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Gustav Chophouse & Bar, April 27th, 2016

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Gustav Chophouse & Bar, April 27th, 2016

Gustav Chophouse & Bar Georgian Bay Hotel & Conference Centre 10 Vacation Inn Drive gustavs.ca   Teasers: 1/2 Price bottles of wine on Wednesday nights. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day in the lounge – wine, beer or rail for $5.50 and feature apps menu. Friday & Saturday 5 -.7 p.m. $1 oyster shucking with all the fixings in the lounge and live entertainment 7:00 – 10:30 p.m.  The 34th Let’s Eat Collingwood evening on April 27th was a memorable event. We arrived into Gustav Chophouse & Bar through the newly renovated...

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Let’s Eat! How It All Began

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Let’s Eat! How It All Began

After living overseas for 7 years and coming to Collingwood, we craved international cuisine. We were happy to find authentic Thai food at the Siamese Gecko and authentic Indian food at The Tandoori House. Then, one fine day in 2010, to our immense surprise, we glanced left while driving along First Street and saw the Hungry Sumo. We screeched the tires, made a quick (and slightly dangerous) left turn to discover…the restaurant wasn’t open. Once it did open, we fell in love. Having two very young children, we didn’t get many opportunities to...

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Taste of the Town is back!

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Taste of the Town is back!

Thanks in advance for your support, and see below  for more information.  Taste of the Town is back! This is one of our favourite yearly events – one that we’ve never missed since we tried it 5 years ago! It’s set at one of Collingwood’s most attractive sites, Sunset Point Park, which makes for a lovely afternoon. The food, wine and beer stations are all under tents, so the event is enjoyable, regardless of weather. Tables are set up in the sun and in the shade, should you want to sit down, but mostly we roam from station to station to...

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Oliver & Bonacini, March 22, 2016

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Oliver & Bonacini, March 22, 2016

Oliver & Bonacini, March 22, 2016 Let’s Eat…and eat…and eat some more! Last week’s event at Oliver and Bonacini was an exciting, delicious success.  Famous chefs Steven Kwon and Eric Chong of R&D restaurant in Chinatown took over O&B at Blue Mountain Village, bringing Asian flair and a whole lot of energy.  Guests started with a self-serve selection of starters, including mushroom spring rolls, cucumber salad, chop suey slaw and chicken tom yum soup. Each of these was mouth-watering, and the combination of them was almost a meal...

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Butchers Bistro – April 22, 2015

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Butchers Bistro – April 22, 2015

Butchers Bistro – April 22, 2015 There’s a new bistro in town! As you know, we love so many restaurants in Collingwood and the surrounding area. We feel so lucky to live in a small town that’s big on quality and taste. If you ever feel in the mood to try something completely different, and completely unexpected, head over to the corner of Hurontario and Second St. The Butcher’s Bistro is a new establishment, working in tandem with Black Angus Fine Meats & Game, to offer unique dishes. During our 31st Let’s Eat! meal, Butcher’s...

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Let’s Eat! Dining & the Arts Winter 2014/15

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Let’s Eat! Dining & the Arts Winter 2014/15

Let’s Eat! Dining & the Arts Winter 2014/15   Collingwood is Ontario’s best four season destination, but what many don’t know is, there is a fifth season – food! And this is what sparked a fantastic group of food lovers who have been touring the area’s best culinary offerings since 2011.       Let’s Eat! is not a club, nor a static group; it’s a concept. We partner up with area restaurants for unique culinary social events. The guests show up, and the restaurant surprises us...

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Oliver & Bonancini – November 26, 2014

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Oliver & Bonancini – November 26, 2014

Oliver & Bonancini – November 26, 2014 Great night at Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Blue Mountain! With the return of the incredible Chef Jeremy Korten, a culinary show was put on, to the delight of all our Let’s Eat! guests.  Many raved that this was one of the absolute best dinners yet for Let’s Eat! We couldn’t agree more. In the kitchen with Jeremy was the famed Anthony Walsh! Thanks to these talented chefs working together, each course got better as the night went on. Keep in mind that even the first bite was heaven!...

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Huron Club – October 8, 2014

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Huron Club – October 8, 2014

The Huron Club – October 8, 2014 Chef Jesse Reed, at the Huron Club, has taken Let’s Eat! to a whole new level! This blog post has been a while coming. I admit, I might be a bit afraid that I lack the ability to do justice to the food and the evening with words. This is one of those times where you just had to be there to truly understand. Having said that, I at least have to give it a go! For starters, the team at the Huron Club decided the close the restaurant to the public during our dinner. That allowed the kitchen staff to totally...

