Ruffino’s Pasta Bar and Grill, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

No matter where he’s been, Chef Ryan Crawford has celebrated Food Day Canada every year since its inception; once to the point of nearly getting arrested for doing a pop up restaurant at midnight on the main street of Niagara-on-the-lake. Named as one of the best new restaurants in Canada,...

Atelier, Ottawa

This small, very intimate restaurant doesn’t even have a sign. And why should they? Anyone who’s heard of Atelier knows that their food speaks for itself. Chef Marc Lepine opened Atelier in 2008 after being named Ottawa Chef of the Year not once but twice by the Canadian Culinary...

The Elora Mill Hotel & Spa, Elora, Ontario

Full disclosure…Elora is my village and I love the place. It’s defined by two rivers…the Grand and the Irvine which join at the base of a rock lookout we call Lovers’ Leap. These waterways run through a deep limestone gorge that is so inaccessible and at times treacherous...

Fauna, Ottawa

One of the characteristics that set Food Day Canada chefs aside is how they are open to recommend others in the same city. Several of our Food Day chefs insisted that we check out Fauna.  And we found a great new FDC restaurant. “Fauna is about the things we love: eating and drinking with...

360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, Toronto

Their tagline is “Canadian Ingredients ~~ Canadian Wine ~~ Canadian View”  The unspoken one…at least publicly is “we don’t buy things in, we make things here.”    Since John Morris took over as the Executive Chef, the dining experience at 360 has become even...

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

The Garrison House is one of Niagara’s great meeting places. The service is terrific and the food is 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!  Owner David Watt with partner Leigh...

The Rich Uncle Tavern, Kitchener, Ontario

Located in Kitchener-Waterloo, a region steeped in history, The Rich Uncle Tavern looked back to find inspiration for its name and in doing so, did not need to search very far. In the late 1800’s, Joseph Winterhalt, a local cigar manufacturer in Kitchener, which was then known as the City of...

Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, Ontario

Few hoteliers have had such an impact on the Canadian hospitality industry as Bill Bennett and Mary Beaton. Bill is an architect with a passion for old Ontario structures and between them they completed the first renovation of The Millcroft Inn in the small mill town of Alton on the Credit River....

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....

Peller Estates Winery Restaurant, Niagara on the Lake

With its sweeping views, the Peller Estates Winery Restaurant is the very heart of this great Niagara winery.  It is here that Executive Chef Winery and CityLine personality Jason Parsons works his seasonally-inspired magic. Coming into his tenth as Executive Chef, Parsons’ dedication to Canadian...