Good Food Fighters
Good Food Revolution (GFR) and the not-for-profit organisation that publishes it called Good Food Media rely on the support of sponsoring members called Good Food Fighters. Good Food Fighter membership is by invitation only. To learn more about becoming one of our certified Good Food Fighters click here.
Cafe Bar Pasta: The Non-Italian, Italian Place… We Draw from Tradition and Embrace the Playful.
We love good food, that is how Cafe Bar Pasta began….a true and honest love affair with good food! The quality of a product and the ability to make something unique from simple ideas; pasta is one of the simplest foods out there, it is the vessel for which we bring you, Chef Jay’s culinary talents.
The same stands true for the dining experience at Cafe Bar Pasta, a simple but unique experience; good food, wine, ambiance and service, all resulting in a superb time. We look forward to seeing you for dinner, soon!
That’s Life! Sake + Wine
Established in 1997, That’s Life! is committed to importing and representing Premium Sake and Fine Wines. Our relationships with boutique, small volume producers are based on quality products and their solid commitment to ethical and sustainable farming practices. We have a strong, passionate dedication to sharing knowledge through educational events. We strive to maintain brand integrity and are proud to work with loyal customers, valued trade partners and exceptional producers who share in our love of great wine, great sake, food, family and fun. To us, ‘That’s Life!’
Southbrook manages 65 acres of Organic and Biodynamically certified vineyards in Niagara on the Lake, as part of a larger 150 acre farm that includes pasture, sheep, forest and our Jack Diamond designed hospitality centre. As an enterprise, Southbrook Vineyards has always been focussed on doing good in the world through the relationships we develop. From our roots as a farm market, we connected our neighbours directly to the produce grown on our farm, and we continue to develop connections between organic wine grape growers, our own vineyards and environmentally conscious wine drinkers.
Table 17 has been serving Queen St east since the spring of 2008. Located just east of Broadview in the heart of Riverside, Table 17 is a continental bistro with seasonally driven menus, inspired by some of the very best local ingredients Ontario has to offer. Since 2008 our commitment to service and quality has helped forge rewarding relationships with our guests and suppliers alike. If you’re looking for an inspired meal in a casually refined setting, look no further than Table 17.
Von Terra Enterprises Ltd.
Von Terra is a Premium Wine and Beer import agency doing business In Ontario. Our portfolio is intentionally modest in size to provide our suppliers with excellent focus to ensure their long-term success. Suppliers include Pieropan, Cune, Fowles Wines, KWV and St. Supery.
We love food. We love wine. We love racing.
So we named Ascari Enoteca after one of our heroes, 1950’s Italian Racing Legend Alberto Ascari. His appetite for food and wine was as great as his talent for winning Formula 1, earning him the nickname “Chiccio” – Italian for chubby.
Ascari Enoteca is a neighbourhood locale where people come to linger over a simple, delicious meal washed down by a superb bottle of wine (or two). Here you’ll find homemade pastas made fresh in house every single day, plus a wine list featuring well-known varietals from across Italy and more than a few undiscovered gems.
If you don’t leave our restaurant feeling “ciccio”, somewhere Alberto will be frowning his disapproval.
A virtual winery producing VQA wines from the Niagara Peninsula. Proprietors Andrew von Teichman and Allan Jackson craft multi-varietal blends sourced from the best fruit available, vintage to vintage. Products are largely available in the LCBO and Vintages.
Noble Estates Wine & Spirits
Noble Estates has a 25 year history of supplying fine wine and spirits to the LCBO and Restaurants in Ontario. We are lucky to represent leading producers from around the world like Champagne Laurent Perrier, Rocca delle Macie, Fontanafredda, Bottega, Tedeschi, Cavit, Umani Ronchi and Planeta
Neal Brothers Foods
In 1988, after completing university, Peter and Chris Neal started their food production business with their first product, “Croutons Croûtons!,” made in their mom’s kitchen in Aurora, Ontario. In 1990, the health and wellness snack business evolved into the Neal Brothers Foods Inc. with the subsequent launches of Neal Brothers Foods brand products. From the distribution of their own products, the brothers garnered the vital importance of having both good distribution and brand management principles and practices in place for a brand to succeed. The brothers took their key learnings and decided to offer their expertise in the form of boutique distribution and brand management services to other brands. Hence, Neal Brothers Foods evolved into both a health and wellness snack brand as well as a boutique distribution and brand management company; distributing a small and select group of brands. The exclusive brands selected underscore the brothers’ philosophies and beliefs regarding ethical trade and the environment. With a focus on Eastern Canada, Neal Brothers sells brands through a variety of distribution channels, including well known retailers and independent specialty and natural food stores in the market. Find out more at nealbrothersfoods.com, on Facebook, Instagram or follow them on Twitter at @nealbrothers.
