Local Chef
IN THE KITCHEN: Jean Bevan of English & Miller
“Fancy a spot of tea?” asked of English & Miller when this GoodLife reporter stopped in to do a story on the British gift and tearoom. “Just relax on the (Union Jack) couch and I'll be right over with a fresh pot.” More
IN THE KITCHEN: Jennifer Vipond and  Shaun Edmonstone
Bruce Wine Bar is an off-the-beaten-path gem. Located in a back parking lot (next to the TD Bank) in downtown Thornbury, the 48-seat venue is “a quirky, West Coast inspired kind of place,” says Jennifer Vipond, who owns and operates Bruce Wine Bar with both her husband, Steven, and locavore chef, Shaun Edmonstone. More
IN THE KITCHEN: Janice O'Born, Martina Whittick and Jason Reiner of Rosemont General Store and Café
Three years ago, Janice O'Born decided to breathe new life into the Rosemont General Store, a local landmark first established in 1846. Beyond giving the rural historic shop some TLC, she successfully transformed it into an upscale country store complete with specialty foods and groceries, take-out and prepared meals, gift items and a full service licensed cafe complete with a chef. “It's still very much an old-time general store because you can buy anything from gum to a wedding present here,” she explains. “But now, you can also enjoy a three-course, sit-down dinner with a glass of wine.” More
IN THE KITCHEN WITH: Bistro Seven Seven
IN THE KITCHEN WITH: Bistro Seven Seven
Fine dining in Alliston was taken to new heights six years ago when brothers Jason and Ryan Klausen opened restaurant Bistro Seven Seven Read More..
Spice up your life! - In the kitchen with Bijay Simkhada of Spice Indian Cuisine & Wine Bar
Spice up your life! - In the kitchen with Bijay Simkhada of Spice Indian Cuisine & Wine Bar
On a cold and snowy January morning, this GoodLife reporter sat down with Bijay Simkhada, the 40-year-old owner of downtown Barrie's newest Indian restaurant. While sipping chai tea, Bijay chatted about his one-year-old restaurant (in the former Nawab location), the key to good Indian food and his passion for superior customer service. Read More..
Jessica Valiant of Rawlicious
Jessica Valiant of Rawlicious
Over the years, I've interviewed oodles of restaurant owners. But chatting with Jessica Valiant, the 31-year-old owner of Rawlicious, Barrie's first raw eatery, was a new experience. Truth is, I'd never set foot in a restaurant without an oven or stove, so I wasn't fully sure of what to expect. In the end, my hesitations were quickly put to rest after sampling its flavourful menu, which features fresh and organic vegan and raw food. Read More..
Randy Feltis of Oscars
Randy Feltis of Oscars
In late September, Goodlife sat down with Randy Feltis, the chef and owner of Oscars to chat about some exciting changes taking place at the popular downtown eatery. Read More..
The evolution of Cravings
The evolution of Cravings
An up-close look at the popular gourmet food shop and catering company. Read More..
A Culinary Passion
A Culinary Passion
A local culinary educator dishes on food, his cooking philosophy and what it takes to be a great chef. Read More..
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