Founders House Dining and Drinks, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

The region around Annapolis Royal and Founders House is steeped in very early Canadian history with Fort Anne, Canada’s first administered National Historic Site, within sight.  For someone who loves to get a sense of place, the story of Fort Anne is riveting.  Over the centuries, the Annapolis...

Oxbow @ Hotel Arts Kensington, Calgary

On the banks of Calgary’s meandering Bow River, the elegant boutique Hotel Arts Kensington exudes the motto of Relais et Chateaux…comfort, calm and best of all in my books, cuisine. Their new restaurant, Oxbow, fits that respected organization with Canadian members like Langdon Hall,...

Pluvio, Ucuelet, British Columbia

April 12th was a big day for Ucluelet when B.C. born Chef Warren Barr and his partner Lily Verney-Downey threw open the doors open to Pluvio. As Food Day Canada chefs go, Warren is the most veteran of the veterans. He was the very first chef in our original roster when he worked at the Inn at Bay...

River Café, Calgary

< NOTE THAT AS OF JANUARY RIVER CAFE IS CLOSED FOR SEVERAL MONTHS FOR ONGOING CITY WORK ON THE WATERWAY. > 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...

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...

L’Abattoir, Vancouver

L’Abattoir is arguably one of the most solidly creative and award-blessed restaurants in British Columbia. Lee Cooper is the soft-spoken chef with a boyish demeanour who not only grew up in the restaurant business, but flourished in it.  As a young man he worked in his dad’s A&W...

Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ, Oliver, British Columbia

Meaning ‘from the earth’ Terrafina is a gorgeous Tuscan style restaurant nestled amongst the vines of Hester Creek Estate Winery in Oliver. The creators of RauDZ Regional Table and micro bar • bites in Kelowna took over the restaurant operation in Spring 2017. As one of the pioneers of the...

micro bar • bites , Kelowna, British Columbia

The culinary cousin to RauDZ Regional Table, micro bar • bites in downtown Kelowna is an expansive 900 square feet of bar and small bites.  Chef Butters jokes that the space is so small that “we don’t even capitalize the ‘m’ of micro!” No fancy stemware here.  The creatively simple approach...

The Wickaninnish Inn & The Pointe Restaurant, Tofino, B.C.

Soft round notes of a hidden flute rise as the early summer sun sets over the Pacific. The shores become shadowy; frogs take over, singing their hearts out. Offshore a line of breakers surge onto a reef connecting the islands.  The Wickaninnish presides over it all.  This is Tofino, more...

Dosanko, Vancouver

The Japanese culture in British Columbia is centuries old. They came as fishing families and stayed. In Vancouver, the restaurants that sprang up were largely sushi places. Real Japanese cooking was found in the home kitchens of what is now loosely called Japantown. It’s those somewhat...