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TORONTO, July 18, 2017 /CNW/ - The Dominion has been announced as Canada's Next Great Cocktail in the July issue of Canada's award-winning inflight magazine, Air Canada enRoute, and online at With the Caesar having ruled the nation's cocktail scene for many years, the country's leading bartenders were challenged to create a new signature cocktail using Lot No. 40 Canadian Whisky to help toast in Canada's 150th anniversary.

"As celebrations continue summer-long for Canada's 150th birthday, we are thrilled to announce The Dominion as Canada's Next Great Cocktail," said Andy Shibata, Air Canada's Managing Director, Brand. "As Canada's leading airline, we love celebrating Canadian talent across the country."

A coast-to-coast panel of the country's best bartenders were chosen to take part in a three-day getaway at Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland and Labrador to collaborate on a new cocktail for Canadians. Led by Dave Mitton, Global Brand Ambassador for Lot No. 40 Canadian Whisky, the panellists included: Amber Bruce from Vancouver, Kate Boushel from Montreal, Samantha Casuga from Calgary (now based in New York), Shane Beehan from Halifax and Gord Hannah from Toronto.

"We asked the bartenders to create what Canada tastes like to them using our national spirit, Canadian whisky," Mitton said. "Boushel's cocktail is simple and easy, but still very interesting. She paired the whisky with ginger, berry preserves and cherry brandy and topped it off with sparkling apple cider to create a tall, refreshing cocktail that speaks to Canada very well."

"If I could describe The Dominion in two words, it would be 'magic hour.' It tastes like that warm feeling you get twice a day – just after sunrise and before sunset – when you're enjoying life with loved ones," Boushel says.

Made entirely from Canadian rye, and distilled in Windsor, Ontario, Lot No. 40 serves as the perfect base spirit for Canada's Next Great Cocktail. It is copper pot-distilled and then aged in virgin white oak casks to give off baking notes of cinnamon, clove, cherry and black pepper.

As of June 26, 2017, The Dominion is available exclusively at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar locations across the country during the summer season. The full feature on the Canada's Next Great Cocktail program can be found in the July issue of Air Canada enRoute magazine, available on all Air Canada carriers throughout the month of July, and online at

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Recently, McCain Foodservice undertook a pilot program with some of Canada’s leading independent restaurant operators to determine whether ‘size matters’ when it comes to menu appetizers.

In recent years, appetizer sales have been struggling, with servings down 6.3% year over year.


A recent consumer survey conducted by McCain Foodservice, examined Canadians’ perceptions of portion size and found evidence to suggest that for many people, less is becoming more:

  • 42% say they eat less than they did 10 years ago;
  • Canadians are twice as likely to say that portion sizes in restaurants are too large than too small;
  • 66% agree that it’s healthier to eat smaller portions;
  • 63% say that for them, dining out is about quality not quantity;
  • And 58% would like to see restaurants offer two sizes of appetizers: small and regular

Recognizing Canadians are looking to try a few new dishes at restaurants but want them in small portions and at lower price points, McCain Foodservice created the McCain Appetizer program, working together with independent operators to determine whether offering snack size apps would increase overall sales or cause consumers to trade down from regular sized apps.


McCain found the key success of the program was offering small portions of craveable and trending apps from McCain like Potato Bites and Battered Cauliflower. As these items are trending on menus across Canada, offering these items at an accessible price point entices consumers to add them to their regular purchase or in addition to ordering beverages.


The program ran over a three week period in select restaurants across Canada. Over the course of the trial, operators found an increase of 10-15% in appetizer sales. The program ensured ease of preparation, incremental profit opportunity and supporting POS tactics.  

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July 17, 2017 – The history of Port goes back to the late 1600s, with one important chapter beginning in 1692 when Job Bearsley, an English merchant, travelled to Portugal to venture into the wine business, founding the company now known as Taylor Fladgate. This year, Taylor Fladgate celebrates its 325th anniversary as one of the oldest and most renowned Port producers in the world. To mark the occasion, Taylor Fladgate releases a special limited-edition bottling that arrives in the U.S. this month, and recently joined forces with single-handed yachtsman, Ricardo Diniz, to re-enact Taylor Fladgate’s first shipment of Port.


Adrian Bridge, Managing Director of Taylor Fladgate, comments: "Our history is often the history of Port itself, because in 325 years we have always been in the front line. We have pioneered new categories of Port, introduced sustainable viticulture, developed leading-edge viniculture whilst preserving traditional practices and opened challenging paths for markets that are now fundamental to the wine business. Port is one of the great classics in the wine world today, partly due to Taylor Fladgate’s tireless work throughout generations.”


