Dammann in Stratford

This past weekend, Stratford hosted its annual Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival, moving the festival from September to July in the hopes of attracting more tourists. Invited chef, Derek Dammann, of Montreal’s Maison Publique, spoke to us at the GE Café Series where he and...

Up Close with Moriss...

This coming Wednesday, July 30th from 6:00pm onwards, François Morissette of Pearl Morissette Estate will be our next Up Close & Personal guest. Pearl Morissette is a unique partnership born in 2007, between Toronto-based developer Mel Pearl, and Burgundy-trained vigneron François...

Sichuan Chilli Chick...

As a practicing capsaicin addict, the cuisine of Sichuan (or Szechuan) province holds special appeal, because of its interplay between hot chilli and its eponymous pepper. Of all the foodways to accept the benefits of the Columbian exchange, Sichuan must of been the most primed, since the...

Loving Loveblock Jul25

Loving Loveblock

2012 Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand $29.95 When proffered a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc by Jancis Robinson MW, the late, great Didier Dagueneau famously spat it out onto his cellar floor and proclaimed “merde!” or something along those lines. I was...

August at Boulud

Join chef Tyler Shedden at Café Boulud for our First-Ever Farm Dinner Series with special guest Bill Parke of Blackview Farm, Thursday, August 21st, 7PM. The pair will cook a 4 course dinner inspired by the Parkes’ deep respect for the environment, preservation of farmland, and...

Savouring Stratford

Every food item had a story at this year’s Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival. Along with the sumptuous array of tastes and textures festival attendants have come to know and love, this year’s edition was an opportunity to learn about food in a new, more nuanced way. “We...

Night Chef

Some time ago Good Food Revolution’s Malcolm Jolley and I were enjoy a meeting over lunch at Toronto’s excellent Le Select Bistro. Being the gregarious fellows that we are, we started chatting with Bar Manager/Sommelier Martin McNenly about a video project that he was working on...

Win at table 17

Starting Monday, August 4th, and running every week for 4 weeks through August, Table 17 will be holding weekly draws for $50 gift certificates through their Twitter and Facebook accounts. Follow them on Twitter @table17.ca and www.facebook.com/table17restaurant to find out the...

Oyster Genetics

This week we join Marine Biologist Martin Mallet at L’Étang Ruisseau, Shippagan, New Brunswick and learn a thing or two about the application of genetics in modern oyster farming. The Mallet family’s operation is at the bleeding edge of contemporary oyster aquaculture, and...

Aperol Spritz

It’s 6:30 on a warm spring evening in the town of Conegliano. I have an hour to kill before the van picks me up for dinner with the winemakers of Prosecco Superior, so I take a stroll around the old parts of town. True to script, the streets and cafés are busy: it’s la passegiata...

The Grass is Greener...

Mad Dog Gallery in association with Closson Chase Vineyards is pleased to announce a solo art show ,” The Grass is Greener on the Outside ,” of exciting new encaustic paintings by Susan Wallis August 1-30, 2014. Opening Reception: Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 Time: 1 – 4...

Tuesdays at Jamie Ke...

We’re very excited about our current Tuesday night feature, it’s got TWO incredible reasons to visit Gilead Wine Bar on Tuesdays evenings. #1: Bring in your special bottle because it’s $0 corkage night.   #2: Our menu will include Jamie Kennedy’s take on steak...

Summer of Riesling a...

Gilead Café + Wine Bar are participating in the “SUMMER OR RIESLING” Through September 21, 2014 The Summer of Riesling is the brain child of Paul Grieco – a NYC restaurateur (and native Torontonian) – and is an annual celebration of the great grape in all its...

Noble LCBO Releases

The upcoming Vintage release for July 19th focuses on the 4th annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration taking place in Niagara from July 18th to the 20th. This event will showcase over fifty Chardonnay producers from around the world, with a focus on regions and vineyards that...

Station Cold Brew

Steve Ballantyne is a young social entrepreneur who’s betting big on cold brew coffee this summer by launching Station Cold Brew. As Ballantyne explained to me over a cup at the Centre For Social Innovation’s Annex campus, where he has his office, cold brew coffee uses time instead...

