The Fairmont Hyper Local Award 2010
There’s Mothers Day, there’s Fathers Day, there’s Valentines Day…and these are all about the eaters in the restaurants. Food Day is about the ingredients and the chefs who cook them, the talent on all levels that makes Canada the most exciting culinary culture on earth and certainly the freshest and most delicious.
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Hyper-Local Award goes to the Canadian restaurants that redefine local ingredient sourcing. The criteria reads: “Perhaps all the items on the menus are local, or perhaps the greens were grown on the windowsill, or the bees for the honey were raised on the roof, like at the Fairmont Royal York. The salmon might have been line caught off the dock, or maybe the flour was milled on the premises. This award recognizes the importance of local sourcing, in terms of the economic and environmental impact, historic significance, or just for the fun of it!”
The 2010 Hyper-Local Gold goes to Sooke Harbour House, the restaurant that has mentored and inspired the local movement all across Canada for literally decades and continues to be just enough beyond the leading edge to challenge the most traveled diner. Their Food Day buffet was testament to their gardeners, fishers and farmers right from the Chilled Borage and Cucumber Soup to the array of their own hand-harvested organic herbal teas.
Mike Barsky and Andrea Maunder own both Bacalao Restaurants in Clarenville / St. John’s Nfld and took Silver with a menu that reads like a diary of proudly local Newfoundland ingredients from line caught Fogo Island cod to Labrador Caribou.
Tying for Bronze in their attentiveness to the ingredients of their own backyards are Chefs Nancy Hinton of Les Jardins Sauvages, Chefs Charles Part and Jennifer Warren-Part of Quebec’s renowned Les Fougères and the menu of Chef Jordan Lassaline of Stratford.
Food Day KUDOS also go to Chez Eric in Wakefield, Quebec; Bloomfield Carriage House in Prince Edward County, Ontario; Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa in Cambridge, Ontario ; Klondike Kate’s in Dawson City, Yukon and Vertical Restaurant in Toronto.