Hotels and Restaurants
Allen’s On The Danforth
The glow of comfortable tradition warms Allen’s. Opened in 1987, the restaurant has achieved near-institutional status, as its bar, featuring 340 whiskies, over 100 VQA wines and 140 beers, and dining room are considered the very best of type. Customers travel from all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe to sample the unique offerings, but a solid core of local regulars maintains a consistent atmosphere of good cheer, conversation and welcome. The menu focuses on Ontario-farmed-and-grown produce, with an unrivalled presentation of naturally-raised or organic meats from area farmers. Breed, feed and age of every animal served is included on the menu. The wine cellar, with VQA selections from all regions of Ontario and British Columbia, serves as testament to Allen’s commitment to Local Fare.In fine weather, there is no better spot in which to dine al fresco than Allen’s backyard, where a dedicated chef cooks to order over charcoal a daily-changing menu of local specialities.
bosk, the signature restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, brings to life ingredients harvested a la minute from a network of respected global suppliers. Diners can expect old-world cooking styles combined with contemporary ingredients, and served with genuine, caring service.
bosk seats 80 diners, including private dining for up to 30 and a seasonal, outdoor terrace which wraps around the southeast corner of the building. In the summer months, the restaurant offers table service for 40.
Café Boulud (Toronto)
Chef and international restaurateur Daniel Boulud showcases the intersection of contemporary and classic French cuisine in this casual Toronto restaurant. Menus are guided by the most exceptional ingredients, the vibrant, global influences of Toronto, and the innovation and expertise of this Michelin-starred culinary great. Bright and loft-like, Café Boulud is located on the corner of Yorkville Avenue and Bay Street, is suspended above a street-level bar and lounge, and includes a private dining room for up to 10 guests.
Caplansky’s Deli serves up authentic Jewish soul food at breakfast, lunch and dinnerseven days a week. They are rightfully famous for their house-cured, hand-sliced smoked meat.
The welcoming aroma of blistered Shishito peppers greets you as you enter Cava, a bustling little dining room nestled inside Delisle Court, just north of St. Clair on Yonge Street. Chef and owner Chris McDonald’s menu tantalizes the tastebuds with flavour-packed, Iberian-inspired small plates, setting the stage for a spirited night out in midtown Toronto. Utilizing ethically-sourced ingredients from around the world, as well as avidly supporting local farmers, Chef McDonald remains at the forefront of Toronto’s culinary revolution.
Crush Wine Bar
Having as recently as last year transformed this 1904 classic brick and beam building into a smart, comfortable and modern Canadian style restaurant, Crush Wine Bar has endeavored to combine extensive knowledge of food and wine with well priced menus and, approachable, professional staff. Particular attention has been paid to the wine list with something to suit every palate and pocket.
The Drake Hotel
From live music to great food, our art exhibits and nineteen unique hotel rooms; there’s always something happening at Drake. It’s no wonder that people who know us best call Drake a hotbed for culture. Come see!
The Drake One Fifty
Our first Drake outpost moves our brand eastward to Toronto’s bustling Financial District and extends our mandate for all things Drake. Meet Drake One Fifty: a chip off the old Queen West block!
Executive Chef Lorenzo Loseto is one of Canada’s premier chefs. Loseto’s innovative “Toronto Cuisine” is devoted to making everything from scratch with the freshest seasonal ingredients obtained locally when possible. His modern approach to cooking, combined with his classic training, has allowed him to create a delightful and inspiring food experience building on Canadian products and Toronto’s broad émigré traditions. Loseto places an emphasis on seasonal, natural and sustainable food. He has created an a la carte tasting menu where guests are encouraged to order many courses to fully explore the bold flavours and textures of his cooking.
