Bolete, St. Catharines, Ontario

Chef Andrew McLeod opened the long-awaited Bolete in 2016 to a great deal of local fanfare.  Over the years his following has grown exponentially and now, behind the bar at the light-filled open concept kitchen, they can watch him hone his culinary craft.  The day we were there, he’d just...

Absinthe Café, Ottawa

Chef Patrick Garland’s steak frites have been dubbed as one of the city’s 101 must-try-before-you-die ‘tastes’ by Ottawa magazine. I’d say that it’s not just the steak that’s important in this busy, with-it restaurant.  Garland has a menu filled with lots of other...

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...

Indie Ale House, Toronto

The Indie Ale House is in the heart of The Junction where Dundas Street West is home to several terrific food stops including Honest Weight and Farmhouse Tavern.  The tagline is “Not Your Average Pub Grub” with the qualifier “We never do anything halfway.”  Yep!   And...

The Berlin, Kitchener, Ontario

The press release read “THE BERLIN is not your average neighbourhood restaurant”.  Quite an understatement for a restaurant with Chef Jonathan Gushue at the culinary helm. Located in the heart of downtown Kitchener, Ontario, across the road from the Conrad Centre for the Performing...

BUCA Yorkville, Toronto

BUCA Yorkville is the relatively new sister restaurant to BUCA, the osteria that has defined Italian dining in Toronto by sourcing Canadian ingredients and creating stunningly imaginative menus. But the Yorkville location has a mind of its own.  It’s very-open-kitchen is downright inspiring...

Buca Osteria & Enoteca, Toronto

In spite of the restaurant’s Italian name and it’s food voice the speaks full blown Italian, Chef Rob Gentile cooks more “Canadian” than most chefs in the nation. In fact, Buca is one of the finest examples anywhere in Canada of how our restaurants have evolved.  He, his...

Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, Ontario

Few restaurateurs 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...

Restaurant at Redstone, Niagara

In his quest to explore terroir, Moray Tawse leaves no stone unturned. First came his namesake winery in Vineland. For his second major project he went further afield to found Marchand-Tawse and Domaine Tawse in Burgundy. And now, back on home turf, he has created Redstone Winery, in Beamsville,...

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....

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