Out with the old; in with the new!

2014 is over and 2015 is here! Getting accustomed to a new year is always difficult. I don’t know about anyone else, but I still catch myself writing 2014 on cheques and important forms. But it’s always exciting heading into a fresh 365 days. There are so many possibilities, so many new culinary adventures to take. And with a new year, we’re going with a new look. We hope you enjoy the changes coming to the site, and we hope you’ll bear with us as we work out the kinks and tweaks that come with such an undertaking. We’re still the same great place with the same great service and the same great food. Come in today for lunch or dinner to find out why we are Red Deer’s Best Kept Secret!

If you haven’t been here, have a little look at our dinning area. Thanks to the folks at 3D Scan Experts for doing this up. It’s awesome! Click on the picture below to see more.

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Local Producers means Fresh Cuisine!

Food is everywhere. From the local grocery store, to the same place you buy your kids’ blue jeans. It’s on TV and it’s online. With so many ways to get it, our tastes are changing. We’re choosing foods based on lifestyle, on demographic, age, income, social standing, etc. The quest for local cuisine is prominent now more than ever. Food grown close to home is the new holy grail of dining delicacies. So how do you make sure you’re getting food grown close to home? There are a few things to keep in mind.

Know what’s in season

I grew up in Kelowna, BC, which made it easy for me to experience fresh fruit picked right of the trees and amazing local produce pulled right out of the garden. Driving through provinces like Alberta or Saskatchewan in the middle of February and seeing roadside vendors advertising fresh BC Cherries always made me chuckle. Fresh? Yeah, fresh from the freezer! Knowing what is grown locally and what times of the year it’s in season makes all the difference when choosing what’s for dinner.

Go to a farmers market

Farmers Markets are growing more and more popular, and for good reason: they’re fun! It’s like having a wide selection of local produce at your fingertips. Wanna try some rutabagas for dinner tonight? Head to a farmers market between August and March. How about eggplant? Stop by between July and September. The fact is, farmers markets are popping up all over, from outlying rural areas, to the big cities. The more people want local produce, the more of them you’ll see, and you’d be doing yourself and your taste buds a huge favour by traipsing through one the next chance you get.

Choose restaurants that source their ingredients locally

It goes without saying, but Westlake Grill sources all its ingredients locally. We bake everything fresh and to perfection, and provide home cooked meals. Our goal is to give our guests amazing food and service. We believe it’s the way it should be. So eating here is not only a delicious experience, but it also helps support local farmers and producers while you’re enjoying a great evening out!

Eating local foods is certainly about eating food grown closer to home, but it is also about being more aware of your food and how it gets to you.