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Featurepreneur: The Resurrection of a Gathering Place

Featurepreneur: The Resurrection of a Gathering Place By Genevieve Allen Hearn A restaurant. A brewery. An event space. The Church Brewing Company, located in the former St. Andrew’s United Church in Wolfville, has a lot on their plate. Since opening their doors in January, the space has been packed with locals and visitors alike, checking out what this new hot spot has to offer: spectacular live music events, a curated craft beer/cider line-up on tap, and mouth-watering dishes executed by former Gio chef, Vince Scigliano. The Grapevine asked the owners a few questions about opening this ambitious business: The Grapevine…
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Thai Memory in Aylesford

Thai Memory in Aylesford By Scott Campbell This restaurant is very well-named because I guarantee, once you’ve been to Thai Memory, you will never forget it. What a fantastic restaurant. The décor is rich and colourful and aptly reflects the food that is served there. Owners Pat and Tun are as warm and welcoming as their restaurant, and Pat is also a talented photographer. Simply ask and he’ll happily capture a moment of your dining experience on his camera and email you the photo. As great as that is, let me tell you about the food. We ordered several dishes…
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Recipe: Better Donairs

Recipe: Better Donairs By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Fellow Nova Scotians and donair lovers around the globe, I give you a donair for the days ahead! For nigh is the time when we turn our attention to the impact our food choices make on health, both ours and the planet’s. But we will not suffer as we smarten up, no, we will find ways to turn our appetite for too much sugar, refined starch, meat, and highly-processed “food” into a desire for deliciousness made by humans, maybe even someone we know. Someone like ourselves….
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Hill’s Grills Book Launch

Hill’s Grills Book Launch Hillary Webb had always dreamed of opening her own cafe: one with original recipes and whose business supported local vendors, all the while creating a sense of community between her team and the customers they served. After years of planning, the end result was a smashing success and the award-winning Hill’s Grills Panini Press & Tea House went on to become a staple in the community of Kentville. After closing the shop to pursue other dreams, Hillary decided to mark another one off of the bucket list: a cookbook to share her love of cooking and…
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Recipe: Butter Chicken Sauce for Everything

Recipe: Butter Chicken Sauce for Everything By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Maybe it’s just the circles I run in but it feels like there’s never been more talk about food than RIGHT NOW. What with a new Canada food guide, the publication of the Lancet Planetary Health diet, and a national campaign underway to #standup4schoolfood, the buzz around food is everywhere. As someone who reads everything about food that I can find, I’m excited to see government and mainstream health organizations embrace science when it comes to telling us what to eat. By now…
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Featurepreneur: Raising the (Wine) Bar in the Valley

Featurepreneur: Raising the (Wine) Bar in the Valley By Genevieve Allen Hearn Winegrunt Wine Bar opened in Windsor last summer, and it offers the kind of experience one would expect to find in a European city. It is brimming with rustic charm, hosts live music, has a wide selection of wines, and organizes events that offer experiences that are both intellectual and convivial. Owners Robert Buranello and Astrid Friedrich gave The Grapevine some insight into their business venture. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about the concept of Winegrunt Wine Bar. Were you inspired by other places you’ve visited? Robert Buranello…
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Dinner Out: Sparkling Wine Masterclass

Dinner Out: Sparkling Wine Masterclass By Scott Campbell Two of my all-time favourite things have to be food and wine. So when NSCC’s newest cool climate wine and viticulture faculty member, Patrick Cantieni, invited me to join him and Grand Pré Wines vineyard manager Devon Koeller at Benjamin Bridge Winery for a masterclass on sparkling wines with winemaker Jean-Benoit Deslauriers, along with food pairings by Le Caveau chef Jason Lynch, I knew I was in for a fantastic evening. Jean-Benoit guided us through the evening with his expert commentary on the elegant sparkling wines that were set before us. His…
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Dinner Out: Devour’s Beyond Terroir Event

Dinner Out: Devour’s Beyond Terroir Event By Mika Francis Beyond Terroir, presented by Benjamin Bridge, Glooscap First Nation, and the Devour! Food Film Fest was a wonderful learning opportunity for all guests, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike. Beyond Terroir combined the creative culinary collaborations of Chef Blair Lebsack, Kevin Kossowan, and Chef Kari Rose Lameman of Potlotek First Nation, paired with delicious wines from Bejamin Bridge, and traditional Mi’kmaq knowledge of the land. Beyond Terroir consisted of four stops, each entailing a gourmet dish prepared with traditional Mi’kmaq foods paired with Benjamin Bridge wines and musts, and culturally-informative lessons on different…
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Update From The Cafeteria

Update From The Cafeteria By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com I’ve been thinking about school food for over a decade, but I got serious about learning everything I could after selling the restaurant in 2015. This past May l felt ready to put my 23 years as a chef and 15 years as a restaurant owner towards making a difference at one of my three kids’ schools. I popped my head into the Berwick School cafeteria and offered to lend a hand. The principal and cafeteria staff there welcomed me in and we got down…
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Why Care About School Food?

Why Care About School Food? By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com A 2003 study showed that Nova Scotian students were 47% more likely to be overweight or obese if they ate lunch at school. Considering that another recent Nova Scotian study showed that nearly half of schools in Nova Scotia served food that did not meet the nutrition policy set out by the province, improving school food is an issue that cannot wait. Sadly, at the same time, 21% of our children in the Annapolis Valley are food insecure and there is no strategy in…
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