Think you know Niagara? Think again. Sure, many of us know the Niagara Region as the home of the world-famous Falls, but there’s so much more to the region – that spans Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland – to leave you just as inspired and invigorated as the Niagara Falls themselves.
Here we’ll feature Niagara locals and their business to share what their version of Niagara is, to encourage you to discover yours.

The Speck family of Henry of Pelham has lived on their 300-acre vineyard in St. Catharines Ontario for generations —
six generations to be exact — and have plenty of stories to share of times past and present.Read More…

Crawford cooks in the cradle of the region’s finest farmland. He has connections galore to local producers, but he also has a farmer on staff, Ashley Burnie, who grows fruit and vegetables on three acres behind Crawford’s home, a two-minute drive from Backhouse. Read More…

Meet Barb Honsberger, Owner of Honsberger Estate Winery, one of Ontario’s smallest boutique wineries, known for producing nationally award-winning wines. Her Farmhouse Restaurant and Winery showcases the unique agriculture and welcoming hospitality of the Niagara Region.  Read More …

Cory Linkson knows he’s going to be judged when he’s at work today.

It won’t be for anything he says. It certainly won’t be for his outfit — Linkson wears the mandatory chef’s whites every day. Instead, strong opinions will be cast about what the executive chef does behind the burner at AG Cuisine in Niagara Falls, which is to be expected when yours is a four diamond-rated restaurant 11 years running. Read More …

Nicolette Novak has an amazing ability to strike up a conversation with anyone. It can be your first time meeting her but you immediately feel at ease, like with an old friend. There’s no formality, but a sense of familiarity instead….

“One of the things I set out to do to differentiate from other places… I really think of this as an extension of my own home,” Novak said. “It has that feel of someone’s places. Read More…

Take a seat with a view of the kitchen at Bolete and chances are you’ll see chef and owner Andrew McLeod wearing a button-up shirt with the sleeves casually rolled up, jeans and a canvas apron to protect from the hazards of the job. There are no starched and pressed chef’s whites, no towering, pleated hats. And yet, it was those formalities of kitchen life that captured McLeod’s attention as a teenager while dining at Toronto’s iconic Canoe, ultimately inspiring him to pursue a career behind the burner. Read More …

James Treadwell, Sommelier and Owner at Treadwell Farm-to-Table Cuisine in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

We kick our profile series off with James Treadwell, Sommelier and Owner of critically-acclaimed restaurant, Treadwell Farm-to-Table Cuisine. Since 2006, Treadwell has been delighting taste buds with flavours that are uniquely local, uniquely Niagara. Think dishes infused with seasonal ingredients from artisan producers within the region, paired with world class Ontario wine. Needless to say, there’s no better place to sink your teeth into all that Niagara has to offer. Read More …

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