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. Quails’ Gate Winery is owned and operated by the Stewart Family, the name Stewart being synonymous...

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,...

Fusion Grill, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sometime in February 2006 I decided that an ice fishing trip was in order and, rather than renting a hut, I headed to Winnipeg on the insistence of Fusion Restaurant’s, fishing-obsessed owner, Scot McTaggart.  Scot had had the decency to warn me that it’d be cold.  But it WAS FREEZING.  Minus 40’C...

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, fresh ingredients” with good locally-brewed beer...

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...

Brasserie T!, 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...

Sooke Harbour House, Sooke, 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...

Globe Bistro, Toronto

Ed Ho’s restaurant, Globe, was the upscale originator of the trio’s “Think Global. Eat Local” mantra. The team is inspired by new ingredients and the changing of the seasons.  Known for, among many things, their exceptional VQA wine pairings, Globe is a regular winner of...

Bishop’s Restaurant, Vancouver

John Bishop has been Vancouver’s consummate host for over three decades. His restaurant, simply named “Bishop’s” is a quiet haven filled with extravagant bouquets, great works of art from John’s personal collection and extraordinary food. In 2011, his contribution to Canada was recognized at...

Ossie’s Lunch, Bethel (St. Andrew’s), New Brunswick

Ossie’s Lunch is famous and 2017 is their 60th anniversary! Rose Anna Waite, who is in her 80’s and going strong, and her daughter, Angela Tessier, serve Maritime road food at its best — deep-fried clams, lobster rolls, scallops and chips and home made pies, in particular rhubarb...