The Air Canada enRoute Canada's Best New Restaurants 2014 People's Choice Award returns

Canadians make their culinary vote count on EATANDVOTE.COM

TORONTO, Aug. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's award-winning inflight magazine, Air Canada's enRoute is pleased to announce the return of the Air Canada enRoute Canada's Best New Restaurants 2014 People's Choice Award. In partnership with the lead sponsor of the 2014 awards, Jaguar Land Rover — one of the world's premier manufacturers of luxury vehicles — Air Canada's enRoute today is proud to launch the updated microsite EATANDVOTE.COM designed to encourage Canadians from coast to coast to vote for their favourite restaurant from a list of 30 nominees, chosen by a highly respected volunteer panel of Canada's leading food and hospitality industry leaders.

Air Canada's enRoute magazine seeks out new restaurants launched during the past year (approximately June 2013 to June 2014) that advance the Canadian culinary identity; they are places where the overall dining experience will have a lasting and significant impact on our restaurant culture. The panel's list of 30 restaurants has been visited and judged anonymously by international food and wine writer, Andrew Braithwaite. Readers are invited to vote for their favourite restaurant among the nominees. They are also entered to win a trip, courtesy of Air Canada, to the Gala event celebrating the Top Ten this November in Toronto, along with the use of a Jaguar or Land Rover during their stay. Additional information about the criteria, food panel, nominated restaurants and contest rules may be found online.

With the goal of showcasing the best and brightest of the past year, the magazine's 30 nominees include:               

Agave y Aguacate, Toronto; Ask for Luigi, Vancouver; Ayden, Saskatoon; Bar Buca, Toronto; Black Pig Bistro, Calgary; The Blacktail Florist, Vancouver; Byblos, Toronto; The Chase, Toronto; Cinara, Vancouver; Edna, Halifax; El Camino, Ottawa; Fat Pasha, Toronto; Farmer's Apprentice, Vancouver; H4C, Montreal; Impasto, Montreal; Légende, Quebec City; Little Jumbo, Victoria; Luckee, Toronto; Mallard Cottage, St. John's; MēNa, Ottawa; Mercuri, Montreal; My Shanti, Surrey; North 53, Edmonton; Patrice Pâtissier, Montreal; RGE RD, Edmonton; Rhum Corner, Toronto; Le Serpent, Montreal; Vin Papillon, Montreal; Wolf in the Fog, Tofino; Woodwork, Edmonton.

"Air Canada is thrilled to showcase Canada's best new culinary talents for our customers, wherever they may be flying," said Louise McKenven, Senior Director, Marketing, Air Canada. "This program is a great opportunity to vote for the very best new restaurants across Canada, and present them to millions of Air Canada customers each year."

"Last year proved that Canadians want to have a say in Canada's Best New Restaurants, and we are very excited to continue with the voting initiative this year," said Ilana Weitzman, editor in chief, Air Canada's enRoute magazine. "There have been some stellar restaurant openings this year, so we're excited to see which chef nabs the popular vote."

"We are proud to once again sponsor the Air Canada enRoute Canada's Best New Restaurants program," said Jeff Peel, brand manager, Jaguar Land Rover Canada. "Our Jaguar and Land Rover brands are premium and exclusive brands. It's appropriate then that we recognize the best of the best in Canadian restaurants. Given we are a nation of travelers with discerning taste, this program is an ideal fit for both our brand and our customers who enjoy traveling in style."

Readers will continue to find the Top Ten list of Canada's Best New Restaurants in the November issue of Air Canada's enRoute magazine and at ENROUTE.AIRCANADA.COM, encouraging travelers to discover the latest trends in Canadian dining. As of November 1, readers can download the updated Air Canada enRoute Eats app, which includes details of this year's Top Ten restaurants and previous years' winners, along with Air Canada's enRoute-recommended restaurants across the country.

About Jaguar Land Rover Canada ULC

  • Jaguar Land Rover is the UK's largest automotive manufacturing business built around two iconic British car brands with a rich heritage and powerful consumer appeal and loyalty. Additionally, Jaguar Land Rover is at the centre of the UK automotive industry's drive to deliver technical innovation in all areas of vehicle development.
  • Jaguar Land Rover has two state of the art engineering and design facilities and three advanced manufacturing plants in the UK.
  • Jaguar Land Rover employs 25,000 people and sells vehicles in 170 countries around the world.
  • Headquartered in Mississauga in Canada, Jaguar Land Rover Canada ULC is represented by 23 retail outlets.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 180 destinations on five continents. Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2013 served more than 35 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 49 destinations in the United States and 73 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,269 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax that ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers as Best Airline in North America in 2014 for the fifth consecutive year. For more information, please visit: AIRCANADA.COM.

enRoute is Air Canada's award-winning travel magazine with over one million readers each month. The magazine — available exclusively on all Air Canada flights and in Maple Leaf Lounges worldwide as well as in select hotels and boutiques across North America — is an inspirational authority for the global traveler, known for its strong visual presence and innovative design. Air Canada's enRoute is published by Spafax, one of the world's leading content marketing agencies and providers of in-flight media, with offices in 14 cities around the world.

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SOURCE: Air Canada's enRoute

For further information: visuals or to request an interview, please contact: Susan Willemsen, The Siren Group Inc., susan@thesirengroup.com, 416-461-5270; Phil Birnbaum, Spafax, phil.birnbaum@spafax.com, 647-789-7297; Barbara Barrett, Jaguar Land Rover Canada, bbarret7@jaguarlandrover.com, 416-565-0226


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