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...

Peller Estates Winery Restaurant, Niagara on the Lake

With its sweeping views, the Peller Estates Winery Restaurant is the very heart of this great Niagara winery.  It is here that Executive Chef Winery and CityLine personality Jason Parsons works his seasonally-inspired magic. Coming into his tenth as Executive Chef, Parsons’ dedication to Canadian...

The Wickaninnish Inn & The Pointe Restaurant, Tofino, B.C.

Soft round notes of a hidden flute rise as the early summer sun sets over the Pacific. The shores become shadowy; frogs take over, singing their hearts out. Offshore a line of breakers surge onto a reef connecting the islands.  The Wickaninnish presides over it all.  This is Tofino, more...

Les Fougères, Chelsea, Quebec

If you’re in the Ottawa Valley or the Outaouais and you mention the concept of regional cooking in Quebec, Les Fougères will be named. Chefs Charles Part and Jennifer Warren Part are completely and utterly dedicated to serving forth the best food and wine to their clientele. Aside from the...

NOtaBLE, Calgary, Alberta

Chef Michael Noble always seems to be at the top of his game.  We first met when he was the shining star of DIVA at the Met in Vancouver way back in the 1990’s.  His recipes grace the pages of my Flavours of Canada (Raincoast 2000/2006) and I’m utterly thrilled to have him and his team...

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...

Soif: Bar à vin, Gatineau, Québec

SOIF Bar à Vin is a true wine bar, where wine is their focus. Champion sommelier Veronique Rivest has curated a concise but ever-changing list offering authentic wines, wines that speak of a place, with an emphasis on organic and biodynamic growing practices…natural and real wines made by...

Brooklyn Warehouse, Halifax

As a restaurateur George Christakos is dedicated to the Slow Food philosophy which is, in reality, was how he grew up.  He calls is  “cooking like our grandparents.” And then quickly adds, “I feel it is our responsibility to leave the food culture of our region in a better state...

Mount Julian @ Viamede Resort, Woodview (Stoney Lake), Ontario

A century-old traditional Ontario resort hotel, Viamede Resort, and adjoining Mount Julian Resort, have been Stoney Lake landmarks since 1885. Steeped in history, Viamede sits on 165 acres of choice Kawartha Lakes wilderness. The resort overlooks exclusive Stoney Lake and boasts 2000 feet of...

The Claddagh Oyster House, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

The Claddagh Oyster House is P.E.I.’s oldest independent one owner restaurant. The “Claddagh Room” was opened by Liam and Kim Dolan in 1983, and over the past 34 years has gone through several remodels and transformations. Chef Mitchell Jackson and his team maintain the culinary philosophy of the...