Last month, LEAF Canada announced the first annual LEAF Awards, to be presented at the 2018 Restaurants Canada Show February 25-27th in Toronto. This is an exciting opportunity for Canadian restaurateurs to be recognized for their commitment to the environment, the progress they've made, and the hard work they put into making their businesses as sustainable … Continue reading LEAF Announces new Awards for Canada’s Foodservice Industry
The Main Course: Court Desautels Impressive is a word that could be used to describe both Court himself, and many of the main course dishes offered at his restaurants. We would argue that he deserves even higher praise than the popular “Venison and Nettle Gouda Burger” found at Miijidaa Café and Bistro, one of four … Continue reading Episode 2: Court Desautels
I have great admiration for chefs. I love great food and that by itself should be enough. I also often wonder why they do it. The hours are long and usually evenings and weekends. The conditions are hot and they work on their feet for hours. Its hard work. And until they progress quite … Continue reading An Outsiders Perspective on the Restaurant “stage”
A few months ago I put up a post about a Michelin star restaurant in Copenhagen called Restaurant Relae. I had read they were considered one of the world’s most environmentally friendly restaurants and was impressed with the Sustainability Report they had produced. Fast forward to today and I’m in Copenhagen attending the International Conference … Continue reading One House at Restaurant Relae!
For the last few weeks I have been doing a very informal survey to prove a point. I've asked 12 managers/chefs if their restaurant has a green team. And the answer is.......you guessed it, zero! Now the researcher in me wants to ask the question 'why is this the case' but for the sake of … Continue reading Why no green teams?
I’ve had several people ask about my thoughts relative to the increase in the Ontario minimum wage and restaurants. Here is my stream of consciousness perspective. I am sure more will occur to me as I think about it more and have the chance to speak with people in the industry, 1 – It will … Continue reading Restaurants and Ontario’s Minimum Wage Increase
On April 12th the Provision Coalition hosted Canada's 2017 Food Loss + Waste Forum. The day was full of interesting facts and important discussions around food waste. It was inspiring to see representatives of so many different companies and organizations taking an interest in food waste reduction. A conversation, led by author Johnathan Bloom, with … Continue reading Making Connection and Growing Ideas
William Boulter, Emily Robinson, and Lindsay Weatherall are students in their second year at the Universitty of Guelph's School of Hospitality, Food, and Tourism Management This past year, the three of us at Garden2Table developed our personal relationships with food. In the process of learning where our food comes from, we found there was a … Continue reading Feeding Less and Wasting More: A Student’s View on Food Waste
Five years ago Mike and I sat having a beer at the campus pub (a rare occasion). Sitting at the bar we could see servers pouring empty glasses of ice and straws into the sink at the service bar. I told Mike my story about being a restaurant manager and how my bar sink would … Continue reading #Strawssuck 5 years later!
We first heard of Leaders in Accountable Food-service(LEAF) in 2011. LEAF had started in 2009 when President Janine Windsor recognized a need to help the Canadian food-service industry reduce their environmental footprint. While working in the food-service industry during university and her dietetic internship, Janine was bothered by the amount of waste she saw on … Continue reading LEAF announces Canada’s Greenest Restaurants