Gilead Café + Bistro / Jamie Kennedy Kitchens
Tucked away in Toronto’s historic Corktown you’ll find Chef Jamie Kennedy’s offerings of local, seasonal cuisine of unparalleled quality. Enjoy breakfast and lunch in our café, or stop in for some take-away coffee and pastries, or even tonight’s dinner. Catering is also available. By night, Gilead is transformed into a warm intimate dining room where Chef Kennedy creates his signature dishes that are best described as modern Canadian cuisine with French influence. Menus change with the seasons and all ingredients are sourced from local artisans. Our ever changing wine list shines with Ontario’s finest offerings. Jamie Kennedy Kitchens also includes Jamie Kennedy Event Catering, which incorporates Chef Kennedy’s philosophy into a wide range of catering services, offsite or at our premier venue at the Gardiner Museum.
Globe Bistro and Earth Restaurants
Globe Bistro and Earth Restaurants began back in 2006 with the philosophy of “Think global. Eat global.” Starting with great seasonal ingredients from local producers, our chefs create simple dishes incorporating flavours from around the world. Our eclectic wine list also focuses on Ontario wines. These local partnerships allow us to create a truly terroir-driven Ontario dining experience. Our three locations are situated in some of Toronto’s great neighbourhoods: Riverdale, Rosedale and Bloor West Village.
Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
Mildred’s Temple Kitchen opened with a heart-felt philosophy. We’re here because we love food, people and the simple pleasures of life: our temple is the place where we practice our devotion. Here you’ll find seasonal fare, prepared with reverence for its source, and served with pleasure. Dedicated to providing Toronto with a gathering place that offers warmth, great service, and unique culinary memories. It’s a place for the times. We’re glad you discovered us.
At Oyster Boy, we eat, live and breathe oysters. We love their hard shells, their smooth taste and that the un-class-conscious way they make themselves at home in a rowdy pub or a black tie affair. But more than anything, we love to share these magnificent mollusks and all their juicy secrets with the masses!
So make yourself at home and have a look around. Once we’ve sufficiently whetted your appetite, either come on down to Oyster Boy for a taste or pick up a box to enjoy at home. Either way, Oyster Boy is Toronto’s choice for choice oysters.
Quince is a casual, neighbourhood bistro in the heart of mid-town Toronto, boasting an exciting new look by Commute Home. Owners Jennifer Gittins and Michael Van Winkel have been part of the Yonge & Eglington scene for over 15 years and Chef Peter Tompkins offers fresh, light, Mediterranean Bistro fare using seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Come for a bite… come for a drink… come and enjoy with friends.
Scaramouche has played a vibrant part in Toronto for more than thirty years. Domestic and international reviews have been uniformly excellent but to sustain a restaurant over this span of time requires the loyal support of our guests – every day. Our guests have come to Scaramouche to celebrate their most special occasions and many have also come to view it as their second home. As a youthful 30-year old, our restaurant’s focus has remained unchanged: to provide our guests with an exemplary dining experience that encompasses the best of contemporary cuisine in a convivial setting.
Festivals and Events
The Great Canadian Cheese Festival
The Great Canadian Cheese Festival is the only event in Canada to bring together cheesemakers from coast-to-coast so cheese lovers and foodies can meet to learn, talk, taste and buy the best in Canadian artisan and farmstead cheese—and sample fine wine, craft beer and a cornucopia of artisan foods. It’s held annually on the first weekend of June in Crystal Palace, in Picton, in the heart of Prince Edward County, Ontario’s fastest growing food-and-drink destination and home of famed Sandbanks beaches.
All The Best Fine Foods is a dynamic specialty food company in mid-town Toronto. All The Best’s retail gourmet food stores were established in 1984 in a century-old building on the edge of Rosedale and their 4,000 sq ft production kitchen is located ten minutes away in Leaside. In addition, they provide full-service catering and a gourmet gift service. A selection of All The Best’s products is available for wholesale.
The Cookbook Store
The Cookbook Store has been serving food enthusiasts since 1983. The shelves are stocked with books from around the world, catering to chefs as well as first time cooks. When in the store, you may encounter chefs, students and home cooks drooling over the books or chatting about the latest hot ingredient. With several thousand titles to choose from set aside time for a good browse.
The Cumbrae’s tradition of farm-to-table quality started over a decade ago when third-generation butcher Stephen Alexander first brought Cumbrae Farms’ naturally raised meats to Toronto’s food connoisseurs. Their reputation for demanding perfection and their unequalled team of farm partners, butchers and service staff have created more than a store. Cumbrae’s is the ultimate experience for people who love food.
