The Ontario Essentials Wine Collection

    I get asked a lot of questions about wine, and the one that I hear most often is “what is your favourite wine?” I don’t have a favourite, and I usually reply that wine is more of an ongoing discovery. I am not committed to one wine or varietal. However, I do have … Read More

Garden in a Box

    With our first snowfall hitting mid-November, it has been another long winter this year. In that same week in November, River Bell Market Garden in Dresden started delivering the organic vegetable winter box program to seventy Chatham-Kent residents. Into its second year, the winter box is an extension to customers who enjoy organic … Read More

Stratford Food: An Edible History

    Before Shakespearean plays were acted on the stages of the Canadian city synonymous with quality theatrical performances, Stone Age people and First Nations tribes hunted the land in Ontario that would become Stratford. Not until European settlers arrived, establishing farms, did a permanent community begin, but this came with the adverse effect of … Read More

Blue Mountain and Beaver Valley

  Our annual culinary road trip, consisting of a scenic drive through the towns and hamlets along the Georgian Bay coastline, through the remarkable Beaver Valley and along the top of the Niagara Escarpment, brought us past Georgian Hills Vineyard. Unknowingly, we were following a similar route to that of the Blue Mountain Apple Pie Trail. The … Read More

Out of the Mouths of Babes

    Whoever coined the phrase “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” was right. It starts at birth. Mothers provide food right from the get-go, so little boys associate women with food. This might sound rather old-fashioned or chauvinistic, but breasts give nourishment. As early as age one, my son could … Read More

What’s All This Buzz about Bees?

  It seems that life has caught up with us as we face a new reality. The populations of our bees and Monarch butterflies are in serious decline. While global warming is a part of the problem, the main issue is the loss of natural environments; that results in a loss of food and breeding … Read More

Patrick’s Beans

  Inside Patrick Dunham’s home the warm scent of coffee wafts on the air, alongside soft music. Bookshelves line the walls, citrus and coffee plants bask in the sun in the front window — and there are coffee beans covering his table. He spreads them out in a gradient to show the levels of roasting … Read More

Icarus Ascending

  Zack Agathos has the presence and magnetism which combined with a genuine earnestness bodes well in the hospitality business. He’s good looking and charming and approachable and has good restaurant chops. Agathos descends from a long line of savvy Greek-Canadian restaurateurs. His grandfather, Jim Agathos, father Ross Agathos (Sweet Onion Grill in Wortley Village) … Read More

The Buzz

  Why winter? Because without it we wouldn’t have maple syrup. It’s coming! Check out your favourite syrup producers to see what they have planned: In Goderich, Samuel’s Hotel has maple-themed events during March Break. Enjoy a special dinner on the Friday night, horse drawn sleigh rides, maple tours, activities, heated patio, hot alcohol and … Read More

Sound Bites

The Karen Schuessler Singers, on the banks of the Thames River   With its wonderful acoustics, intimate atmosphere and great in-house grand piano, it’s no wonder that Aeolian Hall is a popular venue for classical music in London. Hot on the heels of February’s sold-out evening with Tafelmusik come recitals by two of Canada’s leading … Read More