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...

Juniper, Vancouver

Vancouver’s Juniper, a relatively new (opened in the winter of 2015-16) establishment was anticipated for several reasons, the first being the arrival of Executive Chef Sarah Stewart with her backpack of credentials and secondly the entrance of the other team member, Shaun Layton, who is the...

Raymond’s Restaurant, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Raymond’s Restaurant has set a new bar for Canadian dining. Located in a wonderful old bank building in downtown St. John’s, Chef Jeremy Charles celebrates both the modern and traditional ingredients of Newfoundland and Labrador. Almost as soon as it opened, Raymond’s was named...

The Merchant Tavern, St. John’s, Newfoundland

The Merchant Tavern, named because, as co-owners Jeremy Bonia and Jeremy Charles write, “For hundreds of years, merchants have played a role in the development of St. John’s and the province. Merchants came from England and supplied resident fishing families with the goods and equipment...

The Good Food Innovation Awards Jury 2016

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, including recent Order of Canada recipient and beloved food writer, Elizabeth...

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. Normand...

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...

Rossmount Country Inn, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Often it’s great innkeepers who want to share the successes of their friends. In this case, it was Bill Bennett of Langdon Hall in Ontario who guided me to Rossmount Inn, just outside the bustle of St. Andrews.  It’s easy to miss.  One word…DON’T! Chris and Graziella Aerni, a couple...

BUCA Yorkville, Toronto

BUCA Yorkville is the relatively new sister restaurant to BUCA, the osteria that has defined Italian dining in Toronto by sourcing Canadian ingredients and creating stunningly imaginative menus. But the Yorkville location has a mind of its own.  It’s very-open-kitchen is downright inspiring...

Buca Osteria & Enoteca, Toronto

In spite of the restaurant’s Italian name and it’s food voice the speaks full blown Italian, Chef Rob Gentile cooks more “Canadian” than most chefs in the nation. In fact, Buca is one of the finest examples anywhere in Canada of how our restaurants have evolved.  He, his...