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...

Edulis Restaurant, Toronto

Its name means “Edible” in Latin, and for good reason: the critics are eating it up. Chef/Owner Michael Caballo spent years manning the kitchen at the Niagara Street Café, whose spot Edulis now inhabits. His wife, Tobey Nemeth, was Chef de Cuisine at Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar.  After they...

Little Red’s Pub & Eatery, St. Mary’s, Ontario

Little Red’s story is tightly interwoven with the culinary powerhouse that began to develop in Stratford in the 1980s. Before they opened their lovely country location called Woolfy’s in 1999, Chris Woolf worked with Chef Neil Baxter at Rundle’s and then went on to teach at the...

Candide, Montreal

Way back in 1825 cultural commentator Brillat-Savarin wrote: “The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.”   Chef John Winter Russell is one of those culinary creators who is intentionally building a bright and vital culinary scene...

The Local Community Food Centre, Stratford, Ontario

Yes! We Can! That was the title of the most recent workshop devoted to food preservation. It sums up the attitude of this new and very vital part of the culinary community that began with Toronto’s legendary food centre, The Stop. With activist Steve Stacey at the helm and as part of...

Klondike Kate’s Restaurant and Cabins, Dawson City, Yukon

The gold rush of 1898 was a wild time in Dawson City. Its legacy is some great old architecture. Much of Dawson City is a National Historic Site on the banks of the Yukon River, the third longest river in North America which flows northwest from the Coastal Range mountains of northern British...

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....

Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food, St. John’s, NFLD

For such a youthful company, it’s safe to say that Rocket (few ever use the full name) has become a full fledged St. John’s institution. Comments from food writers and Facebook fans say it all. Amidst the 5 Star customer reviews this one stood out. “Truly a gem in the crown that...

backhouse, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

No matter where they’ve been, Chef Ryan Crawford and Beverley Hotchkiss, have 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.   Their busy...

Vineyard Terrace Restaurant @ CedarCreek Winery, Kelowna, British Columbia

When the wines a vintner makes are spectacular, showcasing them in a restaurant setting just makes sense. The Vineyard Terrace Restaurant is the seasonal culinary centrepiece of the winery. CedarCreek Winery was one of the original wineries in the Okanagan and one of the first 8 in British...