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...

The Berlin, Kitchener, Ontario

The press release read “THE BERLIN is not your average neighbourhood restaurant”.  Quite an understatement for a restaurant with Chef Jonathan Gushue at the culinary helm. Located in the heart of downtown Kitchener, Ontario, across the road from the Conrad Centre for the Performing...

Savour in the Garden, St. Andrew’s by the Sea, New Brunswick

Chef Alex Haun is a someone to watch and to dine with.   He was lured away from his great personally-run restaurant to open Savour in the Garden, the small dining space in Canada’s Garden of the Year 2013, Kingbrae. “I first decided I wanted to be a chef when working in the kitchen at...

Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec

As Sooke Harbour House is to British Columbia, Manoir Hovey is to Quebec. On the banks of Lake Massawippi, near North Hatley in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, this inn and the chefs have been harvesting the region and serving it forth for as long as I’ve been writing about it and, like me, he’s still...

Toqué!, Montréal

Chef Normand Laprise and business partner, Christine Lamarche, have been regaling dinners and promoting their suppliers for as long as they’ve been in business. Through Toqué!, they aimed to create a restaurant based on market-fresh cuisine where the emphasis is placed on local products.  It has...