Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Windsor Eats and Eat Your City

Windsor Eats and Eat Your City

On a recent trip to Windsor with the new Ontario’s Southwest Culinary Tourism Guide (http://www.ontariossouthwestculinary.com/) in hand, I was not surprised by the vibrancy of the culinary culture in Windsor. Here is a bit of an update.

It’s time to celebrate Windsor’s and Essex’s culinary community. From August 1 to August 7, 2011, you can visit any Eat Your City participating restaurant and indulge in a prix-fixe 3-course meal at lunch or dinner. Each participating restaurant will offer a unique Eat Your City menu. http://windsoreats.com/eatyourcity/ The menus will showcase the diversity of dining choices in Windsor and around Essex County. The prix-fixe menus are priced per person and do not include beverages, taxes or gratuities. Here are three participating restaurants that offer local, seasonal fare and are committed supporting local farmers and culinary tourism :

Rino’s Kitchen
Located within The House (formerly the Nesbitt Inn), Chef Rino Bortolin offers a full neighbourhood café menu that changes daily. The focus is on high quality, seasonal and local ingredients and supporting area growers. Specialty items prepared by Bortolin are also offered for sale. There is a beautiful outdoor patio.
131 Elliot Street, Windsor

Jack’s Gastropub & Inn 31
Jack’s Gastropub is the evolution of a 20-year career in hospitality. Family owned and operated by Trevor and Kim Loop since 1989, the restaurant features signature burgers and other pub-inspired house specialities, with an “only local” wine list. The owners take pride in sourcing local produce, fish and meats for the menus, which change to provide patrons with the best seasonal offerings from both Essex County and other regional producers.
31 Division Street South, Kingsville

Caldwell's Grant
Chef Laura Clarke-Giberson, largely self- taught and cooking for over 15 years, sharpened her culinary skills in many area restaurants. Her culinary philosophy is "less is more," and simple seasonings and careful preparation let flavours shine through. Caldwell's Grant, steak and seafood specialists, sources food products as close to home as possible, partnering with farmers who have a commitment to ethical practices and supporting responsible and sustainable fishing practices
269 Dalhousie Street, Amherstburg

WindsorEats.com is the official culinary guide to Windsor and Essex County. Get information on wineries, farms, restaurants and culinary attractions. Browse through listings to view hours of operations, location, make on-line reservations.

Multicultural Windsor-Essex enjoys a temperate climate, a vibrant economy, and plenty for the culinary tourist. As the southernmost point in all of Canada, Essex County and Pelee Island are at the same latitude as northern California. People flock from around the world to view the stunning bird migrations at Point Pelee, Carolinian Canada’s only National Park -- and the perfect place for a picnic. Lush farmlands and vineyards make this one of the most agriculturally productive counties in the country, and Essex County farmers are proud of their heritage and their 200-year-plus ties to the land. Windsor offers culturally diverse communities, richly ethnic neighbourhoods, and an extensive riverfront parks system, with over 215 parks and 3,000 acres of naturalized and formal gardens, and dining opportunities abound.

Over 400 restaurants in Windsor and Essex County reflect virtually every major culinary tradition, including a diversity of Italian, Chinese, Greek, Japanese, and Halal options. An unusually large number of eateries in Windsor include the enclave of fine restaurants on Erie Street’s restaurant row -- Little Italy or the “Via Italia” -- also home to some of the city’s best shopping. Browse kitchenware shops and grocery stores, savour regionally-inspired Italian cuisine at one of many ristorantes or trattorias, or just sit and relax while sipping an espresso at an outdoor cafe.

WindsorEats Wine Trail Ride
Join WindsorEats on a leisurely guided cycle tour and experience the tastes, sights and sounds of Essex County. You’ll be able to sip the local wine and learn about the regions award winning wineries. Participants on our Wine Trail Ride visit 2-3 wineries on each ride and are then treated to a local meal made with products from Essex County. www.winetrailride.ca.

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