Because of the diverse nature of the many different restaurants and chefs Brian Henry has worked under he is highly proficient at a wide range of cuisines.

Brian’s cooking is seasonal, inventive and smart, but in no way unapproachable or fussy. When he is coaxed out of the kitchen and starts talking about food, his passion and knowledge are instantly recognizable.

"Chef Brian Henry cooked a series of delicious appetizers for us as we sat around a table in the kitchen". Thanks

Tony Aspler, Wine writer

“Chef Brian Henry puts one hundred percent of his energy into going all the way.”

Birgit Moenke, Editor Stir Media Read More Reviews

Upcoming Events



Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays 8:30am – 2pm May – October

Every Wednesday from May to October in the Louis St. Parking Lot:

Kawartha’s own locally grown fresh seasonal produce, delicious baked goods, local artisans and musicians, lunches-to-go, fresh cut flowers,

bedding plants, honey & maple syrup, local cheese & meats & guest chefs and special events, and a wonderful community atmosphere.

The Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market offers up some of the most fabulous flavours of summertime in the Kawarthas.








from the classes at Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires 2014 BBQ Class Schedule


Once again, the majority of our BBQ classes take place on Saturday mornings at our Peterborough store location – and usually rain or shine so come dressed for the weather (tents are erected in the case of rain).


For a copy of the schedule you can print off and post on your fridge, CLICK HERE


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Monday July 7th – 6pm

Friendly Fires’ own Hayley Doyle, Valerie Adams and Andrea Drake will be hosting an evening of fun and food where women can feel free to discuss all things BBQ. Experience is not necessary. Come for the experience, come for the food, come for the techniques but leave happy, full and eager to get home to turn on your own BBQ! (cost is $25 per person and class is approx 2 hours long)


Saturday July 12th – 10am

Chef Erik from Dr.J’s BBQ & Brews will teach us all about Ribs! Dr.J’s is a recent addition to the Peterborough restaurant scene.

Located on the corner of Aylmer and King, Dr.J’s menu specializes in southern BBQ including ribs and most food is cooked on their custom made smoker out back

that they had shipped up from the deep south.

Chef Erik will guide us through making our own BBQ sauce, rubs and how to prep and properly cook ribs.(cost is $15 per person)


Saturday July 19th – 10am

Chef Brian Henry’s last class of 2014 will explore the world of Brazilian BBQ.

Churrasco as it’s called in South America, is the art of BBQ’ing large pieces of meat on skewers which are then sliced off the skewer table-side. (cost is $15 per person)



To sign up for any of our classes, please call our Peterborough location (705-741-1900) or drop in (981 Highway 7 East, Peterborough).

Due to the popularity of these classes and the need to know numbers for estimating food, please note that prepayment is required to hold your spot.


Ted Reader, King of the Q originally posted this image

Ted Reader, King of the Q originally posted this image


Roast Swine




Peterborough Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday of the year at the Morrow Building.










Friendly Fires


We are very pleased to announce our BBQ competition dates for 2014.

The Kingston BBQ Competition date will be held Saturday July 19th and the Peterborough Kawartha BBQ Competition will be held one week later on July 26th.

Together, we are working with the Musical Instrument Lending Library - a local charity from the Boys & Girls Club that lends musical instruments to kids in the community.


The Third Annual 

2014 BBQ Competition
Kawartha Division

Think you can cook some kick-butt Back Ribs?

Now’s your chance to prove it.

We’re offering a one day “Rib Competition” with the winner taking home a brand new Napoleon Charcoal Grill valued at $1,000.


If you are a BBQ’er this is a great opportunity to come out, have some fun for the day, talk with other cooks and share recipes and ideas. 

 26th. You can begin cooking whenever,

but judging will be done by a 3-5 person judging team at 3pm

with the winning team getting a Napoleon Charcoal Grill as pictured to the left.

To sign up your team contact Friendly Fires.

Entry fee of $50 must be paid to register.  

If you are not a great BBQ’er here’s your chance to wander our parking lot picking the brains of the areas best backyard chefs! There will be a live band, a bouncy castle and plenty of BBQ samples to taste … all for FREE!


Enjoy BBQ? Have a few friends that do too? Why not challenge them to enter and compete to decide which of you truly is the best chef?




