The Rosemont General Store & Cafe, Rosemont, Ontario

Rosemont General Store and Cafe is part of an extraordinary renaissance of this small hamlet which includes The Globe Restaurant. It all revolves around food and hospitality under the guidance of Janice O’Born and her husband Earle who’ve owned a farm in the region for decades.  Their...

The Globe, Rosemont, Ontario

When the near-legendary Toronto chef Martin Kouprie left the Toronto dining scene which he led for decades, it left a huge hole in that city’s dining scene. Over the years he’s mentored many of the nation’s top chefs and inspired countless others. After taking some very well...

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...

Azzurra, Collingwood, Ontario

If you look at the Great Lakes from outer space, Lake Huron is the lady carrying a backpack…and it’s the culinary culture that rings that backpack that is simply exploding.  When I first got to know Collingwood, it was a shipbuilding town and the main attraction, aside from that new ski hill...

Sweetwater Restaurant, Kemble, Ontario

Sweetwater Restaurant is part of the aptly named Cobble Beach Golf Resort on the rocky western shore of Georgian Bay just north of the picturesque city of Owen Sound.  The beaches here are strewn with cobbles and the water is so fresh that neighbouring cottagers routinely run pipes out into the...

Revel Coffee, Stratford, Ontario

Chef Jordan Lassaline is one of the most talented alumni of the renowned Stratford Chefs School.  Fortunately for the city, he stayed put and has built a great career.  With Anne Campion, the owner of Revel Coffee, the business is thriving in the best possible fashion.  Sourcing locally is pretty...

Borealis Grille & Bar, Guelph, Ontario

Bringing local home! Borealis Grille and Bar is a restaurant making a difference and setting a new standard for Ontario, and possibly Canada. The Desautel family just get it.  Bob Desautel’s wee granddaughter, Ava, holds a sign at the left that sums up their entire raison d’etre. Not...

The Bruce Hotel, Stratford, Ontario

Set on 6 1/2 acres on the outskirts of Stratford, one of Ontario’s most beautiful and most intense food-loving cities, The Bruce Hotel is making its mark as a culinary destination as well as an elegant location from which to explore the region. Stratford is the food hub for much of...

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...

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...