Niagara Food & Drink

Willow Cakes and Pastries: A Tasty Treat in Niagara-on-the-Lake

By: Megan Pasche Sitting inconspicuously on the corner of Mary Street, is Willow Cakes and Pastries, a European style bakery owned by Pastry Chef Catherine O’Donnell. As you walk through the doors, the sweet bakery air hits your nose immediately. Baking breads and cakes, crispy and light croissants. It’s one of those smells in life …

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Six Generations of Winemaking

Written and photographed by Sandra Ozkur In 2014, Konzelmann Estate Winery, located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, will celebrate its 30th anniversary. The owner, Herbert Konzelmann, couldn’t be more pleased as he welcomes his grandson, Fabian, into the family business. Fabian will become the latest in a long line of professional winemakers that stretches back six generations. Herbert …

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The Shaw Festival Film Series: Fantastic Films and Delicious Food

By: Megan Pasche Once the actors and actresses of the Shaw give their final performance for the live theatre season, the stage doesn’t really go dark; it just showcases a different artistic medium: film. The annual and much anticipated Shaw Festival Film Series gets underway once again this December, showcasing not only several feature films, …

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Ruth Fertel: The Story of the Empress of Steaks

By: Megan Pasche Ruth Fertel, the woman behind one of the world’s biggest steakhouse chains probably has one of the most interesting stories in the history of the North American restaurant business. She was a true entrepreneur, she was a mighty hard worker, a people person and a generous soul. She was born Ruth Udstad …

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Seriously Pink – Where to Find the Best Wine

by Andrea Kaiser Growing up a winemaker’s daughter, you would think that I would always be eager to try new wines, but truth be told, I too have my standbys. Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling wines are generally my refreshments of choice, and when Jackson-Triggs released their Entourage Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, it was like the stars …

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Mele Trattoria: Inspired Italian

By: Megan Pasche [box type=”shadow”]Trattoria: an Italian term for a small casual restaurant. Traditionally, a family run establishment that offers simple, plentiful food. The focus is generally on the best of local Italian food rather than adopting a global cuisine. Recipes may be centuries old and be a tribute to the long history of great …

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Wine How-To

By Angela Aiello We know you love wine. Seriously, what’s not to love about it! As the summer weather approaches —and life includes after-work patio celebrations, home entertaining, fabulous dining experiences, and romantic sunset date nights— wine becomes a crucial ingredient to enjoying the best months of the year. Below is a short wine handbook …

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