TORONTO, Feb. 24, 2017 /CNW/ - Restaurants Canada is marking Canada 150 with RC Nation's Feast, a tribute to Canada's rich culinary heritage on Feb. 27, 2017 at Toronto's historic Casa Loma.
An all-star line-up of Canadian chefs -- from Todd Perrin of Mallard Cottage in Qidi Vidi, NL to Andrew Seymour of Wayfarer Oyster Bar in Whitehorse, YK -- will put Canadian ingredients in the spotlight with a four-course dinner and grazing menu for more than 200 guests. Chef Charlotte Langley is curating the event.
The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Federal Minister of Small Business and Tourism and the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport are joining the celebration to recognize the restaurant and foodservice industry's significant role in Canada's economy and culture.
"Canada's vibrant culinary scene offers food from tables around the world, paired with seasonal, sustainable, and flavours from coast to coast to coast. From local favourites to internationally renowned dishes, Restaurants Canada's members in towns and cities across the nation welcome guests from all over the world. Culinary experiences are part of our government's vision for tourism, an industry that supports small businesses and jobs for middle class Canadians."
- The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of
Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism
"Ontario's world-class restaurant scene entices visitors from North America and beyond, and culinary tourism is a growing sector of Ontario's $29.8 billion tourism industry. Restaurants Canada's celebration of Canadian cuisine for our 150th anniversary is a wonderful way to reflect on the diversity that makes our province so special."
- The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario
"The very idea of Canada was born over food, drink and hospitality at the Charlottetown Conference. Canada 150 is the perfect time to honour the rich culinary heritage that has helped define us as a nation, and to celebrate the people who are blazing the trail forward – from farmers to chefs to entrepreneurs."
- Shanna Munro, President and CEO, Restaurants Canada
RC Nation's Feast is a feature of Restaurants Canada's RC Show, an annual event that brings together 14,000 people who embody Canadian hospitality and cuisine, including food producers, manufacturers, distributors, chefs, managers, owners, students and educators and more. The RC Show runs from Feb. 26 to 28 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto.
Restaurants Canada is a growing community of 30,000 foodservice businesses, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and suppliers. We connect our members from coast to coast, through services, research and advocacy for a strong and vibrant restaurant industry. Canada's restaurant industry directly employs 1.2 million Canadians, is the number one source of first jobs, and serves 18 million customers every day.
SOURCE Restaurants Canada
For further information: Media Contact: Prasanthi Vasanthakumar, Restaurants Canada, 416-649-4254 or [email protected]