Restaurants and the concept of food in general have changed greatly over the last few years. As people become more aware of their relationships with food and how we’ve become more aware of the process our food goes through as it makes its way from its source to our plates. Additionally, with the advent and popularity of cooking shows, we’ve learned more about inventive recipes and ingredients that we weren’t familiar with before.
Our palates have also changed and again we have cooking shows and celebrity chefs to thank for that. But perhaps one of the most important changes in our world’s current culinary scene is the farm-to-table movement. Simply put, chefs focus on locally grown and raised produce, fish, and meat and adjust their menus to feature items that are currently in season, ensuring that the diner receives only the freshest, highest quality ingredients.
Canada’s pioneer in the farm-to-table movement is Chef Jamie Kennedy. Chef Kennedy has spent thirty years redefining Canada’s food scene and has received numerous accolades during this time. His restaurant, Windows by Jamie Kennedy, is located in the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and features stunning views of the falls from its elegant dining space.
If you choose one fine dining restaurant during your vacation to Niagara Falls, this is the one and here are a few delicious reasons why.
As Chef Kennedy only uses ingredients that are local and in-season the menu changes throughout the year but the consistent high level of quality remains. The appetizer menu reads like a foodie’s delight and includes dishes such as fresh mussels from Prince Edward Island and heirloom Niagara beets. As one would expect in Canada there is a poutine dish on the appetizer menu but it’s elevated with local oka cheese which was originally developed by Trappist monks in Quebec and a red wine veal reduction.
All eyes are drawn to the entree section of any menu but one glance at Chef Kennedy’s entrees is enough to entice even the pickiest eater. Simple yet refined, the entree choices are immediately defined as local as the farm where the meat was raised is listed, such as the Cumbrae Farms dry aged striploin. Halibut, Muscovy duck, sirloin of lamb, and Cornish hen also grace this menu and each dish is accompanied by vegetable sides that are always fresh and always seasonal, providing the diner a true taste of Canada’s bounty.
No great meal is complete without dessert, and Chef Kennedy and his team have built a dessert menu that is nothing short of perfection. From the richness of the lemon olive oil poundcake to the trio of house-made ice creams, the dessert recipes are carefully created and executed to ensure the perfect end to a perfect meal. Also offered are a wide selection of coffees, dessert wines, scotches, and brandies to finish your meal on another delicious note.
Diners and foodies across the globe have become accustomed to perfection and ingenuity when dining out and Chef Kennedy delivers each and every time. Make your reservation at Windows by Jamie Kennedy and be prepared to savor every bite; this restaurant truly is the best of Niagara.
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