5 food holidays to celebrate in May, from Mexican cuisine to seafood

By Megan Prevost May brings welcome thoughts of summer menus and warmer patio dining. For restaurant operators, it’s time to start thinking about all the different ways you can market and advertise your restaurant for the month. May is a month packed full of food holidays, with Mother’s Day, Victoria Day, Cinco de Mayo, and […]

5 food holidays to celebrate this April, from tea to eggs

By Megan Prevost The culinary calendar is never empty, that’s for sure. For pretty much every day of the year, there are corresponding food holidays that could be celebrated. Most of them are super niche, such as National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day on April 21, but plenty of them celebrate larger categories. Food holidays are more […]

Ontario cuts wholesale alcohol prices for restaurants

Starting January 1, Ontario has cut LCBO wholesale alcohol prices for bars and restaurants and is enabling curbside pickup of beer, wine, and cider from licensed grocery stores, as well as freezing the basic beer tax rate. A government announcement says the measure intends to support licensed bars, restaurants, and other businesses by saving them […]

Beer Canada calls for cut to draught beer duty to aid restaurants

Beer Canada is calling on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to implement targeted support measures to help save local restaurants as part of its 2022 pre-budget consultations. In particular, the organization is advocating for a 50-per-cent tax cut on draught beer sold to licensed bars and restaurants. “A 50-per-cent tax cut on […]

Legendary La Trappe Brewmaster Lodewijk Swinkels joins Brunswick Bierworks

Toronto brewery is toasting the arrival of one of the world’s leading Brewmasters Press release Brunswick Bierworks is toasting the arrival of one of the world’s leading brewmasters – La Trappe Brewmaster Lodewijk Swinkels is joining the Brunswick team as Brewmaster and Head of Operations. Swinkels comes from beer royalty. He is the seventh generation of […]

Despite challenges, beer industry is brewing up benefits for Canada’s economy

Press release Beer consumption in Canada and foreign demand for Canadian-brewed beer accounted for $13.6 billion in economic activity in 2016, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report. “Consuming a Canadian-brewed beer supports many more jobs and businesses beyond the local brewery,” said Pedro Antunes, Deputy Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada. “No matter where Canadians buy beer, they support […]

Is having a cocktail or wine with dinner in danger?

By Jeni Marinucci There are some changes brewing in the Canadian restaurant industry and as of now, few owners seem happy about it. Come to think of it, many patrons aren’t going to like it either. What could make each group equally as frustrated? Yes, it’s regarding alcohol rules and regulations. This time around, it […]