TORONTO — Restaurants Canada (RC) is celebrating the country’s rich culinary heritage on Feb. 27 with the RC Nation’s Feast. The event is being held at Toronto’s historic Casa Loma, where top Canadian chefs — including Todd Perrin of Mallard Cottage in Qidi Vidi, N.L. and Andrew Seymour of Wayfarer Oyster Bar in Whitehorse, Y.T. — will spotlight Canadian ingredients with a four-course dinner for more than 200 guests. Chef Charlotte Langley is curating the event.
Special guests attending the feast include the Hounrable Bardish Chagger, federal minister of Small Business and Tourism; and the Hounrable Eleanor McMahon, Ontario minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
“Canada’s vibrant culinary scene offers food from tables around the world, paired with seasonal and sustainable flavours from coast to coast to coast,” says Chagger. “From local favourites to internationally renowned dishes, Restaurants Canada’s members in towns and cities across the nation welcome guests from all over the world. Culinary experiences are part of our government’s vision for tourism, an industry that supports small businesses and jobs for middle-class Canadians.”
The RC Nation’s Feast is a feature of Restaurants Canada’s annual RC Show, which brings together 14,000 people from the Canadian hospitality and culinary landscape, including food producers, manufacturers, distributors, chefs, managers, owners, students and educators. This year, the RC Show will run from Feb. 26 to 28, at the Enercare Centre in Toronto.
“The very idea of Canada was born over food, drink and hospitality at the Charlottetown Conference,” says Shanna Munro, president and CEO of Restaurants Canada. “Canada 150 is the perfect time to honour the rich culinary heritage that has helped define us as a nation, and to celebrate the people who are blazing the trail forward — from farmers to chefs to entrepreneurs.”