Luma, Toronto

Luma is on the vanguard of leaders in the sustainable/local food movement in Ontario. A contemporary restaurant that pays homage to Toronto’s rich, multicultural landscape it’s globally inspired and locally sourced. Executive Chef Michael Wilson’s menu showcases fresh, artisanal dishes,...

J.K. Farm, Hillier / Prince Edward County, Ontario

This is a rather unusual post as J.K. Farm is just that and not officially a restaurant.  But when one gets the opportunity to eat a Jamie Kennedy meal, it’s worth shouting from the rooftops…or in this case, the FDC website. Every summer Chef Jamie Kennedy and his friends share the...

On the Twenty Restaurant, Jordan, Ontario

On the Twenty is where the regional food movement really took hold in Niagara. It was Ontario’s first winery restaurant. From the very earliest days, On the Twenty set the bar high and in doing so established standards for other winery restaurants across Canada.    A graduate of Niagara...

Lẽna, Toronto

Anthony Walsh, the creator of Lẽna, is one of the originals.  Early in his career he realized how important Canadian cuisine was to the entire Canada brand and pursued it relentlessly creating restaurants like Canoe and participating in every event that had anything to do with local regional and...

Good Earth Food and Wine, Beamsville, Ontario

The name says a lot.  Nicolette Novak, the owner and dream-meister of the Good Earth Food and Wine has been one of the early adopters and on the forefront of the farm to table movement in Niagara, a region renowned for its tender fruit and grape industry. As many people over the years have...

Edulis Restaurant, Toronto

Its name means “Edible” in Latin, and for good reason: the critics are eating it up. Chef/Owner Michael Caballo spent years manning the kitchen at the Niagara Street Café, whose spot Edulis now inhabits. His wife, Tobey Nemeth, was Chef de Cuisine at Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar.  After they...

Little Red’s Pub & Eatery, St. Mary’s, Ontario

Little Red’s story is tightly interwoven with the culinary powerhouse that began to develop in Stratford in the 1980s. Before they opened their lovely country location called Woolfy’s in 1999, Chris Woolf worked with Chef Neil Baxter at Rundle’s and then went on to teach at the...

The Local Community Food Centre, Stratford, Ontario

Yes! We Can! That was the title of the most recent workshop devoted to food preservation. It sums up the attitude of this new and very vital part of the culinary community that began with Toronto’s legendary food centre, The Stop. With activist Steve Stacey at the helm and as part of...

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....

backhouse, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

No matter where they’ve been, Chef Ryan Crawford and Beverley Hotchkiss, have celebrated Food Day Canada every year since its inception; once to the point of nearly getting arrested for doing a pop up restaurant at midnight on the main street of Niagara-on-the-lake.   Their busy...