George, Toronto
Jul17

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 been rolled in potato threads and deep-fried for the seconds needed to crisp them. The tuna itself remained essentially raw, glossy and dark...

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Borealis Grille & Bar, Guelph, Ontario
Jul11

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 only is the interior built from local stone and wood, with tables made from a black walnut tree felled in downtown Guelph, the food and...

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The Wooly, Guelph, Ontario
Jul10

The Wooly, Guelph, Ontario

Until recently the word ‘local’ meant a pub where beer drinkers gathered to quaff frosty (or sometimes room temp) beverages and solve the problems of the world.  In Guelph, Local = The Woolwich Arms, a pub/restaurant located in a 115 year old, beautifully restored Victorian home. Known far and wide as the ‘Wooly’, the pub has been selling locally crafted beers and foods since 1990. The Wooly is a city landmark and it was...

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Bishop’s Restaurant, Vancouver
Jun29

Bishop’s Restaurant, Vancouver

John Bishop has been Vancouver’s consummate host for over three decades. His restaurant, simply named “Bishop’s” is a quiet haven filled with extravagant bouquets, great works of art from John’s personal collection and extraordinary food. Is there any other restaurant that has its very own duck press? (below left) In 2011, his contribution to Canada was recognized at Rideau Hall by then Governor General Michaelle Jean and her husband...

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Locals, Courtenay, British Columbia
Jun15

Locals, Courtenay, British Columbia

Chef Ronald St Pierre and Tricia St Pierre have created Locals, a very real culinary destination in the Comox Valley. My friend, Jeremy Ferguson wrote the following in the Globe and Mail: “Courtenay’s claim to fame comes through a different passion: It wants to be foodie capital of the island. Assembling and showcasing the produce of the ultra fertile Comox Valley, it has accumulated considerable credentials.” “Courtenay’s proudest...

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