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 […]

Trailer Park Boys branch out from park to restaurant

By Jeni Marinucci The Trailer Park Boys have long been a mainstay of alternative, somewhat purposefully lowbrow Canadian television. On air for over 12 years, the three men and the Nova Scotian trailer park characters they portray – Ricky, Julian and Bubbles – have found a niche in the Canadian market and it has now […]

Restaurant patrons need their space

By Jeni Marinucci Dining can be an intimate experience, but patrons usually like to limit that intimacy to their immediate parties. However, it’s becoming harder and harder to do so, with the new trend of restaurants creating closer-quarter dining areas. Some restaurants are now cramming as many tables physically possible into smaller dining areas, and the […]

Saskatoon restaurant owners become rooftop beekeepers

By Jeni Marinucci Edyta Sieminska co-owns Calories Restaurant with her husband, and the partners of this Saskatoon-area eatery believe in using local products whenever necessary. With their new rooftop beekeeping venture, “local” has become literally just a floor above. While sourcing local foods – or going “localvore” –  is something that’s been around since the […]

Ontario sets minimum wage at $15 – but wait; there’s more, and it’s worse

By Jeni Marinucci Many are celebrating Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s decision to push the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019. Smaller changes to pay will take place first, bumping the current general minimum wage of $11.40 to $14 at the opening of 2018, providing a year for small businesses to hopefully get […]

Upscale dining sets sights on airport terminals

By Jeni Marinucci Air travel and “gourmet dining” are terms not typically used synonymously. In fact, if you think about how excited we get when an airport terminal coffee comes close to “acceptable,” it’s clearer than ever that food standards at travel hubs are not generally top notch. Food choice and palatability is not something […]

Are restaurants missing the mark with kids’ meals?

By Jeni Marinucci It wasn’t long ago that traditional kids’ meals were adult meals – just smaller. But with dining out becoming an ever-growing part of our culture, for reasons including easing time constraints on busy families, many parents still face challenges finding healthy meals kids will actually eat. Is the scourge of the “dinosaur-shaped chicken […]

Breaking new burger ground with alpaca

By Jeni Marinucci There is almost no ingredient that chefs around the world haven’t managed to turn into a burger of some sort; adventurous restaurant-goers willingly eat anything served between two delicious halves of a roll. There’s the old standard, beef or beef mixtures, or veggies/grain mixes, and even Portobello mushroom caps. Culinary creativity knows […]

Food-based reality TV: a boulevard of broken burger dreams

By Jeni Marinucci With the huge availability of food-based reality TV shows on the digital landscape, it isn’t completely surprising that even small and out-of-the-way restaurateurs are approached by production companies and networks. Canada – even with its much smaller viewing audience as compared to our American neighbours – can still claim popular cuisine-based shows like […]