In recent years, Hamilton has become known for its booming culinary scene. To celebrate its emergence, the City of Hamilton introduced NOSH to the community late last year in 2016. NOSH stands for North Hamilton, Outlying communities, and South Hamilton, coincides with Small Business Week. It was created to showcase Hamilton's booming culinary scene. 
"Hamilton's emergence on a national scale is in part attributable to the rising food scene we have in the city," said Councillor Merulla, NOSH Honourary Chair. "From the restauranteurs, to the chefs, to the diners who are flocking to the various restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries, these great efforts are attracting more positive attention for Hamilton on a national scale, and I believed it was certainly time for the entire city to celebrate and support their efforts." - Councillor Sam Merulla
A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend the 2nd Annual Nosh Food Tour with #HamOntFT where I was introduced to several local businesses in Hamilton.

The Beverly On Locke

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Our first stop was The Beverly On Locke, one of the newest brunch additions on Locket Street in Hamilton.

Beverly Benedict ($14) - cheddar scallion biscuit, pemeal, tomato jam and grilled lemon hollandaise with side hashbrown

Bev's Classic ($14) - sausage, bacon, easy egg with American cheddar on a buttered egg bun

PB & J Big Pancake ($14) - bumbleberry jam, peanut brittle and peanut butter whip

Dundurn Castle Historic Kitchen Garden

It's a 19th century estate, which includes a working kitchen garden and historic kitchen. Produce grown on site is used for daily tours, workshops, and special events.


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 Pokeh is the first restaurant in Canada specializing in Hawaiian and Californian inspired poke bowls.

Green Bowl - tamari pickled shiitake, tofu, tamari/sesame oil, green/white onions, cucumbers, black/white sesame seeds, carrots, kale, edamame

 Spicy Poke - ocean wise certified ahi tuna, spicy Kewpie mayo, house pickled jalapenos, spicy sesame seeds, cucumber, onions, black and white sesame seeds, soy sauce and sesame oil

Henry Browns

Henry Brown's small batch ice-cream was established in the Hamilton Farmers' Market in 2015 to serve high quality, seasonal "from scratch" real dairy ice-cream and vegan sorbets made with organic, fair trade and local ingredients.

Cake and Loaf

It's a from scratch neighborhood bakery focused on using local ingredients to create delicious seasonal baked goods.


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 Hambrgr was born with a commitment to its city and a promise for all - to make the best damn burgers you've ever eaten.

 Elk Crossing Burger - coffee rubbed Lakeland Farms elk, Dr. Pepper BBQ glaze, house whisky pickles, crispy smoked bacon, 2 year white cheddar, onion ring, butter toasted brioche bun and served with shoestring fries.

 Local Boar Pogos

Berkeley North

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Featuring seasonally inspired international dishes, creative cocktails and an enticing West Coast inspired restaurant atmosphere.

Slow Braised Lamb - lightly covered in a crispy panko and served on a roasted red pepper romesco sauce and finished with garlic sauce

The French
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 The French is located on the rejuvenated and vibrant street of King William in Hamilton. The French is a mix of classic and modern French cuisine.

Duck Yolk and Goat Cheese Ravioli - with porchetta di testa, chives, mustard and manchego cheese

Cappuccino ($4.50)

Merit Brewing

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Merit Brewing is Hamilton's only brewpub serving a rotating menu of progressive beer and house-made sausage.

Sausage Platter - each platter includes a link of each of our sausage, and 2 orders of fries, garlic pickles, and seasonal pickles


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Nique is a not just a restaurant. It's a family of young, passionate individuals eager to provide our customers with a dynamic and welcoming experience. Our approach to food and drink is inherently Canadian as it is reflective of the cultural mosaic that is Hamilton.

Sushi Nacho - Japanese inspired nachos with diced tuna on top of deep fried wonton wrappers, and finished with sushi fixings like pickled ginger, avocados, chilies and spicy mayo

Disclaimer: The event provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Eat To The Beat charity event. Hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), it is the only event in Canada to exclusively features the talent of 60 female chefs. They have all come together for one night to offer support to women going through the challenges of breast cancer diagnosis.

The event was held at the Roy Thomson Hall on October 17, 2017, and managed to raise thousands of dollars of funds for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.  The Roy Thomson Hall’s lobby was transformed into a foodie mecca with so many food options available that night. Guests were able to enjoy specially prepared savory and sweet dishes at 60 stations, along with drinks from 20 of the finest beverage purveyors. 

Eat To The Beat was started 21 years ago by sisters Lisa and Abby Slater, and has since raised more than $3.9 million since its introduction. The funds raised at the food event are directed towards supporting the full spectrum of breast cancer programs and services of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) – from important research where the latest innovations are developed to direct patient support – and will benefit not only the estimated 25,000 Canadian women who are diagnosed every year with this disease, but also the families and friends who love and support them. Every dollar counts! 

There was also a live band performing a variety of top songs throughout the evening ensuring a lively atmosphere. It was a great event, where guests got to sample the culinary delights from all of the talented female chefs. 

Please enjoy the food pictures from this year's Eat To The Beat 2017 below. 

Ace Bakery with their "Build Your Own Crostini"

Chef Nuit Regular serving Rice Salad - Jasmine rice with white turmeric, long beans, lemongrass, sawtooth coriander, edible flower and soy bean sauce

Vanessa Baudanza and Isabelle Loiacono from The Rolling Pin serving Donuts

Chef Veronique from Crepes A Gogo Spadina serving Monsieur Crepes - tuna, mayonnaise, lettuce

Manal Bashier from Victor Gries serving Chocolate Mousse Cake - hazelnut ganache, candied orange

Jennifer Mooers from Hooked serving Japanese Hokkaido Bay Scallops - on half shelf

Elaine Wong from Omni Hotels & Resorts serving Torched Crtus Beef Tataki - pickled vegetables on forbidden black rice 

Felicia Derose from Fish and Oyster serving Fresh Shucked Oysters - with beet and shallot mignonette 

Marigolds & Onions serving Piri Piri Shrimp - roasted black tiger shrimp with piri piri glaze

Eat To The Beat

Emma Beqaj from Emma's Catery serving Paino - tomato foccaccia, mortadella, buffolo mozerella, and salsa verde 

Jeanne da Silva and Amy Symington from Gilda's Club serving Chipotle Quinoa and Cornmeal Muffins - with avocado butter

Tiffany Miguel from George Restaurant serving Chocolate Coconut Cake

Roselle Desserts serving Buttery Sabre Breton Base - roasted Northern spy apples 

Renee Bellefeuille from AGO serving Birria-Spiced Beef Brochette - with cashew-chili salsa

Dufflet serving Pumpkin Slider - pumpkin cake filled with spiced cream cheese

Kimberly Humby from Bistro East & Main serving Applewood Smoked Duck Breast - with wild mushroom risotto and patridge berry demi-glace 

Jennifer Perusini from Berber Social serving Moroccan Maftoul - Moroccan cigar with ground beef

Meghan Van Horne from Public House serving Cornbread and Smoked Rabbit Slider

There was a wide selection of alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages from 20 drink stations at Eat To The Beat including: 

An estimated 25,000 Canadian women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. So, the funds will surely help and assist patient support.

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[Event Recap] Eat To The Beat 2017

by on Monday, November 06, 2017
Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the annual  Eat To The Beat  charity event. Hosted by the  Canadian Cancer Society  (CCS), it i...