Chives Canadian Bistro, Halifax

Chef Craig Flinn and his talented team are known across Canada for their dedication to the food of the Atlantic region, most specifically Nova Scotia. Craig’s book, Fresh and Local, published in 2009,  is just an extension of that dedication. Although he has a degree from St. Mary’s...

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...

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...

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...

Rouge Restaurant, Calgary

Chef Paul Rogalski “Chief Culinary Officer/Co-Owner of Rouge writes: “The foundation of great food starts with the ingredients. Preparing them with respect is the foundation of cuisine. For this very reason my menu will be created as close to the moment as possible as I explore what the best...

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....

Café Medina, Vancouver

It’s been called “Vancouver’s hottest brunch spot”(Kim Mah: Real Weddings) and “A superstar in the Vancouver breakfast, brunch and lunch scene.” (Mia Stainsby: Vancouver Sun).  Café Medina’s owner Robbie Kane has a “pioneering attitude towards café culture.  “We...

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...

They Ate, Voted and Won – the Fundamentals of FunDeLentil

Canada is the world’s largest producer and exporter of lentils, planting 3.1 million acres of lentils last year and harvesting 1.85 million tonnes. This is all serious business so Canadian Lentils, the brand of the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, decided to put some fun into the marketplace.  And...