Michael Brownlee’s restaurant includes an orchard with about 400 trees. | Supplied photo

Young chef turns Saskatchewan farm into destination restaurant

Surrounded by lakes, golf courses and the beauty of Mother Nature, Nipawin is a charming town in northeastern Saskatchewan and the perfect place to unwind and explore. It’s also home to the globally inspired cuisine at the Mabel Hill Farm Kitchen and Market Place. A love of food took Michael Brownlee, owner and executive chef […] Read more

The restaurant offers Great Bear scallop crispy porky belly. | Supplied photo

Executive chef realizes his dream at Okanagan Valley inn

“Sometimes you just need a clawfoot tub in your life.” That observation on the home page of the charming Naramata Inn grabbed my attention and prompted some research on the area. I subsequently spent a couple of inspiring hours interviewing executive chef and co-owner Ned Bell. Naramata is a tiny village on the southeastern shore […] Read more

An extensive selection of Chinese wooden mooncake moulds are featured on one wall of the restaurant. | Supplied photo

Restaurant uses local ingredients in typical Asian dishes

Beautifully framed by both foothills and grassland, Calgary is one of my favourite prairie cities. Not only does the landscape captivate me, the ever-expanding food scene has long been recognized as having some of the top restaurants in Canada. And, not much happens in Calgary’s culinary world without hearing the respected name of Chef Duncan […] Read more


The tables at the Harvest Eatery in Shaunavon, Sask., are made from reclaimed barn wood, while the chairs were sourced from an old hotel in Edmonton.  | Supplied photo

High-end dining finds a home on small-town main street

My monthly column showcases prairie culinary destinations worth visiting, once it is safe to do so. While every destination is unique, each one serves flavourful food using the best ingredients available and shares the spirit of supporting local. If you have suggestions of unique, delicious food spots or butcheries and an interest in supporting local, […] Read more

Pineridge Hollow is located in a turn-of-the-century style carriage house nestled in the south edge of Bird’s Hill Provincial Park near Winnipeg.  | Supplied photo

Winnipeg-area restaurant offers charm and sustenance

As previous well-intended New Year’s declarations were often short-lived, this year I am creating a bucket list with taste buds in mind. I have spent nearly 30 years working in the agriculture and food industries with farmers, ranchers, chefs, culinary educators, dietitians, recipe developers and restaurateurs. Therefore, my bucket list consists of prairie culinary destinations […] Read more