Tastings: A “highlight” for wine and food lovers

  There are wine tasting events and then there is Tastings, an exceptional, black tie fundraiser for London Health Sciences Foundation presented by CIBC Wood Gundy | The Seabrook Financial Group and CIBC. This annual event always attracts a knowledgeable crowd, including one of the world’s leading wine experts, Canada’s first master sommelier John Szabo … Read More

Canadian Grub Restaurant

    When opening his restaurant in August 2012 Chef Robert Rose aimed to fill a niche in downtown Stratford. This is one of the few restaurants in the country serving only Canadian grown and refined products. Rose started small when he opened, then later expanded his regular menu and specials board. The name of … Read More

Grain Power

    While definitely on trend themselves, there is no doubt that sisters Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming have also been catalysts in the popularization of the once obscure grain quinoa. The authors of Quinoa Revolution (2012), which followed Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood (2010), were bestsellers that have helped make quinoa almost ubiquitous today. … Read More

History & Hometown Values

  Goderich’s newest boutique bistro and hotel, Samuels, is named after local men who worked in the production of salt, milk and ice cream. Owner Kim Burgsma, with the help of her husband (and contractor) Hugh, transformed picturesque dairy farmland on the Maitland River just north of Goderich into a property with a lovely 14-room … Read More

Merging Contemporary and Traditional

Shepherding a century-old business through economically challenging times could be a big challenge, but Jeremy and Carrie Wreford are up for it. In fact, the couple is actually enjoying the process of modernizing a venerated retail icon. Starting as a fine china and crystal shop, Bradshaws was founded in 1895 by John Bradshaw.  The Wreford … Read More

Another Emerging Wine Region!

    As a young adult in Northern Ontario, the only “regional” wine I remember drinking was homemade vino that someone had liberated from their parents’ basement. I couldn’t tell a merlot from a shiraz, but I did know whose dad made the best wines. Even if it was free, given a choice I’d take … Read More

In the Garden

  Nothing beats the flavour of a fresh picked tomato. Fresh heirloom tomatoes are so good, I am no longer tempted by any grocery store offerings—at any time of the year. Savour the flavour of the tomato while they’re in season. Out of season, the best way to enjoy tomatoes is in your own homemade … Read More

Not Just for the Halibut!

    You’d think that in a city called London, with a Thames River, a Covent Garden Market and a Victoria Park, people might know a thing or two about serving up England’s favourite treat. You’d be right, but in this London, look to the Dutch, Greeks, Albanians, Algerians and Canadians for a selection of … Read More