Taste of Newfoundland + Labrador

Posted by Drake, November 04, 2015
Taste of Newfoundland

This month, Drake’s practicing a little Newfoundland-style hospitality. With a friendly, welcoming culture and a unique, laidback lifestyle, there’s a reason why East Coasters are some of the happiest Canadians. For all you Newfoundlanders, consider The Drake your home away from home. And for the rest of us wannabes, get a taste of the culture with the music, the humour, and of course the food. Pick up some NL slang and spruce up that T.O. vocab (not all your sayings have to be Champagne Papi lyrics, okay?). Now, without further ado, let's introduce our Newfoundland ambassadors with a little help from Vice Munchies:

So what’s a Taste of Newfoundland + Labrador look like? Let’s kick it off with a Kitchen Party at The Drake Hotel, shall we?

Kitchen Parties are the iconic image of the Newfoundland lifestyle. The Kitchen Party comes from that time of the evening when your pals and family gather in the kitchen with a drink in hand. Great conversation, big laughs, and bumpin’ music as you swap tales over the kitchen table. Drake’s favourite food writer and in-house East Coaster Ivy Knight hosts The Drake Hotel’s Kitchen Party in an extra-special 86’d Monday with guests Chef Jeremy Charles + sommelier Jeremy Bonia of Raymonds of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Rockin’ music by Tom Power + Friends From Newfoundland & Labrador, complimentary East Coast treats + samples of Famous Newfoundland Screech Rum will keep the celebrations going all night long.

Taste of Newfoundland

Image via Heritage Newfoundland + Labrador

Kitchen Party accomplished and the dancing’s all done, where we headed next? Up to the Cottage!

Drake Devonshire hosts our second Taste of Newfoundland + Labrador with a pop-up dinner by guest chef Todd Perrin + sommelier Stephen Lee of Mallard Cottage in Newfoundland’s Quidi Vidi Village. Housed in one of the oldest buildings in North America, the Mallard Cottage crew put just as much love into restoring the Irish-Newfoundland vernacular-style cottage as they do into their amazing fare. Mallard Cottage celebrates Newfoundland + Labrador’s incredible purveyors through showcasing the province’s vast array of wild game, seafood + produce. Head up to the County for a delicious meal of East Coast offerings. Need specifics? See the menu!

Taste of Newfoundland, Mallard Cottage

Image via Mallard Cottage

After a stay in the County, it’s back to the city where the Jeremys serve up a true Raymonds experience.

For the last hurrah of Drake’s Taste of Newfoundland, Jeremy Charles and Jeremy Bonia bring a sophisticated appreciation of East Coast offerings to Drake One Fifty. Their sustainable, fine dining cuisine has earned them a spot as the country’s best restaurant in 2014 in the Vacay.ca Top 50 Restaurants in Canada Guide along with En Route Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in 2011. With access to some of the best seafood, wild game, and produce in the world, it’s no surprise that Raymonds is able to start with locally-sourced and foraged ingredients that showcase the amazing bounty of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Image via Raymonds

After three days with Drake having had a Taste of Newfoundland and Labrador, we won’t blame you if you get nostalgic for your stint as an East Coaster.

Want a little taste of what you're in for? This Hour Has 22 Minutes says it best:

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Tags: Culture  Drake Devonshire  Drake Hotel  Drake One Fifty  Erica  Food + Drink  Guest Chef Series  Mallard Cottage  Raymonds  Taste of Newfoundland + Labrador