Author Archives : Rod Weatherbie

Copper Bottom Up and Running

Kings County’s first brewery opens Copper Bottom Brewing finally opened its doors in early November, somewhat later than the husband-and-wife owners Ken Spears and Ashley Condon had hoped for. But the delayed opening doesn’t seem to be affecting interest in their taproom or beer. “The reception has been phenomenal,” Condon said. “Everyone seems to be loving the beer and both…

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Flour Power

Local farm mills heritage wheat The room is sparkling clean and seems to be hermetically sealed from the outside world. This is Crystal Green Farms’ milling room. It holds the only flour operation in PEI growing and milling heritage Red Fife wheat. Brian and Kathy MacKay are proud of what they’ve accomplished. Their interest in organic farming was the inspiration…

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1864 Feasting and Drinking (and creating a country)

The Fathers of Confederation, conviviality, and commensality Canada may have been born out of deliberated consultation, but it gestated in a sea of Canadian Champagne.* Prince Edward Island grabs hold of the title “Birthplace of Confederation” in the way a tenacious drunk holds on to parking meters. We can not let it go. When the Charlottetown Conference delegates from the…

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Bivalve Love

PEI delicacy comes out of its shell One hundred and seventeen years ago the Malpeque oyster was proclaimed “the Best Oyster in the World” at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris. It’s still considered the best by many in the culinary world. If you haven’t had the pleasure this year’s Feast and Frolic dinner at the PEI International Shellfish Festival…

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Sarah Forrester Wendt displays the plate featuring a plum and duck that she discovered while cleaning up the space where her new restaurant will be located.

My Plum, My Duck

“My plum, my duck.” From those words of endearment comes the Island’s first macrobiotic restaurant. Chef Sarah Forrester-Wendt, formerly of The Inn at St. Peter’s and The Kettle Black, is opening a restaurant with an almost entirely vegan menu. “I have always wanted a small family-run restaurant,” she said. The name of the restaurant has a family connection. “That’s what…

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Al Douglas and friends pose in front of the Burger Bus during Burger Love 2016

Burger Love Magic Bus

An epic experience for those that get a seat on Al Douglas’ Burger Bus What better way to spend a day in early spring than on a bus touring around Prince Edward Island eating all the bounty Burger Love has to offer. Al Douglas hosts an independent tour called Al’s Burger Bus. The idea was his and the good people…

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What’s Hot, What’s Not, and Who Knows?

To Foodies With Love: The Chefs (PART 1) To trend or not to trend, that is the question. And Island chefs have widely diverging views not only on particular food trends, but the concept itself. Even with differing opinions on the topic of trends, a commonality exists when it comes to taking pride and serving good, honest food without too…

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Upstreet’s New Menu

Chef Ilona Daniel the new culinary director at Charlottetown craft brewery Chef Ilona Daniel is the new culinary director for Upstreet Brewery following the departure of Chef John Pritchard. Daniel said the kitchen plans include incorporating the brewery’s beer offerings into the food. The new menu launches in March and Daniel said it will include house made mustards,expanded vegetarian options…

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