Java Jack’s Restaurant & Gallery, Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland

Few National Parks in Canada are as dramatic as Gros Morne on the western shore of Newfoundland.  It’s a region of tuckamore and berries, fireweed and fishing.  A handful of small villages are tucked into the folds of the coast where it’s possible to refuel both body and soul.   Java...

Miijidaa café + bistro, Guelph, Ontario

Few restaurateurs have been so far ahead of the curve as Bob Desautels.  He began sourcing local ingredients ages before it was sexy.  It wasn’t easy but all along he knew it was right. His restaurants, The Neighbourhood Group, have supported farmers and fishers; brewers and winemakers for...

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...

Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island, Newfoundland

 On June 1st, 2013, Fogo Island Inn opened as a world class destination for ecological and culinary tourism. It is one of a kind in Canada! There’s no where else quite like Fogo Island which is home to Brimstone Head, one of the official four corners of the earth according to the Flat Earth...

Riverside Country Club, Saskatoon

It’s a pleasure to welcome the Riverside Country Club to the roster of Food Day Canada where Chef Darren Craddock oversees the members-only dining room.   Darren Craddock, born in Toronto, raised in Ontario of British parents, moved to England when he was 15 to finish school then secured a 3...

Azzurra, Collingwood, Ontario

If you look at the Great Lakes from outer space, Lake Huron is the lady carrying a backpack…and it’s the culinary culture that rings that backpack that is simply exploding.  When I first got to know Collingwood, it was a shipbuilding town and the main attraction, aside from that new ski hill...

Sweetwater Restaurant, Kemble, Ontario

Sweetwater Restaurant is part of the aptly named Cobble Beach Golf Resort on the rocky western shore of Georgian Bay just north of the picturesque city of Owen Sound.  The beaches here are strewn with cobbles and the water is so fresh that neighbouring cottagers routinely run pipes out into the...

Revel Coffee, Stratford, Ontario

Chef Jordan Lassaline is one of the most talented alumni of the renowned Stratford Chefs School.  Fortunately for the city, he stayed put and has built a great career.  With Anne Campion, the owner of Revel Coffee, the business is thriving in the best possible fashion.  Sourcing locally is pretty...

Skye Café & Bistro, Regina, Saskatchewan

The dynamic husband and wife team of Chefs Milton Rebello and Louise Lu have named Skye Café & Bistro after their daughter who is  “super proud of her restaurant” and as Milton writes “I do not know any person who critiques our cooking as my five year old.” The dining...

Borealis Grille & Bar, Guelph, Ontario

Bringing local home! Borealis Grille and Bar is a restaurant making a difference and setting a new standard for Ontario, and possibly Canada. The Desautel family just get it.  Bob Desautel’s wee granddaughter, Ava, holds a sign at the left that sums up their entire raison d’etre. Not...