Farm Monforte

Monforte Dairy‘s Ruth Klahsen was recently in Toronto to tell us about her new project, a Monforte Farm, which she is looking to help finance through the support of the good food community. We caught up with her at Toronto’s Edulis restaurant to get the scoop on her new venture,...

Two LCBO Releases

In this Saturday’s (July 19) VINTAGES release, you’ll find two delicious wines on the shelves waiting for you. The highly acclaimed wines of Tamaral were first featured last fall at LCBO VINTAGES, and now again, the “Roble,” this winery’s incredibly priced...

Paul Rogalski

This year Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival has moved forward a couple of months to take advantage of the glorious summer weather, with celebrations taking place on July 19th and 20th. On Saturday the 19th of July at 1.30 on the Toronto Star Culinary Stage, Chef Paul...

Miles @ Ascari

On Thursday, July 17th, Miles Jones will be deejaying in tha house! Miles Jones is a Canadian hip hop/soul musician. He founded Mojo Records and Publishing in 2004 to provide an outlet for artists, producers and Dj’s to produce and publish audio works. Miles career began with a solo...

Gordie Johnson

Gordie Johnson describes the new Big Sugar album Yard Style as “meant to accompany people’s lifestyle” by which (I found out in the interview below) he means hanging out and cooking a meal. I spoke to the front man for the band, among other things, on the phone from his place in the...

Osoyoos Sup + Sip

Arrival by vehicle for a wine tasting here at LaStella Winery is no longer the only option with the 2014 summer launch of our 3 Phase Adventures’ SUP & SIP package. SUP & SIP combines the hottest new water sport on Canada’s warmest lake with a sampling of Tuscan inspired wines...

James (Jim) Morris

In the fourth of a still-nascent 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 a gentleman who certainly knows his way around a dining room, Mr. James (Jim) Morris, Patron of...

Screw Construction

Never-ending street construction is taking it’s toll on the east end so the east enders have decided to flip it the bird. On Wednesday, July 16th at Hi-Lo, Well Preserved is holding a special Home Ec eveng in which they’ll be selling raffle tickets and holding a silent auction. 100%...

Up Close & Pers...

This Wednesday, July 16th from 6:00pm onwards, Thomas Bachelder will be our next Up Close & Personal guest. Thomas was the founding winemaker at Le Clos Jordanne and has since moved on to make wine with his family in Burgunday, Oregon and Niagara. He’ll be pouring his Niagara...

Tengumai Sake Jul14

Tengumai Sake

Now at the LCBO Vintages, Tengumai Yamahai Junmai (LCBO# 374322 – $30.95): Rice: Gohyakumangoku (local) RPR (rice polish ratio): 60% International Wine Challenge 2011 Gold Medal, 2013 Silver Medal LA International Wine Competition 2013 Best of Class, 93 pts The ‘natural wine’ of...

Dale MacKay

This year Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival has moved forward a couple of months to take advantage of the glorious summer weather, with celebrations taking place on July 19th and 20th. On Sunday the 20th of July at 10.30 on the Toronto Star Culinary Stage, Chef Dale MacKay of...

Boreal Feast

Four years ago Michele Genest published The Boreal Gourmet (see GFR coverage here) a cookbook full of recipes and descriptions of the foodways from her adopted home of The Yukon. It was a both a groundbreaking and very much on trend book since ,while the subject of Northern Canadian cuisine...

Langdon Lawn Party

It’s been 25 years since the first guests looked up across the front lawn at Langdon Hall ready to be welcomed by founders Mary Beaton and Bill Bennett. After many changes and developments over the last quarter century, including the recent addition of chef Jason Bangerter (see the GFR...

2013 Wildass Rosé Jul11

2013 Wildass Rosé

When winemaker J.L. Groux conducts a tasting interesting things happen. And so it was a few weeks ago, when Groux and the team from Niagara’s Stratus Vineyards led a small group of wine writers through a series of single varietal (i.e. one kind of grape) wines the premium wine house is...

James Walt

This year Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival has moved forward a couple of months to take advantage of the glorious summer weather, with celebrations taking place on July 19th and 20th. On Saturday the 19th of July at Noon on the Toronto Star Culinary Stage, Whistler Chef...