River Café, Calgary

Located in the middle of Prince’s Island Park, on the lagoon where the Bow River passes though downtown Calgary, River Café has featured “Seasonal Canadian Cuisine” since the mid-1990s.   Inspired by the natural setting of the Bow River Valley, the restaurant has the feel and nostalgic...

Habaneros Modern Taco Bar, Dartmouth/Halifax

The Habaneros slogan is “We’re NOT authentic Mexican; we’re modern with a twist.”  And I’d add, that Habaneros is the most Canadian taco bar I’ve ever seen….ingredients and talent are both locally grown.   The food is ‘chef inspired’ (cocinero...

The Canteen, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Renée Lavallée’s public title is “Chef, Mother, Crazy Cheeses Lover”. As of 2014, she added “Restaurateur” to her moniker.  The Canteen quickly became one of the coolest new restaurants in Nova Scotia and this year grew out of its relatively small quarters. Renée...

The Wellington Gastropub, Ottawa, Ontario

In Ottawa there’s a very tight knit chefs community and when they get together, even when it’s to compete, the camaraderie is real. The team at The Wellington Gastro Pub is large part of this city’s burgeoning culinary scene!  They are taking local to a new, approachable place....

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...

Atelier, Ottawa

This small, very intimate restaurant doesn’t even have a sign. And why should they? Anyone who’s heard of Atelier knows that their food speaks for itself. Chef Marc Lepine opened Atelier in 2008 after being named Ottawa Chef of the Year not once but twice by the Canadian Culinary...

CHARCUT Roast House, Calgary

At CHARCUT, Calgary’s very meaty, very hot spot, there is no getting away from it –being a carnivore rules. It’s absolutely local, chef-driven cuisine.  Chef/Owners John Jackson and Connie DeSousa have had their rotisserie and char-broiler custom built and if kitchen gear can be...

forage, Vancouver

Chris Whittaker grows his own vegetables, catches his own fish (or tries to at least!), makes his own preserves, composts all of his food waste, keeps mason bees to pollinate his plants, hunts for the purpose of conserving our land and feeding his family, and forages to connect himself with nature...

George, Toronto

Lorenzo Lesoto demonstrated his perfectionism in January of this year when he was preparing his Gold Medal-winning dish at  the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna.  He is a natural teacher – focused and very skilled and now, for a year, he has competed and won the privilege of being...

Boralia, Toronto

As soon as co-owner & Chef Wayne Morris landed in Toronto from Kelowna, he called to let the Food Day Canada team know he was here. Normally that doesn’t happen but he’d worked for a number of years with Food Day Canada veteran Mark Filatow where we’d connected and marvelled...