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Taste our Island - 2010 - The Pearl

So near, so delicious!

The Pearl Restaurant, PEI
With the largest number of nominations yet,
competition for the 2010 award highlighted the
best PEI has to offer. Maxine Delaney and
chef Lanny MacLeod of The Pearl are this year’s
winners.

The annual PEI ADAPT Council’s “Taste Our Island” Award is presented to a restaurant that has achieved a level of excellence, while using and promoting local products. In just four years, The Pearl in North Rustico has been a finalist three times, taking home the award for 2010. Infused with the creative spirit of owner Maxine Delaney and the culinary mastery of chef Lanny MacLeod, The Pearl welcomes guests to its rusticelegant, art-filled dining room, and nourishes them with unforgettable food and drink. The building itself has been completely renovated with paintings, sculpture, fixtures, and furnishings from all over PEI. That’s appropriate, because the menu is also constructed almost entirely from the Island’s delicious bounty. And although that menu may change from time to time, based on seasonal availability and Maxine’s inspiration, what remains consistent is freshness, unique flavours, and a passion for exceeding expectations. So while you’re at The Pearl and eagerly awaiting your Raspberry Point Oysters or Basil Marinated Heirloom Tomato Steak, take a peek through the window and you may just spot the chef outside. He isn’t out there to enjoy the spectacular view. He’s handpicking herbs and edible flowers from the backyard garden -- and making sure your meal is truly a taste of the Island.

TASTE OUR ISLAND AWARD WINNERS

2009: With more than a hundred nominations representing eighteen different Prince Edward Island restaurants, the competition for the 2009 award was tougher than ever. See more on peiadapt.com. Chef Stephen Hunter is this year’s proud recipient. His restaurant at Victoria Village Inn is open 5 pm -10 pm daily from early June through September, on weekends, and for special events year-round. Stephen is also available for in-home catering and culinary tours. Visit victoriavillageinn.com for a sample menu and more information.

2008: Chef Shirleen Peardon has been cooking for more than 20 years, but she has certainly not forgotten her rural Island roots. Shirleen is head chef at Merchantman Pub, the 2008 winner of PEI ADAPT Council’s “Taste Our Island” Award. The recognition is likely due in no small part to her close connections with the farm community.