Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards finalists announced

The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has revealed the finalists for the 28th Annual Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards.  The finalists represent the 124 most impressive new food and consumer packaged goods products launched into the Canadian market in 2020. Submissions include established companies as well as new suppliers, smaller boutiques, and family-owned retailers across […]

Creating a new at-home culinary experience

In a time when ghost kitchens and meal kits are in vogue, Toronto’s Lavish focuses on unique quality. By Tom Nightingale For much of the last 12 months, eating at home has been the new dining out. The stark reality is that the physical dining experience as we knew it pre-COVID-19 may not be back […]

Trend Watch: Chicharrones, whey, sumac

By Lizzy Freier Canadian foodservice continues to search for ways to diversify its offerings to patrons. Innovation in menu trends is as important in 2021 as it’s ever been, and this latest issue of Trend Watch reflects that. With establishments in many areas of Canada beginning to open up again with limited capacity, broadening your […]

A glimmer of hope: How one Winnipeg bistro is surviving COVID-19

By Sara Burnside Menuck Danny Van Lancker and Jill Flynn had a singular vision when they opened Rae’s Bistro in Winnipeg, 19 months ago: To achieve that elusive trifecta of exceptional service to guests, exceptional treatment of staff, including health benefits, all while serving the best food humanly possible. Taking what they knew of the […]

With Planted, Chef Liana Robberecht turns her long-time love affair with vegetables into spectacular experience

By Sara Burnside Menuck Chef Liana Robberecht is firmly planted in Canada’s food scene. Trained in both culinary and visual arts, she led Calgary’s Petroleum Club for over 18 years before joining WinSport as executive chef in 2015. She’s won numerous industry awards, including being named 2011’s Chef of the Year by the Alberta Foodservice […]

Chef Alex Chen teams up with Chop Steakhouse & Bar to bring a special, limited-time menu to steak-loving Canadians

Press Release Calgary, AB – Chop Steakhouse & Bar’s executive chef, Stephen Clark, has collaborated with his old friend and mentor, 2019 Pinnacle Awards Chef of the Year, Chef Alex Chen, to bring a delicious, limited-time menu across Canada as part of the Steak Masters – In Pursuit of Perfection tour. The tour and accompanying […]

It’s time to TURN UP the Heat for International Women’s Day

It’s a well-known fact that foodservice is a tough industry. It’s even tougher if you’re a woman – and yet, women across Canada continue to strive and succeed in culinary careers. On March 5, Canadian Women in Food (CWIF) is stirring things up for International Women’s Day with its TURN UP The Heat charity dinner […]

Keeping up with the need for health and well-being in the growing Better-For-You category

By Julie Istead Thanks to heightened attention from consumers to the quality of food, the ‘Better For You’ dining category is growing faster than the foodservice industry can keep up. Consumers drive the food and beverage markets, and the demand for products starts to increase well before they hit the mainstream. Take, for example, the […]

Waking Up to Foodservice

By Asad Amin One of the biggest casualties of time-crunched contemporary life is breakfast, which has become one of the most-skipped meals in Canada. However, for the savvy foodservice operator, the first meal of the day offers fresh opportunities Modern-Day Breakfast “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper,” […]