

Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar is dedicated to the art of local! Regina-native Executive Chef Jonathan Thauberger  has just returned after a 20 years cooking away, most notably at Burrowing Owl in the south Okanagan where he was part of […]

Chives Canadian Bistro, Halifax

Chives Canadian Bistro, Halifax

Chef Craig Flinn and his talented team are known across Canada for their dedication to the food of the Atlantic region, most specifically Nova Scotia. Craig’s book, Fresh and Local, published in 2009,  is just an extension of that dedication. […]

RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna, British Columbia

RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna, British Columbia

When Relais Gourmande veterans, Chef Rod Butters and business partner Audrey Surrao, launched RauDZ Regional Table in Kelowna, it was clear that the city was ready for such a culinary experience.  They had come from the coast of Vancouver Island […]