Les Fougères, Chelsea, Quebec

If you’re in the Ottawa Valley or the Outaouais and you mention the concept of regional cooking in Quebec, Les Fougères will be named. Chefs Charles Part and Jennifer Warren Part are completely and utterly dedicated to serving forth the best food and wine to their clientele. Aside from the...

NOtaBLE, Calgary, Alberta

Chef Michael Noble always seems to be at the top of his game.  We first met when he was the shining star of DIVA at the Met in Vancouver way back in the 1990’s.  His recipes grace the pages of my Flavours of Canada (Raincoast 2000/2006) and I’m utterly thrilled to have him and his team...

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 food culture of our region in a better state...

Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

Stephen Treadwell is one of this Province’s food stars.  He was recently honoured by the Ontario Hostelry Institute with a Gold Award as Restaurateur of the Year and claimed a Silver in the 2014/2015 and 2016 Good Food Innovation Awards from The University of Guelph and Food Day Canada. Long...

The Wooly (Woolwich Arrow Pub), Guelph, Ontario

Until recently the word ‘local’ meant a pub where beer drinkers gathered to quaff frosty (or sometimes room temp) beverages and solve the problems of the world.  In Guelph, Local = The Woolwich Arms, a pub/restaurant located in a 115 year old, beautifully restored Victorian home. Known...

Fairmont Manoir Richelieu, Pointe au Pic (Charlevoix), Quebec

About a decade ago, Fairmont Hotels gave Le Manoir Richelieu (c. 1899) a $170 million make over.  In it’s very early days it was constructed to emulate a French castle and, today, it really is a grand hotel on one of the earth’s most glorious rivers.  At that point in La Malbaie, the...

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...

Nicole’s Café, Fogo Island, Newfoundland

To find such a fine restaurant tucked into a tiny, relatively remote village, is very unusual.  It’s why most of us who love food actually travel. Fogo Islanders are a special breed.  Tenacious and proud and very creative.  Nicole’s Café in Joe Batt’s Arm, a coastal hamlet half...

Locals, Courtenay, British Columbia

Chef Ronald St Pierre and Tricia St Pierre have created Locals, a very real culinary destination in the Comox Valley. My friend, Jeremy Ferguson wrote the following in the Globe and Mail: “Courtenay’s claim to fame comes through a different passion: It wants to be foodie capital of the island....

Borealis Bar and Grille, Kitchener, Ontario

It may be the Flying Monkey Hoptical Illusion…or one of the other 18 beers/ales on tap at the new Kitchener location of Borealis.  Or it may be the Barrie Brothers asparagus-corn chips with house made salsa or my absolute Borealis favourite, their BBQ’d pulled pork sandwich. But after only a week...