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Quebec Finance Minister Lowers Alcohol Taxes in Foodservice

QUEBEC — Quebec finance minister Carlos Leitão has tabled a budget for the 2014/2015 year that will level the playing field between restaurants and liquor stores when it comes to tax rates on alcohol.

Canadian Trends and Directions Conference Spotlights Menu Trends

TORONTO — Canada’s foodservice consumers are setting new standards for menu innovation, according to insights from the annual Canadian Trends & Directions Conference, held yesterday at the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto, where 160 operators and suppliers gathered for a day of learning and networking.

Chef Owen Lightly Dies at 31

VANCOUVER — Owen Lightly, a Vancouver chef, has died at 31 after losing a battle with colon cancer.

Chick-fil-A Lands in Canada

CALGARY — Southern chicken restaurant Chick-fil-A has returned to Canada after a long hiatus, opening its first unit in nearly two decades in the Calgary International Airport.

Darden Shareholders “Disappointed” with Red Lobster Transaction

NEW YORK — Darden Restaurants shareholders say they aren’t happy with the Orlando, Fla.-based company’s deal with Golden Gate Capital to sell Red Lobster for $2.1 billion.

Darden Sells Red Lobster

ORLANDO, Fla. — Months after announcing it was pondering the future of its troubled Red Lobster brand, Darden Restaurants has agreed to sell the casual-dining chain to Golden Gate Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm, for $2.1 billion.

Global Chefs Share Stories of Community Building at Terroir

TORONTO — Monday’s Terroir Hospitality Industry Symposium became the stomping ground for a community of chefs and foodies from across the globe, who each shared how their career has been shaped by collaboration.

Times Colonist: Parksville, B.C. Restaurant Announces No-Tipping Policy

VICTORIA, B.C. — Smoke and Water is just weeks away from opening in the Pacific Shores Resort in Parksville, B.C., and it’s purported to be the first restaurant in Canada that will do away with tipping, reports Times Colonist.

CRIS Highlights Competition Strategies in Challenged Market

TORONTO — Competition is creating new challenges in today’s restaurant industry, as owners fight for their share of traffic and react to emerging segments, reported experts at the fifth-annual Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit (CRIS), held yesterday at the Eaton Chelsea hotel in Toronto.

Canadian Chef to Compete in S. Pellegrino Cooking Cup

MONTREAL — Chef Danny Smiles usually cooks in the kitchen of Montreal’s Le Bremner (sister restaurant to celebrity chef Chuck Hughes’ Garde Manger) but, come June, the chef de cuisine will be competing inside a racing sailboat in Italy during the S. Pellegrino Cooking Cup.