Sooke Harbour House, Sooke, British Columbia

The extraordinary sensual beauty is overwhelming. Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as it was years ago for me, the Olympic Mountains are awash in pink and blue and purple. The sea calls. Sooke Harbour House, and its visionary innkeepers, Frederique and Sinclair Philip, bought a small 3 bedroom...

The Terrace Restaurant, Kelowna, British Columbia

Perched on a majestic hill overlooking the valley, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery is one of the most beautiful wineries in Canada. From its iconic bell tower, the bells peal at noon and echo over Lake Okanagan. No visit to the Okanagan is complete without enjoying at least one glass of wine at...

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. We first met when he was a newly-graduated young cook on Prince Edward Island where great...

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...

Maison Publique, Montréal

Derek Dammann has created the sort of restaurant he is all about…democratic and fun, delicious and fresh, thoughtful and sustainable. Maison Publique Chef Dammann, seen here at the left with his U of Guelph Innovation Award,  is revisiting the past, but as usual, his eye is on the horizon....

FireWorks, Inn at Bay Fortune, Fortune, Prince Edward Island

Rooted on the coast near Souris, P.E.I., The Inn at Bay Fortune’s gracious gardens and talented kitchen are embedded in island food culture.  It is the home of Chef Michael Smith’s dream restaurant.  Any one who has watched him in action knows that he casts a large presence and his...

Waterfront Wines Restaurant, Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna is a hotbed of culinary talent. Many of the young chefs (seems that youth is a prerequisite) have arrived from across Canada. Because the city is at the heart of the wine industry, it was just a matter of time before a chef with sommelier credentials would land in the valley. In 2004,...

The Good Food Innovation Awards Jury 2017

We welcome the Jurors for this year’s University of Guelph / Food Day Canada Innovation Awards.  Like the so many of the 2016 restaurants and chefs, ours is a stellar line up of experienced food professionals; Chef/Professor Michael Allemeier from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology...

Nicole’s Café, Fogo Island, Newfoundland

To find such a fine restaurant tucked into a tiny, relatively remote village, is very unusual.  It’s why most of us who love food actually travel. Fogo Islanders are a special breed.  Tenacious and proud and very creative.  Nicole’s Café in Joe Batt’s Arm, a coastal hamlet half...

Salted Brick, Kelowna, British Columbia

Leaving the B.C. coast for Kelowna, Chef Jason Leizert has received a warm welcome from the regions chefs, many of whom one often runs into grabbing a sandwich or one of the daily items on the constantly changing menu, food that is rooted in the work of local farmers and culinary artisans....