ICYMI: A poor Guinness pour in Vancouver sparks international outrage, Lucky Peach magazine shuts down, Subway's plans to sue CBC and more

Top Canadian food news for March 2017

While Vancouver's Railtown Cafe may have garnered plenty of media attention this past week for a pint of Guinness gone wrong and then amended to Irish approval (see below), there were plenty of other news tidbts that caught our attention this week.

From a fascinating look back at popular Canadian foods through the years to a well known Ottawa restaurant closing its doors, plus plenty of things in between, here are some of the top food news stories that gained traction across the country this week.

Subway's chicken shocker heads to court

Subway has decided to fire back at CBC after a recent episode of its television series, Marketplace, claimed the chicken Subways uses in its sandwiches contained a significant amount of “soy protein filler”, about 50 per cent to be exact.

The fast-food company is looking to sue for $210 million from the Canadian broadcaster for damages caused by their soy filler claim.

As of the publishing date this Toronto Star’s article, though, CBC had not been served with an official statement of claim. Read all of the details here.

Guinness picture creates international attention for Vancouver business

Who knew pouring a pint of Guinness incorrectly could cause should an international uproar? Well, Vancouver’s Railtown Cafe found out just how harsh the criticisms can be after they posted a photo of a pint of beer with foam running over the rim of the glass.

All of Ireland seemed to have waved their fists in unison about said blasphemy and the photo made news across Canada, as well as in Europe.

All’s well that end’s well, though, as the owners of Railtown posted a new photo of a nicely poured Guinness, apologizing for the initial photo and extending the offer of some free Guinness and a shot of Jamieson’s whiskey to any Irish expats who popped by their cafe on St. Patrick’s Day.

Read about the initial backlash in this Vancouver Sun piece and how the cafe made amends to folks across the pond in this Irish Mirror article.

Ontario nursing homes finding seniors with hardly any money

A saddening story came out recently in the Toronto Star on the topic of nursing homes in Ontario and how little of a budget they have to feed seniors. The $8.33 per day alloted for each home resident is almost $1.50 less than what prisons are budgeted to feed their prisoners.

You can read more about this sad state of affairs here. This is just one of many disheartening stories that have come up in the media in the past handful of years. Most notably, in 2015, Calgary restaurant critic, John Gilchrist went undercover to a care home in Alberta to investigate its food quality and the results were shocking.

Top Chef Canada season four winner, Rene Rodriguez closes his Ottawa restaurant

After nine years as one of Ottawa’s top casual fine dining restaurants, Navarra (the Spanish-Latin American fusion eatery from Top Chef Canada season four winner, Rene Rodriguez) closed its doors at the beginning of March. Chef/owner Rodriguez mentions that folks will be able to enjoy his cooking again soon, but makes no mention of whether that means another bricks and mortar concept is in the works.

Find out more about Rodriguez’s reason to close in this Ottawa Citizen as well as two other notable restaurants in the city that also have shut down recently.

Historical foods of Canada

Red fife wheat is one of Canada's most unique ingredients

As we get closer and closer to Canada’s 150th birthday, most news sources and other publications are taking time to delve into the history of Canadian food.

This article from The Globe and Mail takes a fairly in-depth and fascinating look at some of the country’s most well-known foods throughout the past century and a half including junk foods like Kraft Dinner (created in 1937) , Hawkins Cheezies (1949) and even McDonald’s McLobster sandwich (1991) as well as ginger beef, the California roll and, of course, poutine.

Read the full feature here to learn more about our country's most popular foods from the past 150 years.

Lucky Peach magazine announces it's shutting down


Lucky Peach is…you see, kids, sit down, here. Your mom and I have been meaning to talk to you for a while. But there sometimes comes a time in a publication’s life where…jeez, this is difficult. Puberty usually only equals death for caterpillars…and sometimes food magazines. What I’m trying to say is this: until May 1st there’s still going to be the luckypeach.com that you love, publishing all its wild and wily stories. Go click around and have fun. I know you always liked it when you were younger. The magazine will finish out with a crazy double issue in the fall after its last regular issue—themed “the Suburbs”—comes out in May. All About Eggs, the fourth book in the Lucky Peach cookbook trilogy, will hit shelves at the beginning of April. It’s a tearjerker for sure, but everybody knows eggs are better seasoned with tears. I think it’s important for you to know that Lucky Peach loves you and REALLY values the time you’ve spent together. Once it gets over its own internal grieving process, maybe it’ll even be able to manage an adult press release. Okay, I’m glad we had this talk.

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Though not a Canadian publication, Lucky Peach is known worldwide for being a quality culinary resource for both chefs and expert home cooks. This past week, the magazine (co-owned by David Chang) announced that LuckyPeach.com would stop producing new content as of May and that the fall issue would be its final print edition.

The Lucky Peach farewell is a result of Chang and one of the other magazine co-owners, Peter Meehan, wanting to go in separate creative directions. Luckily, there seems to be no hard feelings.

We miss you already, Peach!

Get all of the details behind the magazine's closure in this New York Times piece.