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Air Canada’s enRoute names the 2014 Best New Canadian Restaurants

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Air Canada’s enRoute magazine has just announced the Top 10 list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2014. A month-long culinary journey took noted food writer Andrew Braithwaite from Tofino, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he discovered a group of chefs, sommeliers and restaurateurs who continued to explore this country’s terroir and redefine what it means to dine out in Canada.

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The Top 10 restaurants in order are:

  1. Wolf in the Fog (Tofino): “On the extreme west coast of Vancouver Island, where rainforest meets ocean, you stumble up a flight of stairs and into a soaring cedar-clad room above a surf shop where chef Nick Nutting leads a crew trained in the precise details of fine dining.”
  2. The Farmer’s Apprentice (Vancouver): “Each small plate – more often, a bowl – conjured by owner David Gunawan is a precise jumble of textures and flavours. Digging in is a sort of black magic.”
  3. Le Vin Papillon (Montreal): “Long-time Joe Beef guru Vanya Filipovic fills massive chalkboards with organic wines to run with a vegetable-focused cuisine from boyfriend and chef Marc-Olivier Frappier.”
  4. RGE RD (Edmonton): “The heart of Blair Lebsack’s kitchen is a wood-burning oven that consumes birch and maple at 700° F, curing honey ham and smoking Salt Spring Island mussels or even dehydrated local milk during the off-hours.”
  5. Mallard Cottage (St.John’s): “Todd Perrin spent two years restoring a heritage property in Quidi Vidi Harbour for this brilliant mash-up of fine dining and comfort cuisine on the outskirts of St. John’s.”
  6. Bar Buca (Toronto): “Rob Gentile’s restaurant likes to pretend it’s a simple bar for sipping Barolo. You’re here to drink, sure, but you’re also here to eat things like tiny fried smelt dusted with fennel salt.”
  7. The Chase (Toronto): Chef Michael Steh doesn’t lean on molecular trickery or audacious ingredients to wow. His food is more direct and more delightful than that, in an atmosphere that makes you want to say yes to things.
  8. Ayden (Saskatoon): Top Chef Canada winner Dale MacKay gambled that Saskatoon was ready for lime- and lemongrass- and ginger-dusted chicken wings. Ayden isn’t about showing off Prairie cooking to the world – it’s about bringing the world home.”
  9. Légende (Quebec City): Northern Quebec is the culinary hunting ground that Frédéric Laplante mythologizes at his capital-city bistro. Cornish hen gets a boreal accent from balsam fir fleur de sel.”
  10. Edna (Halifax): Jenna Mooers’ North End bistro digs up treasure from the fertile soils of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley and hauls it out of the brisk Atlantic waters.”

Saskatoon favourite Ayden was also named the Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2014 People’s Choice Award. In partnership with lead sponsor Jaguar Land Rover Canada, Canadians were encouraged to select their favourite new restaurant on eatandvote.com.

Go behind-the-scenes at the top three restaurants, with short films directed by John Cullen and Chris Muir can be viewed onboard Air Canada flights and on http://enroute.aircanada.com/canadas-best-new-restaurants-2014/. Winners will be profiled in the upcoming November issue of Air Canada’s enRoute.

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More

Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

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Join the Fight for Sustainable Seafood!

Overfishing is the biggest issue our oceans face today. Join Canada’s growing sustainable seafood movement as Canada’s top chefs compete head-to-head for the title of 2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto for the title of 2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion in each city. Taste each of the delectable original chowders, paired with local craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.

Toronto Ocean Wise Chef Finalists

Calgary Ocean Wise Chef Finalists

Vancouver Ocean Wise Chef Finalists

Tickets are in all three cities are $50 plus tax. Tickets include samples of all chowders and beer pairings. The Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is a 19+ event.

Calgary

November 18, 2013 at 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency Calgary 

Toronto

November 19, 2013 at 7 p.m., Fermenting Cellar at The Distillery Historic District 

Vancouver

November 20, 2013 at 7 p.m., Vancouver Aquarium 

Purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

October 30, 2013 | By | Reply More

Uniiverse Releases iOS App to Discover Local Events and Services

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Uniiverse, the marketplace for local events and services, has released its iPhone app.  The free app will help people try new activities, and meet new people in an authentic way.  Users can discover amazing events nearby, see what friends are doing and offering, and buy tickets directly on their phone.

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Event organizers and freelance service providers can use the app to create listings to sell tickets, manage online bookings, and process payments from their guests. Not only is the app free to download, there are zero subscription costs, and zero event posting costs.