The Healthy Butcher
The Healthy Butcher is Toronto’s source for the best tasting and largest selection of Certified Organic and Locally-Raised meat, sustainable seafood, and gourmet prepared foods. Their mission is simple: “To ensure your food is produced the way nature intended.” The store offers a direct connection to the food source, dealing with over 75 farmers within 100 miles of Toronto for beef, lamb, pork, chicken, bison, elk, Cornish hen, quail, goose, and other premium meats, seasonal produce, and both fresh water and ocean fish. The Healthy Butcher’s free monthly newsletter called Live to Eat is followed around the world by more than 10,000 foodies, and in the last few years the business has won several prestigious awards for the work it has done in promoting organic and local food. Visit www.thehealthybutcher.com.
A shop dedicated to those who like to eat.
Welcome to a whole new world of thoughtfully selected seafood that is ethical, sustainable and fresh!
We are chefs first – professional cooks We have years of experience with food as cooks, chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, wine educators, and culinary teachers – and we love seafood!
For over 50 years Nella Cutlery has been happily supplying Ontario’s finest food establishments with knife sharpening services and restaurant equipment. But in 2004, it was decided that Nella Cucina would open its doors to better serve customers in Toronto’s busy downtown core as a retail and commercial storefront to our Mississauga warehouse operations. Located in the heart of the Annex, Nella Cucina is a thriving hub for restaurants and food suppliers, while also meeting the needs of an ever-growing population of aspiring home cooks looking to furnish their homes with great equipment. While we are a kitchen lover’s shopping paradise, there’s also a culinary school nestled in the second floor where entertaining classes are held to teach and hone the skills of the casual learner. Nella Cucina continually serves as a wonderful gathering place for chefs and food enthusiasts alike.
Olliffe: Purveyor of the Finest Meats
Working with partners at the farmgate level, Olliffe provides the best meats, lamb, poultry and game from across Ontario and around the world. Our commitment to working with the finest supplying partners ensures unequalled quality for your home, cottage or event. The Team: the gang at Olliffe are known as foodsters. With nearly 35 years of business. Olliffe attributes much of the success to the happy faces serving you behind the counters. From the keenly knowledgeable counter staff, the acclaimed winning chefs to the approachable butchers who love to chat with customers, the Olliffe gang has a mission to make your next dining experience the finest.
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. is a small, independent, family-run and organic brewery located in rural Ontario. Awards include Family-run business of the year, Gold Canadian Brewing Awards, Gold – Mondial de la Biere (France) and Best Beer and Best Brewery in Ontario Golden Tap awards.
Kensington Brewing Company
The Kensington Brewing Company is located in the diverse and highly eclectic neighbourhood of Kensington Market – a rich, historic and festive community in the heart of Toronto. Our philosophy can be summed up in three words: Drink Good Beer. Good beer is made with all natural ingredients and time-honoured methods. It’s not adulterated with strange chemicals and preservatives. It’s not watered down and definitely isn’t bland. It tastes… good!
Charles Baker Wines
Since 2005 Charles Baker, a senior marketing executive at ultra-boutique Stratus Vineyards, has been making a terroir based Riesling with the help of Winemaker J.L. Groux and some wonderful fruit courtesy of Mark Picone of Mark Picone Culinary Studio fame. Charles has a long and illustrious career in the wine/hospitality business and is one of the most respected voices for Ontario wines.
Closson Chase is a quality-driven producer that has helped spearhead the birth of the Prince Edward County wine industry. Since 1999, it has been committed to creating distinctive wines that rival the world’s finest. Set in Hillier, Ontario, the estate is over 30 acres of south facing, limestone-rich soil under vine; planted high density to the classic Burgundian-varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Constellation Brands (formerly Vincor Canada) is Canada’s largest producer and marketer of wines. The company’s land holdings in Canada’s largest wine growing regions, the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, are dedicated essentially to the production of European Vitis Vinifera. The Constellation Brands portfolio includes many well known Canadian brands such as Inniskillin Wines, Jackson-Triggs Estate Wines and Le Clos Jordanne.
Hidden Bench Vineyards and Winery is an artisanal winery dedicated to producing ultra premium wines solely from vineyards situated within the Beamsville Bench VQA sub- appellation.Hidden Bench applies sustainable practices in the vineyard and the winery to reduce the impact of their footprint on the environment, their neighbours, and society as a whole. Hidden Bench uses environmentally sound practices and products wherever possible in the making and marketing of their wines and all the while protecting the resources and infrastructure of Hidden Bench.
