George, Toronto

Lorenzo Lesoto demonstrated his perfectionism in January of this year when he was preparing his Gold Medal-winning dish at  the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna.  He is a natural teacher – focused and very skilled and now, for a year, he has competed and won the privilege of being...

Bauer Kitchen, Waterloo, Ontario

Fine restaurants were few and far between in the early days of Kitchener Waterloo dining.  If you wanted to celebrate or for a tremendous meal, you’d head to the Charcoal Steak House. The venerable steak house as grown into a full-fledged restaurant group with veteran Food Day Canada chef...

Abruzzi, London, Ontario

Chef/Owner Dave Lamers is inspired by the flavours of the Italian countryside but his real passion springs from growing up on a farm, collecting the freshest eggs and helping in the garden here in Canada. We first met when he was a newly-graduated young cook on Prince Edward Island where great...

Miijidaa café + bistro, Guelph, Ontario

Few restaurateurs have been so far ahead of the curve as Bob Desautels.  He began sourcing local ingredients ages before it was sexy.  It wasn’t easy but all along he knew it was right. His restaurants, The Neighbourhood Group, have supported farmers and fishers; brewers and winemakers for...

Canoe, Toronto

“Inspired by Canada’s raw, rich land.” Having Canoe as part of Food Day Canada means a lot to me.  It was the first high end Ontario restaurant to embrace and market Canadian cuisine as a competitive advantage. I spoke at the opening…and talked about what possibilities lay ahead....

Boralia, Toronto

As soon as co-owner & Chef Wayne Morris landed in Toronto from Kelowna, he called to let the Food Day Canada team know he was here. Normally that doesn’t happen but he’d worked for a number of years with Food Day Canada veteran Mark Filatow where we’d connected and marvelled...

The Garrison House, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

The Garrsion House surfaced on my radar when I wanted to have a good meal in Niagara last winter.  The service was terrific and the food was honest and delicious. It also turns out to be a ‘local’ for many of the region’s winemakers and chefs. It’s a really fun place!  Chef...

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery, St. David’s, Ontario

Chef-Proprietor Paul Harber has an enviable résumé. He grew up in Ontario wine country,  honed his culinary skills with Chef Michael Stadtlander and then headed to Germany for 18 months to work with Stadtlander’s brother in law’s 2 star Michelin restaurant in Stuttgart.  He returned to...

Crow Bar and Variety, Collingwood, Ontario

Crow Bar and Variety opened just in time for Food Day Canada on August 5th, 2017.  Owned and shepherded by the team headed up by Steve & Jen Vipond and Chef Shaun Edmonstone from Bruce Wine Bar in Thornbury, Crow’s culinary focus is hyper-local.   There’s great live music four...

Sixthirtynine, Woodstock, Ontario

There is often so much buzz around the chefs in the wine regions and cities of Ontario that other areas of the province, ones that are incredibly rich in terms of ingredients and have flourishing farmers markets, are ignored. Sixthirtynine is a case in point. Eric Boyar has been on the vanguard of...