Taste our Island Award
Shaw's Hotel & Restaurant has won the 2014 PEI Adapt Council's "Taste our Island" Award. Striving to produce fabulous food in concert with the region's agricultural season, the partnership of fourth-generation hotelier Robbie Shaw and chef extraordinaire Peter Angus has taken the concept to a whole new level.
The original hotel was established in 1860 by Robbie's great-grandfather, John Shaw. Back then the inn, which was located on farm property, provided most of its food on site. Other ingredients were obtained by trading with nearby farmers and fishermen. Shaw's original commitment to buying from local suppliers has endured for more than a century and a half, and continues stronger than ever.
"Our farmers helped us survive two world wars and the great depression," said Robbie. "We have always had a reputation for serving quality food derived from Island sources. Chef Peter has taken this idea and ran with it. Our menu is as local as possible, and is a testament to how good our products are on PEI."
Chef Peter has long been involved in the sustainable food movement, but his arrival on Prince Edward Island has bolstered the local component to his cooking philosophy. "I have gotten to know the great organic farming movement here," he said, "and our customers are really demanding those products." He adjusts Shaw's menu accordingly, matching the restaurant's delicious offerings with the seasonal availability of ingredients.
Shaw's Hotel & Restaurant is open from early June to late September, and is located at 99 Apple Tree Road, overlooking the bay in Brackley Beach.
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
Taste Our Island Award - Past Winners
2013 Winner - Terre Rouge-Bistro Marche - located on Queen Street in downtown Charlottetown and is fully licenced with changing seasonal menus, all produced in-house by renowned chefs Dave Mottershall and John Pritchard. The marche offers a full selection of charcuterie, rotisserie, preserves, breads, and desserts.
2012 Winner - The Inn at Bay Fortune - 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.
2011 Winner - Papa Joe's - Papa Joe's menu changes with the availability of the seasons, but the family's ongoing passion for freshness, beautifully seasoned seafood, meats, and some of the tastiest comfort cuisine, remains constant. Papa Joe's restaurant is located at 345 University Avenue in Charlottetown.
2010 Winner - The Pearl - 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.
2009 Winner - Victoria Village Inn - At the Victoria Village Inn, dining guests can meet the chef who prepared their grilled Atlantic salmon, pan roasted chicken breast, or Argyle Shore green salad.
2008 Winner - Merchantman Pub - In 2008 Chef Shirleen Peardon and Pub owner Peter Hyndman fulfilled their goal of creating a menu that is made up of 100 percent local foods. Here's a sample of what appeared on the award-winning menu: PEI Colville Bay Oysters, North Shore Halibut, Island Striploin, Seared Sea Scallops, and of course PEI Blue Mussels.
2007 Winner - The Maplethorpe Cafe