The Lookout Restaurant, Okanagan Centre, British Columbia

Gray Monk is an important winery in the food story of Canada.  It was founded by the Heiss family who moved to the Okanagan Valley from Europe via Edmonton with dreams of owning a successful vineyard. In 1972, George & Trudy Heiss were at the front of the line presenting their request to be...

Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar, Regina, Saskatchewan

When it comes to developing new dishes for this great Regina-based restaurant, Chef, and owner Jonathan Thauberger blends classic culinary techniques with local products to create dishes that reflect the city’s diverse culture and brings to light the steady growth of local producers. The...

Chinched Restaurant & Deli, 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...

Les Jardins de Métis, Grand Métis, Quebec

Les Jardins de Métis is a magical place and a testament to a dream that has spanned generations of the Reford family. In the summer of 1926, Elsie Reford began transforming her fishing camp on the Metis River into a garden. Located 220 miles north-east of Quebec City, at 48.51º N. latitude, the...

Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, Ontario

Few hoteliers 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 River....

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 and the extraordinary Wickaninnish Inn where between...

Le Caveau, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia

Owned and operated by the visionary Stutz family, Domaine de Grand Pré Winery opened its doors in 2000 and is the oldest ‘farm’ winery in Atlantic Canada…it has also become one of the leaders in Canadian wine.  Le Caveau is rapidly becoming one of the finest dining experiences in...

Atelier, Ottawa

This small, very intimate restaurant doesn’t even have a sign. And why should they? Anyone who’s heard of Atelier knows that their food speaks for itself. Chef Marc Lepine opened Atelier in 2008 after being named Ottawa Chef of the Year not once but twice by the Canadian Culinary...

Rossmount Country Inn, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Often it’s great innkeepers who want to share the successes of their friends. In this case, it was Bill Bennett of Langdon Hall in Ontario who guided me to Rossmount Inn, just outside the bustle of St. Andrews.  It’s easy to miss.  One word…DON’T! Chris and Graziella Aerni, a couple...

Waterfront Wines Restaurant, Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna is a hotbed of culinary talent. Many of the young chefs (seems that youth is a prerequisite) have arrived from across Canada. Because the city is at the heart of the wine industry, it was just a matter of time before a chef with sommelier credentials would land in the valley. In 2004,...