5 months ago

March 2018 Digital Issue


TASTE CANADA AWARDS SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN MONARCH & MISFITS has opened its newest Sweet Jesus franchise in downtown Toronto at CF Toronto Eaton Centre Chef Alex Chen of Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar in Vancouver beat out 10 competitors to take top spot at this year’s Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, B.C. Chen won the day with his finale dish: parfait of wild B.C. shellfish, “chowder” northern divine caviar and bull’s kelp “brioche” paired with Sea Star 2016 Ortega from Pender Island, B.C. The Taste Canada Awards is now accepting submissions for 2018. Publishers and writers are invited to submit books and blogs published in 2017 for consideration. The annual awards will honour 20 jury-selected books and four blogs in English and in French, authored by Canadian citizens, in the following categories: General Cookbooks/Livres de cuisine générale; Single-Subject Cookbooks/Livres de cuisine sujet unique; Regional/ Cultural Cookbooks/Livres de cuisine régionale et culturelle; Culinary Narratives/Narrations culinaires; Health and Special Diet Cookbooks/Livres de cuisine santé et diète particulière; General Food Blogs/Blogues généreaux; and Health & Special Diet Food Blogs/ Blogues santé et diète particulière. More information about the awards and submission procedure is available at Meal Exchange Releases Campus Food Report Card The first-ever Campus Food Report Card, released by Toronto-based Meal Exchange, indicates four out of five students want access to more local foods. The report is a preview of the most comprehensive assessment of student satisfaction with the food at Ontario universities to date. Findings show students want their campuses to support local farmers and producers. The report card’s top-performing school is the University of Guelph — which makes significant efforts to advertise its local-food initiatives to its students. Rounding out the top-five schools were Ryerson University, Queen’s University, Algoma University and Trent University. At the University of Guelph, local food accounts for approximately half of the school’s food budget. Other universities have room to grow, with many reporting between 10 and 24 per cent of food budgets spent on local ingredients. COMING EVENTS MARCH 17-18 Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert Centre des congrès, Quebec City. Tel: 438-405-8384; email: contact@; website: APRIL 17-18 14th Annual North American Summit on Food Safety, Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, Toronto. Tel: 416-674-9400; email:; website: APRIL 23 Terroir Symposium, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Tel: 905-949-8255, ext. 223; email:; website: APRIL 26 The 28th Annual OHI Gold Awards dinner, Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto. Tel: 416-644-3601; email:; website: MAY 10 Icons & Innovators Breakfast Series with Chris Cahill, The Globe & Mail Events Centre, Toronto. Tel: 416-447-0888 ext. 235; email:; website: FOR MORE EVENTS VISIT Revered French chef, Paul Bocuse passed away on Jan. 20 at the age of 91. Bocuse is heralded as the chef behind the Nouvelle Cuisine movement, as well as the founder of Bocuse d’Or — an international culinary competition, which launched in 1987. He also operated Paul Bocuse Restaurant — a three Michelin-star restaurant — and The Abbaye banquet hall in Lyon, France. iSTOCK.COM/FALARA [LOCAL FARMING GRAPHIC] 6 FOODSERVICE AND HOSPITALITY MARCH 2018 FOODSERVICEANDHOSPITALITY.COM

Industry Mourns Passing of John Bil OUTDOOR/INDOOR Furniture From Italy, Spain, USA & Canada Stocked in Oakville, ON. Ship next day! Influential Toronto restaurateur John Bil passed away after having reportedly been diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma in late 2013. The co-owner of Honest Weight seafood restaurant and seafood counter in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood also helped open Montreal’s Joe Beef, New York’s M. Wells Steakhouse and Ship to Shore on Malpeque Bay, P.E.I. — where he was best known to Islanders as a multiple winner of the Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship, held each year in Tyne Valley, P.E.I. Bil leaves a legacy of helping to open some of Canada’s best restaurants and championing the country’s sustainable fisheries. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Flaherty. RESTO BUZZ Mister C. Canada’s first chef’s hall has opened in downtown Toronto. Assembly Chef’s Hall brings together 17 top Toronto chefs for a unique food experience. It boasts 18,000 sq. ft. of indoor and 3,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space, as well as a sprawling beer hall and coffee bar...INK Entertainment will open its newest restaurant, Sofia, in spring 2018. Located in the heart of Yorkville, Sofia will serve seasonal Italian dishes curated by up-andcoming executive chef Christine Mast. Items will include a selection of antipasti, pasta, carne and pesce...ICONINK has opened Mister C. at the Bisha Hotel Toronto. Previously referred to as the Lobby Lounge, Mister C. offers patrons cocktail and dining menus in an intimate setting, complete with birdcage bar shelves, an onyx bar top, dark green furniture, green velvet walls and an eye-catching circular fireplace. Opening a new restaurant? Let us in on the buzz Send a high-res image, menu and background information about the new establishment to FOODSERVICEANDHOSPITALITY.COM SHOWROOM HOURS Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM Evenings & weekends by APPT 2018 Quick Ship available at 2400 Winston Park Drive Oakville, ON 855-337-2995