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 innkeepers, Frederique and Sinclair Philip, bought a small 3 bedroom...

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....

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 and mushrooms at a farmer’s market stall at Marché...

Toqué!, Montréal

Chef Normand Laprise and business partner, Christine Lamarche, have been regaling dinners and promoting their suppliers for as long as they’ve been in business. Through Toqué!, they aimed to create a restaurant based on market-fresh cuisine where the emphasis is placed on local products. Normand...

Brasserie T! in Montreal

From Normand Laprise and Christine Lamarche, the creators behind fellow Food Day restaurant Toque!, and also in Montreal, comes the sleek, urbane Brasserie T!, a similarly enthusiastic take on fresh and accessible food. The menu keeps it simple, with a focus on ingredients instead of on...

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Toronto

When Chef Donna Dooher and her life partner, Kevin Gallagher, opened Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Toronto seemed to breathe a sigh of relief. Journalists and diners had been close to heart broken when Mildred Pierce, their wildly successful restaurant closed.  Joanne Kates wrote of the opening:...

Fraser Café, Ottawa

Veterans of Food Day Canada, brothers Ross and Simon Fraser have years of culinary experience having cooked with many of Canada’s culinary pioneers from Michael Stadtlander to John Taylor.  These weren’t short stints either. Simon spent 7 years at Domus with John Taylor, the chef who...

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 urban Vancouver restaurants would envy. The tag line is that...

The Terrace Restaurant, Kelowna, British Columbia

Perched on a majestic hill overlooking the valley, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery is one of the most beautiful wineries in Canada. From its iconic bell tower, the bells peal at noon and echo over Lake Okanagan. No visit to the Okanagan is complete without enjoying at least one glass of wine at...

OLO, Victoria, British Columbia

The word “olo” translates to “hungry” in Chinook jargon, a derivative language of English, French, Chinese and Chinook. Just as the Pacific Northwest was a gathering place for traders hawking their wares in pioneer days, OLO celebrates Cascadia’s role as a cultural melting pot by serving as a hub...