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...

Wild Caraway Restaurant and Café, Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia

Andrew Aitkens and Sarah Griebel have partnered to create an utterly delightful, seasonal restaurant in rural Nova Scotia called simply Wild Caraway. But their ever changing menus are anything but simple. From the sea weed popcorn, sunchoke chips and the sumac pork crackling and the weir-caught...

The Elora Brewing Company, Elora, Ontario

The Village of Elora has always been just a bit different….in the best way.  Set solidly on a limestone hill on the confluence of the Grand and Irvine Rivers where the high walls of Elora Gorge create some of the best rock climbing and hiking in southern Ontario…not to mention a new...

Candide, Montreal

Way back in 1825 cultural commentator Brillat-Savarin wrote: “The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.”   Chef John Winter Russell is one of those culinary creators who is intentionally building a bright and vital culinary scene...

The 2015 Winners Circle

The University of Guelph / Food Day Canada Good Food Innovation Awards were created to honour chefs and restaurants that, no matter where they are located, go the extra mile when preparing their Food Day Canada menus. The menus from 2015 produced the richest and most diverse group of honourees in...

Les Fougères, Chelsea, Quebec

If you’re in the Ottawa Valley or the Outaouais and you mention the concept of regional cooking in Quebec, Les Fougères will be named. Chefs Charles Part and Jennifer Warren Part are completely and utterly dedicated to serving forth the best food and wine to their clientele. Aside from the...

Rossmount Country Inn, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Often it’s great innkeepers who want to share the successes of their friends. In this case, it was Bill Bennett of Langdon Hall in Ontario who guided me to Rossmount Inn, just outside the bustle of St. Andrews.  It’s easy to miss.  One word…DON’T! Chris and Graziella Aerni, a couple...