Abruzzi, London, Ontario

Chef/Owner Dave Lamers is inspired by the flavours of the Italian countryside but his real passion springs from growing up on a farm, collecting the freshest eggs and helping in the garden here in Canada. Now a veteran of Food Day, we first met when he was a newly-graduated young cook on Prince...

Le Select, Toronto

Le Select is the very essence of hospitality with food to match and is renowned for its stellar service!  It would be interesting to know whether any restaurant of similar size in Toronto has as many ‘regulars’…somehow I doubt it.  Chef Laura Maxwell and Frédéric Geisweiller,...

The Bruce Hotel, Stratford, Ontario

Set on 6 1/2 acres on the outskirts of Stratford, one of Ontario’s most beautiful and most intense food-loving cities, The Bruce Hotel is making its mark as a culinary destination as well as an elegant location from which to explore the region.  Stratford is the food hub for much of...

Scaramouche Restaurant, Toronto

Scaramouche Restaurant with its incredible team – Carl Korte (General Manager) and Keith Froggett (Executive Chef) has been setting the bar as high as it gets in Toronto’s dining scene for decades. Few other restaurants in the country have been showered with so many honours. The late...

Sweetwater Restaurant, Kemble, Ontario

Sweetwater Restaurant is part of the aptly named Cobble Beach Golf Resort on the rocky western shore of Georgian Bay just north of the picturesque city of Owen Sound.  The beaches here are strewn with cobbles and the water is so fresh that neighbouring cottagers routinely run pipes out into 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...

Fork and Cork Grill, Kitchener, Ontario

Every autumn a great friend overwhelms me and my front step with boxes and baskets quinces from her ancient tree. For fun, I delivered two large baskets to Buca Osteria and a young chef Eric Neaves  who was working received them with gratitude.  Now, after a stint at another FDC restaurant, The...

The Garrison House, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

The Garrison House surfaced on my radar when I wanted to have a good meal in Niagara last winter.  The service was terrific and the food was honest and delicious. It also turns out to be a ‘local’ for many of the region’s winemakers and chefs. It’s a really fun place!  Chef...

Good Earth Food and Wine, Beamsville, Ontario

The name says a lot.  Nicolette Novak, the owner and dream-meister of the Good Earth Food and Wine has been one of the early adopters and on the forefront of the farm to table movement in Niagara, a region renowned for its tender fruit and grape industry. As many people over the years have...

Zest Restaurant, Fonthill, Ontario

Zest is in the small village of Fonthill smack dab in the middle of Niagara’s finest growing region. Owners Dave Watt and Leigh Anderton, proprietors of Garrison House in Niagara on the Lake, have helped build a loyal clientele with their exceptional local wine list and their ability to woo...