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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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July 10, 2017

 Choose the path less travelled with first-ever Canadian spiced rum

COWANSVILLE, QUEBEC – Made from spices harvested from the rugged Chic Choc Mountains in Quebec, Chic Choc Spiced Rum has officially made its way onto shelves.

 The unique spiced rum, made in Canada, is produced with six indigenous spices, creating a fresh take on rum that features a spicy bouquet with nuances of sugar cane and cinnamon, complemented by a subtle peppery tone.

“From the Chic Choc mountaineer on the bottle, to the premium agricultural rum to the six spices harvested in Gaspé region of Quebec, Chic Choc Spiced Rum is all natural and uniquely Canadian,” said Charles Crawford, President, Domaine Pinnacle, producers of Chic Choc Spiced Rum.

Taking its flavour from Peppery Green Alder, Pine Forest Spikenard, Witherod Berries, Lovage Root, Sweet Gale Seeds and Wild Angelica, Chic Choc Spiced Rum is unlike any other spiced rum on the market.

“The notes of ginger and Nordic spices make this a fantastic rum to sip on its own, or as the star in an amazing cocktail, such as a Dark & Stormy,” said Crawford.

Drawing its inspiration from the boreal forest of the Chic Choc Mountains in Quebec, Chic ChocSpiced Rum is the only artisanal rum made with a mixture of spices found in this untouched location of the country.

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WINNIPEG and CALGARY, July 6, 2017 /CNW/ - Canadian food delivery leader SkipTheDishes joins forces with Calgary-based Franworks Group of Companies ("FranWorks") nationally to deliver Original Joe's and State & Main menu items on demand. SkipTheDishes' high tech convenience is set to connect the popular restaurants with even more hungry diners opting to order in. The world's most advanced ordering and delivery technology puts ordering-in power in the palm of Canadians' hands via the innovative SkipTheDishes app or

"We are thrilled to partner with SkipTheDishes," says Adam Powell, VP Operations of Franworks. "Ordering delivery is a growing trend that we want to be a part of because it creates a new revenue-generating sales channel for us. We chose SkipTheDishes because its world-leading delivery technology is the most reliable and transparent, and the entire system is designed and customized for restaurant delivery. It's a highly efficient, turnkey approach to accessing unrealized business potential."

Hot on the heels of several national chain partnerships such as Smoke's Poutinerie, Famoso, and Fatburger, the FranWorks' partnership adds more than 35 restaurants nationwide to SkipTheDishes, giving Canadians more than 5,000 restaurant delivery options. With the proliferation of mobile devices and the ever-increasing demand for convenience, online restaurant delivery through SkipTheDishes continues to triple in size each year.

"FranWorks and its brands are well-respected in the restaurant industry, and we're excited to partner with them to bring their great food to our customers delivered direct, on-demand," says Andrew Chau, Co-Founder, SkipTheDishes. "This partnership allows us to continue providing customers with the best restaurant selection and a convenient delivery experience, while restaurants can benefit from a 10 to 30 per cent increase in business." 

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July 6, 2017

TORONTOOnt. — Who knew Rum could come from Florida? The NOXX&DUNN Rum Company did, and they’ve brought a smooth, flavourful all-natural elixir north to introduce Ontario to Florida rum.

This is no Pirate Rum. NOXX&DUNN is a modern American Spirit that is crafted in a timeless fashion. From the rich golden colour to the sturdy bottle with its long neck and cork stopper that looks every bit as welcome on the table a gathering with friends, as it does behind the bar of your favourite club.

“This is rum made the way rum should be made,” says Chris Hall, Creative Director of NOXX&DUNN Rum Co. “It’s just juice from the barrel. There is nothing added to it. It’s expertly blended to be smooth and flavourful. Kentucky has its bourbon, Tennessee its whiskey. Florida rum is the next great American spirit.”

NOXX&DUNN 2-4-5 Florida Rum is both pot and column distilled from 100% Florida sugar cane molasses and then aged in Florida’s unique climate in once used American Oak bourbon barrels. The finished product is a meticulous blend of rums that have been aging for two, four and five years (get it, 2-4-5?). The result is to an impeccably clean and flavourful rum — without adding any colour or flavour.

It is great on its own — drawing favourable reviews comparing it to much older rums, bourbons and whiskies. However, it really shines in your favourite cocktail – rum based or otherwise. 

“NOXX&DUNN is all about mixability – it’s a little rock ‘n’ roll and a little country,” says Chris. “In fact, It mixes best with live music. We’re comfortable where people are comfortable letting loose and having fun. You’ll find us in cool bars and questionable joints.” 

NOXX&DUNN 2-4-5 Florida Rum is now available at the LCBO.

For recipes, quirky Florida facts or just to kill time, please visit They are also kicking around Twitter @NoxxandDunn, Facebook at /NoxxandDunn and Instagram @noxxanddunn.


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