Cooking as Redemption

  All or Nothing: One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme by Jesse Schenker Nine Lives: A Chef’s Journey from Chaos to Control by Brandon Baltzley   Some people whose lives have been shattered or broken by substance abuse have looked to the kitchen and cooking to help turn their lives around. Becoming a chef has … Read More

Where to Eat in Stratford

  When dining in Stratford, I can’t help but be drawn to restaurants that authentically support farmers, vineyards, and food purveyors by featuring quality local ingredients and products. I also like to take note of the ambience, whether the cutlery is polished, and the wine and food knowledge of the service staff. Great restaurants give … Read More

Could these be your BBQ BFFs?

    Beer, gin and tequila are common beverage choices when it comes to barbecuing. For many, a burger and a beer go hand in hand. Wine is often not even considered when it comes to grilling. Perhaps to some it seems a bit too pretentious or maybe with all those smoky, spicy and sweet … Read More

Booch’s Business is Bubbling

  Perhaps you have spotted Booch Organic Kombucha owners Shawn Slade and Shannon Kamins selling Booch at the Covent Garden Market, and wondered what was inside the bottle of kombucha. Slade explains that kombucha is a fermented steeped tea beverage made with sugar and SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). After some time, the … Read More

Festivals, Food and Fun!

  Whether making the short drive up from Essex county or coming down from more northern parts of Ontario, taking a trip to Chatham-Kent (C-K) between May and September will bring you here in the midst of festival season, when there are a variety of events to appeal to many tastes. The season generally kicks … Read More

The Buzz

We are proud to announce that Sue Sutherland Wood has won first prize from the Periodical Writers Association of Canada for her contribution to eatdrink #53 ( “Big Girl Pantries” is a gem, as are all of Sue’s hilariously poignant essays. Find her latest contribution in “The Lighter Side” column on page 62, and check … Read More

Celebrate the Art of Craft Brewing

    Finding tasty craft beer is as easy as one-two-three in Huron County, where a trio of new breweries is ready to satisfy thirsts. Cowbell Brewing, Half Hours on Earth, and Stone House Brewing Company are located in Blyth, Seaforth, and Varna respectively and, while they share a county and a passion for fresh … Read More

Fresh and Local NOW

  Farmers’ markets are a long-standing tradition in Ontario. The term farmers’ market, however, is used broadly to describe a variety of operations that sometimes offer more diverse products than a strictly defined producer-only farmers’ market. Sometimes shopping at a farmers’ market is a way of supporting local farmers, so long as you employ a … Read More

A Star-Studded Summer

  Stratford Summer Music is the little music festival that could. What began as a modest 10-day event in 2001 has grown into a six-week extravaganza, featuring big-name stars performing music from across the ages and around the globe. “One of the things I insisted on when we started was that we grow slowly and … Read More