The 25th Anniversary Organic Advocates

Feast of Fields


Feast of Fields is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year!

Sunday, Sept. 7/2014 – 1 to 6pm
14125 11th Concession, Township of King.

A day in the country, sampling the best in organic food, prepared right in front of you, by Ontario’s most renowned Chefs. Sip Ontario’s best VQA wines and specialty brews. Taste freshly harvested farm produce, and explore amazing products from organic artisans.

($75pp, Regularly $100pp)

The ticket price includes admission to the event, all day sampling from the chefs,

wineries and breweries, farmers market where you can sample and purchases items,

all day entertainment and each guest receives a gift bag, which includes magazines, coupons and the Feast of Fields annual cookbook.

Please see our Facebook page

to enter to win tickets and go to

for more information.









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DIY Workshop: Build Your Own Small Seed Winnower

Date:  Wednesday August 27, 2014

Time:  1:00pm – 4:00pm

Location:  The Cottage Gardener: Heirloom Seedhouse & Nursery (Newtonville, ON) 

Cost:  $65.00 per person (includes workshop materials)

Whether you are growing seed for sale or for on-farm use, one thing all seed producers have in common is the need for well-cleaned seed crops. With small seeds like lettuces, carrots and onions (etc.), removing chaff becomes more and more time-consuming as the quantity of seed is increased.

If you feel like you are past the point of hand-cleaning, and want to improve your efficiency, then join us for this hands-on workshop, where you’ll build and take home your own small seed winnower.

Dan Brittain, of the Cottage Gardener, took an open-source design and has spent the last few years perfecting it. After several tweaks, the device has now improved the Brittain’s production efficiency, and Dan would like to help other seed producers achieve the same results on their farms.

All the necessary materials will be included in the price of admission, with the exception of a simple hair-dryer, which can easily be added later. If you’ve already got one you’d like to use, bring it along so Dan can demonstrate how it fits into the design.

This workshop is being made possible thanks to the generous support of the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Pre-registration is required as space is limited to 15 people. If there is enough interest, a second session for the same day will be opened up. Ticket sales start this Friday, May 30 If you are unable to register because the session is full, please send us an email.


seed security








2014 ACF National Convention

Kansas City, Mo., July 25–29, 2014

The 2014 event series wraps up in Kansas City, Mo., at the 2014 ACF National Convention. Known for its cattle industry and legendary barbeque, Kansas City’s culinary palate is much more involved earning it the title of “America’s Next Great Culinary Destination” in 2012. The national convention’s educational and engagement opportunities will build off the four regional conferences and will provide a revitalizing experience for members, foodservice professionals, students and competitors, while igniting innovation attendees can bring back to their classroom, employees or kitchen.

The Kansas City Marriott Downtown will host the 2014 National Convention, July 25–29, 2014. Whether you are a seasoned professional chef or a student new to the kitchen, the 2014 ACF National Convention offers something for everyone. Mark your calendars and get ready for this amazing convention in Kansas City!



Buckhorn Art Festival

Festival Info

Whether you have enjoyed all previous Festivals, or are a first-time visitor, you can count on having a wonderful experience. Plan a day trip or come for a vacation and enjoy the many attractions, restaurants, lakes and sights in Beautiful Buckhorn and the Kawarthas!


  • Discover a prestigious collection of art.
  • Learn from the professional artists who are present during the entire show.
  • Invest in your family by purchasing an original to add to your collection.
  • Feel the exhilaration of purchasing your first piece of fine art for your home, cottage or office.
  • Experience calm and relaxation as you walk through the beauty of our natural environment; flowers, trees, grass, water garden and galleries that house the exhibiting artists’ booths.
  • Enjoy the music and ambiance created by our musical special guests.
  • Learn from the artists through their demonstration and “shoulder to shoulder” discussion.
  • View the winners of the Art Competition and delight in the submission from teenage, novice, hobby and open categories (some are available for your purchase).

Friday August 15: Preview Night Garden Party 7-10pm,

Saturday August 16: 10 am-7 pm,

Sunday August 17: 10 am – 5 pm





Looking for gluten free foods?



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July 2014

Sheep Farming Mentorship Program

We’re thrilled to announce our new Sheep Farming Mentorship Program.

