Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ray Bear returns

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 4:00 AM

It was the Crown Diner and Atlantic Steak and Lobster, but now the space with the great harbour view at Salter and Granville is called Mix Fresh Kitchen (5171 Salter Street, 429-9571), the new lunch and dinner eatery from Ray Bear. And after having been open only a few weeks, it’s already buzzing at lunchtime. “We did not expect to get the overwhelmingly positive response from the public,” says a staffer. He reports that the concept is to do high quality food in a classy, gorgeous atmosphere, bringing in local and organic eats that customers will be able to enjoy without breaking the bank. Somewhere to go for lunch or business dinner, for coffee and dessert, or just a glass of wine, all influenced by what Bear has seen and tasted in New York, Montreal and Miami. “At this restaurant, there’s no ego,” says Bear. “We’re excited to get the customers’ feedback. We want to bring in great local food at a good volume and a great price.” He says the burger, ribs and pastas are already very popular, and as the place gets settled, to expect live music, local artists on the walls and a more diverse menu (dinner menu right now is limited), though they already are offering fresh catch-of-the-day, which one day last week was bluefin tuna from Pictou. Hours start at 11:30am on weekdays, 11am for weekend brunch, with closing hours variable at the moment, but not before 10pm.
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Wooden Monkey to open second location

Co-owner Lil MaPherson active as ever

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 2:51 PM

WOODEN MONKEY CO-OWNER LIL MACPHERSON
  • Wooden Monkey co-owner Lil MacPherson
The Wooden Monkey (1707 Grafton Street, 444-3844) is looking to expand. “We’ve got a possible site in Bedford,” says co-owner Lil MacPherson. The new restaurant won’t be as big as the present successful downtown locale. Partner Christine Bower “is a monster when it comes to having another restaurant, and to make a good living for both of us, you need two restaurants,” explains MacPherson. “The profit margins aren’t as high in this particular restaurant because of what we do”---sourcing local high-quality food---”and the big thing for me is, the more Monkeys we have, the more local food we buy.”

MacPherson is famously busy---she’s a presenter for Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth film, and is now in Italy, at the invitation of the international Slow Food movement. She also was a main force behind the creation of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Business Alliance for Living Local Economies, and has been NSBALLE’s fist chair for three years, a position from which she is resigning. “I’ll still be totally involved,” she says; “I can’t not be involved because that’s how I live my life. But I’ll let Paul Emile [the incoming chair] take charge of the stuff that he can do a better job at anyway. I see myself as being an ambassador.”

I couldn’t have a conversation with MacPherson without bringing up the convention centre proposed for the lot immediately across the street from the original Wooden Monkey. “Oh, I’m totally against it,” she says without hesitation. I’ll explore that opposition soon, at thecoast.ca/bites.

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Whet Cafe at FRED changes hours

The cafe is now open in the evening three days a week.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 4:00 AM

The Whet Cafe at FRED. Beauty Food Art., the north end hotspot that is a salon, a gallery and a cafe is extending its hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays, “as a response to the need for more evening spots in the north end.” Expect to find the regular favourites as well as evening specials, with no set menu and items will change daily based on local availability and inspiration. Consider stopping in for dinner if you’re looking for a meal paired with organic wine or a Propeller beer, or maybe just a fair trade organic coffee and one of those exquisite gourmet cupcakes.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Food Fight for Feed Nova Scotia

Halifax takes on Regina and Victoria in a 48-hour weigh-in challenge.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Warm up that food-fighting arm for Feed Nova Scotia today: A coast-to-coast food fight starts at 6pm, where Halifax competes against both Regina and Victoria to see which city can collect and weigh the most food in 48 hours. It's Halifax's first year participating---Regina and Victoria did a day-long challenge last year, and Regina won with 163,000 kilograms of collected food, resulting in Victoria's mayor Dean Fortin shovelling Regina mayor Pat Fiacco's driveway---and mayor Peter Kelly has entered the ring to help Feed NS raise its 200,000 kilogram goal. Get yourself to Exhibition Park with armloads of food bank donations to join the fight.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Slow Food NS goes abroad

Local food association delegates off to Torino

Posted By on Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Happening from October 21 through 25 in Torino Italy is the fourth biennial, invitation-only Terra Madre conference, organized by the international Slow Food movement. Shoptalk has learned that 14 members of the Nova Scotia chapter have been invited. Michael Howell of Tempest in Wolfville and Chives’ Craig Flinn will lead the Nova Scotia delegation, which will also include Emma’s Eatery’s Kim Stacey, Local Source’s Sean Gallagher, Lil MacPherson of The Wooden Monkey and George Christakos, proprietor of Brooklyn Warehouse. The conference is expected to host more than 5,000 farmers and food producers, chefs and cooks, academics, youth and food community members. On the agenda will be the global problems of farmland preservation, food sovereignty, taste education, poverty and hunger, and the preservation of indigenous foods. The mission will also help focus on the development of the culinary tourism and agritourism sectors in Nova Scotia.
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Friday, October 8, 2010

The Hunt Club opens

Bar, lounge and clothing store above Spring Garden Place

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 4:00 AM

A new business concept opened this week, just adjacent from the coming-soon new side of Bubba Ray’s upstairs in Spring Garden Place---but with its own entrance off Dresden Row---called The Hunt Club (5640 Spring Garden Road). It’s a lounge, bar and clothing store. The theory is that guys don’t tend to go out shopping for clothes much, so this is something they can do while they’re having a drink or a bite to eat. The clothes run in denim styles, casuals and boots. Plus, you’ll find clothes and accessories for women, too, since, as manager Krissy Schofield explains, “men like women.”
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