Dinner Out

Dinner Out: Benjamin Bridge turns 20!

Dinner Out: Benjamin Bridge turns 20!By Scott Campbell If you’re a local lover of wines, or a lover of local wines, you will undoubtedly know of Benjamin Bridge winery. This year Benjamin Bridge celebrates 20 years of amazing winemaking and these people know how to have a birthday party. Last month a group of lucky diners were treated to two very impressive experiences. First we were honoured to be a part of the very first event to be held in the newly-created event space and tasting room at the winery. Although renovations are still under way in other parts of…
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Dinner Out: The Real Scoop Ice Cream and Espresso Shop

Dinner Out: The Real Scoop Ice Cream and Espresso Shop By Scott Campbell It should come as no surprise to anyone who regularly reads my column that I am a great fan of desserts. I love all desserts, but a favourite of mine has always been ice cream. So you can only imagine my delight when my editor emailed me and suggested I do a story on Wolfville’s Real Scoop Ice Cream and Espresso Shop. The Real Scoop Ice Cream and Espresso Shop is located on Gaspereau Avenue in Wolfville and has been open since March of 2018. Owners Tammy…
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Dinner Out: Alo

Dinner Out: Alo By Scott Campbell Welcome to Alo – the best restaurant in Canada. That’s a prestigious designation to be sure, but this little gem located on Spadina Avenue in downtown Toronto has proudly earned it. In 2017 Alo topped the list of the 100 top restaurants in Canada. In 2018, it did it again. Our culinary adventure began with yellow tail sashimi and tuna tartare. The fresh tuna in both dishes was bright and flavourful and seasoned perfectly. It was a perfect way to start our dinner. Next up was jamon Iberico and French cheese with pickled red…
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Dinner Out: Scott Goes to the Best Restaurant in the World

Dinner Out: Scott Goes to the Best Restaurant in the World By Scott Campbell Every year, Paris-based organization La Liste announces its list of the best restaurants in the world, and last November it awarded two restaurants first-place recognition: Le Bernardin in New York City, and Guy Savoy in Paris. And yours truly was already planning a spring trip to New York, so I made sure we went through the lengthy and complicated reservation process, and were able to secure two seats at Le Bernardin. The outside of Le Bernardin isn’t as austere as one might imagine the “Best Restaurant…
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Dinner Out: The Church Brewing Company

Dinner Out: The Church Brewing Company By Scott Campbell Okay – put on your Sunday best and get to the church on time because you really don’t want to miss a minute of this fantastic new eating and drinking establishment now open in Wolfville. If you’ve been in Wolfville in the last few months you probably noticed the amazing transformation that happened at the former United Church on Main Street. After eagerly waiting for the doors to open I was able to join some friends for a fantastic evening of food and drink at the Church Brewing Company. Here are…
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Ice Wine Dinner at Lightfoot and Wolfville 2019

Ice Wine Dinner at Lightfoot and Wolfville 2019 By Scott Campbell What a night! Mike and Jocelyn Lightfoot pulled out all the stops for this incredible evening of fine wine and dining in celebration of the 2019 Ice Wine Festival. And as if this evening wasn’t brilliant enough with a host of familiar faces from the Nova Scotia wine industry, we also had the privilege of dining with the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC. Lightfoot and Wolfville chef Geoff Hopgood joined forces with Mallard Cottage chef and owner Todd Perrin to bring us…
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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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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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Dinner Out: Scott’s Top Devour! Picks

Dinner Out: Scott’s Top Devour! Picks By Scott Campbell It’s fall in the Valley and that means two things: Harvest and the Devour! Food Film Festival. And, although both are exciting and food-based, only one brings with it a buffet of mouthwatering servings of fresh feature films. As I excitedly pored over the film offerings this year I concluded, again, that I wanted to see them all. But, if you can only manage to squeeze a few into your schedule, here are some that I think look intriguing. Jiro Dreams of Sushi USA, 2011, 81 minutes Director David Gelb 85-year-old…
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