Author Archives : Rod Weatherbie

BEHIND THE LINES


New Year edition-rules for dining out It’s the New Year so let’s start off on the right foot shall we? We have one quick story this month, and then a couple of lists for diners and hospitality staff to keep in mind when it comes to dining out. But first the quick story: Alana When I was working in Jasper…

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DME DEMISE STUNS BREWING COMMUNITY


Brewery equipment supplier tanks, leaving some customers empty-handed and looking for alternatives The sudden collapse of DME has left a lot of brewers in limbo, but some are better off than others. On November 26 the Supreme Court of PEI appointed Alvarez and Marsal Canada Inc as receiver of DME and its various companies. The Royal Bank of Canada made…

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SOUTH CENTRAL’S LOVE FOR YSU


Award-winning restaurant busy keeping their customers satisfied Summerside’s South Central Kitchen and Provisions won the CBDC Central New Business Award at last month’s 25th annual Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. South Central’s owners, Dan Kutcher, a former lawyer, and Ian Gass who is a Culinary Institute graduate, couldn’t be happier. They teamed up earlier this year to…

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RECORD BREAKING RAINFALL MEANS POTATO CROPS ROT


Dismal weather conditions cause havoc leaving thousands of acres unharvested PEI potato production will be way down this year as a result of a bad growing season with not enough rain and then even worse harvest conditions, where too much rain turned fields into mud bogs. There are 84,000 planted acres of potatoes on PEI and each acre is worth…

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BEHIND THE LINE


Crustacean consternation This week we have a tale about a lobster (or two) and how not to sell them to mid-westerners. Or anybody for that matter. Many years ago I worked at a country resort on the north shore. We got a lot of visitors from Canada and the US who had never eaten lobster before (unless it was out…

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MILKING THE DAIRY INDUSTRY


Recent trade agreement leaves dairy producers with sour taste for government’s deal With the recent signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Canada’s supply management system is seemingly under threat. Many farmers and dairy product producers are saying that while the agreement doesn’t completely dismantle the system, it further chips away at it, which could lead to trouble in the…

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BEHIND THE LINES


Wine choices – red or white? There is no use whining about wine (yes, I went there!). These day even in small places your wine selection is vastly improved over the days when a rafetta covered bottle of cheap chianti was considered classy. Still, sometimes picking a wine in a restaurant can be fraught with too many choices, but in…

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Behind the Lines


Spills both hot and cold, all in the timing Have you ever seen something that years later still makes you cringe? I certainly have. I was maitre’d at a resort restaurant on the Island’s north shore. We had a table of ten or so come in with a little baby, not more than a year old. We put her in…

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BEHIND THE LINE


More thrilling tales from the service industry Anyone who says that service industry work is easy and doesn’t require a particular skill set has never worked in a dining room or kitchen. Just to navigate the many personalities you will run into through the course of a day requires quick thinking, diplomacy, and a strong stomach. In this month’s edition…

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BEHIND THE LINE


Why is Caesar salad so contentious? Well here we are: the second installment of Behind the Line. This month we have some doozies that’s for sure. Most names have been changed to protect the innocent but if you happen to recognize yourself in any of these don’t worry: you are not alone. We’ve all been on one side or the…

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