Taste our Island Award
In 2007 the PEI ADAPT Council created an award to honor chefs and restaurants who purchase and promote PEI agriculture. By supporting farms from this locality these innovative chefs and restauranteurs are supporting sustainable and regional food systems.
This award is about agriculture. The products grown here on PEI are the best products for our market. When our PEI restaurants purchase products from Island farmers they are buying the freshest, tastiest, and greenest products in the world. This award is about industry. Our restaurants use creativity and imagination to produce amazing culinary creations. We have the renowned Culinary Institute of Canada right here on our doorstep. They produce a great crop of culinary experts every year, many of whom decide to stay on our beautiful Island.
This award is about tourism. The beauty of PEI draws many tourists every year. Tourists challenge us. They are, adventurous, demanding, and hungry. When PEI restaurants offer tourists our rich resource of raw ingredients they are creating a culinary experience unique to PEI. And finally, this award is about Islanders. As we watch our rural communities falter in the face of mounting global competition the best thing we can do is support the producers and the industries that choose to live here and set up businesses. By supporting each other we strengthen our Island, our people, and our culture.
By awarding this title annually we honor those who take the time to support each other.
Taste Our Island Award
The winner of the 2012 PEI ADAPT Council’s “Taste Our Island” Award is The Inn at Bay Fortune. Operated by David Wilmer and his family, the Inn has consistently demonstrated a commitment to creating and serving excellent cuisine made from fresh, local ingredients. After purchasing the property in 1988, David performed a complete renovation, transforming the building into an inn and restaurant that has been delighting guests for twenty-four years.
Outside, the Inn enjoys a breathtaking view of PEI’s eastern coast. Meanwhile, inside the restaurant, master chef Domenic Serio combines the bounty of local Island producers and the training he received at the Culinary Institute of Canada. The results, while difficult to describe, can be appreciated immediately with a single taste. Following the traditions of his predecessors, including Michael Smith of television’s The Inn Chef fame, Domenic has a passion for freshness, perfect seasoning, and an impeccable flair for combining foods into an unforgettable meal. The offerings change with the seasons, but the focus on excellence remains constant.
The restaurant is renowned for its menu that includes seafood, meats and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. The Inn at Bay Fortune is located 45 minutes east of Charlottetown.
The Taste Our Island Award is presented annually to a PEI restaurant that achieves an outstanding level of excellence while using and promoting local products. For more information, please visit www.peiadapt.com.
- THE DUNES CAFÉ in Brackley and their Chef Emily Wells make dining an experience that produces rave reviews.www.dunesgallery.com
- INN AT ST. PETERS Head chef Wesley Gallant prepares a blend of classic and modern food at this four-star waterfront inn.www.innatstpeters.com
- ANNIE'S TABLE owner Annie Leroux and Chef Norman Zeledon prepare culinary experiences to remember in a beautifully-restored church. www.annies-table.com
- KITCHEN WITCH TEA ROOM Geoff & Debbie Crowther offer an extensive gluten free menu including home-made jams plus a variety of breads. www.kwpei.com
- SHAW'S HOTEL A Canadian National Historic Site where Chef Peter Angus combines his culinary experience with a bounty of PEI products. www.shawshotel.ca