There is a huge selection of listings on Uniiverse in Toronto, including many awesome food events, film festivals, networking events, craft workshops, fitness activities, and services such as affordable house cleaning, and dog walking. As frequent users of the service for all of our events, we highly suggest checking it out!

If you have an iPhone or iPad, learn more or download the app from www.uniiverse.com/app.

September 24, 2013 | By | Reply More

Awestruck Preview Night at NightMarketTO

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It’s #AWESTRUCK preview night at NightMarketTO! We’ll be hosting a FREE preview of this weekend’s Awestruck event this Wednesday September 18, 2013 at The Night Market.

Featured Awestruck vendors include:
Jonny Blonde Food Truck, The Frankie Fettuccine Food Truck Co., Choco-Churros, Big Grill Catering & BBQ, La Brea Food, Samuel Adams, and car2go

Plus NM Vendors including:
Saha International Cuisine, Mad Mexican, Eudora’s Fine Foods, Smash Cake, All Mine Caramels, Dine N’ Dash, Dystynct Boutique, Tiger Lili Jewelry, Tocino Boys, Westend Food Co-Op and more!

About Awestruck:
Back again for a second year running, Canada’s original food truck awards mark their return to the GTA bigger and better than ever. This year there will be 50 (yes, FIFTY!) food trucks at the event. Awestruck takes place Saturday September 21, 2013 between 2-8 pm at Garrison Common, Fort York.

Visit http://www.facebook.com/foodtruckeats or follow http://twitter.com/foodtruckeats

Tickets are $10 and are available now from:
https://www.uniiverse.com/listings/awestruck-2013-presented-by-car2go-toronto-XM49W

September 17, 2013 | By | Reply More

New Culinary Adventures with Cheesewerks This Fall

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The Culinary Adventure Company and Cheesewerks have partnered up to bring food and cheese lovers a series of exciting new experiences. The signature event is a food and film fusion series called Flix + Pix + Plates. The series will allow food lovers a chance to enjoy a unique dining experience inspired by famous feature films and other digital food media.

Launching September 17, the Flix + Pix + Plates series kicks off with Cheesewerks Kevin Durkee hosting and Chef Scott Savoie of the Culinary Adventure Co. designing a full evening of food and drink pairings to celebrate the 1991 classic Fried Green Tomatoes. Future instalments will include Ghostbusters in October and JFK in November. Flix + Pix + Plates will offer diners an all-inclusive 5-course meal with drink pairings for only $65/person or $120/couple (plus tax).

“Both our businesses are about the celebration great stories. Stories about food, stories about producers, stories about unique culinary regions and neighbourhoods. What better way to enjoy those than with a unique dining series centered around Film and Photography,” says Kevin Durkee, of Cheesewerks.

We had a chance to taste some of the offerings at a media preview recently held at Cheesewerks. The menu was based around the films that will be a part of the Flix + Pix + Plates program and included Parmesan Herb Truffle Popcorn, Southern Fried “BLT” on Crostini, Poulet a L’estragon, Mitch’s Coney Island Dogs, Tyson Shaw Slow Cooked BBQ Ribs, New England Clam Chowder with Grilled Cheese, Nova Scotia Smoked Salmon Pizza and Ratatouille Nicoise. The night was capped off with a S’mores Torching Station for dessert.

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Along with the film dinner series, the new partnership will also be introducing some other culinary experiences throughout the fall.

Cheese + Cheers – Sunday School Series (Starts September 22)

  • Enjoy a 3 hour afternoon classroom of learning, pairing and appreciating the best of artisan cheese, craft beer, wine, spirits and drink. $49/person.

Urban Ale + Cheese Trail – (Start Date TBD)

  • A full day of craft beer and artisan cheese discovery across the GTA. Jump on our bus to meet local craft brew masters, cheese producers, and mongers before returning to Cheesewerks for a dining and tasting experience. $125/person.

Melt the Market – (Starts September 27)

  • The most unique way to discover Canadian Cheese and the No. 1 food market in the world. Join Chef Scott to shop the market for incredible cheese and ingredients, then meet up with the Big Cheese Kevin to lean how to melt them into fondue, raclette and other incredible ooey gooey dishes. Full meal and pairings included. $125/person.

Cheesewerks is located at 56 Bathurst Street in Toronto. Visit cheesewerks.com and like them on Facebook and follow them Twitter.

To learn more about the Culinary Adventure Company visit culinaryadventureco.com. Follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook.

September 16, 2013 | By | Reply More