Old Vines Restaurant, Quails’ Gate Winery, West Kelowna

Tiny quail skitter quickly between the rows of grapes (and across the roadways). The vineyards stretch down towards the water, disappearing over a ridge. The air smells of earth and of summer. One of the veterans of Food Day Canada, Quails’ Gate Winery is owned and operated by the Stewart...

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...

Bushwakker Brewpub, Regina, Saskatchewan

The folks at Bushwakker Brewpub in Regina demonstrate their commitment to all things local through their beer and food, but they’ve also made themselves a popular venue for local music. As well as their menu, the pub has 9 regular beers (brewed year round), 20 seasonal beers (brewed only at...

The Ancaster Mill, Ancaster, Ontario

The history of Ancaster Mill and the origins of the Town of Ancaster are inseparable. Being the third oldest community in Ontario (after Kingston and Niagara-on-the-Lake), the settlement of Ancaster naturally evolved from the establishment of the flour mill. Ever since, the Ancaster Mill has been...

CHARCUT Roast House, Calgary

At CHARCUT, Calgary’s very meaty, very hot spot, there is no getting away from it –being a carnivore rules. It’s absolutely local, chef-driven cuisine.  Chef/Owners John Jackson and Connie DeSousa have had their rotisserie and char-broiler custom built and if kitchen gear can be...

Spencer’s at the Waterfront, Burlington, Ontario

One look at the setting and I’m sold. However, Spencer’s at the Waterfront isn’t just a beautiful lakeside destination, the cuisine is creative and very thoughtful. The menus at Spencer’s are imaginative and Canadian!     At the heart of Pearle Hospitality’s Earth to...

Cambridge Mill, Cambridge, Ontario

On the Grand River, the location of the Cambridge Mill is downright gorgeous!  And the food matches! This is fine, approachable dining.  Part of Pearle Hospitality, The Cambridge Mill is dedicated to Earth to Table cuisine sourcing seasonal ingredients from near-by farms and food artisans and also...

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...

Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec

As Sooke Harbour House is to British Columbia, Manoir Hovey is to Quebec. On the banks of Lake Massawippi, near North Hatley in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, this inn and the chefs have been harvesting the region and serving it forth for as long as I’ve been writing about it and, like me, he’s still...

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 Busch was determined to create a vacation experience for her guests that respects the...