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Men with Knives – September 15, 2014

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Men with Knives – September 15, 2014

 Men with Knives – September 15, 2014 Chimichurri, chimichurri, chimichurri! I like the word and I love the sauce. In fact, I’ll be buying the ingredients and trying my hand at it today. And if my attempt to replicate this delicious Argentinian sauce fails, I’ll just give Gareth a call at Men with Knives! After all, he’s the chef who introduced me to Chimichurri sauce at last night’s Let’s Eat! event. Men with Knives has a less than conspicuous location, called The Larder, on Ronell Crescent in Collingwood....

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SiSi Trattoria – June 18th, 2014

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SiSi Trattoria – June 18th, 2014

SiSi Trattoria – June 18th, 2014 New management, new chef, new feeling. WOW! SiSi’s did not disappoint! If you’ve been to SiSi’s in the past, and you think you know this restaurant, please think again. The team at SiSi’s welcomed 41 Let’s Eat! guests into their restaurant last night to introduce us to their new personality and menu. As is typical for Let’s Eat! events, we started with drinks and passed apps, both at the indoor bar and at the patio bar. The enclosure of the patio and the patio heaters...

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The Smoke – April 22, 2014

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The Smoke – April 22, 2014

The Smoke – April 22, 2014 Let me talk about the soup! Yah, you read that right — the soup. I know The Smoke is the meat capital of Collingwood, and it would be logical that the content of this post would be particularly meaty, but it’s the soup that I’m most excited about. Anyone who’s tried The Smoke’s Smoked Chicken Corn Chowder will understand where I’m coming from. Smoked chicken breasts, corn, potato, peppers and cheddar make one outstanding soup. Since our cold weather won’t go away, this...

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Santini’s Ristorante – March 4, 2014

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Santini’s Ristorante – March 4, 2014

Santini’s Ristorante – March 4, 2014 Believe it or not, this was our first event of 2014. We took a bit of a pause after the holidays, but were warmly welcomed back to Let’s Eat! by the wonderful owners and staff of the new Santini’s Ristorante. They were such gracious hosts, even adding to the planned menu to give us more of a welcome, and more of a taste of their Italian hospitality. We’re so appreciative to have been treated like old friends. The opening of Santini’s seems to bring up the question,...

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The Mill Cafe – December 4, 2013

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The Mill Cafe – December 4, 2013

The Mill Cafe – December 4, 2013 We finished out our third year of Let’s Eat! at another Thornbury restaurant, The Mill Cafe. This was a special event, fully booked in no time, and it’s no wonder! We had wine pairings by Hobbs & Co., as well as cheeses by Dags & Willow, in addition to the culinary delights of the Mill. It’s only early December, but we’re all starting to feel festive, after last night’s event. The wine was flowing, the fire was roaring, and the food was delicious. Check out this...

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Bruce Wine Bar – September 30, 2013

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Bruce Wine Bar – September 30, 2013

Bruce Wine Bar – September 30, 2013   Another road trip! Just a short jaunt to Thornbury, tucked in behind the TD Bank, is a gem of a place called the Bruce Wine Bar. The owners, Jennifer and Steve, were so welcoming and collaborative in planning our Let’s Eat! event at their establishment. And they’re equally good hosts to their regular customers too. With a name including the words “Wine Bar,” wine is obviously an important element of the dining experience here. Wisely, Jennifer is studying toward becoming...

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Georgian Bay Golf Club – August 26, 2013

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Georgian Bay Golf Club – August 26, 2013

Georgian Bay Golf Club – August 26, 2013 Could we ask for a better day to be at Georgian Bay Golf Club!?! The weather was outstanding yesterday, as Let’s Eat! hit up its second golf club restaurant. If you get a chance to go to this club, you’ll understand why people want to be a part of it. The views and the grounds are just gorgeous. You don’t have to be a golf lover to appreciate this beautiful site. The restaurant staff members here are so professional and service-minded, that we were extremely well looked-after....

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The Grill at Lora Bay – July 23, 2013

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The Grill at Lora Bay – July 23, 2013

The Grill at Lora Bay – July 23, 2013 Okay, so this event is maybe the first strong bit of evidence that Let’s Eat! is evolving and branching out. While we started this whole journey with the goal of supporting small, independently owned restaurants, here we are, having just held an event at The Grill at Lora Bay Golf Club. It wasn’t exactly our own idea. The manager of The Grill approached Chris and asked if he thought our Let’s Eat! concept would be a good fit with his restaurant. We didn’t know very much about...

