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Turn local labour shortages into global opportunities

By Joe Baker, dean of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts at Centennial College in Toronto. The tourism and food and beverage industries are facing a talent shortfall. As dean of a fairly large hospitality, tourism and culinary arts schoo

Caribbean fusion finds a home in Mississauga

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — In search of a better life, the Peart family immigrated to Canada from Jamaica. Ironically, it was a craving for the flavours of their homeland that has delivered an improved quality of life. In 2013, siblings Andrea, Daniel and Jane

The Halal Guys open in Toronto

TORONTO — When Imran Momin witnessed the lines at a The Halal Guys’ New York City food cart in 2008, he knew he wanted to franchise the concept. “When I saw I had to wait in line for 35 minutes to get my food, I thought, ‘Well, this has got to be

Thunder Bay's south side revival

THUNDER BAY, Ont. — A new restaurant group in Thunder Bay is hoping to play a role in the revitalization of their childhood neighbourhood. After Shane Bannon purchased a building on South May Street, he was introduced to Derek Lankinen, the winner of th

Branding by design

When sisters-in-law Amreen and Seema Omar went from serving Indian street food at a Toronto farmers’ market to a 50-seat downtown restaurant, a trip to Mumbai with Toronto firm Jump Branding helped inspire the decor for Bombay Street Food. “The identi

What Canada can learn from TUTTOFOOD in Milan

This month, I was privileged with the opportunity to travel to Milan to attend TUTTOFOOD , the world food exhibition. This all came about through a partnership between the Italian Government and the Italian Chambers of Commerce of Ontario as part of The E

Casa Loma is getting a steakhouse

TORONTO — Liberty Entertainment Group is paying homage to Casa Loma’s creator by adding a restaurant to Toronto’s castle. Blue Blood Steakhouse is scheduled to open by the end of June in the Toronto landmark’s Oak Room and Billiard Room. “When S

Kupfert & Kim expanding into full service with Hello 123

Mark Kupfert and Daniel Suss are opening Hello 123 in Toronto. By Kristen Smith TORONTO — The team behind Kupfert Kim are opening Hello 123, in part, for a self-serving purpose. The 45-seat, plant-based restaurant and bar will open this summer at 1122 Q

Gabriel Pizza marks 40 years

OTTAWA — George Hanna grew up in his father’s restaurant, helping the family business on Friday and Saturday evenings wherever he could: cleaning trays, cutting pepperoni and shredding cheese. “Every weekend on Fridays, I’d get picked up by one of

Kenzington Burger Bar poised for expansion

BARRIE, Ont. — Kenzington Burger Bar has opened a corporate office in order to meet its “aggressive” expansion plan. The Barrie-based restaurant group recently opened its fourth location on Bryne Drive. The new restaurant joins its flagship Dunlop S

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