Hillebrand Estates Winery
Founded in 1979, Hillebrand Winery is an innovative leader in the Niagara wine industry and one of Canada’s leading producer of premium Vintner’s Quality Alliance (VQA) wines. Based in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Hillebrand Winery makes full use of the characteristics unique to the region, creating a range of premium wines, as well as stylish and energetic wine and culinary experiences.
Innovation has been key to Martin Malivoire’s success since he purchased prime vineyard acreage on the Beamsville Bench in 1995, and opened his fascinating gravity-flow winery in an elaborately recycled Quonset hut in 1998. First focusing on varieties from northern France – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer – he then began the slow process of converting his 26-hectare vineyard to organic production. He also created a “serious” dry rosé called Ladybug, and a Musqué Spritz. Today, winemaker Shiraz Mottiar presides over a range of vibrant and polished wines, from inexpensive “Guilty Men” white and red blends to fine Gamay to classy, single-vineyard Pinots and Chardonnays. Not to mention Old Vines Foch, Albert’s Honour, almost the last bottling of a red hybrid that once ruled Niagara.
Norman Hardie Wines
Norman Hardie is both a person and a winery. His elegant Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are a favourite of Ontario collectors, sommeliers and critics. (His Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne get snapped up pretty quickly too.) Hardie began his professional life in the hospitality business, and although he is now a farmer, a winemaker and a traveling salesman, he’s still welcoming and serving the public at his winery in the western end of Prince Edward County, where he likes nothing better to tell the story of his journey towards better and better wine.
Peter Lehmann Wines
When pressured by his bosses in the 1970s to renege on a hand-shake deal he’d struck with the growers, Peter Lehmann said ‘to hell with them,’ and – with the help of the local community – bought all the grapes himself. He crafted them, bottled them, sold them and has continued doing so ever since.
Rosewood Estates Winery
Rosewood Estates Winery is a family operated, award winning, local winery ( just try our award winning Pinots), but also a noted meadery and apiary. The Roman family, combined with a passionate team of wine experts produces wine, mead or honey wine, honey, candles and other bee related products. The winemaking team is lead by Niagara born Natalie Spytkowsky and the beekeeping team is lead by Owner and Master Beekeeper, Eugene Roman. Taste our commitment to making distinctive wines that you’ll enjoy for any occasion.
The Stratus winery, like our signature assemblage wines, is a composition – a whole greater than the sum of its parts. On their own, the individual elements are distinctly unique – a diversely planted vineyard with unusually rich soil; a sustainable facility that unites tradition and science to serve the winemaker’s art; and a retail gallery with adjoining tasting rooms that are both chic and welcoming. Working together, they create wines and experiences that are truly memorable.
Situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment, Tawse Winery unites traditional winemaking techniques with state-of-the-art technology to create wines of exceptional elegance, depth and character. Fruit is harvested from old-growth, low-yield vines and gently handled using gravity flow and natural geo-thermic energy. Certified organic/biodynamic and Winery of the Year at the 2010 Canadian Wine Awards, Tawse brings the highest international standards of winemaking to Ontario.
Wolf Blass Wines
Established in 1966 by Wolfgang Blass, a German immigrant from Germany who arrived in Australia in 1961 with little money and a diploma in winemaking, Wolf Blass is an Australian winery based in South Australia’s Barossa Valley owned by Treasury Wine Estates.
Wynns Coonawarra Estate
Wynns Coonawarra Estate is an Australian winery based in Coonawarra, South Australia. The estate was founded in 1891 by John Riddoch. He recognised the potential of the now famous red soil and planted vines. In 1951 the vineyard was bought by David and Samuel Wynn; it is now the region’s largest vineyard owned by Treasury Wine Estates.
From The Farm
From the Farm Cooking School offers the ultimate field to table culinary experience – farm tours to hands-on cooking classes in a heritage farm house setting. Come and experience the joy of cooking seasonally in Prince Edward County, Ontario – Canada’s newest culinary destination. Owner Cynthia Peters, a personal chef and food writer, conducts cooking classes that highlight the art of seasonal country cooking from around the world. Sessions are held in her restored 1830’s farm house, Willow Hill in Hillier Township — one of the regions top wine growing areas. A wide range of classes are available for groups, couples and individuals. From meeting local farmers to preparing traditional favorites in her state-of-the-art chef’s home kitchen— the day will capture your heart and your senses. Recently named as one of Canada’s Signature Experiences.
