Atelier, Ottawa

This small, very intimate restaurant doesn’t even have a sign. And why should they? Anyone who’s heard of Atelier knows that their food speaks for itself. Chef Marc Lepine opened Atelier in 2008 after being named Ottawa Chef of the Year not once but twice by the Canadian Culinary...

Le Select, Toronto

Le Select is the very essence of hospitality with food to match and is renowned for its stellar service!  It would be interesting to know whether any restaurant of similar size in Toronto has as many ‘regulars’…somehow I doubt it.  Chef Laura Maxwell and Frédéric Geisweiller,...

Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

Stephen Treadwell is one of this Province’s food stars.  He was recently honoured by the Ontario Hostelry Institute with a Gold Award as Restaurateur of the Year and claimed a Silver in the 2014/2015 and 2016 Good Food Innovation Awards from The University of Guelph and Food Day Canada. Long...

Bar Buca, Toronto

Bar Buca was designed after many research trips to Italy by Buca Executive Chef Rob Gentile and his team, in an attempt to discover the foods that are served, not in the touristy joints, but to Italians themselves in casual eateries, those special places that speak to both the heritage and...

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...

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...

Buca Osteria & Enoteca, Toronto

In spite of the restaurant’s Italian name and it’s food voice the speaks full blown Italian, Chef Rob Gentile cooks more “Canadian” than most chefs in the nation. In fact, Buca is one of the finest examples anywhere in Canada of how our restaurants have evolved. He, his...

Restaurant at Redstone, Niagara

In his quest to explore terroir, Moray Tawse leaves no stone unturned. First came his namesake winery in Vineland. For his second major project he went further afield to found Marchand-Tawse and Domaine Tawse in Burgundy. And now, back on home turf, he has created Redstone Winery, in Beamsville,...

Harmony Lunch, Waterloo, Ontario

“It cost us A LOT just to make this place look like we’d left if alone.” Nick Benninger sat with me at the Arborite counter on the original Naugahyde-topped bar stools watching the cooks sauté heaps of the Harmony Lunch’s signature fried onions to go atop the seared...

Proof Restaurant, Waterloo, Ontario

Executive Chef Jeritt Raney was born in the small town of Tobermory, Ontario at the top of the Bruce Peninsula where he worked with his father at the family fishing business. But like most small town kids, staying really wasn’t an option. Both Jeritt and Proof’s General Manager, Laura...