Food & Dining

Locally sourced menu items – such as this Sunwing Farms tomato salad with Haltwhistle Cheese Company chevre, black olive puree, Saanichton Farms puffed wheat berries and garden herbs, is among the reasons the North Saanich eatery made the top 10 in Canada list for En Route. (Fox and Monocle/Facebook)

Doubling down on passions pays off for North Saanich chefs

Fox and Monocle Cafe named ninth best new restaurant in Canada

 

People enjoy restaurant patios in Montreal as Quebec begins easing its COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, May 28, 2021. Restaurants and bars across Canada are hoping this holiday season, the third since COVID-19 began, could finally spell recovery for the debt-laden sector. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Restaurants hope for holiday boom, but looming recession causes concern

Elevated inflation, potential recession have some worried their new normal won’t pay the bills

 

Campbell River Chef Jade Berg stars in the new series Chefs Vs. Wild, which was filmed on Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Hulu

Campbell River chef takes on the wild for Disney+ series

Four nights in the woods taught chef Jade Berg about ‘embracing the suck’

 

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Trick or Treat with Tim Hortons

The new bucket is now available for a limited time at participating…

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A food delivery person wears a face mask as they walk away from a downtown Vancouver restaurant with a pick-up on Dec. 3, 2020. The B.C. government is aiming to cap food delivery fees in the province permanently. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel

B.C. plans to make cap on food delivery fees permanent

Cap would limit delivery companies from charging restaurants more than 20%

A food delivery person wears a face mask as they walk away from a downtown Vancouver restaurant with a pick-up on Dec. 3, 2020. The B.C. government is aiming to cap food delivery fees in the province permanently. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
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Biden suggests nutrition labels on front of food products to improve health

On Sept. 27, the White House announced that the FDA will look…

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FDA admits delays in response, to baby formula shortage

The 10-page report cites several aspects of the agency’s response. including poor…

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Phen Ruyan, left, and husband Joel Bryan sit together inside Nohra Thai Kitchen in Oak Bay’s Estevan Village. Ruyan met Bryan, who grew up in Cadboro Bay, while both were working on Phuket in Thailand and moved back to Victoria with him in the late ’90s. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

1,001 pad Thai: Passionate chef brings southern Thai cuisine to Greater Victoria

Phen Ruyan, who grew up with conflicting culinary influences, nurtures her own style

Phen Ruyan, left, and husband Joel Bryan sit together inside Nohra Thai Kitchen in Oak Bay’s Estevan Village. Ruyan met Bryan, who grew up in Cadboro Bay, while both were working on Phuket in Thailand and moved back to Victoria with him in the late ’90s. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
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The holy virgin – of the kitchen

Extra virgin olive oil not only ensures a fresh, rich taste but also provides health benefits

  • May 29, 2022
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Chef Israel Alvarez shows off a ball of fresh cornmeal and the grinding stone at Maiiz Nixtamal Corn Tortillas. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Bringing back the ancient tradition of the tortilla

Tortillas should never be made with wheat flour – they should only be made of corn

  • May 21, 2022
Chef Israel Alvarez shows off a ball of fresh cornmeal and the grinding stone at Maiiz Nixtamal Corn Tortillas. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
BellaBot joined the Smitty’s in Kelowna May 2022 to help staff in seating patrons and shuttling plates (Brittany Webster/Capital News)

VIDEO: The future is now: B.C. restaurant employs robot server to boost business

BellaBot likes scratches behind the ears, singing Happy Birthday, and helping out wait staff

  • May 12, 2022
BellaBot joined the Smitty’s in Kelowna May 2022 to help staff in seating patrons and shuttling plates (Brittany Webster/Capital News)
Chef Tina Tang currently works at a winery in Kelowna, but got her education at North Island College. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

B.C. chefs use Vancouver Island feast to prep to take on the for Culinary World Cup

North Island College hosts fundraiser/trial run for November competition

Chef Tina Tang currently works at a winery in Kelowna, but got her education at North Island College. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror
Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria runs Jan. 20 to Feb. 6, 2022. (Don Denton/Black Press)

Deals return on world-class culinary delights for Dine Around, Stay in Town Victoria

Growing list features 10 hotels and 40-plus restaurants in Greater Victoria

Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria runs Jan. 20 to Feb. 6, 2022. (Don Denton/Black Press)
General manager of Stone Ground Pizza, Morgan Watson, shows off their stone-fired pizza oven, a feature of their new location inside the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in downton Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

New Greater Victoria food businesses ready to ring in the new year

Newcomers range from fast-food chicken to cheese and wine bistro

General manager of Stone Ground Pizza, Morgan Watson, shows off their stone-fired pizza oven, a feature of their new location inside the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in downton Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Nanaimo top the lists for most polite city and best tippers in Canada in Uber Eats’ third annual ‘Cravings Report.’ (Uber Eats photo)

Canada’s best tippers and most polite takeout customers found in one B.C. town

Uber Eats reports on driver experiences, picky eaters, popular dishes and more

Nanaimo top the lists for most polite city and best tippers in Canada in Uber Eats’ third annual ‘Cravings Report.’ (Uber Eats photo)
Nanaimo top the lists for most polite city and best tippers in Canada in Uber Eats’ third annual ‘Cravings Report.’ (Uber Eats photo)

Nanaimo has most polite and best-tipping customers when it comes to takeout food

Uber Eats reports on driver experiences, picky eaters, popular dishes and more

Nanaimo top the lists for most polite city and best tippers in Canada in Uber Eats’ third annual ‘Cravings Report.’ (Uber Eats photo)
Alpina Restaurant at Villa Eyrie Resort on the Malahat was among seven eateries on the Island that made the opentable.com Top 100 best patios list. (OpenTable photo)

Seven Vancouver Island eateries crack national outdoor dining top 100 list

Diner-voted restaurants on Island range from Mill Bay to Oak Bay, Saanich to downtown Victoria

Alpina Restaurant at Villa Eyrie Resort on the Malahat was among seven eateries on the Island that made the opentable.com Top 100 best patios list. (OpenTable photo)
Eat in or take out from dozens of restaurants and eateries from Greater Victoria, Sooke and the Cowichan Valley in a celebration of Camosun College and its place among local cuisine, Sept. 16 to 23. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria dining event inspires Camosun foodie affair

Follow #CamosunEats, keep an eye out for themed dishes at south Island eateries Sept. 16-23

Eat in or take out from dozens of restaurants and eateries from Greater Victoria, Sooke and the Cowichan Valley in a celebration of Camosun College and its place among local cuisine, Sept. 16 to 23. (Black Press Media file photo)
Andrew and Vanessa Johnson have opened Bicycle Pizza, subscription-based frozen pizza delivery and takeout service. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Bicycle Pizza offers fresh or frozen options in Brentwood

Central Saanich operation uses collaborative, supportive and sustainable model

Andrew and Vanessa Johnson have opened Bicycle Pizza, subscription-based frozen pizza delivery and takeout service. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A local food tourism company opens its kiosk in the Steamship Terminal Building on July 17. (Google Maps)

Foodie tourism company opening kiosk in Victoria waterfront building

Off The Eaten Track adds self-guided tours to its menu

A local food tourism company opens its kiosk in the Steamship Terminal Building on July 17. (Google Maps)