Cavinona is an Ontario-based wine agency that imports reasonably-priced Italian wines. Carrying a signature selection of wines, Cavinona has handpicked nearly fifty wine producers throughout the Italian peninsula, which are unavailable anywhere else in Ontario. Our wines are distributed exclusively to the Terroni family of restaurants and private consumers.
Georgian Wine Online
Georgian Wine Online
Georgian Wine Online is an Ontario-based importing wine agency specializing in the wines of the Republic of Georgia. Georgian Wine Online’s portfolio consists of naturally made made reds, whites and amber wines, including certified organic and qvervi fermented labels.
Hobbs & Co.
Hobbs & Co. is a family-owned and -operated agency, delivering fine wines to the Ontario marketplace since 1993. We have been fortunate to be able to grow our business gradually, with an emphasis on quality, service and direct, on-going contact with our producers. We are now one of the province’s Tier One Consignment agents, offering a global portfolio of exceptional and great value wines to both licensees and private clients. Our team of eight knowledgeable, dedicated and highly qualified sales representatives covers the densely populated regions of Southern and Central Ontario. A number of our wines are also available through the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s Vintages stores and Classics Collections.
Le Sommelier Inc., Exclusive Wine Agents is a wine agency dedicated to bringing fine wine to the Ontario market. Our portfolio consists of premium wines from small, and mostly family-owned boutique producers from all over the wine producing world including Italy, Australia, France, California, Spain, Washington, Germany and Austria. We offer most our wines through the LCBO’s Specialty Services department, and sell these wines directly to some of the finest restaurants across Ontario, as well as a large retail consumer base. We also work closely with LCBO VINTAGES department, and have many wines currently available on LCBO’s shelves!
In 1995 Steven Campbell purchased Lifford Wine Agency. As a seasoned restaurateur of twenty years, Steve was passionate about wine and jumped at the opportunity to acquire a small but excellent portfolio of Californian, Australian and Italian wines. Steve’s next task was to expand the portfolio to include wines from many more countries and at various price points. Now, thirteen years later, Lifford represents more than sixty meticulously chosen producers from all over the world, a truly international collection of some of the most prestigious and successful wineries. Guided by Steven’s passion and expertise, the dynamic Lifford team has forged a unique identity in the wine trade and has become one of Ontario’s most favoured suppliers of wine to the hospitality industry.
Profile Wine Group
A coalition of three wine merchants: Barrique Wine Imports, VinVino Wine Merchants, and Du Chasse Wines and Spirits. Profile Wine Group is one of Canada’s premier wine and spirit agencies. Based on a unique and diverse portfolio, an uncompromising commitment to quality, and a standard of service second to none.
The Case For Wine
The Case For Wine principals are the husband and wife team of Terry Milne and Lloyd Evans. Terry’s background includes more than 20 years in hotel management and the hospitality industry.
The Living Vine
The Living Vine imports distributes only Organic and Biodynamic wines across Canada through our various monopoly liquor control boards and private stores. Most of our products are certified by a recognized international body or are renowned and respected for the natural wine making philosophy. Their commitment is to deliver world class offerings from iconic producers/growers whom happen to use Organic,Biodynamic or extremely sustainable philosophies to grow grapes and make wine.
In the spring of 2000, Rob Groh & Anne Jasper began building a portfolio of premium, family-owned wineries. Our shared passion for the wines of Italy and California defined the search for some of the most distinctive, authentic wines of those regions. We are proud to note that 12 years later, we have maintained most of those relationships, while developing one of the most comprehensive portfolios of premium wines in Ontario. Along the way we joined forces with Cave Spring Cellars, one of Ontario’s finest wineries.
We believe that smaller wineries, estate-oriented and family-owned, provide the best source of characterful wines that deserve attention. The Good Food Revolution is all about what the Slow Food movement calls ‘eco-gastronomy’, built around the concepts of biodiversity, sustainable farming, and artisanal production. These are the same principles that provide us with a healthy, dynamic, challenging world of wine.
We take great pride in our portfolio and hope you enjoy our selections. While some of our wines are available in Vintages on a limited basis, most of our portfolio is available exclusively by direct delivery from The Vine.
