Shadow Lawn Country Inn, Rothesay, New Brunswick

A winding, tree-lined road that follows the course of the Saint John River leads to Shadow Lawn in Rothesay. The beautiful 19th century mansions speak of an era that is fast disappearing. Shadow Lawn is one of those stately homes, build in the 1870s by James Robertson, the founder of what was the...

Bushwakker Brewpub, Regina, Saskatchewan

The folks at Bushwakker Brewpub in Regina demonstrate their commitment to all things local through their beer and food, but they’ve also made themselves a popular venue for local music. As well as their menu, the pub has 9 regular beers (brewed year round), 20 seasonal beers (brewed only at...

Les Jardins de Métis, Grand Métis, Quebec

Les Jardins de Métis is a magical place and a testament to a dream that has spanned generations of the Reford family. In the summer of 1926, Elsie Reford began transforming her fishing camp on the Metis River into a garden. Located 220 miles north-east of Quebec City, at 48.51º N. latitude, the...

Windjammer Restaurant, Delta Beauséjour, Moncton, New Brunswick

Located in the heart of New Brunswick, Chef Stefan Müller can readily access some spectacular ingredients, many of which he has adopted in the many years he has been at the Delta Beauséjour. His 100 Mile Menu, showcased on Food Day Canada, is a true work of culinary art. Begin with the tangy,...

Harvest Eatery and FreshMarket, Shaunavon, Saskatchewan

Chef Garrett “Rusty” Thienes and his wife, Kristy, are, in many ways, pioneers in this region of pioneers where the best cooking has for generations been found in home kitchens.   Like the marbling on their locally raised Speckle Park beef, Harvest Eatery is unique. This 45-seat, award...

Les Jardins Sauvages, Saint-Roch de L’Achigan, Quebec

One of the neatest restaurants in Quebec, Les Jardins Sauvages, is owned and operated by Chef Nancy Hinton and forager/farmer François Brouillard. Aside from being a country eatery, they create and sell a line of products derived from wild plants and mushrooms at a farmer’s market stall at Marché...

George, Toronto

Lorenzo Loseto is one of Canada’s culinary giants. He has won many awards including Canada’s National Gold Medal Plates.   James Chatto, the culinary scribe and organizer of Gold Medal Plates, described the medal winning effort.  “At its heart were thick slices of superb ahi tuna that had...

Scoff Restaurant, Fogo Island, Newfoundland

To find such a warm and seriously-local restaurant as Scoff tucked into a tiny, relatively remote village, is very unusual.  But that’s why most of us who love food actually travel, isn’t it?   Fogo Islanders are a special breed.  Tenacious and proud and very creative.  Scoff...

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...

Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec

On the banks of Lake Massawippi, near North Hatley in Quebec’s Eastern Townships (L’Estrie), this inn and the chefs have been harvesting the region and serving it forth for as long as I’ve been writing about it. I published then-Chef Roland Ménard’s recipe in 1990 for lamb tenderloin...