This hands-on, introductory program will take place in Lakefield over five field days from late-June to early-September.

It will emphasize practical skills and knowledge in a variety of areas including how to get started in sheep,

flock nutrition, health and reproduction, and routine management under the skilled mentorship of Bob and Gail Irvine of Rocky Lane Farm.

The Irvines are well-respected sheep farmers, teachers, and farming mentors, as well as active members of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency.

They produce high quality pure-bred Polled Dorsets for sale as breeding stock, and have been involved with various provincial programs for performance testing, health, and breeding.

If this program interests you, contact Jay Adam for more information.

Because of the practical, on-farm nature of mentorship, a maximum of 6 mentees will be accepted for the 2014 program.

August 2014

Native Pollinator Field Day

Led by Pollination Biologist, Susan Chan, this guided field tour will take place at McLean Berry Farm (Lakefield, ON) in early-August, from 8:00am-11:00am.

Susan has been conducting research into the nesting habits of Peoponapis pruinosa (squash bees) at the McLean’s farm over the last year.

Participants will have the opportunity to observe these native bees on the McLean’s pumpkin crop first hand, and will learn about this amazing bee’s habits, their value to squash and pumpkin growers, their habitat requirements, and how to manage the farm to ensure good pollination by this bee. For more information, contact Jay Adam.

Low Bush Blueberry Workshop

Led by long-time low bush blueberry grower and excellent communicator, Roger Kelly, this full-day workshop will take place in Maynooth, ON (Hastings County),

sometime in mid-August. The workshop will be split into two components: a half day at the Maynooth Community Centre

for a lecture-style introduction to low bush blueberry production, and a half day at Kelly’s Berry Farm 

for a guided farm tour and the opportunity to learn about the practical applications of producing blueberries.

Contact Jay Adam to receive more details as they become available.

September 2014

Maple Syrup Mentorship Program

We’re still working away on all the details, but this introductory mentorship program is designed to assist beginners as they integrate

into the maple syrup production sector, and provide them with an understanding of best management practices, as well as a direct connection to experienced local producers.

As with our other mentorships, this program will take place over five field days where a small group of mentees (5-6) will work closely with the maple syrup mentor.

General topics will include: sugarhouse location, design and equipment; setting up your sugar bush for production; forestry

best management practices; syrup production; food safety handling and marketing.

Contact Jay Adam to receive more details as they become available.

November 2014

Northumberland Niche Food Processing Facility Tour

Join us as we tour the brand new Northumberland Niche Food Processing Facility in Colborne, ON.

Designed to extend the seasonality of fruit and vegetable products from across the region with

packaging and freezing processes, this new facility will allow farmers to explore secondary sources of income through cost-effective value-added production.

Contact Jay Adam to receive updated details on this exciting tour as they become available.






Travel with The White House Chefs to Italy

Cooking classes, cheese making, painting, wineries and more!

President Bush’s Chef Sam Morgante, Iron Chef America Judge Mario Rizzotti & Italian Culinary Expert
with President Clinton’s Chef Marti Mongiello hosted at Villa Oliviero!

Three Italian-Americans introduce an unbeatable combination

Travel to Naples and the Amalfi Coast designed by three Italian-Americans with Italian roots!

Join The Presidential Culinary Museum ™

and Presidential Service Center a DBA of The Inn of the Patriots,

LLC and discover Italy and real Italian food without the fake items mass marketed to the public today.

Experience the truth of mouth-watering cuisine, homemade pizza doughs,

making our own Limoncello in a class (with the world known lemons of this region), exacting regional cheeses,

local San Marzano (the most well-known and written about tomato of the area) tomatoes and cry with a glass of vino or Prosecco because it is so good.

This will be en emotional, social journey of a lifetime.

Filming of the newest TV series featuring the White House Chefs and Iron Chef America Judge and Italian Culinary Expert, Mario Rizzotti,

will encompass any guest that would like to appear on the show.

At night, LUXURIATE in a world class villa perched over the cliffs of the Mediterranean sea near Naples owned by Mario and his cousin Nello Oliviero.

The owners welcome you to enjoy each room overlooking the sea - every single room does!