Our company specializes in the importation, distribution, sales, and marketing of fine wines and spirits in Ontario through the LCBO. Woodman Wines and Spirits Inc. was founded in 1990. Russell Woodman, the principal and senior consultant has, for over 30 years, successfully built and grown the wine business for brand owners the world over.
Trade and Marketing Organisations:
Savour Stratford Perth County
The Stratford Tourism Alliance works to develop and promote Stratford and the surrounding area, Perth County as a premier, year-round culinary destination, with authentic and diverse offerings of local culinary products and experiences for both locals and visitors to the area.
Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
Since its founding in 1944, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association has grown to more than 30,000 members across the country. Through advocacy, research, member savings and industry events, we help our members in every Canadian community grow and prosper. CRFA members represent every sector of Canada’s vibrant and innovative foodservice industry, including restaurants, bars, cafeterias, coffee shops, and contract and social caterers. We also welcome suppliers to our industry as associate members of CRFA. CRFA’s head office is in Toronto, and we have regional offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Halifax. The CFRA Show is held on March 4, 5 and 6 in Toronto, see crfashow.ca for more information.
FoodShare is a Toronto non-profit community organization whose vision is Good Healthy Food for All. Founded 26 years ago to address hunger in our communities, FoodShare takes a unique multifaceted and long-term approach to hunger and food issues. We work to empower individuals, families and communities through food-based initiatives, while advocating for the broader public policies needed to ensure that everyone has adequate access to sustainably produced, good healthy food. Working “from field to table,” the organization focuses on the entire system that puts food on our tables: from the growing, processing and distribution of food to its purchasing, cooking and consumption. FoodShare’s programs, which reach over 145,000 children and adults per month in Toronto, include Student Nutrition, Field to Table Schools, The Good Food Café, Focus on Food youth internships, the Good Food Box, Good Food Markets, Fresh Produce for Schools and Community Groups, Baby and Toddler Nutrition, Community Kitchens, Field to Table Catering, the Food Link Hotline, Power Soups, Community Gardening, Composting, Beekeeping and Urban Agriculture.? FoodShare Toronto is Canada?s largest community food security organization, recognized as an important innovator of effective programs that have been reproduced all across Canada.
Oceanwine is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. Ocean Wise works directly with restaurants, food-services, retail outlets and suppliers to ensure they have the most current, scientific information regarding seafood and to help them make ocean-friendly buying decisions. One of GFR’s very first video podcasts was featured around Ocean Wise.
The Ontario Hostelry Institute
Established in 1997 by the leaders of the hospitality-tourism industry in Canada, the Institute has sought to raise the standards of professional post-secondary hospitality programs in our colleges and universities while serving as the advocate for the industry in matters relating to professional culinary, hospitality and tourism education, training and apprenticeship.
Second Harvest is a charitable organization that takes a common-sense approach to hunger. For the past 25 years, we have been picking up donated, perishable food, which would otherwise go to waste, and delivering it to more than 200 social service agencies in Toronto. Independent research group, Charity Intelligence Canada has endorsed Second Harvest for its efficiency, conscientious administration, and high return to the community for every dollar donated. In addition, MoneySense magazine recently awarded an “A” grade to Second Harvest, naming it one of the most responsible charitable groups in Canada.
Located in Toronto’s west end, The Stop works to increase access to food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community and challenges inequality. From its origins as one of Canada’s first food banks, The Stop has blossomed into a thriving community hub where neighbours participate in a broad range of programs that provide healthy food, as well as foster social connections, build food skills and promote engagement in civic issues. Among the busy initiatives are community kitchens and gardens, cooking classes, drop-in meals, peri-natal support, a food bank, outdoor bake ovens, food markets and community advocacy. In 2009, The Stop opened The Green Barn, a sustainable food production and education centre with a 10,000-square-foot greenhouse, commercial kitchen, classroom, sheltered garden and composting facility. School visits and an after-school program offer hands-on opportunities for children to learn about the food system. Underlying all of The Stop’s efforts is the view that food should be a basic human right.
Terroir is a hospitality symposium that brings together the innovative and creative influencers of Canada’s hospitality industry including chefs, food writers, wine and food experts and business leaders. Our symposium attracts people who are serious about the business of hospitality and who are looking to constantly develop and refine their careers. Terroir is a non-for-profit committee of industry professional that put on an annual symposium that is about education, networking, sharing collective resources and building a community that helps to strengthen our industry.