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Destination Niagara Falls Newsletter

The latest news in Niagara in 2018

Destination Niagara Falls News - September 2018

 

 

 

A screen capture of the first episode of the "WhatsCooknNiagara?" video series. Click on the image to watch the video on Destination Niagara Falls' Facebook page. 

Video: Destination Niagara Falls

 

Ever wondered who the chef is behind your favourite dish at that amazing restaurant - the one you just have to visit every time you come to Niagara?

Now, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the talented chefs that create some of the most delectable menus across the region - at least on video. Destination Niagara Falls is launching a new video series titled “WhatsCooknNiagara?”, which will feature bite-sized behind-the-scenes looks at what’s on the stoves of Niagara’s most popular chefs.

The first installment - a 34-second episode - features celebrity chef and restaurant consultant Massimo Capra’s famously delicious risotto with sauces and zucchini. Also in the video are Destination Niagara Falls president Joyce Morocco and Nalina Williams, managing director of Platinum Hospitality Group Incorporated.

There’s much to explore when it comes to discovering what Niagara has to offer, and food and video make a natural pair, said Morocco.

“People love food, so why not create short video clips of some of the fabulous chefs’ creations and food experiences in the Niagara Region, and share them on Instagram or other social media outlets?

“It’s all about having fun and sharing the places I discover within the Niagara Region!”

Capra owns Massimo’s Italian, located in Sheraton on the Falls Hotel in Niagara Falls, as well as three more restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area.

The risotto is a favourite menu item for many, he said, adding “We did very well. I’m very happy with (the video).”

For Capra’s restaurants and others, the competition is fierce and the pressure is always on to be top of mind for foodies and average diners alike. Video is a pillar of any effective marketing strategy in 2018, and is only getting more popular, with a predicted 80% of all consumer internet traffic consisting of video by 2021, according to data from Cisco

It’s an especially hot medium for restaurant owners looking to connect with hungry customers and attract them to their places with the promise of delicious dishes, a warm, inviting atmosphere and friendly faces.

Customers need to feel a connection not only to the restaurant but to the people who craft the menu and serve the food.

“You really have to see yourself not just buying the food and coming to eat, but also buying the whole philosophy (of the business),” said Capra. 

His goal is to leave a lasting impression on the taste buds of each guest who walks through the doors of Massimo’s. He and his staff attempt to create as comfortable an atmosphere as possible for their customers.

“The staff in the kitchen and dining room are so accommodating and wonderful, so friendly and knowledgeable. It’s just beautiful to see and wonderful to be working with these people because they really put their heart and soul into it.”

Massimo’s relocated to the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel in February 2018 and is celebrating its 10th year in business. He relishes the dedicated kitchen and staff at his new digs, as it means the quality of the authentic Italian fare they serve has improved even more.

The new atmosphere is “younger, fresher and more modern. That’s my Italy - nice, clean and sleek.”

He invites everyone to Niagara to experience all there is to explore in the region, in addition to his restaurant. “We take (the area) for granted because we’re always around, but there’s so much to be experienced...to have something so close that can take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city is great,” he said, adding one of his favourite things to do is to take the picturesque drive into Niagara Falls from Fort Erie.

Follow the hashtag #WhatscooknNiagara on Instagram and like the Destination Niagara Falls Facebook page to see each new episode and find out about other activities happening in the Niagara Region.

    

 

 
Celebration of Nations
September 7 to 9
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
 
FirstOntario Arts Centre, Kakekalanicks and the City of St. Catharines are partnering to launch Celebrations of Nations, to build on the Two Row Wampum that promotes all Nations walking together, in parallel, with respect, compassion and understanding to cultivate an inclusive community for our shared future. From September 7 to 9, a three-day Gathering of Indigenous Arts, Culture, and Tradition will showcase a wide variety of Indigenous arts and artists, ranging from traditional and contemporary music, dance performance, and visual arts to film screenings, creative workshops, a distinguished speaker series and hands-on activities for both children and adults. More than 20+ other compelling performances, interactive activities, speakers, and participatory events, have been curated and juried by Artistic Director Michele-Elise Burnett (Métis) and Artistic Producer Tim Johnson (Mohawk), with support of the Celebration of Nations Advisory Committee and Performing Arts Centre programming staff.
 
 
 
 
Fall HandMade Market 
September 14 and 15
13th Street Winery, St. Catharines
 
The HandMade Market features the work of local artisans from across Ontario and Québec including Jewellery, Pottery, Glass, Hand-Sewn Bags, Fashion Accessories, Preserves, Natural Bath + Body Products, Original Art, Designer Clothing, Kids Clothes and Knits, Home Decor, Luxury Hand-Spun Fibres, Artisan Wood Products, Time Pieces, Leather, Hand-bound Books and more! Plus, there's always yummy Food + Wine. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for (and so much more!) at The Handmade Market. The Market partners with some of Niagara’s family-owned and operated wineries who host our events, providing a warm and welcoming environment for our artisans and guests alike. Its mantra is Shop. Sip. Savour.
 

handmademarket.ca


Photo: HandMade Market

 

2018 Niagara Wine Festival 
September 12 to 30
Across Niagara

In its 67th year, the two-week Niagara Grape & Wine Festival offers more than 100 events for foodies, wine enthusiasts, and adventure seekers. Montebello Park is the hub for the festival and will be full of those imbibing over three weekends in September. This year, the festival showcases 23 award-winning wineries. There’s also the Meridian Grand Parade to enjoy on September 29 in downtown St. Catharines, and the Discovery Pass to enjoy. 

niagarawinefestival.com


Photo: Allison Smith

   

See these and more photos of this month's events on our Facebook page, and be sure to 'Like' us! Get out and enjoy all Niagara has to offer!

 

Milling Day at Morningstar Mill - St Catharines

 

Photos: Allison Smith


 

Photos from our Media Partner

 

KO for Kids - Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls

 

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