Restaurants For Change Unites Chefs Across Canada to Make a Difference

Restaurants for Change

We have all experienced the power of food in one way or another. It brings people together, it fosters community and it nourishes our body and soul, among so many other things. In low-income communities especially, access to healthy food is a significantly transformative force. Organizations like Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) are not only important advocates for the life-changing power of food but seek to empower communities to work toward a healthy and fair food system. With issues like food insecurity, poverty, and poor diet on the rise, not just in Canada but all over the world, the work they do is more relevant and important as ever. But CFCC isn’t only up to speed with the current state of the food economy, they are in tune with the changing trends within the culinary landscape as well and how they can utilize those trends to make a change.

“As interest in food and cooking has increased, so has the influence of chefs,” says Danielle Goldfinger, fundraising and events manager for CFCC. “People who care about food care what chefs have to say and that’s why it’s critical they lend their voices in support of an equitable food system.”

To this end, CFCC has united 65 restaurants across Canada in 15 cities, from Vancouver to Halifax, to produce their national fundraiser Restaurants For Change. On Wednesday, October 19, proceeds from dinner service at participating restaurants will be donated to support CFCC and other like-minded organizations that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate healthful food for all.Continue Reading

October 2016 Restaurant Weeks: Fall Into Delicious Savings

October 2016 Restaurant Weeks

Keeping it local or having an autumn travel adventure? Check out these steals on meals in cities in North America.

* Park City Dine About invites you to mine for terrific offers, including $10 + $15 lunches and $20 + $40 dinners through October 9. Make a reservation.

* Seattle Restaurant Week returns with two terrific weeks of $18 two-course lunches + $32 three-course dinners, October 9-13 and October 16-20. Make a reservation.

* Santa Cruz Restaurant Week comes ashore on October 12 with three-course $25 and $35 dinners through October 19. Make a reservation.

* Farm to Fork South Jersey Restaurant Week has freshly harvested deals with $25 + $35 dinners, October 16-21. Make a reservation.

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Restaurant Week comes to the Twin Cities in a couple of weeks with $15 + $20 lunches and $25, $30 + $35 dinners, October 16-21. Make a reservation.

* Western New York Local Restaurant Week is your chance to support independent restaurants by taking advantage of $20.16, $30.16 + $40.16 lunches and dinners, October 17-23. Make a reservation.Continue Reading

Introducing the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in Canada 2016 #OpenTable100

As executive chefs and restaurateurs across the country draw on autumn for inspiration during a new season of dining, we’re pleased to reveal the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in Canada 2016. The list reflects the combined opinions of more than 300,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 1,800 restaurants in Canada.

100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in Canada

Featuring both new and established restaurants from eight provinces across the country, the inaugural list showcases the diversity of Canada’s culinary landscape. Ontario has the greatest number of restaurants featured with 45, followed by Alberta with 22, and British Columbia and Québec with 14 each. Also included on this list are Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.

Established restaurants have a strong presence on the list, including The Prune in Stratford, Ont., which is about to celebrate its 40th year in business. However, newcomers such as Little Grouse on the Prairie in Saskatoon, Sask., and Osteria Savio Volpe in Vancouver, B.C., are sprinkled throughout. Italian fare was the most popular choice among Canadian diners, with Canadian and French cuisines placing second and third respectively. Restaurants specializing in Small Plates/Tapas, Contemporary French, and Global/International cuisines were also represented on the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies list.

The 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in Canada list is generated from more than 300,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners between August 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “fit for foodies” was selected as a special feature.

Based on this methodology, the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in Canada according to OpenTable diners are as follows (in alphabetical order):Continue Reading

Introducing the OpenTable Restaurant Guide for Top Summer 2016 Events in Canada

In recognizing summer as Canada’s unofficial “restaurant season,” we are pleased to unveil the OpenTable restaurant guide for top summer 2016 events in Canada. To help local and travelling diners find the perfect table, OpenTable insiders have curated five lists for those attending popular events in Calgary, Montréal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Restaurant Guide for Top Summer 2016 Events in Canada

Every summer, thousands of travellers from Canada and the U.S. gear up to attend music festivals, sporting events and celebrations of arts and culture across the country. For those making their way to the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (Montréal), Calgary Pride, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), World Cup of Hockey 2016 (Toronto), or the Vancouver Fringe Festival, OpenTable  has handpicked a selection of restaurants that highlight the thriving and diverse culinary landscape of each city. These lists make it easy for attendees to reserve tables at nearby restaurants, whether they want a quick bite to eat or are looking for a more relaxed dining experience.

OpenTable’s recommendations for Canada Summer Restaurant Season 2016 are as follows:

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – Montréal, Québec
July 29th – July 31st
Baton Rouge – de la Montagne
BEVO Bar + Pizzeria
L’Atelier d’Argentine Vieux-Port
Mayfair Cocktail Bar
Mimi la Nuit
Restaurant Épik
Restaurant Espadon
Restaurant Mesón

Calgary Pride – Calgary, Alberta
August 26th – September 5th
Briggs Kitchen + Bar
Last Best Brewing & Distilling
MARKET Restaurant
Ox And Angela Restaurant
Parc Café and Brasserie
Ten Foot Henry
Thomsons Restaurant
WORKSHOP kitchen + culture

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) – Toronto, Ontario
September 8th – September 18th
BOSK at Shangri-La Hotel
Buca Yorkville
Earls Kitchen + Bar – King Street
Los Colibris
Montecito Restaurant
Tutti Matti
Weslodge SaloonContinue Reading