Fauna, Ottawa

One of the characteristics that set Food Day Canada chefs aside is how they are open to recommend others in the same city. Several of our Food Day chefs insisted that we check out Fauna.  And we found a great new FDC restaurant. “Fauna is about the things we love: eating and drinking with...

The Ancaster Mill, Ancaster, Ontario

The history of Ancaster Mill and the origins of the Town of Ancaster are inseparable. Being the third oldest community in Ontario (after Kingston and Niagara-on-the-Lake), the settlement of Ancaster naturally evolved from the establishment of the flour mill. Ever since, the Ancaster Mill has been...

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...

Colette Grand Café, Toronto

Given the upscale location of Colette, it’s hard to imagine that Executive Chef Jennifer Dewasha hails from very rural roots. She grew up picking berries at her Mom’s dairy farm near Cornwall where one of her most vivid memories is having the agitator turned off in the milk tank so the...

Northwinds Brewhouse & Kitchen, Collingwood, Ontario

This is the sort of website “About Us” post that makes me really happy! “Northwinds Brewhouse & Kitchen in Collingwood Ontario creates globally inspired hand crafted beers paired with innovative, locally sourced and seasonally focused food.” It continues, “Our...

Spencer’s at the Waterfront, Burlington, Ontario

One look at the setting and I’m sold. However, Spencer’s at the Waterfront isn’t just a beautiful lakeside destination, the cuisine is creative and very thoughtful. The menus at Spencer’s are imaginative and Canadian!     At the heart of Pearle Hospitality’s Earth to...

Cambridge Mill, Cambridge, Ontario

On the Grand River, the location of the Cambridge Mill is downright gorgeous!  And the food matches! This is fine, approachable dining.  Part of Pearle Hospitality, The Cambridge Mill is dedicated to Earth to Table cuisine sourcing seasonal ingredients from near-by farms and food artisans and also...

Maple Leaf Tavern, Toronto

Jesse Vallins, the Executive Chef of the Maple Leaf Tavern brings a ton of street cred to this kitchen. He’s won the “Toronto Sausage League” championship three times…a perfect addition to any tavern’s menu.  As a well-read culinarian, he develops curriculum for...

BUCA Yorkville, Toronto

BUCA Yorkville is the 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 as the team 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....