It's 11:30 a.m. on a Friday morning, and the Burger Bistro is packed. We have quite the loyal following, boasts chef Jay Klausen who owns and operates the popular burger and poutine joint with his brother Ryan, and potato farmer Trevor Downey. We cost a bit more than your average fast food joint, but as you can see from the lineup folks appreciate that our food isn't mass produced or processed. More
The delicious aroma of freshly baked focaccia bread fills downtown Barrie's Lazy Tulip Café. We bake our own bread daily, says Michelle Huggins, 47, who owns and operates the artsy, shoebox-sized Café with Matthew Jones, 48. Our whole wheat focaccia is nothing short of fabulous. More
A long and winding country driveway leads to the Collingwood Cooking Academy. And there's lots to take in once you arrive. From the ducks swimming peacefully in the large pond to the free range chickens milling about the 15-acre property. It's a lovely setting to learn how to cook, observes chef Philip Tarlo, who runs the Collingwood-area cooking school and on-site bed and breakfast with his wife Leanne Calvert. We're surrounded by apple orchards and the beauty of Grey-Bruce County. More
Lot 102 offers an eclectic menu, friendly service and a hip urban rustic decor. This is phase two of our business at this site, explains Archie Meridis, age 46, who owns and operates the Midland restaurant with his 44-year-old brother Bill. Before Lot 102, we ran Bleacher's Bar and Eatery out of this building. Two years ago, we decided to transform it into something more modern and upscale. And so, Lot 102 was born. Read More..
Every morning at 4 a.m., Andrea Higgins wakes up with a spring in her step. I look forward to going into work every day, admits the cheerful owner of Sigrid's Bakery in downtown Barrie. I grew up in bakeries. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to run my own bakery. Read More..
Kenzington Burger Bar (KBB) in downtown Barrie is worth checking out. For the past three years, we've been cranking out amazing gourmet burgers, says owner Brandon Clark. The local restaurant features over 22 mouthwatering and creative burger combinations. Read More..
Clyde Almeida is proud to bring the tastes of India to Alliston. It's exciting to own Alliston's first Indian restaurant, the 42-year-old chef/owner of Indian Flames says with a smile. Since opening his 32-seat restaurant last November, the culinary proprietor has received a warm welcome. Recently, this GoodLife reporter caught up with the busy chef at his popular eatery. With sitar music playing in the background, we covered everything from his journey from Pakistan to Canada (arriving with only $75 in his pocket) to his passion for good Indian food and his commitment to local charities. Read More..
For more than a decade, chef Randy Feltis has been a mainstay on Barrie's restaurant scene. Starting with Oscar's, a bistro he opened in 1999 at the age of 24, the local entrepreneur has become the owner/operator of two PIE restaurants (which he co-owns with Craig Russell) and the Farmhouse (which he co-owns with his wife Sarah). It's a balancing act, but I love the challenge, admits the 39-year-old proprietor with a smile. Read More..
Located in the heart of downtown Midland, Ciboulette et Cie is one delicious find. From gourmet groceries, tempting bakery goods and dairy products to fresh salads, sandwiches and prepared meals this local foodie haunt is worth checking out. It's a food gallery, says 33-year-old chef/owner André Sanche. We showcase quality products from local producers and farmers, and we transform them into scrumptious dishes that you can enjoy here, or at home. Read More..
When Alba Lisa opened an all-natural Mexican food company in Alliston in July 2013, her plan was to serve the wholesale market and offer a few retail items. That all changed, however, when folks started wandering into the downtown tortilla and tortilla chip factory asking for menus. I would tell them that I didn't serve food, but if they could wait a minute, I would make them up a delicious quesadilla and sell it to them, explains the cheery entrepreneur who co-owns the business with her husband Ted Quinn. We listened to our customers, and that's how the take-out business started. Read More..
Laurie Warwick greets most of her customers by their first names. And she listens to their suggestions. Thanks to customer feedback, we've evolved from a bakery café to a prepared food market that also serves light lunches and treats, explains the cheery 43-year-old chef and owner of Warwick Hughes Food Market. On a cold day, this GoodLife reporter sat down with the downtown Barrie entrepreneur to chat about her seven-year-old business. Over a delicious cup of Miller's Dairy steamed hot chocolate and a pear and cranberry scone, we discussed everything from the recent name change of her business (formally Laurie's Sweet Treats & Café) to her plans to expand the shop's line of fresh and frozen prepared foods. Read More..
For Donaleigh's, the answer was expansion -- big time! We were tired of constantly turning away customers, confesses Steve Ricalis, who owns and operates the popular downtown Barrie watering hole with Don Kellett. By absorbing the building next door, the renovation adds 4000 square feet, essentially doubling the size of the original pub. Read More..
Bob Bickmore knows how to grab a visiting reporter's attention. Have you tried the handmade truffles from Aarden's Chocolates in Stayner? asks the chef and owner of Catch 22 during a recent GoodLife interview. They're delicious. Let me get you a few to sample. After doling out chocolates, the local chef relaxes at a table in his popular eatery and the conversation starts to roll, with topics ranging from his cooking philosophy and the importance of family, to why he moved Catch 22 from Collingwood to Wasaga Beach. Oh, and he was right about the truffles. They're scrumptious. Read More..
Chef Marco Ormonde likes change. I enjoy shaking things up, says the owner of the North Restaurant with a smile. Since opening his downtown Barrie fine dining restaurant in 2007, he's moved to a larger location, transformed his menu oodles of times, had a baby boy with his fiancé Kortney and now runs a large banquet facility called the West Event Centre. Read More..
For the past 28 years, Crazy Fox Bistro's Coos Uylenbroek has treated local diners to gourmet fare. Recently, this Goodlife reporter sat down with the Dutch-born chef at his 70-seat restaurant in downtown Barrie. Having just completed the lunch shift, the 62-year-old seasoned restauranteur looked relaxed in his jeans and long-sleeved white linen shirt as he chatted about various topics, including his international culinary training, what it takes to succeed in the restaurant industry and why he enjoys breathing new life into his menu. Read More..
Thirty-three years ago, Jim and Maureen Baufeldt converted a 19th century rural school house into Mrs. Mitchell's Restaurant. Located in the heart of Violet Hill, the upscale dining establishment with historic charm quickly gained a strong reputation for serving authentic homemade fare to hungry diners. Today, the second generation continues the tradition with the Baufeldt's daughter Heidi at the helm. Recently, this GoodLife reporter caught up with the busy 40-year-old restauranteur to chat about growing up in the restaurant business, lessons her parents taught her, and the secret to Mrs. Mitchell's long-term success. Read More..
Chef Randy Feltis's plate is full these days. The only person in town dumb enough to open two new restaurants within two-and-a-half weeks is this guy, laughs Feltis, as he points to himself. The local restauranteur is referring, of course, to his waterfront eateries he Farmhouse and PIE Wood Fired Pizza Joint 2. Read More..
For the past 40 years, Town and Country Steakhouse has specialized in bringing a traditional steakhouse experience to diners. To find out what makes this downtown Barrie dining establishment so popular, this GoodLife reporter recently sat down with Steve Koussiouris, who runs the steakhouse with his brother Jim. Conversation topics ranged from the restaurant's history and house specialities to recent renovations and rebranding. Read More..