Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, Charlottetown, PEI

Taking its name from the Sims family who owned the original tract of land in the very early 1800’s, Sims Corner Steakhouse, the first authentic steakhouse on Prince Edward Island, has had a colourful past including a stretch during Prohibition as a “conviviality shop.” Owned by...

Chives Canadian Bistro, Halifax

Chef Craig Flinn and his talented team are known across Canada for their dedication to the food of the Atlantic region, most specifically Nova Scotia. Craig’s book, Fresh and Local, published in 2009,  is just an extension of that dedication. Although he has a degree from St. Mary’s...

Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, Ontario

Few restaurateurs have had such an impact on the Canadian hospitality industry as Bill Bennett and Mary Beaton. Bill is an architect with a passion for old Ontario structures and between them they completed the first renovation of The Millcroft Inn in the small mill town of Alton on the Credit...

The Red Rabbit, Stratford, Ontario

Owners Jessie Votary and Sean Collins (Head Chef ) along with their staff who all have a share in the restaurant, have crafted a supplier list that looks like a who’s who of regional producers.  Few farmers raise better meat than Max and Vicki Lass.  Heck, they supply Toronto’s Buca,...

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,...

360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, Toronto

Their tagline is “Canadian Ingredients ~~ Canadian Wine ~~ Canadian View”  Since John Morris took over as the Executive Chef, the dining experience at 360 has become even more stridently Canadian.  He hails from the renowned National Arts Centre in Ottawa where every meal was expected...

Borealis Bar and Grille, Kitchener, Ontario

It may be the Flying Monkey Hoptical Illusion…or one of the other 18 beers/ales on tap at the new Kitchener location of Borealis.  Or it may be the Barrie Brothers asparagus-corn chips with house made salsa or my absolute Borealis favourite, their BBQ’d pulled pork sandwich. But after only a week...

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery, St. David’s, Ontario

Chef-Proprietor Paul Harber has an enviable résumé. He grew up in Ontario wine country,  honed his culinary skills with Chef Michael Stadtlander and then headed to Germany for 18 months to work with Stadtlander’s brother in law’s 2 star Michelin restaurant in Stuttgart.  He returned to...

Sixthirtynine, Woodstock, Ontario

There is often so much buzz around the chefs in the wine regions and cities of Ontario that other areas of the province, ones that are incredibly rich in terms of ingredients and have flourishing farmers markets, are ignored. Sixthirtynine is a case in point. Eric Boyar has been on the vanguard of...

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. Now a veteran of Food Day, we first met when he was a newly-graduated young cook on Prince...