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Azzurra Trattoria – June 24, 2013

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Azzurra Trattoria – June 24, 2013

Azzurra Trattoria – June 24, 2013 Azzurra, Azzurra…wish we’d found you earlier! It’s not that we didn’t think Azzurra would be great. We’d had so many requests to take Let’s Eat! there, and so many people choose Azzurra Trattoria as their favourite restaurant in Collingwood. All the positive reviews were out there, but we simply hadn’t made our way there yet. We’re sending out a huge THANK YOU to all of you who bugged us to hold a Let’s Eat! event at Azzurra. Before we even get to...

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Cabin Bistro – May 21 & 22, 2013

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Cabin Bistro – May 21 & 22, 2013

Cabin Bistro – May 21 & 22, 2013 NEW LOCATION  –  Cabin has moved! We liked the original restaurant at Cranberry Mews, but we love this new location on Simcoe Street. It feels warmer, more charming and inviting. All of our guests for this Let’s Eat! event seemed to agree…except those who used to be able to walk over to the original location at Cranberry Mews and will miss being able to do that. Somehow, it even seems like owner/chef Justin and his team seem to smile more and feel more at home here. I don’t...

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The Huron Club, Round 2 – March 26, 2013

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The Huron Club, Round 2 – March 26, 2013

The Huron Club, March 26, 2013 A few months ago, Ian and Joanne, owners of the Huron Club, hired a new chef, Jessy. What a brilliant move that was! Listen, we’ve always liked the Huron Club, right from the time we moved to Collingwood. The atmosphere is casual, the service staff are always on top of it, the live music is fantastic, the patio is a great feature in the nice weather…we could go on and on. Having said all that, the food being served these days seals the deal for us. Jessy is one of our new favourite chefs. As long as...

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The Smoke – February 4, 2013

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The Smoke – February 4, 2013

The Smoke February 4, 2013   We kicked off year 3 of Let’s Eat! at The Smoke. This restaurant is truly one of a kind in our area, and the name says it all. The Smoke is the place to go for lovers of smoked food – particularly smoked meat. This is not the restaurant to go to if you have a tiny appetite! This is where portions are generous, the food is hearty, and everyone leaves feeling satisfied. And again, there really is no other place to get food like this! There were appetizers of smoked trout and red onion on crackers,...

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Tremont Cafe – October 15, 2012

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Tremont Cafe – October 15, 2012

Tremont Cafe – October 15, 2012 Featuring Creemore and Dags & Willow There’s no way this could have been better! Take the spot-on flavours of the Tremont Cafe, and combine each dish with expertly paired cheese from Dags & Willow, and the perfect brew from Creemore Springs Brewery, and this was our Let’s Eat event. Wow! We’ll probably ramble on and on if we try to describe the food ourselves, so instead, here’s the menu from the evening. So amazing! German Beer Hall Plate – UR BOCK House venison...

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Cabin Bistro – August 27 & 28, 2012

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Cabin Bistro – August 27 & 28, 2012

Cabin Bistro – August 27th & 28th, 2012 Once again, the restaurant is small, but the interest in dining here is anything but. We had so many people reply to our invitation to the Let’s Eat! event at Cabin Bistro, that even after adding a second night in order to accommodate more people, we still had to turn a handful of guests away. We love filling the restaurants for the owners and chefs who show us such amazing hospitality, but we really feel badly when we can’t include everyone. We apologize to those who...

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Sisi on Main – July 31, 2012

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Sisi on Main – July 31, 2012

Sisi on Main – July 31, 2012   It feels like just two weeks ago we were hosting another Let’s Eat! event…because we were. This is the summer of discovering great food and restaurants for us. Thank goodness for babysitters! Since we dropped the “Collingwood” from our original title of “Let’s Eat! Collingwood” we now have more options for great restaurants that shouldn’t be missed. Sisi on Main proved to be worth the little road trip. It was a great way to start off our...

