Zest Restaurant, Fonthill, Ontario

Chef Anthony Greco hails from Niagara and has been wise enough to stay at home to craft a focused and very successful career.  As a graduate of Niagara College’s Food and Wine Institute, his knowledge of the local food scene is well honed.  As Chef de Cuisine at Zest, he has garnered many...

Fork and Cork Grill, Kitchener, Ontario

Every autumn a great friend overwhelms me and my front step with boxes and baskets quinces from her ancient tree. For fun, I delivered two large baskets to Buca Osteria and a young chef Eric Neaves  who was working received them with gratitude.  Now, after a stint at another FDC restaurant, The...

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

The Garrison 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...

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...

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...