Thank you Canada!

We did it….a weekend of gratitude from the grass roots of our nation! On July 31st and August 1st, building and locations across our nation glowed the colours of Canada in honour of our farmers, our fishers, our chefs and our home cooks. From Niagara Falls to Bridge 13 on the Welland Canal...

Bauer Kitchen, Waterloo, Ontario

Fine restaurants were few and far between in the early days of Kitchener Waterloo dining.  If you wanted to celebrate or for a tremendous meal, you’d head to the Charcoal Steak House. The venerable steak house as grown into a full-fledged restaurant group with veteran Food Day Canada chef...

Taris On the Water, Welland, Ontario

Owners Leda and Tom Laborie built Taris on the Water armed with great enthusiasm and, dare we say, real vision. There could hardly be a niftier location right beside the magnificent iron Bridge #13 right beside the old Welland Canal. The location could hardly been better. “We couldn’t...

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...

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...

Park Grocery Deli & Bar, Guelph, Ontario

Park Grocery opened in 1890 on what was then the northern extremities of the City of Guelph on the southern edge of Wellington County.  Located on the main road north towards Owen Sound (now Highway 6), the wise merchants, Abraham and Emma Waters, had a ready market for their wares.  Over the...

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...

Queen’s Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

One of the jewels in the Vintage Hotels crown, Queen’s Landing is on the waterfront in this history-rich community. Much of the story of modern Canada was solidified here with the battle of Queenston Heights where the British battalions triumphed over the invading forces from the south....

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...

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...