Lets make buffaletta mozzarella by hand,

homemade pizzas, paint at night with a glass of wine and send home your masterpiece as well as visit the wineries and toast together…

Enjoy Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, Sorrento – the land of sirens which enchanted Homer, Naples (Napoli) or the Isle of Capri by hydrofoil to mention just a few.

  • May 6 – 19, 2015 – $5,400.00 pp 
  • May 14 – 21 or October 15 -22, 2016 – $5,900.00 pp 


Always a perfect balance of personal time, cooking & farm classes.
Please let us know about renewing your wedding vows in a group ceremony!
As featured on Edible Destinations by Epitourian.
Private groups throughout the year also welcomed.




The Ontario Foodservice Designation Program began this year ready to bring a selection of great opportunities to the table. 


First, the opportunity to consult with stakeholders from across Ontario on what a designation system for restaurants could both look like and accomplish–and not to mention, the opportunity to determine how best to combine authenticity protection with education and awareness, and promotion and marketing.

But ultimately, it’s the opportunity to work towards developing a program with the following objectives that really makes this exciting:

  • Create and support Ontario’s culinary identity
  • Increase the ease of buying and dining on Ontario food and beverages
  • Celebrate champions in the foodservice industry sourcing Ontario products
  • Bring further awareness to Ontario’s strong agricultural sectors, and
  • Compliment and support the Foodland Ontario program

With the setting complete, we have carefully selected and prepared the meat and potatoes of the program to ensure that you get to enjoy with confidence Ontario’s great restaurants and unique tastes of place.

How does this work?  Restaurants of all shapes and sizes–think everything from food trucks to fine-dining–who are

PROCURING Ontario food and drink, and

PARTNERING and PARTICIPATING in complementary programming and activities,

can apply to become “Certified Tastes of Ontario.” 

All they need to do is show that they are committed to the program manifesto:

  • To procure Ontario food and beverage whenever possible;
  • To track and trace Ontario food and beverage purchases as close to the point of origin as possible;
  • To identify the provenance of Ontario food and beverages on the menu;
  • To develop Ontario’s culinary identity by celebrating regional tastes and championing local, seasonal ingredients; and
  • To educate the public about Ontario food and beverage and to bring further awareness to its strong agricultural sectors

With the criteria set, we needed a name. What is a program without a name?

How best do we celebrate champions of Ontario food and drink?  Well, at the Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit on 13 November, Feast ON was officially introduced.

Since then, the Feast ON team has been working hard to make sure that everything is ready to go live for applications on 1 January 2014.

Some of the things we’ve been up to include:

  • Promoting the program at the 2013 Ontario Tourism Association Summit in Toronto, hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, 13-14 November
  • Partnering with the Greenbelt Fund and industry to host a panel session entitled “Taking Stock:
  • Developing Your Recipe for Ontario Food Culture in Foodservice,” at Sustain Ontario’s Bring Food Home conference in Windsor, 17-19 November
  • Presenting Feast ON at the Hills of Headwaters Partners in Tourism Summit in Caledon, 25 November
  • Introducing everyone at the Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference in Kingston to Feast ON, 3 December
  • Presenting Feast ON to the Muskoka & District Chefs Association and the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association (Simcoe County), at Georgian College in Barrie, 9 December
  • Posting an opportunity for individuals and organizations across the province to become Feast ON Community Connectors, 21 November
  • Continuing to work with great partners, such as Foodland Ontario,, Ocean Wise, and Wine Country Ontario

So in the spirit of Feast ON–as you celebrate this season–think about how you can include Ontario food and beverages on your holiday menus.



2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards

The National Restaurant Association is now accepting applications for the 2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards.

The awards program recognizes and celebrates cutting-edge equipment and technology that specifically  improve the back of the house and benefit foodservice operators.

Award recipients will have the exclusive benefit of exhibiting in the interactive,

centrally located Kitchen Innovations Pavilion on the exhibit floor at the NRA Show 2014, May 17-20, at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Chicago.

Learn more and apply.




Peterborough’s Farmers Market

Every Saturday Year Round
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Located in the Morrow Building

 George & Lansdowne Street, Peterborough





Tough job judging rib competitions!

Tough job judging rib competitions!

Proud Winner of the Top Chef Readers Select Award 2014

Proud Winner of the Top Chef Readers Select Award 2014


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