ICYMI: New Canada-150 menus in B.C., Canadian legumes conquer the world’s food market, Tim Horton's Canada-150 offerings and more in this week's food news

Entrepreneur of the year, a new pharmacy café in Edmonton and the Ontario wine tax fraud are some of the topics in last week's food news.

Image for ICYMI: B.C. chefs create new Canada-150 menus, Canadian legumes conquer the world’s food market and the expansion of the The Next Act restaurant in food news this week

We're not the only ones excited about Canada Day! Looks like everyone in the food industry is gearing up for Canada 150, delivering all the things that show off who we are.

From news about restaurant expansion and Canada’s birthday menus to news about a $13-million tax fraud, this week's food news is a mix of success, fun and fraud.

This week started with an inspiring story on the new Entrepreneur of the Year – Murad Al-Katib, who also explains why Canada is becoming a global leader in leguminous crops production. The week gets even more successful with the Next Act’s 25th anniversary celebration and the expansion of this popular Edmonton restaurant. Chefs in B.C. restaurants are striving for success as well.

If you plan on celebrating Canada Day in the Lower Mainland you won’t be disappointed. Chefs in some of the most popular restaurants in this area spent the last half of the year creating the most unique menus with a Canada-150 theme.

And how can you have a news roundup of Canada-150 without mentioning what Tim Horton is up to? 

Entrepreneur of the Year is from the food industry

Murad Al-Katib, the owner of the AGT foods, just recently gained the title of Entrepreneur of the Year. Canadian farmers and food entrepreneurs are increasingly interested in the growth of leguminous plants, such as lentils and peas, resulting in Canada being the world leader in production of these crops. In the interview with Bloomberg TV Canada, Murad Al-Katib talks about his journey of becoming a successful entrepreneur and his aspirations for the future.

New pharmacy café opens in Edmonton

If you think that picking up your prescription always involves waiting and standing in a long line, you'd be happy to know that the times are changing! Edmonton's Song sisters merged the Twin Brooks Pharmacy with Awake Coffee House. Now, you can enjoy a cup of coffee and fresh pastry while waiting for your prescription.

Read more about this dispensary transformation at the CBC News.

The Next Act celebrates a quarter century on the market


Established in 1992, The Next Act celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and remains one of Edmonton’s favourite restaurants. That’s not all! The Next Act also took over a new space, which will feature great wine in an intimate, relaxing atmosphere.

Read more about the upcoming changes at The Next Act in the Edmonton Journal.

The Project Malbec case continues

The former owner of a wine store in Kahnawake, accused of a $13-million tax fraud, is trying to question the legitimacy of newly found evidence regarding the Project Malbec case. Most of the accomplices denied their involvement in the crime. How far has the case come over the last couple of years and who pleaded guilty?

Read more about the story in the Montreal Gazette.

Some West Coast menus change for Canada 150

B.C. chefs decided to mark your culinary experience in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday through unique alterations of their menus. Poutine from Yukon gold potatoes topped with B.C. salmon, McIntosh apple and ice-wine sorbet and maple ice cream are just some of the highlights from Canada 150 menus in B.C.

Read more about creative changes in the restaurants' menus at CBC News.

Tim Horton's offering poutine doughnuts in the U.S.

This year, Timmie's is whipping up poutine doughnuts to celebrate Canada-150. Yes, poutine doughnuts. The combination isn't exactly what inspires us as good eats, so we're not disappointed that this offering is only available south of the border.


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Thankfully, we Canadians are getting red velvet muffin, a Dutchie doughnut and a Nanaimo bar doughnut instead of the poutine doughnut.

Get the full story on CBC News.