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Eatdrink #65 May/June 2017

The LOCAL food and drink magazine serving London, Stratford & Southwestern Ontario since 2007

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34 | May/June 2017 Globally Local has announced the launch of the “World’s First” 24-hour Vegan Drive-Thru — located at a former Harvey’s at Highbury & Cheapside. “The revolution starts June 2017.” If you haven’t tried their food yet, you can visit them in downtown London at 252 Dundas St. Open daily 8am–10pm. globallylocal.ca Fresno’s: The Italian Table will open in the space previously occupied by Union Burger on Richmond Row. Kirk Anastasiadis, a partner in Burger Burger and The Barking Frog, anticipates a mid-May opening. Fresno’s will offer a signature hand-cut veal sandwich, fresh pastas, gelato etc. 142 fullarton at richmond eatdrink.ca |@eatdrinkmag Aroma of India has opened in the space previously occupied by Amici Ristorante at 350 Dundas St. The best of traditional Indian cookery will be complemented with new Indian dishes to add innovation for those who love fine dining. The menu offers vegetarian, lamb, chicken, and seafood dishes at different levels of spicing. Open for lunch and dinner daily. www.aromaofIndia.ca Zen’Za, formerly Rico’s Pizzeria Downtown, is known for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free thin-crust pizzas. The organic farmer’s sausage pizza and a prosciutto-filled Hawaiian “Magnum Pi” are designed for carnivores. 71 King St. www.ricosDT.ca If you love cold beer and sizzling grilled foods, the London Beer & BBQ Show presented by White Oaks Mall is the place to be June 16–18. Quench your thirsts with Canada’s top breweries and Ontario’s craft breweries and a selection of wines, coolers, ciders and spirits all served ice cold and perfectly sized for finding your signature drink of the summer. You’ll find outstanding barbecue too, prepared by local grill masters. The fun continues with backyard games, live bands, bubble soccer, beer tours, cooking demonstrations, cook-offs, taste-offs and more! www.westernfairdistrict.com/beer-bbq-show Masonville Farmers’ Market will open on May 19 and run until the second week in October. The Market will be located behind London Audio at Masonville Mall this year, across from the bus depot. Stratford The new Market Square, opening July 1, welcomes people into a pedestrian-friendly space with trees, places to sit and relax with a good book, meet friends, enjoy lunch from a nearby eatery or while away the day. Just a short walk through Queen’s Park to Confederation Park brings you to a new butterflyshaped pollinator garden that offers a welcoming home for bees. www.visitstratford.ca Marc Chartrand joins corporate executive chef Ryan O’Donnell as chef de cuisine at Mercer Kitchen and will be handling the reins of the kitchen. A new menu continues the playful, quality-driven approach to Your love of all things Italian begins at OPEN SUNDAY FOR DINNER & MON–SAT FOR LUNCH & DINNER 519-652-7659 • HWY 401 & 4 • pastosgrill.com

The LOCAL Food & Drink Magazine a hybrid Japanese izakaya/locavore Perth County pub menu that was so well received last year. Alex Kastner has left Mercer Hall. Myron Hussey is the new Restaurant Manager and Shazelle Beach the new Hotel Manager. Mercer presents a Father’s Day Picnic at the Stratford Perth Museum on June 18 with outdoor stalls, food and live music in a beautiful treed setting on the museum grounds. www.mercerhall.ca The Prune, a long-time Stratford favourite, is launching a new concept featuring a lounge and custom-built bar. Bar One Fifty One has a relaxed and elegant vibe, the perfect backdrop for signature cocktails and a varied wine list and tailored bar menu. Open for lunch, dinner and late night. Bryan Steele remains Executive Chef at The Prune. Inspired in part by the bounty of local producers and growers, with touches of world cuisines alongside the classics, the result is an experience that is uplifting and memorable. www.theprune.com Summer season at The Red Rabbit means the return of the pre-theatre menu (fixed price) and to being open 7 days a week. Reade Haslam is the new restaurant manager, while Jessie Votary is across the square starting up Okazu, a new cocktail bar in the former Canadian Grub to Go premises. Okazu, a Japanese word meaning “side dish,” will be Stratford’s new late-night hot spot for grown-ups who want a little of everything, followed by a kimchi Caesar, a glass of sake, or a lemongrass Trust... Taste... Quality... Your Source for Dry Aged Steaks, Sausages, Burgers & Kebabs and so much more ... • Sourced locally from trusted farms • Traditional European preparation methods • The latest in food processing innovation Pure Ingredients Chef-Prepared Take-Home Meals House-Made Sauces and Preserves Gourmet Kitchen Items Baked Goods Catering purebon.ca Open six days a week. Hensall, Ontario Just off Hwy 4, 45 minutes north of London. www.metzgermeats.com 519-262-3130 Available in London at The Village Meat Shop at Western Fair Farmers’ Market on Saturdays! Local Beef • Pork • Lamb • Poultry Specialty European Meat Products