LaFONTANA, Elora, Ontario

Denis Fontana is well known in the food circles of Fergus-Elora. He sells fresh pasta made on site at the Elora Farmers Market and when a beautiful old stone building came up for lease, he decided it was time to make the leap into the restaurant business.  Located on a quieter part of Mill Street...

George, Toronto

Lorenzo Loseto is one of Canada’s culinary giants. He has won many awards including Canada’s National Gold Medal Plates.   James Chatto, the culinary scribe and organizer of Gold Medal Plates, described the medal winning effort.  “At its heart were thick slices of superb ahi tuna that had...

Park Grocery Deli & Bar, Guelph, Ontario

Park Grocery opened in 1890 on what was then the northern extremities of the City of Guelph on the southern edge of Wellington County.  Located on the main road north towards Owen Sound (now Highway 6), the wise merchants, Abraham and Emma Waters, had a ready market for their wares.  Over the...

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...

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...

Graffiti Market, Kitchener, Ontario

Graffiti Market is a very unusual restaurant! The food’s fun and approachable…it’s located the Catalyst Centre the world’s largest IoT manufacturing hub,  a high tech startup space where the clientele are savvy, dare I say “millennials”?  But the first time I...

The Wooly, 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...

Farmhouse Tavern, Toronto

Describing themselves as “Serving farmhouse hospitality. Rooted in the charming influences of the rural Ontario farmhouse. A little bit country/ A lot rock & roll. Cooking a blackboard menu of farm driven food. Pouring Ontario craft brews + VQA juice.” Sounds like this place was made with Food...

backhouse, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

No matter where he’s been, Chef Ryan Crawford has 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. Five years ago he and his team took over the location...

Hillfire Smk & BBQ, Fonthill, Ontario

No four lane highways lead to Fonthill…it’s rural Niagara at its best. It’s a very real community and you can feel how close knit it is when  you eat at Hillfire Smk & BBQ.  The team of Chefs Anthony Greco and Tim Hardy head up the open kitchen from where they can monitor...