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Crossroads Pub & Grill

Top Chefs: Richard and Julie Lalonde, Crossroads Pub & Grill

There are many reasons to visit Muskoka: the small town ambience; the pristine lakes; its world-renowned golf courses. These days, the region offers another excellent incentive thanks to the tremendous growth of its dining scene. We asked some of Muskoka’s most prominent kitchen captains about their restaurants, their cuisine and the area’s emergence as a foodie-friendly destination. Watch this space for a new chef every week of the summer!

CHEFS RICHARD & JULIE LALONDE
Crossroads Pub & Grill
, Rosseau

The Muskoka region is gaining popularity as a dining destination. Why do you think this is?
Chefs are using more local products and produce. People and families from Ontario are choosing to remain in the province when travelling, which naturally brings more visitors who want to discover this all-around beautiful area.

What are your thoughts on the local food movement?
Finally! We have so much to offer and to be proud of here. It’s time that we all get back to cooking and supporting what we have grown.

Can you tell us a bit about your menu?
We create all of our dishes using local ingredients—beef and pork from Winding Fences farm, honey from Papa Jim’s, and produce from Brookland and Grenville farms. It’s a combination of great products and a passion for food.

What inspires you to cook?
Everything! Changes in the seasons; local products that are fresh and flavourful; cooking for our family and friends and introducing new foods to them. We love to give diners real value for their dollar and to show them what food should taste like.

Savour Muskoka Dining Guide

Celebrate unique Northern Ontario cuisine with the Savour Muskoka dining program and the region’s many outstanding restaurants.

Enjoy a salad at the Delta Grandview Resort (photo courtesy of the Delta Grandview Resort.)

Enjoy fresh, local tastes at the Delta Grandview Resort.

It was not so long ago that “eating out” in Muskoka meant a wiener roast following a placid canoe trip, or grilling up the fish you caught earlier in the day. In recent years, however, cottage-country dining has gone increasingly upscale, and acclaimed restaurants seek to please the palates of sophisticated residents and vacationers alike.

Muskoka is now home to superlative chefs capable of crafting the most intricate of entrees. Thankfully, these culinary stars, and the establishments at which they toil, still have a sense of what makes this expanse of geography so special—its natural bounty. From berries and mushrooms to myriad vegetables and maple syrup, the region is blessed with an abundance of indigenous and farmed foodstuffs. These often-organic ingredients are highlighted as part of the Savour Muskoka dining program.

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