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WINTERDINE OFFERS FINE DINING AT A FIXED PRICE


In the dead of winter downtown Charlottetown restaurants benefit from 14th annual food event Shorter days, longer nights, windchill temperatures that dip into the minus twenties (or colder); late January and early February can be challenging, especially for businesses trying to entice customers out of their cozy homes. After all, it’s easy to arrive home after a day at work…

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HITTING IT OUT OF THE PARK


Restaurateur determined to serve local community year-round “I’m not confident about my looks, I’m not confident in my teeth, but I am confident about my cooking.” Refreshingly self-effacing, when I sat down with Caroline Farrell, she quickly revealed her determination to make a go of The Home Plate, a recently opened restaurant in Murray River, PEI. On the corner of…

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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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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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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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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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BEST OF SEA WINNERS


Seafood competition names PEI Chef awards Chic Chef of the Year Jesse MacDonald, David’s at Rodd’s Crowbush 1st Runner Up-Chef Jeff Doucette, Mavor’s Restaurant 2nd Runner Up-Chef Irwin MacKinnon, Papa Joe’s Restaurant 3rd Runner Up-Chef Jamie Power, Blue Mussel Café 4th Runner Up-Chef Patrick Young, Dundee Arms   The APPsolute Seafood Starter – Judge’s choice Jesse MacDonald, David’s at Rodd’s…

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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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