Restaurants’ desperate measures, Rob Feenie’s latest venture, the verdict on raw-milk cheese

Restaurants’ desperate measures, Rob Feenie’s latest venture, the verdict on raw-milk cheese

Cheese: Raw, gooey and legal (Photo by Renée Suen) 

• Free canapés were only the beginning. As hermitic dining patterns take hold, Toronto’s restaurateurs are going to great lengths to lure back their regulars. [Globe & Mail]

• Raw-milk regulations may be on trial, but the verdict on raw-milk cheese is in: delicious and legal. Local dairy guru Gurth Pretty is on a mission to spread the word that there’s nothing shady about raw-milk cheese. [Toronto Star]

• Despite the spate of recession menus, Ontario’s restaurant revenues are expected to fall by $575 million this year, prompting the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association to call for government support. [Zibb]

• After receiving a discrimination complaint from a patron who was asked not to smoke medicinal marijuana outside his restaurant, the owner of Gator Ted’s Tap and Grill is asking Ottawa to clarify its smoking regulations. [National Post]

• Celebrity chef Rob Feenie—host of the Food Network’s New Classics and the first Canadian to win on Iron Chef America—surprised many by agreeing to take the helm of the casual dining chain Cactus Club as it undergoes its largest expansion to date. [Calgary Herald]