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Iron Chef Uptown: A Certified Mega Success

Iron Chef Uptown: A Certified Mega Success Well what a success Iron Chef Uptown 2.0 was. Some (me) might even call it a Mega Success! A weekly event held at the restaurant Wednesday nights pitting local chefs against each other in a no holds barred kitchen battle featuring a different...

Taste Local Reflections

Taste Local Reflections Well, another instalment of my favourite annual event, Taste Local! Taste Fresh! has come and gone. Once again it seems the fine folks at Foodlink had it all sorted out including the weather! It probably comes as little surprise that I would...
 

A Compulsive Shopping Chef's Dream

A Compulsive Shopping Chef's Dream Ah summer in Ontario! Hot days, cool nights, warm waters and long weekends—sounds like a typical wish list for every thawed out Canadian right? Well, exchange long weekends for “long growing seasons”, hot days for “hot...

Busy With Slow Season

Busy With Slow Season Well the growing season for local produce is now officially in full swing. For those of us at the restaurant this generally means a slow down in business as well. People are venturing out more, enjoying the weather, visiting markets and cooking...
 

The Ramps Are Here!

The Ramps Are Here! Well with last week’s stretch of beautiful weather coaxing fresh shoots out of the ground everywhere I knew it wouldn't be long before I would get my annual phone call regarding freshly picked wild leeks aka "ramps".  Low and behold it...

From the Chef's Table: The Selfish Locavore

From the Chef's Table: The Selfish Locavore So I’ve been asked to write a regular blog regarding my experiences in running a restaurant with a strong focus on local food.  I suppose I'm a natural fit for the job. I have a long-stranding passion and pride in both locally produced...