Brie Pasta

In 2007 Sheila Lukins and Julie Rosso visited Toronto as part of a promotional tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Silver Palate Cookbook. Meeting the two authors was a big deal for me. I was just over two years into my new career as a food journalist and internet publisher and not...

Schiopetto Release

In this Saturday’s VINTAGES release, you will find three wines of ours that will help you celebrate this wonderful Labour Day weekend. All three wines will require chilling, which works out since this weekend’s weather forecast is hot hot hot!! Two wines on offer are from Italian...

Beer Bummer

The Foodie’s Beer Book: The Art of Pairing and Cooking with Beer for Any Occasion By Brooke Fedora and Luther Fedora (Skyhorse Publishing) Having recently enjoyed (and then written about) David Ort’s Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook, I was curious to explore a similarly themed book from...

Corn and Lima

Plans for All the Best’s 30th anniversary celebrations this September are in full swing. 
In looking back through our dog-eared,  handwritten recipe cards of the 1980’s to see what we ate in those days,  I came across a dandy Broccoli Pasta Salad. As I remember, we tossed broccoli...

Mr. Austria, Willi K...

This week sees Good Food Revolution taking a trip to Vienna, Austria to interview Willi Klinger, the gentleman responsible for heading up the marketing of Austrian wines around the world. Willi was kind enough to sit down with us at this year’s fantastic Vivinum conference, in the...

Adrian Marquez

  In the first of a seventh (and wildly popular) series, we interview some of the most talented up-and-coming Sommeliers in Ontario and occasionally elsewhere. A few years back I was flicking through the pages of a locally published periodical and noticed that when it came to Sommeliers...

Brynmerheryn

Brynmerheryn means house on the hill of the ram in Welsh Gaelic, and it is the house in Ceredigion (or Cardigan) County where the food writer, memoirist and painter Elisabeth Luard has lived for two decades. She and her late husband, the novelist Nicholas Luard, inherited the house in 1990...

Ferment Battle

  It is with a great deal of pleasure and excited anticipation that we announce Good Food Revolution’s involvement in The Great Debate: The Battle Of The Ferments at Beau’s School Of Bock at Beau’s Oktoberfest, Vankleek Hill, Friday Oktober the 3rd at 6.45pm. In the...

Baconfest in Lesliev...

What’s better than eating bacon on a Sunday morning? I’ll tell you what is… Eating 16 bacon dishes on a Sunday morning in the environs of one of the best Farmers’ markets in the city. Last Sunday I was honoured to be be invited to judge the third annual Leslieville...

London Listicle

Never mind Buzzfeed, we can make clickbait with the best of them here at GFR. So, rather than posting my annual letter from London report on what I saw and ate in the city’s restaurants, I have complied the following 4 Current Culinary Customs of British Capital That Will Change The Way...

Kristin Donovan

Whilst tackling an entire halibut may not be in the standard kitchen repertoire of many of us, it’s all in a day’s work for Chef Kristin Donovan of Leslieville’s Hooked, where they go through around five whole fish in any given week. Kristin makes it look easy, but it is...

Layers Red 2011 Aug15

Layers Red 2011

2011 Peter Lehmann “Layers” (Shiraz/Tempranillo/Mourvèdre/Grenache), Barossa, South Australia – LCBO Vintages $17.95 Over the past couple of years I have been repeatedly impressed by Lehmann’s Layers wines from both a quality and value standpoint, and with this...

Izumi Ontario Sake Aug15

Izumi Ontario Sake

Izumi is the brand name of the sake they make at the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company and, explains managing partner Vivian Hatherell on a recent tour of their Distillery District brewery, it’s Japanese for “spring” or water source, which underlies the entire project...

August Report

Greetings, Tastefuls - Though I’ve been continuing with various private events and projects, I’ve been having an absolute blast since October at the Drake One Fifty bar – the new brainchild of The Drake Hotels’ Jeff Stober!  I’m personally handling the wine...

El Dorado 8 Year Old

The new El Dorado 8 Year Old Cask Aged Demerara Rum (LCBO #366666) is on Limited Time Offer of $3 off until August 17th. It was $29.95 but is now now $26.95. An exceptional medium bodied Cask Aged premium amber Rum. This superb recent addition to the El Dorado portfolio is the result of the...

