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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Local restaurants win Taste of Nova Scotia and Restaurant Industry of Nova Scotia awards

Posted By on Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Nova Scotia has some award winning recipes on its hands. But food is just a part of the equation -- it’s the recipes for success in the foodservice industry that Taste of Nova Scotia and the Restaurant Industry of Nova Scotia both just honoured at their respective annual awards.

On November 5, Taste of Nova Scotia revealed the winners of its Prestige Awards, with Grand Pré’s Le Caveau and Halifax’s Chives Canadian Bistro taking home top honours for best restaurant and best cuisine respectively. Michael Howell, owner/operator of Wolfville's Tempest Restaurant was honoured as Taste of Nova Scotia's Member of the Year.

Garrison Brewery and Port Williams’ Fox Hill Cheese House were honoured for innovation and quality, while Glenville’s Glenora Inn & Distillery was recognized as exporter of the year, and Sandra Gardner from Five Fishermen was acknowledged as restaurant server of the year.

With ovens doubtlessly pre-heated, the competition for the best restaurant award at the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia’s annual awards on November 12 was hot, indeed. Thirteen restaurants from across the province were nominated by their peers to compete in the best small restaurant and best restaurant categories, with Halifax’s Opa Greek Taverna winning for Best Restaurant, while Lunenburg’s Fleur de Sel tied with another stalwart Halifax favourite, Fid Resto for Best Small Restaurant. Fid also took home the Local Food Heroes award presented by The Department of Agriculture and Select Nova Scotia.

There were also awards handed out recognizing the vast wine and beverage menu at Onyx, the authentically Irish design and décor in Durty Nelly’s and the commitment to eco-friendly business practices of Kemptville’s Trout Point Lodge. Where Halifax also award its annual Best New Restaurant award to Halifax’s new Portuguese and Brazilian restaurant, Pipa.

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