To commemorate the milestone, Taylor Fladgate’s blending team has drawn on their extensive cask aged reserves to create a special blend of fine oak-matured Ports selected for their depth and richness of flavor. The limited-edition Taylor Fladgate 325th Anniversary Reserve Tawny, released in a special 1692-style bottle, is a fitting tribute to Taylor Fladgate’s long history and mastery of the art of cask aging and blending.



(20% ABV; $37.99 SRP; Toiriga Nacional, Toiriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão, Tinta Amarela)


TASTING NOTE:    A rich, figgy nose with a background of toffee and mocha, notes of plum and apricot, spicy hints of black pepper, nutmeg and fleeting scents of jasmine, all come together in a heady complex harmony. Dense and luscious on the palate, with a wonderful velvety smoothness. The mellow flavors of butterscotch and molasses merge with rich jammy red berry flavors, a perfect blend of youth and maturity.

FOOD PAIRING:    Pairs well with figs, almonds, pecan pie, desserts made with coffee or caramel, and crème brûlée. It can also be served at the end of the meal with walnuts or dried fruit and it can be slightly chilled in the summer.


The reenactment of Taylor Fladgate’s early days took place in May 2017 when a cask of the Taylor Fladgate 325th Anniversary Reserve Tawny Port was loaded onto a fully restored yacht named #Taylor325 at the quayside of the River Douro close to the Taylor Fladgate lodges. From there, Diniz sailed with the cask to London in the manner that would have been familiar to Job Bearsley in the 17th century. A leading ambassador of Portuguese culture, Diniz comments: “This is an important part of Port and Portugal’s history and something I am proud to represent and share.”

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RICHMOND, BC, July 12, 2017 /CNW/ - Starting today, Boston Pizza restaurants across British Columbia will be accepting donations, in support of communities in British Columbia affected by the wildfires. Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects (BPFFP) will also match donations, up to $25,000. BPFFP will work with community leaders and charitable organizations to not only provide immediate relief for those affected, but to also provide support in rebuilding efforts following the crisis.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all British Columbians impacted by this tragedy," said Mark Pacinda, President and CEO, Boston Pizza International. "With the increasing severity of wild fires throughout Central British Columbia, our franchisee community and corporate staff are eager to provide support to those in need." 

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TORONTO (July 5th, 2017) - Join our team as we celebrate Germany’s most famous wine varietal here in Canada with an extra special perk found outside the bottle. Wines of Germany is proud to be partnering with our nation’s top restaurants, wine retailers, and bars to bring you the 6th edition of 31 Days of German Riesling.

ncredibly versatile in character, German Riesling is the perfect wine for summer.  Discover how it beautifully pairs with spicy foods, creamy dishes, curries, fish, soft cheeses and more. Craft your own experience in-home or while dining out at any one of this year’s new or returning establishments. Restaurant participants will be offering by the bottle, by the glass, and various food pairing promotions for your sipping pleasure during the months of July and August.  

Joining the journey this year are notable restaurants coast-to-coast such as: 

  • Agricola Street Brasserie (Halifax)
  • Ancora Waterfront Dining (Vancouver)
  • Brux House Craft Beer & Kitchen (Hamilton)
  • Daisho at Momokuku (Toronto) 
  • Le Vin Papillon (Montreal)
  • Bar Isabel (Toronto)
  • Dailo (Toronto) 
  • Soif Wine Bar (Vancouver)
  • Quatrefoil Restaurant (Hamilton)
  • Vij's (Vancouver)
  • German Riesling to me equates exciting terroir-driven wines!” says returning restaurant participant, Vanya Filipovic, Owner of Le Vin Papillon and Sommelier at Joe Beef, Montreal.

"German Riesling is a match made in heaven when paired with Indian Cuisine! The classic low alcohol, crisp acidity and off-dry fruitiness of German Riesling complements the warmth and complexity of Indian spices like no other" says Derek Valleau, owner and sommelier at Pukka Restaurant.

Wine retailers such as Liberty Wine Merchants across British Colombia and Legacy Liquor Store will offer unbeatable deals you may also enjoy in the comfort of your home. 

"This is our second year participating in 31 Days of German Riesling, and we're very excited to take part again this August. Last year the response from our guests was so strong that we could barely keep German riesling in stock!

The program gives us an opportunity to present the versatility of German riesling to our guests by offering wines in a diversity of styles by the glass"
 says Nathan Morrell of Bar Isabel.

As an extra incentive to wine and dine, one lucky winner will be selected to embark on a delicious weekend trip for 2 in Berlin!*  

*Must be 19 or older to participate. 

Visit for more information or follow along at #31DaysofRiesling. 









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