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...

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...

The Fish Counter, Vancouver

When marine biologist Mike McDermid (on the right below), at that time working at the Vancouver Aquarium,  started the seafood certification system, Ocean Wise ™, he created a movement that has engaged top chefs and restaurants from coast to coast.  One of those chefs was Robert Clark who, as a...

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...

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...

Hardware Grill, Edmonton

Since Larry and Linda Stewart opened its doors in 1996, the Hardware Grill has been a culinary destination. They understood the concept of “Canadian cuisine” from their earliest days. They call it “Haute Comfort Food.” The menu reflects some of the finest ingredients the...

The Canteen, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Renée Lavallée’s public title is “Chef, Mother, Crazy Cheeses Lover”. As of 2014, she added “Restaurateur” to her moniker.  The Canteen quickly became one of the coolest new restaurants in Nova Scotia and this year grew out of its relatively small quarters. Renée...

The Wooly (Woolwich Arrow Pub), 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...

Bridie Molloy’s, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Brian Piercey is one of St. John’s most active chefs.  He’s involved and engaged in the food life of the city.  He writes: “I started my culinary career in the culinary arts program at The College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s, Newfoundland. After completing the program, I...

Cibo Trattoria & UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar, Vancouver

Having a mere 40 seats, Cibo Trattoria,located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver’s arts and cultural district, remains true to the traditional trattoria concept. In 2011 it was named as one of the Top Italian Restaurants in the World by Ospitalita Italiana Seal. But no matter how you cut...