Fresh Garlic

Peter McClusky says garlic is not just a seasoning, but also a vegetable. The founder of the Toronto Garlic Festival wants consumers to experience the world of difference between local hardneck varieties of garlic and the soft, or really no, neck varieties imported year round to supermarkets....

Lost Lake Long Table

Okanagan wineries Le Vieux Pin and LaStella look forward to the outdoor dinner event of the summer is set to take place outside Whistler, BC at Lost Lake on Saturday, August 30th. A long table set amidst a beautiful alpine lake will set the stage for this alfresco dinner. This dinner being...

Corn Chowder

At All the Best we’re planning celebrations for our 30th anniversary this September. Part of the fun is looking back through our hand written recipe cards of the 1980s to see what we ate back then and how our tastes have changed over the years. 
One popular dish of that time was our...

Taryn Zaharchuk

In the fourth of a sixth (and wildly popular) series, we interview some of the most talented up-and-coming Sommeliers in Ontario and occasionally elsewhere. A few years back I was flicking through the pages of a locally published periodical and noticed that when it came to Sommeliers it was...

Montravel Musings

Montravel is a small but important AOC that lies  in the west of southwestern France’s Bergerac region. Bordering Bordeaux, and sharing some geological similarities, it should come as no surprise to discover that the majority of vineyards are planted to Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and...

DaiLo!

Full disclosure: Nick Liu and Anton Potvin are friends of GFR.. Toronto foodists have waited a long time for chef Nick Liu to open DaiLo. For years it seemed that his new Asian cuisine restaurant, which was to be called “Gwailo” was doomed. Months went by as he struggled through...

ATB at 30 Bran Muffi...

All The Best Fine Foods is gearing up to celebrate our 30th anniversary, and it’s just about impossible for me to believe that it was thirty years ago this September when the ‘two Janes’ (Jane Lash and I) opened the doors of All The Best Breads in a slightly run-down, century-old...

Reconsider Beaujolai...

Beaujolais wines from France typically conjure up memories of Beaujolais Nouveau, that cheap and cheerful red wine made from Gamay grapes, released with great fanfare the third Thursday of every November.  Beaujolais Nouveau is a quaffing wine because it lacks the tannins normally found in...

Sleepy Time Stout Aug08

Sleepy Time Stout

Beau’s Matt’s Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout, Ontario LCBO $7.95 (600ml bottle) Whilst I wouldn’t usually be one to rave about a beers soporific qualities, in this unusual release from Beau’s Brewery I appear to have discovered the ultimate nightcap in beer form....

J. Charles Grieco

In the sixth of our Old Hands series we probe the memories and minds of some of the founding fathers and original influencers of Toronto’s restaurant scene. This week we speak with J. Charles Grieco, a bona fide icon of our country’s hospitality community. Opening the famed and...

Blackview Boulud

When the team from Café Boulud got in touch last week about posting a Good Food Fighter event, I was quick to notice that their August 21 Farm Dinner featured more than the presence of the supplier, Bill Sharpe from Blackview Farm in Wellington County, and wines from fellow Good Food Fighter...

Kuheiji Kuno: Sake Rock Star Aug01

Kuheiji Kuno: Sake R...

Jamie and I were fortunate enough to meet Kuheji Kuno, the 15th generation owner of Banjo Jozo Sake Brewery when he was in Toronto recently. Kuheji combines traditional methods with innovative techniques in his quest to make sake that truly reflects the rice from which its made. Considered a...

Loan Semillon

In this Saturday’s VINTAGES release, we have a perennial LCBO favourite to share with you. The Loan Special Reserve Unwooded Semillon 2005 is back, and is still a tremendous value. The wine was made from certified organic, dry farmed and hand-harvested fruit on the Loan estate in...

Flex Appeal

Author and culinary instructor Nettie Cronish is known as an outspoken vegetarian, but her new cookbook, Flex Appeal, is also meant to appeal to flexitarians. While flexitarian is not a term she coined, she’s embraced and encouraged the idea that meat ought to be eaten sparingly and...

Bouchard Bourgogne Jul31

Bouchard Bourgogne

  2012 Bouchard Père et Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France – LCBO $19.95 Now I’m not saying that there was anything terribly wrong with the Bouchard Père et Fils “La Vignee” Pinot Noir that this bottling is replacing, but the fact is that this new...