The great protein parade gains momentum

If A&W is seen as a disrupter in food service, McDonald’s could become the exclamation mark in an era of protein plurality

The great protein parade gains momentumWhen McDonald’s makes a move, everyone pays attention. That’s just the way things are in the food service industry. For months, rumours swirled around when McDonald’s would launch a plant-based product. We now know McDonald’s will enter the plant-based game by running a 12-week pilot in Ontario. This is a global first for McDonald’s. That’s…

Travels and hikes in Italy’s mini Canada

The shared borders with France and Switzerland have clearly contributed to a multilingual society in this very northern and beautiful corner of Italy

Travels and hikes in Italy’s mini CanadaNewly retired and eager to explore some new territory, I admit I knew nothing of the Italian Alps. We flew into Switzerland, and then drove south through the 11-plus km of the Mont Blanc Tunnel into northern Italy. We were with old friends who know the area well because they have a son who lives…

Not kosher: growing market segment faces questions

Kosher certification goes beyond just food safety or dietary regimes. Its symbolic and religious virtues are critical to the currency of this category

Not kosher: growing market segment faces questionsCanada’s largest kosher meat packer has had its licences suspended, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). This could spell trouble for consumers of kosher meat products and particularly the Jewish community. Ryding-Regency Meat Packers, a Toronto-based company, has been in operation since 1983. The company, which also operates under other names, had its…

Going bananas for a threatened fruit

A deadly fungus is spreading all over the world, so we can expect to pay more for bananas. But our world-class scientists could help solve the problem

Going bananas for a threatened fruitThe world could run out of bananas. Reports this summer suggest that a banana-killing fungus, Fusarium TR4 or the Panama disease, has reached Latin America. And it could spread, affecting crops sold in the United States and Canada. After having been detected in the Middle East, Asia and Australia, many experts were expecting the highly-contagious…

Building relationships between guest and host

Robert Vidra talks about how Simply Elegant strives to be an exceptional hospitality firm

Building relationships between guest and hostRobert Vidra is CEO of Simply Elegant. What’s Simply Elegant and what does it do? Vidra: Simply Elegant is a hospitality firm. Our philosophy is “enlightened hospitality.” We work towards providing the best possible experience for our clients, guests, staff and vendors. We must be more than a service or product. It must encompass our…

Lab-grown coffee – agriculture’s rising revolution

We are at the dawn of a dramatic change in agricultural that’s drawing acute attention to the true cost of bringing food to our plates

Lab-grown coffee – agriculture’s rising revolutionBean-less coffee could hit the market as early as next year. Our summer was marked by key announcements from major food chains that have decided to switch to plant-based alternatives. Meat – particularly beef – was the target of companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, who claimed their plant-based products were more ecologically sound.…

Perfecting the art of fried chicken

Nicole and Francine Gomes talk about why Cluck ’N’ Cleaver is a lifelong venture of passion and perseverance

Perfecting the art of fried chickenNicole and Francine Gomes are the owners of Cluck ’N’ Cleaver. Nicole was a Top Chef Canada All-Stars Champion.   Tell me a little about Cluck ’N’ Cleaver and why it's different than other eating establishment in Calgary? Nicole: I’ve always loved fried chicken, ever since I was a child. Ironically, my first job (when I…

The great protein war pits chain against chain

The great protein war pits chain against chainThe great protein war is heating up as several major restaurant chains embrace the plant-based movement while others firmly position themselves as guardians of the mighty meat-eater. It’s getting hard to keep track. A&W, Canada’s first Beyond Meat ambassador, started it all a little over 12 months ago with its surprisingly successful campaign. Since then,…

Dedicated to serving fresh, original, quality food

Blair Stevens talks about vision behind The Chopped Leaf and why the quick-service restaurant brand is quickly gaining followers

Dedicated to serving fresh, original, quality foodBlair Stevens is founder and brand president for The Chopped Leaf. What is The Chopped Leaf and how is it different in the market?  Stevens: The Chopped Leaf is a national quick-service restaurant (QSR) brand that serves a premium product dedicated to quality, freshness, and originality! We do our mighty best to deliver a full-service…

Beyond Meat should look beyond meat

Beyond Meat’s fixation on replicating the taste and texture of natural products like beef has become the company’s greatest weakness

Beyond Meat should look beyond meatBeyond Meat lost almost $10 million in its second quarter, but it beat expectations on revenues. Regardless, Beyond Meat is now worth US$14 billion U.S. and is Wall Street’s best-performing initial public offering (IPO) so far this year. But it does face challenges. Beyond Meat’s stock price has increased by more than 800 per cent…

Holy guacamole! Avocados are expensive

Until Mexico ramps up production, we’ll pay higher prices. And corruption in the Mexican avocado industry could force suppliers to more socially-acceptable sources

Holy guacamole! Avocados are expensiveAvocados have been expensive for a while. And if you expect them to fall in price, you’ll need to wait a while longer. Typically, most Canadians expect to pay $1 per unit. But in the last few months, it’s almost impossible to find them below $2 apiece. And if you do buy an avocado, it…

Hut-to-hut hike rewards adventurers with epic views

Comfy beds and incredible food await after a long, fulfilling day

Hut-to-hut hike rewards adventurers with epic viewsAs we gaped in awe at Talc Lake, a deep blue expanse hanging above Egypt Lake in the distance, a passing hiker said to us, “It only gets better.” Better than this? we wondered. How is that possible? In the vista before us, a waterfall ribbon from Talc seemed to put the cherry on top…

Scheer’s food guide criticism may come back to bite him

Weaponizing Canada’s Food Guide to promote certain foods against other sources never results in a positive outcome.

Scheer’s food guide criticism may come back to bite himIf elected as our next prime minister, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer vows to review Canada’s Food Guide, which was just introduced in January. And while the idea is desirable, politicizing healthy eating can’t be a good thing. The new food guide was 12 years in the making. However, its review should be a continuous process,…

National food policy can play key economic and social roles

But a great deal of work must be done to turn the vision into a reality that serves all Canadians

National food policy can play key economic and social rolesFor the first time, we have a national food policy. That’s good news. The vision is that all people in Canada have access to sufficient safe, nutritious and culturally diverse food. And that Canada’s food system is resilient and innovative, sustains our environment and supports our economy. It’s easy to support such a vision and…

Hey vegans, it’s time to grow up

Vegan activists are wilfully interfering with the livelihoods of farmers and invading the social interactions of consumers celebrating food

Hey vegans, it’s time to grow upVegan groups are using billboards in the Atlantic region to denounce dairy farming practices and tell consumers that dairy is scary. Some of these ads show a young calf with a caption that says someone “took its mom, its milk, then its life.” The intention is to encourage people to switch to a plant-based diet.…