Les Fougères, Chelsea, Quebec
Jul30

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 impeccable dinners, their Sunday brunch is amazing.  I often judge a restaurant by its salads and the winter salad that Charles and Jennifer serve...

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RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna, British Columbia
Jul25

RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna, British Columbia

When Relais Gourmande veterans, Chef Rod Butters and business partner Audrey Surrao, launched RauDZ Regional Table in Kelowna, it was clear that the city was ready for such a culinary experience. They had come from the coast of Vancouver Island and the extraordinary Wickaninnish Inn where between them, they set the standard of fine dining and local harvesting that still flourishes.   Over the ensuing years Rod has truly helped to...

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River Café, Calgary
Jul20

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 appearance of an old Rocky Mountain fishing lodge with an open-hearth fieldstone fireplace and panoramic views of the park and...

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Borealis Bar and Grille, Kitchener, Ontario
Jul18

Borealis Bar and Grille, Kitchener, Ontario

It may be the Flying Monkey Hoptical Illusion…or one of the other 18 beers/ales on tap at the new Kitchener location of Borealis.  Or it may be the Barrie Brothers asparagus-corn chips with house made salsa or my absolute Borealis favourite, their BBQ’d pulled pork sandwich. But after only a week of unlocking the doors for business, there are a whole cadre of ‘regulars’. And that was even before the grand opening. Borealis Grille and...

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Les Jardins Sauvages, Saint-Roch de L’Achigan, Quebec
Jul17

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 Jean Talon in Montreal. Chef Nancy Hinton, a constant winner of the University of Guelph Innovation Gold Award, grew up in Quebec City and...

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