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The Hungry Sumo – July 18, 2012

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The Hungry Sumo – July 18, 2012

The Hungry Sumo – July 18, 2012 Now that we’ve learned, without question, that the people who come to Let’s Eat! events are adventurous eaters and well-versed in all kinds of cuisine, a second round at The Hungry Sumo was in order! If you remember, the first time we took Let’s Eat! there was our first event ever. We really had no idea what to expect, so we held back on the sushi, in case people weren’t into it. Not this time! This event was held on my birthday. Here’s what I asked the Birthday Fairy for:...

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Stuffed Peasant – April 30 & May 1, 2012

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Stuffed Peasant – April 30 & May 1, 2012

Stuffed Peasant – April 30th & May 1st, 2012 The Stuffed Peasant is a small, cosy restaurant on Hurontario Street, that wasn’t really on our radar. Since our kids are so young, we tend to make it to restaurants for lunch, rather than dinner, and The Peasant serves dinner only. Luckily for us, new friends, the Rotenbergs (lisarotenberg.com) raved about it when we were at their place for lunch one day. So we knew we had to try it. Not only did we fall in love with the food, but we  also felt an immediate connection to the...

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Tandoori House – March 26, 2012

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Tandoori House – March 26, 2012

Tandoori House – March 26, 2012 After learning that Maya is soon taking his beloved Tandoori House to Owen Sound for better business opportunities, we knew we wanted to show him how much we love him and his restaurant by sending him off with a final Let’s Eat! event at his Balsam Street location. Clearly the feeling is mutual, as we had a full house for the event. Let’s Eat! started as an attempt to keep great restaurants alive and well in Collingwood, so, we have to admit, losing Tandoori House makes us feel like failures....

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Tremont Cafe – March 5, 2012

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Tremont Cafe – March 5, 2012

Tremont Cafe – March 5, 2012 Christoph Boivin is a discriminating chef, and owner of the one and only Tremont Cafe, located in one of our town’s beautiful historic buildings. To be perfectly honest, the atmosphere inside the Tremont is so unique and so inviting, I could hang out there, even without the fabulous food they serve…if I didn’t know about it, that is. Now that I do know the food at the Tremont, that’s what keeps bringing me back. Christoph is all about simple foods, of excellent quality, served in just...

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The Huron Club – January 25, 2012

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The Huron Club – January 25, 2012

The Huron Club – January 25, 2012 For the kick-off event of 2012, we held our Let’s Eat! dinner at a place where we eat  many, many, many lunches, and where our children feel right at home — the legendary Huron Club. Even in the short time we’ve lived in Collingwood, this restaurant has evolved before our eyes. We suspect the best is yet to come! The owners, Ian and Joanne Duff, are great people, who we feel fortunate to have connected with. They’re the kind of owners who hire staff they trust, and trust the...

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The Siamese Gecko – December 13, 2011

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The Siamese Gecko – December 13, 2011

The Siamese Gecko – December 13, 2011   The Siamese Gecko, a Thai restaurant owned by the wonderful Narry, became an instant favourite of ours upon moving to Collingwood in 2008. Narry and her family are from Thailand, so the food there is authentic Thai, prepared with love…which enhances the flavour and enjoyment of a meal, as everyone knows! It was a no-brainer that we’d hold our next event here. Our hosts added a new dimension to the event — family style seating and a fun trivia game. Rather than tables of 2, 4...

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Tandoori House – November 30, 2011

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Tandoori House – November 30, 2011

Tandoori House – November 30, 2011 Wow! We left the Tandoori House with bellies full of rich, delicious Indian food. Maya Alan, with his signature sense of humour, was a fantastic host. He clearly enjoyed the challenge of serving a full restaurant, and made it look easy, the smile never leaving his face. We started with samosas and pakora for appetizers, followed by 4 delicious curries, some spicy and others mild, served with endless naan and rice. The channa masala is my favourite! We ended the evening with Indian desert and tea....

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The Hungry Sumo – November 14, 2011

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The Hungry Sumo – November 14, 2011

The Hungry Sumo – November 14, 2011 Once we’d sent out invitations to our very first Let’s Eat, the replies began to roll in. We very quickly met our goal of 30 guests, and not long after that, our total was around 60! Chris and Joanne, the owners of The Hungry Sumo, decided to accommodate the whole group by closing the restaurant for the evening. They served up an awesome spread, starting with their delicious wakame salad, and offering small portions of about 15 different items from their regular menu. And that was...

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Let’s Eat Press

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Let’s Eat Press

 Let’s Eat Press On The Bay Magazine Summer 2012  –  Summer 2012 p.43      ...

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About Let’s Eat!

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About Let’s Eat!

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