Tag Archives : local food

What Goes Around Comes Around


How A-OK Gardens builds on its owner’s background to grow successfully Sometimes life throws you curve balls and sometimes luck just shines down on you. Aman Sedighi, owner and operator of A-OK Gardens in Brookfield, PEI, has surely seen both sides of the coin. “I found my way in Canada,” Sedighi says, who immigrated from Iran to PEI in 2010…

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It’s an Island Thing…


Gallant’s Shellfish & Seafood expands to Stanley Bridge Tyler Gallant is no stranger to hustling. In the summer of 2015, while working as the executive chef at Shaw’s Hotel, the 32-year-old native of Bunbury launched Gallant’s Shellfish & Seafood at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market. Fast forward to the summer of 2017, and Gallant has not yet stopped to take a…

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Sprinting Towards Fall Flavours


Chef Irwin MacKinnon prepares to get really busy as September’s month-long food festival approaches If there’s one thing Islanders like almost as much as food, it’s a good party. At least that’s my theory as to why PEI has no shortage of food-focussed festivals and events. There are celebrations of our most famed products (lobster and potatoes for the un-indoctrinated),…

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Good Food on the Go


Nabuur’s Gardens expands to include bakery and retail store with Jana Furness at the helm Timing is everything in life they say. And for Arnie and Mary Nabuurs and Jana Furness, the timing worked out perfectly to come together in a business venture. The long-time owners and operators of Nabuur’s Gardens have partnered with Furness to open an on-site bakery…

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Building a 21st Century Menu


A chef committed to local sourcing explains Cheez Whiz in a spray can, “fluffernutter” sandwiches on Wonder Bread, Jell-O pie á la Cool Whip. We’ve all either experienced these renowned 20th century delicacies ourselves or heard of them from our Gen-X parents. Either way, these iconic post-baby boomer cupboard items and lunch bag fillers have, for the most part, become…

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Making it to the Small Time


Growing better not bigger with Little Victory MicroFarms Forget about “making it big.” Micro is the new macro, nano the new giga. For mother- daughter duo Tara Callaghan and Debi Stevenson, when it comes to growing high quality produce, small is mighty. In fact, little IS the goal! With small plots in New Glasgow and a large backyard in East…

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Eats PEI Restaurant Profile – Local 343


The Space Arriving through the Marché on the main floor, you’re greeted by chefs working in the open kitchen. If you’re looking for something quick for lunch or supper, this is the place. If you’re dining in, make your way upstairs to the dining room. Resembling a PEI farmhouse, the décor here changes frequently There’s something new to appreciate each…

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The Little Island Kitchen – Pork Belly


You’ve probably had it before. It might even be in your fridge right now: those gorgeous stripes of pink and white, and scrumptious flavour just waiting to be served up. I’m talking about pork belly.“This cheaper cut is about way more than just bacon,” according to Chris van Ouwerkerk, owner of Butcher & Butcher in Charlottetown. Pork belly is most…

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A Community-Oriented Endeavour – The Polehouse Cafe


Through its pared down style of making and serving food, The Polehouse Cafe actualizes the lifestyle young couple, Leif Hammarlund and Dominique Daoust have been seeking to create. Located in the heart of Cardigan,The Polehouse Cafe serves up a soul-satisfying meal to anyone passing through the threshold of its host venue: the picturesque, decommissioned train station that houses the Cardigan…

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Chef Megan Beairsto of OpenEats


After four years of cooking up a storm in Twillingate, Newfoundland – Chef Megan Beairsto is back on the scene in Summerside, Prince Edward Island with a fresh twist on some of her grandmother’s best recipes and some modern creations of her own. I had a chance to catch up with her and learn more about the award-winning restaurant, OpenEats,…

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